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The Manor Theatre on Providence Road will host a discussion by Bob Mondello, film critic for NPR's All Things Considered, at 8pm Thursday, June 5. With the aid of select clips, Mondello will offer a humorous lecture on what he's learned about the South -- much of it largely inaccurate -- from its portrayal in motion pictures over the years, as well as an examination of why Hollywood often chooses to depict the region and its inhabitants in less than charitable terms (no word on whether Mondello will mention Jackie Gleason in Smokey and the Bandit or the rapist hillbillies in Deliverance).General admission is $10; cost for WFAE and Charlotte Film Society members (with presentation of member card) is $5.

All Things Considered, featuring Mondello's reviews, airs locally from 4 to 6pm weekdays on WFAE 90.7 FM.

For the second year in a row, The Light Factory's Factory Films Film and Video Series will present some of the winning titles from the year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the nationally recognized annual event that was held this past April in Durham.Speedo, which took the fest's Audience Award, will be shown Thursday, June 12; described as a "simultaneously humorous and distressing film," it focuses on a dysfunctional man's obsession with earning recognition on his local racetrack's demolition derby nights. The Luckiest Nut In the World, an offbeat animated flick that earned the Jury Award for Best Short, will also be shown.

Then on Friday, June 13, the series will present Black Picket Fence, a penetrating study of rap music that earned an Honorable Mention for the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. The Ocularist, a 9-minute short about the making of a glass eyeball, will also be screened; it likewise snagged an Honorable Mention, in the Jury Award for Best Short category.

Movies begin both nights at 7:30pm at Spirit Square; tickets cost $7. Call 704-333-9755 for more information.

The perennial Jazzy Ladies music'n'movies series will feature an apt theme for this year's summer program: "The Great American Game." Five baseball flicks will be showcased, along with live performances by local jazz musicians. The series kicks off July 8 with The Rookie and Celine Berman and Jazztrack; after that, look for Eight Men Out/Daryle Ryce on July 15; A League of Their Own/Evans and Coppola on July 22; The Bad News Bears/Lauren & Friends July 29; and Bull Durham/The Toni Tupponce Quartet August 5. The evening entertainment runs from 6 to 11pm; general admission is $7. Call 704-337-2000 for details.

Warner Home Video has teamed up with Turner Classic Movies and America Online to present a rather unique opportunity for film fans. DVD Decision 2003, which Warner hopes will become an annual event, will allow regular folks the chance to vote on which Warner titles they would like to see on DVD. Warner has compiled a list of 20 pictures from their vast library; movie fans will cast their votes for their five favorites, and the five titles that earn the most votes will be scheduled for release on DVD in January 2004. Voting began June 2 and will continue through July 1. Voters will also have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for a chance at various prizes (including a home theater system).AOL members will be able to find details and clips of all 20 films -- and cast their votes -- at AOL Keyword: DVD Decision. (Non-AOL members can go to www.tryaol.com/dvddecision to become a member and then vote.) What's more, Turner Classic Movies will air all 20 finalists June 23-27 (a TV schedule is posted at www.turnerclassicmovies.com).

Oh, and if any reader has trouble filling out all five slots, feel free to support one of my picks: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Asphalt Jungle, The Blackboard Jungle, Days of Wine and Roses and Bad Day at Black Rock.

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