Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: The only monthly open submissions screening in the Bay Area. Thu., Nov. 1, 8 p.m. $5. Struggle: A film about what happens in U.S. elections when the forces of racism, corruption, technological manipulation, and ballot-box stuffing coalesce to deny Americans their right to vote. Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, atasite.org.
The Castro Theatre. Broken Flowers and The Swimmer: A double feature with the theme of older men on a journey to confront their pasts. Thu., Nov. 1. $8.50-$11. Celebrate the End of Days: A Midnites for Maniacs triple feature: Terminator 2, Inception, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.. Fri., Nov. 2, 7 p.m. $13. Scary Cow 18th Short Film Festival: A program of short films made by local San Francisco filmmakers. Sat., Nov. 3, 3 p.m. $10-$25. screening.scarycow.com. Hollywood to Dollywood and Gayby: A double feature, co-presented by Frameline, the LGBT film fest. Sun., Nov. 4. $8.50-$11. Escape to Witch Mountain: Fast-paced thriller about children with psychic powers who try to discover their origins while being pursued by evildoers. Sun., Nov. 4, 1 p.m. $8.50-$11. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, castrotheatre.com.
Dark Room Theater. Burlesque: Part of the Bad Movie Night series. This month's theme is "music for the messes." Sun., Nov. 4, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, darkroomsf.com.
de Young Museum. From Tutu to Haute Couture: Costume and the Ballet: Multimedia presentation on the history of ballet costume. Includes a fashion show. Fri., Nov. 2, 7 p.m. free. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK, in Golden Gate Park), 750-3600, deyoungmuseum.org.
Femina Potens. "Open Eyes: Queer Film Friday": Local film series; screenings are followed by wine and vegan cookie receptions including Q+A sessions with the filmmakers. Also features a visual open mike: Submit short (five minutes or less) films or video pieces at 7:30 p.m. First Friday of every month. 2199 Market (at Sanchez), 864-1558, feminapotens.org.
Oddball Films. Animation Behind the Iron Curtain: An evening of rare works of Polish, Czech, and Yugoslavian animation. Includes: Queer Birds, The Day the Colors Went Away, and Rhinoceros. Thu., Nov. 1, 8 p.m. $10; RSVP to email@example.com. Life's a Drag!: A celebration of drag in films. Includes: Behind Every Good Man, Black Cap Drag, Sinderella , and Amour Pour Une Femme. Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $10; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 275 Capp (at 18th St.), 558-8112, oddballfilms.com.
Roxie Theater. Sleepwalk with Me: Co-produced by Ira Glass. When an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. Through Nov. 1. $6.50-$10. Rare: A mother struggles to mobilize research that could potentially help her daughter and others with a rare form of albinism. Includes a panel with the filmmakers and researchers. Thu., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. free. Miami Connection: Synth rock band Dragon Sound embarks on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice in Orlando, Florida. Directed by Grandmaster Y.K. Kim. Nov. 2-3, 10:45 p.m. $6.50-$10. Ornette: Made in America: Documentary about the history of jazz and the creative exchange that highlighted the ’60s and ’70s in America.. Nov. 3-6. $6.50-$10. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, roxie.com.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). "Demonstrations": Short films that appropriate the trademarks of activism in subversive and humorous ways. Tue., Nov. 6, noon. free. 151 Third St. (at Minna), 357-4000, sfmoma.org.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. El Velador: A documentary about Mexican drug cartels. Thu., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4, 2 p.m. $8-$10. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787, ybca.org.