Some may not think of the Inland Empire as a rich cultural hub, but truth be told, there is some fantastic art to be found in and around the IE if you know where to look for it. Whether it’s in Pomona’s famed Arts Colony or the always-diverse Riverside International Film Festival, some profound creations have sprung forth in our quaint little region. To that end, the 10th Annual Whitehead International Film Festival (named for English physicist/philosopher Alfred North Whitehead) will be coming to Claremont School of Theology’s Mudd Theatre from Friday to Monday. In addition to a schedule featuring films from all over the globe (including Canada, France, Iran, China and more), visiting the WIFF as guest speaker will be Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times as well as NPR’s Morning Edition. Capping off the festivities on Monday evening will be a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Mulligan’s classic 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel starring the incomparable Gregory Peck. All that culture, and it’s all in the 909. Take that, Kevin & Bean.
The 10th Annual Whitehead International Film Festival at Claremont School of Theology’s Mudd Theatre, 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont; (909) 621-5330; www.whiteheadfilmfestival.org. Fri, Jan. 14 – Mon, Jan. 17.