Film: documentaries, screenings & more

 

* IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk; daytime films, info., 203-852-0700 or maritimeaquarium.org: Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Secret Ocean at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Dream Big at noon and 4 p.m. and National Parks Adventure at 1 p.m. Amazon Adventure, 1 and 3 p.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. weekends  Beavers at 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun. All through Nov. 22. One exhibit and daytime IMAX movie included with paid aquarium adm: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12); free for kids under 3 and members. Reservations: maritimeaquarium.org.

The Central Park Five screening on Thurs., Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m., Western Connecticut State University in Warner Hall, Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Screening to be accompanied by commentary from Associate Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Jennifer Duffy and Professor of English Dr. Don Gagnon. Free; public is invited.

Friday Films, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Arrival (2016), Oct. 6, 8 p.m. La La Land (2016), Oct. 13.

20th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, through Oct. 8, The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St., Danbury; starting 8 p.m. 10 finalists (to become Oscar-qualified) Do No Harm (New Zealand), Behind (Spain), Fickle Bickle (USA), Hope Dies Last (United Kingdom), The Perfect Day (Spain), Just Go! (Latvia), Mare Nostrum (Syria), Viola, Franca (Italy), In a Nutshell (Switzerland), 8 Minutes (Georgia). Cinema-goers to be handed ballot for voting. Tickets $15 att thepalacedanbury.com, or 203-794-9944.

Monday Matinees, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Kong: Skull Island (PG-13), Oct. 9, noon, Lovell Room. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar winner Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in this recent blockbuster. Info: stratfordlibrary.org. Next: Megan Leavey,    Nov. 13 and Wonder Woman, Dec. 11.

Latin Explosion: A New America, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Student Center Theater, at Midtown WCSU campus. The film explores the far-reaching influence of Latin music on American culture and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford St., Stamford; avontheatre.org, 203-967-3660; tickets $9-$12 nonmembers. French Cinematheque: The Death of Louis XIV, Tues., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. Cult Classics: Night of the Living Dead (1968-R), 8:30 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.

The Irish in Films series, 10th anniversary season, Wed., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., multimedia room, Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library, 1973 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Irish studies faculty member to field questions after screenings; refreshments served. Oct. 11: A Monster Calls (2016), magical fable directed by J.A. Bayona. Oct. 16: Jimmy’s Hall (2015), set in 1930s Ireland, based on actual events, directed by Ken Loach. Oct. 25: After ‘16 (2016), a short film commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Info: fairfield.edu.

Citizen Jane Film Festival, Thurs., Oct. 12, and Sat., Oct. 15, 2 p.m., The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Bridgeport DSSD and Connecticut Main Street Center presenting two-day event, featuring eight films and conversation “about how ordinary citizens can shape the future of our towns.” Oct. 12: Citizen Jane, new documentary on Jane Jacobs; discussion with David Flint, author of Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York’s Master Builder and transformed the American City; reception; guided walking tours. Oct. 15: Survival of a Small City, about urban redevelopment in Norwalk; program of short films; reprise showing of Citizen Jane. Tickets and Info at bridgeportcitizenjane.eventbrite.com.

Short Cuts Film Festival, opening Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:30-9 p.m., Garden Cinemas, 26 Isaac St.,

Norwalk. Award-winning short films selected (from among 3,000 entries) from 2017 TriBeca Film Festival by Westport-based JIB Productions. Women Behind the Lens: Lorraine Nicholson’s Life Boat (USA). TriBeca’s Best Animated Short, Odd is an Egg (Norway), first animated short directed by producer Kristin Ulseth. Viola, Franca, Italian film based on a true story by UCLA’s MFA directing graduate and first-time filmmaker, Marta Savina. The Suitcase by Abi Damaris Corbin, also inspired by true events. Coffee and cookies beginning at 7, followed by films and discussion. Tickets $25, include free popcorn, and info at JIBProductions.org or 203-293-8729. Short Cuts series continues Thurs., Nov. 16, with program entitled Despite the Endings: Big City (Australia), animated Curpigeon (USA) and TriBeca’s Best Narrative Short, Retouch (Iran).

Neirot’s season opening dinner and film, Sat., Oct. 14, 6 p.m., Congregation Shir Shalom,  46 Peaceable St., Ridgefield. Dinner followed by documentary Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem with music by Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, discussion and dessert. Reservations, $18, via Neirot at OurShirShalom.org by Oct. 9.

The Princess Bride, Wed., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Rob Reiner’s fairy tale adventure about smitten but thwarted couple, starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes. TCM hosts. Tickets $12.50 at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct. 27, 9 p.m., The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St., Danbury. Tickets $15. Info: thepalacedanbury.com.

Phantom of the Opera, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Ln., Westport. Tickets, 203-227-0827 or chtwestport.org.

King Sejong the Great: the Everlasting Light of Korea screening, Oct. 29, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. In addition to the screening the Korean Spirit and Cultural Program will also have a traditional wedding reenactment and cooking demonstration. Free, registration required. Info: 203-385-4162.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Fairfield Theater Company, 70 Sanford St, Fairfield. Tickets $15. Info: fairfieldtheater.org.