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Screenings: A Pride Week presentation of ‘The Case Against 8’

Even years later, the reverberations from the landmark Supreme Court case overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage — Proposition 8 — continues to be felt. And the acclaimed 2014 documentary examining the issue, “The Case Against 8,” still packs a timely punch.

The involving film from directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White earned awards at the Sundance and SXSW festivals. Now, Buffalonians have an opportunity to catch it on the big screen, as “Case” will play the North Park Theatre at 9:30 p.m. June 4 as part of Buffalo Pride Week.

The screening is the debut presentation from a new local film series, Cultivate Cinema Circle. CCC director Jordan Smith hopes the series “plants cinematic seeds and nurtures them with community engagement and conversation that I hope will complement the wonderful programs already on offer in the city of Buffalo.”

As Smith puts it, “There is a hungry film community in Buffalo, and we hope to foster that relationship by screening films that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to be shown here.”

Case in point is “The Case Against 8,” which, despite its acclaim, never hit Buffalo. “We feel it's perfect for our inaugural screening,” Smith said.

For more information on the screening and on Cultivate Cinema Circle, visit cultivatecinemacircle.com.

Another rare opportunity to see a film on local screens presents itself this week at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst). David Lynch’s immortal cult classic “Eraserhead” is showing at 9:30 p.m. June 6, and you will greatly disappoint the Lady in the Radiator if you don’t attend.

The Tippi Hedren-starring untamed lion extravaganza continues its Screening Room run at 7:30 p.m. June 2 and 4, while Marilyn Monroe’s “Niagara” screens at 7:30 p.m. June 5 and June 6.

Lastly, the indie-horror film “How to Save Us” makes its Buffalo debut at 9:30 p.m. June 5. For the full Screening Room schedule, visit screeningroom.net.

If the kids in your house are still singing “Everything is Awesome” non-stop, consider taking them to “The Lego Movie” at 11:30 a.m. June 6 and 7 at the North Park. The delightful hit film is as part of the theater’s Family Matinee Series. For the full North Park schedule, visit northparktheatre.org.

Film-themed events this week presented by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System include a “Lunch and Learn” at noon June 3 at the Akron Library. The film adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air,” a non-fiction account of a deadly Mount Everest Exhibition, will be screened. (Bring your own lunch.) Visit buffalolib.org.

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