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THE DOWNSTREAM FILM FESTIVAL The debut event in Gainesville will screen 127 documentary, narrative, experimental and animated films ranging from 60 seconds to feature length. July 18-21, the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Brenau University, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. $5 per screening. 770-998-2288.

HARLEM ARIA (R) Replete with potty humor and Damon Wayans' crude, but often funny, brand of comedy, this film about a mentally impaired Harlem resident, Anton (Gabriel Casseus), who longs to be an opera singer has a premise aimed at the kiddie market, but a street-wise attitude and enough profanity to make it more of an adult guilty pleasure. Infectiously rude, Wayans is the parasitic homeless guy who latches on to Anton thinking he can make a buck. Pan African Film Festival in conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival, July 21, 8 p.m. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $8.--FF

INTIMACY (NR) Two Londoners meet every Wednesday for anonymous sex in a squalid city row house in French director Patrice Chereau's fascinating, raw portrait of characters who deny true intimacy through the mechanics of furtive sex, but can't escape its pull. The film at first feels sketchy and unfocused, until one realizes that the answers Jay (the splendid Mark Rylance) searches for when he leaves his apartment to find out the "truth" about Claire (the equally effective Kerry Fox) will provide no remedy for his roaming unhappiness. Peachtree Film Society. July 21 at 6 p.m. at Cinevision Screening Room, 3300 Northeast Expressway, Blvd. 2. No one under 18 admitted. www.peachtreefilm.org.--FF

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1940) (NR) The screwball comedy of Frank Capra and the sexiness of hitchhiking Claudette Colbert and shirtless Clark Gable make the multiple Oscar-winner an enduring classic. I have a strange fondness for the scene in which bus passengers joyously sing "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" -- if only public transportation was always like that. American Comedy Classics. July 19 at 8 p.m. Rich Auditorium, Woodrufff Arts Center. $5.--CH

THE NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL In addition to the Pan African Film Festival, cinematic events include a video wall installation of the work of media artist Demetria Royals at Spelman College's Cosby Center Lobby and family movies on video at Clark Atlanta University's Jubilation Square. July 19-28 at various Atlanta locations. www.nbaf.org. 404-730-7315.

THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL Part of the National Black Arts Festival, this Los Angeles-based festival of black films features more than a dozen documentaries and narrative features from the United States, Cuba and numerous African nations. July 20-21 and 26-28, Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $8. 404-733-4570. www.nbaf.org.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the musical horror spoof follows an all-American couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) to the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a drag-queen/mad scientist from another galaxy. It's all fun and games until Meatloaf gets killed. Dress as your favorite character and participate in this musical on acid. Fridays at midnight, Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Road, and Saturday at midnight at the Marietta Star Cinema, 1355 Roswell Road, Marietta.

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) (NR) Tony Curtis recently came through town in the live musical version of the Billy Wilder classic, but you're better served (and frankly, so is Curtis) by watching the original, a legitimate contender for the finest comedy ever made. The cross-dressing comedy features Marilyn Monroe's best performance. Tribute to Billy Wilder. Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. July 22 at 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. $6.50.--CH

THAT'S MY FACE (NR) This beautifully structured documentary is an intriguing, often moving personal travelogue that is ultimately revealed to be a search for self. Thomas Allen Harris' film examines identity from the intimate perspective of a black, gay kid raised in the Afro-cool activism of '70s New York who loses touch with his identity as he grows up in homogenous American. As an adult, he begins a search to find out what it means to be black. Presented by IMAGE Film and Video Festival in conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival. July 21, noon and 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site screening room, 450 Auburn Ave., Free. --FF

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 (2000) (NR) In this film of her one-woman show, Anna Deavere Smith speaks in the voices of dozens of Los Angelenos affected by the 1992 riots. Presented by the actress and playwright as part of "An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith." National Black Arts Festival. July 22, 7 p.m. at Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $10.

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