December 2013 – February 2014
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
SKYPE Q&A WITH LEGENDARY FILMMAKER FREDERICK WISEMAN FRIDAY NIGHT!
Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley is a documentary film about the University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten-campus public education system and one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. The film shows the major aspects of university life with particular emphasis on the administrative efforts to maintain the academic excellence, public role, and the economic, racial and social diversity of the student body of America’s premiere public university in the face of drastic budgetary cuts imposed by the State of California.
AT BEREKLEY shows how a major American university is administered and suggests the complex relationship among its various constituencies—students, faculty, administrators, alumni, the City of Berkeley, the State of California and the federal government. In a more abstract way, the film looks closely at Berkeley’s intellectual and social mission, its obligation to the state and to larger ideas of higher education as well as illustrates how decisions are made and implemented by the administration in collaboration with its various constituencies.
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! Q&A WITH FILMMAKER SINI ANDERSON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 AFTER 7PM SHOW! Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but ferocious voice of Riot Grrrl. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
Check out Bikini Kill rip through “Suck My Left One” and “Rebel Girl” in 1991:
…and here’s Le Tigre with “Deceptacon”, performed live on Mexican TV in 2005!
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.
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a full minute in the NBA. In this quintessentially American documentary, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach.
I AM DIVINE is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s rise to infamy and emotional complexities.
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.
THE ACT OF KILLING
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
MUST END THURSDAY, FEB 6
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
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.
‘70s rocker Jobriath was known as “The American Bowie”. The first openly gay rock star, he disappeared after two albums in two years. Done in by an over hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community and dismissed by rock critics, he retreated to the Chelsea Hotel and died as an early victim of AIDS. In the years since his death, a new generation of fans, from Morrissey to Stephin Merrit, have loudly and proudly cited Jobriath as an influence.