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Screenings: A slice of underground filmmaking

Does the idea of a punk-rock infused B-movie about a secret agent, shot in 1978 by an acclaimed indie filmmaker, and co-starring Debbie Harry and the Cramps intrigue you? It certainly should.

That film is “The Foreigner,”  the second film by “no wave cinema” icon Amos Poe (following “The Blank Generation”), and a legendarily gritty slice of '70s-era New York underground film making. It screens at 7 p.m. May 20 at Squeaky Wheel, part of the media arts center’s Kaleidotropes cinema series. Poe will participate in a post-screening Q-and-A session. Admission is $7. See squeaky.org for more info.

 “Space Jam” is the opposite of gritty, although it too has attained cult status for its enjoyable inanity. The Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny team-up screens at 11:30 a.m. May 23 and 24 at the North Park Theatre, part of its Family Matinee Series. For the full North Park schedule, visit northparktheatre.org.

Actor Frank Whaley’s latest directorial effort, “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” continues its Buffalo run at 7:30 p.m. May 19 and 21 in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst). The film’s cast is, to put it mildly, eclectic: Leighton Meester, Debra Messing and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

Also showing at the Screening Room this week is Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” at 7 p.m. on May 22 and 23 and the board game adaptation “Clue: The Movie” at 9:15 p.m. May 22 and 23, as well as 8 p.m. May 24.  Visit screeningroomboutiquecinemas.com for the full Screening Room schedule.

The Learning Choices Network (LCN) film and speakers series concludes with “Testing and Arts in 21st Century Education” at 1 p.m.  May 23 at Squeaky Wheel. The screening will be followed by a discussion. For details, find the “Learning Choices Network Film & Speaker Series” events page on Facebook.

R.E.M. is no more, but Michael Stipe and company are still influencers, musically and visually. “Classic Music Series: R.E.M. by MTV” chronicles 30 years of the band via interviews, television performances, clips from live concerts and more. It screens at the Elmwood Regal at 7:30 p.m. May 19.  For info and tickets, visit fandango.com.

 

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