WEDNESDAY (May 19): A Film Arts Festival screening of Jamie Stobie's Freedom Machines (2004), a documentary about technology's impact on the concept of disability. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (May 20): "Dialogues in the Dark," a series pairing a new filmmaker's work with movies that have influenced him, screens four queer-friendly films by Nguyen Tan Hoang, including Forever Jimmy! and PIRATED!, with Cecilia Dougherty's The Drama of the Gifted Child, Clover Paek's We Got Moves You Ain't Even Heard Of (part one), and more. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 21): A "Films From Along the Silk Road" series of Central Asian cinema continues with two by Uzbekistan's Ali Khamraev, Without Fear (1972; 7 p.m.), following the consequences of a Red Army officer's efforts in the 1920s to have women in his village drop their veils, and a young boy's coming-of-age tale in medieval Uzbekistan, Man Follows Birds (1975; 9 p.m.). $7 for both.
TUESDAY (May 25): A program of "Innovative International Dance Films" includes Black Spring and You Are My Favorite Chair. $7 7 p.m.
There will be a free outdoor screening of George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973) on the San Rafael City Plaza this Saturday at 8:45 p.m. BYO lawn chairs. ... This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle screens Frank Tuttle's Suspense (1946), a skating rink noir starring Monogram's answer to Sonja Henie, Belita. Film historian David Robson leads a discussion after the film. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.