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MAN BITES DOG (35mm) + BENNY’S VIDEO (35mm) Double

August 30, 2017 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm

A double feature of two of the more notorious Roxie Releasing films that enjoin the spectator to reflect upon the rapport between violence & cinema, while subtly turning the tables, implicating all involved, and sending the audience out the exits with perhaps something more sinister to ponder.

MAN BITES DOG (C’est Arrivé Près de Chez Vous)
The ingenious & harrowing comedy by three Francophones fresh out of film school, this black & white, low-budget Belgian mockumentary, stalks a resource-strapped documentary film crew recording the everyday life of their more-than-willing subject, a serial killer. Initially dispassionate onlookers, the filmmakers, find themselves caught up in a progressively frenzied and nihilistic brutality, making for a spectacle that LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says “defines audacity and is close to the last word about the nature of violence on film”.

Written, produced and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, who are also the film’s co-editor, cinematographer and lead actor respectively, MAN BITES DOG unspooled in Parisian cinemas continuously for three entire years. Poelvoorde, for whom the bon vivant anti-hero was his first acting credit, never stopped working and is today a Gallic staple, and occasional leading man in French cinema. Since the film’s initial U.S. theatrical release, not a year goes by when the Roxie is not forwarding another Hollywood request for remake rights; queries responded to with derisive, contemptuously soul-preserving silence. 1992. B&W. In French with English subtitles. NC-17. 35mm. 95 mins.

Way before he ever dreamed of directing a film in French or English, Michael Haneke was just another dark Austrian artist trying to work out his issues and ours. And before Isabelle Huppert was his stock actor of choice, the icy Arno Frisch of FUNNY GAMES fame was his alter ego to go. But when Bill Banning brought Haneke’s BENNY’S VIDEO back from the ’92 Cannes Festival as an acquisition for his then thriving Roxie Releasing, a gloom spread over the art-film world that has yet to burn back. The 2nd of Haneke’s “Glaciation Trilogy” of films that explore alienation and emotional detachment, of which the 1st & 3rd installments include his debut, THE SEVENTH CONTINENT and 71 FRAGEMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE.

BENNY’S VIDEO follows an upper middle-class Austrian teenager who is awash in an array of video equipment and spends his free-time obsessively watching violent movies & footage. One day he brings home a girl, turns on his camera, then kills her with a livestock boltgun. Via video, he confesses the crime to his parents whose muted reaction mirrors that of their son’s, as they set about covering up the crime. It’s s a chilly, disturbing message of dysfunction, desensitization and death from a master cinematic surveyor of moral hazard. Written & directed by Michael Haneke. With Arno Frisch, Angela Winkler & Ulrich Mühe. 1992. In German with English subtitles. Not rated. 35mm.105 mins.


August 2, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

Directed by Shirin Barghnavard & Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
2016 / 73 min
Persian with English Subtitles

  • Awarded the best documentary film in the 4rth Afghanistan International Women Film Festival, 2016
  • Nominated best directing and best producing of a documentary film in 18th Celebration of the Documentary Film, Tehran, 2016
  • Official Selection in 13th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, Delhi, India, 2016
  • Official Selection in 4th Iranian Film Festival in Germany, Cologne, 2017

A young Iranian couple gets divorced after eight years of marriage. But they decide to continue living together in the same apartment to hide the news from the wife’s religious parents who won’t tolerate the idea. As time passes, keeping the parents in the dark becomes more challenging, as they happen to live one floor above this divorced couple in the very same building. After a year, the couple realizes things can no longer continue like this. They still keep their divorce a secret, however, as revealing the truth might entail something worse.

Born in Tehran, Filmmaker and Editor, Shirin Barghnavard is a graduate of Sooreh University of Tehran in Film Directing and Central Institute of Technology in Screen, Australia. Since 1999, she has made several award-winning short and feature-length documentary films such as “Profession: Documentarist”, “Scenes from a Divorce” and “Poets of Life”. As an editor, she has edited numerous documentary films including, “Hey Humans” directed by renowned Iranian Filmmaker, Rakhshan Bani Etemad and award winning Firoozeh Khosrovani’s film, “Fest of Duty”.

Cinematographer and director, M.Reza Jahanpanah was born in Tehran. He received his bachelor degree in Photography from Azad University of Tehran in 1999 and his Advanced Diploma in cinematography from Central Institute of Technology, Western Australia in 2005. Jahanpanah has filmed “Closed Curtain” (Winner of Silver Bear in 2013 Berlinale), directed by Jafar Panahi, the renowned Iranian filmmaker. He has been the cinematographer of various Iranian and foreign feature drama and documentary films such as “Taboor”, an award winning feature drama directed by Vahid Vakilifar, “Iranians”, a 105 min award winning documentary film directed by Mehran Tamadon” and “Sepideh-Reaching for Stars” a 88 min documentary film directed by Berit Madsen from Denmark. Jahanpanah is currently a full member of Australian Cinematographer Society (ACS). As a filmmaker, he has also directed documentary films like, “Lighting the Shadows” and “Scenes from a Divorce”.


August 25, 2017 @ 12:15 am – August 31, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

Director Finn Taylor in attendance for Q&A 8/26 7pm & 8/27 6:30pm shows!

The hilarious new comedy and festival smash from the Bay Area’s own Finn Taylor! Audience favorite award winner at the Mill Valley, Sonoma and Napa International Film Fests!

Emma (Kate Micucci), a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend (Josh Brener) with only her beloved pets Ajax (Justin Chatwin), a golden eyed cat, and Summit (Steve Howey), an energetic mutt, in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men. With the help of her colleague (Hana Mae Lee), and after Ajax and Summit insinuate themselves back into her life as men, Emma realizes she needs to make significant changes in her life before fate takes another turn.

For a film that appears to (literally) be a shaggy-dog story, UNLEASHED is full of wit, spirit and a wonderful sense of insight into what it means to be human. And feline. And canine.

96 minutes/US/DCP



August 18, 2017 @ 12:01 am – August 24, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

Fri, Aug 18 – Thu, Aug 24!
Michael Almereyda (ESCAPES, HAMLET, EXPERIMENTER) turns to Sci-Fi to exploits inspired performances by Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins & Lois Smith while exploring memory, identity, love & loss – echoing Yorgos Lanthimos à la ALPS.  Here, however, it’s holograms of dead loved ones that assuage the grieving in the near future.

“Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of herdeceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his

history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast and shot with the intimate rhythm of mortality, Marjorie Prime shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with death. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almereyda’s poetic film forces us to face the question—If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?” – Sundance.

Written & directed by Michael Almereyda, based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-Nominated play. With Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith. USA. DCP 98 mins.

Fri, Aug 18 – Thu, Aug 24! SHOWTIMES T.B.A.

Skid Row Marathon, a benefit for UnCommon Law

August 26, 2017 @ 12:15 am – 11:45 pm

Join UnCommon Law as they host the Bay Area premiere of the Award Winning Documentary SKID ROW MARATHON

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of its inhabitants to run marathons, lives begin to change.

SKID ROW MARATHON follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn.

Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.

(Directed by Mark and Gabriele Hayes, 85 min., DCP)



After the film, stay to hear from the director of UnCommon Law and some of the stars of Skid Row Marathon during a panel discussion!

Rafael, who is featured in the film, was convicted of the 1982 retaliation murder and attempted murder of two rival gang members.  Locked up as a teenager and sentenced to life, he could have easily thrived in prison off of his reputation for violence, living in a haze of drugs and prison-made wine. Instead, Rafael became a model of change in some of California’s most violent prisons.  His turnaround impressed prison staff, prosecutors, clergy, and others to the point where the prosecutor who showed up to oppose Rafael’s release was so blown away by his transformation that the prosecutor later wrote that he himself posed a greater risk to public safety than Rafael did.

That prosecutor-turned-judge, Craig Mitchell, was so fundamentally changed by the experience that he started the Skidrow Running club to support people in achieving positive life goals,  and he continues to inspire and support people committed to turning their lives around.

UnCommon Law had the privilege of working with Rafael as he battled the parole board and the Governor to secure his release from prison after nearly three decades inside. He truly exemplifies what’s possible in the world.

This special screening is a benefit for UnCommon Law, a nonprofit organization pioneering a therapeutic model for personal transformation and a safe transition home from prison.  Learn more or make a tax-deductible contribution at

The panel discussion will feature Keith Wattley, Founder and Executive Director of UnCommon Law; Rafael Cabrera, who worked with Keith and UnCommon Law to secure his release from prison after nearly three decades inside; Judge Craig Mitchell, Founder of Skidrow Running Club, and filmmakers Mark and Gabriele Hayes.



Tickets $12 in advance $15 at the door. 


August 20, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

A banned film by Kianoosh Ayyari

Presented by Sheed Film in collaboration with Diaspora Arts Connection & The Roxie


Eighty years ago, for some moral issues, a man, together with his own son, kills his own daughter and buries her at the basement of their house. This hidden grave is simply tied to the next generations of the whole family and turns to be a restraining factor.

Director & Scriptwriter: Kianoosh Ayyari
Director of Photography: Dariush Ayyari
Editor: Kianoosh Ayyari
Music: Behzad Abdi
Sound- Recordist: Saeed Salehi
Sound Engineer: Massoud Behnam
Make-Up: Hossein Salehian & Azam Rahmani
Production Designer: Asghar Nejad Imani
Still Photographer: Mazdak Ayyari
Producer: Kianoosh Ayyari
Country: IRAN
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Release: 2012-2014

Cast: Mehdi Hashemi, Shahab Hosseini, Mehran Rajabi, Nasser Hashemi, Nazanin Farahani, Mina Sadati, Massoumeh Bafandeh, Negah Khaghani, Mojdeh Hamrang, Setareh Mirmohammad, Padina Rahnama, Moeinodin Oshaghi

Director’s Bio-filmography: Born in 1951 in Ahvaz (southwest of Iran), Kianoosh Ayyari was captivated by film from an early age. He first filmed on 8mm and, during the 1970s, was one of the most distinctive figures of the country’s Free Cinema movement. As an amateur director he made a whole series of films awarded at domestic and international festivals (e.g. The Reflection, The Trap, The Island, Dust-Shower etc.). Ayyari’s debut feature film was made after the revolution, The Monster (1986) which received the Best Director Prize of Fajr festival. Ayyari’s Beyond the Fire (1988) brought him an international recognition and bagged FIPA D’Or and SACD’s Silver Prize of FIPA `89, Prize of best film at Japana’s TV Films Festival in 1990 and Brugge Film Festival in 1991. And his once banned film; The Abadanis (1993) faced great success in the international scene and gathered Silver Leopard of Locarno `94 and best film prize of Aubervilliers `98. To Be or Not To Be (1998) has been awarded several prizes at the annual festival of Iranian film figures as well as the Best Script Award of Cairo `98 and Zanzibar Festival’s best film award. He directed Iranian Spread in 2003 which was a new experience in his narrative cinema and it was premiered at Karlovy Vary the same year. Kianoosh Ayyari’s TV series, A Thousands Eyes (2002) brought him a great recognition in this media and it was considered the best Iranian TV series in post-revolutionary era by critics. His next film, Wake Up Arezoo, (2004) has been one the most difficult ventures in his career as the team started filming a few days after Bam earthquake in real locations with real people whose feelings had a great impact on the film as well. Mr. Ayyari was involved in making another big TV project, Dr. Gharib’s Time from 2002 to 2008. Paternal House was completed in 2012 and premiered at Venice but it was kept in shelves for two years and then was screened at Tehran’s Fajr Film Festival in 2014. Kianoosh Ayyari’s films have collected more than 50 national and international awards for him.

Festivals: Venice (2012), Edinburgh (2014), Festival of Iranian Films Australia (2014), Festival of Iranian Films UK (2014), Chennai (2014), Bengaluru (2014)

BAVC Youth Screening

August 19, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

Teens roll back the curtain on what matters most to them! Watch as our talented youth filmmakers tackle challenging topics of community and coming of age such as immigration, gentrification, and a lyrical exploration of racism.


This showcase features the best short films from Bay Area Video Coalition Youth Filmmaking Programs. Student films made in the program include those featured in the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival, the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival, and the 2017 NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) among others (




Your attendance supports BAVC and its efforts to provide young people with the tools they need to make movies and discover topics they’re passionate about. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.


#BAVCYouthScreening #BAVCNextGen


Free or discounted for members!

Women’s Empowerment Symposium

July 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Live Bolder… Dream Bigger… Be Authentacious!

Gain new tools to master health, wealth, and persuasive communication in a fun, supportive, and interactive environment.

** The first 150 women through the door will receive a gift bag valued at over $300 **



– Presentation Skills Workshop –

The ability to engage, educate, and move any audience is critical to your success in business. Gina teaches you how to excel with confidence while addressing the different, and higher, standard faced by women in the workplace.

Gina Grahame is an international award winning speaker, corporate trainer, and creator of the ‘be authentacious’® Personal Empowerment program. Gina brings 30 years as a professional speaker, actor, consultative sales expert, corporate manager, coach, and entreprenuer to help you break thru limiting beliefs, achieve goals and become the person you know yourself to be.


– Health & Wellness –

Dr. Krystal Drwencke helps people recover from injuries and keeps them doing the things that they love to do for as long as possible. As a sports chiropractor, she specializes in in extremity injuries and health, along with exercise rehabilitation and muscle work. She stays active with crossFit, Olympic lifting and yoga.

She will be covering:

  • Mental & Physical health as it relates to the brain
  • Goal Setting and how to stick to health and exercise goals
  • Recognizing the rise and falls of mental dexterity in yourself and how to fight it


– Learn How Money Works –

Since 1989, has helped individuals & families earn more income, become properly protected and financially independent.



– Make Your LinkedIn Profile Work For You –

Jennifer Darling is a passionate, dynamic speaker with a mission to break down negative barriers into positive ideas in business and leadership for women. She has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and personal development for companies such as FOX, NBC, CBS, and Comcast. Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Promotion.

Jennifer will review your LinkedIn Profile onsite and give suggestions to help improve your professional branding.

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July 30, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Arjang (Reza Attaran) was born before the revolution happened in Iran. Since childhood he has been in love with Roya (Mahnaz Afshar). Now forty years past, Arjang is 50 and still in love with Roya but Roya has given him nothing but troubles. In his life time, he has experienced a revolution, a war, a divorce, poverty and prosperity. Finally after all this, Roya returns to his life and says yes to his proposal but things are not supposed to get any easier!

Writer/Director/Producer: Saman Moghadam. Cast: Reza Attaran, Mahnaz Afshar, Vishka Asayesh & Hessam Navab-Safavi. Iran. 93 min. DCP. In Farsi with English subtitles.

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Aggregate Animated Film Festival – Awards Ceremony

August 9, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

Aggregate Space Gallery is excited to announce their very first Animation Film Festival! They will be accepting films from 2 – 25 minutes of length in the categories of narrative and non-narrative. Animations of all styles, digital and analog, will be considered.

In its ongoing effort to present unique and challenging art experiences to the public, Aggregate Space Gallery is proud to launch this celebration of non-commercial and experimental animation. Animation, as subset within video art, is unique in its versatility as a communicative form and its ability to place viewers inside adjacent realities. It is a medium without rules or restrictions, and its content can address ideas as simple or as complex as the animator intends.

The exhibition will culminate in an award ceremony held at The Little Roxie Theater in San Francisco, hosted by artist, animator, and Congratulations Pine Tree podcast co-host, Kate Rhoades. We will be screening the top 2 films and an honorable mention, as well as a viewers choice awards from each category. Viewers Choice categories will be rated by visitors to the gallery, so come by and judge these films! The event will also include a film by each of our exhibition jurors: Alyssa Lempesis, Christoph Steger, Leila Weefur, and Doug Garth Williams.

Featured Artists:

Zeina Barakeh

Jan Brugger

Elizabeth Davis

Keith DeNatale

Eddy Falconer

Leah Gonzales

Toby Kaufmann-Buhler

Tan Wei Keong

Sungjae Lee

Andrew Lyndon

Avital Meshi

Jeremy Rourke

Jill Taffet

Jiani Zhao and Emanuele Romano