Artists' Television Access. NextNow.10: An evening of improvisations, with kinetic and short video works and live music. Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. $6. Beat Machine: A Chromavision fundraiser for the new documentary The Beat: The Evolution of a Movement.. Fri., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, atasite.org.
Brava Theater Center. AIM West Coast Third International Film Festival: Films depicting the legacy and spiritual movement of resistance and the fight for self-determination among indigenous peoples. Fri., Oct. 12, noon. $10-$15 (no one turned away for lack of funds). 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657, brava.org.
The Castro Theatre. Man without a Cell Phone: Opening night film for the 16th Arab Film Festival. Palestinian-Israeli Jawdat just wants to talk on his cell phone until his father launches a protest against a cell tower he fears is poisoning the villagers. Thu., Oct. 11. $10-$12. arabfilmfestival.org. The Little Mermaid Sing Along: Oct. 12-19. $10-$15. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, castrotheatre.com.
CineArts at Sequoia. 35th Mill Valley Film Festival: Annual film festival celebrating indie and world cinema. Through Oct. 14. admission varies. 25 Throckmorton (at E. Blithedale), Mill Valley, 388-1190, mvff.com.
Dark Room Theater. Blade: Trinity: Part of Bad Movie Night. Sun., Oct. 14, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, darkroomsf.com.
San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema. Taiwan Film Days: Includes: Jump! Ashin, Din Tao: Leader of the Parade, Joyful Reunion, Days We Stared at the Sun, Ye Zai, and A Brighter Summer Day. Oct. 12-14. $12-$13. 1746 Post (at Webster), 525-8630, sffs.org.
Oddball Films. American Trance Cinema: Spellbinding Ceremonies: Rare films and shorts exploring the unique cultural rituals and ceremonies of several disparate American demographics. Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. $10; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon): An interview-based series and screening featuring Mark Pauline that explores the blending of performance and technology. Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $10; RSVP to email@example.com. 275 Capp (at 18th St.), 558-8112, oddballfilm.com.
Roxie Theater. Bitter Seeds: Documentary by local filmmaker Micha X. Peled on farmer suicides in India. Through Oct. 11. $6.50-$10. Decoding Deepak: Filmmaker and journalist Gotham Chopra spends a year following his father and spiritual icon Deepak Chopra. Oct. 12-18. $6.50-$10. 3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom: A comedy about two brothers, a sex tape, a hacker, a movie star, and a pet pig. 12-18. $6.50-$10. Countdown to Hell: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and Hellraiser: a Midnites for Maniacs triple feature. Sat., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. $12. The American Scream: Best Documentary, Fantastic Fest 2012. Tue., Oct. 16, 7:15 p.m. $6.50-$10. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, roxie.com.
The Vortex Room. Don't Fear the Vortex: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) and Alone in the Dark (1982). Wed., Oct. 10, 9 p.m. $7; Blood and Black Lace and Blue Blood: Thu., Oct. 11, 9 p.m. $7. 1082 Howard (at Seventh St.), myspace.com/thevortexroom.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Almayer's Folly: In Southeast Asia, a European clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. Adapted from Joseph Conrad's novel. Thu., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 13-14. $8-$10. Couleurs Mécaniques: Films of Rose Lowder: 16 mm films that explore visual perception, color, and the mechanics of the cinematic apparatus. Sun., Oct. 14, 4 p.m. $6-$10. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787, ybca.org.