January 9, 2014

infamoust-selfmade (1)FRAMELINE is more than your favorite summertime film festival! From the folks who bring you the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, FRAMELINE ENCORE is a fresh, queer community screening series. This screening is free and open to the public.  This pair of documentaries explores queer youth experiences as they intersect with race, class, and gender identity.In THE INFMAOUS T, homeless and bullied 18-year-old Jonathon moves in with queer host parents, transfers schools, and forms a dance crew. As he struggles to mesh with his new household, stay in school, and be his authentic self, he discovers that home is more than four walls.Lori Petchers’ A SELF-MADE MAN interweaves the poignant story of one man’s personal transition with his life work as an advocate and mentor for trans youth. 

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 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.

February 4, 2014

JOBRIATH A.D.2‘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. 


Future Filmmakers: TILT
February 22, 2014

TILTTILT, the Youth Program of Ninth Street Independent Film Center, is proud to present “reClaiming Youth Media”, an interactive afternoon of youth produced media from across the Bay Area. Come watch movies, make your own, and become a part of empowering youth to reclaim their media. TILT teaches young people the fundamentals of movie making and media literacy through hands-on training in video production. TILT programs empower young people to tell their own stories, to work collaboratively, and to become life-long learners.


The Real
URBAN CAMPING, by Hindoveeh Bullie, Charlie Gregoratos, and Kapi’olani Lee. 7:15 Min
A documentary on the homeless around the Ninth street in SOMA area of San Francisco, CA

NIGHT LIFE, by Hiul Dulalas, Kevin DeVera, and Zara Ahmed. 3:57 Min
A fictional story of a young graffiti artist who sets out on a covert midnight adventure to make his mark on the streets of San Francisco.

IT’S YOUR CHOICE, by Angelique Forbes, Victoria Jones, Basil Thomsen, Travis Tuohey, and Kapi’olani Lee. 7:38 Min
“Its Your Choice” is a short video that informs young people about how to take responsibility for their sexual health. Using street footage and re-enactment, the video discusses myths and facts about catching/preventing STDs, as well as demonstrate what a typical visit to a clinic looks like.

NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT, by Maria Rivera, Nicole Rivera, Elizabeth Urrutia, Lucy wu, Kapi’olani Lee, and Suzannah Tipermas Neufeld. 1:51 Min
A PSA challenging the standards of female beauty found in the media – looking instead at what other traits can make someone beautiful. This video was produced in the reCREATE Women in Media workshop (July 2013), a collaboration created by TILT, About-Face, and Oasis for Girls.

JBALLS, by Landon Ayala, Ashmita Singh, Brando Vargas, John Galicia, Llyod Dillon, Mariama Nance, Ben Elie, Angelisa Candler, and Jaynee Ruiz. 3:03 Min
In this documentary, students interview the principal of Tennyson High School and Officer Fovel of the Hayward Police Department to discover how the community would spend a trillion dollars.

BEAUTY IS NATURAL, by Shirley Acuna, Tatiana Ariza, Michelle Bryant, Kapiolani Lee, and Suzannah Tipermas Neufeld. 1:28 Min

The Literary
FAIRYTALE BATTLE, by Josh, Dario, Anny, Aisha, Shelly, Kelly Pendergrast, and Robyn Bykofsky. 0:53 Min
A humorous hand-drawn and live action mashup of many fairytale stories

STELLA CASH RASHIDA, by Stella, Cash, Rashida, and Bernadette Montez. 1:53 Min

USES FOR BOYS, by Julia Retzlaff, Evatt Carrodus, Tiffany Robinson, and Kapi’olani Lee. 0:51 Min
The TILT Book Trailer Project is a project of TILT’s YouthCore Mentorship Program, where TILT Alumni have the opportunity to apply the skills, techniques and talents acquired in TILT workshops to real world media projects.

THE DREAM, by Aurora, Philip, Jules, Annie, Kelly Pendergrast, and Robyn Bykofsky. 1:01 Min
A hand-drawn animated film, illustrating a story from Roald Dahl’s “The BFG”

The Poetic
RAINY DAY DREAM, by Mecca Boutté, Kelly Pendergrast, and Harold Terezón. 1:11 Min

EMOTION, by Davis Avila, Josh Karon, Vlad Litinetsky, Robyn Bykofsky, and Kapiolani Lee. 3:39 Min

WHAT IS HOME, by Irlanzujuan Martin, Jason Wyman. 1 Min

The Silly
BOOM!!, by Rocky Tavita, Cardell Thomas, Gerald Williams, and Vincent Cortez. 1:39 Min
One man’s biceps stand between him and the rest of the world.

ANGER BALL, by Kevin Munson, Jael Imani, Chester Wade, Lidell McIver, and Vincent Cortez. 3:11 Min
This video is inspired by the producer’s stint as a basketball player in high school, when he would shoot hoops for hours in his backyard after arguing with his mother.

HAL THE ROBOT, by Evatt Carrodus, Jlor Dizon, Charlie Gregoratos, Hindoveeh Bullie, Caleb Hilladakis, and Kapiolani Lee. 5:36 Min.
Hal is a brand new Robot. You get different scenarios of him trying to fit in.


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.


Docunight #1: Statues of Tehran
February 25, 2014


Presented by Docunight, in collaboration with National Iranian American Council
The Statues of Tehran interrogates the function of monuments in today’s Tehran, an ideology-ridden postmodern megalopolis, afflicted with forgetfulness. It tracks the fate of two important public sculptures, the first, a pioneering work commissioned by the royal family in the 1970s, of then foremost modern sculptor Bahman Mohassess; the second a tribute to the Islamic Revolution standing in Enghelab Circus (Revolution Roundabout), by Iraj Esskandari. Under the aegis of the revolution, the first was destined for neglect and eventually storage, while the second became a landmark in the city’s myriad public projects celebrating the revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. Not for long, it would seem are plans have been setin motion to remove that second monument to build a subway station,much to the jubilation of artists and officials, who are even inspired to restore the Bahman Mohassess work and re-erect it in its original place.
Director: Bahman Kiarostami. 2008
About Docunight
Every last Tuesday of every month, Docunight will screen a documentary about, around, in, made by Iran or Iranians.  The screenings will take place on the same night across several cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, London, and Dubai (the list of locations is growing). Docunight films will be diverse in subject and will run the gamut.  All films will have English subtitles.


February 26, 2014

SF Premiere
Q & A with director Tom Berninger to follow

In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After ten years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the    tour’s crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom – who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal- decided to bring his camera along. Tom’s at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother’s shadow brings out the younger sibling in him – he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a film about brothers and about making something of your own. Directed by Tom Berninger

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The Men’s Story Project: Out Loud!
The Men's Story Project: Out Loud!
March 5, 2014

Neighborhood Nightz is back with a groundbreaking documentary by local filmmaker Josie Lehrer. Her film highlights diverse Chilean men – celebrities, community leaders, and first-time presenters – sharing personal stories with a live audience at a popular theater in Santiago. The stories critically explore social ideas about masculinity and gender relations, and what boys are taught it supposedly means to “be a man.”

With unusual candor, the presenters boldly address topics including family relationships; men’s evolving social roles; bullying; domestic violence; violence between men; substance abuse; homosexuality and the Church; transgender identity and LGBT rights; poverty and classism; HIV/AIDS; physical disability and self-actualization; and the healing power of self-acceptance and love.

The presenters include Coco Legrand – Chile’s most beloved comic; Pedro Sánchez Melivilo – a leader of Chile’s indigenous Mapuche community; and Andrés Rivera Duarte – recipient of the Felipa de Souza Award of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Sponsored by Amnesty International.

Produced & directed by Josie Lehrer, Sc.D. Spanish with English subtitles. 2013.

Film screening to be followed by Q & A with director Josie Lehrer, Sc.D.

Learn more here.