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Thu
NAS: Time is Illmatic
October 2, 2014

Nas-Time-is-Illmatic-official-poster-lowWritten by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, the film follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, “Illmatic” – widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop.

Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20. Featuring interviews with his ‘Illmatic’ producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC is a thrilling account of Nas’s evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.

Director: One9, 74 mins., 2014, U.S.A.

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Oct
3
Fri
ABUSE OF WEAKNESS
October 3, 2014 - October 9, 2014

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[A] chilly, dark portrait of two control freaks locking horns.

-Stepehen Holden, NY Times

Beginning in 2004, filmmaker/novelist Catherine Breillat had a series of debilitating strokes connected to a previously undiagnosed cerebrovascular disease.During her long, grueling recovery, she became fascinated by international con man Christophe Rocancourt. She decided only he could play the leading part in her next film. Their close friendship ended with a bang in 2009—when Breillat sued Rocancourt for conning her out of nearly $1 million.

No stranger to discomfiting her audience—or herself—Breillat fictionalizes that recent life chapter here, with the inimitable Isabelle Huppert as stroke-felled filmmaker/novelist “Maud Shainberg.” Maud invites into her life notorious celebrity “crook” Vilko Piran (French rapper Kool Shen). The two fast become thick as, well, thieves. The title Abuse of Weakness suggests a simple victimization that is in fact much more complex and ambiguous in Breillat’s queasy, thinly veiled self-portrait.

In Huppert’s fearless performance, Maud is perversely willing prey to “wild animal” Vilko. He’s rude, bullying, seductive—but then she is often demanding, arrogant and contrary herself. Their interdependency has elements of a marriage (though he’s already married) and an affair (though it’s platonic). These are two prickly, high-maintenance people determined to get the most out of each other, for better or worse. The fact that it’s very likely to be “for worse” seems key to their mutual attraction. –Dennis Harvey

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Casts: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino

2014, France | Germany | Belgium, 105min. English Subtitles

Oct
5
Sun
Pirate Night: FISHING WITHOUT NETS
October 5, 2014

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Like a Coen Brothers film set on the high seas, Fishing without Nets thrusts us into a man-made prison of greed, hopelessness, and violence.

-Travis Hopson, Examiner.com

 The subject of Somali pirates still strikes fear in the hearts of us Westerners, for it’s all a landscape that’s totally different than anything we could possibly know about. Shot in East Africa using first-time Somali actors, Fishing Without Nets ls the mesmerizing, sobering story of the region’s bandits from the Somali point-of-view. In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Here (in Sundance 2014′s winner for the Directing Award, U.S. Dramatic), debut feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action thriller with the intimate, textured qualities of an arthouse film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.

Dir: Cutter Hodierne – 2014 – 110 mins

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FISHING WITHOUT NETS – TEASER (feature) from mynameisCutter.com on Vimeo.

Pirate Night: Last Hijack
October 5, 2014

* Berlin Film Festival 2014 * * New York Film Festival 2014 * * South By Southwest 2014 *

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-Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Last Highjack directed by Tommy Pallotta (animator and collaborator of Richard Linklater on “A Scanner Darkly” and “Waking Life”) tells the true tale of survival in Somalia from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling, the film takes an innovative hybrid approach to explore how one Somali pirate – Mohamed – came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animatedre-enactments exploring Mohamed’s memories, dreams and fears from his point of view  are juxtaposed with raw footage from his everyday life in an original non-fiction narrative. Dir: Tommy Palotta. 2014. 83 min.

Dir: Tommy Palotta – 2014 – 83 mins

 

Oct
8
Wed
BAY AREA DOCS: TONGUES OF HEAVEN
October 8, 2014

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“You already know the importance of saving a language. You know the reason, but not the motivation to save it,” admits Anchi Chen, one of the collaborators for TONGUES OF HEAVEN. With 96% of the world’s population speaking only 4% of the world’s languages, what does it mean today to speak your mother tongue?

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To put it another way, what do you lose when you lose your native language? Using video as the primary medium of expression, four young indigenous women from the Austronesian language territories Taiwan and Hawai’i share their questions, desires and challenges of learning their native languages.

Dir: Anita Chang. 2013. 60 min.

Anita Chang is a Bay Area independent filmmaker, educator and writer. Her award-winning works have screened internationally and broadcast on U.S. and Taiwan public television. She has taught in community centers and film departments in San Francisco, Nepal and Taiwan’s College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University. Honors include grant awards from the Fulbright, San Francisco Arts Commission, and KQED Peter J. Owens Filmmaker programs.

Artist website: anitachangworks.com

Tongues of Heaven is a Creative Capital and National Geographic All Roads Seeds funded project.

BAY AREA DOCS is a monthly program featuring the best films made in the mecca of documentary filmmaking.

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Oct
9
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: THE CIRCLE
October 9, 2014

FREE TO ALL!!

381717lPart love story, part thriller, and all astonishingly true, The Circle weaves a gorgeous 1950s period drama around a documentary to reveal the story of Zürich’s groundbreaking gay magazine Der Kreis—and its network of readers, friends, and lovers, who formed one of the first modern homophile societies.

In the years following World War II, a small band of Swiss writers dared to publish their bimonthly magazine Der Kreis (The Circle), smuggling it into countries throughout Europe. It provided subscribers with news and erotica (in German, French, and English), “artistic” physique pictorials, and—perhaps most importantly—a sense of community. The magazine’s sumptuous galas helped give Zürich a reputation as the gay capital of Europe. At one of these balls, in 1958, closeted schoolteacher Ernst Ostertag meets local drag celebrity Röbi Rapp—who is very much out of the closet (his loving mother sews his gowns for him). This encounter is the beginning of a love affair that endures today: in 2007, Ostertag and Rapp became Switzerland’s first same-sex civil partners. The film follows their relationship and the challenges faced by the controversial magazine after a gay prostitute murders a prominent client, igniting press hysteria and police crackdowns that threaten to end Zürich’s era of freedom.

Directed by Stefan Haupt, 102 Minutes, Switzerland, 2014

Oct
10
Fri
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
October 10, 2014 - October 11, 2014

deadsnow2poster_If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.

100min. Directed by Tommy Wirkola, 2014, U.S.A.

Oct
13
Mon
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
October 13, 2014 - October 14, 2014

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The Arab Film Festival returns to the Roxie this fall for its 18th edition.  With an international standing, the Arab Film Festival is considered one of the most important festivals of Arab films outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics. This year the festival will screen in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and Palo Alto, October 10-23.

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Oct
16
Thu
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS
October 16, 2014 - October 18, 2014

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SF Shorts is about grabbing someone by the eyeballs and making them think, feel and react. It’s about what people see every day but now stare at in wonder. SF Shorts proves that entertainment can have human value. Mixed genre short films curated into 7 feature programs.

Oct.18th:Screenings with Q&A feature discussions with the filmmakers.

 

See sfshorts.com for details.

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You can buy an ALL-PASS here for $35, you get to see all 7 programs.

 

 

Oct
17
Fri
HARMONTOWN
October 17, 2014 - October 23, 2014

Co-Presented by SF Sketchfest

ADVANCED TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABL FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23.

A LIMITED NUMBER MAY BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

A documentary that follows Dan Harmon on tour for his podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012.

★SPECIAL EVENT★ HARMONTOWN + LIVE PODCAST — Thursday, Oct. 23 7:00pm

Film & Dan Harmon & gang IN PERSON for LIVE recording of The Harmontown Podcast!

Admission = $20 in advance / $25 @ the door

 

laurelhugThe film includes appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale.

Harmontown is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating, Harmon said. It’s more than a documentary. It’s your chance to figure out what’s wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit.

Harmon is planning to start another podcast tour in concert with the film’s theatrical release.

In May, NBC cancelled “Community” after five seasons. However, the show was recently saved by Yahoo Screen, which will release a sixth season of the cult favorite.

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Director: Neil Berkeley, 101min. U.S.A. 2014

Official Site is Here.