January – March 2014
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.
SF SKETCHFEST IS BACK AT THE ROXIE!
The 13th Annual San Francisco Comedy Festival will present a variety of different events, including:
Saturday, January 25
Noon: -Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric) and Gregg Turkington’s movie-based podcast ON CINEMA.
Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26th
4pm – TOTALLY LOOPED! All-star improvisers including Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Rick Overton, Deb Lacusta, Joe Liss and Angela V. Shelton dub new dialogue to old movie clips they haven’t seen in advance.
Saturday, February 1
10pm – Broken Lizard’s SUPER TROOPERS screening, with a special appearance by Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme.
For tickets and more information, visit sfsketchfest.com
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.
Check out the recent Film Independent article on the tour of the film here
Friday, February 7 – Thursday, February 20
It’s SF IndieFest’s SWEET 16 this year! (As if we ever possessed a child like innocence.) So this year it’s all about rebellion! Like taking Dad’s car out to the lake to make out and drink crappy beer! (Wait, this is sounding like what we do now, minus the lake part…)
ANYWAY, have we got a line up of great films for you! Starting off with TEENAGE an arty hybrid doc/drama that explores the mid 20th Century explosion of the teenager. DOOMSDAYS is a self-proclaimed “pre-apocalyptic comedy” and ASPHALT WATCHES a psychedelic animated road movie and TIFF prizewinner from underground comix darlings Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman while COHERENCE is a cerebral low-budget sci fi that dives quickly into quantum mechanics and theoretical physics while ratcheting up some tension and mystery. And for the adults in the room Joe Berlinger’s HANK: FIVE YEARS FROM THE BRINK is a riveting portrait of Hank Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury and architect of the recent bank bailouts. And that’s just 5 of the 45 programs in this year’s festival. PLUS there are the usual IndieFest road side attractions: Roller Disco on Fri Feb 7, Bad Art Gallery is back Sat Feb 8, our Anti Valentines Day 80s Power Ballad Sing A Long is Fri Feb 14 and the 11th annual Big Lebowski Party is on Sat Feb 15. Go to sfindie.com for full line up, trailers, tickets and more info.
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.
ALL SCREENINGS HOSTED BY DAN SAVAGE IN PERSON!
Since 2005 the HUMP! Film Festival has challenged ordinary people from all over the Pacific Northwest to become temporary, weekend porn stars-by making their very own five-minute dirty movies for a chance to win big cash prizes! And they did not disappoint! The resulting short films run the gamut of sexual styles: straight, gay, lesbian, transgender… every color in the sexual rainbow… and some we never knew existed. HUMP! films are funny, thought-provoking, sad, artistic, outrageous, and almost overwhelmingly sexy-because they’re real. And they’re real because they were created and performed by sex-positive people, just like YOU. That’s why we’re bringing the very best of HUMP! to your town! See 15 of the hottest HUMP films in action… they’ll make you laugh, squeal, and marvel at the broad (and creative) range of human sexuality. It’s the HUMP! Tour 2013/14! And you’re going to have a blast. Curated by Dan Savage!
More info and tickets on sale here!
Outrageous indie comedy directed by Jason Sklar starring Alex Rennie and James Pumphrey. Two belligerent brothers who haven’t seen each other in years are reunited for their father’s funeral (where they argue and tussle) and forced to travel (as they continue to argue and tussle) down to Branson Mo to redeem their inheritance: the family’s lake home. Upon arriving, they find that the house is in terrible condition, and worse-yet, they’ll have to fix it themselves before they can sell it and receive their money. What follows is a series of hilarious mishaps and costly misadventures where they break more than they fix but ultimately rebuild their strained relationship in the house they grew up in.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! 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. Dir: Lofty Nathan. 2013. Digital.
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.