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Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6

The 21st Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema

The Film Arts Foundation Festival of Independent Cinema has previewed some of the most iconoclastic, ground-breaking work shown anywhere. Films screened there often go on to take top honors at festivals around the globe. The 21st Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema runs November 3-9 at the Kanbar Hall and the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco, at the Parkway in Oakland, and at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. The festival showcases the very best work from Northern California independent filmmakers as well as from Film Arts members across the country. The festival kicks off with a special sneak preview of San Francisco filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine's Ballets Russes, their gorgeous new film about the legendary Russian dance troupe that transformed 20th century ballet. The filmmakers and other special guests will be at the opening night gala at the beautiful Kanbar Theater (in the Jewish Community Center). For more info, log onto filmarts.org.

TICKETS PURCHASES
Buy Tickets Online. To purchase advance tickets by phone call 1-800-838-3006 or in person, come by the offices of Film Arts Foundation, (Tues-Fri 2pm-6pm) 145 Ninth St, San Francisco. To order your tickets by mail, print and fill out the Ticket Form PDF and send it to 145 Ninth Street, #101 San Francisco, CA 94103.
See the Calendar.
Watch the festival trailer here.
Watch the Ballets Russes trailer here.


Friday, November 4 - Thursday, November 10
Nightly at 7:00. Additional Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00

All proceeds to benefit
Louisiana Rebirth

MAKE IT FUNKY !

Hurricane Katrina has put a broader perspective on Michael Murphy's infectious "Make It Funky!," which salutes New Orleans as the cradle of popular music the world over. It's anchored to an April 2004 concert in Canal Street's landmark Saenger Theater that features such legends as Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Lloyd Price and on and on, plus guest artists Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards, who, in performing "I'm Ready" in tribute to Fats Domino, says of New Orleans musicians: "These guys made it possible for me to be talking to you." The Richards interview is one of many interspersed between performances that call attention to the rich sources of the Crescent City sounds — Africa, the Caribbean, Louisiana's Spanish and French colonial eras, Native Americans — that yielded jazz, the blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll. Indeed, Richards says he believes it was New Orleans that put "the roll in rock." Art Neville, the film's narrator and musical consultant, observes that for African Americans the history of music and the history of survival are really one, and Murphy, a New Orleans native, documents the city itself as he moves from Congo Square, the one place where slaves could keep their music and dances alive, to the neighborhood where Louis Armstrong was born and into the streets, witnessing a traditional New Orleans parade. He visits two major movers, Cosimo Matassa, co-founder in 1945 of J&M Studios, where Domino and Dave Bartholomew would change popular music forever, and Jim Russell, a radio promoter crucial in breaking down racial barriers and the proprietor of a store with the city's largest selection of original 45s and LPs of every New Orleans R&B artist — one can only wonder at the fate of such treasures. There's not a second in this film that isn't a reminder that New Orleans in its architecture, cuisine and multicultural diversity as well as in its music is a unique and major American center of culture. Murphy has made a film more valuable than he surely ever could have imagined. For much more info, log onto the Official Site. All proceeds to benefit Louisiana Rebirth. Directed by Michael Murphy. Not Rated. Running Time: 110 minutes. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00. Additional Saturday, Sunday matinees at 2:00


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, November 4 - Thursday, November 10
Nightly at 9:15. Additional Sat & Sun matinees at (4:45).

The Aristocrats

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends—who happen to be some of the biggest names in show business (George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey, Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser, Sarah Silverman, etc.)—to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine too extreme to be performed in public. One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, this star-studded comedy extravaganza is sure to stretch the limits of its audience—particularly how loud and long they can laugh! A film by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. With Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, David Brenner, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Tim Conway, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Richard Jeni, Penn Jillette, Paul Krassner, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Martin Mull, Trey Parker, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Bob Saget, Harry Shearer, Sarah Silverman, Bobby Slayton, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, David Steinberg, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone, Bruce Vilanch, Jonathan Wee, Fred Willard, Robin Williams, Steven Wright & more. Official Site. Not Rated (No one under 18 admitted). 2005. 35mm Run Time: 87 mins. Showtimes. Nightly at 9:15. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:45).


Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10
Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15. Additional Wed matinees at 2:00 & 4:30

Atom Egoyan's
where the truth lies

Vince Collins (Colin Firth) and Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) were the hottest showbiz act of the 1950s, but were ruined when a young woman was found dead in their suite. Fifteen years later, journalist Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman) convinces her publisher to offer Vince a million dollars for the untold story of that fateful night. She accidentally meets Lanny soon after and spends the night with him, only to find herself caught in a game of cat-and-mouse between them both. Based on the acclaimed novel by Rupert Holmes. Written and directed by Atom Egoyan. Official Site. Running time: 107 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15. Additional Wednesday matinees at 2:00 & 4:30.


Friday, November 11 - Thursday, November 17
Nightly at 7:00 & 8:45. Additional Sat, Sun & Wed matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.

Matters of Life And Death:
Recent Films by
Jay Rosenblatt

Jay Rosenblatt's short films are elegant mosaics combining educational movies from the 50s and 60s, newsreels, Hollywood clips, historical footage, home movies, and a rich trove of archival materials. Trained as a mental health therapist, the filmmaker worked for 10 years in Bay Area psychiatric hospitals. His films explore psychological states of fear, anxiety, and violent impulses. Co-presented with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the anchor of the program is the recently completed PHANTOM LIMB (28 min.) The death of the filmmaker's seven-year-old brother when he was nine remains a painful and haunting memory. His parents did not know how to cope with the loss of their child and the entire family experienced indescribable pain. The multiple award-winning PHANTOM LIMB, uses this personal story as a point of departure for a collection of personal reflections on grief and loss. Interspersed throughout are interviews with a cemetery owner, a phantom limb patient and an author of a book about evidence for life after death. PHANTOM LIMB reminds viewers that while grief is painful and isolating, it is a reminder to each of us that life is impermanent. With the birth of his daughter, Rosenblatt has created three diary films that humorously explore their relationship; I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER (10 min.), I LIKE IT A LOT (4 min.), and I’M CHARLIE CHAPLIN (8 min.). Other films in the program include: A PREGNANT MOMENT, FRIEND GOOD, PRAYER, WORM. and NINE LIVES: THE ENTERNAL MOMENT OF NOW. For much more info, log onto jayrosenblattfilms.com. Total running time: 85 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00 & 8:45. Additional Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.
FILMMAKER IN PERSON FRIDAY & SUNDAY NIGHTS!!

"He's a master... Rosenblatt can give you more in one minute than some filmmakers can give you in two hours... "Phantom Limb," a 28-minute tour de force." -- Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle.


Friday, November 11 & Sunday, November 13








From art-house classics to documentary films, from innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood: 3rd I is committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film. We showcase films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, the Maldives and the global South Asian Diaspora. 3rd I screens films once a month in San Francisco and this is our third annual Film Festival. Please visit www.thirdi.org for further information about us, or call (415) 835-4783. For information, call 415-835-4782 or e-mail info@thirdi.org. Buy Advanced tickets NOW! For complete film descriptions, click on the title links.

Friday, November 11
7:00 pm Local South Asian Short Films
9:00 pm Sunset Bollywood

Sunday, November 13
11:30 am Continuous Journey
1:30 pm Silent Waters (Khamosh Pani)
4:00 pm City of Photos
5:30 pm No More Tears, Sister: An Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal
7:30 pm Ganges: River to Heaven










Saturday, November 12 - Thursday, April 17

Undiscovered Gems

The New York Times, IndieWIRE, and Emerging Pictures team up to present indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems, a selection from indieWIRE’s list of the Top Undistributed Films. An online film publication that Variety calls a “must read” for the independent film community, indieWIRE compiles such a list annually, based on hundreds of screenings at festivals worldwide, and its Top Undistributed Films list has been an invaluable resource for acquisitions executives for the past seven years. This 4-day series is a rare opportunity to see a selection of some of the finest festival films from around the world and, we hope, help those still searching for distribution. For more info, check out Indiewire.


No Rest For The Brave
French director Alain Guiradie’s surreal feature is the metaphysical tale of a teenager who believes that the next time he falls asleep he will die. Determined to survive, the boy refuses to sleep, and as exhaustion sets in, the film embarks on a wild, hallucinatory ride in which reality and fantasy become obfuscated and intertwined. Not Rated, 1 hour 33 minutes. Showtimes: Saturday, 11/12 2:00. Also Thurs, 11/17 @ 8:45.


Dear Pillow
Bryan Poyser’s striking debut is a brave story of contemporary loneliness and obsession that has been compared by Variety to the works of Todd Solondz and Larry Clark. Wes, an awkward and frustrated teenager, forms an unlikely friendship with an older man, Dusty, who lives in the same apartment complex and who writes for a porn magazine called Dear Pillow. Grappling with themes of sexual alienation and isolation, Poyser’s film is at once unsettling and believable, earning him a well-deserved IFP Independent Spirit nomination. Producer/Editor: Jacob Vaughn. Writer/Director: Bryan Poyser (US 2004) 84 min. Showtimes: Sat, 11/12 @ 4:30 & Mon, 11/14 @ 7:00.


Awful Normal
When Karen and Celesta Davis were molested in 1978, little was being done about sexual abuse. Their parent’s inaction was not questioned as they continued to keep up a relationship with this ‘friend’ of the family. Twenty-five years later, the now-grown women continue to be haunted by the abuse and denial, and so embark on a journey to find their perpetrator. In this real-life documentation of confrontation and recovery, we follow Celesta and Karen as they face head-on their demons and their courage. Producer/Director: Celesta Davis (US 2004) 76 min. Showtimes: Sat 11/12 @7:00 & Thurs, 11/17 @ 8:45.


Liberia: An Uncivil War
This award-winning documentary from Jonathan Stack (co-director of The Farm: Angola, USA) takes viewers to the front lines of battle for Liberia, between oppressive leader Charles Taylor and a rebel group known as Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy. With interviews and sometimes brutal verite footage of the fighting, Stack and co-director James Brabazon offer a harrowing, inside report on an embattled country whose struggles have been ignored by the US government and overshadowed by the media’s spotlight on other parts of the world. Producers/Directors: James Brabazon, Jonathan Stack (US 2004) 99 min. Saturday, November 12 at 8:45 & Wed, 11/16 @ 4:30.




House of the Tiger King
David Flamholc’s stranger-than-fiction documentary follows British explorer Tahir Shah on a search for Paititi, the lost city of Incan gold. As the persistent Shah drags the film crew deep into the Peruvian jungle - battling river currents, torrential weather, fever, culture-clash and extortion - the project begins to unravel. Whether the expedition is successful soon becomes an afterthought, as Flamholc captures the essence of discovery in this hilarious and entertaining trek of soul-searching perseverance and will. Producer: Leon Flamholc. Writer/Director: David Flamholc (Sweden/UK 2005) 106 min. Monday, November 14 @ 8:45


Hotel
Stylish and ethereal, and set in the Austrian Alps, Hotel is the sinister second feature of Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner. Irene is the new receptionist who discovers that she replaced a girl who vanished mysteriously. When she questions the other employees they react with indifference and hostility, and she soon becomes convinced that she must escape her impending doom. IndieWIRE describes this eerie and menacing film as a must-see “minimalist tale from the Brothers Grimm.” Not Rated, 1 hour 25 minutes. Showtimes: Wed., 11/16 @ 2:00, Thurs, 11/17@ 7:00.


Speedo
Ed “Speedo” Jager is a king of the demolition derby circuit, a formidable figure in a rough-and-tumble sport, and through several seasons the film follows his collisions and confrontations on the track and off. While he is a success in his sport, his marriage is a different story. Director Jesse Moss’ skillful verité portrait immerses us in Speedo’s world, showing how the races have become his release valve, and dispelling the stereotypes and clichés his eccentric lifestyle might bring to mind. Not Rated, 1 hour 18 minutes. Showtimes: Wed, 11/16 @ 7:00.


Tuesday, November 15
Doors: 7:00pm Film: 8:00pm. $10 (1st-come, 1st-served, so come early).

Join THE PARTY PROGRESSIVE for a special premiere screening of:

Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price is the first documentary from Brave New Films, the new media company from Robert Greenwald, the award-winning producer of over 60 films, and the director of the 2004 guerilla documentaries, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, and Uncovered: The War on Iraq. The film takes viewers on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight goliath. Dozens of film crews on three continents bring to life the intensely personal stories of an assault on families and American values. Doors: 7:00pm. Film: 8:00pm. Admission: $10.00.
Drinks next door at Dalva (3121 16th St) following the film.

Learn more about the movie:

Watch the trailer

Check out "Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man" -- extended bonus scenes with former Wal-Mart manager Weldon Nicholson, discussing the company’s culture of fear and retaliation.


Friday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 23
Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15. Additional Sat, Sun & Wed matinees at (2:00) & 4:30.
NO SHOW Tues. 11/22 @ 7:00

Homecoming!
Quality Of Life

Quality of Life is coming home! See the award-winning indie film in the theater it was shot in: the cinema itself (including the Roxie marquee) is featured prominently in the film. Quality of Life tells the authentic and gripping story of two young graffiti writers who struggle to maintain their friendship and their lives after getting busted by the cops. Co-written by and co-starring former San Francisco graffiti writer Brian Burnam, the film sheds light on the hidden graffiti subculture and the people behind the writing on the walls. See the trailer. Most of the movie was shot within a few blocks of the Roxie Cinema, with numerous locations (including the powerful final scene) just a few steps away. The story itself is set in the surrounding Mission District, within the area's renowned graffiti subculture. This is the first time the film is playing on its home turf since it opened in theaters. Join us for this special hometown engagement at the Roxie! Check out the Web Site. Directed by Benjamin Morgan. Writtten by Brian Burnam, Benjamin Morgan. Produced by Benjamin Morgan, Meika Rouda, Brant Smith. Running time: 85 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00 & 9:15. Additional Saturday, Sunday & Wenesday matinees at 2:00 & 4:30. NO SHOW Tues. 11/22 @ 7:00

"Extraordinary"
- Berlin International Film Festival Jury (WINNER - Special Mention)
"A powerful and emotionally satisfying film" - San Francisco Chronicle
"Supreme acting and great music...captivating"
- Stockholm International Film Festival Jr. Jury (WINNER - Best Youth Film)
"Streetwise honesty...powerful" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Friday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 23
Nightly at 7:00. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00).

Matters of Life And Death:
Recent Films by
Jay Rosenblatt

Jay Rosenblatt's short films are elegant mosaics combining educational movies from the 50s and 60s, newsreels, Hollywood clips, historical footage, home movies, and a rich trove of archival materials. Trained as a mental health therapist, the filmmaker worked for 10 years in Bay Area psychiatric hospitals. His films explore psychological states of fear, anxiety, and violent impulses. Co-presented with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the anchor of the program is the recently completed PHANTOM LIMB (28 min.) The death of the filmmaker's seven-year-old brother when he was nine remains a painful and haunting memory. His parents did not know how to cope with the loss of their child and the entire family experienced indescribable pain. The multiple award-winning PHANTOM LIMB, uses this personal story as a point of departure for a collection of personal reflections on grief and loss. Interspersed throughout are interviews with a cemetery owner, a phantom limb patient and an author of a book about evidence for life after death. PHANTOM LIMB reminds viewers that while grief is painful and isolating, it is a reminder to each of us that life is impermanent. With the birth of his daughter, Rosenblatt has created three diary films that humorously explore their relationship; I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER (10 min.), I LIKE IT A LOT (4 min.), and I’M CHARLIE CHAPLIN (8 min.). Other films in the program include: A PREGNANT MOMENT, FRIEND GOOD, PRAYER, WORM. and NINE LIVES: THE ENTERNAL MOMENT OF NOW. For much more info, log onto jayrosenblattfilms.com. Total running time: 85 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00).
FILMMAKER IN PERSON SUNDAY, 11/20 after the 7:00 show!

"He's a master... Rosenblatt can give you more in one minute than some filmmakers can give you in two hours... "Phantom Limb," a 28-minute tour de force." -- Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle.


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 23
Nightly at 8:45. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:00).

The Aristocrats

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends—who happen to be some of the biggest names in show business (George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey, Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser, Sarah Silverman, etc.)—to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine too extreme to be performed in public. One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, this star-studded comedy extravaganza is sure to stretch the limits of its audience—particularly how loud and long they can laugh! A film by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. With Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, David Brenner, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Tim Conway, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Richard Jeni, Penn Jillette, Paul Krassner, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Martin Mull, Trey Parker, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Bob Saget, Harry Shearer, Sarah Silverman, Bobby Slayton, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, David Steinberg, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone, Bruce Vilanch, Jonathan Wee, Fred Willard, Robin Williams, Steven Wright & more. Official Site. Not Rated (No one under 18 admitted). 2005. 35mm Run Time: 87 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 8:45. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:00).


Thursday, November 24

Theater Closed.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Friday, November 25 - Thursday, December 1
Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:40. Additional Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.
Director IN PERSON after the Fri, 8:00 show!!

New York Doll




"Seminal glam-punk band the New York Dolls breathed life into the stagnating music scene of the 70s and inspired the punk revolution. But after just a few years, the band broke up and the members went their separate ways. Frontman David Johansen went on to some success with his alter-ego, Buster Poindexter. Guitarist Johnny Thunders died of a methadone overdose. But bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane's life took an even more unlikely turn. After disappearing from the music scene and bottoming out on alcohol, Kane became a born-again Mormon. Sundance Festival competitor NEW YORK DOLL is both a music film tracing the history and impact of the influential band as well as an intimate portrait of Kane in his post-Doll life working at the Mormon Family History Center in Los Angeles. Kane relates his struggles after the rock star life evaporated, his jealousy of Johansen¹s success, his relationship with the church, and his long-time dream of getting the band back together. His prayers are answered when Morrisey organizes a Dolls reunion for the Meltdown Festival in London. Kane gets his bass out of hock and the surviving members get together for the first time in 30 years for one last concert. NEW YORK DOLL is a touching portrait of Kane and a tribute to the legacy of the influential band."-- N.W. Film Forum. Check out the glamorous Official Web Site. Directed by Greg Whiteley. With Arthur Kane, Morrissey, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Barbara Kane, Iggy Pop, Mick Jones, Bob Geldoff, Chrissie Hynde, Don Letts, Steve Conte, Brian Koonin, Lee Black Childress, Frank Infante, Sirius Trixon, Bishop Bragg, Bishop MacGregor, Nina Antonia, Clem Burke, Sammy Yaffa. Running time: 75 mins. 2005. 35mm. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:40. Additional Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.

Director Greg Whiteley IN PERSON after the Friday 8:00 show!!








"Magic happens, as it sometimes does." -- Neva Chonin, SF Chronicle.
“As journeys go, this is one to treasure."
-- Kenneth Turan, LA Times.
“It rocks!” -- Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"Epick! This is a documentary, as in stranger than fiction. "
- Mark Nichol, SFGate
“Moving" -- Spin Magazine
“Pretty damn fabulous!” -- Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazaine
"A forgotten punk makes a Killer comeback"
-- Robert Wilonsky, SF Weekly
"Poignant and moving.... It’s a rock ’n’ roll fairy tale of sorts, with Morrissey serving as Kane’s unexpected fairy godfather." -- Nathan Rabin, The Onion


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, November 25 - Thursday, December 1
Nightly at 9:15. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:30).

Homecoming!
Quality Of Life

Quality of Life is coming home! See the award-winning indie film in the theater it was shot in: the cinema itself (including the Roxie marquee) is featured prominently in the film. Quality of Life tells the authentic and gripping story of two young graffiti writers who struggle to maintain their friendship and their lives after getting busted by the cops. Co-written by and co-starring former San Francisco graffiti writer Brian Burnam, the film sheds light on the hidden graffiti subculture and the people behind the writing on the walls. See the trailer. Most of the movie was shot within a few blocks of the Roxie Cinema, with numerous locations (including the powerful final scene) just a few steps away. The story itself is set in the surrounding Mission District, within the area's renowned graffiti subculture. This is the first time the film is playing on its home turf since it opened in theaters. Join us for this special hometown engagement at the Roxie! Check out the Web Site. Directed by Benjamin Morgan. Writtten by Brian Burnam, Benjamin Morgan. Produced by Benjamin Morgan, Meika Rouda, Brant Smith. Running time: 85 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 9:15. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:30).

Director Benjamin Morgan and actor and co-screenwriter Brian Burnam will be in attendance at both Friday and Saturday night shows, plus other special guests.

"Extraordinary"
- Berlin International Film Festival Jury (WINNER - Special Mention)
"A powerful and emotionally satisfying film" - San Francisco Chronicle
"Supreme acting and great music...captivating"
- Stockholm International Film Festival Jr. Jury (WINNER - Best Youth Film)
"Streetwise honesty...powerful" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 23
Nightly at 7:15. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00).

The Aristocrats

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends—who happen to be some of the biggest names in show business (George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey, Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser, Sarah Silverman, etc.)—to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine too extreme to be performed in public. One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, this star-studded comedy extravaganza is sure to stretch the limits of its audience—particularly how loud and long they can laugh! A film by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. With Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, David Brenner, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Tim Conway, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Richard Jeni, Penn Jillette, Paul Krassner, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Martin Mull, Trey Parker, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Bob Saget, Harry Shearer, Sarah Silverman, Bobby Slayton, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, David Steinberg, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone, Bruce Vilanch, Jonathan Wee, Fred Willard, Robin Williams, Steven Wright & more. Official Site. Not Rated (No one under 18 admitted). 2005. 35mm Run Time: 87 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:15. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00).


Friday, December 2 - Thursday, Decemeber 8
Nightly at 9:30. Additional Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at (4:00)

ALL DOLLED UP

In the early 70's, rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This feature length documentary captures the band during early performances in New York at Kenny's Castaways and Max's Kansas City, then follows the Dolls on their tour of the west coast, including footage from the Whisky A Go Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer's E Club and a big chunk of their show at the Matrix in San Francisco!. Intercut with revealing interviews, backstage banter and late night debauchery, this is THE definitive document of the New York Dolls. Song Include: Human Being, Bad Detective, Subway Train, Personality Crisis, Trash, Vietnamese Baby, Lookin For A Kiss, Jet Boy, Who Are The Mystery Girls, Private World, I'm A Hoochie Koochie Man, Great Big Kiss, Babylon, Frankenstein, Chatterbox, Pirate Love, Down Down Downtown, Pills. Running time: 95 mins. ADMISSION: $4.00 with the purchase of a full-priced ticket to NEW YORK DOLL (see below). Showtimes: Nightly at 9:30. Additional Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at (4:00).


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 2 - Thursday, December 8
Nightly at 6:15 & 8:00 Additional Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at (2:00).

New York Doll




"Seminal glam-punk band the New York Dolls breathed life into the stagnating music scene of the 70s and inspired the punk revolution. But after just a few years, the band broke up and the members went their separate ways. Frontman David Johansen went on to some success with his alter-ego, Buster Poindexter. Guitarist Johnny Thunders died of a methadone overdose. But bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane's life took an even more unlikely turn. After disappearing from the music scene and bottoming out on alcohol, Kane became a born-again Mormon. Sundance Festival competitor NEW YORK DOLL is both a music film tracing the history and impact of the influential band as well as an intimate portrait of Kane in his post-Doll life working at the Mormon Family History Center in Los Angeles. Kane relates his struggles after the rock star life evaporated, his jealousy of Johansen¹s success, his relationship with the church, and his long-time dream of getting the band back together. His prayers are answered when Morrisey organizes a Dolls reunion for the Meltdown Festival in London. Kane gets his bass out of hock and the surviving members get together for the first time in 30 years for one last concert. NEW YORK DOLL is a touching portrait of Kane and a tribute to the legacy of the influential band."-- N.W. Film Forum. Check out the glamorous Official Web Site. Directed by Greg Whiteley. With Arthur Kane, Morrissey, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Barbara Kane, Iggy Pop, Mick Jones, Bob Geldoff, Chrissie Hynde, Don Letts, Steve Conte, Brian Koonin, Lee Black Childress, Frank Infante, Sirius Trixon, Bishop Bragg, Bishop MacGregor, Nina Antonia, Clem Burke, Sammy Yaffa. Running time: 75 mins. 2005. 35mm. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:15 & 8:00 Additional Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at (2:00).








"Amazing" -- Jeffrey M. Anderson, SF Examiner.
"Magic happens, as it sometimes does." -- Neva Chonin, SF Chronicle.
“As journeys go, this is one to treasure."
-- Kenneth Turan, LA Times.
“It rocks!” -- Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"Epick! This is a documentary, as in stranger than fiction. "
- Mark Nichol, SFGate
“Moving" -- Spin Magazine
“Pretty damn fabulous!” -- Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazaine
"A forgotten punk makes a Killer comeback"
-- Robert Wilonsky, SF Weekly
"Poignant and moving.... It’s a rock ’n’ roll fairy tale of sorts, with Morrissey serving as Kane’s unexpected fairy godfather." -- Nathan Rabin, The Onion


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 2 - Friday, December 8
Nightly at 9:00. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:00).

Dorian Blues








Bright, charming - and closeted - Dorian finds himself at a crossroads. Harassed as a probable "fag" at high school and overlooked by his family (especially his overbearing, right-wing father), Dorian is ready for his getaway to New York City and college. But something uncontrollable stirs in him, and suddenly he's talking back to his father, making out with another guy for the first time, and admitting his gay feelings to his sports-star brother. Ricocheted this way and that by his inner voice, Dorian finds himself in one absurd and awkward situation after another, as he seeks enlightenment and happiness with the help of a cute therapist, a well-meaning priest, and a first boyfriend. Along the way, life rewards Dorian's haplessness with the chance to see that he can be as strong for others as he's had to be for himself.Dorian Blues Bardwell's ingenious screenplay embellishes familiar milestones with an exhilarating quirkiness and the intoxicating suggestion that each of us is eminently loveable, even at our most geeky. Boasting superb performances by a cast of relative newcomers (capped by Michael McMillian of TV's What I Like About You as Dorian), Dorian Blues heralds the arrival of an exciting new filmmaking talent. Showtimes: Nightly at 9:00. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (4:00).


ALSO SHOWING
Friday, December 2 - Friday, December 8
Nightly at 7:15. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00).

The Aristocrats

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends—who happen to be some of the biggest names in show business (George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey, Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser, Sarah Silverman, etc.)—to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine too extreme to be performed in public. One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, this star-studded comedy extravaganza is sure to stretch the limits of its audience—particularly how loud and long they can laugh! A film by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. With Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, David Brenner, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Tim Conway, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Richard Jeni, Penn Jillette, Paul Krassner, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Martin Mull, Trey Parker, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Bob Saget, Harry Shearer, Sarah Silverman, Bobby Slayton, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, David Steinberg, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone, Bruce Vilanch, Jonathan Wee, Fred Willard, Robin Williams, Steven Wright & more. Official Site. Not Rated (No one under 18 admitted). 2005. 35mm Run Time: 87 mins. Showtimes: Nightly at 7:15. Additional Saturday & Sunday matinees at (2:00).


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