March – May 2014
Representing 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.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
Since 1990 Elliot Lavine and the Roxie have been programming the best film noir festivals to be found in the Bay Area. Whether unearthing scores of rare and unusual poverty row B noirs or providing classic noirs like OUT OF THE PAST, KISS ME DEADLY, THE NAKED KISS, and BLAST OF SILENCE an opportunity for extended revival premieres, the Roxie has always led the way in adventurous, risk-taking film noir programming.
This May, the Roxie will once again present Lavine’s annual I WAKE UP DREAMING festival of noir and it promises to be one the strongest lineups in recent memory. A whopping THIRTY films will be shown over a ten day period – Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 25 – that span the spectrum of pre-code crime, proto-noir, full-on film noir, and even a smattering of post-noir. The exact details of this year’s I WAKE UP DREAMING lineup will be announced at the Roxie’s first ever benefit fundraiser specifically dedicated to assisting financially with the ever-increasing fiscal hurdles facing independent repertory theaters all across America.
On Wednesday, March 26 the Roxie will present this incredible once-in-a-lifetime event to help inaugurate yet another great season of noir programming: a benefit fundraiser and our star headliner of the evening will be none other than Dayna Swoonz, the popular West Oakland songbird whose sultry blend of simmering r&b and electronic beats are being enjoyed in clubs around the East Bay and the City! We’ll also be selling / auctioning off incredible vintage Roxie film noir memorabilia as well as unveiling our brand new full-color I WAKE UP DREAMING 2014 poster, utilizing a smashing image from local artist Mark Stock, whose expressive hyper-realistic paintings (many with noir themes) have become the talk of the art world. Mr. Stock has an exhibit set to open May 1 at Modernism in San Francisco and will be present at the benefit to sign copies of this new poster on the 26th!
ADDITIONALLY, we will be having a 16mm screening of one of the rarest poverty row B noirs of all time – THE ARGYLE SECRETS. Released in 1948 and directed by the cultish Cyril Endfield (TRY AND GET ME, THE UNDERWORLD STORY), the film stars William Gargan, Marjorie Lord, and Barbara Billingsley. To the best of our knowledge it has not screened locally since its release 66 years ago!
Check out this excellent review of THE ARGYLE SECRETS by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum in the Chicago Reader from January 1993. The appearance of this film at the Roxie is just yet another example of the lengths the Roxie will go to provide San Francisco with the best in rare rediscovered film noir!
This promises to be a night to remember for noir enthusiasts all over the Bay Area and will go a long way toward assuring film lovers that repertory film is not only alive and well at the Roxie, but thriving as well.
All money raised on this night will go toward the continuance of this kind of repertory film programming, the kind that has made the name Roxie synonymous with exceptional, quality film programming.
Doors will open at 7:00 pm with entertainment, refreshments, auctions and poster signings. Our screening of THE ARGYLE SECRETS will begin at approximately 8:00. A late screening of the 1949 noir classic D.O.A. will follow at approx. 9:30.
Tickets for this amazing event are $25 in advance or at the door.
The Roxie continues to lead the way in adventurous repertory film programming, and Elliot Lavine’s Annual “I Wake Up Dreaming” Film Noir Festival is a sterling example of this. But in order to insure this type of programming thrives, we need your generous support. Please find it in your noir heart to make your much appreciated donation!
BENEFIT FOR EL TECOLOTE NEWSPAPER
Co-presented by Acción Latina & Colectivo Cinema Errante
The film will be introduced by: Rosalío Muñoz, co-chair of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles; Dr. Félix Gutiérrez, professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Ernesto B. Vigil, member of the Crusade for Justice from 1968–1981; Ricardo Lopez, advisor and Associate Producer of the film; Camille Taiara, journalist.
It was the era of the Brown Berets and Vietnam War protests, and cops had already warned L.A. Times journalist Rubén Salazar to “stop stirring up the Mexicans” with his coverage of police brutality, frame-ups and extra-judicial killings. Weeks later, Salazar met his early demise at the Silver Dollar Bar in East L.A., after a Sheriff’s deputy fired a 10-inch teargas projectile at his head. Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle, a new documentary about this little-known Mexican-American protagonist, is as much about a generation’s rite-of-passage from assimilationism to Chicanismo as it is about Salazar’s journalistic legacy and suspicious death. Director Phillip Rodriguez uses stock film footage alongside old photographs and interviews with Salazar colleagues, family, friends and other key personalities to reconstruct the story of Rubén Salazar. (Camille T. Taiara)
Co-sponsors: CCSF Journalism Department, SFSU Latina/o Studies Department, Rock en Rebelión (KPFA), Pájaro Latinoamericano (KPOO), Andanzas (KPOO)
Wednesday, May 28. 6:30pm. The Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa)
The Dinner Party is a celebratory evening to help support the The Roxie Theater. You will enjoy a beautiful meal, Prohibition-era inspired cocktails, live music, an exciting live auction and more!
This year’s benefit features our Annual LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION! Awards for extraordinary contributions to the field of independent film and service to the film community.
LOURDES PORTILLO, KAREN LARSEN &
You’ll find more about each of this year’s honorees here.
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Reserve your tickets now!
We cannot attend, but wish to contribute
Jane Reed, Owsley Brown, Diana Fuller, Isabel Fondevila, Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, Berry Minott, Ted Hope, Vanessa Hope, Sam Mogannam, Ivan Jaigirdar.
Alice Waters, Eleanor Coppola, Jeffrey Friedman, Gail Silva, Rachel Caplan, Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow, Rob Epstein, Janis Plotkin, Linda Blackaby, John Waters, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jesse Moss, Adam Kecker, Jason Wolos, Dawn Rich.
Board of Directors:
Steve Seid, Alan Holt, Steven Dixon, Gary Schultz, Diana Fuller, Jane Reed, Owsley Brown, Keith Cowling, Susannah Robbins.
The Roxie is the oldest continually operating theater in the country; turning 100 in 2009. It has been functioning as an independent art house theater since the 1970s, showing the best of art, music, foreign and documentary films. In 2009, the Roxie became a certified 501c (3) non-profit. The Roxie is deeply committed to providing diverse audiences with affordable access to cutting-edge new works, vital and forgotten older titles, and fiercely independent and socially conscious programming in an inspiring environment.
Please consider offering your support by attending our special event, or donating to our efforts. Save a seat or reserve a table today!
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For further information, please contact Isabel Fondevila at 415.431.3611 or firstname.lastname@example.org