The Friday Night Film Series hosted by Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building focuses on Asian Films in August. The free movies are screened every Friday at 7 p.m., open to the public and free of charge (although donations are gratefully accepted).

Next up, Aug. 12, is “Shadow Magic” (2000, China/Germany/Taiwan/USA), inspired by the life of Liu Jing Lun. This enchanting drama depicts the wondrous influence of movies in Peking, China at the turn of the 20th century. While conservatives frown upon the Western invention, the images are a marvel to peasants and royalty alike. The hand-cranked projector casts images that threaten and amaze the Chinese audience … many of whom have a difficult time reconciling technology and tradition.

Upcoming in the series are: Aug. 19, “Rashomon” (1950, Japan); and, Aug. 26, “Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles” (2005, Hong Kong/China/Japan). The Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./route 1, is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.