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From artists' models to muses, from hetaira to geishas, sex workers have been vital participants in arts communities through the centuries. Despite their influence on the arts and culture, polite societies rarely acknowledge the contributions of the demimonde who have also been painters and poets themselves. Lately a growing number are working in contemporary media, film and video, and performing in solo, ensemble theater and in burlesque revues.. Sex worker art festivals and performances, spanning the globe, chronicle contemporary sexual mores with a vision that penetrates our hypocrisies. Films and videos will focus on sex; prostitutes' rights; organizing efforts and working conditions for strippers; more sex; global sex work and sex work as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as heroes and heroines; sex workers as saints; sex workers as jerks and perverts; sex work and gender identities; queer sex workers; sex education; sex art; sex panic; sexual orientation; sexual identity; porn and erotica; portraits of strippers, prostitutes, doms, madams and much more. For yet more information, log onto bayswan.org.


Film Schedule
Friday, Movies!
Friday May 6th-Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., San Francisco
2 PM  - Movie and Film Opening Reception- Storyville Memory; Machiko Saito's Hard, Fast & Beautiful; Jamaican Reggae Dancehall Queen
4 PM Our health, Our Lives-Gag Rules by Danzine's T. Dulce; Our Life Saving Vinegar from Taiwan; i spy love by kevin@LOVEspace.org; Chellamma sex workers in India, community and tragedy.
6 PM The Sacred Prostitute- Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Ph.D., About the sexual healer, sacred whore, tantra teacher, sexual shaman
8 PM Condoms and Handcuffs: How the Bush Administration Spends Taxpayer Dollars Arresting Prostitutes Under the Guise of Fighting Terrorism; Hand Relief; Measure Q plus Live from New Orleans, Canal Street Madam, Robyn Few-From Keystone Cops to conspiracy theories, these stories and videos will reveal sordid corruption, bizarre misconduct and general waste of your taxpayer dollars! Janelle Fawkes, Australian Sex Worker Activist with Hand Relief
10 PM Carol Queen Live in Peep Show! Talk To A Live Nude Girl!
12 Midnight Local Queer/Fetish Porn, Sex Art, Sex Ed, Erotica & Smut- The Bay Area has one of the most sophisticated porn industries in the world, producing sometimes educational, sometimes transgressive and sometimes lucrative porn. This showcase features excerpts from the most exciting queer and fetish movies by our neighbors including clips from Lavendar Lounge, Raging Stallion, Titan, New School of Erotic Touch, Cleo Dubios, Sir Video, Libido, Good Vibrations and more!

Saturday Movies!
Saturday May 7th Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., San Francisco
12 Noon-Feminism Gone Wild!- Big Hard Meat Tina Butcher; Big Beautiful Women in the Adult Entertainment Industry; Naked Feminist.
2 Sex TV w/Scarlot Harlot; Ben McCoy My Hustler Boyfriend; Xaviera Hollander: Happy Hooker-new documentary;
4 Annie Sprinkle and Friends-We're Talking Vulva; Tit Printing with Annie Sprinkle;
Sheila Malone and Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm
6 Porn Genre-Fuck - Pornstar Pets by Margi Schnibbe; Be A Rockstar in Bed by Tess Sweet; Dick Ho: Asian Male Porn Star by Jeffrey Lei
8 Peep Box by Difficult Debbie from Australia "Barbie irons clothes just like she would give a 100 hand jobs to men that she services;" Would You Like Me To Stay by Gina Gold; Stripped by Jill Morley "A valuable addition to our open sexual discourse as feminists." Bust Magazine
10 Gangstresses- Director, Harry Davis in Person! Lil Kim, Mary J. Blige, Pam, Shaka Don- unflinching, and unsentimental look at women on the edge; Protection by Penelope Saunders- Smokers, persecuted in this city of the future, are helped by sex workers.
12 Other People's Mirrors and Indie Porn Shorts. Don't miss this very hot, beyond-blair-witch approach to indie features...a new direction in indie film, plus Don't You Like Yourself?; clips from FTM Erotics by Tobaron Waxman; i love jesus; Domestic Paranoia


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, May 6 - Thursday, May 12
Nightly at 6:30, 8 & 9:30 with Wed, Sat & Sun. mats at (2:00), 3:30 & 5:00.

Cecil Taylor All the Notes

Cecil Taylor is one of the great liberators of contemporary music. Like Thelonius Monk and Ornette Coleman, Taylor follows in the tradition of Charlie Parker, creating a streaming liberty that is as powerful as any artistic expression in modern culture. Ageless and lionized, Taylor is the winner of a MacArthur genius award and his artistry appears to date in more than 200 recordings. Filmmaker Christopher Felver gets up close and personal with this master pianist, gaining unprecedented access to Taylor’s Brooklyn home/workplace, exploring his often stentorian pronouncements on life, art, music and memories, and a backstage meeting with his old friend Mal Waldron. The film is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest living jazz pianists. Directed by Christopher Felver. USA. Runningtime: 70 minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30 with Wed, Sat & Sun. mats at (2:00), 3:30 & 5:00.

"An inspiring document of an artist whose legacy has been shamefully downplayed in other recent music documentaries (most notably Ken Burns's 2001 series Jazz)." -- SF Bay Guardian


ALSO SHOWING
Sunday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 11
Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00 with Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:00.

The Film Arts Foundation co-presents:
Hal Hartley's
The Girl From Monday

"The Girl from Monday embodies maverick filmmaker Hal Hartley's signature use of a calculated aesthetic and frank dialogue. It may surprise die-hard fans with its sexual explicitness and playful tone. Hartley himself calls it a "fake sci-fi movie," but in keeping with his reputation, he has loaded The Girl from Monday with provocative ideas. A creature drops into the ocean from a distant constellation called Monday. She inhabits the body of a stunningly beautiful girl and begins a search for her friend, whom she expects is in trouble. The world, as it exists, is in turmoil. It is after the "great revolution," and prominent executive Jack Bell is not eager to turn her in. He is struggling with his own demons after helping orchestrate the dictatorship of the new city-state and establishing the Human Value Reform Act. Citizens are now a public offering on the stock exchange: each time they have sex and remain unattached, their value increases. Paralleling this future world to our own fills The Girl from Monday with irony. The film's "special effects" consist in the fact that it is sexy, fun, and exhilarating. But don't think you can escape without thinking."-- John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival. SEE THE TRAILER NOW! The Girl From Monday includes Sabrina Lloyd from the new hit CBS show "Numbers," Bill Sage, Leo Fitzpatrick, Tatiana Abracos, and Edie Falco. Written & Directed by Hal Hartley. DV. USA. 2005. Runnting time: 84 mins. Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00 with Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:00.








"Attention-grabbing. -- Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian
"Sci Fi as scary as real life -- John McMurtrie, SF Chronicle
"Flaky, funny, and sexy" -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A snarky satire of consumerism in the guise of pseudo sci-fi."
-- Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Hartley Changes Tune at Sundance" -- Indiewire
"Free to Investigate": Hal Hartley -- GreenCine Interview


Thursday, May 12
Showtime: 7:30 Only!

S.F. Doc Fest
OPENING NIGHT!








Mana: Beyond Belief

Mana is Polynesian for “power object”—the things we invest with an often-mystical significance. Sometimes it’s religious, like the Shroud of Turin; sometimes it’s patriotic, like the American flag; and sometimes it’s pretty absurd, like Graceland. Friedman and Manley’s glorious film weaves a web across the world, connecting power objects from Elvis to Buddha, from the cherry blossoms of Japan to a lowrider’s Chevy in New Mexico, with stops in Africa, India, New Zealand and Elsewhere. Blissfully exposition-free, the film simply unfurls, presenting the spectacle of people worshipping stuff with sly, zenlike calm and absolutely astonishing cinematography. Sure to be the next RIVERS AND TIDES-like phenomenon, it’ll give you a buzz you won’t shake for a long time. Official Site. Directed by Peter Friedman, Roger Manley 2004, USA, 92 min. Buy Tickets Showtime: 7:30 Only! Check out more of Doc Fest running 5/12 - 19!


Friday, May 13 - Thursday, May 19
Fri - Mon: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Sat, & Sun mats at (2:00) & 4:00pm. Tues - Thurs: Nightly at 5:00 only. Additional Wed mats at (2:00) & 4:00pm.

Girl Play

When Gabriel (Dom Deluise) casts Robin and Lacie to play lesbian lovers in his latest production, he unwittingly sets in motion a true life lesbian drama. Robin is in a lesbian marriage of six years, while Lacie prefers to play the field. But as rehearsals progress, the two women find themselves drawing closer and closer. At the same time, they each have nagging doubts as to whether their attraction is real or just acting. After the first night ’s successful performance, their emotional dams finally burst . . . Director: Lee Friedlander With Robin Greenspan, Lacie Harmon, Mink Stole, Dom Deluise, Katherine Randolph, Lauren Maher. For much more info, log onto girlplaymovie.com. View the Trailer now! Runningtime: 80 Minutes. Showtimes Fri - Mon: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Sat, & Sun mats at (2:00) & 4:00pm. Tues - Thurs: Nightly at 5:00 only. Additional Wed mats at (2:00) & 4:00pm. Meet the stars and film-makers IN PERSON after every show Friday, Saturday & Sunday!

WINNER!
Outstanding Lesbian Narrative Feature Film - Outfest
Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, shared by lead actresses Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon - Outfest
Audience Award Best Feature Film - Santa Barbara Gay and Lesbian Film Festival JURY AWARD!
Best Women's Feature Film - Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

"The characterizations are realistic and honest. An admirable film."
-- Ned Martel, The New York Times
"Exceedingly likeable, smart and funny [lead actresses]. A winning comedy." -- Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
"Funny, smart and sexy. An engaging piece of work."
-- Ken Fox, TV Guide
"Girl Play is vivacious, sexy, clever and neurotic. One of the best 80 minutes you could spend with a crowd this year!"
-- Diane Anderson-Minshall, Curve Magazine
"One of the funniest and most poignant lesbian films to come along in years." -- Jenny Stewart, Planetout
"Refreshingly original, intelligent, and funny, Girl Play is, without a doubt, one of the best lesbian feature films to hit the screen in years." -- Amy Schwartz, Image Out Film Festival
"Whether you’re gay or straight, man or woman, everyone can relate to the lives and loves of these characters. A must see!" -- David Stern, Publisher -- IN Magazine


ALSO SHOWING
Friday May 13th - Sunday May 15th
Nightly at 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30. Additional Sat. & Sun. mats at (2:00), 3:30 & 5:00.

Cecil Taylor All the Notes

Cecil Taylor is one of the great liberators of contemporary music. Like Thelonius Monk and Ornette Coleman, Taylor follows in the tradition of Charlie Parker, creating a streaming liberty that is as powerful as any artistic expression in modern culture. Ageless and lionized, Taylor is the winner of a MacArthur genius award and his artistry appears to date in more than 200 recordings. Filmmaker Christopher Felver gets up close and personal with this master pianist, gaining unprecedented access to Taylor’s Brooklyn home/workplace, exploring his often stentorian pronouncements on life, art, music and memories, and a backstage meeting with his old friend Mal Waldron. The film is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest living jazz pianists. Directed by Christopher Felver. USA. Runningtime: 70 minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30 with Wed, Sat & Sun. mats at (2:00), 3:30 & 5:00.

"An inspiring document of an artist whose legacy has been shamefully downplayed in other recent music documentaries (most notably Ken Burns's 2001 series Jazz)." -- SF Bay Guardian


Monday, May 16 - Fridday May 20th













I came across this quote from Jean Renoir a few months ago in Film Comment magazine (thanks, Kent Jones!): “Reality is always magic.” Eureka! A documentary film festival tagline if I ever heard one. So that’s what we went looking for—that place where magic and reality meet head-on: a whale bone found buried under a Toronto street; a nut museum in Connecticut; a mine museum in Cambodia; the mysteries of old snapshots; a 15-year-old Southern Baptist sex education activist from Lubbock, TX; kids who feel no pain; a homemade machine called the Forevertron; Elvis impersonators and statues of Buddha; refrigerator poetry and Christian rock. And so we present the fourth San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, ten days of reality, magic and everything in between. - Tod Booth.
See the complete Film Schedule & Descriptions.
Don't wait, when you can Buy Tickets NOW!
For much more info, log onto SF Doc Fest


Schedule

Mon 5/16

715p: In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian
930p: Trudell

Tue 5/17

715p: Call It Democracy
930p: Derailroaded

Wed 5/18

730p: The Loss of Nameless Things
930p: Why Should the Devil...

Thu 5/19

715p: Ears, Open. Eyes, Click
930p: Trollywood

Fri 5/20

730p: Scared Sacred
930p: A Whale of a Tale


Tuesday, May 17 - Thursday, May 19


















Presented by the Irish Arts Foundation and the Film Arts Foundation, The San Francisco Irish Film Festival will feature new Irish cinema to the Bay Area and celebrate Irish short film which is fast becoming a dominant art form in Ireland. In 2004, 21 films were produced in Ireland, creating 6,000 jobs and netting the Irish economy over 130 million (euro). Some of this success was due to the Irish Film Board which invested 11 million (euro) in development grants. This year, over 14 million (euro) will be invested. The films on tap serve as an example of how Ireland has taken capital earned from its high tech economic success and reinvested in the movie industry - creating a new breed of Irish Film markers which are pushing the limits of movie making in the same way as previous generations have pushed the limits of literature. Log onto the complete Film Schedule & Descriptions now!


Friday, May 20 - Thursday, May 26
Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15 Wed, Sat.& Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:30
Fri, May 20 @ 7:00pm ONLY! No show Tues. May 24

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 7:00 & 9:15 Wed, Sat.& Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:30. Fri, May 20 @ 7:00pm ONLY! No show Tues. May 24

"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, May 20 - Thursday, May 26
Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Sat., & Sun. matinees at (2:00) & 4:00.
Friday, May 20 @ 5:00 & 9:15.

Girl Play

When Gabriel (Dom Deluise) casts Robin and Lacie to play lesbian lovers in his latest production, he unwittingly sets in motion a true life lesbian drama. Robin is in a lesbian marriage of six years, while Lacie prefers to play the field. But as rehearsals progress, the two women find themselves drawing closer and closer. At the same time, they each have nagging doubts as to whether their attraction is real or just acting. After the first night ’s successful performance, their emotional dams finally burst . . . Director: Lee Friedlander With Robin Greenspan, Lacie Harmon, Mink Stole, Dom Deluise, Katherine Randolph, Lauren Maher. For much more info, log onto girlplaymovie.com. View the Trailer now! Runningtime: 80 Minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Sat., & Sun. matinees at (2:00) & 4:00. Friday, May 20 @ 5:00 & 9:15.

WINNER!
Outstanding Lesbian Narrative Feature Film - Outfest
Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, shared by lead actresses Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon - Outfest
Audience Award Best Feature Film - Santa Barbara Gay and Lesbian Film Festival JURY AWARD!
Best Women's Feature Film - Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

"The characterizations are realistic and honest. An admirable film."
-- Ned Martel, The New York Times
"Exceedingly likeable, smart and funny [lead actresses]. A winning comedy." -- Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
"Funny, smart and sexy. An engaging piece of work."
-- Ken Fox, TV Guide
"Girl Play is vivacious, sexy, clever and neurotic. One of the best 80 minutes you could spend with a crowd this year!"
-- Diane Anderson-Minshall, Curve Magazine
"One of the funniest and most poignant lesbian films to come along in years." -- Jenny Stewart, Planetout
"Refreshingly original, intelligent, and funny, Girl Play is, without a doubt, one of the best lesbian feature films to hit the screen in years." -- Amy Schwartz, Image Out Film Festival
"Whether you’re gay or straight, man or woman, everyone can relate to the lives and loves of these characters. A must see!" -- David Stern, Publisher -- IN Magazine


Friday, May 20













I came across this quote from Jean Renoir a few months ago in Film Comment magazine (thanks, Kent Jones!): “Reality is always magic.” Eureka! A documentary film festival tagline if I ever heard one. So that’s what we went looking for—that place where magic and reality meet head-on: a whale bone found buried under a Toronto street; a nut museum in Connecticut; a mine museum in Cambodia; the mysteries of old snapshots; a 15-year-old Southern Baptist sex education activist from Lubbock, TX; kids who feel no pain; a homemade machine called the Forevertron; Elvis impersonators and statues of Buddha; refrigerator poetry and Christian rock. And so we present the fourth San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, ten days of reality, magic and everything in between. - Tod Booth.
See the complete Film Schedule & Descriptions.
Don't wait, when you can Buy Tickets NOW!
For much more info, log onto SF Doc Fest


Schedule

Fri 5/20

730p: Scared Sacred
930p: A Whale of a Tale


Tuesday, May 24
Doors open at 7:00 pm, program begins at 8:00 pm

A Conversation With KOS

The use of the Internet has been credited with re-energizing progressive politics. Political weblogs, better known as "blogs," may be the most important tool we have to fight Bush, win back Congress and hold the media accountable. Come hear from leading expert "Kos"-- the guy behind the highly influential and popular progressive blog, Daily Kos talk about:
- How blogs are changing politics
- How blogs are changing fundraising
- How blogs are beating the Right wing
- How blogs are impacting the media
Kos (Markos Moulitas) will share success stories from his site and explain what we can all to fight the Radical Right and take back Congress in 2006. And he will answer your questions about politics, technology and anything else! Learn why Kos has been named as one of the most influential young Democrats to watch: Doors open at 7:00 pm, program begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and are first-come, first-served. Presented by the Party Progressive.


Friday, May 27 - Thursday June 2
Nightly at 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30. Plus Wed, Sat. & Sun mats at (2:00) & 4:00.

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 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30. Additional Wed, Sat. & Sun matinees at (2:00) & 4:00.

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, May 27 - Thursday, June 2
Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15. Sat.& Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:30.

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 7:00 & 9:15. Sat.& Sun. mats at (2:00) & 4:30.

"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.


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