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FALL ARTS 2014 Film season unspools at a theater (or a park or museum) near you

Ben Affleck stars in David Fincher's Gone Girl, coming in October.
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And in micro-cinema news, the Vortex Room promises "Rock You Like a Vortex Room" as its next Thursday Night Film Cult theme (starts Oct. 8; think musical-themed oddities, like 1974's Phantom of the Paradise), while the Berkeley Underground Film Society's "Lost and Out of Print" September event majors in burlesque, highlighted by a 16mm screening of 1930's The Blue Angel (Sept. 19-21). Facebook: The Vortex Room;



California Independent Film Festival Lifetime achievement award winner Julie Newmar appears in person at this fest, which also includes a 30th anniversary tribute to Sixteen Candles. Sept. 11-14;

Legacy Film Festival on Aging Shorts, features, and documentaries from around the world that take on "the challenges and triumphs of aging." Sept. 12-14;

World's Independent Film Festival Formerly billed as the Third World Indie Film Festival, this Silicon Valley-based event presents films by emerging international filmmakers. Sept. 19-21,

San Francisco Irish Film Festival Contemporary Irish cinema, including shorts and Irish-language films (with English subtitles). Sept. 18-20;

Cine+Mas SF's San Francisco Latino Film Festival Features, docs, and shorts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, Uruguay, and points beyond. Sept. 19-27;

Oakland Underground Film Festival This East Bay celebration of indie cinema kicks off with SXSW sci-fi hit The Infinite Man and the Michael Jai White-starring Falcon Rising. Sept. 25-28;

Iranian Film Festival This fest's motto is "discovering the next generation of Iranian filmmakers." Sept. 27-28;

Arab Film Festival Emphasizes independent films that provide "insightful and innovative perspectives" on Arab people, culture, history, and politics. This year, look for an emphasis on comedy, animation, and films for kids. Oct./Nov. TBD;

Mill Valley Film Festival History doesn't lie: Five of the last six Best Picture winners had their Bay Area debuts at this veteran fest, which is also known for its star-studded special events. Oct. 2-12;

"Berlin and Beyond Autumn Showcase" The actual B&B fest isn't until January 2015, but fans of German-language cinema can nibble on this mini-fest, which showcases a 35mm screening of the late Michael Glawogger's 1998 Megacities. Oct. 11;

ReelAbilities Bay Area Disabilities Film Festival Presented by Creative Growth, this fest promotes the awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and art of people with disabilities. Oct. 15-19;

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