Calendar

December 2013 – January 2014

Dec
6
Fri
AT BERKELEY
December 6, 2013 - December 12, 2013

At berkeley

AT BERKELEY
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.


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

PersistenceVision

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.

Dec
20
Fri
LENNY COOKE
December 20, 2013 - December 29, 2013

 

lenny-cooke_poster-01SAN 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.

WHITE REINDEER
December 20, 2013 - December 26, 2013

WR STILL 1

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! Christmastime is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estate-agent Suzann: she just sold a house to a nice swinger couple; her husband Jeff scored a sweet new job; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching. After a sudden tragedy takes Jeff away, Suzanne is left lost and lonely. Even worse, a friend of his confesses a secret: there’s another woman. Her name’s Fantasia and she works at the “girl club.” In their grief, the two women form an awkward but meaningful friendship. Pushing away the ghosts of Christmas present, Suzanne falls into Fantasia’s world of dance parties, shoplifting and substances! But maybe that’s not what Suzanne’s looking for either…

Jan
3
Fri
A TOUCH OF SIN
January 3, 2014 - January 23, 2014

A Touch of Sin 2

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!

This daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.  An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption, decides to take justice into his own hands.  A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm.  A young receptionist is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client.  And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

 

Jan
17
Fri
THE SQUARE
January 17, 2014 - February 2, 2014

the squre imageACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE!   

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.

Jan
31
Fri
12 O’CLOCK BOYS
January 31, 2014 - February 6, 2014

MUST END THURSDAY, FEB 6

12oClockBoysSAN 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.

24 EXPOSURES
January 31, 2014 - February 3, 2014

24 exposures

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!

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.