Film buffs, assemble

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

With the Oscars handed out and awards season films leaving the theaters, it might seem like a dull time for movies in Sacramento. Wrong. This week, there is a slew of film festivals and special screenings that should convince you to abandon Netflix—at least for one night.

The fifth annual Sacramento Food Film Festival starts Saturday, April 1, with four screenings spread out over a week. What makes these events special is the pairing of chefs with food-themed films—plus the fact that it’s a central fundraiser for the Food Literacy Center. There’s one free screening, though: Sustainable, a documentary highlighting the economic and environmental issues facing the country’s food system. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the Central Library Galleria (828 I Street), and it includes appetizers, dessert and a panel discussion. Find the full festival schedule at

On Thursday, March 30, the International Fly Fishing Film Festival makes a stop at the Tower Theatre (2508 Land Park Drive). At 7 p.m., a series of short films begins, following fly-fishing adventures in picturesque locations such as Iceland, New Zealand and Bolivia. Get $20 tickets at

Of course, sometimes you just want to watch an old favorite on a big screen. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, catch The Big Lebowski at the Crest Theatre (1013 K Street)—and summon your inner Dude for a costume contest. Nab $10 tickets at

If you’re craving something slightly more highbrow but still loads of fun, the Crocker Art Museum’s (216 O Street) Art on Film series returns at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Local film expert Jacob Greenberg will present the 1985 dystopian cult classic Brazil, followed by a discussion sparked by questions from the audience. Find tickets—$10 for members and $15 for nonmembers—at