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Fall Arts Preview: Film 

Violent Midnight aka Psychomania. September 8, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5. This long–forgotten indie murder mystery from the early 1960s features a cool jazz score, inventive camera work and a surprising plot twist. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

The Corporation. September 10, 7 p.m. New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. Free. An insightful documentary that asks the question “if corporations have the same rights as individual people, what kind of person is a corporation?” Hosted by the Savannah Coffee Party.

The Glass House. September 13, 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. $8. A ground–breaking documentary that travels through the underclass of Iran, and finds a group of women in Tehran who are working to empower teenage girls discarded by traditional society. Part of the Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers.

Fresh. September 14, 7 p.m. Starfish Community Garden, 545 E. Gwinnett St. $5 suggested donation. A documentary looking at efforts from around the country to reclaim food production and revert the industrial model back to a more local focus. Sponsored by the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance. Includes tour of Starfish Community Garden.

In the Family. Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. Memorial Health Medical Education Auditorium, 4700 Waters Ave. Free. Documentary exploring lives of women carrying the cancer causing BRCA genetic mutation. Followed by Q&A session.

Jim Henson’s Experiment in Television: The Cube. Sept.15, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5. Rare avant–garde sci–fi TV special (a la The Twilight Zone) written by a pre–Muppets Jim Henson. Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah

Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival. September 17–19. Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. All events are free. Dozens of films, including shorts and features, that explore various aspects of ocean life, including several films focusing on the Gulf Region and the effects of the BP Oil disaster.

Black Dynamite. September 19, 5:30 & 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. $7. A hilarious spoof of classic Blaxploitation–era films written by and starring Michael Jai White that features all the jive slang and pimped out style popularized by Shaft, The Mack, and Dolemite. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

Stop Me Before I Kill. September 22, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5. Little–known 1960s suspense drama from England’s Hammer Studios about a race car driver who suffers from violent tendencies after a traumatic automobile crash. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

Easy Rider. Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. $6–8. Get your motor running with this classic counter–culture road movie starring Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda. SCAD Cinema Circle.

Pelada. September 24, 7:30 p.m. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. $6 (cash only). A documentary following two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros.  Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game through 25 countries, from prisons in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya. Presented by Reel Savannah.

Shadows and Light: Surrealism and the Cinematic Canvas. September 28, 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. $10/general public, $5/w SCAD ID. A selection of surreal and experimental films from the 1920s running in conjunction with the Twilight Visions exhibit at the Jepson Center.

Die Abenteur Des Prinzen Achmed. September 29, 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. $10/general, $5 with SCAD ID. Inspired by the tales from the Arabian Nights, this 1926 film was made by Lotte Reiniger using hundreds of handmade puppets silhouetted against painstakingly detailed backgrounds.

The Golden Age. September 30, 6 p.m. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. $5 for members, $7 non–members. The combination of surrealism and anti–bourgeois sentiments sparked riots and when this movie debuted in France in 1930. It was so incendiary that it wasn’t released in the US until 1979.

Quai Des Brumes. October 1, 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. $10/general, $5 with SCAD ID. This moody French classic released in 1938 tells the story of an army deserter who meets a beautiful woman during his search for a new beginning.

Under the Roofs of Paris. October 2, 6 p.m. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. $5 for members, $7 non–members. One of the most successful French films of the 1930s. Notable for pioneering use of sound and interesting camera work.

The Savannah Beach Film Festival. October 2, 8 p.m. Huck–a–Poo’s, 1213 E. Hwy 80, Tybee Island. $5. An evening of short film screenings, many produced locally, with proceeds benefiting a local retirement home.

The Intruder aka Shame. Oct. 6, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5. Critically acclaimed Civil Rights message movie about segregation in the deep South, starring William Shatner and directed by Roger Corman. Presented by Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

The 400 Blows. October 8, 7 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. $6–8. Francois Truffaut’s first feature film tells the tale of protagonist Antoine Doinel’s childhood surviving authoritarian school teachers, apathetic parents and more. SCAD Cinema Circle.

John Lennon Birthday Tribute. October 9, 7:30 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. $5. On what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Bill DeYoung hosts an evening of rarely–seen Beatles’ music videos from 1965–1969, as well as concert footage from The Beatles at Shea Stadium.

Mississippi Damned. October 9, 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. $8. A heart–wrenching tale of three African American youth in rural Mississippi who struggle to escape their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction and violence. Part of the Southern Circuit for Independent Film.

American Grindhouse. October 10, 5:30 & 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. $7. A must–see for fans of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez films. This documentary charts the history of low–budget, Drive–In gems, including hundreds of clips from rare flicks.

The Incredible Paris Incident. October 13, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5. Campy and mod European secret agent/crime caper spoof featuring the masked superhero Argoman. Dubbed in English. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

LGBT Film Festival. October 15–17. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. $60 full festival pass, or $10–15 for individual screenings. Passes and tickets on sale October 1. Three days of award winning films, including shorts and features, portraying a diverse collection of LGBT characters and themes.

Happiness. October 20, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5. This disturbing and edgy dark comedy–drama about sexual perversion and familial dysfunction from director Todd Solondz (Welcome To The Dollhouse) is considered shocking and offensive by some, but is also revered by critics as one of the finest and most daring American films of the past two decades. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

Life During Wartime. October 24, 7 p.m. Victory Square Cinemas, 1901 E. Victory Dr. $8. This unexpected sequel to Todd Solondz’s cult classic Happiness (shown earlier in the week at The Bean) offers an update on the lives of the flawed characters from his disturbing earlier masterpiece. Co–sponsored by the Reel Savannah Film Group and the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

The Night of the Beast. October 27, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5. Bizarre, high–tech sci–fi spoof from Turkey which has become an infamous cult film worldwide. With English Subtitles. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

Savannah Film Festival. October 30 – November 6. (See Festival Section)

12 Hour Halloween Movie Marathon. October 31, 12 p.m.–12 a.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. $7/movie, or discounted pass for full day. Includes Carnival of Souls, The Haunting, City of the Living Dead, Profondo Rosso, Tourist Trap and The Signal. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

Dirty Harry. Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. $6–8. Do you feel lucky punk? This tale of a San Francisco cop hunting down a killer cemented Clint Eastwood’s icon status. Presented by SCAD Cinema Circle.

Artois the Goat. November 18, 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. $8. A quirky tale about a man who loses his job manufacturing artificial flavors for TV dinners and then uses money he’d saved for an engagement ring to buy a goat and make cheese.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. November 21, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. $7. Internationally praised action/suspense thriller based on a best–selling novel – soon to be remade in the USA by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac). See the original! In Swedish with English Subtitles. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

Making the Boys. December 5, 7:30 p.m. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. $10/adv, $12/door. A documentary that explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of, The Boys in the Band, the first–ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Presented by the Savannah Gay & Lesbian Film Society.

Howl. December 19, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. $7. Critically acclaimed drama based on the true–life story of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s obscenity trial for the publication of his landmark poem “Howl”, starring James Franco as Ginsberg. Presented by the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.  

 

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