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Mar
12
Wed
12 O’CLOCK BOYS
12 O'CLOCK BOYS
March 12, 2014 - March 19, 2014

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.

Mar
20
Thu
BREADCRUMB TRAIL
March 20, 2014 - March 21, 2014

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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.

Mar
21
Fri
STAY
March 21, 2014 - March 27, 2014

OmarIn Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s STAYTaylor 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.

 

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LANCE BANGS IMMORTAL VOLUME
March 21, 2014

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″:

BELLE & SEBASTIAN – DIRTY DREAM #2 from Lance Bangs on Vimeo.

Mar
22
Sat
LOVE AND DEMONS
March 22, 2014 - March 24, 2014

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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

Mar
25
Tue
DOCUNIGHT #2: RED LINES AND DEADLINES
March 25, 2014

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Presented by Docunight, in collaboration with National Iranian American Council
In 2004 filmmaker Taghi Amirani gained unprecedented access to Shargh, at the time Iran’s leading reformist newspaper. With full official permits from all the relevant Iranian authorities he went behind the scenes with the paper’s young journalists as they went about their job of reporting and commenting on a wide range of social, cultural and political stories.  Amirani’s camera follows the journalists on assignments and at home as they offer rare insights not just about journalism but also about post revolutionary Iranian society.  Made in the final year of President Khatami’s second term in office, RED LINES AND DEADLINES is a film made by an Iranian with Iranians that tries to stay clear of clichés about Iran presented in western media.
Director: Taghi Amirani. 2004/5.
About Docunight
Every last Tuesday of every month, Docunight will screen a documentary about, around, in, made by Iran or Iranians.  The screenings will take place on the same night across several cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, London, and Dubai (the list of locations is growing). Docunight films will be diverse in subject and will run the gamut.  All films will have English subtitles.

 

Mar
27
Thu
SNEAK PREVIEW: CHEAP THRILLS
March 27, 2014

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Thursday, March 27

SNEAK PREVIEW!!

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.

Mar
28
Fri
CHEAP THRILLS
March 28, 2014 - April 3, 2014

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Friday, March 28- Thursday, April 3

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!

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.

Apr
4
Fri
IT FELT LIKE LOVE
April 4, 2014 - April 10, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! SKYPE Q&A w/ FILMMAKER ELIZA HITTMAN on MONDAY, APRIL 7!

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In the middle of an uneventful summer on the outskirts of Brooklyn, Lila, a lonely fourteen-year-old from Gravesend, turns her attentions to Sammy, an older thug she sees at Rockaway beach. Wanting something to brag about, she weaves a story about him and becomes fixated on seeing it realized. When her attempts fail, she propels the lie even further, claiming they’ve had sex. During her sexual quest, Lila turns from predator to prey. IT FELT LIKE LOVE captures the confusing emotions and developing identity of an adolescent girl that explores what could euphemistically be called love. Starring Gina Piersanti. Directed by Eliza Hittman. 2013. Digital.

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
April 4, 2014 - April 23, 2014

Hailed by Michael Moore as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen” and by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP,” MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger.

Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker – a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National’s biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom’s plan to film the entire adventure.

What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes a surprisingly honest portrait of a charged relationship between two brothers, and the frustration of unfulfilled creative ambitions. Directed by Tom Berninger. Digital. 2013.