See a full schedule of today's events and screenings here, but we recommend the following:
Levantine Cinema Arts Award Presentation: An Evening with Isabella Rossellini Isabella Rossellini is simply one of the classiest actresses ever. Indelibly sexy, charming and intelligent, she's swung from damaged and menacing (Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart) to slinky and silly (Big Night, The Imposters). Expect her to talk candidly about her film career and movie-royalty parents, as well as pay tribute to legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis, who passed away Wednesday. Rossellini will also present highlights from her Sundance Channel series' Green Porno and Seduce Me, as well as My Wild Life, an intimate portrait of her remarkable career.
7 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts Houston. $15 [No advance tickets. Arrive 30 minutes early to the box office to buy tickets based on available seating.]
Idiots and Angels - With director and animator Bill Plympton Groundbreaking animator Bill Plympton presents his latest animated feature, which he described as something David Lynch might make if he made animation: "very dark and surreal." Idiots and Angels has been praised by such esteemed visual storytellers as Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam.
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9:45 p.m., Edwards Greenway Palace. Tickets here.
Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then - With Brent Green and Donna K. Accompanied by Brendan Canty and John Michael Swartz The Village Voice called Pennsylvania-based artist and self-taught animator Brent Green "An emerging Orson Welles of handmade experimental cinema." For Gravity, Green uses stop-motion to tell the heartbreaking true story of Leonard Wood, a Kentucky man whose wife, Mary, is stricken with cancer. Wood decides to rebuild their home into a "healing machine" to save Mary's life. And Leonard doesn't stop building, even after Mary dies. Eventually, Wood is forced to sell the home to pay his nursing-home bills after he falls off the roof, still trying to complete the healing machine. The screening will be accompanied by live music featuring Green himself and Brendan Canty (formerly of the legendary band Fugazi)