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November – December 2014

Nov
21
Fri
Rocks In My Pockets
November 21, 2014 - November 27, 2014

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Filmmaker Signe Baumane IN PERSON after the 7pm show Friday, Saturday & Sunday!

In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival. Winner Of The International Film Critics (fipresci) Prize Karlovy Vary International Film Fest.  In English. 2014. USA. 88 mins.

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Nov
22
Sat
Legends of Ska
November 22, 2014

LOS-about-photo-1Legends Of Ska celebrates the music, culture and enthusiasm of Jamaica as a newly independent nation more than 50 years ago.  The documentary film chronologically explores the history of original Jamaican ska and the significance of the island’s musical impact.  In the spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club and 20 Feet From Stardom, this film focuses primarily on the years 1962-1966 by interspersing vintage and contemporary concert footage, rare photographs, newsreels, artifacts, interviews and authentic tourist 8mm home movies. Ska was Jamaica’s first popular musical export, which sprang from the jazz clubs and dance halls of Kingston to spawn a worldwide dance craze.  Without Ska, there is no Reggae.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
November 22, 2014
Filmmaker Leah Mahan in person with Turkey Creek heroes
Rose Johnson and Derrick Evans as well as Leslie Fields, Sierra Club director of Environmental Justice, and Reilly Morse, director of the Mississippi Center for Justice.

03_Turkey-Creek_2003_©Leah-MahanCome Hell or High Water follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Bay Area filmmaker Leah Mahan worked on the documentary over the course of a decade, as Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster. This film is about their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice and shows the resilience of a community that stands together for their rights.

s_01_Turkey Creek_2005_©SAWfoto.com_by Spencer Weiner“This powerful documentary illustrates a classic case of environmental injustice and exposes raw in-your-face Mississippi racial politics. Come Hell or High Water is a perfect lesson that we are not living in a post-racial era.” ~ Dr. Robert Bullard, ‘father of environmental justice’

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

UnknownIn 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.

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 1, 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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Nov
30
Sun
THE TRAIL RUNNING FILM FEST
November 30, 2014

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Those of you who have run a Rainshadow race know that we’re all about community and celebrating the greater community of trail-lovers. We bring the same laid-back enthusiasm and trail-loving camaraderie to showcasing trail running films of all shapes, sizes, and varieties as we do to our dynamic and beloved Northwest trail race series.6411936

And, like our races, we also feature local beer and good friends. There are a lot of talented filmmakers in this close-knit and extended trail community, and we wanted to create a way to showcase everything we love so much about trail running while simultaneously highlighting local, regional, national, and international filmmakers. Thus, The Trail Running Film Fest was born. We had an extremely successful debut tour throughout the Northwest in March of 2014, and we’re back again – this time to bring you a nation-wide tour kicking off in the fall of 2014.

5803493_origWe hope you’ll join us for an unforgettable evening of trail films, good beer, and great friends!

To read all about our current list of films, click here

DOORS OPEN at 5:00pm

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