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Geno’s | Geek Chorus + Fun Box at the Movies
We recommend becoming Facebook friends with these two groups, which have been offering regular Monday night festivities at Geno’s in the past year or so. Fun Box at the Movies, a camp film series brought to us by the Fun Box Monster Emporium, brings the 1973 horror classic THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE to the rock club on September 27, complete with an appearance by cast member Gunnar Hansen. Geek Chorus, an MST3K-style collective whose motto is “we talk over movies,” screen public-domain films for free the first Monday of the month. On October 4, they’ll make great hay of THE STREETFIGHTER’S LAST REVENGE, from 1974.

Manhattan Short Film Festival | Sep 28-Oct 3
This (13th) annual crowd favorite is a well-curated short-film festival that screens nearly simultaneously at venues around the world. Individual audiences vote for their favorite films, and the overall festival winner has proven to go on to greater fame, occasionally in the form of Oscar nominations (2007’s I Met The Walrus, for example). It screens at SPACE Gallery September 28 and the Music Hall Oct 3, with other venues to be announced.

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AT THE CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST On The Other Side of Life.
Camden International Film Festival | Sep 30-Oct 3
This modest documentary-film festival is beginning to (deservedly) grow an outsize reputation in its sixth year. Thanks to some fine lineups and a visit by doc-world gossip king AJ Schnack last year, CIFF’s star has been on the rise of late, and anticipates bigger audiences and more filmmakers (and Portland residents) in attendance this year. Highlights of this year’s lineup, viewable at camdenfilmfest.org and just announced last week, include: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE, an extraordinary coming-of-age film about two teenagers growing up in the bustling, dangerous slums of Cape Town, South Africa; DAVID LEARNS TO FLY, a personal essay by a David Lynch fan who stumbles into an investigation of the Transcendental Meditation industry; and a handful of local features, including THE EVENTFUL LIFE OF AL HAWKES and CANVASMAN: THE ROBBIE ELLIS STORY.

SPACE Gallery
After kicking off its SCOPE series of films about artists a few weeks ago, SPACE keeps it going with monthly installments about the likes of graphic designer Milton Glaser (October 7) and recently-deceased sculptor Louise Bourgeois (November 11). They’ve saved plenty of room for other features, though: FREAKONOMICS: THE MOVIE (October 21-22), an omnibus effort with chapters directed by some of the doc scene’s leading lights based on the best-selling book; “HOW TO BE A WOMAN,” on October 24, is a collection of old educational films presented by the A/V Geeks; and on November 9, the Gallery offers a screening of Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s impactful documentary on a squad of American soldiers in Afghanistan, RESTREPO.

New Hampshire Film Festival | Oct 14-17
This independent-minded yet relatively family-friendly festival enters its 10th year, with marquee screenings at the Music Hall and others scattered around bars and venues in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Stay tuned to nhfilmfestival.com for a schedule announcement in the coming weeks.

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