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The Mystic Film Festival runs tonight through Sunday

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  • It’s baaaack!

The Mystic Film Festival, which premiered a year ago, has returned, with things kicking off tonight with a screening of the feature documentary film “The Mamboniks” by Lex Gillespie, who lives in Niantic and is a Peabody-winning producer. “The Mamboniks” traces the rise and fall of the mambo.

“The Mamboniks” is screened at 6:30 tonight at Mystic Luxury Cinemas, following a red-carpet cocktail event. Gillespie and two mamboniks from the film will be there and will participate in a question-and-answer session after.

The festival continues through Sunday, with a wide range of films screened at a variety of locations. All told, there are 75 films featured from 10 countries. Workshops and discussions are part of the festivities, too.

Here’s just a sampling:

  •     A selection of short films, including a Q&A with directors, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Mystic Noank Library
  •  Made-in-Connecticut films, plus Q&A with directors and cast members, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at La Grua Center in Stonington
  •  “Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace," including Q&A with director April Wright and Steve Sigel of the Garde, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Garde Arts Center
  •  Comedy shorts from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and “Barking Mad,” “Lawyer Lady,” and “The Incoherents,” at 7 p.m.; all are Saturday at Niantic Cinemas
  •  “Made in Connecticut Workshop” hosted by Ed Ruggiero, a film tax credit administrator, and Mark Dixon of the Connecticut Office of Film, TV and Digital Media, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mystic Noank Library
  •  Women In Film Panel Discussion, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Mystic Noank Library
  •  Screening of “The Last Trap Family” and “Manry at Sea: In the Wake of a Dream,” 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Mystic Luxury Cinemas; Q&A with filmmakers follows.

For a full schedule, visit

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