August 2014 – April 2015

August 30, 2014


BeautifulMoment_RoxieBeautiful Moment, a San Francisco based film which captures a cinematic perspective, expressing a viewpoint that is shared by many that aim to thrive in skateboarding. The film offers a glimpse into this world’s subtleties, passion, innovation, consternation, and unacceptability. A moment is simply this film’s representation in which, we all may relate to the beautiful feeling of fruition regardless of life’s hurdles.

Free admission + product raffle!!

Film-Maker: Dayman Cash, Run-Time: 40 min, 2014 USA

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Essential SF 2014
December 7, 2014

ESSENTIAL2014_WEB_729x317The San Francisco Film Society presents the fifth annual Essential SF, honoring the Bay Area film community’s most vital figures and institutions in an intimate celebration. A key event in the Film Society’s year-round appreciation of local talent, Essential SF shines a light on the region’s legendary, idiosyncratic and multifaceted contributions to the film world, celebrating the local filmmakers, film lovers and organizations that make San Francisco a wonderful place for cinephiles.

Admission FREE, RSVP required.



Joan Chen

Joan Chen, who has most recently finished production on the Netflix original series Marco Polo, is one of the most widely recognized and respected Asian stars in the international film industry. Among her most notable acting credits are Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-winning The Last Emperor (1987), David Lynch’s Twin Peaks series (1990-91) and Oliver Stone’s Heaven and Earth (1993).

EssentialSF_CherylEddy_Thumbnail_228x128Cheryl Eddy

Cheryl Eddy moved to San Francisco in 1997 to get her MA in Cinema Studies at SF State University. In 1999, she began interning at the San Francisco Bay Guardian and hung around for nearly 16 years, eventually becoming the Senior Arts and Entertainment Editor. She has written hundreds of film reviews and has covered film festivals locally and internationally.

EssentialSF_LizKeim_Thumbnail_228x128Liz Keim

Liz Keim, the Exploratorium’s Director of Cinema Arts and Senior Curator, initiated the organization’s Cinema Arts Program and film collection in 1982 and has since worked to integrate the visions of independent media artists into museum programming, public exhibition and education.

EssentialSF_BRubyRich_Thumbnail_228x128B. Ruby Rich

B. Ruby Rich is the author of several books on film. She is Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department and Social Documentation Program at UC Santa Cruz, where she also edits Film Quarterly. She has written, as a journalist, for The Guardian (UK), The Nation, Village Voice, New York Times, Sight and Sound (UK), San Francisco Bay Guardian, and many others.

EssentialSF_rocofilms_Thumbnail_228x128ro*co films

Since its founding in 2000, ro*co films has represented and distributed award-winning feature documentaries–including 13 Oscar-nominated films. ro*co’s credo of service and accountability to filmmakers has helped establish ro*co films, and its collection of films, as one of the most highly respected companies among buyers, commissioning editors and producers worldwide.

EssentialSF_KentSparling_Thumbnail_228x128Kent Sparling

Kent Sparling is a visual and recording artist born in San Francisco. Since 1997, he has been employed as a sound designer and re-recording mixer at George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound, with credits on Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette; Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker; Spike Jonze’s Adaptation and her; among many other titles.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers double feature
April 10, 2015

Spoke Art and Trailers from Hell present:

Invasion of the Body Snatchers double feature

with special guests Philip Kaufman (director –  Invasion ’78) and Sam Hamm (writer – Batman)


Join us Friday, April 10th for a very special double feature of both the 1956 and 1978 versions of the cult sci-fi classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

As an added bonus, the director of the 1978 version, Philip Kaufman, will join acclaimed screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) on stage for a very special Q&A session.

Spoke Art gallery will also present a brand new limited edition screen print to commemorate this once in a lifetime event.

1978: Directed by Philip Kaufman, 115min. 35mm.

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. A studded cast including Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, and the beloved and recently departed Leonard Nimoy!

1956: Directed by Don Siegel, 80min. Digital.

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.