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.
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.
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‘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.
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.
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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Full of art, music and everyday magic, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood depicting three intertwined characters at turning points in their lives.
Maggie? Rainbow? Leeward and Mary cannot even agree on their 3 year old daughter’s name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing: changing her life around. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and a New Age visionary. Enter Lilas, (co-directr Lola Bessis) a 19 year old French artist and daughter of a world famous painter, who’s trying to make it in New York and get away from her overbearing mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further.
The filmmakers have created a ‘perfect mesh of sound and vision’ in the unique, and original soundtrack that works so perfectly with the characters personas, with most of the musicians themselves appearing in the film like Brooklyn psych pop group Toys and Tiny Instruments, 17 year old newcomer Queens based folk soul singer Candace Lee and and Last Good Tooth frontman Penn Sultan. Directed by Lola Besis and Ruben Anwar.
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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.