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April – May 2014
Hailed by Michael Moore as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen” and by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP,” MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger.
Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker – a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National’s biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom’s plan to film the entire adventure.
What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes a surprisingly honest portrait of a charged relationship between two brothers, and the frustration of unfulfilled creative ambitions. Directed by Tom Berninger. Digital. 2013.
“The movie is as insanely entertaining as a Mad Hatter’s tea party”. – Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
“Fascinating and horrifying”. – Michael Sragow, OC Register
In THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (THE FOG OF WAR) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts. THE UNKNOWN KNOWN is an illumination of the mystery of Donald Rumsfeld, an unknown known. Directed by Errol Morris. Digital. 2013 Running time: 103 mins.
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet. A decade after that humiliating night, they remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA’s World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years. They have lost every competitive game they have ever played. Against this backdrop of serial underachievement, the team face the daunting prospect of a qualification campaign for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team’s fortunes around – and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow find both. To complicate matters further the team’s best player has been posted 6000 miles away by the US military. Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag of losers into a winning team – and perhaps learn a little about himself along the way. Directed by Mike Brett & Steve Jamison. In English & Samoan. Digital. 93 mins.
Saturday, April 26th
Join BAYCAT (Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology) for the PREMIERE of their latest youth-produced Community Cinema film, Endangered: A Healthy Bayview for All. Endangered, created in partnership with the Metta Fund, asked four BAYCAT youth to tackle the question “What does a healthy Bayview look like?”. BAYCAT will also screen several youth-produced shorts that focus on the strengths, hopes, and challenges of the Bayview community. A panel, moderated by BAYCAT CEO, Villy Wang, of Bayview leaders, youth media producers, and health professionals will follow to discuss the films, and the past, present and future of Bayview.
BENEFIT FOR EL TECOLOTE NEWSPAPER
Co-presented by Acción Latina & Colectivo Cinema Errante
The film will be introduced by: Rosalío Muñoz, co-chair of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles; Dr. Félix Gutiérrez, professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Ernesto B. Vigil, member of the Crusade for Justice from 1968–1981; Ricardo Lopez, advisor and Associate Producer of the film; Camille Taiara, journalist.
It was the era of the Brown Berets and Vietnam War protests, and cops had already warned L.A. Times journalist Rubén Salazar to “stop stirring up the Mexicans” with his coverage of police brutality, frame-ups and extra-judicial killings. Weeks later, Salazar met his early demise at the Silver Dollar Bar in East L.A., after a Sheriff’s deputy fired a 10-inch teargas projectile at his head. Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle, a new documentary about this little-known Mexican-American protagonist, is as much about a generation’s rite-of-passage from assimilationism to Chicanismo as it is about Salazar’s journalistic legacy and suspicious death. Director Phillip Rodriguez uses stock film footage alongside old photographs and interviews with Salazar colleagues, family, friends and other key personalities to reconstruct the story of Rubén Salazar. (Camille T. Taiara)
Co-sponsors: CCSF Journalism Department, SFSU Latina/o Studies Department, Rock en Rebelión (KPFA), Pájaro Latinoamericano (KPOO), Andanzas (KPOO)
Writer-Director Henry Jaglom gives us a bracingly funny, fearless and fast-paced human comedy set in a struggling Los Angeles television station threatened by economic downturn, possible in-house graft and massive job loss. Tanna Frederick plays Moxie, a children’s TV show actress who unexpectedly finds herself leading an extraordinary band of rebelling women demanding their rights as they anxiously face uncertain futures after their new boss (Michael Imperioli) and his second-in-command (Robert Hallak) arrive from New York on a devastating cost-cutting mission.
All of Moxie’s personal and professional assumptions and those of her long-time boyfriend (Corey Feldman) are turned upside-down as her mother, two aunts and stepfather join with dozens of her fellow female office workers to illuminate the struggles, challenges and joys of what is still, in some circles, referred to as ‘The Change Of Life.’ Digital. 2013.
Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm & 9pm
Emerging dance filmmaker Erin Malley offers a preview look at her newest work, Quake. The evening will include a selection of dance film shorts from around the country. 2014.
Malley: “It will be an experimental film, a rite of passage. It will be alabaster & midnight blue. It will feel like vibration & pressure. It will smell like friction.”
Cast: Katharine Hawthorne, Daria Kaufman, Stacey Swan
Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW:IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Richard III.” Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. NOW chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since their work on American Beauty.
Spacey: “NOW is a close, backstage look at the total experience of being an actor and what it takes to form a company – from rehearsing every day and beginning to create a role with your director, crew and fellow actors to going on tour and spending a year together on the road in many different cultures and countries.”
The First Annual San Francisco Intergalactic Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans is proud to announce the first annual San Francisco Intergalactic Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans, a 2-week film festival in the span of 12 hours. Taking place May 10, 2014 at the Roxie Theatre—the birthplace of dozens of niche Bay Area film festivals—SFIFFAVFFH1 aims to celebrate the cinematic feline in all forms. From the microgenre’s racially-tinged beginnings (Birth of a Kitten Nation, The Jazz Purrer) to its contemporary cyberspace counterparts, SFIFFAVFFH promises to expand the scope of what a cat-themed film festival can—and should—be.
This historic event is divided into three discrete programs. The Opening festivities are set to dazzle with an unprecedented look back at the history of the festival, a special spotlight program (to be announced soon), and exciting new work from emerging visionaries in the field that will set the tone for the rest of the festival. As the sun starts to set, fest attendees will rub elbows with the city’s tastemakers at the Centerpiece event, which features all-new commissioned works from some of independent cinema’s most formidable auteurs, as well as a selection of audience-submitted content from the opposite end of the spectrum. Finally, the night rounds out with the festival’s Closing ceremonies in which the first annual award for Advancement of Cat by Humans will be presented to a very special guest accompanied by a special screening by said guest that we can’t announce yet but will announce really, really soon, and not because we don’t have it locked yet (because we do), but because we can’t just spill all the proverbial cat food all at once.
Tickets are now on sale for The First Annual SFIFFAVFFH, which is certain to be the start of many more SFIFFAVFFH’s to come. Individual tickets $10; a limited amount of full-purrgram, all-catcess passes available for $25. For more ticket information and to purchase, visit thefirstannual.com/tickets. Full program info to be released mid-April. For press inquiries, please email email@example.com. PLEASE, NO CATS IN THE THEATER.
DARK TREASURES FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE!!
FRIDAY, MAY 16 — SUNDAY, MAY 25
Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.
This year’s I WAKE UP DREAMING cavalcade will be the first ever presented entirely in DIGITAL. The Roxie Theater boasts one of the most outstanding digital projection systems in San Francisco and these specially prepared and supervised digital transfers are guaranteed to look astonishing on the big screen — where they belong!
I WAKE UP DREAMING is committed to the idea that classic motion pictures are best viewed on a big screen in a large dark room full of complete strangers. It is our hope that programmers and exhibitors everywhere will explore the seemingly limitless number of films now available to movie theaters in the digital format.
Friday, May 16
STRANGER ON THE 3rd FLOOR (1940) 64 mins. 6:30 and 9:50
with THE UNSUSPECTED (1947) 103 mins. 8:00 only!
Saturday, May 17
Afternoon Program: LOVE IS A RACKET (1932) 72 mins. 2:00
with LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (1933) 69 mins. 3:30
Evening Program: NORA PRENTISS (1947) 111 mins. 7:30 only!
with THE UNFAITHFUL (1947) 109 mins. 5:15 and 9:45
Sunday, May 18
Afternoon Program: ANGELS IN DISGUISE (1948) 63 mins. 2:00
with FALL GUY (1947) 64 mins. 3:15 and WHEN STRANGERS MARRY (1944) 66 mins. 4:30
Evening Program: THE LOCKET (1946) 86 mins. 8:00 only!
with THE WINDOW (1949) 73 mins. 6:30 and 9:45
Monday, May 19
20,000 YEARS IN SING SING (1932) 78 mins. 8:00 only!
with TWO SECONDS (1932) 68 mins. 6:30 and 9:40
Tuesday, May 20
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951) 90 mins. 8:00 only!
with A WOMAN’S SECRET (1949) 85 mins. 6:15 and 9:45
Wednesday, May 21
SPLIT SECOND (1953) 85 mins. 8:00 only!
with EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ (1950) 57 mins. 6:40 and 9:45
Thursday, May 22
HIGHWAY 301 (1950) 83 mins. 8:00 only!
with DEATH IN SMALL DOSES (1957) 79 mins. 6:15 and 9:45
Friday, May 23
THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND (1960) 101 mins. 8:15 only!
with AL CAPONE (1959) 104 mins. 6:00 and 10:15
Saturday, May 24
Afternoon Program: MIRACLES FOR SALE (1939) 71 mins. 1:30
with GRAND CENTRAL MURDER (1942) 73 mins. 2:50 and BUNCO SQUAD (1950) 67 mins. 4:20
Evening Program: WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) 100 mins. 7:45 only!
with BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) 80 mins. 6:00 and 9:50
Sunday, May 25
Afternoon Program: TWO ON A GUILLOTINE (1965) 107 mins. 3:00
with THE HYPNOTIC EYE (1960) 79 mins. 1:30
Evening Program: THE COUCH (1962) 100 mins. 5:30 and 10:00
with BRAINSTORM (1965) 114 mins. 7:45 only!