The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Screening Room of the UB Center for the Arts. Now in its 18th year, the festival is programmed by the American Museum of Natural History. Among the cultures studied in the documentary films and videos are the Native American communities of the Southwest, Australian Aborigines, Nepal, El Salvador, Senegal, Romania and the rain forests of Venezuela. Among the subjects are the American Communist Party, and African-American gandy dancers on Southern railroad lines.
The original of "The Secret Garden," starring Margaret O'Brien and Dean Stockwell, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Old Chestnut Film Society series in the Community Room of Hoover Elementary School in Tonawanda.
A festival of Japanese animation continues tonight with "Robot Carnival" at 6:30 and "Megazone 23" at 9 and 11:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater on the UB North Campus.
Commercial openings in area moviehouses next week include: "A Goofy Movie," a compilation starring Walt Disney's favorite mutt; "Bad Boys," an R-rated action movie starring rapper Will Smith and comic Martin Lawrence, and "Don Juan De Marco," in which Marlon Brando returns to the screen in a comic fantasy with Faye Dunaway and Johnny Depp.