Fresh-faced Winona Ryder and perpetually middleaged Michael Keaton create one of the most original and unexpected Halloween treats. A tale of conjuring, humor and good-natured frights, Beetlejuice is a peculiar but fun entry from the greatest hits of the 80s. One installation of the Deschutes Public Library's Frightful Films series at Tin Pan Theater. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice...we dare you.
Wed., Oct. 15, 6 pm. Tin Pan Theater. Free.
In a story that has a certain Back to the Future charm, not to mention a bit of Marty McFly bumbling old-west personality, this medium-length feature (40 minutes) is remarkably high-quality considering that all of the actors are paid. (All proceeds roll into the next production from Zeno Films.) In fact, it is remarkably well-acted and gripping without any considerations and could stand toe-to-toe, or more appropriately at 10 paces, from any Hollywood big budget blockbuster. The story banks on Benny Jackson who is about to lose the generation-old Bulletproof Jackson's Saloon to developers (ala, Goonies, etc.). The discovery of a journal from his great, great grandfather, the saloon's namesake, flashes back to the past—as a means to save the future/present.
Sun., Oct. 12, 7:30 pm. Oxford Hotel. (Not part of Bend Film Festival) Donation.
Disruption: Climate. Change.
A screening of the 2014 documentary about climate change. This film takes a three-pronged approach to the discussion, focusing on the politics behind climate legislation, the science behind what is going on and the industrial special interest groups that fight to keep everything in stasis. More climate change documentaries are being made every year since we are living in a time where rapid social change is not only possible, but happening, and the film seizes that momentum by being more of a call to action than a horrifying think piece.
Tues., Oct. 14, 6:30 pm. The Environmental Center.
Pretty Faces: The Story of a Skier Girl
Pretty Faces is a film celebrating women who thrive in the snow. The concept for the film was originated by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer with the objective of giving women and girls, young and old, a source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams captured and friendships cultivated.
Wed., Oct. 15, 6-9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub. $12.