Tired of movies based on toys, holidays, and dolphin-robocops? Well, 'tis the season for some excellent film festivals , and a handful are opening this week. Here's a taste of the alternatives:
The Classic Film Festival begins Monday, October 10th at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center. Opening night boasts The African Queen, which stars Humphrey Bogart as a drunk on a boat and Katherine Hepburn as a straight-laced missionary who convinces him to attack a WWI warship. Tickets are a measly $3, or you can pay $12 to get yourself a snazzy festival pass good for all the upcoming movies such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, House of Dracula, and Psycho.
Also at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, they're kicking off a French film festival. On October 12, they'll be screening Potiche ("Trophy Wife"). Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star in the comedic story of a man who gets taken hostage by his striking employees, and it's up to his wife to maintain control of the family business. This time a scant $4 will get you in, and $15 will get you a festival pass. Other films to come include: A Screaming Man and Queen to Play. (which was included in this year's SpIFF).
Moving on down the line, October 15th marks the one-day extravaganza for the Birth Film Festival at The Bing Crosby Theater. Watch films about pregnancy, birth, and babies from around the world from noon to 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.