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The Insiders: Films you’ve never heard of, how can you go wrong?

Show us a person who doesn’t like movies and we’ll pull out our best impersonation of Macaulay Culkin’s shocked face from Home Alone.

Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy a nice film? Especially when it’s likely something you’ve never heard of or seen before.

So when you’re flipping through the channels today watching a bunch of mindless television, just remember there’s a better option. And it’s all thanks to a bunch of film fanatics right here in Concord. At 5 p.m., the Concord High School Film Society will present the second annual Concord High School Film Festival in the Christa McAuliffe auditorium.

The festival is a collection of five short dramas, ranging from four to 15 minutes each. (There could be a sixth, but you’ll have to attend to find out if there’s a bonus film). Two of the films were made by Pedro Pimentel, the president of the film society, including the feature film for the night, The Beauty of the World. Two others are from Europe and another hails from the southern part of the United States. While all five are under the drama theme and include death and desperation, the genres for each film are different. In short, you’ll get quite the variety if you go.

And the great thing is, you get all of that for just $5 and that’s not even all of it. There will be an emcee for the night, a Q&A with some of the actors and also a few extra videos. There might even be a few live performances.

Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. and all the proceeds from the evening go to the film society. Your money could literally be responsible for creating the next great filmmaker. You just never know.

For you Penacookians, tonight is the night to say thank you to retired city councilor Liz Blanchard. Blanchard spent years working to keep the Penacook Branch Library open and here is your chance to show your appreciation. Maybe you should bake her some cookies or muffins? Just a suggestion. The drop-in open house is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library.

And in a rescheduled note, the Concord Community Musical School will hold its adult student recital tonight at 7, a week after the original date because of snow. The program will include adult students performing the likes of Handel, Chopin and Gershwin. There will be music for piano, clarinet, voice, flute and clarinet quartet. It’s free and open to the public in the Recital Hall.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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