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Friday, Nov, 28 - Thursday, Dec 4

Lost Boys of Sudan

"Now it's clear there is no heaven on earth," says one of the thousands of the "lost boys" of Sudan after a year in the U.S. These men, a group of Sudanese orphans brought from U.N. refugee camps in 2001, could not have come from more difficult circumstances. In a country with more than two million casualties of the 47-year civil war, thousands of orphaned young boys suffered innumerable hardships and often death trying to make their way to safety. Filmmakers Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk chronicle a small group of these lost boys in their resettlement in the U.S. These young men hold high hopes of gaining enough education to cultivate a life that will someday lead them back to their own country. Peter, for instance, seeks out an education in the only way he can afford: public high school in Kansas. In this moving and often disturbing documentary, Peter's loneliness and difficulty with assimilation is palpable, as we watch him not only try to recover from his traumatic past, but survive in this new foreign land. Lost Boys of Sudan is an extraordinary account that challenges issues of immigration and foreign aid, and will leave you questioning your own beliefs about race and cultural identity. Directed by Jon Shenk, Megan Mylan THEATRICAL PREMIERE. 90mins. English, Dinka, Arabic, and Swahili with English subtitles. Digital Video. Show times: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00. Additional Wed, Sat, & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.

"From the standpoint of drama, LOST BOYS OF SUDAN is gripping...their stories - aching with sadness and death, yet filled with promise, too - are spellbinding" - Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle


Friday, Dec 5 - Wednesday, Dec 10

............Double Bill - Separate Admission..........
Lost Boys of Sudan
Nightly at 6:00 only with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00) (NO SHOW Tuesday 12/9)

and

Tamala 2010: A Punk Kitty In Space
Nightly at 8 & 10 with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (4:00) (9:15 only Tuesday 12/9)

Lost Boys of Sudan

"Now it's clear there is no heaven on earth," says one of the thousands of the "lost boys" of Sudan after a year in the U.S. These men, a group of Sudanese orphans brought from U.N. refugee camps in 2001, could not have come from more difficult circumstances. In a country with more than two million casualties of the 47-year civil war, thousands of orphaned young boys suffered innumerable hardships and often death trying to make their way to safety. Filmmakers Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk chronicle a small group of these lost boys in their resettlement in the U.S. These young men hold high hopes of gaining enough education to cultivate a life that will someday lead them back to their own country. Peter, for instance, seeks out an education in the only way he can afford: public high school in Kansas. In this moving and often disturbing documentary, Peter's loneliness and difficulty with assimilation is palpable, as we watch him not only try to recover from his traumatic past, but survive in this new foreign land. Lost Boys of Sudan is an extraordinary account that challenges issues of immigration and foreign aid, and will leave you questioning your own beliefs about race and cultural identity. Directed by Jon Shenk, Megan Mylan THEATRICAL PREMIERE. 90mins. English, Dinka, Arabic, and Swahili with English subtitles. Digital Video. Show times: Nightly at 6:00 only with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00) (NO SHOW Tuesday 12/9)

"From the standpoint of drama, LOST BOYS OF SUDAN is gripping...their stories - aching with sadness and death, yet filled with promise, too - are spellbinding" - Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle

............ALSO SHOWING..........

Tamala 2010: A Punk Kitty In Space

Imagine a mutant hybrid of Hello Kitty and Philip K. Dick, animated in the classic 1950s TV style of Osamu Tezuka, and you have some idea of the incredible strangeness of Tamala 2010, the amazing new feature from the two-man music and visual artist unit called “t.o.L”. Super-cute space kitty Tamala goes head-to-head with the Dark God of Death, killer dogs, a robotic Colonel Sanders with an axe in his head and more, using her trademark karate kick and heart-shaped sunglasses. A sample of some of the dialogue?: “Later you anaconda bitch!,” “Moimoi, me very tasty. Wanna eat me? “ and “Beware, Martial Law has been enforced in the Eastern Hate District!” "Trust us - it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before." ~ Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque . Check out more info at Tamala2010.com Japan. 2002. 92 minutes. . .In Japanese with English subtitles. Showtimes: Nightly at 8 & 10 with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (4:00) PLEASE NOTE: 9:15 only on Tuesday 12/9.


Tuesday, Dec. 9..... Sneak Preview... After Party

GenArt Presents
The Cooler

Bernie Lootz (Macy) is the unluckiest man in Las Vegas... he's so unlucky, it's contagious. Looking to knock out their highest rollers, one of the last mob-run casinos in town, the Shangri-La Hotel and Casino downtown, decides to use Bernie as a "cooler" to defuse their lucky streaks. The scheme goes fine until Bernie falls in love with a cocktail waitress, Natalie (Bello), who becomes his "lady luck", much to the chagrin of the casino's crooked director (Baldwin) who aims to break up the romance, and Bernie's newfound luck... (Livingston plays an Ivy League-educated manager brought in to help the casino convert from its "old school" mafia tactics to a more legitimate business model; Paul Sorvino and Joey Fatone play representatives of two very different generations of lounge singers). Starring: William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Ron Livingston, Estella Warren, Paul Sorvino & Joey Fatone Showtime: 7:00 only. COME EARLY, SEATING LIMITED. After-Party: 9:00pm - 11:00pm Bruno's 2389 Mission Street @ 20th. Admission: Movie & Party: $15.00. To purchase Advance Tickets call: 415-284-9400. For more info, log onto: GenArt.com.

9:15 only:
TAMALA: A Punk Kitty In Space


Thursday, Dec, 11 only

A SHORT-FILM SHOWCASE

Presented By Jay Beverly. Main Show: 7:00pm (Filmmakers in attendance!) Second Show: 9:30pm. Admission: $5.00 COME JOIN THE FILMMAKERS FOR AN AFTER PARTY AT DALVA! (Next door to the Roxie)

THE RIGHT GIFT (9 minutes, 35mm. 2003) When going to finalize your divorce, what is the right gift for your soon-to-be-ex-spouse? Director: Beryl Lusen.
FABRICATION (5 minutes, 8mm, color / b&w. 2003) A fabrication of a memory based on an emotional and poetic consciousness. It is the story of a 9 year old girl and her mother who is making a dress for her. The making of this dress parallels the making of the film. Director: Rosario Sotelo.
MY FIRST WAR (18 minutes, video. 2003) An in depth account of the first 44 days of the U.S/Iraq war as told through the voices of the media, politicians, civilians and the military. Directors: Doug Katelus and Theo Rigby
OF MEXICAN DESCENT (10 minutes, digital video. 2003) Of Mexican Descent has been smashing the Los Angeles Underground rap scene for a decade. This short doc is about 2Mex and Xolo who make and distribute their own music while living happily from it. Director: Pepe Urquijo
LOVE LIFE (11 minutes, 16mm color / b&w. 2003) A woman in a wheelchair who would not normally get a second glance, is thrust into a quick-paced lifetime of school, work and passionate sex. Director: Nanci Gaglio
JOE'S HOMELESS PHONE (14 minutes, 16mm color/b&w. 2003) Witness homeless life through the homeless eyes of a young man with a homeless point of view. Director: Casey Stegman
DOG EAT DOG (11 minutes, 16mm color. 2003) A young man is given a second chance with a woman he once mistreated. Everything is going as planned when karma suddenly presents itself in the form of a vicious pit-bull. Director: John Mazyck
TEA WITH TIFFANY (5 minutes, 16mm. 2003) Oblivious to the news of a recent rash of abductions, 4 year old Tiffany is overjoyed to open her door to a grizzled stranger and invite him to join her tea party. Directors: Robert Poswall and Chris Behrens
A HOLLYWOOD CRIME SCENE (15 minutes, 16mm. 2003) After a long night in the city, a bickering suburban couple looking for their car, run into a charming street-hustler who quickly reconcile their differences. Director: Jay Beverly


Friday, Dec 12 - Thursday, Dec 18

SHELTER DOGS

Each day, hundreds of thousands of stray and unwanted dogs are born around the world. How society should care for these homeless animals -- many of whom end up at animal shelters -- is a controversial topic with significant humanitarian and public health implications. At one rural animal shelter in upstate New York, founder Sue Sternberg and her staff respond to this crisis -- one animal at a time. As a seemingly endless stream of homeless dogs arrives at their doorstep, Sternberg and her staff navigate a world in which there are no simple solutions, and where decisions are often of a life-and-death nature. Some of the dogs are immediately placed in wonderful, permanent homes. But there are also troubling moral dilemmas surrounding some of the "gray area" dogs. If a dog bites a shelter worker, is it ethical to adopt him out to the general public? If a dog guards his food, can he be trusted in a family with children? And what about the dogs that never find homes -- is it more humane to sentence them to a lifetime in the shelter or to euthanize them? Filmed and edited over the course of three years, this award-winning documentary provides a fresh, provocative look at the complex, morally ambiguous world of animal sheltering. With breathtaking footage of the Catskill Mountain region, deeply intimate scenes, and a gripping exploration of real-world ethical choices, it is certain to move both dog lovers and the general public alike. SUE STERNBERG AND FILMMAKERS IN PERSON!!: Friday 12/12 after the 6:15 & 8:00 shows. For much more info log onto ShelterDogs.org. Show times: Nightly at 6:15, 8, & 9:30. Additional Wed, Sat, & Sun matinees at (2:00) & 4:00.


 
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