SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Grace Kelly's an unfaithful wife in the stagy thriller Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:25 p.m.) screening with the witty romance Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954; 5:25, 9:30 p.m.), with venue favorite Audrey Hepburn, and some other guys.
THURSDAY (Aug. 16): A boy and his cab find nightlife too drab in Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976). 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (Aug. 15 & 16): The IFC Free Film Fest screens three indie features in rotation on a 40 by 20 foot inflatable air screen. Films to be screened include Raising Arizona (Joel Coen, 1987), The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987), and Napoleon Dynamite (Jared Hess, 2004). Local filmmakers' work will play at a media lab lounge and you're urged to bring DVDs made for kids to an on-site donation box for forwarding to San Francisco General Hospital's pediatric unit. Pre-film entertainment begins at 6 p.m., with features at sunset.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576 and www.victoriatheatre.org for venue. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
THURSDAY: The story of eight SoCal high schoolers seeking careers as pro surfers, Chasing the Dream (Angelo Mei, 2007). $10. 7, 9:15 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's screening room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
SATURDAY (Aug. 18): "Screw Netflix" - One of Robert Aldrich's boldest films, Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), a grunt's eye view of the military-industrial complex in meltdown mode. Recommended! 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 31 is the film submission deadline for the 20th Annual Straight Outta Film Arts contest; winners will screen at YBCA. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and the entry form.
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