I WAKE UP DREAMING 2014 BENEFIT
March 26 only
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
Since 1990 Elliot Lavine and the Roxie have been programming the best film noir festivals to be found in the Bay Area. Whether unearthing scores of rare and unusual poverty row B noirs or providing classic noirs like OUT OF THE PAST, KISS ME DEADLY, THE NAKED KISS, and BLAST OF SILENCE an opportunity for extended revival premieres, the Roxie has always led the way in adventurous, risk-taking film noir programming.
This May, the Roxie will once again present Lavine’s annual I WAKE UP DREAMING festival of noir and it promises to be one the strongest lineups in recent memory. A whopping THIRTY films will be shown over a ten day period – Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 25 – that span the spectrum of pre-code crime, proto-noir, full-on film noir, and even a smattering of post-noir. The exact details of this year’s I WAKE UP DREAMING lineup will be announced at the Roxie’s first ever benefit fundraiser specifically dedicated to assisting financially with the ever-increasing fiscal hurdles facing independent repertory theaters all across America.
On Wednesday, March 26 the Roxie will present this incredible once-in-a-lifetime event to help inaugurate yet another great season of noir programming: a benefit fundraiser and our star headliner of the evening will be none other than Dayna Swoonz, the popular West Oakland songbird whose sultry blend of simmering r&b and electronic beats are being enjoyed in clubs around the East Bay and the City! We’ll also be selling / auctioning off incredible vintage Roxie film noir memorabilia as well as unveiling our brand new full-color I WAKE UP DREAMING 2014 poster, utilizing a smashing image from local artist Mark Stock, whose expressive hyper-realistic paintings (many with noir themes) have become the talk of the art world. Mr. Stock has an exhibit set to open May 1 at Modernism in San Francisco and will be present at the benefit to sign copies of this new poster on the 26th!
ADDITIONALLY, we will be having a 16mm screening of one of the rarest poverty row B noirs of all time – THE ARGYLE SECRETS. Released in 1948 and directed by the cultish Cyril Endfield (TRY AND GET ME, THE UNDERWORLD STORY), the film stars William Gargan, Marjorie Lord, and Barbara Billingsley. To the best of our knowledge it has not screened locally since its release 66 years ago!
Check out this excellent review of THE ARGYLE SECRETS by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum in the Chicago Reader from January 1993. The appearance of this film at the Roxie is just yet another example of the lengths the Roxie will go to provide San Francisco with the best in rare rediscovered film noir!
This promises to be a night to remember for noir enthusiasts all over the Bay Area and will go a long way toward assuring film lovers that repertory film is not only alive and well at the Roxie, but thriving as well.
All money raised on this night will go toward the continuance of this kind of repertory film programming, the kind that has made the name Roxie synonymous with exceptional, quality film programming.
Doors will open at 7:00 pm with entertainment, refreshments, auctions and poster signings. Our screening of THE ARGYLE SECRETS will begin at approximately 8:00. A late screening of the 1949 noir classic D.O.A. will follow at approx. 9:30.
Tickets for this amazing event are $25 in advance or at the door.
The Roxie continues to lead the way in adventurous repertory film programming, and Elliot Lavine’s Annual “I Wake Up Dreaming” Film Noir Festival is a sterling example of this. But in order to insure this type of programming thrives, we need your generous support. Please find it in your noir heart to make your much appreciated donation!
I WAKE UP DREAMING 2014 BENEFIT: Upcoming Showtimes