· Pan Left: The ACLU is presenting two documentaries from local video collective Pan Left, Border Crossings and PRESENTE: Inside the Migrant Trail Walk, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at the UA Law School (at Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue), Room 146. Free.
· Monkey Box: Hadji Banjovi has his monthly screening of 16 mm films at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Monkey Box, 100 N. Stone Ave. Free.
· Voices of Opposition: This local group periodically screens politically and socially oriented films. Check www.voicesofopposition.org for upcoming films.
· Cinema La Placita wraps up its 2006 program of free films under the stars with four films in October. They happen Thursday at 7:30 p.m. , at La Placita Village, corner of Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. Check www.cinemalaplacita.com for a full schedule.
· First Friday Shorts: Tucson cartoonist Max Cannon hosts the monthly First Friday Shorts film contest at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6. $5.
· Not 2B Toyed With: This local comedic short about a Star Wars collector has its premiere at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. $3 suggested donation. Check www.not2btoyedwith.com for additional information.
· Laurie Allen: The producer, writer and narrator of the documentary Banking on Heaven will present the film and lead a discussion at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8. Banking on Heaven documents the story of Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints communities in Arizona and Utah. $5.
· Strange Behavior: The monthly Strange Behavior series pairs music and movies. This month, local band Hell on Heels will play, followed by the horror/thriller film Deep Red, at midnight, Friday, Oct. 20. $5.
· 48 Hour Shootout: Teams of local filmmakers are being given 48 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a film running between four and seven minutes long. Entry fees are $50 per team before Oct. 1, $75 per team afterwards. Check www.myspace.com/filmshootout for all details. Films screen at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27. $5.
· Thriller Contest/IFASA Meeting: The Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona and the Loft present the Fourth Annual Three Minute Thriller contest on Saturday, Oct. 28. A panel of local judges will rate the films, and prizes will be awarded. Submissions are being accepted until Oct. 20. Check www.ifasa.net for rules and entry forms.
The October meeting of the IFASA is at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. There will be a roundtable discussion on recommended filmmaking reference sources (books, Web sites, magazines, etc.). Contact IFASA president Brian Mulligan at 349-8249 or email@example.com for additional information. You can also get information directly by going to movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ifasa.
The Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 795-7777 or check www.loftcinema.com for a full schedule of films and events, and for further information.