Calendar

September – October 2014

Sep
19
Fri
MEMPHIS
September 19, 2014 - September 25, 2014

 

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Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2014

A strange singer with “god given talent” drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-cum-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.

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807It is legend in Memphis that a blessed and cursed singer by the name of O.V. Wright fell from grace and was buried in an unmarked grave. I learned of his myth around the same time I was brought to Peace Baptist Church, and witnessed a deep spirituality as ancient as the oak trees that dress every street in the city. A true believer in ghost stories and a scholar of African American studies, I was drawn to tell my own folk tale, and there was only one place on my mind. Our film captures the descent of a troubled singer as he drifts through an urban landscape looking to save his very soul. We surrounded ourselves with real Memphians and made a film that hopes to project a cool, beautiful world – as old as dirt and yet entirely new, and deserved of the title MEMPHIS.

 
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Written and Directed by Tim Sutton.

Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson Music by Willis Earl Beal. Digital. USA  79 mins.

Official Site is Here.

 

Sep
20
Sat
Microbirth
September 20, 2014

San Francisco Premiere Screening  - September 20 only!!

NEW DOCUMENTARY “MICROBIRTH” REVEALS THE MICROSCOPIC SECRETS OF CHILDBIRTH

Join the San Francisco Doula Group for the Premier Screening of MICROBIRTH, followed by a discussion by a panel of birth experts.

September 20th, 2014, 4:30-6:30pm, $12 in advance/$15 door price

The way we give birth has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Some leading scientists are warning that these changes could have serious repercussions for the lifelong health of our children.

MicroBirth_Poster_PORTRAIT_A4Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, “Microbirth” examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life. Recent population studies have shown babies born by Caesarean Section have approximately a 20% increased risk of developing asthma, 20% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a similar risk with obesity and slightly smaller increases with gastro-intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or coeliac disease. These conditions are all linked to the immune system. “Microbirth” explores several possible explanations. If a baby is born by Caesarean Section, scientists hypothesise this could alter the “seeding” of the baby’s microbiome, the critical transfer of good bacteria from mother to baby at birth. Scientists suggest this could lead to the baby’s immune system not developing to its full potential. Another hypothesis is the actual process of vaginal birth, including the cocktail of hormones produced during labour, could profoundly affect the baby’s immune regulation and metabolism. Dr Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, says, “Over the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen dramatic increases in childhood asthma, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, childhood obesity. We’ve also seen increases in Caesarean delivery. Does Caesarean cause these conditions? No. What Caesarean does is not allow the baby to be seeded with the microbes. The immune system doesn’t mature. And the metabolism changes. It’s the immune dysfunction and the changes in metabolism that we now know contribute to those diseases and conditions.” Dr Matthew Hyde, Research Associate of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London says, ”We are increasingly seeing a world out there with what is really a public health time-bomb waiting to go off. And the research we are doing suggests it is only going to get worse, generation on generation. So tomorrow’s generation really is on the edge of the precipice unless we can begin to do something about it.”

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The film’s co-director Alex Wakeford says, “The World Health Organization has stated non- communicable disease has reached epidemic levels. Leading economists have predicted that, by the year 2030, the cost of treating this epidemic could bankrupt global healthcare systems. Governments are extremely concerned about the repercussions of antibiotic resistance and the effect this level of disease could have upon social and economic stability on a global scale. What is not even on their agenda, however, is the possible effect of mode of birth.” The film’s co-director Toni Harman adds, “Caesarean Sections are often essential and can be life-saving. A few leading individuals have been raising the alarm and building up a picture of potential long-term outcomes for some time. Over the last couple of years, more and more people have joined this debate and the weight of this emerging research is painting a very worrying picture in terms of future health across populations. The film raises awareness of the potential importance of “seeding” the microbiome for all babies, whether born naturally or by C-section. This is an issue not just for parents and health professionals, but also for all our world leaders. For surely now is the time for childbirth to be the focus of serious, urgent attention at the highest level?”

Produced and directed by British filmmaking couple, Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford.
Their previous film “Freedom For Birth” premiered in over 1,100 public screenings in
50 countries in 2012. Microbirth runs 70 minutes.

Official Site is Here.

Sep
24
Wed
DOCUNIGHT #8: Be Like Others
September 24, 2014
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More than 20 years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa to make sex change permissible for “diagnosed transsexuals”.  “Be Like Others” is an intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran through the eyes of young men choosing to undergo sex change surgery, Be Like Others explores the implications and sacrifices of those living on the fringes of an Islamic society.
Tanaz Eshaghian was born in Iran in 1974 and emigrated to the United States shortly after the 1979 revolution.  After making “I Call Myself Persian” (2002) and “Love Iranian-American Style” (2006), Eshaghian returned to Iran for the first time in 25 years for her début feature-length film “Be Like Others,” a provocative look at men in Iran choosing to undergo sex change surgery.
Unknown-1“Be Like Others” premiered at the  2008 Sundance film festival and went on to win the Teddy special jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival as well as the ELSE Siegessaule Reader’s Choice Award and was nominated for and Emmy award. It has been invited to over 30 film festivals worldwide and had its US television premiere on HBO in June 2009.
 In 2011 she finished “Love Crimes of Kabul”, a documentary shot inside a women’s prison in Kabul Afghanistan focusing on “moral crimes” for HBO.

Directed by: Tanaz Eshaghian, 2008 / 74 mins

 

Oct
2
Thu
NAS: Time is Illmatic
October 2, 2014

Nas-Time-is-Illmatic-official-poster-lowWritten by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, the film follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, “Illmatic” – widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop.

Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20. Featuring interviews with his ‘Illmatic’ producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC is a thrilling account of Nas’s evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.

Director: One9, 74 mins., 2014, U.S.A.

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Oct
5
Sun
Pirate Night: FISHING WITHOUT NETS
October 5, 2014

unnamedThe subject of Somali pirates still strikes fear in the hearts of us Westerners, for it’s all a landscape that’s totally different than anything we could possibly know about. Shot in East Africa using first-time Somali actors, Fishing Without Nets ls the mesmerizing, sobering story of the region’s bandits from the Somali point-of-view. In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Here (in Sundance 2014′s winner for the Directing Award, U.S. Dramatic), debut feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action thriller with the intimate, textured qualities of an arthouse film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.

Dir: Cutter Hodierne – 2014 – 110 mins

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FISHING WITHOUT NETS – TEASER (feature) from mynameisCutter.com on Vimeo.

Pirate Night: Last Hijack
October 5, 2014

* Berlin Film Festival 2014 * * New York Film Festival 2014 * * South By Southwest 2014 *

last hijack2Last Highjack directed by Tommy Pallotta (animator and collaborator of Richard Linklater on “A Scanner Darkly” and “Waking Life”) tells the true tale of survival in Somalia from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling, the film takes an innovative hybrid approach to explore how one Somali pirate – Mohamed – came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animatedre-enactments exploring Mohamed’s memories, dreams and fears from his point of view  are juxtaposed with raw footage from his everyday life in an original non-fiction narrative. Dir: Tommy Palotta. 2014. 83 min.

Dir: Tommy Palotta – 2014 – 83 mins

 

Oct
9
Thu
21 YEARS: RICHARD LINKLATER
October 9, 2014 - October 10, 2014

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Drawing on the concept that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist, this feature-length doc explores Linklater’s career from the trailblazing, Gen-X-On-Parade, SLACKER to his time-elapsing, box-office bonanza, BOYHOOD.  Made by Paste Magazine’s Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, the film offers blunt, unvarnished perspectives on his collaborative method, motivation, and directorial style from the likes of Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Kevin Smith, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey,  Zac Efron,  Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy,  Jay Duplass and others, opining between an abundant treasure trove of undeniably entertaining clips.   USA.  2014.  78 mins.

Oct
17
Fri
HARMONTOWN
October 17, 2014 - October 23, 2014

“entertaining and fairly insightful.”  -Variety

A documentary that follows Dan Harmon on tour for his podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012.

★SPECIAL EVENT★ HARMONTOWN + LIVE PODCAST — Thursday, Oct. 23 7:00pm

Film & Dan Harmon & gang IN PERSON for LIVE recording of The Harmontown Podcast!

Admission = $20 in advance / $25 @ the door

 

laurelhugThe film includes appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale.

Harmontown is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating, Harmon said. It’s more than a documentary. It’s your chance to figure out what’s wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit.

Harmon is planning to start another podcast tour in concert with the film’s theatrical release.

In May, NBC cancelled “Community” after five seasons. However, the show was recently saved by Yahoo Screen, which will release a sixth season of the cult favorite.

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Director: Neil Berkeley, 101min. U.S.A. 2014

Official Site is Here.

Oct
23
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS #4 : IDOL IS DEAD
October 23, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.The 1st title is “IDOL IS DEAD”, musical horror comedy stared by real Japanese idol group, BiS.

 

Iimgresn Japan, beautiful pop pin-up Idols rule the music scene. Frustrated in her dreams of being a star in Tokyo, Rui ended up a hostess in a provincial bar. When her former rival Momoko returns home a successful Idol singer, Rui flips out and kills her and the rest of her pop group. In order to hide the crime, she and her friends take the dead girls’ place, creating BiS (Brand-new Idol Society). But when a mad scientist reanimates Momoko as a half-robot half zombie, she retaliates on the new starlets and their fans. A strikingly original part-horror, part-comedy, part-music-video starring one of Japan’s freshest pop sensations. (in Japanese with English subtitles) 

 

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Once, Rui has aimed at a singer. However, now, she was frustrated and was doing the hostess’s work in the country. When Rui goes home together with a friend’s Tsunko, She met Momoko, the rival at the time of her having aimed as a singer. Momoko became an idol singer and was successful. On the grounds that Momoko has ridiculed Rui, Rui killed two friends, her and her. In order that Rui may escape a crime, She formed the idol group together with Tsunko pretending to be Momoko and others.

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Director/Screenwriter : Yukihiro Kato, JAPAN, 2012, 63min. 

Casts : BiS (Brand New Idol Society)

 

 

Oct
26
Sun
PURGATORIO
October 26, 2014

Filmmaker RODRIGO REYES IN PERSON for Q&A after the screening!

“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier”  –Andrew Barker, VARIETY 

“This haunting, beautifully photographed documentary presents the human side of its incendiary topic” –Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“An elegiac and cinematically shot poem filled with emotional narration and iconography” –Christine Davila, IndieWIRE

•Jury Award for Best Documentary, NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL •Jury Award for Best Documentary, THIS HUMAN WORLD •Jury Award for Best Documentary, SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL •Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary, ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

UnknownRodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camera-stylo, Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.

Unknown-2PURGATORIO was shot in the fall of 2011 over 4 weeks with a crew of three, on a documentary-making road trip in a dilapidated Ford Van, meandering through back roads and highways from Tijuana to Big Bend National Park. It was a trip full of unforgettable anecdotes:The production vehicle became stranded in the desert dunes of Yuma, forcing the crew to hike several miles deep with temperatures over 100 degrees and hoisting all their gear, just so that they could capture the perfect shot of the border fence rising from the sand like a mythical beast.

UnknownNearly a week went by in Ciudad Juárez under a strange streak of luck: no murders were happening. Dumbfounded police officers and journalists swore that crime would soon pick up, as news media reported on the extreme rarity of so many days without violent crime. Lashing the camera and tripod to a 12 foot plastic canoe, filmmakers camped out in the canyons that run alongside the Rio Grande River, dividing Mexico from the US, capturing stark images of epic proportions. These are just a few of the many misadventures that the filmmakers encountered as they made their way along the border. The spirit of this journey has seeped into the film itself, and is one of the reasons why PURGATORIO is so unique.

Purgatorio – Official Trailer from RR Cinema on Vimeo.

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A film by Rodrigo Reyes, 80 minutes, 2013, Mexico