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

Co-Presented by SF Sketchfest

**ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 12:00PM WE ARE RELEASING 30 MORE TICKETS TO  THE LIVE PODCAST + SCREENING ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23**

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

Watch the film & see Dan Harmon & gang IN PERSON for a LIVE recording of The Harmontown Podcast!

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

laurelhug“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.”  -Dan Harmon

Featuring an irreverent and sadistically honest social commentary on all things personal and pop-culture, the Harmontown podcast began in 2012 as a way for creator Dan Harmon to connect with fans through an unfiltered medium where no subject was off limits. The podcast quickly grew in popularity, gaining a cult following with nearly a hundred thousand devoted listeners downloading each week’s episode. After parting ways with NBC’s “Community,” a show he created, Dan set out to take his podcast on a tour across the country. Accompanied by comptroller Jeff B. Davis (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”), his girlfriend (cum fiancé) Erin McGathy (“This Feels Terrible” podcast), and gaming enthusiast Spencer Crittenden (the Apple store in Moorpark), Dan and company traveled 9,500 miles in 23 days, performing 20 live shows. Filmmaker Neil Berkeley followed the intrepid group for the duration of the journey, capturing not just the public shows themselves, but the private moments of self-doubt and struggle in between. Written, produced and directed by Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing). With Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Steve Agee, Alison Brie and Rob Schrab. Digital. 2014. 120 mins.

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

Official Site is Here.

Oct
19
Sun
NAS: Time is Illmatic
October 19, 2014 - November 7, 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
22
Wed
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
October 22, 2014

UnknownThe subjects of the film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers.

They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But BEFORE is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie –whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.

Denni is a gentle-hearted widower in his 70s whUnknown-1o begins exploring his sexual identity and fondness for dressing in women’s clothing under the name “Dee.”

Ty is an impassioned LGBT activist who hears nothing but wedding bells once gay marriage passes in New York. Robert “The Mouth” is a feisty bar owner who presses on when his neighborhood institution comes under threat. Born before the Civil Rights era, these men have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes, from the Stonewall Riots and gay liberation, to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and Queer Nation, to gay marriage and Lady Gaga, and have lived to become part of an unprecedented “out” elder generation. Before focuses on the lives of these three gay seniors, but reminds us that while LGBT elders face a specific set of issues, aging and its challenges are universal. Unknown-2An affirmation of life and human resilience told with a refreshing humor and candor, Before confirms that you are never too old to reshape society.

 

Documentary, 110 mins., Directed by PJ Raval, 2013, U.S.A.

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT theatrical trailer from OUTsider Festival on Vimeo.

Oct
23
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS #4 : IDOL IS DEAD
October 23, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.The 1st title is “IDOL IS DEAD”, musical horror comedy stared by real Japanese idol group, BiS.

Iimgresn Japan, beautiful pop pin-up Idols rule the music scene. Frustrated in her dreams of being a star in Tokyo, Rui ended up a hostess in a provincial bar. When her former rival Momoko returns home a successful Idol singer, Rui flips out and kills her and the rest of her pop group. In order to hide the crime, she and her friends take the dead girls’ place, creating BiS (Brand-new Idol Society). But when a mad scientist reanimates Momoko as a half-robot half zombie, she retaliates on the new starlets and their fans. A strikingly original part-horror, part-comedy, part-music-video starring one of Japan’s freshest pop sensations. (in Japanese with English subtitles) 

 

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Director/Screenwriter : Yukihiro Kato, JAPAN, 2012, 63min. 

Casts : BiS (Brand New Idol Society)

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Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco &  Japan Foundation

 

 

Oct
24
Fri
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
October 24, 2014 - October 30, 2014

Vietnam 2During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. With the specter of a Communist victory looming and only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country, the United States prepares to withdraw. As they begin to realize the reality of certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confront a moral quandary: obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens, or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. Vietnam1With the clock ticking and the city under fire, heroes emerge as a small handful of Americans take matters into their own hands.  Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy’s daughter Rory, dares to reopen the books on a war that scarred our national psyche. Chronicling a story few of us know, Kennedy’s potent documentary may both shock you and restore your faith in humanity”.  – David Courier, Sundance Film Fest.

Directed by  Rory Kennedy.  Written by  Mark Bailey &  Keven McAlester. Edited by Don Kleszy.  Cinematography by Joan Churchill. In English and Vietnamese with English subtitles, 2013, 98 minutes, color, U.S.A.

LISTEN UP PHILIP
October 24, 2014 - October 28, 2014

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I can’t think of a recent movie that stages with as much joy and wonder the sense of living a life that becomes, directly or obliquely, in action or in idea, the stuff of art.

-Richard Brody, New Yorker

 Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.

Following up his critically acclaimed The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry scripts a complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy filled with New Yorkers living their lives somewhere between individuality and isolation. Jason Schwartzman leads an impressive cast, including Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, and Jonathan Pryce, balancing Perry’s quick-witted dialogue and their characters’ painful, personal truths. With narration by Eric Bogosian, we switch perspectives as seasons and attitudes change, offering a literary look into the lives of these individuals and the triumph of reality over the human spirit.

 

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Directed by Alex Ross Perry 108 min. U.S.A. 2014

VIKTOR
October 24, 2014 - October 30, 2014

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Action/Thriller starring Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Green Card, Cyrano de Bergerac)  and Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers series, Bedazzled, Mickey Blue Eyes).  A story of revenge and redemption. When Viktor Lambert returns to Russia after 7 years in French prison, he is determined to uncover the truth and gain revenge for his son’s death just 3 months earlier. He stops at nothing to protect his son’s girlfriend who carries his baby and vows to bring down everyone responsible for his son’s murder.  Thrilling pacing, stunning locations and brutal violence in the tradition of action films like Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” and Sam Mendes’ “Road to Perdition.”

Directed by Philippe Martinez, 97min.,2014, Russia

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Oct
26
Sun
PURGATORIO
October 26, 2014

Filmmaker RODRIGO REYES IN PERSON for Q&A after the screening!

“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier”  –Andrew Barker, VARIETY 

“This haunting, beautifully photographed documentary presents the human side of its incendiary topic” –Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“An elegiac and cinematically shot poem filled with emotional narration and iconography” –Christine Davila, IndieWIRE

Jury Award for Best Documentary, NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL •Jury Award for Best Documentary, THIS HUMAN WORLD •Jury Award for Best Documentary, SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL •Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary, ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

UnknownRodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camera-stylo, Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.

Unknown-2PURGATORIO was shot in the fall of 2011 over 4 weeks with a crew of three, on a documentary-making road trip in a dilapidated Ford Van, meandering through back roads and highways from Tijuana to Big Bend National Park. It was a trip full of unforgettable anecdotes:The production vehicle became stranded in the desert dunes of Yuma, forcing the crew to hike several miles deep with temperatures over 100 degrees and hoisting all their gear, just so that they could capture the perfect shot of the border fence rising from the sand like a mythical beast.

UnknownNearly a week went by in Ciudad Juárez under a strange streak of luck: no murders were happening. Dumbfounded police officers and journalists swore that crime would soon pick up, as news media reported on the extreme rarity of so many days without violent crime. Lashing the camera and tripod to a 12 foot plastic canoe, filmmakers camped out in the canyons that run alongside the Rio Grande River, dividing Mexico from the US, capturing stark images of epic proportions. These are just a few of the many misadventures that the filmmakers encountered as they made their way along the border. The spirit of this journey has seeped into the film itself, and is one of the reasons why PURGATORIO is so unique.

Purgatorio – Official Trailer from RR Cinema on Vimeo.

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A film by Rodrigo Reyes, 80 minutes, 2013, Mexico

Oct
27
Mon
PARTICLE FEVER
October 27, 2014

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Particle Fever follows the inside story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, documenting the successes and setbacks in the planet’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough.

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.

For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

Particle%20Fever_02_Monica%20Dunford%20emerges%20from%20ATLAS_Photo%20Courtesy%20of%20PF%20ProductionsAs they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, from the inspiration and initiative of producer David Kaplan and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

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A documentary film by Mark Levinson and David Kaplan,  99min., 2013, U.S.A.


Oct
29
Wed
Docunight #9: Park Mark / “Mory” Wants A Wife
October 29, 2014

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‘Park Mark’ follows the life of a man during one night, roaming the streets of Tehran, stealing from charity boxes that are installed all over town. This story takes place after he is back from the US where he had committed two murders for which he served considerable jail time.

2010 / 42 mins
Directed by Baktash Abtin

Mory Wants A Wife

“Mory” Wants A Wife is about a man named Morteza, AKA Mori. The film documents Mori’s struggles with the issues of living in poverty and with his utter sexual frustration as a single man living in Iran.

2009 / 42 mins
Directed by Baktash Abtin

About the Director…

Baktash Abtin (b. 1974) is an Iranian screenwriter and film director. As a secondary school graduate he quickly published three books of poetry and then began experimenting with the film medium: he wrote scripts and featured in television productions.