$10. 401 S. Broad St. www.pjff.org
Judy Toll: The Funniest Woman You've Never Heard Of
(2007) (Shown on film): Sibling kindness doesn't get much more heartwarming than in this doc from Philly native Gary Toll, which serves to examine (or at least advertise) his sister Judy, a fortysomething comedian, writer and actor who got her start in the famed Groundlings but has never quite caught a break. (Not reviewed.) Mon., Jan. 7, 7pm.
$5. 7141 Germantown Ave. 215.247.3020. www.mtairyvideolibrary.com
(2007) (Shown on DVD): A more ambitious and less assured Cronenberg/Mortensen mash-up than A History of Violence, this exploration of London's Russian mob sect either sports a mysteriously snaky structure or is simply a draft away from something more interesting. Either way, it holds the attention--even when Mortensen's not naked and bloody. B- Fri., Jan. 4-Sat., Jan. 5, 8pm; and Sun., Jan. 6, 8pm.
Project Twenty 1 Film & Animation Festival
$10 per screening/$21 whole day. Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St. www.projecttwenty1.com
(Shown on video): Now in its second year, this Philly-based festival offers up 21 shorts and features spread out over four different programs. Expect animation that spans from the Tuskegee syphilis study-telling Bad Blood to the crazy Hungarian feature The District, along with live action that spans from the self-explanatory Phanatic!: A Documentary to the oil satire Blood Car. Sat., Jan. 5. See website for times.
$3. 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. www.thetroc.com
(1990) (Shown on DVD): Tim Burton and Johnny Depp began their storied union with one of the most naked odes to social outcastdom--the idea of a designed man, just one step shy of completion, being exploited then hated by suburbia barely even qualifies as metaphor. Meanwhile, where has Dianne Wiest been all these years? B Mon., Jan. 7, 7:30pm.
Wooden Shoe Books
Free. 508 S. Fifth St. 215.413.0999. www.woodenshoebooks.com
Small Town Gay Bar
(2006) (Shown on DVD): Kevin Smith produced this Sundance doc fave, which looks at gay bars that have somehow sprouted up in the eternally backward boondocks of the Deep South. Though the tone is one of hope and progression, it still squeezes in interviews with knucklescraping scum like the American Family Association's Tim Wildmon and "God Hates Fags" gargoyle Fred Phelps. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 5, 7pm.
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