An odd and absorbed woman in Pow Wow.
An odd and absorbed woman in Pow Wow.

TONIGHT DON'T MISS: Fourteen brief chapters about the life and times of select residents of the Coachella Valley, ranging from history-minded lifers to recently retired transplants. (Also, Shecky Greene!) The latest from Robinson Devor (Police Beat, Zoo) is gratifyingly, absorbingly odd, stocked with a cast of real characters who are all effortlessly off-kilter. (“What would my life be like if I died?” is just one of the wobbly, near-gnostic sayings on display.) Hypnotic viewing, with an eerily majestic use of drone shots and the goddamndest helicopter you’ll ever see.

SIFF happens May 18-June 11. Check out showtimes for Pow Wow here; more recommended SIFF films here; and all SIFF films here.