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August – October 2014

Aug
21
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo: Anime World #2 – AKIRA
August 21, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

Neon Tokyo : Anime World #2 – AKIRA

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Thursday, August 21st

The 2nd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “AKIRA”, Japanese animated action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

“A fever-dream masterpiece”  Village Voice

“A towering achievement of imagination” Time Out

Neo-Tokyo is about to E•X•P •L•O•D•E

Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society what once called him weak.

The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Kaneda tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original 2182-page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga. It became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation.  (Wikipedia)

“AKIRA” TRAILER

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Written by Katsuhiro Otomo and Izo Hashimoto.

Voices  Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro Ishida.

1988. Japan. 124min. Digital. Rating: R

Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”, Kodansha Ltd.

©1988 Akira Committee. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: borax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco

Aug
29
Fri
BRASSLANDS
August 29, 2014

Crossroads Film Festival – 2014, WINNER Best Feature Documentary

International Film Festival Rotterdam – 2014, Official Selection

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“BRASSLANDS is a fascinating look at this infectious and addictive form of music, so filled with life from a country that has seen its fair share of death, sadness and war.”IndieWIRE, Katie Walsh

“There is sure to be dancing in the aisles”New York Times, Anne Mancuso

“As an introduction to the music, it’s fascinating…The documentary is beautifully filmed, funny  and insightful”New York Music Daily, Alan Young!

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A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. BRASSLANDS offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.

Sep
4
Thu
BAY AREA DOCS: BIG JOY – THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
September 4, 2014

Co-presented by Canyon Cinema Foundation and SF Cinematheque

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& a special introduction by performance artist Jason Jenn, who will be performing an excerpt of his one man show ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE, inspired by the work of James Broughton.

A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960’s and 70’s to profoundly embrace life and ‘follow your own weird’.

A charismatic and visionary poet and filmmaker who emerged in the artistic renaissance of post – WWII San Francisco, James Broughton led a completely unconventional existence in his lifelong quest for creative artistry, sexual and spiritual love and an evolved state of happiness. BIG JOY is a celebratory mosaic of Broughton’s deeply intertwined creative and personal lives, vividly depicted through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides.

 Directed by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha and Dawn Logsdon. USA. 2013. Digital. 82 mins.

About the filmmakers

Stephen Silha, producer and co-director, is a freelance writer, facilitator, and futurist who has made a practice of communicating about what makes communities and relationships work.  He has reported for The Christian Science Monitor, the Minneapolis Star, and Yes! Magazine.  He knew James Broughton, and was present at his death in 1999.  Inspired by Broughton’s philosophy, life and work, he began a biography project which morphed into this film and multi-media project.

Eric Slade, co-director and producer, is an independent producer/director based in Portland, OR who has extensive experience with PBS.  His independent documentary work includes Hope Along the Wind: The Story of Harry Hay (2002), The Impact of AIDS, Housing the American Dream, Safety in Numbers, Sex Life, and Acting Up for Prisoners.

Jason Jenn is an LA-based performance artist, director, designer, and event planner who was inspired by the film BIG JOY and James Broughton’s poetry to create performance events using Broughton’s poetry and films, bringing them a vibrant contemporary feel.

Be sure to catch the full performance of Jenn’s ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE the following day. The performance is a full hour of sensual delights that will leave audiences uplifted and aptly experiencing the ecstasy of James’ wondrous wit and wild whimsy. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8pm at the SFAI Lecture Hall.

 

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Sep
5
Fri
NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY
September 5, 2014 - September 11, 2014

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In the hyper-charged powder keg of the late 1960s, Los Angeles native and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis was ready to light the match. Proudly black, loudly opinionated, ready to rumble and almost always high on one substance or another, Dock was considered the Muhammad Ali of the ballpark.

He made history on June 12, 1970, when he pitched a no-hitter while completely flying on LSD. Flash forward a few years, and he is broke and essentially unemployable. But Dock Ellis was a born fighter, whether battling a racist society, the baseball establishment or his own demons.

There are a lot of colorful characters in the story of this larger-than-life figure, and filmmaker Jeffrey Radice corrals colleagues, ex-wives, journalists, managers, children, gadflies and protégés to produce a balanced biography of Ellis with the generosity of spirit the man himself embraced in the last few decades of his life. No No: A Dockumentary is a lot of things: sports movie, redemption narrative and portrait of an era, but at its core it is quintessentially Dock.

Embroidering this indelible character study is a fantastic hard psychedelic funk score by Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.

Dir: Jeffrey Radice. USA. 2014. 100 mins.

Oct
1
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #7
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #7
October 1, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens 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 of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.