August – September 2015
With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon’s perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life.
Directed by Stevan Riley, 95min, 2015, USA
WE COME AS FRIENDS is a modern odyssey – a dizzying, almost science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old “civilizing” ideology re-emerges – one of colonialism and a clash of empires – with new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. Academy Award®-nominated director of Darwin’s Nightmare, Hubert Sauper, takes us on a voyage in his tiny, self-made aircraft constructed from tin and canvas, leading us into the most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary. Winner at Berlinale and Sundance Film Festivals.
Directed by Hubert Sauper. France/Austria. 2014. 110 min. English, Chinese and Arabic with English subtitles.
Friday, August 28 – Thursday September 3!
Skype Q&A with Joe Swanberg after the Fri, 8/28 7pm show moderated by Mike Keegan!
Young married couple Tim and Lee have planted the seeds of a family in their East L.A. duplex. Three years after the birth of their son, they’re still adjusting to the joy and pain of life with kid, navigating potty talk at the dinner table, disagreeing over preschools, and putting off doing their taxes. For a change of pace, they decide to house-sit for one of Lee’s Westside yoga clients. Once there, Tim discovers something suspicious in the yard that gets the wheels in his head turning, and Lee, worried that he will become obsessed with digging deeper, decides to drop their toddler off with her mother for a much-needed night out on the town. Sans-wife, Tim invites his buddies over, and a “boys-will-be-boys” scenario ensues, full of drinking, awkward joint-passing, and perhaps getting a bit too close to a girl who isn’t the mother of his child.
Under Swanberg’s direction, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jake Johnson deliver dead-on portrayals of parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown that will ring true to anyone who has ever juggled parenthood with keeping a marriage exciting. — Sundance Film Festival. Directed & Edited by Joe Swanberg. Written by Jake Johnson & Joe Swanberg. With Chris Messina, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia, Sam Rockwell, Orlando Bloom, , Sam Elliott, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey. 2015. 85 mins.
LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian’s crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore.
Directed by Bill Pohlad, 121min, 2015, USA
The Roxie honors Wes Craven..
In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?
Directed by Wes Craven. 1984. 91 min. DCP.
LOVE AND HATE NEED NO SUBTITLES
“The Tribe” feels like something unmistakably, radically new. – Variety
Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. The Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.
Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a new student at the boarding school, realizes immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang’s leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, Sergey’s new-found clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery and prostitution. At first assimilating seamlessly into his new role in the tribe, he finds himself compromised as he begins to fall in love with his female classmate—and one of the gang’s escorts—triggering a sequence of stunningly diabolical events. Written & directed Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Director of Photography: Valentyn Vasyanovych. With Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Alexander Osadchiy, Ivan Tishko & Alexander Sidelnikov. Ukraine. Not Rated. In Ukrainian Sign Language, NO SUBTITLES!. 132 mins.
"Brutal ‘Tribe’ fulfills lead actress’ dream" - Pam Grady, SF Chronicle
Skype conversation between Jason Schwartzman & his cousin Christopher Coppola (live on the Roxie stage)
Larry (Jason Schwartzman) drifts through life, from one menial position to the next, without much thought for the future. Often drunk, solitary and unmoored, his closest companion is his French bulldog. He has one living relative, his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis), and only one friend, Major Norwood (Tunde Adebimpe), a ladies man who scores on their nights out while Larry goes home alone. Not much fazes Larry, so he is gob-smacked to realize that he actually likes his new job at an oil-change place and not just because his new boss, Lupe (Eleanore Pienta), is so pretty. Stephen Root, Jonathan Togo, and filmmaker Alex Ross Perry are among the supporting ensemble in Bob Byington’s low-key, existential comedy that also gently satirizes the workplace, whether it’s the Buca di Beppo where Larry briefly toils, the Quick Lube or the assisted-living facility that Grandma calls home. Despite playing a character who is self-absorbed and sometimes obnoxious, Schwartzman imbues Larry with amiability and charm. Particularly affecting are the scenes he shares with his actual pet, Arrow, amusing vignettes that underscore both Larry’s warm heart and the essential isolation of a man more comfortable in the company of a dog than with other humans. The scenes also mark Schwartzman as a good sport as he graciously plays second banana to his scene-stealing pooch. —Pam Grady
Directed by Bob Byington, 75min, 2015, USA
World Premier sponsored by the San Francisco Road Runners Club
Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. Also known as the Rarámuri, or Running People, they are some of the best long-distance runners in the world.
Caballo Blanco was an enigmatic visionary who lived and ran with the Tarahumara after moving to remote Copper Canyon in the 1990s, and who created the fifty-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability. Now in its thirteenth year, the race attracts hundreds of local Tarahumara to the village of Urique to compete alongside some of the best runners in the world. All race finishers receive five hundred pounds of corn, which the international runners traditionally donate to the local Tarahumara, commemorating the spirit of sharing, or “kórima,” which is a way of life among the natives of Copper Canyon.
The documentary is directed by Sterling Noren, a filmmaker from Seattle who met Micah True in 2009. Most of the material for the film was recorded in the weeks leading up to the 2012 race. Shortly after that race, Micah True disappeared in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico during his daily run, prompting ultra-runners from all over the country to drop everything and join in the search. His body was recovered several days later, found on a trail in a deserted canyon by some of his friends.
Directed by Sterling Noren, 92min, 2015, USA
Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door the night of the show
Open Show San Francisco is excited to announce its collaboration with their friends at Storehouse to bring you their annual Smart Phone Stories presentation. A handful of Bay Area photographers will display and discuss their work shot exclusively with mobile devices.
More artists are using mobile platforms every day to tell stories with their images and share them immediately with friends and fans around the world. That’s why Open Show has teamed up with the crew at Storehouse, a powerful app that lets users upload, organize, and curate photos, videos, and text on the go.
Snacks and wine will be available, and the presenters will be on hand to discuss their work and process.
In the 80s, “alternative” in Alt Rock actually meant something. The alternative to pop music, to R&B, to classic rock. Some of the bands that started out on the college radio circuit became huge pop stars, like U2, REM and The Police. Others built giant cult followings like the Violent Femmes, The Replacements, Madness and the Pixies. This month IndieFest celebrates 80s Alt Rock with a play list of some of the hit music videos of 120 Minutes and other fringe music programming of the years between punk and grunge. We know you know all the words, but just in case, we’ll have the lyrics on screen for you to sing a long to.