In these dark times, it’s important to remember that democracy can be a beautiful thing. But it can also be chaotic. See exactly what we mean at Scream It Off Screen, a monthly short film series where audiences yea or nay each piece via scream or silence. At each installment, local filmmakers submit a 15-minute short. After three minutes, the audience collectively votes on whether or not to watch it to the end... or banish it forever. If you’re a “nay,” you’ll start screaming. If your vote is “yea,” then you must remain silent. Films that get majority screams will be gonged, but not forgotten. In the end, the top filmmaker walks away with a giant check for $101. Expect to see some compellingly weird stuff, some true clunkers, cringe-worthy efforts, and potential masterpieces. You decide what you scream at. Films are traditionally collected on a first-come, first served basis, but this week they’re doing things a little differently, as event hosts will be trying out the lottery route. Show up at Turtle Bread with your thumb drive at 7 p.m. on Thursday to enter. 18+.