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January – February 2015

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
7
Sat
SF Indie Fest: Shorts 1: Personals
February 7, 2015 - February 9, 2015

BigGirl Shorts 1Human seeking other human for some semblance of connection, validity of existence, warmth. Me: your daughter’s funeral crasher; your son’s first love; your new husband’s estranged brother. You: a brave one, forced to grow up too soon; a loved one, who still has time on this earth; a mysterious one, who showed up on my couch this morning. I know you’re out there. Meet me at the Roxie. -JW

Included Shorts

Big Girl (16min) More

Helberger In Paradise (17min) More

Keep the Change (16min) More

Person to Person (18min) More

This Is Not The End (6min) More

Wedding Dress (13min) More

Presented by KQED’s “Film School Shorts”

Feb
8
Sun
SF Indie Fest: Shorts 2: No Regrets
February 8, 2015 - February 10, 2015

Fantastic shorts 2This shorts block, featuring new work from Indiefest alum and newcomers alike, will make you feel funny. Sometimes funny-ha-ha, sometimes funny-but-please-stop, and sometimes just hungry. But we guarantee this: You won’t leave without seeing something unlike anything you’ve seen before. (And we promise that’s not code for a bunch of impenetrable experimental art pieces.) Be mesmerized by Juggalos, eavesdrop on an uncomfortable assassination plot, and get the most difficult-to-say last name stuck in your head for days. -JW

Included Shorts

Bad at Dancing (10min) More

Buffalo Juggalos (30min) More

Fantastic (21min) More

Queso Flameado (7min) More

Smithston (9min) More

Total Freak (9min) More

Presented by KQED’s “Film School Shorts”

Feb
14
Sat
SF Indie Fest: POWER BALLAD SING A LONG
February 14, 2015

Anti-Valentine’s Day Mass Karaoke Party

08_EdpSome of us just can’t stand Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, there’s an entire genre of music made just for our pain, and it happens to be the most badass music ever: POWER BALLADS! This Valentine’s Day we’ll sing, we’ll hold lighters in the air and sway, we’ll pound our fists at the sky in defiance of those who would dare not love us. This new playlist for 2015 features the music of Journey, Guns ‘n Roses, Bon Jovi, Warrant and more. -JR

This year’s event kicks off with a live performance by sketch comedy troupe The Mess followed by a new playlist featuring the music of Journey, Guns ‘n Roses, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Warrant, and much, much more. – Jeff Ross

Includes live performance by sketch comedy troupe THE MESS.

1NSQdtxFrom the people who brought you HOT MESS comes THE MESS, a sketch comedy troupe based in California’s East Bay with writers, dancers, singers, actors, and mischief makers from all over the globe. This collective of rabble-rousers create original scripted shows from the ground up with a focus on performances that celebrate the Bay Area and all it’s ridiculousness.

Feb
15
Sun
SF Indie Fest: FILM SCHOOL GEMS
February 15, 2015 - February 16, 2015

film school gems 2Film School Shorts is KQED’s national showcase of the best short fiction films from across the country that feature everything from quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers from major institutions like NYU, Columbia University and CalArts that have wowed audiences at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride and SXSW.  The short films included here are highlights from the show’s upcoming Season 3 and represent a wide-range of styles and content and introduce vibrant, young filmmakers that are soon to make an impact in the industry. – CM – Presented by KQED’s Film School Shorts

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.