Got Ink ?
Multi-use art space, coffeehouse and general neighborhood hangout The Kosmos is getting into the movie biz. Kind of. This weekend, The Kosmos will host several screenings of Jamin Winans’ much-praised ultra-indie fantasy film Ink. Ink spins the story of an 8-year-old girl who becomes a pawn in a metaphysical war being fought between the forces of light and darkness. Kidnapped and taken to a freaky alternate dimension, our heroine must fight her way back to the real world and bring salvation to her desperate father. Screenings will take place Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13, at 8 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. The Kosmos is located at 1713 Fifth Street NW. For more info, log on to www.thekosmos.org. To scope out a trippy trailer for Ink, head to their YouTube channel or their website, doubleedgefilms.com.
Lots of baa, but no humbug in this raw, open-eyed elegy for the American cowboy
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, the husband-and-wife filmmaking team behind Sweetgrass, apparently prefer the term “recordist” over the term “director.” Walking out of the theater as the end credits roll on their latest documentary, you might be inclined to agree.
“Ugly Americans” on Comedy Central
Comedy Central gets freaky with its new animated series “Ugly Americans.” Like a lot of shows, “Ugly Americans” follows the crummy work environment and lousy personal life of one average American schmuck. In this case, our schmuck is luckless twentysomething social worker Mark Lilly (voiced by Matt Oberg). Mark works for the Department of Integration, a New York agency dedicated to providing job counseling to fresh immigrants. The twist here is that, in Mark’s world, these immigrants are just as likely to include vampires, zombies, aliens, werewolves and giant chicken people as they are to consist of your average Third World refugees.
The Week in Sloth
“Iced: U.S. Marshals Alaska: Alaska’s #1 Fugitive” (A&E 8:30 p.m.) What, do A&E writers get paid by the colon?
“The Underwear Bomber: Detroit Plane Plot” (Discovery 8 p.m.) Best case scenario there, Umar Farouk: You blow up, take out a bunch of infidels and go straight to Paradise, where you are known for all eternity as “The Underwear Bomber.”
Shanks (TCM 12:30 a.m.) Would you believe me if I told you that famed mime Marcel Marceau stars in this 1974 horror story about a mute puppeteer who gets revenge on those who have wronged him by stealing a mad scientist’s formula for resurrecting the dead? ... I didn’t think so.