Indies and Arties: When Birds Attack


WHAT IS IT about flying things that gives humans the willies? The maker of “Birdemic” adds another twist to the genre of avian fears come squawkingly true, talons and all. On Friday and Saturday at midnight, E Street Cinema screens James Nguyen‘s 2008 shocker about a flock of eagles and vultures that preys on the wingless bipeds of a small California town. If this sounds a bit familiar, yes, Alfred Hitchcock‘s “The Birds” was indeed the egg that hatched Nguyen’s film. (Look for old footage of “Birds” star Tippi Hendren as a sly wink to that inspiration.)

» E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; Fri. April 16 & Sat. April 17, midnight; 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)

Orson Welles & the Bard
While we can’t quibble with the idea of giving the legendary Orson Welles a two-part restrospective, we find the title a wee bit … is snarky the right word? Well, Orson Welles’ talent — and ego — were outsized, so AFI Silver offers “Larger Than Life, Part II,” a continued look at the auteur who brought deep focus to the silver screen. This weekend highlights Welles’ Shakespearean work, with “Macbeth” and “Othello” — both of which Bard works he directed, adapted, produced and starred in — each screening multiple times.

» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; “Larger Than Life, Part II” through May 9; 301-495-6700. (Silver Spring).

Photo courtesy Severin Films

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