Upcoming special screenings: “True Stories” “Suited” and Anna May Wong

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True_stories_poster “True Stories”  David Byrne co-wrote, directed and starred in this oddly forgotten little gem, a strange and  sweet and goofy movie sort-of-musical about the fictional town of Virgil, Texas, as it celebrates the sesquicentennial. Stars a very young John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz asa woman so rich she never has to get out of bed, Spalding Gray, lead Staple Pop Staples doing “Papa Legba,” and Tito Larriva as the guy who sings the song “Radio Head,” from which the band got its name.  I remain very fond of the whole thing, but I think about John Ingle performing “Puzzling Evidence,” a gospel ode to ’80s conspiracy theory chic, a whole lot.  What an incredibly fun movie.

After the screening, actor/musician Larriva (The Plugz, Cruzados, “Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), who plays Ramon in True Stories and the film’s location manager, Joe Dishner (Near Dark, Simple Plan). Presented in 35mm in partnership with Austin Film Festival as part of the Bullock Museum’s Texas Focus film series. Tickets are $3 for Bullock Museum members and Austin Film Festival members, and students with valid ID; and $5 for the public. 7pm, June 9

“Hospital.” The AFF’s Frederick Wiseman-a-thon continues with this astounding documentary, which lay bare the inner workings of a Manhattan hospital with a mostly indigent clientele. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, 4 to 6 p.m. June 12. $7-$10. AFS at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“The Other Side.” This new release from Texas-based Italian filmmaker Roberto Minervini follows an impoverished Louisiana couple with a drug problem and explores the hidden world of low-income America. 7:30 to 9 p.m. June 15. $7-$10. AFS at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Suited.” The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival hosts the Texas première of this 2016 Sundance selection, about Bindle & Keep, a bespoke tailoring company in Brooklyn that caters to a diverse LGBTQ community. 7:30 p.m. June 15. $10. Alamo South, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. drafthouse.com/ticketing/0004/90950.

“Piccadilly.” There weren’t many good parts for Asian performers in 1920s American cinema, so when the Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong got her chance, playing a femme fatale in this jazz-age melodrama, she didn’t waste it. The screening will include a live score by DJ Ms. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 16. $7-$10. AFS at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

Additional reporting by Arianna Auber


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