Special events built around Tulsa favorites Leon Russell, Woody Guthrie and Ralph Macchio are highlights of arthouse cinema this week.
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“Final Portrait”: This biopic details how what is supposed to be a one-day sitting for a portrait instead examines the artistic process and the friendship between Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) and a writer (Armie Hammer). Directed by Stanley Tucci.
“Itzhak”: His music and his Jewish heritage are both seen to be vital parts of the life of famed violinist Itzhak Perlman, as this documentary shows.
“Best F(r)iends”: Starring Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau and inspired by a road trip the pair made after the production of “The Room” in 2003, a drifter befriends a quirky mortician and they start a curious business.
Leon Russell Monument Event: In this lecture by Steve Todoroff which benefits the Leon Russell Monument Fund and is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, he will discuss the music legend’s earliest years, his years in Tulsa and his music legacy formed in Los Angeles. Every ticket purchase includes “Snapshot” CD with Russell songs, entry into a pair of giveaways and a screening of “Leon Russell and the New Grass Revival” concert filmed in California in 1980.
Tulsa FMAC mixer event: The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art & and Culture event begins with a 6 p.m. Wednesday mixer, followed by “Free to Rock,” 7 p.m. documentary about music helping to effect change behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War years, followed at 8 p.m. Q-and-A with the film’s producer.
“Mind Game”: This 2004 animated adventure-comedy is the Circle’s monthly Anime Club event at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 presents “The Cat Returns”: This yearlong nod to the anime masters from Japan continues with screenings of “The Cat Returns” set for 12:55 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Broken Arrow Warren Theatre, Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.
“Cobra Kai”: This special event, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow, features not only a screening of the 1984 “The Karate Kid” but also the first two episodes of a new Youtube Red series starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.
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