Raleigh Film Underground, a budding organization that hosts monthly screenings of independent, cult and experimental films from the 1950s-1990s, kicks off their inaugural event Friday with Robert Townsend’s hit 1987 comedy “Hollywood Shuffle” at Trophy On Maywood in Raleigh. In the still timely, and still hilarious, showbiz satire, Townsend stars as an African American actor who struggles with racist stereotyping through the audition process for the lead role in the Blaxploitation movie, “Jivetime Jimmy’s Revenge.” The event will also feature a brief preview of Chris Everett’s 2015 documentary “Wilmington on Fire,” about the Wilmington Massacre of 1898.
7:30 p.m. Free. Details: 919-803-1333 or facebook.com/raleighfilmunderground.
- Also Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Films series, which celebrates the work of filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Sidney Lumet, continues with the third film in Ray’s Apu Trilogy: “Apur Sansar” (English title: “The World of Apu”). It starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma series offers a double feature of a couple of sci-fi comedy cult classics from the ’80s: W.D. Richter’s “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” (1984) and Stephen Herek’s “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989). The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Saturday, the Rialto Theater in Raleigh hosts the World Premiere of local filmmaker Nick Dalmacy’s 2015 short film “Legacy of the Wicked,” Part 3 of “The Wicked Series.” Parts 1 and 2 of the series will also screen. The event will be capped off by a comedy performance by J Derrell and Friends. 11 a.m. $15 at the door (advance tickets at eventbrite.com are $11.24). 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- Saturday at The Cary Theater in downtown Cary, Peter D. Hutchison and Kelly Nyks’ 2015 Noam Chomsky documentary “Requiem for the American Dream” screens at 7 p.m., followed by Mark Craig’s 2004 documentary “The Last Man on the Moon” at 9. Sunday, Denzel Washington’s 2007 historical drama “The Great Debators” shows at 2 p.m. Wednesday, The Cary hosts a screening of Grant Baldwin’s 2014 documentary “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Rafa Lara’s 2013 war drama “Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla” screens at 7 p.m., followed by an encore of “The Great Debators” at 9:15. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film except for “Just Eat It,” which is free (free tickets available at the door). Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Thursday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, in tribute to the recently deceased legendary performer Prince, there will be free showings of Albert Magnoli’s 1984 film “Purple Rain,” starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero and Morris Day. Free tickets will be available on an in-person, first-come-first-serve basis beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday for the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.