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December 10, 2017 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm

Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times. Please partner with us to share this critical story. Producer/Co-director: Abby Ginzberg. Co-director/Editor: George Takei



November 3, 2017 @ 12:00 am – November 9, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City. Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

Written and directed by Ana Asensio. With Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci, Larry Fessenden, and Caprice Benedetti. 2017. USA. DCP. 80 mins.




October 29, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

Director Afshin Hashemi in attendance for Q&A after the show!

Diaspora Arts Connection and SHEED Persian Film Festival present Afshin Ashemi’s film, TEMPORARY LICENSE.

Two elderly men discover that they have terminal illness. They decide to escape and embark a nightly journey throughout the city.

Scriptwriter, Director & Composer: Afshin Hashemi
Producer: Mehdi Rahmani
Cinematography: Asqar Rafiejam
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Sound: Taher Pishvaie, Hosein Qourchian
Starring: Esmaiel Mehrabi, Masoud Keramati, Pantea Bahram, Shaqayeq Farahani, Shabnam Farshadjou, Payam Amirabdolahian, Ava Darvishi, Morteza Zarrab, Shaghayeq Dehghan and Houman Barghnavard, featuring LADAN MOSTOFI


November 19, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

A Q&A with the filmmakers, and a panel of leaders in sustainable fashion and environmental preservation will follow the film!

Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, RiverBlue spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.



First hundred tickets through the door come with a swag bag filled with sustainable options for a new approach to fashion!

This San Francisco screening of RiverBlue will be followed by a Q&A with panelists so you can walk away with actionable ways to wear your values and become part of the ethical fashion movement. Panelist include leaders from Coyuchi, Fashion Revolution, Wildlife Works, Re/Make and GlobeIn with moderator Kestrel Jenkins of Conscious Chatter as well as someone from RiverBlue.  After the screening everyone is invited next door to Dalva to continue the conversation over cocktails with industry insiders.


RiverBlue – Trailer One from RiverBlue on Vimeo.


November 11, 2017 @ 12:00 am – November 16, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

Director Dennis Bartok in person after the Friday, November 10th screening!


From the executive producer of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (2005) and the award-winning producers of THE HALLOW and LET US PREY comes a terrifyingly claustrophobic thriller where evil is never more than an arm’s length away. After surviving a near-fatal accident, track coach and mother Dana (Shauna Macdonald, THE DESCENT) awakens in a hospital, paralyzed and imprisoned in her own body. While struggling to regain control of her life, Dana is confronted with a vindictive spirit: a terrifying presence called Nails, whom she is convinced exists inside her hospital room. Faced with skepticism from her husband, doctors and the staff, Dana is left struggling to keep her grip on reality as the targeted attacks grow increasingly violent and unpredictable. The debut feature from longtime American Cinematheque programmer Dennis Bartok (who wrote the Lionsgate horror film TRAPPED ASHES), NAILS co-stars British comedian/actor Ross Noble (STITCHES) and Steve Wall (of Irish band The Stunning), with an eerie score by Gary Numan collaborator Ade Fenton. “At its core NAILS wants to scare, and it does a very good job of delivering on that front.” — Josh Hurtado, Screen Anarchy.



Watch the trailer here:

Puerto Rico Shorts: Benefit For Puerto Rico

November 19, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

In collaboration with Puerto Rico’s Rincón International Film Festival, RoxCine presents a special program of Puerto Rican short films. All proceeds go to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Volcados –  8 min. (Animation)

Director:   Paola Melendez Roca

“A Puerto Rican animation about a Chupacabra’s relentless attempts at making a friend.

Teorias de la Cigüeña  – 13 min.  (Drama)

Director:  Javier Enrique Perez

“When an eight year old boy asks his mom, ‘Where do babies come from?’, he is forced to embark on an adventure to reverse a spell he placed himself.”

No hay Sistema –  7 min. (Comedy)

Director:  Susana Matos

“In Puerto Rico, waiting in line to change your name can become chaotic if the clerk’s shift is about to end.”

Luna Vieja – 11 min.  (Drama –  TIFF)

Director:   Raisa Bonnet

Director Raisa Bonnet’s naturalistic short, sketches an almost wordless tale of the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother.

Miedo a las Aturas –  4 min.  (Comedy)

Director:  H.J. Leonard

Tommy is a young adult who after dreaming for a whole week with a harassing, sinister and, cute being, he visits a psychologist seeking for answers to his dreams. For his surprise, the remedy is worst than the cure.

Así de grandes son las ideas –  5 min. (Animation)

Director:   José Enrique Rivera

An old man of the future, equipped with the benefits of evolution, somehow survives the extinction of all living beings.

La Carta –  7 min.  (Drama)

Director:   Angel Soto

“An unusually common love story about a boy’s search for inspiration to write a love letter.”

Por Feo –   7 min. (Comedy)

Director:  Susana Matos

Winner of the 48 Hour Film Project – San Juan.   The ugliest brother in the family at last finds someone to confront for his perceived ugliness.

Chula –  17  min. (Action Adventure)

Director:  Victoria E. Soberal

“There’s a wedding in the coastal farm town of Camuy, Puerto Rico!   On the way, Fredo, the best man, becomes distracted with what could be devastating consequences.   The race is on for Fredo to fix his problem and attend the wedding before it starts.”


Special thanks to Doug Lantz

Chick Strand’s Anselmo Trilogy (16mm)

November 20, 2017 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

A portrait spanning 20 years, this trilogy centers on Anselmo Aguascalientes, a Guanajuato street musician, and his family by exploring social roles and identity through a radical ethnographic lens.

Presented by Canyon Cinema

1967. 3min. Color/Sound. 16mm
With Anselmo Aguascalientes and Balsamo the Magician. Music by La Banda Aguascalientes. An experimental documentary in the sense that it is a symbolic reenactment of a real event.  I asked a Mexican Indian friend what he would like most in the world.  His answer was, “A double E flat tuba.”  I  thought it would be easy to find one at the Goodwill very cheap.  This wasn’t so, but a sympathetic man in a music store found a cheap but beautiful brass wrap-around tuba.  I bought it, smuggled it into Mexico and gave it to my friend in he desert. The film is a poetic interoperation of this event in celebration of wishes and tubas.

Cosas de mi Vida
1976. 25min. Color/Sound. 16mm 
Expressive documentary in an ethnographic approach about Anselmo, a Mexican Indian.  It is a film about his struggle for survival in the Third World.  Orphaned at age 7, he was the sole support of himself and his baby sister, who eventually starved and died in his arms.  The film continues with Anselmo’s struggle to live and to do something with his life other than a docile acceptance of poverty.  Totally uneducated in a formal way, he taught himself how to play a horn and when he became a man he started his own street band.  The film was started in 1965 and finished in 1975. During the 10 years I saw the physical change in Anselmo’s life in terms of things he could buy to make his family at first able to survive, and during the last years, to make them more comfortable.  I felt a change in his spirit from a proud, individualistic and graceful man into one obsessed with possessions and role playing in order to get ahead and stay on top, but one cannot help but admire his energy and determination to succeed, to drag himself and his family out of the hopelessness and sameness of poverty to give them a future.  Anselmo tells his own story in English although he does not speak the language.  After he told me of his life in Spanish, I translated it into English and taught him how to say it.

Anselmo and the Women
1986. 35min. Color/Sound. 16mm
Continuing the life of Anselmo, a Mexican street musician, and his life-long struggle to make a good life for his children.  This film focuses on his relationship with his wife Adela and his mistress, Cruz, and theirs with him. In a society where traditional gender roles are separate and sharply defined, the number of children defines male identity and keeps the women at home and dependent.  Poverty makes daily survival a desperate struggle.  Both men and women must cooperate, the men provide food and shelter and the women to raise and care for the large family.  However, the cooperation is often superficial, with very little communication in terms of inner emotional needs.  Relationships become economic in essence in which both men women perceive themselves living in an emotional desert.  The film is about lives in conflict from three points of view as told by the people involved.  It explores the division between the real and ideal.

This screening is a part of the Canyon Cinema 50 project. Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.

Special thanks to Mark Wilson.


December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 am – December 7, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

Meet Camilo, Mechas, Manu, Ana and Pipa. Tattooed, pierced, and styled with wild hair and grunge clothing, they perform circus tricks at traffic lights, saving up money to go traveling. Overbearing parents, religious austerity and a distinct lack of prospects are forcing these kids out of the city, chasing freedom. Shot in softly focused black-and-white, the film displays a clean monochromatic aesthetic that contradicts the anarchic attitude of our central characters. Though the camera often watches the events unfold with a gentle passivity, the film possesses an immediate urgency, brought alive by a restless narrative. The characters ramble through a desolate dreamland, somehow both carefree and deeply affected, until the potential dangers of their vagabond existence come to a head in the film’s final moments. The Nobodies manages to conjure a world textured with both exasperated angst and subtle tenderness, previously seen in films like Kids (Larry Clark, 1995). Additionally peppered with an eclectic, riotous soundtrack and some breathtaking city visuals, it’s easy to see how this won the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week prize. Max Tindley (Raindance Film Festival)

Amores, odios, promesas rotas y cinco hermanos de calle que se conocen en medio de una ciudad hostil. Los nadie, jóvenes unidos por las ansias de viajar, encuentran en el arte callejero y la música, el lugar donde refugiarse y una oportunidad para escapar.

Written and directed by Juan Sebastian Mesa. Maria Angélica Puerta, Luis Felipe Alzate, Maria Camila Castrillón, Alejandro Pérez Ceferino, Esteban Alcara. 2016. Colombia. 84 min. DCP. In Spanish w/ English subtitles.


November 15, 2017 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm

Linda’s Staff Pick! SEPARATION concerns the inner life of a woman during a period of breakdown – marital, and possibly mental. Her past and possible future are revealed through a fragmented but brilliantly achieved and often humorous narrative, in which dreams and desires are as real as the ‘swinging’ London that the film is set in.

This cinematic treasure is the first feature length collaboration between iconic writer/actress Jane Arden and director/producer Jack Bond. Featuring an awesome soundtrack from 1960’s rock band Procol Harum, Jack Bond’s exquisite film is now revealed as a quintessential film of the 1960s. This staff pick gives Roxie audiences a unique opportunity to peek into an era of experimental film that is rarely ever screened in the US!

We are pleased to be screening BFI’s 2009 BluRay edition of the film which was transferred from the original 35mm mute negative.


October 25, 2017 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm

Academy Members must present their membership cards to be admitted free of charge.


As a 16-year-old in East Orange, New Jersey, Whitney Elizabeth Houston was already on the cusp of international stardom. She told her best friend Robyn Crawford, “stick with me, and I’ll take you around the world.” And that’s just what she did. Opening her heart (and wallet) to family and friends, she became one of the most successful female recording artists in the world. But with fame came devastating setbacks, not just in the form of her well-documented struggle with drugs but also due to a deeply racist and homophobic industry that forced the singer to discard her true self and adopt an impossibly pristine public persona.

With never-before-seen footage that takes us inside the most tense and intimate moments of her 1999 “My Love Is Your Love” World Tour along with interviews with some of those closest to the star, prolific documentarian Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer) and renowned music video director Rudi Dolezal uncover a sprawling and revealing portrait of the superstar — from a youth inspired by gospel music to a singer plagued by addiction and fed-up with playing a role both on- and off-stage.

Whitney. “Can I Be Me” reveals, with heartbreaking detail, how the music industry obscured a gifted woman’s race and sexuality in order to maximize profit. But it also finds refuge in the sheer power of her jaw-dropping vocals as well as her captivating stage presence, illustrating with riveting archival sequences why she is still regarded today as one of the most gifted singers in history. – Frameline Film Festival.

Directed by Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal. 2017. UK & USA. DCP. 104 mins.