“The Fast and the Furious’ with wheelbarrows, Paraguayan action-thriller-romance hybrid ‘7 Boxes’ is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package.” – Indiewire
Co-presented by Cinema Errante and Cine+Mas. It’s Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy cellular phone in the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick US$100. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about.
Directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori. With Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa & Lali Gonzalez. 2014. Paraguay. In Spanish & Guarani with English subtitles. 100 mins.
“The film surges by, powered by high spirits and well-plotted surprises”. – Village Voice
“7 Boxes,” a low-budget Paraguayan crime caper goosed by low-rung dreams, crackles with the desperate energy of forced innovation”. – NY Times
“Directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori weave together a complex, fast-moving intrigue”. – Chicago Reader
“The film is ripe with powerful subtext, specifically how greed, celebrity, and technology help to form a misguided sense of opportunity that keeps the working class downtrodden”. – Slant
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.
In Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s STAY, Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and Aidan Quinn play two lovers—Abbey & Dermot—caught at a crossroads, each struggling to find a place to call home. The couple reside peacefully in Connemara, amid the beautiful Irish countryside, until Abbey’s pregnancy is revealed and Dermot struggles to accept the responsibilities of fatherhood.
What follows is a narrative spanning two continents, as Abbey and Dermot traverse independent paths of self-discovery whilst contemplating the future of their relationship. Directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. With Taylor Schilling, Aidan Quinn, Michael Ironside, Brian Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, Carrie Crowley. Digital. 2013.
LANCE BANGS IMMORTAL VOLUME
Friday, March 21
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! FILMMAKER IN PERSON! What does Jackass, Pavement, Earl Sweatshirt and Elliot Smith have in common? That would be Portland, Oregon-based Lance Bangs, a filmmaker who has a hand in everything cool from the last 25 years, basically. Since we already have him here with his totally awesome new documentary about Slint (BREADCRUMB TRAIL, screening 3/20), we’re taking this opportunity to take a peak inside his archives! Lance will be screening music videos, documentary excerpts, short films, concert footage, and experimental collaborations ranging from iconic bursts of pop culture to rarer unreleased pieces. Among the subjects: The Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Cat Power, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah, Guided By Voices, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Menomena, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nirvana, No Age, R.E.M., RZA, The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 7:30pm, Digital, 100 mins.
Watch his video for Belle & Sebastian, “Dirty Daydream #2”:
Saturday, March 22- Monday, March 24
Writer/Director, JP Allen, Producer, Cathy Montosa, and lead actor Chris Pflueger
IN PERSON after the Sunday, 3/23, 7:00 pm show!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Two demons—slinging sex, drugs and chaos—attack the lives of a struggling San Francisco couple. In writer/director JP Allen’s dark, seductive comedy, a man is shocked to find a demon smoking a cigarette in the living room of his apartment. Soon, as the man’s girlfriend jogs alongside the ocean, a beautiful second demon appears. The two demons weave temptation, drugs and violence into a thrill ride that will either save or destroy the couple—or maybe do both. Filmed in spectacular locations in and around San Francisco and Mount Tamalpais. Starring Chris Pflueger and Lucia Frangione. Directed by J.P. Allen. Digital. 2014.
“Like a demonic, San Franciscan response to Wim Wenders’ Berlin-based WINGS OF DESIRE.”
— Sherilyn Connelly, SF WEEKLY
“Sophisticated relationship comedy . . . lyrical . . . adventurous filmmaking.”
— Mick LaSalle, SF CHRONICLE
“Unusual, wildly original, and ultimately insightful.”
— David-Elijah Nahmod, SF BAY GUARDIAN
“Like a modern-day version of something out of Grimm.”
— Pam Grady, SF CHRONICLE
“Temptations ahoy! . . . intriguing look at modern love.”
— Cheryl Eddy, SF BAY GUARDIAN
“Sexy, mischievous, and provocative, L AND D is a singular moviegoing experience.”
— Bernard Boo, WAY TOO INDIE
“Absolutely the funniest comedy in a long time . . . a fascinating script.”
— Lee Hartgrave, BEYOND CHRON
WILLIAM SHATNER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
Co-Presented by the Vortex Room!
Saturday, March 22
Join FILM CULT for a five-hour mission at the ROXIE THEATER to celebrate Canada’s finest, WILLIAM SHATNER, turning 83! Party with a Film Cult Triple BILL presented by your favorite interstellar hostess, KLINGON VANNA WHITE (Speakeasily, Vortesque)! Shat-Shorts before Features! Boldly get “SHAT-faced”!
THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET
Will Shatner’s drunken, cynical ex-priest be able to save a celeb-filled passenger flight from Death-By-Satanic-Relic? Get onboard the Shatner Birthday Party Plane to find out! 16mm film projection! Starring William Shatner, Chuck Connors, Buddy Ebsen & Tammy Grimes. Dir: David Lowell Rich. 1973. 16mm. 7pm.
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
The shout that was heard across the universe…join us for The Greatest Space Revenge Movie of All Time! Presented in Shatacular 35mm! Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley & Ricardo Montalban. Dir: Nicholas Meyer. 1982. 35mm. 113 mins. 9:30pm.
Shatner boldly takes his acting to strange new dimensions as a paranoid and pimped out conman/gigolo/literal ladykiller in the mutherfuckinest of all Midnight Movies! In Shocking 35mm! Starring William Shatner, Ruth Roman, Jennifer Bishop & Harold Sakata. Dir: William Grefe. 1974. MIDNIGHT.
“CADET SPECIAL”: SINGLE FEATURE ADMISSION $9
“CAPTAIN’S PACKAGE”: SEE ALL 3 FULL-LENGTH FEATURES FOR $20
Representing the only free and public, performing- and visual-arts high school in San Francisco, the Media (Film/Video) Department at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts has been dedicated, for over 20 years, to cultivating innovators and experimentors, cinematic visionaries who work across genres to create short narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films.
Using a number of methods and techniques, articulating personally and socially relevant content utilizing the classroom, school, and the greater Bay Area as both location and inspiration, these diverse shorts will challenge your preconceptions of “the student film.” This program will showcase a variety of youth works from the past 10 years–written, directed, shot, and edited entirely by high-school students –and will raise money for the department’s upcoming class trip to New York City.
Thursday, March 27
CHEAP THRILLS follows the one-night descent of two friends participating in a series of escalating paid dares to entertain a wealthy couple with a twisted sense of humor. After down-and-out family man loses his job and is served an eviction notice, he runs into his long-lost deadbeat pal at a bar. As the two drink their troubles away, they are lured by a couple celebrating a birthday, who shell out obscene wads of cash in exchange for taking on harmless bets. The party continues to a strip club and eventually to the couple’s home, where the cash payoffs increase wildly as the challenges become more outrageous, hilarious, illegal and even downright inhuman. Drugs and laughter give way to sex, firearms, felonies and self-destruction. Directed by E.L. Katz. 2014. Digital. 9:30pm.
Thursday, March 27
Valencia the novel put the experiences of an entire generation of lesbians on paper through the lens of one hard-loving and hard-drinking dyke. Punk rockers, riot grrrls, and simple, artsy freaks suddenly had a heroine to look up to and a mecca to head toward. This highly anticipated film adaptation of Valencia gives a whole new generation of fabulous, artsy, genderqueer folks an opportunity to reinterpret and reinvent the tales of this iconic novel one chapter at a time. Various directors. 2013. Digital.