January – February 2014

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 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!

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.