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Reel Cleveland: Happy Dog Goes AV 

And more local film news

About a year ago, writer-director Jon Mancinetti, a Columbus College of Art and Design graduate, moved back to Cleveland to further his filmmaking career. With his brother Jeff, a Cleveland Institute of Art grad, he made Never Escape, a sci-fi film about a young man trying to find redemption in a post-apocalyptic world. That movie premiered at the Cedar Lee and has shown at the Capitol Theatre. Mancinetti has also been active in the local arts and music scene. At 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, he'll present what he's calling A Visual Night at the Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave., 216.651.9474, happydogcleveland.com). He'll screen some of his short films (including childhood videos and live concert footage), while Oberlin indie rockers Like Bells provide accompaniment. Local filmmakers Andrew Ina, Jeff Mancinetti, Keitj T. Alin, Maxwell Desotell and Johnny Wu will also show clips. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $5.

To coincide with the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11141 East Blvd., 216.421.7450, cia.edu/cinematheque) is hosting the Cleveland Cult Film Festival. The series opens with Wild Women of Wongo, about a group of prehistoric women who struggle to peacefully co-exist with their Neanderthal neighbors. The movie shows at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, and 8:40 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Other films include Bronson (March 19 and 20), Nicolas Winding Refn's biopic about Britain's most notorious criminal; House (March 26 and 27), a campy 1977 Japanese horror flick about a teen schoolgirl who encounters a belligerent ghost at her aunt's country estate; and the unintentionally funny 1936 anti-marijuana message movie Reefer Madness (March 26 and 27). Tickets are $8.

Though it won't be shown in its digital 3-D format, the family-friendly animated flick Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs screens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the River Church (6941 Columbia Rd., Olmsted Falls, 440.427.7700, riverchurchohio.org). It's free, and there'll be free popcorn.

Local film buff Barbara Steffek-Hill will introduce Sally Potter's semi-autobiographical 1997 film, The Tango Lesson, when it screens at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Lakewood Public Library's Main Auditorium (15425 Detroit Ave., 216.226.8275, lkwdpl.org). It's free.

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