Calendar

October – November 2014

Oct
2
Thu
NAS: Time is Illmatic
October 2, 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
5
Sun
Pirate Night: Last Hijack
October 5, 2014

* Berlin Film Festival 2014 * * New York Film Festival 2014 * * South By Southwest 2014 *

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-Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Last Highjack directed by Tommy Pallotta (animator and collaborator of Richard Linklater on “A Scanner Darkly” and “Waking Life”) tells the true tale of survival in Somalia from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling, the film takes an innovative hybrid approach to explore how one Somali pirate – Mohamed – came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animatedre-enactments exploring Mohamed’s memories, dreams and fears from his point of view  are juxtaposed with raw footage from his everyday life in an original non-fiction narrative. Dir: Tommy Palotta. 2014. 83 min.

Dir: Tommy Palotta – 2014 – 83 mins

 

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

Co-Presented by SF Sketchfest

A documentary that follows Dan Harmon on tour for his podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012.

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

Film & Dan Harmon & gang IN PERSON for LIVE recording of The Harmontown Podcast!

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

 

laurelhugThe film includes appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale.

Harmontown is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating, Harmon said. 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.

Harmon is planning to start another podcast tour in concert with the film’s theatrical release.

In May, NBC cancelled “Community” after five seasons. However, the show was recently saved by Yahoo Screen, which will release a sixth season of the cult favorite.

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

Official Site is Here.

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

Nov
6
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
November 6, 2014

FREE TO ALL!!

RegardingSusanSontagREGARDING 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.” PhotosInGlass-1024x682REGARDING 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

Nov
9
Sun
21 YEARS: RICHARD LINKLATER
November 9, 2014 - November 10, 2014

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Drawing on the concept that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist, this feature-length doc explores Linklater’s career from the trailblazing, Gen-X-On-Parade, SLACKER to his time-elapsing, box-office bonanza, BOYHOOD.  Made by Paste Magazine’s Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, the film offers blunt, unvarnished perspectives on his collaborative method, motivation, and directorial style from the likes of Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Kevin Smith, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey,  Zac Efron,  Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy,  Jay Duplass and others, opining between an abundant treasure trove of undeniably entertaining clips.   USA.  2014.  78 mins.

Nov
11
Tue
NIPPON NIGHTS #5 : SAVE THE CLUB NOON
November 11, 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.

scn_mainNoon, a venerable Osaka club, was busted in April 2012 for violating Japan’s law regulating entertainment establishments. Eight were arrested in the case, their charges being that the club allowed approximately 20 people to dance on its premises “without permission.”  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. The 65-year-old law was created when so-called dance clubs were used as hotbeds of prostitution. This documentary covers the music event held in July of the same year by over 90 artist teams, who rallied in protest.  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.

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Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, 93mins., 2013, JAPAN, English Subtitled.

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Nov
12
Wed
BAY AREA DOCS: Shorts Program
November 12, 2014

Filmmakers in Person!

High Five

high_five1On October 2nd, 1977 Dusty Baker hit his 30th homerun of the season, making history as the 4th player on the Dodgers to hit 30 or more home runs. As Baker rounded the bases, an excited rookie named Glenn Burke met him at home plate, raised his arm high in the air and slapped Baker five. It was the first high five recorded in the history of sports. A year later, Burke was forced about of baseball amid rumors of his sexual orientation. The film takes audiences back to the spontaneous moment between the two men and tells the story of how the celebratory gesture spread throughout the sports world at same time Burke was being forced from the game he loved. The film won the Jury Award and Best Short Doc at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.

10 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Michal Jacobs

Director’s Bio…

Michael Jacobs debut feature Audience of One won awards at SXSW, Silverdocs and screened at New Directors/New Films before going on to theatrical release and a premiere on Sundance Channel. Jacobs has directed documentaries for Sony Pictures, Current TV and Popup Magazine. Jacobs is currently a founding member of Strike Anywhere Films.

Santa Cruz del Islote

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Santa Cruz Isolate is less than three acres large and is one of the world’s most densely populated islands. This remote but family-like community resides fifty miles from Cartagena, Colombia. Such isolation has provided a peaceful existence for generations, but sufficient resources are becoming increasingly scarce. This short documentary explores the daily lives of a young boy and a fisherman as they come to terms with their changing paradise.

19 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Luke Lorentzen

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Luke Lorentzen is an undergraduate Film Studies major and American Studies minor at Stanford University. He has a particular interest in visually centered stories that explore everyday ways of life. His work has won awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Luke is currently working on a new documentary about the variety of barber shops and hair salons throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

 The Delano Manong

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The Delano Manongs tells the story of the Filipino farmworkers who spurred the Great Grape Strike in 1965 and joined forces with the other ethnic workers to create the United Farmworkers Union.

The film chronicles the untold story of the Filipino farmworkers who instigated one of the biggest labor struggles in American history — the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. Led by Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, the Manongs (a Filipino term of respect for an older man) joined forces with Chicano farmworkers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, to create the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). The documentary, compounded by interviews and both archival and present-day footage, sheds light on the lives of these Filipino farmworkers from their arrival into the United States in the 1920s and ’30s to the demise of their assemblage in the 1980s, highlighting their many struggles and achievements. The legacy created by the Manongs — out of a necessity and want for basic equality and humanity — is one still significant to and celebrated by thousands of Filipino Americans today.   The Trailer is Here.

27 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film By Marissa Aroy

Director’s Bio…

Marissa Aroy, director, of The Delano Manongsreceived an Emmy for the documentary “Sikhs in America,” which was shown on PBS. She produced and directed “Little Manila: Filipinos in California’s Heartland” also for PBS and produced “Sounds of Hope” for Frontline World. Aroy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College and a master’s degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley. She recently came back from Tacloban where she was filming the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Aroy was named one of the most influential Filipina women in the US in 2009 by the Filipina Womens Network. She and her filmmaking partner, Niall McKay, founded Media Factory, a media production company in 2004. For more about Media Factory: http://www.mediafactory.tv

Facing Fear

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As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten in a back alley by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger found himself in a chance meeting with a former neo-Nazi skinhead, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before…Zaal was one of the attackers who beat Boger and left him for dead. 

With their worlds turned upside down, the two embarked on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation that challenged both to grapple with their own beliefs and fears. Neither could imagine that it would to lead to an improbable collaboration…and friendship. 

“Facing Fear” Trailer from Jason Cohen Productions on Vimeo.

23 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film By  Jason Cohen

Director’s Bio…

Academy Award-nominated Jason Cohen has produced and directed all formats of film and television on projects that cover a broad range of topics over the past 20 years. Currently, Cohen is in production on a global film about love and forgiveness that has taken him around the world to highlight stories in Uganda, India, Haiti, Spain and Italy.

Cohen has had an ongoing relationship with Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki for over 15 years. Last year he produced the Okazaki-directed APPROXIMATELY NELS CLINE, about the world-renowned lead guitarist of the rock band Wilco. He co-produced HBO’s Emmy-nominated BLACK TAR HEROIN: DARK END OF THE STREET, with Okazaki and was a producer on his Emmy Award-winning HBO doc on the dropping of the atomic bomb, WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN, which also screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  *Full Biography

 

SLOMO

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Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

18 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Josh Izenberg

Director’s Bio…

Josh hails from Ann Arbor, where he earned a degree in Screenwriting from the University of Michigan. He’s since worked as a copywriter, a cab driver, and a carpenter. SLOMO is his first documentary.

Nov
13
Thu
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: THE ILLNESS & THE ODYSSEY
November 13, 2014

Post Screening Discussion with Neurologist Michael Geschwind, Ph.D., M.D. 

image001A cure for Alzheimer’s. A Nobel Prize. On one remote island, a high stakes battle to solve a medical mystery unfolds.

The Illness and the Odyssey gives us an up-close look at the scientific process in the making as we observe internationally acclaimed scientists battling each other to find the cause of a mysterious disease found on Guam – Lytico-Bodig. If the answer is found it may lead to finding the cause and cure of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The film features renowned author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks.   Cycas_circinalis

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Sacks, M.D. is a physician, a best-selling author, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat(1985), Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (2007) and The Mind’s Eye (2010). Awakenings (1973), his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. The New York Times has referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.” Dr. Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

DR. SACKS’ Full Biography is here.

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Biography of Michael Geschwind, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Michael D. Geschwind is a neurologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center who specializes in the assessment and treatment of rapidly progressive dementias, including prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). He helped establish a hospital program for the assessment of rapidly progressive dementias at UCSF Medical Center, the first of its kind in the country. He has also helped establish a clinic for patients with autoimmune encephalopathies. In his research, he studies cognitive dysfunction in movement disorders, such as Huntington’s disease, corticobasal degeneration (CBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and other Parkinsonian dementias.

Geschwind earned his medical degree and postdoctoral degree in neuroscience through the Medical Scientist Training Program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed an internship in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center, a neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. He is an associate professor of neurology and holds the Michael J. Homer Chair in Neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine.

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Nov
18
Tue
HAIRY WHO & THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS
November 18, 2014

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hairywho_coverIn the mid 1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists. Collectively known as the Imagists, they showed in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era – Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image, Marriage Chicago Style.

comicKissing cousins to the contempora- neous international phenomenon of Pop Art, Chicago Imag- ism took its own weird, wondrous, in-your-face tack. Variously pugnacious, puerile, scatological, graphic, comical, and absurd, it celebrated a very different version of ‘popular’ from the detached cool of New York, London and Los Angeles. HAIRY WHO & THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS is the first film to tell their wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story.

Directed by Leslie Buchbinder. Written by John Corbett Animated by Lilli Carré. Narrated by Cheryl Lynne Bruce. USA. 2014. 105 mins. 7pm.