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December 2014 – February 2015

Dec
13
Sat
“CRÈME DE LA CRÈME” OF THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT
December 13, 2014 - December 18, 2014

After a four-day run from November 14-17 that produced sold-out, turn-away business from patrons who could not get enough of the Roxie Theatre’s offering of rare, classic French film noir, festival co-programmers (Elliot Lavine and Don Malcolm) are pleased to announce that a special engagement of audience favorites will be re-screened at the Roxie beginning on Saturday, December 13.

The French Had a Name for It Returns

⇢ VIEW THE COMPLETE PROGRAM GUIDE. 

As a “Christmas valentine” for the patrons who stood in line to see these films in November, a special “Noel noir,” the 1962 thriller LE MONTE-CHARGE (aka PARIS PICKUP), featuring festival favorite Robert Hossein (HIGHWAY PICKUP, BLONDE IN A WHITE CAR) will be screened at 7:00pm on Saturday the 13th.

Le Monte-charge, La Verite, Temoins dans la VilleLE MONTE-CHARGE, which is set on Christmas Eve, is the perfect way for French noir fans to get another glimpse into what is a treasure trove of dark, twist-laden films that Malcolm and Lavine plan to bring to the Roxie screen during 2015.

LE MONTE-CHARGE will screen that evening with hands-down festival favorite HIGHWAY PICKUP (aka CHAIR DE POULE), which also features Hossein, the breakout star of the festival.

In addition to HIGHWAY PICKUP, the “crème de la crème” reprise for THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT will feature Henri-Georges Clouzot’s powerful 1960 noir melodrama LA VÉRITÉ (aka THE TRUTH), starring timeless screen legend Brigitte Bardot.

Also back are the dynamic, nocturnal WITNESS IN THE CITY (aka UN TÉMOIN DANS LA VILLE), with a towering performance from Lino Ventura, and the deliciously twisty KISS FOR A KILLER (aka UNE MANCHE ET LA BELLE), done as only the French can do up a James M. Cain-like tale of lust and murder.

A fifth film, the surreal and incendiary I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVES, which mesmerized the audience on the final night of the festival run, will also receive two additional screenings.

Do not miss your opportunity to see the “crème de la crème” of these French noir rediscoveries before they disappear into the night—just like a mysterious femme fatale

SCREENING SCHEDULE

*All screenings are Double Features

Saturday December 13

LA VÉRITÉ 2:00 /A KISS FOR A KILLER 4:30

LE MONTE-CHARGE 7:00 /HIGHWAY PICKUP 9:00

Sunday December 14

HIGHWAY PICKUP 2:00 /LA VÉRITÉ 4:30

HIGHWAY PICKUP 7:00 /LA VÉRITÉ 9:15

Monday December 15

HIGHWAY PICKUP 7:00 /LA VÉRITÉ 9:15

Tuesday, December 16

WITNESS IN THE CITY 7:00/ I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVES 9:15

Wednesday, December 17

KISS FOR A KILLER 7:00/ WITNESS IN THE CITY 9:00

Thursday, December 18

HIGHWAY PICK UP 7:00/ I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVES 9:15

Dec
17
Wed
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
December 17, 2014

MV5BMTM0MDE3MDY4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDI3NTE5Ng@@._V1__SX997_SY631_In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up!  This Christmas season everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

MV5BNjA5OTA5NjQ1Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTkzNzQwNA@@._V1__SX997_SY631_Have a merry scary good time with a film the New York Times called “a thing of frigid beauty and twisted playfulness.” 

“[A]n exemplary horror film,” raved Roger Ebert, one that “never for one instant winks at us that it’s a parody.”

84 min. Written and directed by Jalmari Helander, 2010, Finland.

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
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.