Calendar

August – September 2014

Aug
5
Tue
BRAVE NEW WORLD SERIES: CYBER-SENIORS
August 5, 2014

cyber-seniors-moviePost Screening Q&A hosted by Community Technology Network and SF Connected

“…Charming, Poignant, Hilarious…” – Maria Shriver, NBC NEWS

“Touching!” – Village Voice

“A Must-See Film!” – Huffington Post

 

CYBER-SENIORS chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video. A spirited video competition for the most “views” evolves as the cyber-seniors’ hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. CYBER-SENIORS provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged, proving you are never too old to get ‘connected’. Directed by Saffron Cassaday – 2014 -  75 Minutes.

 

Brave New World is a tech and science film series with presentations and discussions by science and technology experts.

Aug
10
Sun
BAY AREA DOCS: BROWN BREAD
August 10, 2014

Brown Bread: The Story of an Adoptive Family

FILMMAKER SARAH GROSS IN PERSON!

In the hills of Northern California, an unusual family gathers for their reunion. As they join hands around the table, their colorful mix of races looks like the American dream of integration.

Black, white, middle class, ghetto: adoption gave the same name to six children from very different backgrounds.  Scenes from the family reunion are interwoven with images from their home lives:  a professor at Stanford, a manual laborer, an entrepreneur in debt.  How do they bridge the differences of race and class which divide them?

A personal documentary about what it means to grow up in an adoptive family.

Directed by Sarah Gross. 2013. 87 mins. NR

http://www.brownbreadthefilm.com/

director Sarah Gross (Drei Mädchen)SARAH GROSS studied filmmaking at Harvard University, where she began exploring the portrait documentary. In the industry, she is an experienced 1st A.D., working on major European productions such as award-winning Good Bye Lenin.  Her short films have won awards, and she has received European MEDIA funding to develop several screenwriting projects.  She has three children and is based in Berlin, Germany.  BROWN BREAD is her first feature-length film.

Aug
14
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: VALENTINE ROAD
August 14, 2014

13032-1This extraordinary doc and Audience Award-winner about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Larry King will both break your heart and fire you up into action. It brilliantly focuses on how bigotry and prejudice are community-wide problems, rather than only the acts of individuals. Frameline is more than your favorite summertime film festival! From the folks who bring you the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Frameline Encore is a fresh, queer community screening series.

Dir: Marta Cunningham. Digital. 2013. 87 mins. 7pm.

Free to all!

Aug
15
Fri
KINK
August 15, 2014 - August 21, 2014

Kink2A surprise hit at Sundance, KINK tells the true story of sex, submission, and big business as seen through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose nine-to-five workdays are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling production facilities of Kink.com, the wold’s largest producer of pornography with BDSM themes – for the uninitiated, that stands for bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism.  Come peer inside one of the Roxie’s most notorious neighbors.   Produced by James Franco.  Directed by  Christina Voros. 2013. Digital. 79 mins.

Free for members!

Aug
16
Sat
MI CASA NO ES SU CASA
August 16, 2014

imageMI CASA NO ES SU CASA tells the story of a rapidly evolving neighborhood: San Francisco’s Mission District. Stripping down the word “gentrification” to its literal and interpreted meanings, this film addresses the multifaceted perspectives of the issue. Through interviews with long time residents, politicians, professors and community activists MI CASA NO ES SU CASA gives us a snapshot into this vibrant neighborhood and the complicated politics of its newfound popularity.

Directed by Avery Yu and Haley Jensen. 40 mins.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers!

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. Rating: R

Original (dubbed) 35mm print courtesy of UCLA Film + Television Archive!

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: btrax

Aug
25
Mon
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: END OF THE UNDERGROUND 1991 – 2012
August 25, 2014 - August 27, 2014

1991 famously was “the year punk broke”, but not even the most Sub Pop single-collectin’, Forced Exposure-readin’ wide-eyed optimist could have predicted just how WIDE OPEN the break was.

This Must Be The PlaceIn this, the third and final installment of our series collecting documentaries, features, shorts and ephemera of regional underground scenes, we’re taking a look at the underground feeding frenzy following the alternative rock goldrush and subsequent implosion of the music industry, with side trips to check out VHS label comps, no-budget semi-doc dead-end tours, Madison Square Garden, and every point in between.

Free for members! Check back for updates on the full line-up and schedule!

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

BigJoy_Bill_Desloge_2A 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 reading James Broughton’s poetry to create performance events using Broughton’s poetry and films, bringing them a vibrant contemporary feel.

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Sep
12
Fri
SECOND OPINION: LAETRILE AT SLOAN-KETTERING
September 12, 2014 - September 18, 2014
San Francisco Premiere! Filmmaker and Ralph Moss (the film’s main subject) in person for a Q&A September 12th!

“Ralph W. Moss has stayed the course in stating his case. I am glad his voice is being heard.”Harold P. Freeman, MD Past National President, American Cancer Society

Trailer

The story of Ralph W. Moss, PhD—a young science-writer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), who risked everything by blowing the whistle on a massive cover-up involving an unconventional, yet promising cancer therapy.

Ralph lived a double life, working as a loyal employee at MSKCC while also recruiting fellow employees to help anonymously leak their positive results of an unconventional therapy called “Laetrile” to the public—through a newly formed underground organization they called—“Second Opinion”.

Dir. Eric Merola. USA. 2014. Digital. 75 mins.