I’m always looking for unique ways to spend my weekend evenings outside of getting dinner or having drinks. The Steamboat Arts Council and the Bud Werner Library provide a perfect alternative for Friday nights with their Third Friday Free Film Series. Each third Friday of the month you can head to the Depot for a screening of an award-winning short film, fresh popcorn and a cash bar.

Foreign films and documentaries open your eyes to new cultures, languages, and creative expression while challenging your mind to think outside of the box and appreciate a different kind of cinematic experience. They often explore and portray situations and characters on a more realistic and deeper level creating the opportunity for viewers to connect to the subject matter in a more meaningful way.

This week’s feature is called MINE, an audience award winner for best documentary at SXSW. Directed by Geralyn Pezanoski, “MINE is a feature-length, independent documentary about the essential bond between humans and animals, set against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters in modern U.S. history: Hurricane Katrina. A compelling meditation on race, class and the power of compassion, MINE examines how we treat animals as an extension of how we view and treat each other.” (http://www.steamboatlibrary.org/Events.html)

This film is sure to be thought provoking and provides a new way to spend your Friday evening. The film will be showing at 7 p.m. at the Depot on 13th Street across from the library. Click here for more info.