Experimental-film pioneer Chick Strand receives Third Man Records tribute 

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As a co-founder of Canyon Cinema, the San Francisco-based organization that formed one of the tentpoles of American experimental cinema, Mildred "Chick" Strand started its influential journal and nurtured its screening series in the 1960s at a time (according to the San Francisco Film Society's SF360 site) when she had to dig into food money on occasion to help pay film-rental costs. In 1965, as a mother of two, she began studying ethnographic filmmaking at UCLA and went on to produce a number of cinematic portraits — several shot in the town of San Miguel Allende during her summers in Mexico — that prize experience even as they resist interpretation.

Strand's work is the subject of Chick Strand: Wish You Were Here, a tribute screening 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Third Man Records' Light and Sound Machine experimental-film series. Co-sponsored by The Belcourt, the bill includes films such as 1967's "Anselmo," 1976's "Cosas de Mi Vida," and 1979's "Fever Dream" (described as "a wet hot dream about sensuality"). Writing in Sight & Sound, Vera Brunner-Sung described Strand's style as "caressing movements and features in close-up, pulling viewers in by the lapels with a telescoped lens, incorporating the subject's thoughts via voiceover narration." Admission is $10 at 623 Seventh Ave. S.; for more information, see .

• Saturday and Sunday at The Belcourt: the digital restoration of John G. Avildsen's original Rocky, which made star Sylvester Stallone an Oscar-winning screenwriter. At the Hollywood 27: the Bollywood romance Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, with Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. Opening wide Friday: Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Sex Tape; James Remar in the religious drama Persecuted; Disney's collectible-mongering Planes: Fire and Rescue. At the Cult Fiction Underground in Logue's Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin Pike: Curtis Harrington's seldom-shown 1977 cult chiller Ruby, with Piper Laurie.

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