December 2014 – February 2015
A truly unique weekend long tribute to the Coppola Family. The Roxie is honored to show movies directed and produced by Francis Ford, Eleanor, Sofia, Roman and Gia.
All proceeds benefit the Roxie!
Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Eleanor Coppola, Roman Coppola, Gia Coppola.
ADDITIONAL APPEARANCES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS CONFIRMED
James Franco is no longer able to appear in person. Our apologies.
Friday, December 19
7:30 Award-winning Sound Designers Richard Beggs and Walter Murch (also film editor) in conversation with Jim McKee
8:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now
Saturday, December 20
2:00 Roman Coppola in conversation
with Michael Fox
2:30 Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
4:45 Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides
Preceded by The Making of The Virgin Suicides by Eleanor Coppola
7:30 Eleanor Coppola in conversation
with Michael Fox
8:00 Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
Sunday, December 21
4:00 Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto
Q&A afterwards with Gia Coppola
Moderated by Cheryl Eddy
(SOLD OUT ONLINE)
7:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now
On Friday, December 19, the film will be preceded by a conversation with Academy Award Winning Sound Designers Richard Beggs and Walter Murch (also nominated as editor) moderated by Jim McKee.
This event is part of “A Coppola Family Affair” ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ROXIE!
In the estimation of many, it is one of the greatest films ever made. Legends have grown up around it. At the 1979 Cannes press conference, the filmmaker famously announced “My film is not about Vietnam. My film is Vietnam.” Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal god. Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall’s psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and cinematography.”A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror – and unimaginable thrill – of combat.”- Tom Huddleston, Time Out . – WUD Film. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola & John Milius. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Editor: Walter Murch. Sound Designers: Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Mark Berger and Nathan Boxer. With Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford & Scott Glenn.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 153 min. 1979. U.S.A.
Richard Beggs, sound designer and re-recording mixer, has worked in his career with directors like Francis Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Mel Brooks, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, and Alfonso Cuarón, among others.
He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for Apocalypse Now (1979) and has received many Golden Reel Award nominations as sound designer and mixer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Children of Men (2006).
Beggs teaches film sound at the California College of the Arts, he is an associate fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University, and sits on the board of directors of the San Francisco Arts Education Project.
Trained as a painter, Beggs received a B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. He exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Oakland Museum of California. A native San Franciscan (1942), Beggs has his sound studio at the San Francisco Film Centre in the Presidio of San Francisco.
About Walter Murch
Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now (1979), and won an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient (1996). He helped reconstruct Touch of Evil (1958) to Orson Welles’ original notes, and edited The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Mr. Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Coppola, a founding member of northern California cinema. Mr. Murch has directed — Return to Oz (1985) — and longs to do so again, but as an editor and sound man he is one of the few universally acknowledged masters in his field. For his work on the film “Apocolypse Now”, Walter coined the term “Sound Designer”, and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt, helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level.
About Jim McKee
Sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works in collaboration with playwrights, radio producers, filmmakers, performance artists and product designers. His experience includes mixing and sound design for stage, dance, feature films, national broadcast television, radio, commercial and drama, research and production for interactive media. Most recent works for radio include Ferlinghetti; Open Eye, Open Mind with Bay Area Drama Drama, and the Kitchen Sisters The Hidden World of Girls for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. For video; Chrysopylae an installation by Doug Hall with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Goldn Gate Bridge, Lou Harrison: A World of Music by Eva Soltes, Venice Under Water by Chip Lord, and 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 – Sympathy for the Decay by Ilppo Pohjola in cluding a live performance with Pekka Lappi. Recent feature films include Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and Hog’s Tooth by Olek Lyzwanski. Interactive work includes sonicification of Facebook and a six screen and speaker App, Walk-In Theater for iPad by Rachel Strickland and Eric Gould Bear.
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
What 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).
$20 All Ages
Stephen 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.
WEST COAST PREMIERE!
Q&A filmmaker Keirda Bahruth and Jerry Casale from Devo
No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For DEVO the beginning happened in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio. The songs they wrote were raw and unfiltered with no commercial intent. They called it Hardcore DEVO. In the summer of 2014, DEVO performed 10 shows playing the seminal, experimental songs they created between 1974 and 1977. They have not played most of these songs that pre-dated any fame or record contracts since that time. This film captures these ground breaking artists performing the songs that started it all. It’s DEVO unmasked, coming face to face with their past and paying tribute to their fallen brother, Bob Casale. It’s their “thank you” to everyone who believed in them before it was safe to be DEVO!
Director: Keirda Bahruth. 2014. Digital. 94 minutes.
NOISE POP EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!
Q&A with special guests
One 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.
WEST COAST PREMIERE!
Q&A with director Scott Crawford and Mark Haggerty (Gray Matter), Meghan Adkins and Nicky Thomas (Fire Party)
They weren’t the first and they weren’t the last, but they never got hit by the adult crash. SALAD DAYS tells the story of birth, childhood, awkward adolescence and triumphant young adulthood of Washington, D.C.’s extremely tight-knit and world renown punk scene. From all-ages shows to straight edge hardcore to Go Go music to Revolution Summer to Repeater, it’s all here in this sprawling love letter to the most vibrant regional music scene of the last forty years. Featuring jaw-dropping, archival footage and interviews with Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl and many more, SALAD DAYS is mandatory viewing for punk lifers and social anthropologists alike.
Director: Scott Crawford. 2014. Digital. 103 minutes.