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Mar
21
Fri
LANCE BANGS IMMORTAL VOLUME
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

WILLIAM SHATNER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: WRATH OF FILM CULT
March 22, 2014

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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.

IMPULSE
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

Future Filmmakers: SOTA Media Showcase and Benefit
March 22, 2014

SOTA_ROXIE_web_2Representing 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.

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.

FRAMELINE ENCORE: VALENCIA
FRAMELINE ENCORE: VALENCIA
March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27

FREE SCREENING!

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.

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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.

Apr
7
Mon
CHILD’S POSE (Pozitia copilului)
April 7, 2014 - April 15, 2014

Winner of the Golden Bear, grand prize at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival!

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 “A fascinating, troubling portrait of maternal anxiety at its most smotheringly neurotic.”
- Washington Post

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“Searing… …an engrossing character study and a biting social statement that works on so many levels, it’s hard to separate them all.”San Francisco Chronicle

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Călin Peter Netzer’s sharply crafted CHILD’S POSE pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Supporting Actress, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Los Angeles Film Critics) as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. The Official Romanian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Digital. 2013.

“Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu’s performance as the queen of denial.- Newsday

“A tour-de-force performance from Gheorghiu” – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader 

 

Apr
17
Thu
Neighborhood Nightz – A FRAGILE TRUST
April 17, 2014

Smoking_animationA FRAGILE TRUST tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism.  In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of different stories published in the Times. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the history of the ‘Old Grey Lady’, which just a year earlier won a record 7 Pulitzer prizes for its coverage of 9/11. It was a spectacular fall for both Blair and the paper. The daily operations of the Times newsroom became a public spectacle as every major news outlet picked up the story and ran with it. The fact that Blair is African-American was emphasized again and again as accounts of the ‘Blair Affair’ served up sordid details in a soap-opera style tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt, and power struggles inside the hallowed halls of the New York Times.

Through the course of the film, we follow Blair as he slowly unravels in the face of mounting pressures and distractions. Starting with his ‘reporting’ of the plagiarized article that ultimately lead to his undoing, we trace the rise and fall of this fascinating young reporter as he clings to his career at the Times even as he is losing his mind.

The Jayson Blair scandal is at the most basic level a compelling, character-driven narrative about an important chapter in the history of journalism.  It is also a complex story about power, ethics, representation, race, and accountability in the mainstream media.  Featuring exclusive interviews with everyone involved, including former Executive Editor Howell Raines and Blair himself, A FRAGILE TRUST is the first film to tell the whole sordid story of the scandal while exploring these deeper themes.   With more and more publications moving to online-only formats and plagiarism on the rise, this cautionary tale about the slippery slope of ethical transgressions is more relevant than ever.