SANDWICHED IN: Beast Wishes: The Fantastic World of Bob and Kathy Burns (2012-60 min.). Meet two ambassadors of sci-fi and horror fandom in this sweet documentary. Bob and Kathy Burns have dedicated their lives to collecting and preserving movie memorabilia and to nurturing the creative spark in up-and-coming masters of Hollywood fantasy. Produced and directed by Port Washington’s own Frank Dietz with his filmmaking partner Trish Geiger. 12:10 p.m.
FUTURE FOCUS: China’s Rise. In 2009’s When China Rules the World, Martin Jacques predicted that China will be the global superpower of the future and will shape world institutions. Join Dr. Ronald Brown for a discussion of those predictions. Look for Clash of Civilizations, part 2 of this 4-part series, on November 7. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 3 p.m.
“THE FIRST AUTO” (1927-77 min.). Livery stable owner Hank Armstrong (Russell Simpson) is dismayed when his son Bob (Charles E. Mack) pursues his interest in a new invention – the automobile. Roy Del Ruth’s charming movie, subtitled A Romance of the Last Horse and the First Horseless Carriage, takes a nostalgic look back at a pivotal moment in technological history. For viewers today, the movie itself preserves another such moment, when silent cinema first learned to talk, thanks to the Vitaphone sound recording system. 7:30 p.m.