Top Five Picks From the East Village Film Festival

The Gang's All Here: The Cool World's stars.Photo: Courtesy of East Village Film Festival

1. Rockets Redglare! Doc about titular junkie–actor–Sid Vicious muse, told by Jim Jarmusch, Julian Schnabel, Willem Dafoe.

2. Luna Macaroona In Steve Buscemi’s short, his son Lucian meets the performance artists who gave Daddy his start.

3. The Cool World Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet wails in this 1963 classic about a teenager in Harlem. Said to have inspired John Cassavetes.

4. In This World Sneak preview of 24 Hour Party People’s Michael Winterbottom’s digital-video pseudo-doc about two Afghan boys who escape the Taliban only to face a brutal refugee life in Italy, Turkey, London, and Iran.

5. Live From Shiva’s Dance Floor Richard (Slacker) Linklater’s response to 9/11 captures a guided tour of lower Manhattan by Timothy “Speed” Levitch, a Waking Life star whose philosophical rambling can, at times, make perfect sense.

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Top Five Picks From the East Village Film Festival