The rules are simple: 9. 0. 9. As in all films and videos must be nine minutes and nine seconds or less, all must have a 909 theme and all must be filmed or created in the 909. Naturally, the deadline was—wait for it—Sept. 9 (Get it, 9/09?) You’ve got to hand it to the folks behind the 909 Film Festival, they really know how to drive home a point—there’s no mistaking this will definitely be an IE-flavored showcase of indie cinema. But it makes you wonder: If this is 909-only, does that mean I can’t get my Riverside-based short in the mix cuz I sport the 951? Hmmmm. Well, as we sort this one out, definitely give this event serious consideration. It’s got underground filmmaking written all over it and, here’s the kicker, they’re screening the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles. How ’bout some more beans, Mr. Taggart? I can’t say that line enough. Forget catching Going the Distance with your girlfriend (who cares about Justin Long anyways?!?!) and arrive early to get a good seat for this—a true exhibition of celluloid and scrappy ingenuity. And the popcorn’s cheaper!
909 Film Fest at Pomona Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; www.pomonafox.org. Sun, Sept. 26. Doors open 5PM, Blazing Saddles starts at 6PM, festival starts approximately 8PM. $5 adults, children 12 and under $3.