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Friday, October 6 — Thursday, October 19

Live Nude Girls Unite!

The sex industry has long been criticized for its exploitation of women. What people rarely discuss, however, is the actual working conditions sex workers must endure. The ladies at the Lusty Lady, right here in San Francisco, had to face an increasingly hostile work environment–that is, until one woman was fired, and her co-workers decided to strike. Filmmaker and fellow Lusty Lady Julia Query, along with Vicky Funari, chronicles the struggle in which the AFL-CIO is sent in and before too long, it’s time for some good old-fashioned labor vs. management activism, complete with negotiations, lockouts, and arbitration. Query parallels the labor struggle with her own attempt to come out as a stripper to her mother, a longtime prostitutes-rights advocate. LIVE NUDE GIRLS shows the women employed at places like the Lusty Lady peep show as intelligent, articulate women who, despite what one may think about the sex biz, are entitled to the same protections and rights as any other employees. Directed by Julia Query and Vicky Funari. In Color. 16mm. 70 mins. 2000. USA. WEST COAST PREMIERE. ightly at 6:00, 8:00, 9:45; Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at 2:00 and 4:00.

Director Julia Query IN PERSON after the 6:00 show Saturday October 13 and 9:45 show Sunday, October 14!

"Strippers Unite"-- SF Chronicle
"Goes way behind the green door"--SF Bay Guardian
"Instructive"--SF Examiner
"An insider's look at the nitty-gritty of the workplace behind the sex show."--SF Chronicle
"Life In the Sexual Workplace"-- B.A.R.


Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15 and Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23.

12 :00 noon ONLY !

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE combines gripping video, with narration by SUSAN SARANDON and music by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, to tell the real story of what happened in the streets of Seattle during the 1999 WTO protests. With more cameras on the street than any other media organization, the Independent Media Center (IMC) coordinated hundreds of media activists and collected more than 300 hours of video footage during the WTO protests. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, a co-production of the IMC and Big Noise Films, weaves the footage of over 100 videographers into a gripping document of what really happened on Seattle's streets. The film cuts through the confusion and tear gas to paint an intimate, passionate portrait of a week that changed the world. With narration by SUSAN SARANDON and SPEARHEAD's MICHAEL FRANTI, and with a driving soundtrack including RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, DJ SHADOW, DJ MUSAKA, and COMPANY OF PROPHETS, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE is the first documentary to capture the raw energy of the WTO protests, while clarifying their global and historic significance. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE held its world premiere at the Seattle Art Museum on September 9th and 10th, selling out all four shows and playing to a standing room only crowd. The Independent Media Center provided a production infrastructure for over 450 media activists during the WTO protests in November 1999. With autonomous, volunteer-run media centers operating in four continents, ten countries and twenty-one cities, the IMC represents a new and powerful emerging model for independent media.

"DEMOCRACY's dire, in-the-trenches presentation is a pepper spray to your cynicism"--S.F. Examiner
"THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE is a truly ground-breaking accomplishment. With beautiful graphics, a passionate narrative, and stunning writing, it is a powerful embodiment of the spirit of the protests.' -Naomi Klein, Columnist and author of NO LOGO
"[THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE] conveys a vivid, you-are-there immediacy." -The Seattle Weekly
"A passionate, intense, and deeply moving account…As the winds of change blow ever stronger across this land, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE can be regarded as THE documentary account of the first great political democratic struggle of the 21st century" - Robert McChesney, Author RICH MEDIA, POOR DEMOCRACY

FOR MORE INFO LOG ONTO: This is Democracy

Friday, October 20 — Sunday, October 22

San Francisco Film Society presents

Dark Wave 2000

Three Days of Unhallowed Horror

From Japanese demonic dopplegangers to ancient cults bent on world destruction to the real-life terrors of low-budget filmmaking, no cobwebbed corner of international horror goes unexplored in Dark Wave, the San Francisco Film Society’s annual series of screen screams. Highlights of this year’s Dark Wave include GEMINI, the new film from TETSUO: THE IRON MAN director Shinya Tsukamoto, and DEMON LOVER DIARY, Joel DeMott’s phenomenal 1980 documentary on the making of a Z-grade horror movie. The complete schedule will be available at the Roxie and throughout the Bay Area around October 1. For complete film descriptions, advanced ticket purchases and viewing film clips, log onto Picture Talk. You can also phone the San Francisco Film Society at 415-561-FILM.


Friday, October 20
7:30 Demon Lover (90 min)
9:45 Blood (127 min.)

Saturday, October 21
2:00 Blood (127 min)
5:00 Possessed (99 min.)
7:30 Gemini (84 min.)
9:30 The Convent (84 min.)

Sunday, October 22
3:00 Demon Lover Diary (90 min.)
5:00 The Convent (84 min.)
7:15 Possessed (99 min.)
9:30 Dead of Night (88 min)

Regular admission: $8 general, $7 Film Society members, students, seniors and persons with disabilities. Dark Wave Pass: Good for all six films. $35 general, $30 Film Society members, students, seniors and persons with disabilities.

Monday & Tuesday, October 23 &24

42 UP

In 1964 acclaimed director Michael Apted interviewed 14 children for the film 7 UP. He has returned to those children every seventh year to chart their progress through life, creating the longest running real-life documentary ever made. 42 UP is the latest fascinating installment. Now, halfway through their lives, how close are they to realizing their dreams and ambitions? This enthralling film answers those questions and introduces some intriguing surprises and sheds invaluable light on the human condition–and British life as a whole–at the end of the twentieth century. Produced and directed by Michael Apted. Color. 35mm. 133 mins. 1999. Great Britain. Mon & Tues at 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:40.

Wednesday October 25 - Wednesday, November 1

Sound and Fury

Imagine: your child is born deaf, but a new miraculous operation can restore the baby’s hearing. So given the limited risk, you of course decide to undertake the procedure. Right? And therein lies the intriguing premise of this fascinating portrait of deaf families and culture.The battle over cochlear implants, a medical technology welcomed by some as a cure for deafness and reviled by others as a cruel procedure which will result in the end of American Sign Language and deaf culture, threatens to divide the deaf community and define the future of those who are hearing impaired. Two branches of the Artinian family, each headed by a brother, are at the center of a passionate and elucidating debate. The anguish of parents, grandparents, children and many others as they negotiate the often-emotional travails that color these issues and choices is vividly on display. One of the most talked about films at this year’s Sundance and San Francisco International Film Festivals, Sound and Fury is a profoundly moving experience. Visit the offical website at Sound & Fury.


  • "4 Stars! Without doubt, it's a great movie for all audiences!"
    -- S.F. Chronicle
  • "Powerfully, insightful, important and emotionally wrenching!"
    -- New York Times.
  • "Provacative...elegant and potent."-- SF Examiner
  • "This is an intensely riveting, eye- and ear-opening journey into the culture of the deaf."-- B.Ruby Rich, SF Bay Guardian
  • "Intimately focused as well as fair to all sides, this a powerful examination of a question that is nowhere as simple as it may seem at first." - Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times.
  • "As a moderately deaf person, there is no way I can calmly review this documentary: it made me very, very angry."-- N.Y. Post
  • "A fate worse than deaf?"-- N.Y. Post
  • "Intellectually provocative and emotionally involving without being exploitative. What is remarkable is the rapport the filmmakers achieved with their subjects."-Amy Taubin, Village Voice.
  • "Illuminating, infuriating and profoundly unsettling examination of the conflict over the cochlear implant, the device that can allow deaf people to hear. 3 1/2 Stars!"-- Newsday
  • "Fascinating…SOUND AND FURY is remarkably effective at getting up-close and personal with its subjects…serious issures receive intelligent consideration in a technically polished package. - Joe Leydon, Variety
  • "You haven't experienced the fury of a family fight until you've seen one take place almost entirely in sign language...the real revelation of "Sound and Fury" is how it introduces hearing people to a culture they insist on ignoring.-- N.Y. Daily News

Produced by Roger Weisberg. Directed by Josh Aronson. Color. 80 mins. 35mm. 1999. USA. WEST COAST THEATRICAL PREMEIRE. Nightly at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00; Sat, Sun, Wed matinees at 2:00 and 4:00.


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