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Film series this week include ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘Support the Girls,’ more

Christopher Lloyd, left, and Michael J. Fox star in “Back to the Future.”
Christopher Lloyd, left, and Michael J. Fox star in “Back to the Future.” Courtesy photo

Hey film fans, there are several cool alternative movie events this week. Here’s a look:

Riverflix Exploration Place’s free film series kicks off for the season with a screening of “Back to the Future” at dusk on Friday, May 10, on the plaza outside of the museum at 300 N. McLean. The film follows the adventures of teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Great Scott!

Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. No other seating will be provided.

Before the film, there will be free outdoor activities, live music by Fly By Night, and food trucks LumpiaPalooza and Kona Ice will be selling tasty eats.

There will also be discounted admission to Exploration Place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday for $5 (2-years-old and up).

Other upcoming movies will be “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” on May 17 and “Up” on May 24.

For more information, go to exploration.org/special-events/riverflix.

Mamafilm — A new film series called Mamafilm kicks off Saturday, May 11, at Revolutsia, 2721 E. Central.

The first film in the series is “Chef Flynn,” a documentary about a 10-year-old chef who transforms his living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks.

The film will be shown at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, but all tickets have been sold out.

For a look at other upcoming films in the series, go to mama.film/screenings-events.

Stubbornly Independent — The next film in the Tallgrass Film Association’s film series will be “Support the Girls,” starring Regina Hall as the general manager of Double Whammies, a sports bar that features skimpily dressed waitresses. Always nurturing and protective of her staff, she soon faces one trying day that tests her optimism at every turn.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Roxy’s Downtown, 412 1/2 E. Douglas. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance at www.goelevent.com/Tallgrass/e/SupporttheGirls.

The film is rated R. An informal discussion hosted by TFA Director of Programming Nick Pope will follow the screening.

Orpheum’s Anniversary Series — The next film in the Orpheum’s ongoing series will be “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” a rollocking comedy starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted “Theodore” Logan, respectively, who travel through time to assemble historical figures for their high school history presentation. Whoa!

The film is rated PG and will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $7, $6 for students, seniors and military with ID.

For more information, go to wichitaorpheum.com/events/bill-teds-excellent-adventure.

Side note: A third film in the series, “Bill and Ted Face the Music,” will soon begin production with the original stars reprising their iconic roles. Most excellent!

Rod Pocowatchit is an award-winning independent filmmaker and SAG/AFTRA-eligible actor who has written and directed four feature-length films, all made in Kansas. He has been a journalist for 29 years and is also an internationally award-winning page designer.

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