Calendar

October – November 2014

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

Co-Presented by SF Sketchfest

**ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 12:00PM WE ARE RELEASING 30 MORE TICKETS TO  THE LIVE PODCAST + SCREENING ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23**

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

Watch the film & see Dan Harmon & gang IN PERSON for a LIVE recording of The Harmontown Podcast!

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

laurelhug“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.”  -Dan Harmon

Featuring an irreverent and sadistically honest social commentary on all things personal and pop-culture, the Harmontown podcast began in 2012 as a way for creator Dan Harmon to connect with fans through an unfiltered medium where no subject was off limits. The podcast quickly grew in popularity, gaining a cult following with nearly a hundred thousand devoted listeners downloading each week’s episode. After parting ways with NBC’s “Community,” a show he created, Dan set out to take his podcast on a tour across the country. Accompanied by comptroller Jeff B. Davis (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”), his girlfriend (cum fiancé) Erin McGathy (“This Feels Terrible” podcast), and gaming enthusiast Spencer Crittenden (the Apple store in Moorpark), Dan and company traveled 9,500 miles in 23 days, performing 20 live shows. Filmmaker Neil Berkeley followed the intrepid group for the duration of the journey, capturing not just the public shows themselves, but the private moments of self-doubt and struggle in between. Written, produced and directed by Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing). With Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Steve Agee, Alison Brie and Rob Schrab. Digital. 2014. 120 mins.

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

Official Site is Here.

Oct
19
Sun
NAS: Time is Illmatic
October 19, 2014 - November 7, 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
22
Wed
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
October 22, 2014

UnknownThe subjects of the film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers.

They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But BEFORE is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie –whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.

Denni is a gentle-hearted widower in his 70s whUnknown-1o begins exploring his sexual identity and fondness for dressing in women’s clothing under the name “Dee.”

Ty is an impassioned LGBT activist who hears nothing but wedding bells once gay marriage passes in New York. Robert “The Mouth” is a feisty bar owner who presses on when his neighborhood institution comes under threat. Born before the Civil Rights era, these men have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes, from the Stonewall Riots and gay liberation, to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and Queer Nation, to gay marriage and Lady Gaga, and have lived to become part of an unprecedented “out” elder generation. Before focuses on the lives of these three gay seniors, but reminds us that while LGBT elders face a specific set of issues, aging and its challenges are universal. Unknown-2An affirmation of life and human resilience told with a refreshing humor and candor, Before confirms that you are never too old to reshape society.

 

Documentary, 110 mins., Directed by PJ Raval, 2013, U.S.A.

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT theatrical trailer from OUTsider Festival on Vimeo.

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

Oct
27
Mon
PARTICLE FEVER
October 27, 2014

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Particle Fever follows the inside story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, documenting the successes and setbacks in the planet’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough.

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.

For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

Particle%20Fever_02_Monica%20Dunford%20emerges%20from%20ATLAS_Photo%20Courtesy%20of%20PF%20ProductionsAs they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, from the inspiration and initiative of producer David Kaplan and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

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A documentary film by Mark Levinson and David Kaplan,  99min., 2013, U.S.A.


Oct
29
Wed
Docunight #9: Park Mark / “Mory” Wants A Wife
October 29, 2014

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‘Park Mark’ follows the life of a man during one night, roaming the streets of Tehran, stealing from charity boxes that are installed all over town. This story takes place after he is back from the US where he had committed two murders for which he served considerable jail time.

2010 / 42 mins
Directed by Baktash Abtin

Mory Wants A Wife

“Mory” Wants A Wife is about a man named Morteza, AKA Mori. The film documents Mori’s struggles with the issues of living in poverty and with his utter sexual frustration as a single man living in Iran.

2009 / 42 mins
Directed by Baktash Abtin

About the Director…

Baktash Abtin (b. 1974) is an Iranian screenwriter and film director. As a secondary school graduate he quickly published three books of poetry and then began experimenting with the film medium: he wrote scripts and featured in television productions.

Nov
6
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
November 6, 2014

FREE TO ALL!!

RegardingSusanSontagREGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.” PhotosInGlass-1024x682REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world. REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG has been made in partnership with HBO Documentary Films and will be broadcast Fall 2014.

Directed by Nancy D. Kates, 100 Minutes, U.S.A., 2014

Nov
9
Sun
21 YEARS: RICHARD LINKLATER
November 9, 2014 - November 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.

Nov
11
Tue
NIPPON NIGHTS #5 : SAVE THE CLUB NOON
November 11, 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.

This is a documentary about Japan’s law regulating entertainments.

scn_mainNoon, a venerable Osaka club, was busted in April 2012 for violating Japan’s law regulating entertainment establishments. Eight were arrested in the case, their charges being that the club allowed approximately 20 people to dance on its premises “without permission.”  The law regulating entertainment businesses makes it illegal to allow patrons to dance, but the law went into effect in 1948, and in many ways is out of step with contemporary society. The 65-year-old law was created when so-called dance clubs were used as hotbeds of prostitution. This documentary covers the music event held in July of the same year by over 90 artist teams, who rallied in protest.  This film delves into problems in Japan’s music industry with interviews of performers like Ito Seiko and Hanaregumi, who have their doubts about the law.

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Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, 93mins., 2013, JAPAN, English Subtitled.

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Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco & Japan Foundation

 

 

Nov
12
Wed
BAY AREA DOCS: Shorts Program
November 12, 2014

Filmmakers in Person!

High Five

high_five1On October 2nd, 1977 Dusty Baker hit his 30th homerun of the season, making history as the 4th player on the Dodgers to hit 30 or more home runs. As Baker rounded the bases, an excited rookie named Glenn Burke met him at home plate, raised his arm high in the air and slapped Baker five. It was the first high five recorded in the history of sports. A year later, Burke was forced about of baseball amid rumors of his sexual orientation. The film takes audiences back to the spontaneous moment between the two men and tells the story of how the celebratory gesture spread throughout the sports world at same time Burke was being forced from the game he loved. The film won the Jury Award and Best Short Doc at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.

10 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Michal Jacobs

Director’s Bio…

Michael Jacobs debut feature Audience of One won awards at SXSW, Silverdocs and screened at New Directors/New Films before going on to theatrical release and a premiere on Sundance Channel. Jacobs has directed documentaries for Sony Pictures, Current TV and Popup Magazine. Jacobs is currently a founding member of Strike Anywhere Films.

Santa Cruz del Islote

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Santa Cruz Isolate is less than three acres large and is one of the world’s most densely populated islands. This remote but family-like community resides fifty miles from Cartagena, Colombia. Such isolation has provided a peaceful existence for generations, but sufficient resources are becoming increasingly scarce. This short documentary explores the daily lives of a young boy and a fisherman as they come to terms with their changing paradise.

19 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Luke Lorentzen

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Luke Lorentzen is an undergraduate Film Studies major and American Studies minor at Stanford University. He has a particular interest in visually centered stories that explore everyday ways of life. His work has won awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Luke is currently working on a new documentary about the variety of barber shops and hair salons throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

 The Delano Manong

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The Delano Manongs tells the story of the Filipino farmworkers who spurred the Great Grape Strike in 1965 and joined forces with the other ethnic workers to create the United Farmworkers Union.

The film chronicles the untold story of the Filipino farmworkers who instigated one of the biggest labor struggles in American history — the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. Led by Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, the Manongs (a Filipino term of respect for an older man) joined forces with Chicano farmworkers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, to create the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). The documentary, compounded by interviews and both archival and present-day footage, sheds light on the lives of these Filipino farmworkers from their arrival into the United States in the 1920s and ’30s to the demise of their assemblage in the 1980s, highlighting their many struggles and achievements. The legacy created by the Manongs — out of a necessity and want for basic equality and humanity — is one still significant to and celebrated by thousands of Filipino Americans today.   The Trailer is Here.

27 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film By Marissa Aroy

Director’s Bio…

Marissa Aroy, director, of The Delano Manongsreceived an Emmy for the documentary “Sikhs in America,” which was shown on PBS. She produced and directed “Little Manila: Filipinos in California’s Heartland” also for PBS and produced “Sounds of Hope” for Frontline World. Aroy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College and a master’s degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley. She recently came back from Tacloban where she was filming the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Aroy was named one of the most influential Filipina women in the US in 2009 by the Filipina Womens Network. She and her filmmaking partner, Niall McKay, founded Media Factory, a media production company in 2004. For more about Media Factory: http://www.mediafactory.tv

Facing Fear

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As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten in a back alley by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger found himself in a chance meeting with a former neo-Nazi skinhead, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before…Zaal was one of the attackers who beat Boger and left him for dead. 

With their worlds turned upside down, the two embarked on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation that challenged both to grapple with their own beliefs and fears. Neither could imagine that it would to lead to an improbable collaboration…and friendship. 

“Facing Fear” Trailer from Jason Cohen Productions on Vimeo.

23 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film By  Jason Cohen

Director’s Bio…

Academy Award-nominated Jason Cohen has produced and directed all formats of film and television on projects that cover a broad range of topics over the past 20 years. Currently, Cohen is in production on a global film about love and forgiveness that has taken him around the world to highlight stories in Uganda, India, Haiti, Spain and Italy.

Cohen has had an ongoing relationship with Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki for over 15 years. Last year he produced the Okazaki-directed APPROXIMATELY NELS CLINE, about the world-renowned lead guitarist of the rock band Wilco. He co-produced HBO’s Emmy-nominated BLACK TAR HEROIN: DARK END OF THE STREET, with Okazaki and was a producer on his Emmy Award-winning HBO doc on the dropping of the atomic bomb, WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN, which also screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  *Full Biography

 

SLOMO

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Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

18 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Josh Izenberg

Director’s Bio…

Josh hails from Ann Arbor, where he earned a degree in Screenwriting from the University of Michigan. He’s since worked as a copywriter, a cab driver, and a carpenter. SLOMO is his first documentary.