December 2013 – March 2014
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…
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.
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.
Neighborhood Nightz is back with a groundbreaking documentary by local filmmaker Josie Lehrer. Her film highlights diverse Chilean men – celebrities, community leaders, and first-time presenters – sharing personal stories with a live audience at a popular theater in Santiago. The stories critically explore social ideas about masculinity and gender relations, and what boys are taught it supposedly means to “be a man.”
With unusual candor, the presenters boldly address topics including family relationships; men’s evolving social roles; bullying; domestic violence; violence between men; substance abuse; homosexuality and the Church; transgender identity and LGBT rights; poverty and classism; HIV/AIDS; physical disability and self-actualization; and the healing power of self-acceptance and love.
The presenters include Coco Legrand – Chile’s most beloved comic; Pedro Sánchez Melivilo – a leader of Chile’s indigenous Mapuche community; and Andrés Rivera Duarte – recipient of the Felipa de Souza Award of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Sponsored by Amnesty International.
Produced & directed by Josie Lehrer, Sc.D. Spanish with English subtitles. 2013.
Film screening to be followed by Q & A with director Josie Lehrer, Sc.D.
Learn more 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.