Indie Films September 9-15


            Happy Birthday. Directed and written by Casey Tebo. Produced by Sean McKittrick, Vince Palomino, Sheila R. Rose. From Orion Pictures. Color, 2016, USA, rated R. Horror/Thriller. Starring Vanessa Lengles, Steven Tyler, Erik Palladino, Matthew Willig, Tristin Mays and Britne Oldford. When Brady Baxter finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him, his best friend Tommy Quinn decides the only way to get his mind off of it is to take a drug-fueled, death defying journey into the sweaty black heart of darkness that is Mexicali.  Cock fights, Shamans, and a make-shift strip club called "Chocho Fuego", it looks to be the most insane birthday celebration in recent memory. When they meet two American girls and head to a desolate hotel, the night is about to end with a bang. Soon, it's clear the girls have other ideas. Sex games, drugs, torture, eventually held for ransom by the Mexican drug cartel. How did Brady's birthday dream turn into his worst nightmare?

            El Ganzo. Directed by Steve Balderson. Written by Balderson, Anslem Richardson, Susan Traylor. Produced by Balderson and Jennifer Drelling. From Dikenga Films.  (Color,  2016, USA/Mexico, 89 minutes, not rated) Mystery/Romance.  Starring Magdalena Del Rio, Mark Booker, Anslem Richardson, Susan Traylor. Identity and self-discovery evolve in an epic journey through the majesty of a Mexico rarely seen. EL GANZO chronicles a brief and intense connection between two lonely travelers: a struggling artist on the verge of a creative breakthrough and a mysterious woman with a hidden and unknown past.

            Winner- Salento International Film Festival.

            "Transports you completely."---One Room With A View

The Green Fairy. Directed by Dan Frank. Written by Daniel Celestina and Caroline Posada. Produced by Jeffrey Davis, Noel Demello, Alan Moss, Leng Yein. From URD Pictures. (Color, 2016, USA/UK/Swittzerland, 90 minutes, not rated). Documentary/ Fantasy/ History. With Mindy Robinson, Linda Blair, Roddy Piper, Manu Initraymi, Ashley Laurence, Richard Grieco. The history of absinthe from 1730 to 1915.

September 9- September 15, 2016. Admission: $13 each feature. Contact venue for show times.

Information: (323) 306-0676. Online ticketing:

            At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.           

            Arena Cinema is Hollywood's new home for independent films, powered by Voltaire Media.

            Ranked among Top 5 Indie Movie Theatres in Los Angeles by CBS2.

Posted By Phil Sokoloff on September 06, 2016 03:25 pm | Permalink