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Independent films screened at The Parlor Room // FRIDAY

Valley filmmaker Rio Contrada, who last year offered a moving story about his late father, Fred Contrada, in “Time to Go,” will screen two new short films at Northampton’s Parlor Room on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The first, “Outside,” is about homelessness and, though mostly fictional, includes interviews with many local homeless people Rio Contrada met in the past year. All proceeds from the evening will go to ServiceNet, and Contrada says funds will be earmarked in particular for building a small shelter for local homeless youth. His second short work, “Yes, Mommy,” focuses on a 9-year-old girl coming to terms with her new family dynamic by having tea with her stuffed animals. 32 Masonic St., $15

— Steve Pfarrer

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