Local film programs abound in September

Levine Museum of the New South will host a free “Screen@Levine” film series over the next three months at 200 E. Seventh St. Each will have a talkback led by an expert or staff member.

It begins Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. with “Who is Dayani Cristal?”, a Sundance Festival winner that views the immigration debate through the story of a migrant from Central America. “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History” follows Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The documentary chronicles a student’s torment at the hands of anti-gay bullies and is shown in conjunction with the exhibit “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality.”

The series ends Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. with “Freedom Summer.” It explores the time 50 years ago when 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African-Americans for a massive voter registration effort in Mississippi. It’s presented in conjunction with “Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now.” Details: 704-333-1887 or museumofthenewsouth.org.

Cultural Innovation Grants

The Arts & Science Council has awarded Cultural Innovation Grants to One Voice Chorus and A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will give each group $15,000 a year for two years; the ASC will provide coaching and additional support.

Recipients are chosen because they show programming promise and innovation in serving diverse audiences. The investments support programming opportunities and assist leadership to gain expertise in proper management.

The One Voice website says it “brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-affirming people together to celebrate our lives in song.” The website for A Sign of the Times says it’s “dedicated to improving our community through programs and services that positively reflect the rich musical heritage that is uniquely African American.”

Short Indian Films

The 20th Festival of India runs this weekend at Belk Theater and, as usual, includes a program of short films with the admission price. (That’s $5 online in advance, $7 at the gate.)

The films run at 5 p.m. Saturday in Booth Playhouse, inside Founders Hall at 130 N. Tryon St. Harjant Gill’s “Roots of Love” documents the changing significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India.

Arpita Kumar made the other three films: “My Dear Americans,” about a couple who emigrate to the United States but have different ideas about embracing its culture; “Holding it Together,” an experimental documentary that investigates the impact of cultural imperialism through poetry, visuals and text; and “Sita,” about a day when an Indian maid-servant and a young girl become symbols for a debate about female reproduction.

Oscar nominee in Davidson

Director Marshall Curry brings his Oscar-nominated 2011 documentary, “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” to Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The former Charlottean’s visit will be sponsored by the continuing education group DavidsonLearns and the Davidson Film Club. Curry will be available for discussions before and after the screening. Admission is free to Davidson Learns or Film Club members and $6 for nonmembers. The theater is small, so you must reserve a seat by emailing tix@davidsonfilmclub.com.