December 2013 – May 2014
Put off Christmas shopping for one more day and join us for this double-feature of sleaze, violence and half-assed religion courtesy of our friends at Grindhouse Releasing!
GONE WITH THE POPE – Paul (Duke Michell – “the Italian Rudy Ray Moore”) is a gangster with an unbeatable scheme: kidnap the Pope and collect a dollar from every Catholic in the world. Shot in 1975, it was miraculously completed in 2010.
AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL – A Vietnam vet travels to Israel and hooks up with a swingin’ trio for some pants fun. Then they all get attacked by mimes with machine guns! And then they flee to an empty island! And they bring a goat! And when they wake up, their boat and goat are gone! AND THE ISLAND IS SURROUNDED BY BLOOD THIRSTY SHARKS!
With the purchase of one ticket you get to enjoy a nightlong double feature!
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
Q & A with director Tom Berninger to follow
In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After ten years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the tour’s crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom – who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal- decided to bring his camera along. Tom’s at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother’s shadow brings out the younger sibling in him – he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a film about brothers and about making something of your own. Directed by Tom Berninger
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Full of art, music and everyday magic, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood depicting three intertwined characters at turning points in their lives.
Maggie? Rainbow? Leeward and Mary cannot even agree on their 3 year old daughter’s name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing: changing her life around. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and a New Age visionary. Enter Lilas, (co-directr Lola Bessis) a 19 year old French artist and daughter of a world famous painter, who’s trying to make it in New York and get away from her overbearing mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further.
The filmmakers have created a ‘perfect mesh of sound and vision’ in the unique, and original soundtrack that works so perfectly with the characters personas, with most of the musicians themselves appearing in the film like Brooklyn psych pop group Toys and Tiny Instruments, 17 year old newcomer Queens based folk soul singer Candace Lee and and Last Good Tooth frontman Penn Sultan. Directed by Lola Besis and Ruben Anwar.
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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES PIZZA PARTY!!!
Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9
ENCORE SECOND SHOW ADDED! SUNDAY PIZZA PARTY MATINEE!!! KIDS WELCOME!
We do lots of things at the Roxie – premieres of the most cutting edge modern independent cinema, staggeringly comprehensive surveys of maligned genres, sensory-blasting parties, boundary-pushing film festivals – but until now, one important ingredient has escaped our mix: totally tubular all-night pizza parties! WELL WE’RE GOING TO FIX THAT IN THE MOST RADICAL WAY POSSIBLE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 8!
Join us for a night of pizza, photo booths, costume contests, drinks, and those heroes-in-a-half-shell themselves: Raphael, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Leonardo! Fun starts at 7:30pm! Your ticket includes ALL YOU CAN EAT PIZZA (Vegan ‘za, too, brah!)
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles join forces with newscaster babe April O’Neill and unhinged vigilante Casey Jones to fight Shredder and his Foot Clan to save their mentor. I mean, what else do you need to know? It’s right there in the goddamned title. Starring Corey Feldman, Judith Hoag & Elias Coteas. Dir: Steve Barron. 1990. 35mm. 93 mins. 8pm, plus Sun. at 2:15pm
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still love pizza and still hate Shredder, who wants to get his hands on the Ooze to make an army of (evil) mutants. Again, it’s all right there in the title. This is the one with Vanilla Ice. Starring Brian Tochi, Paige Turco & Francois Chau. Dir: Michael Pressman. 1991. 35mm. 88 mins. ~9:45pm, plus Sun. at 4pm
Thanks to Cary Silvera/Warner Brothers, Chewy/Escape from New York Pizza, Phil Blankenship & Bryan Satalino!
Part of WES ANDERSON in 35mm
On the eve of the release of his eighth picture, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, the Roxie is proud to present a survey of the work of Wes Anderson on 35mm. Melding influences like Charles Schutlz, Francois Truffaut, and the Kinks (to name but a few), Anderson’s meticulous, gorgeous and often melancholy menageries of sight and sound have deeply influenced a generation of moviegoers.
Saturday, March 8
Co-Presented by MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS!
In a remote New England town in the early ‘60s, teens Sam and Suzy run away to consummate a forbidden love. Now the whole town is looking for them, and a storm is coming…Starring Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman & Bruce Willis. Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola. Dir: Wes Anderson. 2012. 35mm. 94 mins. 2:15pm
The secret DNA of Wes Anderson is revealed in this Robert Altman-shepherded, unjustly forgotten 1979 masterpiece. In very Metropolitan Manhattan in the late ‘70s, teens Franny and Jamie are the only two people on Earth who understand each other in the face of self-absorbed and self-destructing adults. Starring Trini Alvarado, Jeremy Levy & John Lithgow. Written by Judith Ross. Dir: Robert M. Young. 1979. 35mm. 101 mins. 4pm
JONAS REINHARDT – GANYMEDE & BEYOND
Monday, March 10
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! FILMMAKERS IN PERSON! On Ganymede, it is thought that volcanic vents supply the necessary power to fuel life. This film imagines unknown extra-terrestrial life forms engaged in ritualistic aquatic dance beneath a sky of ice. The resulting way of life is depicted as fluctuating pulses of energy abstracted beyond conventional consciousness. The process and visual composition range from video simulations of the cosmos, multiple exposures of light sources, buried material that developed hypnotic patterns of decomposed dyes, and several single frame animations consisting of intricately cut, rotating mandalas of color, found footage layered with billowing painted shapes, and mysterious organic bodies of matter. JONAS REINHARDT is also celebrating the publication of GANYMEDE as a vinyl record, poster and DVD set from Constellation Tatsu. Dirs: Various. 2014. Digital. ~80 mins. 9:30PM
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.
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″:
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