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December 2014 – February 2015

Dec
12
Fri
ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE
December 12, 2014 - December 21, 2014

198x137_Antarctica_4ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this 198x137Antarctica_2unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Using specially modified cameras and spectacular time-lapse photography, filmmaker Anthony Powell captures the splendor of the region like no film before. ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE gives testament to the planet’s natural wonders, humanity’s thirst for adventure, and the emotional extremes that accompany a year within the last pristine wilderness on the planet.

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  • Winner! Calgary International Film Festival 2013 – Best International Documentary
  • Winner! Calgary International Film Festival 2013 – Best First Film, Documentary
  • Winner! Bel Air Film Festival 2013 – Best Documentary
  • Winner! Beckenridge Festival of Film 2013 – Audience Award
  • Winner! New Zealand Film and TV Awards 2013 – Best Documentary Cinematography

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Directed by Anthony Powell, 91min., 2013, U.S.A.

 

Dec
19
Fri
A COPPOLA FAMILY AFFAIR
December 19, 2014 - December 21, 2014
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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
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Apocalypse Now
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The Virgin Suicides
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Palo Alto

A truly unique weekend long tribute to the Coppola Family. The Roxie is honored to show movies directed and produced by Francis Ford, Eleanor, Sofia, Roman and Gia.

All proceeds benefit the Roxie!

IN PERSON:

Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Eleanor Coppola, Roman Coppola, Gia Coppola. 

ADDITIONAL APPEARANCES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS CONFIRMED

 James Franco is no longer able to appear in person. Our apologies. 

Friday, December 19

5:30 Pre-Apocalypse Now Roxie Benefit Party

7:30 Award-winning Sound Designers Richard Beggs and Walter Murch (also film editor) in conversation with Jim McKee
8:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Saturday, December 20

2:00 Roman Coppola in conversation
with Michael Fox
2:30 Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

4:45 Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides
Preceded by The Making of The Virgin Suicides by Eleanor Coppola

7:30 Eleanor Coppola in conversation
with Michael Fox
8:00 Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Sunday, December 21

4:00 Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto
Q&A afterwards with Gia Coppola
Moderated by Cheryl Eddy
(SOLD OUT ONLINE)

7:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now
December 19, 2014 - December 21, 2014

apocalypse-now-still-9clip_image003_0000On Friday, December 19, the film will be preceded by a conversation with Academy Award Winning Sound Designers Richard Beggs and Walter Murch (also nominated as editor) moderated by Jim McKee.

This event is part of “A Coppola Family Affair” ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ROXIE!

In the estimation of many, it is one of the greatest films ever made. Legends have grown up around it. At the 1979 Cannes press conference, the filmmaker famously announced “My film is not about Vietnam. My film is Vietnam.” Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal god. Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall’s psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and cinematography.”A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror – and unimaginable thrill – of combat.”- Tom Huddleston, Time Out . – WUD Film. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola & John Milius. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Editor: Walter Murch. Sound Designers: Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Mark Berger  and Nathan Boxer. With Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford & Scott Glenn.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 153 min.  1979. U.S.A.

 

About Richard Beggs

Richard Beggs, sound designer and re-recording mixer, has worked in his career with directors like Francis Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Mel Brooks, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, and Alfonso Cuarón, among others.

He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for Apocalypse Now (1979) and has received many Golden Reel Award nominations as sound designer and mixer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Children of Men (2006).

Beggs teaches film sound at the California College of the Arts, he is an associate fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University, and sits on the board of directors of the San Francisco Arts Education Project.

Trained as a painter, Beggs received a B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. He exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Oakland Museum of California. A native San Franciscan (1942), Beggs has his sound studio at the San Francisco Film Centre in the Presidio of San Francisco.

About Walter Murch

Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now (1979), and won an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient (1996). He helped reconstruct Touch of Evil (1958) to Orson Welles’ original notes, and edited The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Mr. Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Coppola, a founding member of northern California cinema. Mr. Murch has directed — Return to Oz (1985) — and longs to do so again, but as an editor and sound man he is one of the few universally acknowledged masters in his field. For his work on the film “Apocolypse Now”, Walter coined the term “Sound Designer”, and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt, helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level.

About Jim McKee

Sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works in collaboration with playwrights, radio producers, filmmakers, performance artists and product designers. His experience includes mixing and sound design for stage, dance, feature films, national broadcast television, radio, commercial and drama, research and production for interactive media.  Most recent works for radio include Ferlinghetti; Open Eye, Open Mind with Bay Area Drama Drama, and the Kitchen Sisters The Hidden World of Girls for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. For video; Chrysopylae an installation by Doug Hall with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Goldn Gate Bridge, Lou Harrison: A World of Music by Eva Soltes, Venice Under Water by Chip Lord, and 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 – Sympathy for the Decay by Ilppo Pohjola in cluding a live performance with Pekka Lappi. Recent feature films include Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and Hog’s Tooth by Olek Lyzwanski. Interactive work includes sonicification of Facebook and a six screen and speaker App, Walk-In Theater for iPad by Rachel Strickland and Eric Gould Bear.

Jan
23
Fri
SF Sketchfest 2015: Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill
January 23, 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.

Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill

Shouting-at-the-ScreenBack in the days before live-tweeting, the only way to express your thoughts while watching a movie was to yell them out loud to the delight of your friends, and the disgust of the old people two rows in front of you. Wyatt Cenac (Comedy Central’s THE DAILY SHOW) and Donwill (Tanya Morgan) invite you to join them as they recreate the magic of Magic Johnson theaters and guide you MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000-style through the wonderful world of blaxploitation and black cult cinema. Wyatt and Donwill will screen a fine specimen from yesteryear, egging you on from the peanut gallery as the non-foam Statler and Waldorf.

 $25 All Ages

Performers:

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Donwill

Donwill is half of the hip hop group Tanya Morgan and all of himself. He will have a better bio when he gets around to writing it which will be soon.

Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac is a NY-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, best known for his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he was a correspondent and writer for half of the last decade. Prior to that, he spent three seasons writing on “King of the Hill.” Wyatt can be seen in Mike Birbiglia’s acclaimed film, “Sleepwalk with Me,” Darren Grodsky’s independent film “Growing Up (and Other Lies)” and Barry Jenkins “Medicine for Melancholy,” which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. His one-hour special,”Comedy Person,” premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. He also produced the film, ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” which was shown at Sundance in 2012. Wyatt currently has projects in development with AMC and and BBC America and a forthcoming comedy special for Netflix. Wyatt will also be releasing an album in 2014. He can next be seen in David Cross’ film “Hits,” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Jan
24
Sat
Guru Zane
January 24, 2015

Premiere at the Roxie Theater!

9f1ddc_92495ec2b97343899702720054774a24.jpg_srz_322_176_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzGURU ZANE is a video document of a special needs child who’s warmth and character transforms his family and caregivers in reciprocal loving devotion.

Zane Robinson, now 14 years old, was diagnosed with Emmanuel Syndrome shortly after birth and he is one of roughly 500 people who have been diagnosed worldwide.  The film is a reflection of Zane’s daily routine and challenges, as well as their impact on his family.  In this simple exploration of Robinson family life spanning the course of two years, they find themselves in a constant journey
to acceptance and understanding of their son as a person.  GURU ZANE is an illustration of growth and love that demonstrates the most valuable lessons a family can learn from having a child with special needs.

Directed by Taylor Whitehouse & Amanda Hoffman, 2014

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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.

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

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
20
Fri
2015 Noise Pop Film Series: Ollies, Dollies & Drones: A Survey of Spike Jonze’s Skate Videos
February 20, 2015

NOISE POP EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Q&A with special guests

Spike Jonze PosterOne of the best filmmakers of his generation (and indisputably the greatest music video director ever) Spike Jonze learned his craft in the last remaining Wild West for filmmakers growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s – skateboard videos. From early work with World Industries through his contemporary contributions to Lakai and Girl (of which he is a co-owner) Spike’s grasp on the formal restraints of the genre – namely, a loose interpretation of trespass and copyright laws – were immediate, and the boundary shattering imagination he applied to his skate videos changed the game forever. As skate videos, they’re thrilling and hilarious and super cool; viewed as a sort of sketchbook for a restlessly creative artist sharpening his craft, they’re invaluable. Join us for a survey of Spike’s skateboard videos.

Director: Spike Jonze. 2014. Digital. 90 minutes.

Event link: http://film.noisepop.com/events/2015/2/20/ollies-dollies-drones-a-survey-of-spike-jonzes-skate-videos