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Can he lift California out of it's economic doldrums? It is hard to imagine Arnold is bench pressing what he was when George Butler followed him from Gold's Gym in Brooklyn to the showdown in Pretoria, as amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion now Gubernatorial contender Mr. Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion. Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Power lifting and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream. Directed by George Butler. 85mins., 35mm, 1977, USA. All profits will be donated in the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Hunter's Point Community Youth Park. Showtimes: Nightly at 6, 8 & 10. Additional Wed., Sat & Sun. matinee shows at 2:00 & 4:00.
Southlander is a darkly comic journey through today's music scene in Los Angeles, the only city where you can take a road trip without ever getting out of town. This music-driven send-up cruises both LA's underbelly and its over-the-top outer limits. It features a talented, eclectic cast and an original soundtrack highlighted by on-screen performances by international indie-rock icons Beck and Beth Orton.
Chance (Rory Cochrane, CSI Miami; Love and a .45), a talented but unknown musician, finds his ticket to fame, fortune and romance with the help of a unique keyboard synthesizer. The otherworldly sound of the coveted ’69 Moletron gets him both the gig and the girl (Beth Orton in her first film role). But the Moletron is stolen - and with it, Chance's big break - so he desperately tries to track it down through The Southlander, a weekly buy/sell classified rag.For more info, log onto
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Electricity is Everything -- Especially when you don't have it... Blackouts & Brownouts are all the rage in Italy, England and the US and Power Trip is a fascinating portrayal of electricity in crisis: The chaotic transition from communism to capitalism is magnified when American power company AES attempts to regulate electricity in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. This is documentary as black comedy as the idealistic executives gamely attempt to lay a modern framework over ancient systems. They are faced not only with tangled nests of hazardous cables but with the snarled web of dishonest politicians, commercial and residential customers, and employees. The Georgian people live their lives with constant blackouts and now are being told they must pay for the power that was always free. The people, businesses and government all steal electricity and cleverly create new forms of power piracy to counteract the systems the Americans install. The clash between large multinational company and small, impoverished nation becomes increasingly absurd. AES employees gleefully recount unorthodox and dangerous methods of persuading their negligent commercial customers into paying. Smoke saturates a board meeting in blatant contradiction to a large No Smoking sign posted in the room. Protests, assassinations and pervasive corruption all contribute to an atmosphere of lawlessness and disorder in the capital city of Tbilisi contrasted with the serene beauty of the Caucasus Mountains. The story of one utility engagingly illuminates the state of a nation in upheaval. For much more, log onto Powertripthemovie.com USA, Republic of Georgia 2003. Directed by by Paul Devlin. In English and Georgian with English subtitles. 85 mins., 35mm, COLOR. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00) and 4:00
Lemora, Lady Dracula
Curious and eerie lesbo-vampire fairy tale. Cheryl 'Rainbeaux' Smith (allegedly the one-woman model for all 3 original Charlie's Angels) plays Lila, a comely child-woman drawn on a night trek into a Transylvanian redneck world of beast-pilgrims, classic witches, and dark-eyed women. A great ending and Smith's Quaaluded presence makes LEMORA some distant cousin to CARNIVAL OF SOULS. 1973, 16mm. Directed by Richard Blackburn.
1971, 35mm. D: Daniel Mann. Not to be confused with the Crispin Glover remake, the original WILLARD is...original. The first smash-hit 'boy and his rat' film, WILLARD cross-dresses a dopey Lassie story with mind-reading vermin and the results are Whitesploitation-weird. In the lead role as a momma-swaddled nebbish on his way to hell, Bruce Davison is like an 'It girl' for 60s Chaos (call it Geek Shriek). Performing Willard's boss (marked 'rat food'), Ernest Borgnine's fat juicy mug projected large is...why you should come!
Shooting on location in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, and at checkpoints in-between, Assad (FordTransit, The Fourteenth Chick) sees the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman, who with only ten hours to marry must negotiate her way around roadblocks, soldiers, stonethrowers, overworked officials ... and into the heart of an elusive lover. According to Assad: "When the abnormalities of barriers and occupation become an everyday reality, normal things like love and marriage turn into fiction. This is life in Palestine right now. I wanted to challenge it through cinema." Winner of the Best Actress award at the 2002 Marrakesh International Film Festival (for Clara Khoury's affecting performance), Rana's Wedding premiered during the 2002 International Critic's Week at Cannes and has been a festival favorite in Palm Springs, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, and London. Palestine, 2003. For more, log onto Arab Film Distribution. In Arabic with English subtitles. 90 mins., 35mm, COLOR. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00) and 4:00
"A bittersweet film that tells the story of Palestinian life as eloquently as anything ever done... a film that deserves the acclaim it got previously at Cannes and other international film festivals." S.F. Chronicle
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