January – February 2014

January 10, 2014 - January 14, 2014



Friday, January 10 – Tuesday, January 14

EMOTIONS.  HORMONES.  EMOTIONS.  GIRLS.  HORMONES.  BOYS.  HIGH SCHOOL.  EMOTIONS.  MOM.  HIGH SCHOOL.  DAD.  EMOTIONS.  HIGH SCHOOL.  HORMONES.  Winter break is over, please come hang out at the Roxie for a long weekend of documentaries, exploitation, classics, premieres, tv shows, new 35mm prints, old YouTube rips, and ABSOLUTELY NO JOHN HUGHES!   Four nights and two afternoons of teenagers living only for tomorrow.  We’ve worked on this series for a year and it is guaranteed to rip you apart.


As if that wasn’t enough, check out our OPENING NIGHT PARTY – PROM: REDUX, co-presented by our BFFs IndieFest!

I WAS A TEENAGE TEENAGER at the Roxie, 1/10 – 1/14/14 from RoxieTheater on Vimeo.

Friday, January 10 


HIGH SCHOOL – An early example of master filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s Direct Cinema, HIGH SCHOOL was filmed at a large urban high school in Philadelphia. The film documents how the school system exists not only to pass on ‘facts’ but also transmits social values from one generation to another. HIGH SCHOOL presents a series of formal and informal encounters between teachers, students, parents, and administrators through which the ideology and values of the school emerge.  Dir: Frederick Wiseman, 1968, 75 mins.  7pm

ALL AMERICAN HIGH – “Think ‘Fred Wiseman meets Fast Times At Ridgemont High’! This vintage fly-on-the-wall doc, almost totally unseen since its brief 1987 theatrical release and subsequent PBS airing, covers a full school year of jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, partiers and one very wise-beyond-her-years foreign exchange student at local L.A. institution Torrance High School. Every nuance of the era’s youth culture is on glorious display — and might make you a tad misty-eyed for a time before Facebook, cell phones and everything-on-demand.” –  Cinefamily  Dir: Keva Rosenfeld, 1987, Digital, 59 mins.  8:20pm

DIARY OF A TEENAGE HITCHHIKER – “You’ve seen her standing there.  Thumb out.  Smilling.  There are thousands  like her all over America.  And you’ve heard about what happens to some of them when they get in the wrong car…” Starring Charlene Tilton, Dick Van Patten, Katherine Helmond and Katy Kurtzman.  Dir: Ted Post.  1979.  VHS.  9:30pm


Saturday, January 11


TWO MOVIES ABOUT TEENAGE BOYS AND MOTORBIKES – One is older, one is opening theatrically in a couple of weeks.  Both are about the sort of families that form on the adolesecent margins of society, and the harsh price the adult world inflicts on them.  90 mins & 75 mins, 3:45pm & 5:30pm.

TEENAGE MOTHER – According to IMDB: “A new health teacher in a high school is nearly raped by drug-dealing students and is blamed when a student turns up pregnant.”  According to our friends at Cinefamily,”your life will never be the same after this movie”.  Featured content include a real-live birth and Fred Willard in his first on-screen role.  Starring Arlene Farber, Frederick Riccio and Julie Agne.  Dir: Jerry Gross.  1967.  35mm.  78 mins.  7pm

OVER THE EDGE – For our money, one of the greatest movies of all time, ever: the pre-fab town of New Granada has lots of kids with no place to go but the rec center, and now the adults want to take THAT away, too?  That’s not going to end well for the adults.  Starring Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig and Matt Dillon.  Written by Charlie S. Haas and Tim Hunter.  Dir: Jonathan Kaplan.  1979.  16mm. 95 mins.  9:15pm


Sunday, January 12


ENDLESS LOVE – A production centered around the sudden stardom of the fifteen-year-old Brooke Shields, and geared to the sensibilities of teenage girls, older women, and gay men, Endless Love is firmly poised on the terrain of the Melodrama sub-genre, the “women’s picture”. Martin Hewitt plays David, a high-school senior semi-abandoned by politicized parents, who falls in love both with younger teen-Goddess Jade (Shields), and her seductive, tight-knit, seemingly libertine family. Jade’s parents (Don Murray and Shirley Knight) and brother (James Spader in one of his first roles) provide the familial intimacy for which David’s always longed, but the intensity of Jade and David’s blatant passion forces a network of incestuous tensions to the surface, and David is banned from the family. Cut to the quick, the still-immature David is inspired to foolhardy faux-heroics: while Jade’s folks throw one of their wild, teen-centric parties, David starts a small fire on the porch of their ramshackle house. Thinking it’ll be easy to put out, and that he’ll save the day and be taken back into the fold, the ensuing conflagration pushes David into a realm of criminality, mental distress, and outsider-status beyond his wildest nightmares. Through it all, past any point of rational perspective, David will not give up his all-consuming love for Jade–a self-defining love on the grand scale, authentically Endless.” – Film on Film Foundation.  Starring Brooke Shields, James Spader, Tom Cruise, Don Murray and Shirley Knight.  Dir: Franco Zefferelli.  1981.  35mm.  117 mins.  7pm

VALLEY GIRL: THE REMAKE – “Martha Coolidge’s VALLEY GIRL captured and immortalized the ‘80s obsession with suburban LA mall slang, and its legacy remains so potent that 25 years later, artist Michelle O’Marah and her friends decided to revisit it with their own low-budget remake.  Every detail is lovingly (re)created, from the costumes to the soundtrack!  See a nightclub made out of painted construction paper!  See the sketchiest use of a green screen ever!  See Peter Case of the Plimsouls played by a woman in a beret!…Cardboard sets (and sandals…and sushi…) aside, there is an attention to detail here that no one over-academicizing the original would bother to pull off. “ – Kier-la Janisse, DESTROY ALL MOVIES.  Dir: Michelle O’Marah.  2002.  Digital.  103 mins.  9:15pm


Monday, January 13


REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE – The baddest teen on the block, the movie that started it all – REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE!  Jim Stark thinks he can get away from his troubled past by moving to a new town, but nothing is as easy as it seems, and Jim is called to prove himself once again.  Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.  Dir: Nicholas Ray.  1955. Digital.  111 mins.  7pm


SPELNDOR IN THE GRASS – Our patron saint of the evening Natalie Wood returns in SPLENOR IN THE GRASS, Elia Kazan’s heartbreaking tale of a fragile Kansas girl’s unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome and rich young man.  Starring Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty and Pat Hingle.  Dir: Ela Kazan.  1961 mins.  Digital.  124 mins.  9:15pm


Tuesday, January 14


FISH TANK – FISH TANK is the story of Mia, a volatile 15-year-old, who is always in trouble and who has become excluded from school and ostracized by her friends. One hot summer’s day her mother brings home a mysterious stranger called Connor who promises to change everything and bring love into all their lives.  Starring Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing and Michael Fassbender.  Dir: Andrea Arnold.  2009.  35mm.  123 mins.  7pm


FISTS IN THE POCKET – Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio.  Charged by a cooly assured style, shocking perversity and savage gallows humor, FISTS IN THE POCKET was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that contrines to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian Cinema.  Starring Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora and Jenny McNeil.  Dir: Marco Bellocchio.  1965.  Digital.  105 mins.  9:20pm


Programmed by Gina Basso & Mike Keegan.  Special thanks to Jeff Ross/SF IndieFest, Karen Konicek/Zipporah Films, Keva Rosenfeld, Jacob Wolters/Oscilloscope Laboratories, Bret Berg & Phil Blankenship/Cinefamily, Paul Ginsburg/NBCUniversal, Carl Martin/Film on Film Foundation, Michelle O’Marah, Justin DiPietro/IFC Films, Brian Belorvac/Janus Films

January 17, 2014 - February 2, 2014


From the 2011 overthrow of a thirty year dictator, through military rule, and culminating with the forced military removal of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013,THE SQUARE follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience.

The activists in the film are armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, YouTube videos, and a resolute determination to liberate their nation, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictator willing to crush protestors with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters. Through the voices of these daring revolutionaries, we understand why they believe that it’s worth risking life and limb for ideals and the future of the country.

Wednesday, January 22 @ 6:45
This show is Co-hosted by the International Socialist Organization and Co-sponsored by the Arab Resource Organizing Center & Arab Cultural & Community Center. After the film will be a skyped Q and A with Mostafa Ali, a journalist for Ahram Online and member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists.

 Thursday, January 23 @ 6:45
This Screening is Co-Sponsored By The World Affairs Council ‘s International Forum.  Director Jehane Noujaim will be in attendance to participate in a short Q&A after the film. THIS SCREENING IS SOLD OUT.

 Thursday, January 23 @ 8:45
Director Jehane Noujaim will be in attendance to introduce the film.

Friday, January 24 @ 7:15
Producer Karim Amer will be in attendance to participate in a short Q&A after the film.

January 23, 2014

ruth's table benefitJoin us for a special screening of Bob Toy’s documentary, Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist, the story of the acclaimed artist and arts education activist, and Svetlana Butnaru’s short film, Hearing Voices: The Ruth’s Table Story.

Proceeds support Ruth’s Table programs – A center where all generations come together to explore their creativity.

Sponsored by FORT (Friends of Ruth’s Table) & BCFSF (Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco) 

Thanks to the Academy of Art University for allowing the special screening of the documentary.


January 25, 2014




The San Francisco Film Society’s Youth Education program has been cultivating and championing youth filmmakers for more than two decades through a range of youth media opportunities in both exhibition and production. This diverse collection of short films showcases youth-produced films from two of those valuable programs: Half of the films were produced during SFFS’ annual Young Filmmakers Camp, and half are nominees or winners in our annual Golden Gate Awards Competition at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Together, they represent a dazzling array of youth voices and artistic talents from around the Bay Area.

Don’t Play Games with Me

An intense interrogation leads to surprising revelations. Young Filmmakers Camp 2012. (Ruby Drake, Matt Kaman, Charles Kieser, Sam Lombardi & Jake Newman, 2012, 3.5 mins)

The Math Test

The standard train-leaves-the-station math problem becomes a source of both anxiety and liberation for one young test-taker. 2011 Golden Gate Award nominee. (Sam Rubin, 2010, 5 mins)

Jurassic Floor

Made entirely of LEGOs, this animated short takes an elevator ride to a whole new level—and evolutionary era. (Garry Moore & Gregory Moore, 2012, 6 mins)

To Prove Your Love

Stuck in traffic and sent on a mission to please his over-demanding uncle, poor Conor finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Young Filmmakers Camp 2011. (Alex Cervantes. Nora Filet, Michael Fontana, Calvin Lin, Conor Tracey & Ariana Vargas, 2011, 4 mins)

Moon Shoes

A pair of magical shoes changes one man’s life, but pits him against his quirky, dumpster-diving friend. 2010 Golden Gate Award winner. (Joel Vanzeventer, 2009, 13 mins)

My Friend Cal

Eight years after the death of his brother, Tyler is still figuring how to let go of the best friend he’s ever had. Young Filmmakers Camp Advanced Lab 2013. (Alexander Bear, Patrick Buscher, Marcus Mero & Audre Sorem Smikle, 2013, 5 mins)

Scary School

Eager to make his way in the world, an ambitious newbie vampire enrolls in a school for aspiring young monsters. Young Filmmakers Camp 2012. (Charlie, Cheese, Jesse, Lincoln, Price & Sofia, 2012, 6 mins)


Considered the class nerd, Clove tries to befriend a popular group of girls by helping them play a prank on their teacher. But is she prepared for the consequences? Young Filmmakers Camp 2013. (Willa Barnett, Spencer Collantes, Lily Cunningham. Meave Cunningham, Daryl Fallon & Joelle Park, 2013, 5 mins)


A talented young singer explores the roots of the Black Panther Party in Oakland through a blend of music video and historical footage. 2013 Golden Gate Award nominee. (Lily Yu, 2012, 4 mins)


Panic ensues when the office pencil sharpener suddenly stops working. Young Filmmakers Camp 2011. (Jared Ergino, Charles Kieser, Jeff Parsont, Elana Rapp & Alia Welsh, 2011, 5 mins)


In a Los Angeles metro station, commuters are asked to ponder a single, but not so simple, question. 2012 Golden Gate Award nominee. (Eric Brownrout, 2011, 6 min)


After finding a homeless man in the school bathroom, a group of students try to turn his life around—with mixed results. Young Filmmakers Camp 2011. (Gaby Alias, Elijah Howard, Jackson Karel, Sam Lombardi, Jake Newman & Mariana Weiss, 2011, 3.5 mins)

India Export

A vibrant visual voyage through the sights and sounds of Southern India. 2011 Golden Gate Award nominee. (Raphael Linden, 2010, 5 mins)

Violence in Public Schools

What really happened to Jimmy Cooper in the school hallway? Finding the true story requires some serious investigation and many hilarious interviews. Young Filmmakers Camp 2013. (Susanna De Federicis, Isabella Fatato, Ethan Fox, Kaitlynn Lake, Lily Parsont & Rigo Valadez-Bigler, 2013, 6 mins)


A legendary Bay Area photographer shares colorful anecdotes about some of his classic rock-and-roll subjects. 2011 Golden Gate Award winner. (Nat Talbot, 2010, 5 mins)


The Roxie Theater is committed to fostering the appreciation and understanding of film and video as media not only for artistic and personal expression, but also as a tool for important social change in our community and beyond. By partnering with well-established local media organizations, the Roxie’s Future Filmmakers Program aims to provide an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a professional environment, build audiences, increase media attention, and help expand access to media education in our community.

Special thanks to BiRite for donating healthy snacks!

January 26, 2014

Mike Mills in person for Q&A!

On the eve of his Live Projects 3 artist talk at SFJAZZ Center, join us for a special evening of films by Project Los Altos featured artist and acclaimed writer/director Mike Mills.

Mills’s films and videos often explore emotional sMIKE MILLS webpaces – such as loss, transformation, and sadness – and the complex identities driving his characters.

The evening includes a screening of his new video A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project (2013), a portrait of the children of workers in the Silicon Valley tech industry, each sharing his or her own vision of the future.

This work was commissioned by SFMOMA for Project Los Altos and is currently on view at the Costume Bank in Los Altos, California (November 9, 2013 – March 2, 2013)

Buy your tickets here.

January 28, 2014



Tuesday, January 28 at 7pm



In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”  Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer.  2012.  Digital.  115 mins.  7pm


January 30, 2014

theater partyAll Roxie members are cordially invited to get down with us at our Members Appreciation Party! The evening features a top-secret screening of a BLINDINGLY RARE 35mm print. What’s the movie? Well, we can’t tell you, officially, but we can hint at it, and you folks are certainly savvy enough to pick on the hints: it’s a VERY psychedelic acid Western from the late 1960s that is generally credited as the first Midnight Movie. It’s really TOP notch, if you get our drift, wink wink.

After the screening, please stay and hang with us for complimentary drinks, music, fun times, and a photobooth. This party celebrates the heart and soul of the Roxie, our members! Each member is welcome to bring up to 2 guests. RSVPs are requested at

If you are not a member yet, sign up online today! It’s crazy affordable.

January 31, 2014 - February 6, 2014



The 12 O’CLOCK BOYS are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore – popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic,the group impressively evades the hamstrung police.  In Lofty Nathan’s wild, dynamic new documentary, their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug – a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks.

January 31, 2014 - February 3, 2014

24 exposures


Combining the Vaseline-lensed sense and sexability of an early ‘90s Zalman King production with the DIY sex and sensibility of modern American Independent cinema, 24 EXPOSURES is Joe Swanberg’s deeply weird take on that stalwart genre of late night cable, the erotic thriller.  A fetish photographer with a wandering eye gets caught up in a murder investigation whelmed by a disturbed and depressed divorced Detective.

It’s Not You, It’s Me
It's Not You, It's Me
February 3, 2014
Writer & Director Nathan Ives in person! Serial commitment-phobe, Dave, is reeling from his decision to break up with his near perfect, now ex-girlfriend. As he tries to forget her, his battling inner voices come to life and cloud his mind with conflicting desires. Meanwhile, Carrie’s own disjointed inner voices push her to move on with someone less complicated. Sensing time is short, Dave embarks on a sincere and sometimes fumbled personal journey to conquer his fear of commitment. Digital. 2013.

Check out the recent Film Independent article on the tour of the film here