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September – October 2015

Sep
4
Fri
THE TRIBE
September 4, 2015 - September 10, 2015

LOVE AND HATE NEED NO SUBTITLES

Tribe1Fri, Sept 4 – Thu, Sept 10

“The Tribe” feels like something unmistakably, radically new. – Variety

Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. The Tribe2Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.

Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a new student at the boarding school, realizes immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang’s leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, Sergey’s new-found clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery and prostitution. Tribe3At first assimilating seamlessly into his new role in the tribe, he finds himself compromised as he begins to fall in love with his female classmate—and one of the gang’s escorts—triggering a sequence of stunningly diabolical events. Written & directed Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Director of Photography: Valentyn Vasyanovych. With Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Alexander Osadchiy, Ivan Tishko & Alexander Sidelnikov. Ukraine. Not Rated. In Ukrainian Sign Language, NO SUBTITLES!. 132 mins.

"Brutal ‘Tribe’ fulfills lead actress’ dream" 

- Pam Grady, SF Chronicle

Sep
24
Thu
BAY AREA DOCS: THE ROYAL ROAD
September 24, 2015

Royal Road1A Film By Jenni Olson

Jenni Olson IN PERSON!

“A beguiling meditation…serenely accomplished.”
-Dennis Harvey, Variety

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.

This bold, innovative film from acclaimed San Francisco filmmaker Jenni Olson combines rigorous historical research with lyrically written personal monologue and relates these seemingly disparate stories from an intimate, colloquial perspective to tell a one-of-a-kind California tale.  Written & directed by Jenni Olson. Produced by Julie Dorf, Jenni Olson.
USA. 2015, 65 mins.

royalroadmovie.weebly.com/

° Jury Award: Best LGBTQ Film — Ann Arbor Film Festival °

° Avant Garde & Genre Special Jury Mention: BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Cinema Festival) °

“A humorous exploration of butch romantic desires…a sort of butch reply to Ross McElwee’s classic Sherman’s March.” – Berenice Reynaud, Senses of Cinema

Oct
2
Fri
Finders Keepers
October 2, 2015 - October 8, 2015
10/3/2007 -- John Wood (right) meets Shannon Whisnant (right)  in a parking lot in Maiden after  a press conference.    Wood is the amputee whose leg was found in a barbeque smoker by Shannon Whisnant.  Whisnant bought the smoker when Wood's personal belongings were sold after he missed payments on a storage facility.   Wood wants his leg back, Whisnant wants to make money with it as a tourist attraction.  JEFF WILLHELM/jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

10/3/2007 — John Wood (right) meets Shannon Whisnant (right) in a parking lot in Maiden after a press conference.

When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Believing the new-found attention to be his chance at doing some great things in an otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he’s quickly swept up in the hysteria as the leg’s enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant, then sues to regain its custody. But the stranger-than-fiction chain of events, fueling John’s drug addiction and compounded by generations of his familial dysfunction, soon sets John on the streets and heading to his certain demise. Just in time, however, another twist in these fantastical occurrences gives John a final shot at becoming whole for the first time in his life.

Directed by Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel. 84min. 2015. DCP.