On the Radar: SiFF Retro offers indies from the Strasbourg Independent Film Fest

Boppin’ at the Glue Factory, winner of best feature at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and The Donut, the Balloon and the Lifesaver, by Florida director and Jack-of-all-trades Banks Helfrich. (Pictured: Conrad Roberts and Henry Dittman in Boppin' at the Glue Factory. Photo by Christian Miglio) SiFF Retro,April 30-May 2, Fri.-Sun., films run every odd hour starting at 1 p.m., Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, $30 Fest Pass/$12 Day Pass/$7 at door, retro.strasbourgfilmfest.com.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendars for. With the deluge of summer blockbusters just around the corner, the Beach Theatre has some timely counterprogramming to give moviegoers a taste of cinematic nourishment on the small scale. Starting this Friday, the venerable movie house is screening a retrospective from the Strasbourg Independent Film Fest, featuring 14 films as well as a number of shorts.

One of the highlights is Pirate for the Sea, an official selection at numerous film festivals stateside and abroad, about controversial marine activist Paul Watson. Two other notables films include

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