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Examine Your ZIFFer 

Wednesday, Jul 30 2008
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The flyer for the Zeitgeist International Film Festival says "Celebrating cool films and warm beer." The truth is, everything at the ZIFF is likely to be cool, from independent movies to audience fashion to the brew to your butt (if you don't bring a good coat). The festival is held in the backyard "bier garden" of the massively popular bar, so expect ankle-deep gravel, communal seating arrangements, and plenty of smoking opportunities. The films are "screened in beer-o-scope," which means "projected on a concrete wall painted white specially for the occasion." The work comes in from around the world, and selections range from animations with pee- and poo-level humor to documentaries on local celebrities: One favorite from a few years ago was a film entirely dedicated to the Tamale Lady.
Mon., Aug. 11, 9 p.m., 2008

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