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Mouthful: Gala opens Hitchcock film fest

  • Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds” opened on March 28, 1963. (Universal Pictures)

Where the birds are: Friday, the 2014 Hitchcock Film Festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a gala at the Bodega Harbour Yacht Club (565 Smith Brothers Road). In addition to a screening of “The Birds,” the event includes a red carpet flanked by paparazzi, live music, appetizers, cocktails, a photo booth and popcorn.

Cost is $50 per person, and tickets are available at Gourmet au Bay, Candy and Kites, Bodega Bay Veterinary Hospital and brownpapertickets.com.

Black tie is optional but, really, isn't that a lot of the point?

On Saturday, there will be three screenings at the Bodega Bay Grange (1370 Bodega Ave.). At noon, it's “The Birds;” “Shadow of a Doubt” shows at 3:30 p.m. and the evening is capped off with “Psycho” at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 per movie or $25 for all three. Children under 12 pay $5, so, go ahead, take the kiddies to “Psycho.”

Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.

If scheduled events do not sell out, a few tickets will be available at the door.

Proceeds benefit local educational programs, including Bodega Bay Elementary, Pastures Preschool and Tomales Bay Elementary.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival: If for some reason Sebastopol's film festival isn't on your radar screen, there is still time to enjoy it. It kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday, March 29.

A few things that caught our eye include “More Than Honey,” which tries to shed light on the worldwide die-off of bees, showing at 4:30 p.m. today at Rialto Cinemas #1; “Sleepless,” a six-minute journey into insomnia, showing at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Rialto Cinemas #4 and Guy Madden's remarkable look at his childhood home, “My Winnepeg,” which you can see at 9:30 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas #3.

For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit sebastopolfilmfestival.org or stop by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (282 S. High St.).

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