Summer film series

Cinema East kicks off its summer programming Sunday night with a screening of Zachary Heinzerling’s "Cutie and the Boxer," a documentary that charts the 40-year marriage of boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. The movie, which earned Heinzerling an award for direction at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be preceded by Austinite Kat Candler’s short film "Heavy Metal," a dark tale about the intentions and consequences of art as seen through the lens of a rock singer.

This summer’s screenings include locally shot and critically acclaimed films "A Teacher," the Sundance entry from Hannah Fidell, and "Zero Charisma," a comedy about role playing that earned praise at South by Southwest earlier this year. Filmmakers are scheduled to be in attendance for most of the Cinema East screenings.

The celebration of independent film, programmed by Carlyn Hudson and Maggie Lea, takes place every other Sunday evening for six weeks at the French Legation (802 San Marcos St.) in East Austin. The screenings, which are pay-what-you-can price between $2 and $5, begin at 9 p.m., with gates at 7 p.m. Food and drink are sold on premises by The Hot Dog King, Cool Haus, Juiceland and Cornucopia, and attendees are allowed to bring their own alcohol.

Founded by Lea and Scott Jawson, Cinema East started in 2010 as an opportunity to bring independent cinema to a social environment.

"I want people to see stellar, new, progressive, sexy films, for a low cost at a high-end, boutique pop-up theater feel," Lea said. "And in reality, the bones of the production are actually something that is essentially very DIY, very grubby, very scrappy, and very Austin. I like the blend of those two aesthetics."

For more information about Cinema East, visit their site at CinemaEastAustin.com.