August tends to be a lackluster month for Hollywood movies, especially as it wears on. As parents' and kids' thoughts turn to the new school year, the studios' thoughts turn to burning off their non-starters.
The Sacramento film scene thankfully has taken compensatory measures. First and foremost is the Sacramento International Film & Music Festival Aug. 8-12 at the Crest Theatre. (Just
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The event opens with "When a Man Falls in the Forest," a Sharon Stone-Timothy Hutton drama from Redwood Palms Pictures of Folsom. The festival also will feature an evening with homegrown director Joe Carnahan ("Narc"; "Smokin' Aces") on Aug. 10.
And for cinema lovers who prefer to bring their own seats, there's the free Screen on the Green outdoor film series on Saturday nights, presented by Councilman Steve Cohn. (All films start at sundown.)
On Aug. 4, Screen on the Green will offer "Ghost Busters" at East Portal Park, followed by "E.T." on Aug. 11 at Grant Park and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on Aug. 18 at Babcock Park.
The series concludes Aug. 25 at Glen Hall Park with Alfred Hitchcocks's "The Birds." (Tippi Hedren pictured.) The outdoor setting should increase the talon-on-the-head, chill-down-the-spine effect of that last one.