Special Screenings for May 5-12

Community Voices Documentary Series. This event is sponsored by the Dhont Family Foundation, which is named after an immigrant couple who parlayed an investment in a gas station into a fortune in North County real estate. Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange; events.chapman.edu. Thurs., May 5, 7 p.m. Free.

Senior Thesis Film Screenings. See the early work of our future Coppolas. Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; events.chapman.edu. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Barbarella + Hello Pretty Pretty: A Burlesque Tribute to Sci-Fi. Before Roger Vadim’s campy 1968 romp starring his then-lover Jane Fonda rolls, Frida’s live-action Rocky Horror crew KAOS opens with lace and tassel and other naughty-bit coverings. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11:30 p.m. $8-$10.

Repo! The Genetic Opera. Family melodrama, mysterious illnesses, mind-blowing future drugs, designer organ repossessions, a few surprising cameos, and a superabundance of bloody stabs and slices—have you heard of anything more wholesome? The flick is accompanied by a live, all-costumed, all-dancing, all-lip syncing troupe of actors. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 p.m. $8-$10.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Battling the Repo! crew for interactive cinema dominance this night is longtime OC and LBC Rocky crew Midnight Insanity. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; www.arttheatrelongbeach.com. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8-$11.

The Secret of NIMH. Don Bluth’s 1982 animated classic has been specially selected as the Mother’s Day film for the Calle Cuatro Sunday Matinee Film Series. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 11 a.m. $1-$5.

Mommie Dearest: Mimosas and MuVChat Mother’s Day Screening. And now for something completely different at Frida for Ma’s Day: the 1981 flick starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in a performance that almost destroyed the wire hanger business. Sip some bubbly and text your insults, which will appear onscreen. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 1:30 p.m. $12.

Sayedat el kasr (Lady of the Palace). Omar Sharif stars as the heir to a fortune who has a whirlwind romance with a working girl in this 1959 Egyptian film that closes out the 10th anniversary of Arabic Studies at Chapman University. Arabic food is served. Chapman University, Doti Hall, Room 104, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 743-7030. Tues., 7 p.m. Free.

Catching the Sun. Award-winning filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya gives a personal perspective on the worldwide race for solar energy. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8-$10.

Benvenuti al nord (Welcome to the North). Italian comedy from 2012 about two guys who are pissing off their wives and crossing paths in Milan. Student Life at Chapman hosts as part of the World Languages & Cultures Food and Film Series (with food!). Chapman University, Argyros Forum, Room 119A; chapman.edu. Wed., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Footloose. I remember really hating this picture that put Kevin Bacon on the pop-culture map when it came out in 1984. Now? Meh. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m.

Digital Arts Thesis Screenings. How is it today’s video games resemble live-action movies? It starts here. Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; events.chapman.edu. Thurs., May 12, 7 p.m. Free.

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