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Thursday, December 2
7:30 Only

Getting Nowhere Faster

While skateboarding has recently become a mainstream attraction, niches of highly talented skaters still remain largely unknown. Villa Villa Cola is about to expose their intriguing story with the release their new video, “Getting Nowhere Faster”. Produced by the notorious Villa Villa Cola (VVC) squadron, “Getting Nowhere Faster” brings to light the elusive and mysterious underworld of female skateboarders. The project features skateboarding from the most talented group of shred-getters ever assembled including professional street skaters, vert pioneers, and X Games champions: Vanessa Torres, Amy Caron, Cara Beth Burnside, Elizabeth Nitu, Faye Jaime, Alex White, Patiane Frietas, “Nugget”, Lauren Mollica, Van Nguyen, Lauren Perkins, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins, Stefanie Thomas, Kenna Gallagher, and many more! Beyond their skateboarding talents, VVC also represents a wildly creative and passionate crew of filmmakers including Lisa Whitaker, Lori Damiano, Tiffany Morgan and Nicole Morgan. “Getting Nowhere Faster” transitions scenes from the everyday to the surreal to showcase an authentic portrayal of the skaters and their talents utilizing fantastic situations that could only be created by VVC. Unlike traditional skateboarding videos, "Getting Nowhere Faster" combines women's skateboarding at an explosive skill level never seen before and is also a scripted production featuring multiple female skate crews who find themselves in mysterious and fascinating circumstances. Admission: TBA. Info. Showtime: 7:30 only.


Friday, December 3 - Thursday, December 9

Inheritance

Director Per Fly delivers a mesmerizing family drama, melting together intimate insights and subtle social criticism in the crucible of the European steel industry. Christoffer Borch-Moller, the scion of a Danish steel magnate, lives a happy life abroad in Stockholm – enjoying success as a restaurateur and love from his wife, a Swedish actress. Sudden news of his father’s suicide forces him to return to Denmark and face the life and family he left behind. What he finds is a family business on the brink of bankruptcy, an inept brother-in-law angling for control of the company and an overbearing mother who demands that Christoffer lead the enterprise out of debt. As Christoffer dives deeper into the machinations of the steel industry, he puts increasing distance between his sife and his old life, making it hard to distinguish which world Chrisoffer really belongs to. Produced by Lars von Trier’s Zentropa Productions, INHERITANCE as a decidedly Dogma flavor: The use of natural lighting, handheld cameras and minimal music reveal its filmic lineage. The filmmaking bequeaths a starkness to the film that allows the intensity of the lead performances to stand in pure relief, making INHERITANCE a powerful examination of duty, loyalty, and the alternate lives our decisions create. - Aaron Lazenby, San Francisco International Film Festival. For more info, log onto Cinemaguild.com Written & Directed by Per Fly. Denmark, 2002, 107 min. In Danish with English subtitles. 35mm. Show times: Nightly 7:00 & 9:20. Additional Sun & Wed matinees at 2:00 & 4:30. Additional Saturday matinee at 2:00.

"Highly dramatic and intensely emotional, blessed with strong themes and an unstoppable narrative drive, it is adult, intelligent entertainment of a kind we rarely see these days."
-- Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"There is something magnificently Shakespearean about "The Inheritance," -- Desson Thomson, WASHINGTON POST

"In this era of muckraking left-wing documentaries, The Inheritance offers a more fascinating fictionalized look at what cutthroat capitalism can do to conscience." -- Luke Y. Thompson, SF WEEKLY

"An Executive's Hard Choices and the Toll They Take"
-- Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 3 - Thursday, December 9

“In struggling to understand what it means to come into an enormous fortune as one of the heirs of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical empire, 20-year-old director Jaime Johnson picks up his camera to talk to 10 of his friends and gives us this remarkable personal documentary about of the smallest and least-likely-to-agree-to-be-interviewed minorities on the planet; children of the vastly rich. BORN RICH offers unprecedented access to the lives of kids who have names synonymous with wealth and allows them to discuss the one subject everybody in the world knows it’s not polite to talk about in public; money. Through intimate interviews with Josiah Hornblower, heir to the Vanderbilt and Whitney fortunes; S.I. Newhouse IV, of the Conde Nast Newhouses; Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump; and Georgianna Bloomberg, daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Johnson’s camera captures truths that forge an honest and revealing portrait of this small and protected group of people as they talk candidly about an upbringing made more complicated by people’s conflicting ideas about wealth, their relationship to their inheritance, their plans for their fortunes, and their pervading anxiety over being “cut off.” Fascinating and groundbreaking, BORN RICH is ultimately a raw and warmhearted rumination on the responsibility of possessing vast resources which effectively demystifies the notion that wealth brings knowledge and the capability to accomplish anything.” – Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival. Director: Jamie Johnson; With Jamie Johnson, Josiah Hornblower, S.I. Newhouse IV, Ivanka Trump, and Georgianna Bloomberg. 75 min. DV. 2002. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:30 & 8:00 Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00).

"Of course, the fun of Born Rich is that most of its subjects display flashes of arrogance, ignorance, and entitlement so jaw-droppingly horrendous, it's hard to believe they'd allow Johnson to capture them on film"
- Cheryl Eddy, SF Bay Guardian
"Riveting" -- SF Chronicle


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 3 - Thursday, December 9















Jonathan Caouette¹s spellbinding debut TARNATION reimagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. Caouette has been documenting his life since he was eleven years old. With TARNATION, he weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.TARNATION begins in 2003 as Caouette learns of his mother’s lithium overdose in his native Texas. Faced with the haunting remnants of his past, including a family legacy of mental illness, abuse, and neglect, Caouette returns home to aid in his mother¹s recovery. Slipping back into the archives of his youth, we watch Caouette grow up on camera, seeking escape from family trauma through musical theater, grade-B horror flicks and the forging of his identity through popular culture.Having relocated to New York in his twenties and subsequently attaining peace in the form of a supportive mate, Caouette discovers that family ties are never truly unbound. He rekindles a touching relationship with another victim of a tumultuous childhood - his own mother Renee.TARNATION is a raw and sensual display of self-destruction and rebirh that announces the arrival of an exceptional new cinematic visionary. Running time: 88 Minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at 9:30 only. Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:00).


Saturday, December 4
4:30 Only!

BHOPAL: The Search for Justice

On December 3, 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India leaked poisonous methyl isocyanate gas killing fifteen thousand helpless men, women and children. Hundreds of thousands more were permanently maimed. Bhopal was, and remains, the world’s worst chemical industry disaster. Twenty years later, survivors and their families are being re-victimized by the deliberate thwarting of scientific and medical studies concerning the disaster. To this day, they have been denied definitive information about the precise composition of the leaked gas and its long-term effects. Each day, children are born with defects that may be related to the gas leak. Beautiful Bhopal, once known as the “City of Mosques” is a sad, disgraceful testament to the absence of environmental and human justice - very much a place where “the world stopped watching”. The film "Bhopal: The Search for Justice", straddles the intersection between science, politics and human rights. Exploring charges of corruption, graft and greed, the film follows Raajkumar Keswani, the local journalist whose prediction of the Union Carbide disaster proved prophetic. Set against the rich visual tapestry of India, Keswani travels through the Indian bastiis where the poorest victims live, and to the offices of frustrated doctors and scientists. Finally he makes his first trip to North America in search of answers. As activists protest and demand justice from DOW Chemical (which now owns Union Carbide), Keswani documents the legacy of the gas leak - the continued pollution of drinking water sources; gas widows trying to survive on inadequate settlements; the possibility that second and third generation children are growing up with genetic abnormalities caused by the gas. The film explores the haunting human cost of a multinational polluter. Its subjects articulate their desperate need for the truth. Bhopal is a wound that continues to worsen. Beyond the initial horror and devastation of the gas tragedy is the spreading damage of environmental and genetic assault. At stake is more than fair compensation and long-term rehabilitation for the afflicted – “Bhopal” has become a rallying cry for post 9/11 concerns about chemical industry security and industrial pollution. Ultimately, the horrific gas leak at Union Carbide imposed a "chemical trespass" of the human body that demands greater regulation by governments and responsibility from multinational corporations. (2004, 65 minutes) PRODUCER NADEEM UDDIN WILL BE PRESENT AT THE SCREENING Filmmaker Nadeem Uddin is a native of Bhopal, India, now living in the Pacific Northwest. He has produced and photographed programs for Indian television and social activist organizations. Nadeem is also the director of the documentary MAHA KUMBH MELA – “SONGS OF THE RIVER”, which documents the 2001 Khumb Mela festival (the largest gathering of humanity in recorded history!) that took place in Allahabad, India. Uddin is founder and president of Samsara Films. For more info, log onto ektaonline.org


Friday, December 10 - Thursday, December 16

Checkpoint

Imagine you have a sick child who needs to go to the hospital. You’ve been there many times before, but today, for whatever reason, they won’t let you in. A guard with a gun simply says, “Go home.” Over 3,000,000 Palestinians face this situation every day. Since 1967, the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been under Israeli military occupation, forcing citizens to pass through checkpoints to go to work, attend funerals, or take their children to the hospital. With unprecedented access, Yoav Shamir spent three years chronicling the routine, absurd, and volatile conflicts that erupt at these checkpoints—often the first and only contact between the two peoples. Top prizewinner at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Checkpoint builds to a slow-burning indictment of the Sharon government's siege mentality by simply letting its powerful, unflinching footage speak for itself. IDFA (Joris Ivens Main Award); HotDocs (Best Film); Doc Aviv; Munich (Special Documentary); New Directors/New Films; San Fransisco (Golden Gate); Hot Docs (Best Documentary) a.m.o Directed by Yoav Shamir. In Arabic, English, Hebrew, w/English subtitles. DV. 2003. Running time: 80 minutes. Showtimes: Nightly 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00) & 4:00.

"Undeniably riveting cinema"
-- Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 10 - Thursday, December 16

Who Killed Bambi?

"David Lynch meets ER in this stylish thriller. Who Killed Bambi? marks the feature debut of director Gilles Marchand, best known for his screenplay for the art-house hit With a Friend Like Harry, and it’s an auspicious debut. Missing drugs, dying patients and strange clues lead a timid and seemingly delicate young nurse into a deadly cat-and-mouse game played out in a deceptively serene hospital. Eschewing cheap genre tricks, Who Killed Bambi? builds a palpable sense of menace with a languid sense of the inexorable. Sophie Quinton shines in her feature debut as the young nurse Isabelle, and Laurent Lucas (Harry’s ‘friend’) is suitably suave as the sinister Dr. Phillip who is hiding something. Phillip insists on calling Isabelle “Bambi,” because of her fainting spells (like the Disney character, she can’t stay on her feet). There is an undercurrent of attraction between them, but Isabelle begins to suspect there’s something off about the good doctor..." Written and directed by Gilles Marchand. In French with English subtitles. (2003) Running time: 126mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:15. Additional Wed, Sat & Sun mats (2:00).


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 10 - Thursday, December 16















Jonathan Caouette¹s spellbinding debut TARNATION reimagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. Caouette has been documenting his life since he was eleven years old. With TARNATION, he weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.TARNATION begins in 2003 as Caouette learns of his mother’s lithium overdose in his native Texas. Faced with the haunting remnants of his past, including a family legacy of mental illness, abuse, and neglect, Caouette returns home to aid in his mother¹s recovery. Slipping back into the archives of his youth, we watch Caouette grow up on camera, seeking escape from family trauma through musical theater, grade-B horror flicks and the forging of his identity through popular culture.Having relocated to New York in his twenties and subsequently attaining peace in the form of a supportive mate, Caouette discovers that family ties are never truly unbound. He rekindles a touching relationship with another victim of a tumultuous childhood - his own mother Renee.TARNATION is a raw and sensual display of self-destruction and rebirh that announces the arrival of an exceptional new cinematic visionary. Running time: 88 Minutes. Showtimes Nightly at 9:30. Additional Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:00).


Friday, December 17 - Thursday, December 23

"A Must-See Art-House Masterpiece" - Timeout New York









“Tsai Ming-Liang has fashioned what may be his most brilliant metaphor yet: a lament for the death of feelings framed as a valediction to an entire era of Chinese cinema, not to mention an epitaph for the very idea of going to the movies. A decrepit old barn of a cinema is screening a martial arts classic, King U’s 1966 movie DRAGON INN. Even with the rain bucketing down outside, it doesn’t pull much of an audience—and some of those who have turned up are less interested in the movie than in the possibility of meeting a stranger in the dark. Anyway, this cinema is dying. There are even holes where the rain gets in . It’s run by just two people, the box-office girl and the projectionist. She has a hammy foot and a crush on the projectionist. He makes a point of going missing when she looks for him. Oh, and the place is haunted. Two of the men in the auditorium look suspiciously like lead actors from DRAGON INN itself. Ghosts? Or ghosts of memories? The Japanese kid who seats himself next to one of them, in search of a grope, finds the resemblance quite uncanny…. The film is almost wordless, because the images do the talking—both Tsai’s and Hing Hu’s. Of course it’s also cruelly, astringently funny." -- Tony Rayns, Vancouver Film Festival. Delve a little further at Wellspring.com. Directed , written, & produced by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Mitamura Kiyonobu, Miao Tien & Shih Chun. 2003. Taiwan. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 35mm. 82 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday matinees at (2:00) & 4:00.

"The best film of the year." -- Jeff Anderson, San Francisco Examiner.

"Universal and touching." - G. Allen Johnson, SF Chronicle.

"It's precisely the film's dynamic saber clash of cinematic modes that makes it so unique. " -- Chuck Stephens, SF Bay Guardian.

"Its simple, meticulously composed frames are full of mystery and feeling; it's an action movie that stands perfectly still." - A.O.Scott, New York Times.
"A movie of elegant understatement and considerable formal intelligence"
-- J. Hoberman, Village Voice.

"This is a funny, sad, stunningly smart movie about the end of movies"
-- David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor.


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 17 - Thursday, December 23















Jonathan Caouette¹s spellbinding debut TARNATION reimagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. Caouette has been documenting his life since he was eleven years old. With TARNATION, he weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.TARNATION begins in 2003 as Caouette learns of his mother’s lithium overdose in his native Texas. Faced with the haunting remnants of his past, including a family legacy of mental illness, abuse, and neglect, Caouette returns home to aid in his mother¹s recovery. Slipping back into the archives of his youth, we watch Caouette grow up on camera, seeking escape from family trauma through musical theater, grade-B horror flicks and the forging of his identity through popular culture.Having relocated to New York in his twenties and subsequently attaining peace in the form of a supportive mate, Caouette discovers that family ties are never truly unbound. He rekindles a touching relationship with another victim of a tumultuous childhood - his own mother Renee.TARNATION is a raw and sensual display of self-destruction and rebirh that announces the arrival of an exceptional new cinematic visionary. Running time: 88 Minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:50 & 9:30. Additional Sat & Sun mats (4:00).


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 17 - Thursday, December 23

Checkpoint

Imagine you have a sick child who needs to go to the hospital. You’ve been there many times before, but today, for whatever reason, they won’t let you in. A guard with a gun simply says, “Go home.” Over 3,000,000 Palestinians face this situation every day. Since 1967, the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been under Israeli military occupation, forcing citizens to pass through checkpoints to go to work, attend funerals, or take their children to the hospital. With unprecedented access, Yoav Shamir spent three years chronicling the routine, absurd, and volatile conflicts that erupt at these checkpoints—often the first and only contact between the two peoples. Top prizewinner at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Checkpoint builds to a slow-burning indictment of the Sharon government's siege mentality by simply letting its powerful, unflinching footage speak for itself. IDFA (Joris Ivens Main Award); HotDocs (Best Film); Doc Aviv; Munich (Special Documentary); New Directors/New Films; San Fransisco (Golden Gate); Hot Docs (Best Documentary) a.m.o Directed by Yoav Shamir. In Arabic, English, Hebrew, w/English subtitles. DV. 2003. Running time: 80 minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:15. Additional Sat & Sun mats (2:00).

"Undeniably riveting cinema"
-- Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian


Friday, December 24 & Saturday, December 25

Theater Closed




Sunday, December 26 - Tuesday, December 28

Rivers and Tides
Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

"That rare film about an artist that is, in itself, a work of art, Rivers and Tides Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time is an extraordinary journey into the world and mind of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. A land-artist who uses materials from nature to make site-specific works, Goldsworthy allows the elements to have the last say in his beautiful creations, as his ingenious patterns of wood, leaves, stone and ice move and erode over time. German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer followed the artist for over a year in several outdoor locations, intimately documenting his improvisational process and capturing the serene spectacle of his works and their delicate changes. Although Goldsworthy's private and often ephemeral pieces have been documented extensively in still photographs, this remarkable movie uses the artist's own voice to guide usthrough his process and help us "…see something you never saw before, that was always there but you were blind to it." Winner of the Golden Gate Award at the recent San Francisco International Film Festival, Rivers and Tides is a sensual and poetic masterpiece." - Richard Peterson. Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Thomas Riedelsheimer. Music: Fred Frith. In Color. 35 mm. 90 minutes. 1.66 :1. Not Rated. Dolby SR. 2001. Germany. Show times: Nightly at 7:00. Additional Sun. matinee at (2:00).

"Fascinating" -- Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle
"Ravishingly beautiful " -- Stephen Holden, NY Times
"A surprisingly magical experience...Intoxicating and meditative by turns, helped by Fred Frith's minimalist score, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind" -- Kenneth Turan, LA Times


ALSO SHOWING
Sunday, December 26 - Thursday, December 30

"A Must-See Art-House Masterpiece" - Timeout New York









“Tsai Ming-Liang has fashioned what may be his most brilliant metaphor yet: a lament for the death of feelings framed as a valediction to an entire era of Chinese cinema, not to mention an epitaph for the very idea of going to the movies. A decrepit old barn of a cinema is screening a martial arts classic, King U’s 1966 movie DRAGON INN. Even with the rain bucketing down outside, it doesn’t pull much of an audience—and some of those who have turned up are less interested in the movie than in the possibility of meeting a stranger in the dark. Anyway, this cinema is dying. There are even holes where the rain gets in . It’s run by just two people, the box-office girl and the projectionist. She has a hammy foot and a crush on the projectionist. He makes a point of going missing when she looks for him. Oh, and the place is haunted. Two of the men in the auditorium look suspiciously like lead actors from DRAGON INN itself. Ghosts? Or ghosts of memories? The Japanese kid who seats himself next to one of them, in search of a grope, finds the resemblance quite uncanny…. The film is almost wordless, because the images do the talking—both Tsai’s and Hing Hu’s. Of course it’s also cruelly, astringently funny." -- Tony Rayns, Vancouver Film Festival. Delve a little further at Wellspring.com. Directed , written, & produced by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Mitamura Kiyonobu, Miao Tien & Shih Chun. 2003. Taiwan. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 35mm. 82 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 5:30 & 8:45. Additional Sun. matinee at (4:00).

"The best film of the year." -- Jeff Anderson, San Francisco Examiner.

"Universal and touching." - G. Allen Johnson, SF Chronicle.

"It's precisely the film's dynamic saber clash of cinematic modes that makes it so unique. " -- Chuck Stephens, SF Bay Guardian.

"Its simple, meticulously composed frames are full of mystery and feeling; it's an action movie that stands perfectly still." - A.O.Scott, New York Times.
"A movie of elegant understatement and considerable formal intelligence"
-- J. Hoberman, Village Voice.

"This is a funny, sad, stunningly smart movie about the end of movies"
-- David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor.


ALSO SHOWING
Sunday, December 26 - Thursday, December 30















Jonathan Caouette¹s spellbinding debut TARNATION reimagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. Caouette has been documenting his life since he was eleven years old. With TARNATION, he weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.TARNATION begins in 2003 as Caouette learns of his mother’s lithium overdose in his native Texas. Faced with the haunting remnants of his past, including a family legacy of mental illness, abuse, and neglect, Caouette returns home to aid in his mother¹s recovery. Slipping back into the archives of his youth, we watch Caouette grow up on camera, seeking escape from family trauma through musical theater, grade-B horror flicks and the forging of his identity through popular culture.Having relocated to New York in his twenties and subsequently attaining peace in the form of a supportive mate, Caouette discovers that family ties are never truly unbound. He rekindles a touching relationship with another victim of a tumultuous childhood - his own mother Renee.TARNATION is a raw and sensual display of self-destruction and rebirh that announces the arrival of an exceptional new cinematic visionary. Running time: 88 Minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at Nightly at 6:00, 7:50 & 9:30. Additional Sun. matinee at (2:30) & 4:15.


Wednesday, December 29 - Thursday, January 6
No Evening Shows 12/31

Presents
THE CENTURY OF THE SELF

The San Francisco Independent Film Festival is proud to present THE CENTURY OF THE SELF, a four-hour British documentary which “ponders the impact Freud's theories had on 20th century culture, particularly the way psychological ideas muddied the distinctions between consumerism, politics, democracy and advertising.” -Dennis Harvey, Variety. We live today in a society dominated by the self and its feelings. To 'be oneself' is no longer considered selfish but healthy and virtuous. THE CENTURY OF THE SELF shows how this revolution in how we see ourselves happened over the past 100 years. It asks if this has really been a liberation of the self or if it has just made us more vulnerable to being manipulated and controlled by those in power? To many in both politics and business this triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy – power has finally moved to the people. This series examines the validity of that idea while recounting the extraordinary role members of the Freud family have played in fostering and encouraging this irresistible rise of the self, from Sigmund to Matthew. This 4-part documentary will be shown as two programs. The admission for Parts 1 & 2 is $8:00, $4.00 for seniors. The admission for Parts 3 & 4 is $4.00 for everyone. Directed, written and produced by Adam Curtis. 2004 United Kingdon. DV. Runningtime: 240 minutes. Don't forget to check out SF Indie Fest. Showtimes: Parts 1&2: Nightly at 7:00 pm. Additional Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday matinees at 2:00. Parts 3&4: Nightly at 9:10 pm Additional Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday matinees at 4:10 pm. NO 7 & 9:45 SHOWS ON 12/31 NEW YEARS EVE. .

"A fascinating viewpoint...there's nary a dull moment between wonderful archival clips and an extraordinary interview roster that encompasses strategists Dick Morris and Philip Gould, actress Celeste Holm (who shared Marilyn Monroe's psychiatrist), est founder Werner Erhardt, Mario Cuomo, surviving relatives of Freud and Bernaise, and many others." - SF Bay Guardian.


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 31 - Thursday, January 6

Rivers and Tides
Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

"That rare film about an artist that is, in itself, a work of art, Rivers and Tides Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time is an extraordinary journey into the world and mind of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. A land-artist who uses materials from nature to make site-specific works, Goldsworthy allows the elements to have the last say in his beautiful creations, as his ingenious patterns of wood, leaves, stone and ice move and erode over time. German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer followed the artist for over a year in several outdoor locations, intimately documenting his improvisational process and capturing the serene spectacle of his works and their delicate changes. Although Goldsworthy's private and often ephemeral pieces have been documented extensively in still photographs, this remarkable movie uses the artist's own voice to guide usthrough his process and help us "…see something you never saw before, that was always there but you were blind to it." Winner of the Golden Gate Award at the recent San Francisco International Film Festival, Rivers and Tides is a sensual and poetic masterpiece." - Richard Peterson. Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Thomas Riedelsheimer. Music: Fred Frith. In Color. 35 mm. 90 minutes. 1.66 :1. Not Rated. Dolby SR. 2001. Germany. Show times: Nightly at 8:00. Additional Sat & Sun matinee at (2:00).

"Fascinating" -- Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle
"Ravishingly beautiful " -- Stephen Holden, NY Times
"A surprisingly magical experience...Intoxicating and meditative by turns, helped by Fred Frith's minimalist score, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind" -- Kenneth Turan, LA Times


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 31 - Thursday, January 6
No 9:45 Show 12/31















Jonathan Caouette¹s spellbinding debut TARNATION reimagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. Caouette has been documenting his life since he was eleven years old. With TARNATION, he weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.TARNATION begins in 2003 as Caouette learns of his mother’s lithium overdose in his native Texas. Faced with the haunting remnants of his past, including a family legacy of mental illness, abuse, and neglect, Caouette returns home to aid in his mother¹s recovery. Slipping back into the archives of his youth, we watch Caouette grow up on camera, seeking escape from family trauma through musical theater, grade-B horror flicks and the forging of his identity through popular culture.Having relocated to New York in his twenties and subsequently attaining peace in the form of a supportive mate, Caouette discovers that family ties are never truly unbound. He rekindles a touching relationship with another victim of a tumultuous childhood - his own mother Renee.TARNATION is a raw and sensual display of self-destruction and rebirh that announces the arrival of an exceptional new cinematic visionary. Running time: 88 Minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at Nightly at 6:15, 9:45. Additional Sat. & Sun. matinees at (4:00). NO 9:45 SHOW ON 12/31, NEW YEARS EVE .


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