joan jett SCREEN GRABS This week brings a whole lot of mini-festivals to various Bay Area screens. The Roxie has the Hola Mexico , a three-day touring edition of the annual LA festival showcasing the best in new Mexican cinema. ( More info here .) Doing the same for the land of the rising sun, albeit for a considerably more expansive 10 days, is the 6th Japan Film Festival of SF at New People Cinema. Ranging from historical dramas to anime to J-pop documentaries, it will feature several filmmakers in person ( More info here .). Fans of Asian cinema in general will face a scheduling quandary, as SFFilm’s latest Hong Kong Cinema series also occupies this immediate weekend. ( More info here .) The program encompasses four first features, as well as the horror-action-comedy Vampire Cleanup Department and boy band biopic House of the Rising Sons . Placing emphasis on genre rather than geography is Alamo Drafthouse’s hosting this weekend of some highlights from Austin’s latest Fantastic Fest . They will include the new movie An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn from the director of divisive recent cult item The Greasy Strangler , plus horror movies and miscellaneous weirdness from Brazil, Norway, Belgium, Denmark and Oakland (via a revival of Sarah Jacobsen’s twenty-year old indie Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore ). More info here .
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Finally, a flashback of a different kind launches this Friday at the Pacific Film Archive, as choreographer Mark Morris presents a film series […]