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Friday, June 3 - Thursday, June 9

SFINDIE Presents:

Gaze in wonder, shiver with fear and chuckle with dark delight as HoleHead unleashes Egyptian Gods, bloodsucking parasitic monsters, clones, maniacs, Satanists, zombies, aliens, beavers, Godzilla, assassins, angry ghosts, hungry cows, spider women, wrestling seafood, samurai werewolves and more macabre mayhem. Just keep repeating, it’s only a movie…


For more info, and film descriptions, visit holehead.com.
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ALSO SHOWING
Friday, June 3 - Thursday, June 9
Nightly at 5:45 & 7:00. Additional Sat. & Sun matinees at (2:00).

Doing Time
Doing Vipassana

DOING TIME, DOING VIPASSANA is a remarkable documentary about Kiran Bedi, the dedicated inspector general of prisons in India who, in the mid-1990’s introduced the ancient technique of Vipassana meditation—quite literally the oldest form of Buddhist meditation—into the violently corrupt Tihar Prison, India’s worst and most dangerously overcrowded prison at the time. The results at Tihar Prison were almost unimaginably miraculous. After the ten-day course in Vipassana, which requires total silence and the willingness to go deep inside oneself, violent criminals were transformed—emerging with tears of joy and opened hearts. Now Tihar has its own meditation center and penal institutions around the world are following its model. American prisons are now beginning to realize the significant advances in rehabilitation brought about by this simple and purest form of spiritual introspection. From Seattle to Alabama and right here in Northern California—the groundwork laid by Kiran Bedi in India is likely to have worldwide ramifications which could ultimately lead to the type of social progress only previously dreamed of. Directed by Eilona Ariel and Ayelet Menahemi. Showing with:
A ZEN TALE: This delightful short film is based on an ancient Buddhist tale of perceived reality, a tale of how difficult it is to communicate with one another across more than language barriers. It is a lesson in philosophy that teaches us that communication is beyond perception and what you see is not always what you get. This crowd-pleasing gem has been a hit attraction at film festivals around the world. Directed by Magdalena Sole. United States, 2000. Starring Kim Chan (in three roles). Showtimes: Nightly at 5:45 & 7:00. Additional Sat. & Sun matinees at (2:00).

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/05/27/DDGSBCUNKV1.DTL&type=movies"Fascinating" -- Mick LaSalle, SF Chron "Compelling! The film offers irrefutable evidence that (this ancient Buddhist meditation technique) works in interviews with prisoners, guards, and administrators. Some of the changes are almost unimaginable—a triple-murderer begging forgiveness of the relatives of the people he killed and pledging to protect and support them for life, a hysterically crying prisoner being unabashedly comforted by a guard. Returning a sense of self-worth to society’s discards and reminding all that prisoners are still people points to the possibility of a world-wide reform movement."
-- Gary Morris, SF Weekly.
"Potent and convincing " -- North Bay Bohemian.
Can an ancient, intense form of meditation improve life for the inmates?
-- SF Weekly.
Meditation holds silent promise for prisoners. -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The Enlightened Derriere -- Golden Gate Xpress
Interview with Kiran Bedi -- UN Chronicle.
Interview with SN Goenka -- Dhamma.org.

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ALSO SHOWING
Friday, June 3 - Thursday, June 9
Nightly at 8:20 Only. Sat.& Sun. matinees at (3:45).

Le Grand Voyage

A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Réda (Nicolas Cazale), a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. Réda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives. Written & Directed by Ismaël Ferrouhki. With Nicolas Cazalé & Mohamed Majd. For more info, log onto FilmMovement.com. France/Morocco. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Runningtime: 108 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 8:20 Only. Sat.& Sun. matinees at (3:45).

"Remarkable" -- Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle.
"The final scenes, shot amid a throng of Mecca pilgrims, have a near hallucinatory charge." -- Dennis Lim, Village Voice
" This movie is why we watch foreign films."
-- Eric Hanson, Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune.
"A rare and intimate cinematic view of pilgrimage to Mecca."
-- Chantal Guy, La Presse.


Friday, June 10 - Thursday, June 16
Nightly at 7:00pm with additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 12:00 noon & 3:30. Admission=$10.00/6.00 for 65 & over.

SF Indie Fest presents
The Power of Nightmares
The Rise of the Politics of Fear

SF Indie Fest presents this uncut, BBC series of documentary films about how fear has come to dominate politics not only in America, but throughout the world, and how much of that fear is based on illusion. The films tell the story of the rise of today’s nightmare vision of a hidden, organized network of terror and show clearly how much of that threat has been distorted and exaggerated by politicians. In an age disillusioned with optimistic political visions of the future, politicians have stumbled on a new force that can restore their power and authority, the fear of a hidden and organized web of evil which they can protect their people from. These films show how that fantasy was created, and why, by telling an epic story that starts in America in 1949 and ends in the present day. At the heart of the story are two groups, the American Neoconservatives and the Radical Islamists. Both these groups were idealists born out of the failure of the post-war liberal optimism, and both had very similar explanations for why that failure had occurred. Both groups did change the world, but not in the way either intended. Their actions over the last thirty years have led to today’s strange fantasy of fear which has spread through all levels of government, the security services and the international media. A fantasy that no-one questions because those with the darkest nightmares have become the most powerful. England. 2004. Runningtime: 180 minutes. ADMISSION=$10.00. $6.00 for 65 & over. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00pm with additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 12:00 noon & 3:30. Special Q&A w/ Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange after the 7:00 show on Sat., 6/11 ONLY!

"Adam Curtis has created a controversial, myth-shattering three-part BBC series to top his magnificent Century of the Self… It is necessary for every citizen to see The Power of Nightmares—and probably more than once...The most important documentary of the year."
- David Thomson.

"THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES would warrant an Oscar if the academy gave awards for a documentary collection that explains current events in a provocative, enlightening and (yes) entertaining way... It's like a brilliant piece in the Atlantic Monthly that's thankfully come to cinematic life. " -- Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle.

"Arguably the most important film about the "war on terrorism" since the events of September 11." -- Peter Bergen, The Nation.

"A superb, eye-opening and often absurdly funny deconstruction of the myths and realities of global terrorism" -- Scott Foundas, Variety

"Highly detailed, scrupulously researched, and littered with revealing interviews, it derives a great deal of its impact from an idiosyncratic collage of archival footage, television clips, and excerpts from old movies." -- Chris Darke, Film Comment

"A three-hour tour de force." -- Gregg Rickman, SF Weekly.

'Gunsmoke' and Mirrors -- Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian.

Feign of Terror -- Adam Curtis, Village Voice


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 15 MUST END WEDNESDAY!
Nightly at 8:00 & 9:45.

HOLE IN THE HEAD characterized Dead Meat as a smart, serious (and very gory) zombie movie for gorehounds and zombie fanatics. As they describe it: "Hell on Earth (or more specifically Ireland) is unleashed when a mutated strain of mad cow disease infects the countryside turning people into flesh-eating zombies. Caught amidst this chaos is Helena, a young Spanish tourist and Desmond, the local gravedigger. Armed with nothing but a shovel this unlikely duo must fight for survival before they become the tasty main course for the ever-increasing herds of ravenous zombies. Simultaneously honoring the venerable flesh-eating tradition set up by the Romero zombie films while adding a post-BSE spin to the proceedings, McMahon’s film delivers the goods and adds some bizarre and unforgettable imagery to the rotting, shambling and chomping modern monster mythology. Moo!". Director: Conor McMahon 2004. Ireland. 80 minutes. Nightly at 8:00 & 9:45.


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 15 MUST END WEDNESDAY!
Nightly at 6:00. Additional Sat. & Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:00.

Le Grand Voyage

A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Réda (Nicolas Cazale), a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. Réda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives. Written & Directed by Ismaël Ferrouhki. With Nicolas Cazalé & Mohamed Majd. For more info, log onto FilmMovement.com. France/Morocco. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Runningtime: 108 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00. Additional Sat. & Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:00.

"Remarkable" -- Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle.
"The final scenes, shot amid a throng of Mecca pilgrims, have a near hallucinatory charge." -- Dennis Lim, Village Voice
" This movie is why we watch foreign films."
-- Eric Hanson, Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune.
"A rare and intimate cinematic view of pilgrimage to Mecca."
-- Chantal Guy, La Presse.


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, June 10 Only. 10:30 pm.

SFINDIE Presents:

Gaze in wonder, shiver with fear and chuckle with dark delight as HoleHead unleashes Egyptian Gods, bloodsucking parasitic monsters, clones, maniacs, Satanists, zombies, aliens, beavers, Godzilla, assassins, angry ghosts, hungry cows, spider women, wrestling seafood, samurai werewolves and more macabre mayhem. Just keep repeating, it’s only a movie…


For more info, and film descriptions, visit holehead.com.
See the complete Film Schedule.
Buy Advance Tickets Now!.


Thursday, June 16 ONLY
Showtimes: 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45

The Irish Arts Foundation and the Roxie Cinema celebrate Bloomsday with:

Imagining Ulysses

On Thursday, June 16th, the Irish Arts Foundation and the Roxie Cinema will join the world in celebrating “Bloomsday”, that imaginary day on which all the action in James Joyce's “Ulysses” took place 101 years ago. IMAGINING ULYSSES takes a fresh and irreverent approach to what is arguably the greatest fictional work of the last century. Like Joyce's novel, IMAGINE ULYSSES takes the form of 18 different 'episodes' and, like the original, each of these is designed to have its own distinctive theme and style. Narrated by Brenda Fricker, with Patrick Bergin as the voice of Joyce, the overall intent of the film is to honor the spirit of the book - in an imaginative, accessible and original way. One 'episode' in the documentary features a tabloid TV talk show - á la Jerry Springer - where Virginia Woolf and D.H.Lawrence defend their harsh critiques of Joyce. Another segment tells the story of a love affair in communist China, between translators Wen Jieruo and Hsaio Ch'ien, with Ulysses as the backdrop. Yet another uses the format of 'The Osbournes' to relate the story of Joyce's own family. A performance by Gavin Friday forms the backdrop for a piece on racism in Ireland - in 1904 - and 100 years later. Contributors include Neil Jordan, Roddy Doyle, Martin Amis, Irvine Welsh, Camille Paglia, Edna O'Brien, and Frank McCourt, as well as a variety of familiar Irish women in the 'Penelope' segment, reading phrases from Molly Bloom's famous soliloquy. Produced by: David Blake Knox and Hilary Fennell. Directed by David Blake Knox, Shimmy Marcus, Dearbhla Walsh, Hilary Fennell, Neasa Hardiman and Ruth Meehan. Ireland. 2004. Runningtime: 90 mins. Showtimes: 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45.


Friday, June 17 - Saturday, June 25

The San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is the world's oldest and largest celebration of LGBT cinema. Past festivals have delighted over 80,000 attendees with nearly 80 features, including many world and U.S. premieres, and over 150 short films. In addition to Frameline's prestigious Audience Awards, the Festival has consistently supported new queer cinema by offering the largest cash prizes on the LGBT film festival circuit to debut narrative features and documentary features. And, each year, the Frameline Award recognizes filmmakers who have made a significant contribution to lesbian and gay media arts. Previous recipients include Christine Vachon, Barbara Hammer, Marlon Riggs, Stanley Kwan, Marcus Hu, Peter Adair, and Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato. For more info, log onto www.frameline.org.
View the entire FILM SCHEDULE.
Buy ADVANCE TICKETS now!


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, June 17 - Thursday, June 23
Nightly at 7:00pm with additional Sat & Sun matinees at 12:00 noon & 3:30. Admission=$10.00/6.00 for 65 & over.

SF Indie Fest presents
The Power of Nightmares
The Rise of the Politics of Fear

SF Indie Fest presents this uncut, BBC series of documentary films about how fear has come to dominate politics not only in America, but throughout the world, and how much of that fear is based on illusion. The films tell the story of the rise of today’s nightmare vision of a hidden, organized network of terror and show clearly how much of that threat has been distorted and exaggerated by politicians. In an age disillusioned with optimistic political visions of the future, politicians have stumbled on a new force that can restore their power and authority, the fear of a hidden and organized web of evil which they can protect their people from. These films show how that fantasy was created, and why, by telling an epic story that starts in America in 1949 and ends in the present day. At the heart of the story are two groups, the American Neoconservatives and the Radical Islamists. Both these groups were idealists born out of the failure of the post-war liberal optimism, and both had very similar explanations for why that failure had occurred. Both groups did change the world, but not in the way either intended. Their actions over the last thirty years have led to today’s strange fantasy of fear which has spread through all levels of government, the security services and the international media. A fantasy that no-one questions because those with the darkest nightmares have become the most powerful. England. 2004. Runningtime: 180 minutes. ADMISSION=$10.00. $6.00 for 65 & over. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00pm with additional Sat & Sun matinees at 12:00 noon & 3:30.

"Adam Curtis has created a controversial, myth-shattering three-part BBC series to top his magnificent Century of the Self… It is necessary for every citizen to see The Power of Nightmares—and probably more than once...The most important documentary of the year."
- David Thomson.

"THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES would warrant an Oscar if the academy gave awards for a documentary collection that explains current events in a provocative, enlightening and (yes) entertaining way... It's like a brilliant piece in the Atlantic Monthly that's thankfully come to cinematic life. " -- Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle.

"Arguably the most important film about the "war on terrorism" since the events of September 11." -- Peter Bergen, The Nation.

"A superb, eye-opening and often absurdly funny deconstruction of the myths and realities of global terrorism" -- Scott Foundas, Variety

"Highly detailed, scrupulously researched, and littered with revealing interviews, it derives a great deal of its impact from an idiosyncratic collage of archival footage, television clips, and excerpts from old movies." -- Chris Darke, Film Comment

"A three-hour tour de force." -- Gregg Rickman, SF Weekly.

'Gunsmoke' and Mirrors -- Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian.

Feign of Terror -- Adam Curtis, Village Voice


Friday, June 24 - Saturday, June 25

The San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is the world's oldest and largest celebration of LGBT cinema. Past festivals have delighted over 80,000 attendees with nearly 80 features, including many world and U.S. premieres, and over 150 short films. In addition to Frameline's prestigious Audience Awards, the Festival has consistently supported new queer cinema by offering the largest cash prizes on the LGBT film festival circuit to debut narrative features and documentary features. And, each year, the Frameline Award recognizes filmmakers who have made a significant contribution to lesbian and gay media arts. Previous recipients include Christine Vachon, Barbara Hammer, Marlon Riggs, Stanley Kwan, Marcus Hu, Peter Adair, and Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato. For more info, log onto www.frameline.org.
View the entire FILM SCHEDULE.
Buy ADVANCE TICKETS now!


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, June 24 - Thursday, June 30
Nightly at 7:00pm with additional Sat & Sun matinees at 12:00 noon & 3:30. Admission=$10.00/6.00 for 65 & over.

SF Indie Fest presents
The Power of Nightmares
The Rise of the Politics of Fear

SF Indie Fest presents this uncut, BBC series of documentary films about how fear has come to dominate politics not only in America, but throughout the world, and how much of that fear is based on illusion. The films tell the story of the rise of today’s nightmare vision of a hidden, organized network of terror and show clearly how much of that threat has been distorted and exaggerated by politicians. In an age disillusioned with optimistic political visions of the future, politicians have stumbled on a new force that can restore their power and authority, the fear of a hidden and organized web of evil which they can protect their people from. These films show how that fantasy was created, and why, by telling an epic story that starts in America in 1949 and ends in the present day. At the heart of the story are two groups, the American Neoconservatives and the Radical Islamists. Both these groups were idealists born out of the failure of the post-war liberal optimism, and both had very similar explanations for why that failure had occurred. Both groups did change the world, but not in the way either intended. Their actions over the last thirty years have led to today’s strange fantasy of fear which has spread through all levels of government, the security services and the international media. A fantasy that no-one questions because those with the darkest nightmares have become the most powerful. England. 2004. Runningtime: 180 minutes. ADMISSION=$10.00. $6.00 for 65 & over. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00pm with additional Sat & Sun matinees at 12:00 noon & 3:30.

"Adam Curtis has created a controversial, myth-shattering three-part BBC series to top his magnificent Century of the Self… It is necessary for every citizen to see The Power of Nightmares—and probably more than once...The most important documentary of the year."
- David Thomson.

"THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES would warrant an Oscar if the academy gave awards for a documentary collection that explains current events in a provocative, enlightening and (yes) entertaining way... It's like a brilliant piece in the Atlantic Monthly that's thankfully come to cinematic life. " -- Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle.

"Arguably the most important film about the "war on terrorism" since the events of September 11." -- Peter Bergen, The Nation.

"A superb, eye-opening and often absurdly funny deconstruction of the myths and realities of global terrorism" -- Scott Foundas, Variety

"Highly detailed, scrupulously researched, and littered with revealing interviews, it derives a great deal of its impact from an idiosyncratic collage of archival footage, television clips, and excerpts from old movies." -- Chris Darke, Film Comment

"A three-hour tour de force." -- Gregg Rickman, SF Weekly.

'Gunsmoke' and Mirrors -- Susan Gerhard, SF Bay Guardian.

Feign of Terror -- Adam Curtis, Village Voice


Sunday, June 26 - Thursday June 30
Nightly at 7 & 9:15. Sun. & Weds. mates at (2:00) & 4:30.

Immortel Ad Vitam

“Immortel Ad Vitam is a sort of Blade Runner for the new millennium.” - Variety

New York City: 2095. A floating pyramid has emerged in the skies above Manhattan, inhabited by ancient Egyptian Gods. The Gods have cast judgment upon the falcon-headed Horus and he will lose his Immortelity in seven days. He leaves the pyramid to find a human host body to inhabit, and to search for a woman able to mate with Gods. In the city below, a beautiful young woman, Jill, with blue hair, blue tears and a power even unknown to her, wanders the city in search of her identity aided by a doctor (Charlotte Rampling) who is fascinated by this mystery of nature. Reality in this world has a whole new meaning as bodies, voices and memories converge with Gods, mutants, mortals and extra terrestrials. Stunning visual effects meld with the poetic surrealism of master comic book creator Enki Bilal’s fantastic Nikopol epic. This is a ground-breaking step into the future of film-making. For more info en francais, check out www.immortel-lefilm.com. Directed by Enki Bilal. 2004, France, 102 minutes.


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