Think it looks cloudy with a chance of meatballs? Try shortfalls. In Jacob Kornbluth's Inequality for All, former labor secretary Robert Reich argues that America's widening income inequality is a looming disaster, and he attacks the issue from vantage points such as wealth consolidation, wage stagnation and globalization. To kick off its monthlong "Doctober" series of high-profile current documentaries, The Belcourt follows the 7 p.m. screening Friday with a high-powered panel discussion hosted by Nashville Public Radio's Blake Farmer. On hand will be Martha Wettemann, statistical analyst supervisor for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Mario Mercado, representative from the Workers Dignity Project; and Luke Froeb, William C. Oehmig Chair of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management.
That's just the start. Also playing Friday through Sunday and again Oct. 10 is Bill Siegel's The Trials of Muhammad Ali, which uses archival footage to recount the boxing great's awakening political conscience and controversial decision to drop his "white man's name," Cassius Clay. Sunday through Tuesday, Mary Fishman's Band of Sisters follows the Catholic nuns who moved heaven and earth in their quest for social justice in the 1960s. It's followed by two of the fest's most eagerly anticipated titles: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (Oct. 8-9), Molly Bernstein's portrait of the magician, card shark and sideshow scholar; and Cullen Hoback's Terms and Conditions May Apply (Oct. 9-10), which exposes the amount of private information gathered every day on unsuspecting citizens.
Also starting this week: the theater's Vincent Price tribute, featuring William Castle's cheeseball classic The Tingler (Saturday and Sunday); the first of the theater's horror double features, with Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby and John Hancock's cult favorite Let's Scare Jessica to Death (Friday and Saturday); and a kids' matinee of Beetlejuice 10 a.m. Saturday. Don't ask for your ticket three times. Finally, showing twice Thursday: the DCP restoration of Lawrence of Arabia, for those who missed it earlier this year.