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Lantern to screen a program of local films on Thursday

Above: Ron Ford (at lectern) appeared in a 2015 Stage Left Theater production of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later." His film "Funeral in the Park" is one of 13 shorts that will screen on Thursday at the Magic Lantern. 

Most of us go to the movies for entertainment, whether that means simply laughing, getting excited, or coming away with conflicted feelings because we've just experienced something that challenges the way we perceive the world.

Sometimes all those things occur at once.

Some of that — maybe much of it — is likely to occur at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Magic Lantern Theatre when the theater offers an event that's being labeled the "Made in Spokane Film Screening."

Some 13 films will screen over the 2-hour, 15-minute program, which include a short intermission.

Spokane has boasted a number of film events over the years, the most current annual event being the 50 Hour Slam. The 2019 version of that festival (of which I am one of several judges) will screen at 7 p.m. on May 4 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Note: If you plan on attending Thursday's screening at the Magic Lantern, here's a bit of advice: Get your tickets early. And show up early, too. The Lantern's bigger house has only a little more than 100 seats, and they tend to go fast — especially when local artists are featured.