Calendar

November – December 2014

Nov
28
Fri
FOOD CHAINS
November 28, 2014 - December 4, 2014

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In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.

Unknown-1There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States.

Unknown-3Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

Unknown-2Food Chains premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and screened subsequently at the Tribeca Film Festival and Guadalajara Film Festival.  Food Chains will be released nationwide November 21st. The film’s Executive Producers include Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser.

Directed by Sanjay Rawal, 83min. 2014, U.S.A.

 

Saturday, November 29 at 1pm – Documentary in Spanish Language / Sabado, 29 de noviembre a la 1pm, el documental sera en español.

November 28th

7:00PM – PANEL

Gerardo Reyes Chavez (CIW Member & Film Subject)
Sanjay Rawal (Director, Food Chains)
Maisie Ganzier (Bon Apetit Management Company)

November 29th

1:00PM –  SHOWING IN SPANISH – PANEL:

Gerardo Reyes Chavez (CIW Member & Film Subject)
Samuel Orozco (Radio Bilingue)

7:00PM – PANEL:

Gerardo Reyes Chavez (CIW Member & Film Subject)
Smriti Keshari (Producer, Food Chains)

November 30th

7:00PM – PANEL:

Gerardo Reyes Chavez (CIW Member & Film Subject)
Sanjay Rawal (Director, Food Chains)

Food Chains Teaser from Sanjay Rawal on Vimeo.

Rushmore and the Royal Tenenbaums – 35mm double feature
November 28, 2014


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Join us Friday, November 28th for a one-night-only screening of two classic Wes Anderson films, Rushmore and the Royal Tenenbaums, both shown in glorious 35mm. Presented by Spoke Art gallery, this special event closes out their month long Wes Anderson themed art exhibit, on view at their Sutter street gallery from November 1st – 22nd.

A selection of limited edition posters will be available for purchase at this event.

Rushmore

MV5BMTUzODEzNzIwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMDMyOTU3._V1__SX997_SY631_Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he’s not doing well in any of his classes, but where he’s the king of extracurricular activities – from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there’s very little after school he doesn’t do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he’s on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max’s fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film.

Staring  Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams

Directed by Wes Anderson, 93min.  1998, U.S.A.

Royal Tenenbaums

MV5BMTUwMTE0ODk1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMDYyNjc3._V1__SX997_SY631_Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Staring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bens Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Orwen Wilson, Bill Murray…

Directed by Wes Anderson, 110min. 2001, U.S.A

Nov
29
Sat
Jingle Bell Rocks!
November 29, 2014 - December 1, 2014

mitch-and-santa-directors-notesPop music tackles tough subjects like war, racism and inequality. Music evolves with the times, helping frame our vision of the world. So why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck roasting tired old chestnuts with Nat King Cole? Are there any songs that embrace our modern, eclectic,conflicted, but still beloved Christmas celebration? Is there no music to inspire our slightly cranky, somewhat jaded, yet sincerely searching souls?

images-3There is! But these scrappy slices of vinyl can be hard to find. Jingle Bell Rocks! will take you on a trippy, cinematic sleighride to unearth to unearth twelve of the most amazing Christmas songs ever recorded. With titles like, “Green Chri$tma$,” “Santa Claus Was a Black Man” or “Merry Christmas Someone” these funny, sad, satirical, and scathing songs explore the flipside of the Yuletide: racial inequality, religious freedom, nuclear war, family angst, conspicuous consumption, or just the yearning sadness of being alone at the happiest time of the year.

images-4Jingle Bell Rocks! follows Christmas music junkie Mitchell Kezin as he unveils twelve of his most cherished, alternative Christmas songs. Hitting the road to uncover the stories inside the grooves, Mitchell hangs with his holiday heroes — musicians, deejays, record execs, radio hosts, composers, critics and fellow collectors — who share his passion. NYC’s hip hop archivist & music writer Bill Adler, Chicago rock promoter Andy Cirzan and LA Water Works laborer Tim Sewell are three of the world’s legendary Christmas music fanatics who will open up their hearts and their astonishing collections.

images-9We’ll feature exclusive conversations with the artists behind the music: from hiphop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN DMC, to late 60s folk pop family The Free Design, from alt pop chanteuse Erin Moran of A Girl Called Eddy to “Schoolhouse Rock” creator & genuine hillbilly bebopper Bob Dorough, who wrote and sang the caustic “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)” — a landmark collaboration with jazz giant Miles Davis. Amid this merry mayhem, we’ll hear irreverent and insightful commentary from figures including L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Canadian radio legend David Wisdom.

Through rollicking live performances, intimate interviews and a kaleidoscope of touching and kooky archive, we’ll journey deep into the Christmas cosmos, uncovering the remarkable stories behind twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard. Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage and revealing character study, Jingle Bell Rocks! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century.

Jingle Bell Rocks Trailer HD from EyeSteelFilm on Vimeo.

Little Hope was Arson
November 29, 2014

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January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches were burned to the ground in five weeks, igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history.

imagesFilmmaker Theo Love in person!! No stone is left unturned and even Satan himself is considered a suspect in this gripping investigation of a community terrorized from the inside- out. Families are torn apart and communities of faith struggle with forgiveness and justice in this incredible true-story. LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON is a feature length documentary produced by the Collaborate and Goodnight Smoke. The film delivers edge-of-your-seat suspense and mystery while re-defining the concepts of church, family and justice in this captivating East Texas community.

Directed by Theo Love, 71min. 2013, U.S.A.

Little Hope Was Arson Trailer from Theo Love on Vimeo.

PULP: a film about life, death & supermarkets
November 29, 2014 - December 4, 2014

1398116883775“I felt that the film was a triumph—moving, funny, sweet, eccentric—and the reaction from the audience, well, it’s the kind of thing that makes you feel like you are smiling with your heart. Two people who I spoke with were moved to tears. How many rock docs can you say that about?” - DANGEROUS MINDS

1398098008684PULP find fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000′. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality – & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. PULP is a music-film like no other – by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.

90min, Directed by Florian Habicht, 2014, U.S.A.

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Dec
1
Mon
Docunight #10 The Bathhouse That Wanted To Keep On Being A Bathhouse
December 1, 2014

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After finding that his shower isn’t working just when he needs to get ready for an important ceremony, our narrator decides to set off in search of a public bathhouse in Tehran. His explorations become the basis for a film that examines the customs, history, and art of the Iranian bathhouse. More so, the film examines how the people of Iran view traditional cultural practices.

Mehdi Shabani was born in Tehran in 1975. In addition to his artistic career as a filmmaker and writer, Mehdi’s past jobs have included being a taxi driver, bookseller, carpenter, cook, manager and more.

Directed by Mehdi Shabani, 52min. 2010, Iran

Dec
2
Tue
BAY AREA DOCS: the IMMORTALISTS
December 2, 2014

Filmmaker Jason Sussberg in person for Q&A after the screening!!

“An absorbing documentary… top ten most anticipated films at SXSW”

-INDIEWIRE

live forever… or die trying.

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Filmmaker Bios
Jason Sussberg is a documentary filmmaker focused on BIG ideas on human progress and social justice. He started his career working in sports television for the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors. After receiving his MFA at Stanford University in film, he co-founded Dogpatch Films in San Francisco. He is a digital dabbler (with a past life in motion graphics) who trains his lens on social and political topics ranging from jailed journalists, justice system reform to futurism. When he’s not in the classroom teaching or co-directing The Immortalists, he is running marathons, making hot sauce from scratch, or yelling at drivers about the legal rights of cyclists. He lives in San Francisco with wife Kate McLean, who is also a filmmaker.
David Alvarado is a New York based filmmaker interested in science, philosophy and the future of civilization. He was born the son of a Mexican immigrant in Dallas, Texas where he spent his teen years running amuck with punk rockers on a mission of anarchy. After dropping out of high school and developing an accomplished career in criminal mischief, he switched career paths after realizing the power of film. He soon earned his G.E.D., moved up the ranks of community college and finally reached a university film school where he began to focus on documentary. Finally, in 2010 he completed his Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University in Documentary Film and Video Production. David’s dream is to inspire audiences with emotionally driven stories about people who are at the intersection of where science meets society. Today, he is an award-winning filmmaker living in New York City with an addiction to non-stop documentary filmmaking.
Dec
3
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #9
December 3, 2014

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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

Dec
5
Fri
Crime Wave 16 MM PRINT!
December 5, 2014

Unknown-2Crime Wave is a 1985 film made by Winnipeg-based filmmaker John Paizs shot between 1984 and 1986.The film is an homage to late 1940s-early 1950s “color crime pictures”. Paizs plays Steven Penny, a struggling screenwriter who lives above the garage of a suburban family, and begins typing each night from the moment the street lamp comes on. Everything we learn about the character comes from Kim (Eva Kovacs), the family’s daughter, who has a schoolgirl crush on him, as Penny never utters a word in the entire film.

 

CrimeWaveSteven is able to write beginnings and endings, but not middles, and we are treated to some of these amusing endings and rather repetitive beginnings that introduce several characters from various geographic regions to settle upon the film’s hero “from the North”.

The film is designed to emulate the look and feel of educational films from the period.Randolph Peters includes a flute and glockenspiel-based score emulating such films (the film concludes with a song based on this theme that discusses the possibility of Steven and Kim getting married sung by a small 1950s-style pop chorus). When Steven Penny is brought into some shady deals, the film takes on more of a neo noir look and sound, inflected with surrealism. One of the film’s signature images is of the street lamp smashed over Steven’s head, which he wears home.

24A young director intent on making “the greatest color crime movie ever” can’t seem to finish his script–he has a beginning and an end, but he can’t quite figure out the middle. The daughter of his landlord, excited to have a real “movie person” living nearby, tries to help by putting him in touch with a man who wants to collaborate on a script–the strange “Dr. Jolly”.

Directed by John Paizs, 80min., 1985, Canada

 

 

HAPPY VALLEY
December 5, 2014 - December 11, 2014

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“Thorough, thoughtful and heartbreaking.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Filmed over the course of the year after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest as key players in the Penn State scandal agree to share their stories, HAPPY VALLEY deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale. 

 198x137HappyValley-1Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary HAPPY VALLEY takes an unflinching look at an iconic American institution in the wake of unthinkable scandal. Nestled in the idyllic area known as Happy Valley lies the town of State College, home of Penn State University. For over 40 years, Joe Paterno was the celebrated head coach of the school’s storied football team. Lauded not only for his program’s success on the field, but also for students’ achievements in the classroom, Paterno was a revered figure in a town where team loyalty approached nationalistic fervor. Then in November 2011, everything changed when longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Director Bar-Lev creates an indelible portrait of a wounded community and an engrossing investigation into the role big time football played in both the crimes and their aftermath.

 198x137HappyValley-4HAPPY VALLEY made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January and has since screened at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, AFI Docs, Hot Docs and the Sarasota Film Festival where it won the documentary feature award.

 

198x137HappyValley-5About the Director Amir Bar-Lev

Amir Bar-Lev’s directorial debut FIGHTER was named one of the top documentaries of the year by Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice and won six international festival awards. Sony Pictures Classics released his second film, MY KID COULD PAINT THAT, internationally in 2007, with broadcasts on Starz, A&E and BBC. Bar-Lev traveled to New Orleans nine days after Hurricane Katrina and began filming a young married couple, both crack dealers, with a heroic story of survival during the storm and an uncertain future ahead. Bar-Lev served as co-producer on the resulting film, TROUBLE THE WATER, which was a 2009 Academy Award Nominee. TROUBLE THE WATER also took the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award at Full Frame, a Special Jury Mention at Silverdocs, the IFP Gotham Award for Best Documentary, and was nominated for the PGA Documentary award, and the NAACP Image Awards Best Documentary. Bar-Lev also directed THE TILLMAN STORY, a feature documentary about NFL safety Pat Tillman, who joined the Army Rangers in 2002 and was killed in a friendly fire incident two years later. THE TILLMAN STORY was named the top documentary of 2010 by The San Francisco Critics’ Circle, The Florida Critics’ Circle, and The St. Louis Critics’ Circle, and was nominated for ten additional critics’ circle prizes, the National Board of Review Documentary award, the PGA Documentary award, and the Cinema Eye Audience Choice award.

198x137HappyValley-3_Bar-Lev has directed two music documentaries: The Re:Generation Music Project, featuring collaborations by artists such as Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Scrillex, and Mark Ronson, among others, and 12.12.12, a concert film starring The Who, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen, among many others. He is beginning work on a documentary about The Grateful Dead. Amir Bar-Lev was born and raised in Berkeley, California graduating from Berkeley High. 

 98min. 2014, U.S.A.