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Film Picks: Local film ‘Son of Clowns’ screens at The Cary

“Son of Clowns” follows Hudson Cash (Adam Lee Ferguson), a TV actor who returns to North Carolina after his show is canceled, and tries to reconnect with his parents, who are clowns.
“Son of Clowns” follows Hudson Cash (Adam Lee Ferguson), a TV actor who returns to North Carolina after his show is canceled, and tries to reconnect with his parents, who are clowns. RockSet Productions

Local film ‘Son of Clowns’ screens at The Cary

Friday at The Cary Theater, Ryan White’s lovely 2013 documentary “Good Ol’ Freda,” about The Beatles longtime secretary Freda Kelly, screens at 7 p.m., followed at 9 by J.C. Chandor’s powerful 2014 adventure drama “All is Lost,” starring Robert Redford. There is an encore screening of “Good Ol’ Freda” on Sunday at 2 p.m. Also Sunday, North Carolina native Evan Kidd’s 2016 drama “Son of Clowns,” starring Adam Lee Ferguson, Anne-Marie Kennedy and Eric Hartley, screens at 7 p.m. The film, which is set in Raleigh and was largely shot in the Triangle area, will be followed by a Q&A with director Kidd, who also wrote, produced and has a small part in the film. The film’s soundtrack includes all North Carolina musicians. Then on Thursday, Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” screens at 7 p.m., followed by “All is Lost” at 9:30. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

Other highlights

  • Friday in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retroclassics film series presents a double feature of Fritz Lang’s 1931 crime drama “M,” starring Peter Lorre, and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 thriller classic “Shadow of a Doubt,” starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. The double bill begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
  • Also Friday, The N.C. Museum of Art’s 2016 Winter Film series concludes with Guy Ferland’s 2004 musical romance “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” starring Diego Luna, Romola Garai and Sela Ward. It starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
  • For First Friday, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences presents Claudio Fragasso’s 1990 horror trash classic “Troll 2,” starring George Hardy, Margo Prey and Michael Stephenson. The film, which is so famously bad that it inspired the 2009 documentary “Best Worst Movie,” starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Details: 919-733-7450 or naturalsciences.org.
  • Monday at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s New Turkish Cinema series screens Deniz Akçay’s 2013 drama “Köksüz” (English title: “Nobody's Home”). It will be introduced by Professor Erdag Goknar with a Q&A to follow. Tuesday they host “Tribute to Chantal Akerman (1950-2015)” featuring a showing of Akerman’s 2015 documentary “No Home Movie.” Introduced by Elizabeth Landesberg (AMI) with a discussion following. Thursday, there is a Special Events screening of Vassilis Loules’ 2011 documentary “Kisses to the Children” (aka “Children in Hiding”). A Q&A with director Loules follows the film. All are shown at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.
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