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This film fund-raiser gets creative

Leave it to the innovative folks of Video Balagan, the award-winning series of shorts and experimental film and video at the Coolidge Corner Theater, to come up with a quirky fund-raiser.

The event's theme is -- what else? -- money and will feature short films by area filmmakers Joe Gibbons, Henry Hills, Mary Filippo, with more to be announced. Also on the bill are a filmmaker and audience talent show; a collective handmade film that will be created by the audience during the benefit and screened immediately; and a raffle.

This year the series did not receive any grant funding, Silva said, and the goal of the fund-raiser is to raise enough money for Balagan to finish this season and begin to work on next year's program. A donation of $10-$15 is requested. The Big Balagan takes place Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge. For more information, visit www.coolidge.org/balagan.

FROM BOLLYWOOD TO BOSTON: Bollywood star and transplanted Bostonian Tara Deshpande Tennebaum will introduce her 2001 film "Tapish" and moderate a panel discussion on Indian popular culture on Dec. 6 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Deshpande was a VJ for Indian MTV and is the author of the short-story collection "Fifty and Done" and the upcoming "Sense and Spice." She will lead a discussion called "Bollywood: A Mirror of Contemporary Indian Culture" following the screening.

MY BOOK, THEIR MOVIE: Page and screen meet in an event Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre that will feature several major fiction writers and filmmakers talking about the dicey nature of adaptation.

Sponsored by PEN New England, "Great American Option: Literature in the Age of the Screenplay" presents Dennis Lehane, author of the best-selling "Mystic River," which was turned into a film that has received strong reviews; Margot Livesey, who will discuss her novel "Criminals," set to be adapted into a film; Maureen Foley, who is set to direct "Criminals"; Scott Heim, whose "Mysterious Skin" is in development with Gregg Araki; Jan Egleson, whose adaptation of the novel "Coyote Waits" is now airing on PBS; and Joseph Finder, author of numerous thrillers, whose "High Crimes" was made into a movie.

Tickets are $5, available at the door or in advance from the Coolidge Corner Theatre or Brookline Booksmith.

VOICES FOR PEACE: The premiere of the latest documentary from Boston College fine arts professor John J. Michalczyk of Wayland, "Different Drummers: Daring to Make Peace in the Mideast," screens today at 2:15 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. Veteran Boston television journalist Clark Booth wrote the script for "Different Drummers," a portrait of several Israeli peacemakers who provoke others to join their voices for peace and justice.

For tickets or more information, call the MFA box office at 617-369-3770.

SCREENS AROUND TOWN: Nationally acclaimed photographer Abelardo Morell and his wife, award-winning filmmaker Lisa McElaney, will present and discuss the Cuban drama "Memories of Underdevelopment" tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theater. The first post-revolution film to reach the United States, Tomas Gutierrez Alea's 1968 film is the passionate and often funny story of a decadent Cuban intellectual.

The MFA Film Program continues its yearlong presentation of the art documentary "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time." There is a show Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and four shows in December.

Loren King may be contacted at loren.king@comcast.net.

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