Calendar

January – February 2015

Jan
23
Fri
Loitering with Intent
January 23, 2015 - January 29, 2015

Loitering-with-intent19_11_14_5_ntsEnsemble comedy benefits hugely from the presence of Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell.

by John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

After a chance run-in with a film producer eager to invest in a new project, aspiring writers Dominic (Michael Godere) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) need to come up with a script fast, so the pair head to the seclusion of upstate New York to churn out their masterpiece. But when Dominic’s siren of a sister (Marisa Tomei) turns up desperate for reprieve from her boyfriend (Sam Rockwell), they soon realize they’re in for more than they bargained for as their creative retreat is increasingly waylaid by uninvited guests, romantic entanglements, and unexpected distractions. Isabelle McNally and a hilarious Brian Geraghty round out the ensemble cast of New York art world characters in this romantic comedy from director Adam Rapp. -Cara Cusuman, Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by Adam Rapp. Starring Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Brian Geraghty and Isabelle McNally. 2014. 75 min. USA.

Jan
28
Wed
Docunight #11 Infidels / Pilgrimage
January 28, 2015

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Infidels

Directed by: Bahman Kiarostami, Produced by: Butimar Production, 2004 / 40 mins

UnknownA documentary about the Godars, Artist-Gypsies Living in Iran. The Godars are nomadic gypsies who migrated fromIndia to Iran and share the same heritage as thegypsies who moved into Eastern and Western Europe and into the Middle East. This tribe speaks Chuleh, which is a combination of Sunscrit, Mazandarani, and Farsi. Their original religion, Animism, was based on the belief that natural objects and phenomena possess lives and souls. During the Islamic Revolution, they were forced to convert, and although they are now officially Shiite Muslims, they are still outcasts and considered infidels. Infidels, recounts the four ways which the Godars make their living: dancing, acting, hunting and music, and showcases their dedication to preserve their art and age-old rituals. In this film, the Godars sing songs, play music, and tell the ancient tales of their heritage which often deal with their problems with God. Infidels is the first filmic record of the Godars, their lives, and their efforts to maintain the independence of their culture.

Pilgrimage

Directed by: Bahman Kiarostami, Produced by: Butimar Production, 2005 / 40 mins

Pilgrimage-3Despite the threat of mines, assassination, and death by dehydration and starvation, determined Shiite Muslims as many as 3,000 a day, have been pouring across the Iran-Iraq border since the fall of the Iraqi government. They risk their lives for only one reason: to visit the holy city of Karbala, fifty miles south of Baghdad. This city houses the magnificent shrine of seventh-century leader Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Muhamed. Hussein died in a battle in 681, a martyr to the Shiite faith. The intense devotion of these pilgrims to Imam Hussein and Karbala astounds outside observers at the same time that it puts the Iranian government in a major predicament. Torn between bureaucracy and allegiance to Islam, Tehran is continually revising its emigration policies, periodically opening and then closing its border. Meanwhile people are dying, and chaos reigns at crossing points.

Unknown-1Bahman Kiarostami (born 1978) lives and works in Tehran, as a documentary film director, editor and cinematographer. He made his first documentary ‘Morteza Momayez: Father of Iranian Contemporary Graphic Design’ in 1996. Most of his documentaries focus on valuing and legitimizing processes in art, but also cover the visible yet obscured and unnoticed details which define Iran’s post revolutionary visual culture.

With special thanks to Marjaneh Moghimi, Butimar Productions

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
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 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
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
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

SF Indie Fest: TGIF vs. SNICK
February 6, 2015

tgif vs snickChanneling the inner recesses of our tv-addled brains, the SF IndieFest seeks to settle the age-old question – what was REALLY better, the 1990 line-up of ABC’s TGIF Friday night pre-teen programming block (Full House, Family Matters, etc.) or the absurdist oasis that was Nickelodeon’s 1993 iteration of SNICK (we’re talking Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren and Stimpy Show, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?) – MK

 

SF Indie Fest: THE YANK
February 6, 2015 - February 11, 2015

West Coast Premiere

UnknownThis side-splitting comedy tells the story of Tom Murphy, your average Irish-American lad. For Tom, the perfect woman is beautiful, hardworking, family-oriented and like his parents, 100 percent Irish. So when his best friend Marty decides to get married in Ireland,Tom sets off to find himself a real Irish lass. Tom’s plan to find his dreams takes him on a journey of discovery to a land that defies his original expectations. He soon discovers that the grass isn’t always greener, even in Ireland. -JR

Directed by Sean Lackey | USA 2014 | 94 min

SF Indie Fest: TIRED MOONLIGHT
February 6, 2015 - February 9, 2015

West Coast Premiere!!

Tired Moonlight

Middle-aged Dawn is finally learning how to sell stuff on eBay. She lives in a glorified pit stop town, except with the “glory” part removed. One day at an estate sale auction, she meets a man with sad eyes. It’s his mom’s stuff for sale – she just died.   They start to hang out. Tired Moonlight is a true gem – a couple of weeks in the lives of a half dozen folks in a part of the country you wouldn’t bother to stop in. -MK

Directed by Britni West | USA 2015 | 80 min

Britni West | USA 2015 | 80 min