Calendar

August – September 2014

Aug
1
Fri
HAPPY CHRISTMAS
August 1, 2014 - August 7, 2014

Happy ChristmasSAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!  SKYPE Q&A WITH FILMMAKER JOE SWANBERG FOLLOWING 7pm SHOW on 8/1!

Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend, so she thinks it would be a good time to crash her filmmaker brother Jeff’s Tiki bar basement for a couple of weeks to figure things out. Problem for Jeff is, when you’ve got a toddler and money is tight and your wife is struggling to balance motherhood and art, it might not be a great idea to have a perpetually wasted 27-year old around. Also – it’s Christmas in Chicago. Working again with DRINKING BUDDIES collaborators Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (working in warm-hued Super 16mm), Swanberg’s latest is a can’t-miss cocktail of effervescent performances, cringe-inducing realities and small graces. Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham & Jude Swanberg.  Dir: Joe Swanberg. 2014. Digital. 77 mins.

Free for members!

Aug
5
Tue
BRAVE NEW WORLD SERIES: CYBER-SENIORS
August 5, 2014

cyber-seniors-moviePost Screening Q&A hosted by Community Technology Network and SF Connected

“…Charming, Poignant, Hilarious…” – Maria Shriver, NBC NEWS

“Touching!” – Village Voice

“A Must-See Film!” – Huffington Post

 

CYBER-SENIORS chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video. A spirited video competition for the most “views” evolves as the cyber-seniors’ hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. CYBER-SENIORS provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged, proving you are never too old to get ‘connected’. Directed by Saffron Cassaday – 2014 -  75 Minutes.

 

Brave New World is a tech and science film series with presentations and discussions by science and technology experts.

Aug
7
Thu
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #5
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #5
August 7, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Aug
10
Sun
BAY AREA DOCS: BROWN BREAD
August 10, 2014

Brown Bread: The Story of an Adoptive Family

FILMMAKER SARAH GROSS IN PERSON!

In the hills of Northern California, an unusual family gathers for their reunion. As they join hands around the table, their colorful mix of races looks like the American dream of integration.

Black, white, middle class, ghetto: adoption gave the same name to six children from very different backgrounds.  Scenes from the family reunion are interwoven with images from their home lives:  a professor at Stanford, a manual laborer, an entrepreneur in debt.  How do they bridge the differences of race and class which divide them?

A personal documentary about what it means to grow up in an adoptive family.

Directed by Sarah Gross. 2013. 87 mins. NR

http://www.brownbreadthefilm.com/

director Sarah Gross (Drei Mädchen)SARAH GROSS studied filmmaking at Harvard University, where she began exploring the portrait documentary. In the industry, she is an experienced 1st A.D., working on major European productions such as award-winning Good Bye Lenin.  Her short films have won awards, and she has received European MEDIA funding to develop several screenwriting projects.  She has three children and is based in Berlin, Germany.  BROWN BREAD is her first feature-length film.

Aug
15
Fri
KINK
August 15, 2014 - August 21, 2014

Kink2A surprise hit at Sundance, KINK tells the true story of sex, submission, and big business as seen through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose nine-to-five workdays are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling production facilities of Kink.com, the wold’s largest producer of pornography with BDSM themes – for the uninitiated, that stands for bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism.  Come peer inside one of the Roxie’s most notorious neighbors.   Produced by James Franco.  Directed by  Christina Voros. 2013. Digital. 79 mins.

Free for members!

Aug
16
Sat
MI CASA NO ES SU CASA
August 16, 2014

imageMI CASA NO ES SU CASA tells the story of a rapidly evolving neighborhood: San Francisco’s Mission District. Stripping down the word “gentrification” to its literal and interpreted meanings, this film addresses the multifaceted perspectives of the issue. Through interviews with long time residents, politicians, professors and community activists MI CASA NO ES SU CASA gives us a snapshot into this vibrant neighborhood and the complicated politics of its newfound popularity.

Directed by Avery Yu and Haley Jensen. 40 mins.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers!

Aug
19
Tue
SLAMDANCE presents: I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER
August 19, 2014

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SLAMDANCE presents: I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER

Tuesday, August 19

We’re excited to team up with one of our favorite film festivals – the mighty SLAMDANCE – for a night of film and fun.   The feature is preceded by a reception, so come early to hang out!

I Play With The Phrase Each Other 
Jake, a young neurotic, is persuaded to leave his small home town and move to the city to live with Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving.  Written & Directed by Jay Alvarez.  Digital.  2014.  110 mins.

 

I Play With The Phrase Each Other – Trailer from IPWTPEO on Vimeo.

Aug
29
Fri
BRASSLANDS
August 29, 2014

Crossroads Film Festival – 2014, WINNER Best Feature Documentary

International Film Festival Rotterdam – 2014, Official Selection

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“BRASSLANDS is a fascinating look at this infectious and addictive form of music, so filled with life from a country that has seen its fair share of death, sadness and war.”IndieWIRE, Katie Walsh

“There is sure to be dancing in the aisles”New York Times, Anne Mancuso

“As an introduction to the music, it’s fascinating…The documentary is beautifully filmed, funny  and insightful”New York Music Daily, Alan Young!

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A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. BRASSLANDS offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.

Sep
3
Wed
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #6
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #6
September 3, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Sep
4
Thu
BAY AREA DOCS: BIG JOY – THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
September 4, 2014

Co-presented by Canyon Cinema

BigJoy_Bill_Desloge_2A 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 reading James Broughton’s poetry to create performance events using Broughton’s poetry and films, bringing them a vibrant contemporary feel.

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