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South Bay cinephiles, rejoice: It's now possible to see independent movies without driving to the Westside. Bringing world cinema to Torrance's AMC Rolling Hills for more than two years now, the South Bay Film Society is a case study in art-house/multiplex convergence. Nearly every one of its one-off screenings sells out with the speed of a Beyoncé concert; in some cases, SBFS has had to add book additional screens to accommodate demand. Though most of these films only make it to Torrance after their initial runs in West L.A. and Santa Monica, the org is proving increasingly essential by hosting the local premieres of films such as Burning Bush, Agnieszka Holland's four-hour miniseries about self-immolation in Prague. “The South Bay has a large, well-educated population,” says curator Randy Berler, “and it made no sense to me that foreign films and many excellent independent films never come to this area.” Here, here. —Michael Nordine

2591 Airport Drive, Torrance, 90505. (310) 326-1167, southbayfilmsociety.com.

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