Calendar

January – February 2015

Jan
23
Fri
Song One
January 23, 2015 - February 5, 2015

MV5BMjM4NDM5NDI1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDQ4NjE0MzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Captures a similar, unselfconscious beauty in the way music can make sense of big, ungainly emotions – as James puts it, “for three to five whole minutes.”

 -Sara Stewart, New York Post

For a while now, Franny has been in Morocco researching Bedouin tribes for her PhD in anthropology. The last time she spoke to her brother, Henry, they fought brutally over his decision to ditch college and become a musician. When a terrible accident puts Henry in a coma, Franny rushes home to New York. Desperately seeking clues to his recovery, she dips her toe into the Brooklyn music scene he inhabited, attending a concert by his singer/songwriter hero, James Forester. When James unexpectedly visits Henry’s hospital room, a spark kindles between Franny and this reticent stranger. In the vibrant coffeehouses and clubs they frequent, love and grief intermingle. Franny discovers a new appreciation for her family and the possibility of truly connecting with people, rather than living life solely as an observer.

The quiet chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn is palpable as they navigate disquietingly grave moments and savor transcendent ones. In Song One, subway troubadours, scratchy tracks on a gramophone, late-night guitar noodling, and gentle hospital serenades create an organic musical landscape that paves the way to each character’s gentle awakening.
— Sundance Institute

Jan
30
Fri
SF Sketchfest 2015: Salute to Preston Sturges: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” with guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer
January 30, 2015

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

Salute to Preston Sturges: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” with guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer

Chris_Michael_Harry_pressPreston Sturges (1898-1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker who was considered by many to be the father of the screwball comedy. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “The Great McGinty” and went on to write and direct comedy classics including “Sullivan’s Travels,” “The Lady Eve,” “The Palm Beach Story,” “Hail the Conquering Hero,” “Unfaithfully Yours,” and the film that will be screened at this salute, the uproarious 1944 film “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.” One of the highlights of Sturges’s work is his use of an unofficial ensemble ‘stock company’ of the greatest comedic character actors and actresses of the era. There is a parallel in the work of special guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, who are key members of a modern ‘company’ of performers who have created amazing ensemble comedies starting with “This Is Spinal Tap” and leading up through “Best In Show,” “Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” “Family Tree” and “A Mighty Wind.” They’ll present the film live in-person.  

$25 All Ages

Performers:

Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest directed and starred in “Waiting For Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration,” all of which he wrote with Eugene Levy. He also directed and starred in “This Is Spinal Tap,” which he wrote with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner. He received a Grammy Award for the soundtrack of “Best in Show” and an Emmy for “The Lily Tomlin Special.” Most recently, he co-created and directed HBO’s “Family Tree” with Jim Piddock.

Michael McKean

Recent New York theatre includes “The Band Wagon,” “All The Way,” “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” “King Lear,” “Our Town,” “Superior Donuts,” “The Homecoming,” “The Pajama Game,” “A Second Hand Memory,” “Hairspray.” He is the first million dollar Celebrity Jeopardy champion. Theatre World Award for Rupert Holmes’s Accomplice; Grammy for title song A Mighty Wind, written with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Oscar nomination for Best Song A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, written with Annette O’Toole.

Harry Shearer

Actor…author…director…comedian…musician…philosopher…political satirist…record-company owner…and one of the best “voices” in the business (just ask “The Simpsons”), Harry Shearer is a comic personality and modern day renaissance man.

For the past two decades he has enjoyed enormous success and planted the fruits of his talents in the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work for “The Simpsons,” where he plays a stable of characters: most notably Mr. Burns, Smithers, and insufferable neighbour Ned Flanders.

Suburban Gothic
January 30, 2015

Richard Bates Jr.’s sophomore feature is a droll horror-comedy driven by a talented cast’s riffing.

-Dennis Harvey, Variety

MV5BNDgwMDEwNzU2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjAzNTA5MzE@._V1__SX884_SY631_Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates.

MV5BMTU1MzUwMDAxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjEzNTA5MzE@._V1__SX884_SY631_But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.

Directed by Richard Bates Jr., 90min., 2014, U.S.A.

Suburban Gothic – Official Trailer from FilmBuff on Vimeo.

The Duke Of Burgundy
January 30, 2015 - February 5, 2015

“Visually ravishing, emotionally wise, and kinky as a coiled rope”

– The Hollywood Reporter.

“The Duke of Burgundy: filthy and fraught with genuine emotion”

– The guardian

Unknown-1Sex, bondage, and butterflies: two women explore the extremes of carnal desire in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession. In a crumbling European estate, butterfly researcher Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) repeatedly enact a sadomasochistic role-playing game, with Cynthia as the stern mistress and Evelyn her subservient sex slave.

Unknown-2But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and Cynthia grows increasingly uneasy with Evelyn’s insatiable appetite for punishment, their relationship is pushed to the limit. Dripping with dreamlike imagery, Gothic atmosphere, and a lush chamber pop score by Cat’s Eyes, this critically-acclaimed, darkly comic erotic fantasia is a seductive feast for the senses. 

Written & Directed by Peter Strickland. With Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eugenia Caruso & Monica Swinn. Not Rated.  106 mins.

Jan
31
Sat
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
January 31, 2015 - February 6, 2015

“A stylish and soulful film”  -Terence Johnson, Sundance Review

“The biggest honest-to-God discovery of 2014″

Andrew O’Hehir ,Salon.com

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is a wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story.

-David LewisSan Francisco Chronicle

850Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns’ most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.

13921-2-e1390414613917The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn- out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

Directed by ANA LILY AMIRPOUR, 2014 / 99 minutes / Color / in Farsi with English subtitles

Feb
1
Sun
Super Bowl: Men in Tights
February 1, 2015

PrintWell it’s soon time for SUPER BOWL FORTY-SOMETHING and as always, SF IndieFest is bringing you the funniest, non-footballest, most-factually-incorrect Super Bowl broadcast presentation out there: SUPER BOWL: MEN IN TIGHTS. Come on down to the Mission and pound your guts full of bloody marys, beers, and snacks as some of SF’s best comedians provide comedic color commentary for the game but leave the commercials untouched because they are Holy and Good.

With Hosts David Cairns & David Gborie 

Special Guest Commentators include:

Aparna Nancherla of FX’s TOTALLY BIASED

Keith Lowell Jensen of THE COEXIST? COMEDY TOUR

Kaeli Quick of ENDGAMES IMPROV

Trevor Hill of MISERY INDEX

George Chen of the CINECAVE

Andrew Holmgren of the FUNGEON

Feb
2
Mon
SF Sketchfest 2015: “Groundhog Day” on Groundhog Day: Film Screening and special Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowsky
February 2, 2015

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

“Groundhog Day” on Groundhog Day: Film Screening and special Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowsky

Original Cinema Quad Poster - Movie Film PostersWhat better way to celebrate a giant rodent seeing his shadow than a screening of the beloved Bill Murray deja vu comedy “Groundhog Day?” SF Sketchfest is thrilled to screen the film on the day itself, followed by a special Tobolowsky Files, the award-winning storytelling show and podcast by veteran character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (who stars in the film as the hilariously irritation Ned “BING!” Ryerson).

GD-bill-murrayDon’t miss your chance to relive this special film over and over again and listen to engaging yarns by a true master storyteller!

$20 All Ages

Performer:

Stephen Tobolowky

avatar-5.jpg.320x320pxStephen Tobolowsky is one of the leading character actors in film today. USA Today listed Stephen as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies. He has appeared over 200 movies and television shows. He is best known for playing Ned Ryerson in “Groundhog Day,” Sammy Jankis in “Memento,” Werner Brandes in “Sneakers,” Happy Chapman in “Garfield,” and Mr. Bates in “Freaky Friday.”

On television, he has played Tor Ekland on “Seinfeld,” Hugo Jarry on “Deadwood,” Bob Bishop on “Heroes,” and is currently seen as Sandy Ryerson on “Glee” and Stu Beggs on “Californication.” He wrote and performed “Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party” that premiered at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. He wrote “True Stories” with David Byrne and Beth Henley. He has written and performed his stories on the “The Tobolowsky Files” for Slashfilm.com and on iTunes. They are also broadcast weekly on KUOW in Seattle and on WFPL in Louisville. PRI (Public Radio International) is now producing broadcasts of his stories to air on stations across the country.

Feb
4
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #11
February 4, 2015

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s_SynesthesiaPosterThe Synesthesia Film Festival is a monthly one-night film festival that screens the best independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

This film festival is for filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, editors, and anyone who loves indie movies.

-Mingling with the filmmakers will start at 6:30pm in lobby.

-Film screenings begin at 7pm.

-Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant.

The Afterparty is an informal event where we can eat, drink, and just have fun talking about the screening.

At the end of the month the Film Festival panel will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Award at the following screening.

The winners of the Audience Choice Award will receive $100 in prize money.

www.synesthesiafilmfestival.com

info@synesthesiafilmfestival.com

Feb
5
Thu
FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS
February 5, 2015

198x137_Fifi_Howls_from_Happiness_4Update- More tickets have been released for purchase in advance. A limited amount will be available at the door 30 min. before showtime.

CO-PRESENTED BY DOCUNIGHT!

Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland—revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy.

198x137_Fifi_Howls_from_Happiness_3While the new Iranian government destroyed many of his works, Mohassess himself obliterated even more– in rage at man’s inhumanity to man, environmental destruction, and the futility of idealism. 

Ranging from tender to playful to haunting to grotesque, these unforgettable pieces were as mercurial as the man himself, a chain-smoking recluse with the mouth of a sailor and the soul of a poet, touched by a mischievous spark and as likely to lapse into a political rant as a burst of eccentric laughter.

198x137_Fifi_Howls_From_Happiness_5Determined to interview Mohassess, fine artist/filmmaker Farahani discovers him living alone in a hotel room in Rome and begins to craft the perfect final biography, in his own words and on his terms.  Along the way, the inimitable spirit of the man behind the image is laid bare—both painfully sensitive and crudely comical, “condemned to paint,” but unable to compel himself to leave anything behind as a legacy.

198x137_Director_of_Fifi_Howls_from_HappinessWhen a pair of artist brothers and ardent fans of Mohassess commission him for an ambitious project, the elderly man is inspired with a renewed sense of purpose and returns to painting after decades of dormancy.  A lasting tribute to an elusive artistic genius, Fifi Howls from Happiness affirms the power of creative freedom, the right of the artist to create and to destroy, and above all, to have no regrets.

Director: Mitra Farahani, 102min, 2013, Iran

Feb
6
Fri
SF Indie Fest: FLASH GORDON
February 6, 2015

Unknown-7With a remake in the works by Twentieth Century Fox, a presentation of this cheesiest of all cheesy sci fi flicks seems to be in order. Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow and Sam Jones are the stars, with a sound track by Queen. Flash Gordon, local football hero, finds himself on the planet Mongo battling Emperor Ming the Merciless to save the planet Earth from destruction. Catsuited temptresses, bad guys into S&M, horny robots, phallic space ships; what we have here is high camp in PVC hot pants.-JR

Directed by Mike Hodges | USA 1980 | 111 min