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Going, going ...

"Gone," showing at 8 tonight in Hallwalls, is quite an interesting work. Video artist Cecilia Dougherty was fascinated by "An American Family," a 12-hour PBS documentary from 1974 that focused on the Louds, who as Dougherty puts it, was "a family of absolute nobodies." (The show was, clearly, a forerunner of today's "real life" TV.) "Gone" is based on the second episode of "An American Family," in which the mother of the Loud family goes to New York to visit her oldest son, Lance, who is gay. She stays for a week at the Chelsea Hotel, where he lives, and the two grow further and further apart. "Gone," which was a big hit at this year's Underground Film Festival in New York, is a work for two channels, projected side by side. Writer/performer Laurie Weeks plays the preening Lance Loud, painter Amy Sillman plays Mrs. Loud and the entire work is a study in avant-garde motion and music. For more info, call Hallwalls at 835-7362.

A different drummer

Fans of guerrilla film have a lot to celebrate this week. Tuesday is the day the Super Super 8 World Tour is stopping at Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo's film and video center. The Casiophonic Marching Band will be performing sounds with silent films. One movie is local artist Stephanie Gray's Super 8 short film "Dear Joan," about a woman biking through Buffalo and meditating on Joan of Arc. Another is "Fruitcake," an animation by Buffalo filmmaker Kelly Spivey. The Casiophonic Marching Band kicks at 8 p.m. Tuesday; admission is $5. For more info, call Squeaky Wheel at 884-7172.

Short subjects

"Schreck" is German for "terror," and actor Max Schreck lived up to his name in the 1922 version of "Nosferatu." Ogle him Wednesday, Halloween night, at 7 p.m., when the Screening Room screens the macabre movie. It's followed at 9 p.m. by "Suspiria," about an American student who enrolls in a European ballet school that's really a witches' coven. For more info, call 837-0376. ... The Transit Drive-In - recently rated one of the top 10 drive-ins by the New York Times - is dark for the season. But it's gearing up for a wild 50th anniversary season beginning next spring.

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