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Mel Brooks' comic masterpiece screens for free at the Orinda Theatre on September 11

There's nothing quite like seeing a truly hilarious movie with in a packed theater. Which is why you need to put September 11 on your calendar, and get on over to the Orinda Theatre to watch Blazing Saddles.

That's right, we are showing Mel Brooks' insanely funny, wildly un-PC, uniquely American masterpiece about a small town in the Old West with an African American Sheriff. And a big mean thug who punches horses.

As always, these Classic Film Screenings are FREE. The show starts at 7p.m. with some fun trivia questions and a chance to win free cupcakes from our freinds at Republic of Cake. Just arrive early to find best available seating, and then hold on tight for Blazing Saddles.

This month's entry in the classic film series kicks off a big week of movies in Lamorinda, as Thursday, September 11 is also opening night for the 17th annual California Independent Film Festival. The annual celebration of independent cinema takes over both the Rheem and Orinda Theatres, and this year also has special screenings scheduled for the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. I'll be hosting a Q&A with actor Justin Henry on Saturday, September 13 to discuss his Oscar-nominated performance in the classic Kramer Vs. Kramer before a screening of that Best Picture-winning film. Henry will also take part in a partial cast reunion of Sixteen Candles at the Castro on September 12, the same day that film icon Julie Newmar appears to receive the festival's lifetime achievement award before a screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!, Julie Newmar. Make sure to check out caiff.org for infomration about shorts, documentaries, features, and special events in Lamorinda and San Francisco.