September – November 2014
& a special introduction by performance artist Jason Jenn, who will be performing an excerpt of his one man show ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE, inspired by the work of James Broughton.
A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960’s and 70’s to profoundly embrace life and ‘follow your own weird’.
A charismatic and visionary poet and filmmaker who emerged in the artistic renaissance of post – WWII San Francisco, James Broughton led a completely unconventional existence in his lifelong quest for creative artistry, sexual and spiritual love and an evolved state of happiness. BIG JOY is a celebratory mosaic of Broughton’s deeply intertwined creative and personal lives, vividly depicted through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides.
Directed by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha and Dawn Logsdon. USA. 2013. Digital. 82 mins.
About the filmmakers
Stephen Silha, producer and co-director, is a freelance writer, facilitator, and futurist who has made a practice of communicating about what makes communities and relationships work. He has reported for The Christian Science Monitor, the Minneapolis Star, and Yes! Magazine. He knew James Broughton, and was present at his death in 1999. Inspired by Broughton’s philosophy, life and work, he began a biography project which morphed into this film and multi-media project.
Eric Slade, co-director and producer, is an independent producer/director based in Portland, OR who has extensive experience with PBS. His independent documentary work includes Hope Along the Wind: The Story of Harry Hay (2002), The Impact of AIDS, Housing the American Dream, Safety in Numbers, Sex Life, and Acting Up for Prisoners.
Jason Jenn is an LA-based performance artist, director, designer, and event planner who was inspired by the film BIG JOY and James Broughton’s poetry to create performance events using Broughton’s poetry and films, bringing them a vibrant contemporary feel.
Be sure to catch the full performance of Jenn’s ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE the following day. The performance is a full hour of sensual delights that will leave audiences uplifted and aptly experiencing the ecstasy of James’ wondrous wit and wild whimsy. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8pm at the SFAI Lecture Hall.
Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love.
Starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup. Directed by Peter Glanz. 2014. 86 min. Digital.
SKYPE Q&A with Director Sean Ellis after the screening!
Co-presented by FACINE – Filipino Arts & Cinema International
Winner of the Audience Award @ Sundance Film Festival
Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez and his family decide to move from the poverty stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arriving in the big city, Oscar and his family fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. Oscar manages to land a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong, his senior officer. Before long, it becomes apparent that Ong, has been planning the arrival of someone just like Oscar for sometime.
Directed by Sean Ellis. 2013. Tagalog with English subtitles. 115 min.
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In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.
Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group – what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon. But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.
This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.
Directed by Mark Herzog, Sandrine Orabona, 90 Minutes, U.S.A., 2014
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2014
A strange singer with “god given talent” drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-cum-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.
It is legend in Memphis that a blessed and cursed singer by the name of O.V. Wright fell from grace and was buried in an unmarked grave. I learned of his myth around the same time I was brought to Peace Baptist Church, and witnessed a deep spirituality as ancient as the oak trees that dress every street in the city. A true believer in ghost stories and a scholar of African American studies, I was drawn to tell my own folk tale, and there was only one place on my mind. Our film captures the descent of a troubled singer as he drifts through an urban landscape looking to save his very soul. We surrounded ourselves with real Memphians and made a film that hopes to project a cool, beautiful world – as old as dirt and yet entirely new, and deserved of the title MEMPHIS.
Written and Directed by Tim Sutton.
Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson Music by Willis Earl Beal. Digital. USA 79 mins.
Official Site is Here.
NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #3 – TAMALA2010 a punkcat in space & Wake Up!! TAMALA
Thursday, September 25th
The 3rd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “TAMALA”, Japanese animated film about kitten from the Planet of Cats, who sets out to solve the mystery of her birth.
With large eyes and a cherubic face. She is cute enough to make go crazy for her until she opens her mouth that is. Don’t be fooled by her innocent face; TAMALA is a real hell-on-wheels, bitter-sweet punk cat.
Playful, one year old, female cat. She played the heroine in the theatrical film ”TAMALA 2010 a punkcat in space” in 2002.
a t.o.L FILM “TAMALA2010 a punkcat in space”
Originally Written, and Directed by t.o.L / Music by t.o.L & trees of Life /
Voice Over : ATSUKO HARASIMA, SHINJI TAKEDA, TAKESHI KATO, SATO(54-71),
Producers : t.o.L & SEIICHI TSUKADA & KAZUKO MIO / 2D Animation : KENTARO NEMOTO /
3D CG Direction :MICHIRO TSUTSUMOTO & KENJI OKADA / Editor : KENSUKE KAWAMURA & DAISHIN SUZUKI
92 mins. /2002 / English Subtitled
Presented by CULTURE PUBLISHES
“Wake Up!! TAMALA
In 2010, the new “TAMALA” film project started cooperated with one of the world most famous environmental preservation fund, WWF Japan. 『Wakeup!! TAMALA』 depicts the vision of the crisis which has been destroying the biodiversity by human civilization during the poetic time travel with TAMALA. The subject of death and rebirth, as the place of origin of its concept, has been set in this film with the perspective of the nature conservation.” -
Animation Creator : Kentaro Nemoto
Production : Tokyo News Service,Ltd
Executive Producer : Takashi Okuyama（Tokyo News Service,Ltd）
Producer : Akira Takeuchi（Tokyo News Service,Ltd）
Associate Production : Team From JP.
Voice Over : Atsuko Harashima, Chiaki Kuriyama
17mins. /2010 / English Subtitled
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax
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Part 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
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.
In 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)
Once, Rui has aimed at a singer. However, now, she was frustrated and was doing the hostess’s work in the country. When Rui goes home together with a friend’s Tsunko, She met Momoko, the rival at the time of her having aimed as a singer. Momoko became an idol singer and was successful. On the grounds that Momoko has ridiculed Rui, Rui killed two friends, her and her. In order that Rui may escape a crime, She formed the idol group together with Tsunko pretending to be Momoko and others.
(C) Copenhagen Theater 2013
Director/Screenwriter : Yukihiro Kato, JAPAN, 2012, 63min.
Casts : BiS (Brand New Idol Society)
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REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.” REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world. REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG has been made in partnership with HBO Documentary Films and will be broadcast Fall 2014.
Directed by Nancy D. Kates, 100 Minutes, U.S.A., 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.
This is a documentary about Japan’s law regulating entertainments.
Noon, a venerable Osaka club, was busted in April 2012 for violating Japan’s law regulating entertainment establishments. This documentary covers the music event held in July of the same year by over 90 artist teams, who rallied in protest. The law regulating entertainment businesses makes it illegal to allow patrons to dance, but the law went into effect in 1948, and in many ways is out of step with contemporary society. This film delves into problems in Japan’s music industry with interviews of performers like Ito Seiko and Hanaregumi, who have their doubts about the law.
Dancers displeased with the anti-dance law and the shutdown of a popular club in Osaka are taking their arguments to the screens this month in a documentary titled “Save The Club Noon.”
Noon, located in the Nakazaki-cho district of Osaka, was forced to shut down in April 2012 after local police claimed the club violated the 1948 fueihō entertainment business control law. Eight were arrested in the case, their charges being that the club allowed approximately 20 people to dance on its premises “without permission.” The 65-year-old law was created when so-called dance clubs were used as hotbeds of prostitution. Clubbers have been quick to rise up against a recent crackdown that has caused some lawmakers to push for a reform of the law.
Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, the film’s title derives from an event held in July 2012 in which more than 90 artists gathered to protest Noon’s closure. The film features prominent media figures including novelist Seiko Ito as well as the manager of the club. -Japan Times
Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, 93mins., 2013, JAPAN, English Subtitled.
SAVE THE CLUB NOON」Production Committee.