For the next few weeks, the silver screens of both Trustees Theater and the Lucas Theatre for the Arts are dark, with no special movie screenings taking place at either phenomenal location until September. However, the cinematic activities at both locations pick back up that month, with the Lucas hosting the 11th annual Gray's Reef Ocean Film Fest on Sept. 13.

Presented by Gray's Reef and NOAA, this year the highly anticipated event lasts two nights and one full day, and as always features tons of highly acclaimed, ocean-themed films (usually documentaries) which are suitable for all ages. Best of all, admission is completely free. Keep an eye on this column for more details on this worthwhile, entertaining and educational event as the date grows nearer.

Then on Sept. 21, SCAD's Cinema Circle kicks off its next series of classic and/or popular features with a rare big-screen viewing of the third (and many say the most satisfying) entry in the "Raiders of The Lost Ark" saga: 1989's "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade."

Starring Harrison Ford, Sir Sean Connery, Denholm Elliot and the late River Phoneix, it's a must-see for fans of old-fashioned action-adventure flicks, as well as those who enjoy the type of clever, argumentative banter popularized in Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s-'50s.

A few weeks before those two notable bookings, the local independent organization CinemaSavannah has arranged for a special, one-night-only showing of the brand-new fantasy/thriller directed by Irish auteur Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game," "The Butcher Boy," "Interview With The Vampire," "Mona Lisa"). Titled "Byzantium," it's described as a sexy, stylish fantasy-thriller about a pair of 200-year-old vampires who just happen to be mother and daughter, and their frustrating travails during an interminably long life.

Starring Gemma Arterton ("Quantam of Solace," "Clash of The Titans") and Jonny Lee Miller ("Trainspotting," TV's "Elementary"), it's received mixed reviews, with some critics describing it as having a strange feminist slant, and others praising it as a moody, deliberate and angst-ridden take on what is quickly becoming a somewhat mainstream genre.

Either way, this is likely the only chance Savannah audiences will have an opportunity to catch it in a theatrical setting. "Byzantium" screens at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Muse Arts Warehouse.

Until then, however, the Psychotronic Film Society continues to offer a steady stream of intimate viewings of all manner of unique, alternative cinema at its home base, The Sentient Bean Coffeehouse on the southern end of Forsyth Park (right next to Brighter Day Natural Foods).

In keeping with its stated goals of showcasing overlooked films from around the world that are either "really good" or "really bad," the next three events run the gamut from a hopelessly cliched vanity project to an obscure foreign mystery gem to a campy, live-action cartoon.

First up on Aug. 21 is a memorial tribute to the late karate trainer and World Light-Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Ivan Rogers, who died Aug. 22, 2010, at the age of 55.

Beginning in 1987, Rogers parlayed his martial arts prowess and brooding onscreen presence into a small career in film, starring in 14 low-budget action films and writing the screenplays for five of those features.

Few of these films were released theatrically, with most aimed straight at the home video market, and rarely shown in a public setting. In his honor, the PFS will show 2001's "On Fire," aka "Forgive Me Father," starring Rogers as a former mob hitman whose violent past catches up with him. A guilty pleasure for fans of unintentionally funny movies, it's filled with amateurish acting, awkward camerawork and a fairly ludicrous plot. Come prepared to chuckle. $5 admission, 8 p.m. showtime.

On Aug. 25, the PFS unearths a terrific, forgotten French suspense film which has never been released on DVD. Directed by the esteemed Philippe Labro, 1971's "Without Apparent Motive" has been compared to other great French crime films, such as those of Jean-Pierre Melville ("Le Cercle Rouge," "Bob le flambeur"). Set on the French Riviera, it stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (winner of the European Best Actor Film Award for his role in 2012's "Amour") and Dominique Sanda ("The Garden of the Finzi-Continis"), and concerns a police detective who must find the missing link between a series of vexing murders.

This rare widescreen print is in spoken French with English subtitles, and is suitable for mature audiences only. $7 admission, 8 p.m. showtime.

And, finally, on Aug. 28, the PFS salutes the late Italian leading man Luciano Stella (better known as "Tony Kendall") on what would have been his 77th birthday, with a showing of the zany, over-the-top Yugoslavian superhero romp "The Three Fantastic Supermen." Made in 1967, this lighthearted mashup of James Bond-style secret agent hijinks and campy, spandex-jumpsuited fist-fighting and acrobatics (think Adam West's "Batman" TV series) was a smash at drive-in theaters around the world, but has since fallen into extreme obscurity.

The hokey plot centers around an FBI agent (Brad Harris of "Challenge of The Tiger" semi-fame) who joins a crime-fighting duo who wear bulletproof "super-suits" as they try to defeat an evil genius who's creating radioactive counterfeit cash and phony gold bars. This is goofy, incoherent, D-grade Saturday matinee gibberish at its finest. Dubbed poorly into English, and never released on DVD in the USA. If this sounds like your kind of film, it is! $6 admission, 8 p.m. showtime.

See you at the movies.

Jim Reed directs the award-winning Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah - presenting indie, foreign, classic and cult cinema year-round. Read more from Jim on Savannah's film scene at

What: "On Fire"

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $5

What: "Without Apparent Motive"

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 25

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $7; mature audiences only

What: "The Three Fantastic Supermen"

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 28

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $6