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The Grateful Dead Movie

Upon its original release in 1977, The Grateful Dead Movie was justly hailed as one of the best concert films ever made. With the passage of more than a quarter of a century, the legend of this screen gem continues to grow. Shot over five nights by the top cinematographers of the time (including Albert Maysles) in October 1974, at San Francisco's Winterland Arena, the movie opens with an eye-popping, bone-shaking seven-minute animation sequence directed by acclaimed underground animation artist Gary Gutierrez. Lovingly restored from the original 35mm prints and presented in high definition digital format with state-of-the-art Dolby Stereo, this elaborate restoration project was this year’s hit at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Director: Jerry Garcia, Leon Gast. Producer: Eddie Washington. Cinematographers: Jonathan Else, Thomas D. Hurwitz, Kevin Keating, Don Lenzer, Stephen Lighthill, Albert Maysles, David Myers, Richard Paup, Robert Primes. Editors: Susan Crutcher, John Nutt, Lisa Fruchtman. Editorial Director: Jerry Garcia. 1976 132 mins. DV. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00 & 9:30. Additional Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:30.

"The definitive Dead concert film" --Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle

Also Showing:
Friday November 5 - Thursday, November 11

It's a morning the mid-1960s, and six-year-old Josh Kornbluth is being woken by his father, Paul, in the usual manner: with Paul bursting naked into Josh's room and singing "The Internationale." So begins this raucous tale of a young American communist's coming-of-age -- the true story of a boy whose dream is nothing less than to lead a revolution. Quite a challenge, especially for such a shy, chubby kid. In Doug Pray's sensitive filming of Kornbluth's acclaimed autobiographical monologue, we follow Josh's rocky journey to young-adulthood -- and to a painful loss of both his political and sexual innocence. Along the way, we learn of his failed attempts to organize the "masses" among his kindergarten classmates; his shocking discovery that young Soviets would vastly prefer his blue jeans to his red politics; and his awkward attempts to understand orgasms in terms of political theory. But hovering over all the proceedings is Paul, Josh's larger-than-life dad, whose exuberant antics both delight and -- increasingly -- confuse his adoring son. Though "Red Diaper Baby" is filled with hilariously offbeat situations, ultimately it resonates deeply with all moviegoers who have ever found themselves searching for how to become their own person. Regardless of your political persuasion, that's a revolutionary challenge. Director: Doug Pray. Running Time: 93 mins. Show times: Nightly at 7:00. Additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at (2:00) .

"Hilarious!" -- SF Bay Guardian

Opening Oct 19 At the Magic Theater

Make your plans today for the triumphant return of Ben Franklin: Unplugged, one of Josh Kornbluth's most-requested monologues and the first developed with David Dower. The show returns for a limited engagement at Magic Theatre, co-produced with Jonathan Reinis Productions, beginning October 19th: Previews 10/17&18. For more info, log onto: Magic Theatre - Fort Mason Center - S.F. Purchase Advance Tickets.

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Friday November 5 - Thursday, November 11

The World According To Bush

Based on investigative journalist Éric Laurent's extremely thorough book, William Karel's authoritative look at George Bush and his administration is more rigorous and objective--and far less demagogical--than Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. But it's no less damning. Featuring a wealth of original interviews with everyone from Norman Mailer and Hans Blix to Colin Powell and Richard Perle, Karel's film focuses on Bush from the Sept. 11 attacks to the quagmire of the war in Iraq; it delves deeply into Bush's checkered family history; it tells of the troubled links between the Saudis and the US; it delineates abuses of the Patriot Act in the name of combating terrorism; it illustrates the part played by the administration's fundamentalist religious beliefs in policy-making; and, above all, it chronicles the rampant corruption that the administration doesn't even feel the need to acknowledge. Ironically, politics--film festival politics, this time--kept Karel's film from playing at Cannes where it would have received the attention of the world. The story is that festival reps turned it down, telling Karel they had already accepted Michael Moore's film and didn't want to be perceived as anti-US. It's a shame, because even Variety--not known generally as a political periodical--said that, "Karel makes an extremely persuasive case that the executive branch of the US government has run roughshod over much of what America likes to think is stands for." THE WORLD ACCORKDING TO BUSH comes to you from at the Silver Lake Film Festival where if finally received its North American premiere in September. Directed By: William Karel. Written by: William Karel & Éric Laurent. With: Norman Mailer, Hans Blix, Richard Perle, Colin Powell, James Woosley. France. In English. 2004. 90 min. Color. DV. Showtimes: Nightly at 9:00. Additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at (4:30).

Those who think Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" is diminished by his "liberal agenda," extensive use of pre-existing footage or failure to "show both sides" will have a much harder time discrediting the equally unflattering conclusions in "The World According to Bush." -- Lisa Nessleson, VARIETY

" .. an immediate tsunami of anti-Bush finger-pointing and hard-core facts that will make any Democrat want to rush out and vote." SF CHRONICLE

Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13

20th Annual

The only festival that showcases the best of Northern California makers, this year will feature 50 new films and videos.
November 4: an evening at the Castro Theatre with Philip Kaufman
November 11: the ReDeclaration of Independents Gala at Mighty
November 12 – 14: festival programs at the Roxie Cinema and Castro Theatre


opening night


Daniel Gamburg
2004, color, dv cam, 90 min, SF PREMIERE

7:00 pm
Friday, November 12
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members $10/general

Just in case you have forgotten how crazy San Francisco was during the dot-com boom, here is a film to bring it all back in harrowing detail. Riding that fine line between reality and satire, IPO uses hand-held digital video and beautifully improvised acting to take us inside the frenziedatmosphere of a loft-style dot-com office, providing an intimate look at the skewed human dynamics among a group of barely-exaggerated characters. If not for the nature of this particular startup—Hot, which promises the Internet-savvy, prepared-to-parent customer the ability to choose the genetic characteristics of their child—the cinema verité style might lead you to mistake it for a serious documentary on dot-com excess. CEO Susan and backers Kip and Jeff energetically promote their “baby” to their employees and potential customers with absolute conviction while, privately, their relentless squabbling reveals a desperate insecurity. Meanwhile, starry-eyed employees, urged onward by declarations of filial love and promises of high return, give Hot Tot their all. Maria has invested a considerable percentage of her paycheck back into the company, over the objections of her police-officer husband. Charlene immerses herself in workaholic hours to avoid an otherwise empty life. Sophia actually wants to help people achieve their familyplanning dreams, as she also tries to help her lost-soul sister, Kachina, get off the streets by arranging a job for her at Hot Tot. Joe, Kachina’s homeless ex-boyfriend, worms his way into a management position at the company to try to win Kachina back. The “we’re one big happy family” façade crumbles when the company enters its downward spiral and employees learn just how far loyalty goes in the gold-rush mentality of the dot-com world.—Jennine Lanouette 

9:15 pm
Friday, November 12
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members $10/general

Benjamin Morgan

2004, color, 35mm, 85 min, SF PREMIERE

In this narrative, Michael ìHeirî Rosario and Curtis ìVainî Smith are the most prolific and talented graffiti artists from San Franciscoís Mission district. At age ten, in a desperate search for fame and identity, the young friends began writing their names on the surrounding urban landscapes. More than a decade later, the duo has evolved into a brilliant team of street artists. When Heir and Vain are arrested for painting, their creative outlet is abruptly severed. Faced with restitution fines and the prospect of jail, the two struggle to maintain their creative passion. The paths they each choose threaten to unravel their lifelong friendship and, ultimately, their lives.

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Lexi Leban & Lidia Szajko

2004, color, mini-dv, 74 min

12:00 pm
Saturday, November
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members

Girl Trouble is an intimate look at the compelling stories of three female teenagers entangled in San Francisco’s juvenile justice system. These girls, and many like them, aren’t just at-risk—they are in deep trouble. Trying to change their lives, they work parttime
at the Center for Young Women’s Development, an organization run by young women who have faced similar challenges. As the girls confront seemingly impossible problems and pivotal decisions, the Center’s 22-year-old executive director, Lateefah
Simon, is often their only support. Over the course of four years, filmmakers Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko document the girls’ remarkable successes and heartbreaking setbacks—their daily struggles with poverty, violence, public defenders, and homelessness—and expose a system that fails to end the cycle of incarceration.

Part of the Mother Jones agitators & instigators series

Short political docs about the burning issues of our time: gay marriage, the Iraq war, consumer culture, and more.

1:45 pm
Saturday, November 13
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members $10/general

Stuart Gaffney

2004, color, mini-dv, 5 min

February 12, 2004—the day San Francisco made marriage history. A short Muni ride to City Hall suddenly turns partners of 17 years into newlyweds.
During the ride, the filmmaker reflects on the difficulties experienced by his Chinese-American mother and white father more than 50 years ago, who were only able to marry when California’s law against interracial marriage was overturned.


Douglas Katelus & Theo Rigby

2004, color, mini-dv, 17 min

Remember when 80 percent of Americans were for the war? Hindsight is
frighteningly 20/20 in My First War’s documentation of the first 44 days of
Bush’s war in Iraq, which ends with W’s infamous aircraft carrier speech.
This film relives those early days through a mix of mainstream media, antiand
pro-war protests, and interviews both with smug soldiers and disillusioned
ex-soldiers who knew what a tragedy the war would be.


Donna Carter

2002, color, 16mm, 10 min

Too Close to Home takes on the taboo topic of childhood sexual abuse with courage and optimism. In a realm where silence reigns supreme, the film documents the confessional testimonies
of three victims—a ten-year-old girl, her mother, and a San Francisco-based healer/activist for victims of incest. The film considers the reasons behind the often intergenerational continuation of this phenomenon and ways to end this cycle.


Gibbs Chapman

2004, color, 16mm, 17 min, WORLD PREMIERE

The combined elements of human innovation and dementia have led us into a new relationship with our time and energy, one in which the quest for an immediacy or an ease of operation has created a culture of lethargy and
ignorance of new proportion. Describing our journey from hunter/gatherer to
sloucher/slacker, Push Button is also a call to action to crush the monstrous
cancer of advertising and the salivating hyenas of consumerism.


James T. Hong

2004, color, dv cam, 23 min, WORLD PREMIERE

An Asian-American man encounters Americanization on a pilgrimage to Taiwan to find Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world. He discovers that globalization, capitalism, and the transnational power of white men indelibly mark the building, Taiwan’s culture, and his own consciousness. Censored remarks shield the sensitive viewer from politically incorrect offenses. However, what is imagined or presumed can be more offensive than what is hidden.


Debra Chasnoff

2004, color, beta sp, 19 min

A behind-the-scenes look during the frantic days at San Francisco City Hall leading up to the first same-sex wedding between longtime lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. Interviews with “I Do” Mayor Gavin Newsom and key community leaders reveal the political process and motivation behind the historic decision to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Escape into the imaginative landscapes of these animated, experimental, and narrative shorts that express everything from ineffable beauty to quirky sensibilities.

3:45 pm
Saturday, November 13
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members $10/general

Chris Kelsey

2003, b/w, mini-dv, 2 min, WORLD PREMIERE

In this stop-motion animation, a small, tattered puppet tours a large building full of filmmaking equipment that symbolizes the filmmaker’s mind. The machinery comes to life, as the puppet experiments and observes the things around him, little knowing that he himself is a creation of the filmmaker.

Kurt & Alexandra Nangle

2004, color, 35mm, 18 min

Future scientists discover a way for people never to be lonely—everyone’s life partner is their identical twin. Except for Rebecca. She is the last “single,” an outcast whose only companion is her dog, Bernie. On her 40th birthday, her loneliness compels her to get a clone. At the hospital, she meets twin doctors, Peter and Paul. Paul meets secretly with Rebecca to learn how to be alone, and changes his and Peter’s lives forever.

Kerry Laitala

2003, color, 16mm, 11 min

What do we leave behind? Are institutional forces using our hysteria to reap the benefits of possible infection? Whose environment could we be affecting?

What unseen forces would unscrupulous beings want to use to infiltrate our bodies and perhaps our consciousness? Who is the enemy? Out of the Ether unleashes septic musings about fear in the guise of microbial menace and mayhem.

Chi-Jang Yin

2003, color, mini-dv, 7 min

This performance video captures one woman’s memories of a couple sitting next to her at the theater. Humorous and poignant, it addresses the conflict of spectatorship and the dialectic of memory, interpretation, and reality.

Sarah Klein

2003, color, mini-dv, 8 min, WORLD PREMIERE

On a trip to visit her 91-year-old grandmother, the filmmaker finds their destinations are similar but their realities are decidedly different. A view of the hardship of the past through the lens of the menacing present.

Alfonso Alvarez

2003, color, 16mm, 7 min, WEST COAST PREMIERE

Amid the rolling flatlands west of Toronto, there is a place called the Film Farm, an ancient Mennonite farm where filmmaking pilgrims journey every summer to make handcrafted films. Down on the Farm is the result of a week of inspired exploration.

Carl Nolting

2004, color, dvd, 3 min, WORLD PREMIERE

The homologous structures of a cat, bat, whale, human, and others are used for entirely different things, and yet they are composed of the exact same bones. The film questions theories of evolution and aging with numerous intersecting planes of perspective that force the viewer to ask, “What exactly am I looking at?”

Paul O’Bryan

2002, color, mini-dv, 7 min

A lonely lady and a magic bean and their adventure that is downright enchanting. Ever wake up laughing out loud at a dream you just had and spend the next few waking moments astonished over the things the sleeping mind finds humor in? Taken straight from a dream, Lovey succeeds in capturing this strange, slumbering logic.

Eric Callero

2004, color, dvd, 4 min

A young filmmaker falls asleep while trying to come up with an idea for his latest film. In his dream, two sock puppets fall in love at first sight. An evil man kidnaps the girl and the boy must save her, all before the filmmaker awakes. A true sock puppet love story!

Rock Ross & Michael Rosas-Walsh

2004, color, 16mm, 2 min, WORLD PREMIERE

Entirely handmade, this mesmerizing, meditative, and marvelous camerafree film was originally made on 35mm leader, then cut up and woven into a wall hanging.

Maria Calderon

2002, color, mini-dv, 18 min

Bahamondes, a Chilean bank security guard, is desperate because he is about to lose the most valuable thing in his life, his job. He will do anything, even abandon his moral principles, to keep

5:45 pm
Saturday, November 13
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members $10/general

From patriotic showmanship through meditative sheep-shearing to awe-inspiring rock climbing, the whole gamut of the human condition is expressed in this funny, entertaining, and poignant program of short docs.

Jason Blalock

2002, color, dv cam, 21 min

Spangled documents the competitive, open auditions to sing before the Portland Trailblazers basketball games—regularly attended by 15,000 spectators ready to hiss and boo at the first flat note. The film follows two competitors through the entertaining audition process, which concludes with a spontaneous act of patriotism. Spangled paints a portrait of American singers as diverse as the country itself in age, gender, ethnicity...and talent.


Brian Lilla

2003, b/w, mini-dv, 18 min, U.S. PREMIERE

A cliff-hanging account of how mountains can save lives, Always Falling is the filmmaker’s confession of the obsession with peril that carved itself into his well-grounded lifestyle. The mountain, at first seen as a ski resort for Lilla and his cocaine-addled buddies, is transformed into a site for the sober art of climbing 90-degree rock faces and tackling problems through trusting others.

Phoebe Tooke

2004, b/w, 16mm, 16 min

Single-residence hotels in San Francisco are the housing of last resort, “the first step out of homelessness and the last step to homelessness.” Hotel City poetically documents the struggles of tenants trying to live in these hellish places, and how they are empowering themselves to make them into a place they can call home.

Bill Basquin

2004, color, 16mm, 5 min

A lovely and poetic portrait of a sheepshearer and his philosophical musings on rural life. Delicately subtextual, Basquin’s film invokes meaning, desire, and identification with a sure hand and quiet exposition.

Dan Janos

2004, color, dv cam, 26 min, WORLD PREMIERE

“A big pain in the ass.” “It’s a blessin’ and a cursin’.” “Ever since that day, I stuttered and vomited every day before school.” “I don’t want your pity.” Hear these comments and many more as people who stutter discuss the reality of living in a fluent world. [G]

Daring to be different and not afraid to throw punches, this collection of
thought-provoking animated, experimental, and narrative gems will leave
you wanting to change the world or make a film—or both.

8:00 pm
Saturday, November 13
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members $10/general

Chris Kelsey
2004, color, mini-dv, 5 min, WORLD PREMIERE

Delving deep into the dark and twisted mind of the filmmaker, a creature stumbles upon several prototypical beings like himself. At the end of his journey, he witnesses his own possible evolution as a demonic monster of mythic proportions. Reminiscent of the best of The Brothers Quay and Jan Svankmajer!

Rosanne Ma
2004, color, dvd, 5 min, SF PREMIERE

A Chinese-American woman is forced to question her preconceived notions regarding race and appearance when a stranger comes to her aid one day in a Chinatown bakery.

Rosario Sotelo

2003, color, dvd, 5 min

Cultural patterns are explored through the metaphor of dressmaking as a young Mexican-American girl struggles with tradition and expectations to discover her own voice. [G]

Jed Bell
2004, color, 35mm, 4 min

Willie’s Drive Thru serves up surgery, hormones, and social/sexual bafflement in this cheerfully animated, bitterly true-to-life satire of the female-tomale (FTM) transgender experience.

Michael Rudnick
2003, color, 16mm, 4 min

“...a box of fire.”

Louise Bourque
2003, color, 35mm, 2 min

An unearthed time capsule buried in the backyard consists of footage of the filmmaker’s youthful self—an “exquisite corpse” with nature as collaborator.

Tyrone Davies
2004, color, mini-dv, 3 min

Created as a music video for the Chicago No-Wave-Indie-Afro-Funk outfit Mahjongg, Aluminum is a tongue-in-cheek look at global warfare and product placement. Found footage from newsreels, television shows, and even terrorist training videos blend together to create a frenzied satire of the marketing of war.

10:15 pm
Saturday, November 13
Roxie Cinema
$8/Film Arts members

Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles

2004, color, beta sp, 90 min,

Race is the Place is a performance documentary on America’s most explosive social issue. Poets, actors, comedians, and performance artists explore racism, its endless permutations, and continued survival. The film offers perspectives from Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders on the unspoken issues that separate Americans. Performances are set against a stunning mix of visual art and an archival record of America’s prejudices.

Michael Wilson

2003, color, mini-dv, 3 min

A visual parable about the rush and risks of taking to the skies, aerial elegy commemorates those who live perpetually in the dream of flight.

Amy Harrison

2004, color, mini-dv, 4 min, SF PREMIERE

Part Tarkovsky’s Stalker, part campfire ghost story, The Keep imagines a time when the only wilderness that remains is where the contamination keeps people away. One woman takes a chance, swims in a forbidden lake, and learns about those who have gone before her. [G]

Mahri Holt

2004, color, 16mm, 20 min

Norah is Listener #684448 in an oppressive regime where thought and emotion are regulated by “protocol.” She dutifully records the secrets and suppressed longings of the collective psyche, until a Talker reveals a plot of environmental subterfuge. Norah must betray the Resistance or join them....

Le Sheng Liu

2003, color, mini-dv, 2 min, SF PREMIERE

The U.S. government dedicates billions annually to fight illegal drugs even as legal drugs are abused by far more Americans. Using statistics and satire, Hypocrisy conveys the counterproductive nature of U.S. drug policy.

Kit Fox

2004, color, mini-dv, 7 min, WORLD PREMIERE

What begins as a leisurely discussion between three college students quickly evolves into a heated exploration of casual racism.

Robert O’Geen
2003, color, mini-dv, 8 min, WEST COAST PREMIERE

In this parody of the modern bombastic actionthriller, a yuppie couple enters a crosswalk after a
luxurious day of shopping, assuming nothing could ever happen to them. They are, of course, wrong.

James Sansing

2004, b/w, 16mm, 7 min, WORLD PREMIERE
James Sansing

2004, color, 16mm, 3 min, WORLD PREMIERE

Forsaken is an exploration of an abandoned juvenile hall; the animated Verses reveals the artifacts left behind. Shot over several years, both experimental films are haunting reminders of the psychological impact this institution had on its inhabitants.

Ken Paul Rosenthal
2004, color, dv cam, 6 min, WORLD PREMIERE

A pregnant woman imagines the loss of her unborn child, then embarks on an obsessive quest to reconnect with his elusive, fleeting spectre. Beautifully photographed using ray-o-gramming, processing in seawater and urine, chemical toning and reticulation, and mulching film in sand and seawater.

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Also Showing
Friday November 12

The Grateful Dead Movie

Upon its original release in 1977, The Grateful Dead Movie was justly hailed as one of the best concert films ever made. With the passage of more than a quarter of a century, the legend of this screen gem continues to grow. Shot over five nights by the top cinematographers of the time (including Albert Maysles) in October 1974, at San Francisco's Winterland Arena, the movie opens with an eye-popping, bone-shaking seven-minute animation sequence directed by acclaimed underground animation artist Gary Gutierrez. Lovingly restored from the original 35mm prints and presented in high definition digital format with state-of-the-art Dolby Stereo, this elaborate restoration project was this year’s hit at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Director: Jerry Garcia, Leon Gast. Producer: Eddie Washington. Cinematographers: Jonathan Else, Thomas D. Hurwitz, Kevin Keating, Don Lenzer, Stephen Lighthill, Albert Maysles, David Myers, Richard Paup, Robert Primes. Editors: Susan Crutcher, John Nutt, Lisa Fruchtman. Editorial Director: Jerry Garcia. 1976 132 mins. DV. Showtimes: 7:00 & 9:30

"The definitive Dead concert film" --Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle

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