It’s time once again for the Smogdance Film Festival, Pomona’s three-day event of short films by local artists and from around the world. This year, the festival tries out the newly restored Fox Theater. The weekend promises inspired moments as you immerse yourself in an array of arty documentary, animation and experimental celluloid—and even get to vote on your favorites. Friday, over butter and salt your popcorn and settle in for: animation set to Offspring lyrics in Puppets of War; community from the perspective of a gay, Episcopalian female priest in The Constant Process; artists who find a way to help residents of Darfur in Tents, the Patchwork Project; and an erotic experience via yoga class in OMgasm—among other films. Saturday, switch to Red Vines and zone in on: Starsearcher, about a future world where the good of the many hangs in the balance (unlike today, right?); activists fighting off corporate greed in We Don’t Play Golf Here; the fun of being put on hold forever in The Queue; and Tossers, which is actually about Frisbees. Really. Sunday is all about hot dogs piled with relish, so try not to drip during: Rockette Man, which isn’t about Elton John but is probably still in the same ballpark; an Iraqi soldier’s return in Welcome Home Patrick; a way energized teacher in Kung Fu English; and an animated environmentalist dinosaur in Fossil Fuels. That’s just a small sampling of the myriad creations that will flicker to life. (Stacy Davies)
Smogdance Film Festival at the Pomona Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; www.smogdance.com. Fri. and Sat., 7PM; Sun., 5 PM. $10. See website for times/films.