While the saying “any publicity is good publicity” rings true in most circles, Mystery Science Theater 3000 always found the opposite. The show, starring a man and his robot sidekicks stuck on a space station blasting bad films, morphed into a cult classic through zany one-liners like “They must have spent tens of dollars on this.” Twelve years after the show’s demise comes Cinematic Titanic, with a full-length film and the original cast of MST3K—Joel, Servo, Crow, Frank and Pearl. The geek fest commences Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $35. 707.546.3600.
An all-inclusive knowledge on knives and their related accoutrements? A deep-seated obsession for slicing recently departed flesh? These aren’t characteristics parents usually foster in their children—unless, of course, the family’s lineage is heavily splattered with a long line of butchers. The Dutch film 'The Odd One Out' is part of the third annual Petaluma International Film Festival, and explores the effects of a child’s inability to assimilate into the family business. A complete schedule of films is at www.petalumafilmfestival.org, and The Odd One Out screens Saturday, Oct. 22, at Boulevard Cinemas. 200 C St., Petaluma. 9:50pm. $10. 707.762.7469.
So apparently the Olsen twins have a ridiculously attractive younger sister with a slightly more relevant film career than her entrepreneurial New York Minute sisters. In “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” one of many films featured at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Olsen plays Martha, a young woman damaged by two years in a family style cult. The film follows her path towards redemption and quest to reconnect with her estranged sister. Check out director/screenwriter Sean Durkin’s debut film Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Smith Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 8pm. $25. 877.874.6833.
Young love is impossible to dictate. ‘Happy Family,’ the second movie in the Marin Italian Film Festival series, is a meta-rich film bringing a scriptwriter, Ezio, into the depths of his own story when two brazenly different families are reluctantly brought together through the stubborn love of two 16-year-olds. As the script carries on through its production stages, the members of each family bug Ezio to write them in for a bigger part. This family affair screens Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Marin Civic Center. 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 5:30pm and 7:45pm. $14. 415.499.6400.
Protect your produce and secure your sheep. It’s coming: ‘Farmageddon,’ a documentary about the attack on American’s access to healthy, safely grown food. Filmmaker Kristin Canty was searching for healthy food for her children when she stumbled upon evidence of policies favoring agribusiness and restricting citizens’ access to healthy food; the film researches the tension between factory organizations and family-owned farms. It screens on Saturday, July 16, as part of the HopeDance Film Festival at the Songbird Community Healing Center. 8280 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati.7pm. $7–$10. 707.921.7081.
551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15. 707.522.0719.