5 must-see movie events in the Baltimore area this fall

As part of The Baltimore Sun’s Fall Arts Guide, we’re picking the best arts activities coming to the area this fall. Here’s what Baltimore’s film scene has to offer.

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Gunky’s Basement

This long-running offbeat film series, hosted by musician Dan Deacon and video artist Jimmy Joe Roche, offers a happily eclectic mix of the popular and the obscure; you’re never sure what kind of film will show up, but you know watching it with this crowd is going to be a blast. Showing monthly, this fall’s offerings include Peter Weller as a cyborg policeman with some repressed memory issues in 1987’s “Robocop” (Sept. 27); Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller (who would later be husband and wife) as high school computer nerds fully embracing the tagline “Their only crime was curiosity,” in 1995’s “Hackers” (Oct. 11); Jonathan Demme’s 1986 “Something Wild,” with Melanie Griffith as an unabashed free spirit and Jeff Daniels as a guy unsure whether to be exhilarated or horrified by her (Nov. 8); and Arnold Schwarzenegger runs for his life (literally) as part of a game show in 1987’s “The Running Man” (Dec. 6). At the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $8-10. mdfilmfest.com.

Made in Baltimore Short Film Festival

Short films in all genres — animation, documentary, avant-garde, mumblecore, whatever — will be shown, the only common thread that they’re all the work of local filmmakers. There are cash prizes on the line, too, so there’s that. Come see what Baltimore’s short-form cinematic minds are up to. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $7-$13. creativealliance.org.

Chesapeake Film Festival

The Eastern Shore’s premier cinematic celebration marks its 10th anniversary Oct. 27-29 with an opening selection of “Swing Away,” starring Shannon Elizabeth as a distraught pro golfer seeking shelter back in her native Greece; a day of films addressing climate change and the environment; and a Sunday slate that includes the documentary “William Wyler: The Films and the Music.” At Easton’s Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., and other nearby venues. $12 per film, $85 for an all-access pass. chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

‘What’s Your Story?’

A series of special guests introduce movies that mean something special to them — perhaps one that has inspired or otherwise affected them, or one that reflects some aspect of their lives. The screenings begin with Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” on Sept. 18, hosted by beat box musician Shodekeh. Presented by the Towson University Department of Electronic Media and Film. 7:30 p.m. Monday evenings Sept. 18-Oct. 23 in Van Bokkelen Auditorium at Towson University, 8000 York Road. Free. towson.edu.

‘Monterey Pop’

D.A. Pennebaker’s extraordinary film captures the highlights of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival. The lineup includes The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas and Eric Burdon, plus heartbreakingly thrilling performances from Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, all of whom would go on to die way too young. 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 10 a.m. Oct. 15, 1 p.m. Oct. 16 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Rd. $7-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.

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