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Another collection of serious shorts under a goofy title, in this case including Local 40, a look at the brave souls who cleaned up the wreckage of the World Trade Center. (Orange County Museum of Art, 5 p.m.)

There's Pride In Our Shorts

Another shorts program title that sounds suspiciously like porn. It's not, though; rather, it is a collection of short films for our gay, lesbian and transgendered brethren, sistren and whateveren. But honestly, no porn. The lineup includes No Prom for Cindy, "a bizarre and hilarious short that answers the burning question: 'Can a shy young girl who's really an older gay man find love amid the emotional battleground that is high school?'" (Edwards Island Cinemas, 6 p.m.)

A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma

United States, 2002

Southern California Premiere


The true story of Jews who fled the adversity of Eastern Europe and journeyed to California to become chicken ranchers. Jack London, California vigilantes, McCarthyism, the Cold War and agribusiness all work their way into this inspiring and quintessentially American tale. Note: preceded by the short film Song of a Jewish Cowboy. (Lido Theater, 6:30 p.m.)

Pipe Dreams

United States/Canada/Chile, 2002

West Coast Premiere

Extreme Sports

Didn't get enough of the 2002 Winter Olympics? Here's your chance to find out all you'd care to know about the U.S. snowboard team. (Orange County Museum of Art, 6:30 p.m.)

Namehay Bad(Letters in the Wind)

Iran, 2001

U.S. Premiere


A group of soldiers from the far-flung corners of Iran have set up camp near Tehran, where they struggle to survive and get along amid unforgiving conditions. Through unidentified recordings of strangers on a tape recorder, one of the men brings a little hope to their harsh existence. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 7:30 p.m.)

Tribute to MacGillivray Freeman Films: 40 Years in the Making

Film highlights/event

Gala tribute to the company that has brought us some logy as hell but inexplicably popular IMAX movies (The Living Sea, etc.) and a few non-IMAX movies you've almost certainly never heard of. Greg MacGillivray will be in attendance, but Jim Freeman died in 1976 and was thus otherwise engaged this evening. (Lido Theater, 8 p.m.)

The Wonder of Phil

United States, 2002


Have a look and a listen at local boy Phil Shane, an Orange County lounge singer who has performed his One Man Legends show up to six days per week at local venues for more than 30 years, building up a devoted following along the way. (Orange County Museum of Art, 8 p.m.)


A cavalcade of cartoon craziness, including The Visit, an animated look at love abloom between dentist and patient. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 8:30 p.m.)


France, 2002


A truck driver teams up with a crooked air-traffic controller and other shady types to haul 10 tons of smuggled goods across a bleak stretch of the Moroccan desert, but as they make their way across the land, the brutal weather brings their already-tense situation to the boiling point. A hard-hitting French action picture (who says the French are wimps?) shot entirely on location, in sequence, using only natural light and a very sweaty cast. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 9 p.m.)


United States, 2002


The suggestion of incest, and imminent violence too, hangs over this film like a roiling storm cloud; Louis and his hapless sister Hilary adore and detest each other beyond all reason, and as they snipe at each other we can never be certain if they are about to tear each other's throats out like wild dogs or screw each other like jackrabbits in heat. (Lido Theater, 9:30 p.m.)


Gangs of New Shorts

See listing for Sunday, April 6. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 11 a.m.)


See listing for Thursday, April 4. (Lido Theater, 11:30 a.m.)

Anne B. Real

United States, 2002

World Premiere


Cynthia is inspired by the writings of Anne Frank to begin keeping her own diary, but she is mortified when a local, up-and-coming rap artist steals words from her diary and becomes a success with them. With the support of her best pals Kitty and Darius, Cynthia takes on the name Anne B. Real and confronts the thieving hip-hopper in a rap battle at a local club. Word. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 11:30 a.m.)

Joyful Partaking

United States, 2001


Over the course of a day, the people in a pleasant suburban neighborhood grow to understand themselves and one another in new ways. A suicidal former weatherman at last confronts the loss of his son. An elderly woman must adjust to living with her son and his wife, as they try to adjust to her. A woman finally confronts her racist, boozing lout of a husband. Another woman who gives all of her love to her dog may at last find love with another human. And so it goes. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 1:30 p.m.)

Eternal Shorts

A grab bag of shorts generally focused on death, the supernatural or other creepy subjects, featuring Repossessed, a thriller about a haunted house starring The Big Chill's JoBeth Williams and Juliet Landau, who hasn't turned up as the seductive vampire Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for way too long. (Lido Theatre, 1:30 p.m.)

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