SAVE THE SHARKS
"This is Your Ocean: Sharks" narrated by oceanographer Sylvia Earle focuses on the global plight of sharks and their critical role in maintaining the health and balance of the ocean. Features artists Guy Harvey and Wyland, and shark expert Jim Abernethy. Eight-year-old Sophi Bromenshenkel, Oceana conservation organization Ocean Hero award winner and a dedicated shark advocate, will be painting together with Guy Harvey during the reception. 5:30 p.m. reception. 6:30 p.m. screening. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. $10 students. $20 others. $2,000 for a reserved seat and "Adopt-A-Shark" VIP dinner. Details: (305) 421-4061 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
Owner of 1980s hotspots Peter Gatien oversaw a Manhattan empire that at its peak saw tens of thousands of patrons and was a vessel for an image that defined that era in the city. Billy Corben of "Cocaine Cowboys" and Alfred Spellman document Mr. Gatien's legal battles during Mayor Rudy Giuliani's crackdown on the nightlife scene in the 1990s in "Limelight." 8 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 16. O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami. $7.50 members. $9 seniors and students. $10.50 others. Details: www.o-cinema.org.
"Cuban America," a documentary by African-born filmmaker Adelin Gasana, explores the Cuban-American story as a concentrated exile group's impact on transforming Miami. Film followed by a discussion with the director and some of its subjects. 6 p.m. Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
The Miami Beach Cinematheque's "Best of Sundance" series presents "Senna," winner of the Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary Audience Award. The film tells of triple world champion Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna and his impact on his native country, Brazil. 7 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 19. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members. $9 seniors and students. $10 others. Details: www.mbcinema.com.
"Life, Above All" tells of 12-year-old Chanda, who learns of a fast-traveling rumor in her small village near Johannesburg after the death of her newly-born sister. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage. 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 16. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami,1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. Free for UM students. $7 for seniors, University of Miami alumni, faculty, non-UM students and staff. $9 others. Details: (305) 421-4061 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
"The Guard" tells of two policemen who must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang — one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other a strait-laced FBI agent. Sgt. Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop who becomes involved in the disappearance of a fellow officer and is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case. 7 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 16. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami,1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. Free for UM students. $7 for seniors, University of Miami alumni, faculty, non-UM students and staff. $9 others. Details: (305) 421-4061 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
CIRCLE OF LIFE
The Disney animated musical "The Lion King" presents the story of a lion cub's journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba begins life as an honored prince, the son of the powerful King Mufasa. The cub's happy childhood turns tragic when his evil uncle, Scar, murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom. 10 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 16. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami,1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. Free for UM students. $5 others. Details: (305) 421-4061 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
The classic tale of love and loyalty triumphing over corruption in "Esmeralda" screens as inspired by Victor Hugo's famous novel, "Notre Dame De Paris." Esmeralda was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. This latest adaptation performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow has been choreographed by Yuri Burklava and Vasily Medvedev. Noon. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami,1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. $15. Details: (305) 421-4061 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
FILM & FOOD
O Cinema's "OMG! Dinner & a Movie" series presents "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress," a look inside the renowned Spanish restaurant "El Bulli," which remains a beacon of avant-garde cooking. The film includes dinner offering shellfish paella, Spanish tortilla, grilled chicken breast with romesco and green onion, and roasted zucchini and squash. 7 p.m. O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami. $38 dinner and movie. $68 dinner, movie and a copy of chef Michael Schwartz's new cookbook. Details: www.o-cinema.org.
"Jane's Journey" travels with wildlife conservationist and researcher Jane Goodall, known for her 45-year study of wild chimpanzees, through her childhood home in England to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where she began her research. 8 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 23. O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami. $7.50 members. $9 seniors and students. $10.50 others. Details: www.o-cinema.org.
NEW SPANISH CINEMA
The Miami International Film Festival and the Gusman Center for the performing arts host a four-day film extravaganza showcasing contemporary Spanish cinema, including Spain's official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. The opening night film "Black Bread (Pa Negre)" won nine 2011 Goya Awards and depicts rural life in wartime Spain. Discussion following the film with producer Isona Passola. 6:30 p.m. red carpet, welcome cocktail, screening and question-and-answer session with producer. Gift bags for all attendees. Additional films screened through Oct. 23. Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler St., Miami. $17 single tickets. $60 film series tickets. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gusmancenter.org or www.miami.recentcinemafromspain.com.