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December 2014 – February 2015

Dec
30
Tue
OSCAR DOC SHORT LIST: TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER
December 30, 2014

Oscars Documentary Short-List Series

Academy & Roxie members must present their membership cards to be admitted free of charge.

UnknownLonnie Franklin Jr was arrested in July 2010 after a 25 year killing spree in which it is thought he could have killed over a 100 victims, potentially making him the most prolific serial killer in history. Significantly his arrest was not the product of painstaking detective work but completely accidental, the result of a computer DNA match that linked him to a possible 20 victims. Franklin now awaits trial. Tales of the Grim Sleeper looks into how it was possible for all this to happen.

Unknown-1The murders all took place in the South Central area of Los Angeles, the poor part of the city with the worst schools, the worst hospitals, and no jobs. The Lonnie Franklin case has become very political in Los Angeles amidst accusations that the reason the killings were able to go on for so long was because the victims were all black African-American women. The murders were all reported as being the killings of prostitutes, even though it now appears many were not.

What is revealed is a police force that didn’t care and a community estranged and abandoned from the rest of the city. A police force that for years used the slang term NHI (No Human Involved) for murders of prostitutes, drug addicts and gang members.

Unknown-3In this film we meet all those people the police never talked to. Like a detective story, we are introduced to Lonnie’s world. We meet his friends, Richard, Gary, and Steve, who slowly reveal the extent of their knowledge; Jerry, Lonnie’s night time companion when he picked up women, and Chris, Lonnie’s son, who paint a complicated portrait of a contradictory man; The survivors who narrowly escaped death at Lonnie’s hands but would never dream of sharing their experiences with the police.

Unknown-2We meet the amazing women of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, who for over 30 years have fought tirelessly to see justice for the Victims families. Through characters like Pam, who used to work the streets, we are taken on a tour of Lonnie’s haunts – the Mustang Motel, The Snooty Fox, the woman who’s throat he tried to cut, and the people of South Central LA. We find wit, humour, and humanity in the most unexpected places, and a people who have been dealt a grave injustice that extends far beyond this case.

Jan
23
Fri
SF Sketchfest 2015: Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill
January 23, 2015

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill

Shouting-at-the-ScreenBack in the days before live-tweeting, the only way to express your thoughts while watching a movie was to yell them out loud to the delight of your friends, and the disgust of the old people two rows in front of you. Wyatt Cenac (Comedy Central’s THE DAILY SHOW) and Donwill (Tanya Morgan) invite you to join them as they recreate the magic of Magic Johnson theaters and guide you MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000-style through the wonderful world of blaxploitation and black cult cinema. Wyatt and Donwill will screen a fine specimen from yesteryear, egging you on from the peanut gallery as the non-foam Statler and Waldorf.

 $25 All Ages

Performers:

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Donwill

Donwill is half of the hip hop group Tanya Morgan and all of himself. He will have a better bio when he gets around to writing it which will be soon.

Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac is a NY-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, best known for his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he was a correspondent and writer for half of the last decade. Prior to that, he spent three seasons writing on “King of the Hill.” Wyatt can be seen in Mike Birbiglia’s acclaimed film, “Sleepwalk with Me,” Darren Grodsky’s independent film “Growing Up (and Other Lies)” and Barry Jenkins “Medicine for Melancholy,” which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. His one-hour special,”Comedy Person,” premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. He also produced the film, ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” which was shown at Sundance in 2012. Wyatt currently has projects in development with AMC and and BBC America and a forthcoming comedy special for Netflix. Wyatt will also be releasing an album in 2014. He can next be seen in David Cross’ film “Hits,” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Jan
24
Sat
Guru Zane
January 24, 2015

Premiere at the Roxie Theater!

9f1ddc_92495ec2b97343899702720054774a24.jpg_srz_322_176_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzGURU ZANE is a video document of a special needs child who’s warmth and character transforms his family and caregivers in reciprocal loving devotion.

Zane Robinson, now 14 years old, was diagnosed with Emmanuel Syndrome shortly after birth and he is one of roughly 500 people who have been diagnosed worldwide.  The film is a reflection of Zane’s daily routine and challenges, as well as their impact on his family.  In this simple exploration of Robinson family life spanning the course of two years, they find themselves in a constant journey
to acceptance and understanding of their son as a person.  GURU ZANE is an illustration of growth and love that demonstrates the most valuable lessons a family can learn from having a child with special needs.

Directed by Taylor Whitehouse & Amanda Hoffman, 2014

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Jan
30
Fri
SF Sketchfest 2015: Salute to Preston Sturges: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” with guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer
January 30, 2015

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

Salute to Preston Sturges: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” with guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer

Chris_Michael_Harry_pressPreston Sturges (1898-1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker who was considered by many to be the father of the screwball comedy. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “The Great McGinty” and went on to write and direct comedy classics including “Sullivan’s Travels,” “The Lady Eve,” “The Palm Beach Story,” “Hail the Conquering Hero,” “Unfaithfully Yours,” and the film that will be screened at this salute, the uproarious 1944 film “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.” One of the highlights of Sturges’s work is his use of an unofficial ensemble ‘stock company’ of the greatest comedic character actors and actresses of the era. There is a parallel in the work of special guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, who are key members of a modern ‘company’ of performers who have created amazing ensemble comedies starting with “This Is Spinal Tap” and leading up through “Best In Show,” “Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” “Family Tree” and “A Mighty Wind.” They’ll present the film live in-person.  

$25 All Ages

Performers:

Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest directed and starred in “Waiting For Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration,” all of which he wrote with Eugene Levy. He also directed and starred in “This Is Spinal Tap,” which he wrote with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner. He received a Grammy Award for the soundtrack of “Best in Show” and an Emmy for “The Lily Tomlin Special.” Most recently, he co-created and directed HBO’s “Family Tree” with Jim Piddock.

Michael McKean

Recent New York theatre includes “The Band Wagon,” “All The Way,” “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” “King Lear,” “Our Town,” “Superior Donuts,” “The Homecoming,” “The Pajama Game,” “A Second Hand Memory,” “Hairspray.” He is the first million dollar Celebrity Jeopardy champion. Theatre World Award for Rupert Holmes’s Accomplice; Grammy for title song A Mighty Wind, written with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Oscar nomination for Best Song A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, written with Annette O’Toole.

Harry Shearer

Actor…author…director…comedian…musician…philosopher…political satirist…record-company owner…and one of the best “voices” in the business (just ask “The Simpsons”), Harry Shearer is a comic personality and modern day renaissance man.

For the past two decades he has enjoyed enormous success and planted the fruits of his talents in the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work for “The Simpsons,” where he plays a stable of characters: most notably Mr. Burns, Smithers, and insufferable neighbour Ned Flanders.

Feb
2
Mon
SF Sketchfest 2015: “Groundhog Day” on Groundhog Day: Film Screening and special Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowky
February 2, 2015

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

“Groundhog Day” on Groundhog Day: Film Screening and special Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowky

Original Cinema Quad Poster - Movie Film PostersWhat better way to celebrate a giant rodent seeing his shadow than a screening of the beloved Bill Murray deja vu comedy “Groundhog Day?” SF Sketchfest is thrilled to screen the film on the day itself, followed by a special Tobolowsky Files, the award-winning storytelling show and podcast by veteran character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (who stars in the film as the hilariously irritation Ned “BING!” Ryerson).

GD-bill-murrayDon’t miss your chance to relive this special film over and over again and listen to engaging yarns by a true master storyteller!

$20 All Ages

Performer:

Stephen Tobolowky

avatar-5.jpg.320x320pxStephen Tobolowsky is one of the leading character actors in film today. USA Today listed Stephen as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies. He has appeared over 200 movies and television shows. He is best known for playing Ned Ryerson in “Groundhog Day,” Sammy Jankis in “Memento,” Werner Brandes in “Sneakers,” Happy Chapman in “Garfield,” and Mr. Bates in “Freaky Friday.”

On television, he has played Tor Ekland on “Seinfeld,” Hugo Jarry on “Deadwood,” Bob Bishop on “Heroes,” and is currently seen as Sandy Ryerson on “Glee” and Stu Beggs on “Californication.” He wrote and performed “Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party” that premiered at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. He wrote “True Stories” with David Byrne and Beth Henley. He has written and performed his stories on the “The Tobolowsky Files” for Slashfilm.com and on iTunes. They are also broadcast weekly on KUOW in Seattle and on WFPL in Louisville. PRI (Public Radio International) is now producing broadcasts of his stories to air on stations across the country.

Feb
20
Fri
2015 Noise Pop Film Series: Ollies, Dollies & Drones: A Survey of Spike Jonze’s Skate Videos
February 20, 2015

NOISE POP EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Q&A with special guests

Spike Jonze PosterOne of the best filmmakers of his generation (and indisputably the greatest music video director ever) Spike Jonze learned his craft in the last remaining Wild West for filmmakers growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s – skateboard videos. From early work with World Industries through his contemporary contributions to Lakai and Girl (of which he is a co-owner) Spike’s grasp on the formal restraints of the genre – namely, a loose interpretation of trespass and copyright laws – were immediate, and the boundary shattering imagination he applied to his skate videos changed the game forever. As skate videos, they’re thrilling and hilarious and super cool; viewed as a sort of sketchbook for a restlessly creative artist sharpening his craft, they’re invaluable. Join us for a survey of Spike’s skateboard videos.

Director: Spike Jonze. 2014. Digital. 90 minutes.