December 2013 – March 2014
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.
On the strength of just two incredibly intimate, intricate and idiosyncratic feature films in ten years, writer/director/actor/composer Shane Carruth has undeniably established himself as an auteur on the bleeding edge of science fiction.
SHANE CARRUTH WILL JOIN US LIVE VIA SKYPE AFTER PRIMER AND BEFORE UPSTREAM COLOR TO DISCUSS BOTH FILMS!
PRIMER – By day, a group of small engineers work for a large corporation, and at night they unwind by conducting extracurricular experiments in their garage. While tweaking their latest project, they accidentally discover it has some highly unexpected capabilities…ones that may enable them to do and gain anything they conceive. Taking advantage of this opportunity will be the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences could be their last. 7:15pm
UPSTREAM COLOR – Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged during a home invasion, drawing her into the unbreakable cycle of a mysterious presence that permeates the microscopic world. Along the way, she finds another being – a familiar man, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives. 9:30pm
NEW 35MM PRINT! ROB NILSSON IN PERSON! NORTHERN LIGHTS illustrates the forgotten history of the pioneer workers of the prairies – men and women who organized, in the American tradition, for their rights and fair practices. Directors Rob Nilsson and John Hanson, who share North Dakota heritage, filmed in the actual locations of the events, capturing the distinct beauty, and harsh reality, of the prairies. NORTHERN LIGHTS, in it’s production and release, is itself a landmark of American Independent Cinema.
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.
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)
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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
LOVE & AIR SEX
Friday, February 21 – Tuesday, February 25
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
Friday 2/21 – Q&A with director Bryan Poyser and star Michael Stahl-David (CLOVERFIELD), featuring a live in-theater Air Sex demo by the reigning San Francisco champion.
Saturday 2/22 – Q&A with director Bryan Poyser and star Michael Stahl-David (CLOVERFIELD).
When broken-hearted Stan flies to Austin for the weekend in hopes of “accidentally” running into his ex Cathy, he arrives to find their best friends Jeff and Cara in the middle of their own vicious breakup. Before too long, battle lines are drawn – and with the Air Sex World Championship in town, anything can happen. Dir: Bryan Posyer. 2013. Digital. 91 mins. Fri – Mon., 8pm & 10pm, plus Sat. + Sun. at (2pm) & 4pm. Tuesday at 9:15 pm only.
TILT, 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.
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
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”
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
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.
ABOUT ROXIE’S FUTURE FILMMAKERS PROGRAM
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.
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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JONAS REINHARDT – GANYMEDE & BEYOND
Monday, March 10
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! FILMMAKERS IN PERSON! On Ganymede, it is thought that volcanic vents supply the necessary power to fuel life. This film imagines unknown extra-terrestrial life forms engaged in ritualistic aquatic dance beneath a sky of ice. The resulting way of life is depicted as fluctuating pulses of energy abstracted beyond conventional consciousness. The process and visual composition range from video simulations of the cosmos, multiple exposures of light sources, buried material that developed hypnotic patterns of decomposed dyes, and several single frame animations consisting of intricately cut, rotating mandalas of color, found footage layered with billowing painted shapes, and mysterious organic bodies of matter. JONAS REINHARDT is also celebrating the publication of GANYMEDE as a vinyl record, poster and DVD set from Constellation Tatsu. Dirs: Various. 2014. Digital. ~80 mins. 9:30PM
Thursday, March 20- Friday, March 21
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! DIRECTOR LANCE BANGS & SLINT GUITARIST BRIAN MCMAHAN IN PERSON! Feature length documentary about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from. Throughout the 1980s, a group of friends in Louisville, Kentucky grew up forming bands, breaking up, and reforming in different configurations. They were playing hardcore shows at ages 10-12, touring with Samhain as 14 year olds, recording for Homestead as Squirelbait at age 15, then formed Slint in their late teens and recorded the classic album Spiderland before they were 21. They broke up before the album’s release, giving no interviews and vanishing into their own shadows. Two decades passed as filmmaker Lance Bangs assembled unseen footage of the teenagers writing and arranging Spiderland as well as the first on camera interviews with the band members and their contemporaries trying to decipher what they had been through. Featuring Slint, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, David Grubbs, David Yow, James Murphy and archival material from Will Oldham. Dir: Lance Bangs. 2014. Digital. Thursday at 7:15pm & 9:45pm and Friday at 9:30pm.