"Independents Day" will celebrate cinematic freedom tomorrow with screenings of the works of local, independent filmmakers - Skizz Cyzyk, Todd Rohal, Eric Dyer, Josh Slates and others - at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. Admission is free. Information: pratt.lib.md.us.
Creative Alliance premiere
A world premiere from Baltimore's own Grasshopper Philms, Bryan "Grasshopper" Robinson's Passers By, is on tap for 7:30 tonight at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. The movie centers on two characters, Tammy and Kevin, who should be getting together but can't quite manage it. Tickets are $12, $10 for Creative Alliance members. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.
Samurai film series
The Charles Theatre's 12-week samurai film series continues this weekend with Hiroshi Inagaki's 1959 Samurai Saga, a Japanese version of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Toshiro Mifune as a poet-warrior (with the requisite prominent nose) who shows his love for a woman by helping another win her heart. Show time is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: thecharles.com or 410-727-FILM.
Robert Mulligan's masterful 1962 screen version of To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of a young girl and a society coming of age in mid-20th-century America, will be screened outdoors Thursday night at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. The movie can be viewed from across the street, on Federal Hill. There is no charge for the 9 p.m. film, or for admission to the museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-244-1900 or avam.org.
Horror spoof under the stars
Mel Brooks' 1974 Young Frankenstein will be screened outdoors Friday as part of the Summer Outdoor Film Series at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. The series, which can be viewed from the Upper Quad area outside Gilman Hall, includes live music, which begins at 7:30 p.m., with the movie beginning just after sunset. Admission is free; refreshments are available. Information: www.jhu.edu/summer/films/.
Family films at UB
Robert Zemeckis' 1985 Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox as a teen who drives a souped-up DeLorean back to the days when his parents were courting, will be shown tomorrow as part of the University of Baltimore's Summer Family Film Series. Showtime is 10 a.m. in the UB Student Center's Performing Arts Theater, Maryland and Mount Royal avenues. Information: ubalt.edu.