January – March 2014
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.
1. 콩나물 Sprout, 2013 윤가은
The family preparing for their grandfather’s ancestral offering, forget to buy bean sprouts. Like Abbas Kiarostami’s Where Is My Friend’s House, a girl gets lost on her way to market. She ends up in a house of an old man in a straw hat. That night on the ancestral offering table, she puts a sunflower she got from the old man.
할아버지의 제삿날, 7살 소녀 보리는 바쁜 엄마를 대신해 콩나물을 사 오려 한다. 생애 처음, 집 밖으로 홀로 떠나는 여행! 과연 보리는 혼자서 무사히 콩나물을 사 올 수 있을까?
2. 9월이 지나면 When September Ends, 2013 고형동
Sun-young’s plan for design competition goes missing a day before the deadline. Sun-young suspects Ji-yeon, but Seung-jo stands up for Ji-yeon.
공모전 설계도 제출을 하루 앞두고 선영의 설계도가 사라진다. 선영은 지연을 의심하고, 승조는 지연을 감싸준다.
3. 나의 오른쪽, 당신의 왼쪽 On the other side of you, 2012 이주영
The youth where failure and happy ending and go makes you smile and cry.
실패와 해피엔드가 수없이 오고 가며, 생각하면 눈물이 나다가도 웃음이 나는. 이러한 청춘은 분명 모든 사람들의 인생에 존재한다.
4. 사십구일째 날 49th DAY, 2010 강진아
Family members left behind, who have played different parts in their lives, fail to disguise their habits and expectations.
남겨진 가족, 서로 다른 역할 속에 지내온 습관들만 끝도 없이 이어집니다.
5. 팡팡이 익스프레스 Trampoline express, 2014 최신춘
High school best friends are traveling to JeCheon on impulse. By chance, they stumble upon a shabby amusement park that catches their attention, and one of their friends has disappear.
여고시절부터 단짝이었던 세 친구는 어느 날 충동적으로 제천여행을 떠난다. 우연히 발견한 허름한 놀이공원의 기묘한 분위기에 끌려 입장하는 세 친구. 그리고 한 친구가 사라진다.
In partnership with the Korea National University of Arts. Curated by Jee Yeon Min.
A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five award-winners. With no rules, the short film serves as a proving ground for young filmmakers to make their mark and for established filmmakers to take risks in story and style.
THE DATE Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction Tino’s manhood is put to the test in front of two women when he has to host a date for Diablo, the family’s stud cat. (Jenni Toivoniemi, Finland, 8 min)
WHIPLASH Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra. (Damien Chazelle, USA, 17 min)
SKINNINGROVE Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction Photographer Chris Killip shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the fiercely independent residents of a remote English fishing village. (Michael Almereyda, USA, 15 min)
UNTIL THE QUIET COMES Short Film Special Jury Award Shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los Angeles, this film deals with themes of violence, camaraderie and spirituality through the lens of magical realism. (Kahlil Joseph, USA, 4 min)
IRISH FOLK FURNITURE Short Film Jury Award: Animation In Ireland, old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty, and with a time many would rather forget. In this animated documentary, 16 pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home. (Tony Donoghue, Ireland, 8 min)
THE EVENT Love and a severed foot at the end of the world. (Julia Pott, USA/United Kingdom, 4 min)
JONAH When two young men photograph a gigantic fish leaping from the sea, their small town becomes a tourist attraction in this story about the old and the new. (Kibwe Tavares, Tanzania/United Kingdom, 20 min)
K.I.T. A guilt-ridden, but well-intentioned, yuppie goes to great lengths to prove she is a decent person. (Michelle Morgan, USA, 15 min)
Full program = 93 minutes
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
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.
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.