Calendar

November 2013 – February 2014

Nov
19
Tue
The Counselor
November 19, 2013 - November 20, 2013

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A rich and successful lawyer named Counsellor is about to get married to his fiancée but soon meets up with the middle-man known as Westray who tells him his drug trafficking plan has taken a horrible twist and now he must protect himself and his soon bride-to-be lover as the truth of the drug business is revealed and targets become chosen.

In an era where far too many “thrillers” consist of logic-defying car chases and anti-heroes who survive explosions and shootouts that would take down a Marvel character, director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy have fashioned a sexy, sometimes shockingly violent, literate and richly textured tale of the Shakespearean consequences of one man’s irrevocable act of avarice.

It’s also a bloody great time. “The Counselor” achieves the almost unheard-of daily double of giving us the most outrageous sex scene of the year AND the most unforgettably brutal murder of the year. This is a badass journey from start to finish.

Nov
23
Sat
LE JOLI MAI
November 23, 2013 - November 24, 2013

 

le_joli_mai“A far-reaching meditation on the relationship between individual and society” (Film Comment), LE JOLI MAI is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962.
It is a film with several thousand actors including a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, two lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats. Filmed just after the March ceasefire between France and Algeria, LE JOLI MAI documents Paris during a turning point in French history: the first time since 1939 that France was not involved in any war.

Long unavailable in the U.S. and a major work in the oeuvre of filmmaker Chris Marker (1921-2012), LE JOLI MAI was awarded the International Critics Prize at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival and the “First Work” Prize at the 1963 Venice Film Festival. It premiered in North America in September 1963 at the first New York Film Festival.

This restoration of LE JOLI MAI premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2013, 50 years after the film first premiered there. It was created according to the wishes of Marker, supervised by the film’s cinematographer and co-director, Pierre Lhomme (b. 1930). The film’s music is by the Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand, French-language commentary is by renowned singer-actor Yves Montand, and the English-language commentary is by Academy Award-winning actress Simone Signoret.

 

Nov
25
Mon
MUSCLE SHOALS
November 25, 2013 - November 27, 2013

 

muscle shoals 2Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and stagering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations.

He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

- See more at: www.magpictures.com/muscleshoals

 

Nov
26
Tue
IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY
November 26, 2013 - January 12, 2014

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From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and briliant ilustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his ories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art. Directed by Michel Gondry. With Noam Chomsky & Michel Gondry. Animation by Michel Gondry, valerie Pirson & Thmothee Lemoine. Music by Howard Skempton.

 

Dec
1
Sun
KEEP THE PROMISE: THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS
December 1, 2013

 keep the promise 4AIDS Healthcare Foundation & The HIV Story Project present a very special World AIDS Day event – The Bay Area premiere of the new documentary “Keep The Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS,” plus live performances by Oakland-based spoken world artisti Roxanne Hanna-Ware and gospel choir The Messengers of Hope, singing about the fight to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Q&A with fimmakers & artists after the show.

Narrated by Margaret Cho, “Keep The Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS” is a music/protest documentary that profiles advocates from around the world as they gather in Washington, DC in 2012 to protest global AIDS policy on the eve of the 19th international AIDS Conference.

Including celebrity apprearances by Dr.Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Archbishop Desmond Tufu. Featuring music performances by Wyclef Jean.

 

Dec
12
Thu
SIGN PAINTERS
December 12, 2013

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There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

More info at signpaintermovie.blogspot.com

Dec
13
Fri
PERSISTENCE OF VISION
December 13, 2013 - December 15, 2013

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SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!

SKYPE Q&A WITH FILMMAKER KEVIN SCHRECK AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT 6:30PM SHOW!  Striving to make nothing less than the greatest animated film of all-time, visionary animator Richard Williams (Oscar-winning animation director of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?) toiled for more than three decades on his masterpiece, THE THEIF AND THE COBBLER – only to have it torn from his hands.  Filmmaker Kevin Schreck has woven together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with key animators and artists who worked with Williams on his ill-fated magnum opus to bring this legendary, forgotten chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time.  “A Herculean accomplishment…a heartbreaking account of a thwarted animated masterpiece.” – indieWIRE.  

PERSISTENCE OF VISION – Trailer from Kevin Schreck on Vimeo.

Jan
23
Thu
RUTH’S TABLE BENEFIT
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.

 

Jan
28
Tue
THE ACT OF KILLING
January 28, 2014

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Tuesday, January 28 at 7pm

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – BEST DOCUMENTARY!  FILMMAKER JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER IN PERSON!  

“A MASTERPIECE… & A MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT.” –The Village Voice

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

 

Feb
7
Fri
SF IndieFest: CANUXPLOITATION: The Genre Gems of Astron 6 (shorts)
February 7, 2014

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Running Time: 90
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2013

Astron-6 is the brainchild of five iconoclastic, multi-media artists who share a fascination with the mechanics of fear and laughter. They subvert the expectations of the seasoned viewer with the nightmarish and absurd. Their imagery and recurring themes are often torn from the childhood of the irony-craving, internet savvy Generations X and Y. Screening a selection of shorts and a sneak preview clip of the Editor, a feature giallo comedy starring Udo Kier!

Screening:

Lazer Ghost 2: Return to Laser Cove, Steven Kostanski,10 min, 2008
In this spectacular sci-fi sequel, the emotionally-fractured Trance (Matthew Kennedy) must overcome the demons of his past and once again wage war on the evil spirit of Einstein and his army of laser-wielding ghosts.

Fireman, Adam Brooks, 2 min, 2009
Red Coleman was a hero, a fireman and a father until a gang of ruthless pyromaniacs killed him and his family. Now he’s back and he has a thirst for revenge!

Heart of Karl, Steven Kostanski,19 min, 2008
From Steven Kostanski, director of “Lazer Ghosts 2: Return to Laser Cove”, comes the story of two brothers who must fight to escape an unholy institution populated with an endless sea of ghoulish creatures.

Insanophenia, Steven Kostanski, 10 min, 2007
Two dim-witted exterminators are about to find there are more disturbing things than the sexual advances of their maniacal supervisor as they descend into a nightmarish world of indescribable terror.

Inferno of the Dead, Jeremy Gillespie, 9 minutes, 2009
When mysterious circumstances cause the dead to rise from their graves, a man and woman are trapped in a never-ending hell-inferno.

Xtreme Ghost Killers, Matthew Kennedy & Conor Sweeny, 10 min, 2009
The following footage was recovered by the brooklyn, bay ridge 68th precinct on november 3rd, 2007. The seemingly endless hours of material were painstakingly cut together, creating the most shocking television series of all time…

Breaking Santa, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeny and Adam Brooks, 10min, 2012
Santa meets some friends at Christmas…with bloody dire consequences!

The Editor, Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, TEASER, 2014
Once revered as the greatest editor of all time, an editing accident reduced him to a ridiculed amputee. When his co-workers are murdered one after another, the editor is the prime suspect!

-Anna Feder