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Dances With Films: A festival that's decidedly independent

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June 04, 2009|Susan King

The globalization of films will be amply illustrated this week through a variety of festivals and screening series. First off, Dances With Films, billed as the "last independent independent film festival," will present nearly 100 films from around the globe. It starts tonight and continues through next Thursday at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Among the features scheduled are "How I Got Lost," with Aaron Stanford and Rosemarie DeWitt; "My Normal," the first lesbian film in the competition; "Corpse Run"; "Park Sharks"; and "Tiny Little Lies." www.danceswithfilms.com.

Visiting from Israel

The 24th Israel Film Festival continues through June 18 at the Fine Arts Theatre and Laemmle's Fallbrook 7. Included are the award-winning films "For My Father," "It All Begins at Sea," "Out of the Blue" and "Seven Minutes in Heaven." www.israelfilmfestival.com.

A trip to Spain

The American Cinematheque will celebrate "Recent Spanish Cinema" at its Egyptian and Aero theaters. The festivities open tonight at the Egyptian with the L.A. premiere of "Camino," directed by Javier Fesser, who will discuss his film afterward. The series will continue at the Aero on Friday through next Wednesday, with films including "Before the Fall," the animated family film "The Missing Lynx" and "The Oxford Murders." www.americancinematheque.com.

Tribute to Bigelow

The Egyptian is hosting a tribute to director Kathryn Bigelow, featuring a sneak of her new film, "The Hurt Locker," on Friday, with the director in attendance. She'll also appear at Saturday's double bill of 1987's "Near Dark" and 1995's "Strange Days," as well as at the Sunday double feature of 1991's "Point Break" and 2002's "K-19: The Widowmaker." www.americancinematheque.com.

Rocco's legacy

The Outfest Legacy screening series -- a collaboration between the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest -- features "Mondo Rocco: A Legacy Salute to Pat Rocco" on Sunday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater. An activist and filmmaker, Rocco made gay erotic films in the late 1960s and early '70s as well as chronicled demonstrations, parades and festivals. The night includes 1969's "The Groovy Guy" and 1968's "The Performance." www.cinema.ucla.edu.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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