Zombie vs. samurai

The Crest Theatre is located at 1013 K Street.

Crest Theatre

1013 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 476-3356

OK, sure: There’s not really a battle between the Trash Film Orgy and the Sacramento Japanese Film Festival or anything. But they’re both happening this weekend at the Crest Theatre. And besides, doesn’t a mash-up of horror flicks and Japanese films sound friggin’ cool? Anyway, the SJFF happens this Friday through Sunday, and TFO opens at midnight on Saturday, and then continues weekly through August 18. For more information, check out the following guide to both festivals.

Trash Film Orgy

Don’t Miss: Opening Night

If you miss opening night, you’ll miss the infamous Zombie Walk and, of course, the midnight screening of Sam Raimi’s 1992 film Army of Darkness. Departing fom Cheap Thrills (1712 L Street) at 10 p.m., the Zombie Walk features costumed participants who will drag and writhe downtown toward the Crest before the film’s midnight screening. Note: There’s currently a fundraising campaign underway to pay for various walk-related expenses such as city permits and insurance, so visit www.indiegogo.com/tfozombiewalk to contribute before the Friday deadline (no pun intended). Visit www.trashfilmorgy.com for more information. All films are for an 18-and-over audience. Tickets to all screenings are $10, or $9 for zombies.

Sacramento Japanese Film Festival

Don’t Miss: Closing Night

This night of films looks to be the festival’s pièce de résistance. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, a double screening features the documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and the film David & Kamal. The Tsunami & the Cherry Blossom is an Oscar-nominated documentary about the 2011 tsunami in Japan, its aftermath and survivors. David and Kamal highlights the difficulties of a Palestinian boy and a Jewish boy who try to become friends in Jerusalem. It’s directed by Kikuo Kawasaki and co-presented with the Sacramento Jewish Film Festival. Single tickets for films cost $10; all-festival passes cost $35. Visit www.sacjapanesefilmfestival.net for more information.