(2008) (Shown on film): Last seen with the doc Two Towns of Jasper, Philly native Marco Williams returns to present his latest film, which unearths a particularly shameful part of America's past: the expelling of black families from towns from the 1860s and 1920s in order to keep their microcosms white-bread to this very day. A small, undisclosed fee comes with the event, which you register for at 215.222.4201. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 26, 4pm.
(2007) (Shown on film): John Sayles' batting average hasn't been high over the last several years, with his skill for writing intelligently about lefty concerns curdling into snores like Casa de los Babys and Silver City. And while he hasn't rebounded by returning to the creature features on which he cut his teeth (Piranha, Alligator, etc.), word has still been warm over his latest, an evocation of a '50s Alabama roadhouse run by Danny Glover. Sayles and longtime producer Maggie Renzi will be present at this Scribe presentation, held for their 25th anniversary. (Not reviewed.) Tues., Jan. 29, 6:30pm.
The Unholy Three
(1925) (Shown on film): Secret Cinema makes its 2008 debut by threading up its first full-on silent program in years. The gem this time is one of the 10 collaborations between Lon Chaney and Tod Browning (Dracula), and possibly the most lurid. Chaney plays the head of a crime trio consisting of a ventriloquist (Chaney), a strong man (Victor McLaglen) and a midget (Harry Earles), the latter of whom poses as a baby in order to successfully invade people's homes. The great Don Kinnier will provide the live organ accompaniment, and the night will feature silent SC shorts. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 26, 8pm.
The Big Lebowski
(1998) (Shown on DVD): "This is our concern, dude." B+ Mon., Jan. 28, 7:30pm.
Un Pogito de Tanta Verdad
(2007) (Shown on DVD): Jill Friedberg's doc covers a freakish occurrence--when tens of thousands of inhabitants of Oaxaca, Mexico, took over the media in an attempt to spread the news of governmental malfeasance. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 26, 7:30pm.
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