Do It Today: Films Galore! Sabotage in St. Pete and Extra Large Shorts in Tampa

The [email protected] and Push Ultra Lounge team up to present the Summer Sunset Film Festival, a free movie screening every Monday in celebration of the picturesque Florida sunset. On the heels of last week's romantic thriller, Charade, comes a plain ol' thriller (and not the MJ kind) in  Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage. Inspired by Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, it follows Verloc, a seemingly motive-less theater owner who agrees to blow London landmarks to smithereens at the behest of an unnamed foreign terrorist group. Flimsy though the premise may be, pulses begin to pound in that familiar fashion of Hitchcock films when, along with members of Scotland Yard, Verloc's wife begins to suspect his guilt.   8:30 p.m. Mon., June 13, Push Ultra Lounge, 128 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg, free, thestudioat620.org.

A modern Pandora’s Box that unleashes sin into the world, an animated couple who first wreck each others cars before falling in love in midair, and a touching adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, Old Man and the Sea. The common bind is that they’re all part of the award-winning collection of short films shown at the Extra-Large Shorts Festival. This accumulation of the most interesting and unique shorts of the last two decades includes wildly varying themes and innovative filming techniques. Old Man and the Sea, for example, utilizes the beautiful but interminable process of moving oil paint on glass to tell the story of a weathered Cuban sailor who reels in the catch of his life. Pandorama, the updated tale of Pandora’s Box, on the other hand, doesn’t use a camera at all, but includes more than 2,500 images that have been “hand-drawn, scratched, painted, and rubber stamped directly on clear leader and junk footage.” MOSI screens these and several other shorts in the IMAX Theater, so the audience is sure to gain an extra-large appreciation for these mini works of cinematic art. 10 a.m., 1:25 p.m. and 6 p.m. Mon., July 13, continues through the end of July, showtimes vary, Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, $10.95 adults/$9.95 seniors/8.95 children, 813-987-6100. —Franki Weddington

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