May – June 2014
Director Jeremy Ambers in person for Q&A after the screening.
On March 5th, 2013, San Francisco’s skyline was transformed by an amazing sight: 25,000 LED lights that, for perhaps the first time save the 1989 earthquake, caused people to consider the Bay Bridge instead of her iconic sister.
How did this happen? Who was behind the eight-million-dollar installation? How in the world did they pull it off?
The story behind the making of THE BAY LIGHTS—a project whose very “impossibility made it possible”—answers these questions, revealing the drama and the daring of artist Leo Villareal and a small team of visionaries who battle seemingly impossible challenges to turn a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture into a glimmering reality.
Directed by Jeremy Ambers. With Timothy Childs, Amy Critchett, Ben Davis. 2014. US. Digital. 71 mins. MPAA Rating: NR
You can buy tickets purrrr program (for $12, at the bottom of the page), or get an ALL CAT-CESS PASS for $30 that gets you into EVERYTHING!
OPENING FESTIVITIES (Noon):
- Lil Bub IN PERSON!
- A WORLD PURRR-MIERE of a new Lil Bub video!
- A Brief History of Cat Videos!
- …And more!
CENTERPIECE SELECTIONS (4pm):
- Owlbert live!
- YOUR cat video submissions in our NEW DIRECTORS’ NEW FILMS section!
- ALL NEW WORLD PURRR-MIERE cat videos by ALEX ROSS PERRY (The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip), ZACH CLARK (White Reindeer, Modern Love is Automatic), KENT OSBORNE (Adventure Time, School Ties) AND MORE!
- Skype Q&A with KENT OSBORNE (Spongebob Squarepants, Uncle Kent)!
- Scratch Tracks: Live Meowsic + Film with Mike Shoun and Maya Deren’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT!
- Even more stuff!
CLOSING NIGHT (8pm):
- EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE live in person, getting a trophy or two and showing a bunch of vidoes!
- EMERGING VISIONS: SLOTHS
- THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE (1978) in 35mm!
- Thrills, chills, surprises, revelations, world-changers and stark admissions!
“…a film that needs to be seen, and now.” – Huffington Post
A survivor of the Rwandan Genocide struggles to forgive the man who killed her children. A victim’s daughter strikes up an unusual friendship with the ex-IRA bomber who killed her father. And two men—one Israeli, one Palestinian—form a bond after tragedies claim their daughters. Watch survivors share their stories of resilience and recovery in their own words.
Co-directed by Lekha Singh and Roger Spotiswoode. Digital. 2012. 80 mins. NR
The film will be followed by a Q&A with Global Impact Producer ERIN GRIFFIN.
All views from this screening will benefit Cinema for Peace. Cinema for Peace aims to influence the perception and resolution of the challenges of our time through film.
When you attend a screening of Beyond Right & Wrong your view releases money from FilmRaise donors to charities like Cinema for Peace. Go to filmraise.com to learn more.
“Breeders is a fascinating film that highlights the many tensions between women’s status, the free market demands of the fertility industry, and the fragmentation of women’s fertility and reproductive labor. This is a must-see film for all those who care about women and human rights.”
— Hedva Eyal, Medical Technologies Policy Researcher and feminist activist
Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one? Directed by Jennifer Lahl and Matthew Eppinette. 2014.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director JENNIFER LAHL, President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network.
What if physics determined the laws of attraction? In a parallel world where human frequencies determine luck, love, and destiny, Zak, a young college student, must overcome science in order to love Marie, who emits a different frequency than his own. In an attempt to make their love a reality, Zak experiments on the laws of nature, putting in danger the cosmic equilibrium of fate and everything he holds dear. This unique and experimental drama blends science fiction and romance to create a futuristic tale where love, science, and fate collide.
Directed by Darren Paul Fischer. Australia/UK. 2013. Digital. 105 minutes
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
From his birth in Queens to his mysterious death in New Orleans, LOOKING FOR JOHNNY chronicles the life of rock’n’roll true believer Johnny Thunders. A founding member of the New York Dolls and the leader of the Heartbreakers, Thunders epitomized a sort of post- Stones platonic ideal of how a rock star should be, minus the worldwide fame but with all the riffs, excess, excellence and tragedy that implies. Features interviews with Lenny Kaye, Alan Vega, Sylvain Sylvain and more!
Dir: Danny Garcia. 2014. Digital. 90 mins
“We’re excited to be at the historic Roxie Theater this year in the vibrant Mission neighborhood, for a week long voyage into the latest compelling films about people and the planet. The 2014 program is our most far-reaching yet, presenting 60 films from 21 countries to inspire, inform, and motivate your green core.”
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To see an online (pdf) version of the full 2014 program, click HERE!
PING PONG SUMMER
Friday, June 20 – Thursday, June 26
OPENING NIGHT TICKETS GRANT FREE ADMISSION TO SINGING’ & PINGIN’ AT THE VERDI CLUB! KARAOKE AND PING PONG! Q&A WITH PRODUCER GEORGE RUSH ON FRIDAY NIGHT! 1985. Ocean City, Maryland. There’s love in the salty summer air, something special in the frozen drinks, and only one way to solve teenage class warfare – on the ping pong table, of course! Can Radical Miracle win the heart of Rhonda over rich bully Lyle and his sniveling sidekick Dale? PING PONG SUMMER is a rollicking and heartfelt comedy originating from a place of Polaroid-burned nostalgia. Starring Marcello Conte, Lea Thompson & Susan Sarandon. Dir: Michael Tully. 2014. Digital. 92 mins
Co-Presented by Noise Pop
Friday, June 20 – Thursday, June 26
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! RECORD GIVEAWAYS COURTESY OF POLYVINYL RECORDS ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT! THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible look at an artist – Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question – is this really worth it? Dir: Jason Miller. 2014. Digital. 77 mins.
We will raffle 10 Panda Hats for kids!!
(donated by the head panda)
The 1st program of the special series “ROXIE KIDS” is an adventurous animation created with concept and original story by Hayao Miyazaki.
Wherever they go, whatever they do…..
Its always fun and adventure for them.
One day, Papa Panda and his son, Pandy, make a daring escape from a zoo in hopes of finding themselves a nice and cozy home. A charming little house near the bamboo thicket attracts their attention, and they decide to drop in for a friendly visit. It is here that they find a sweet young girl, Pamela, who is house-sitting while her grandmother is away.
In talking with Pamela, they learn that she has no parents, so Papa Panda, feeling sorry for her, volunteers to be her new Daddy. In return Pamela offers to be Pandys new mother. From this day forward, they all live together as one big happy family, each day bringing a new and exciting adventure. Along the way, they befriend a tiger, who has lost its way from the circus. Eventually the tiger finds his way back but only after being involved in several mishaps with Pandy.
Then they encounter a fierce storm which floods the neighborhood. A SOS message is received from the tiger, who is trapped inside a train with the rest of the circus animals, because of the storm.
They rush to the rescue of their distressed friends. Papa Panda braves the foul weather and tears the roof off the train to free the trapped animals. However, in the midst of doing so, the train suddenly takes off and heads towards the town, out of control.
The townspeople all panic as the train is about to crash into their homes. But their fear is put to rest as Papa Panda succeeds in stopping the train in the nick of time and saves them all from a sure disaster.
75mins. / 1972-1973 / English dubbed IMDB trailer
Concept &Screening: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
Director: ISAO TAKAHATA
Animation Directors: Yasuo Otsuka, Yoichi Otabe
Art Directors: Hisao Fukuda, Shichiro Kobayashi
Director of Photography: Tatsumasa Shimizu
Music: Masahiko Sato
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☆Other Roxie Kids programs are here.
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax