“Arthur Christmas” - Family movie with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. and film at 2 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. Today, Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $1. (208) 667-1865.
The Professor Series, 2012 Edition - Featuring classic and contemporary films selected by local professors and critics. Q&A sessions/discussions will accompany each film. Wednesday, “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) by Wes Anderson, hosted by Jessica Maucione of Gonzaga University. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave. $7/general admission, $5/students with valid ID. (509) 209-2383.
“The Polar Express” - Free showing of holiday family film. Includes hot cider and popcorn. Call to reserve or pickup ticket in store. Approximate run time of 100 minutes. Thursday, 6 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 676-9730.
“Dakota 38” - The Gonzaga University Center for America Indian Studies and Native American Law Students Association are co-hosting a screening of the 2012 documentary. It is a film about the Dakota people’s 330 mile ride from Lower Brule, S.D., to Mankato, Minn., retracing the ride of their ancestors. Those ancestors arrived in Mankato, awaiting their passage from this world to the next. On Dec. 26, 1862, President Lincoln ordered the hanging of 38 Dakota, which is the largest execution in U.S. history. This journey is an effort to begin the reconciliation and healing of the Dakota people and all people. Isaac Miller, one of the Dakota 38 Riders from the film, will discuss the film. Thursday, 6 p.m., Gonzaga University, Wolff Auditorium, Jepson Center, 502 E. Boone Ave. Free. (509) 328-4220.
Eighth Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival - The seven short films come from renowned and grass-roots filmmakers. The entries are juried by a panel of judges and the top selections are assembled into a 90-minute program. Proceeds from this event will assist with providing funding for Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education Fieldwork Experience programming, including their Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool – the nation’s largest on-snow winter ecology program. SOLE’s aim is to provide affordable and accessible outdoor education program including providing novel snow-based experiential learning opportunities for local public schools. Purchase tickets locally in Sandpoint at Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters, Eichardt’s Pub, Mountain Essentials, Pedro’s and at the Ski Shack in Hayden. Individuals can also purchase tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/286068. Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $10/advance, $12/day of event. (208) 263-9191.