Czech That Film: KRÁSNO
March 30, 2015

images-1Come see new and exciting films at the fourth annual

Czech That Film festival, showcasing the best of Czech cinema

in 18 cities across the United States


Unknown-3A dark comedy begins with Michal and Adam, two childhood friends coming back to their hometown after 20 years. Michal’s mother has been dead for several years and Michal’s father dies on the day they return. Without knowing the truth about his mother´s death, all that is left is anger and sadness. The father’s new wife (now a widow) behaves suspiciously, which encourages Michal and Adam to investigate. The pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery, unaware that disaster awaits.

(Krásno, 2014, 119 min.) dir. Ondřej Sokol


Nippon Nights #8: GHOST IN THE SHELL
April 16, 2015

Nippon Nights is a monthly series presenting different genres, styles and generations of Japanese Cinema to Bay Area audiences. Check out our upcoming screenings:

Join us for a discussion with Gilles Poitras, writer on anime, manga and Japanese culture after the screening to discuss the world of Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell stands as one of the pioneering films of anime history, one that captures the imagination with its intricate story and dazzles the eyes with its gorgeous animation.

-Jeff Beck,

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The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.

Directed by Mamoru Oshii, 83min., 1995, Japan, English subtitled.


Nippon Nights Program is Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco & Japan Foundation

BAY AREA DOCS: Capturing Grace
April 30, 2015

Filmmaker David Iverson, a radio broadcaster known to Bay Area audiences as the Friday former host of KQED’s Forum call-in show, was himself diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004 and will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

This event is presented by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and SF DocFest.

CapturingGrace_Poster_3This award winning documentary is about an unlikely intersection between two very worlds – one is occupied by a legendary dance company, people who move with beauty, the other by people who live with Parkinson’s disease and sometimes struggle to move at all.  Capturing Grace tells the story of what happens when a world renowned dance group joins forces with people with Parkinson’s to stage a unique performance.  Over the course of a year, the film captures the hopes, fears, frustrations and triumphs of this newly forged community.  s_CapturingGrace_Photo_1Challenging our expectations about illness and art it’s a story filled with enduring characters who demonstrate the transformative power of art and the strength of the human spirit as a remarkable community of dancers–some professional, some not –  come together to capture grace. 

Directed by Dave Iverson, 60min., 2014, U.S.A.

BAY AREA DOCS: American Vagabond
May 18, 2015

**Filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening Q&A

AV2Chipping away at the myth of San Francisco as a promised land for all gays, AMERICAN VAGABOND is a moving love story of two young misfits, a homeless gay couple, and their attempts to stay together against overwhelming odds.  What can you do if you’re 18, gay, and living with your parents in a conservative part of the United States?  You head to San Francisco, “the gayest city in the world,” in search for a sense of belonging. But all hope of a warm gay welcome and a sense of belonging soon evaporates as housing becomes a financial impossibility and social acceptance within the older, wealthier gay community beyond their reach.

AV1San Francisco isn’t particularly hospitable for penniless newcomers, and the boys end up on the streets in the shadow of the city – stranded in a world of homeless people and the community of other kicked-out queer youth.

Directed by Susanna Helke, 85min., 2013, Finland