Create their own scene
The Miami International Film Festival may be gone, though not before having whetted our appetite for experimental, independently produced flicks. But you can still catch plenty of the indie spirit in the two-dozen-plus student films shown at Friday's Palm Beach Youth Cinematography Club Charity Film Festival at the Carefree Theatre (2000 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach). And besides, it's for a good cause; your $5 tickets won't just be dropped into corporate coffers.
Suncoast High School senior Sam Baumel organized the event to benefit Boston Children's Hospital, which helped his brother recover from congenital heart disease. The festival features music videos, mockumentaries, short narratives, commercials, and public service announcements, as well as documentaries like Baumel's Wild West-themed film about local life (co-created with Wellington High School's David Rubin)
If all goes well, Baumel says, the festival will blossom into a semi-regular event -- something to help local filmmakers gain exposure. And with the convenience of modern technology, producing films is more accessible than ever. "The only limitation is one's own creativity and ingenuity," Baumel says. That and finding actors on the cheap. Festival starts at 9 p.m. Call 561-833-7305. -- Jason Budjinski
Those fighting Irish
The Troubles. While that sounds like the name of a scraggly dressed punk band (and probably is), it more significantly refers to the bloody conflict that has ravaged Northern Ireland for more than three decades. Some 70-odd political posters from the conflict are featured in the exhibit "Troubled Images" at Nova Southeastern University's Alvin Sherman Library (3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale). From simple, direct slogans (Stop strip searches!) to fliers for rallies (The Long March), the posters represent the region's opposing viewpoints. And on Saturday, a free screening of Hidden Agenda takes place at noon. The film explores the assassination of a human rights lawyer and the questionable circumstances surrounding his death. The film starts at noon. The exhibit runs through March 20. Call 954-262-8079. -- Jason Budjinski