In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val,

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(who took home the Best Achieve­ment in Makeup award for 2009’s Star Trek), the film delivers a solid edge-of-your seat sci-fi/horror pack­age. De­spite some eye-roll-wor­thy gay stereo­types, the cast of­fers gen­uine per­for­mances that carry the well-writ­ten story through to its fright­en­ing, though for­mu­laic, con­clu­sion. For this screen­ing — a world pre­miere — the di­rec­tor, cast, and crew are slated to at­tend. 5:45 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 23. (Rob DeWalt) I Ran Against Us, di­rected by N.T. Bul­lock, 77 min­utes New Or­leans cou­ple Jon (Grif­fin Wood) and Sandy (Leanne Cochran) broke up six months ago. But their re­union be­comes of geopo­lit­i­cal im­por­tance as Ira­nian pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad threat­ens to rain mis­siles on Amer­ica un­less they get back to­gether. Filmed in Cold War-evok­ing black and white, this movie quickly segues from a po­lit­i­cal satire into a ro­man­tic com­edy for the grown-up Model United Na­tions set. Clearly draw­ing from the bro­mance-heavy hu­mor of films such as For­get­ting Sarah Mar­shall, this quirky fea­ture breathes new life into tra­di­tional rom-com for­mu­las. Sup­port­ing ac­tors Corey Ste­wart and Mar­celle Baer are su­perb, but a dis­tract­ing sub­plot in­volv­ing Sandy’s live-in boyfriend be­ing shipped off to Mex­ico by fed­eral agents traf­fics in south-of-the-border stereo­types. 5:45 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 22. (Casey Sanchez) Nor­man Mailer: The Amer­i­can, di­rected and pro­duced by Joseph Man­tegna, 96 min­utes This trib­ute to the late lit­er­ary rock star is a lively ac­count of a man who was a sol­dier, hus­band, lover (a swinger, even), writer, and daily com­bat­ant in the world of pol­i­tics and pop cul­ture. The doc­u­men­tary dives right into its sub­ject’s life and pro­vides amaz­ing in­sight — thanks to the tes­ti­mony of friends, foes, for­mer wives, and chil­dren — into the some­times tor­tured mind of a man who was, in the words of one col­league, “an­gry at so­ci­ety — he was gonna bring it down.” By the time the film ends, you may not like Mailer, but you’ve got to re­spect him for be­ing his own man. 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 20. (Robert Nott) Salt of the Earth, di­rected by Her­bert J. Biber­man, 94 min­utes Pro­duced, di­rected, and writ­ten by black­listed film artists and fea­tur­ing a cast of real-life min­ers (as well as Mex­i­can ac­tress Rosaura Re­vueltas and Amer­i­can ac­tor Will Geer), this 1954 film holds up well as a tes­ta­ment to the power of unions and women. Shot in south­ern New Mex­ico in 1953, it is an hon­est, if fic­tion­al­ized, de­pic­tion of lo­cal min­ers’ ef­forts to or­ga­nize against Em­pire Zinc. Be­set by prob­lems dur­ing pro­duc­tion (Re­vueltas was ar­rested by im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials at one point), it has be­come known as the only black­listed film in Amer­i­can his­tory be­cause screen­ings were sup­pressed in all but a few the­aters. Free screen­ing 7 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 19. (Robert Nott)

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