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.
In Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s STAY, Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and Aidan Quinn play two lovers—Abbey & Dermot—caught at a crossroads, each struggling to find a place to call home. The couple reside peacefully in Connemara, amid the beautiful Irish countryside, until Abbey’s pregnancy is revealed and Dermot struggles to accept the responsibilities of fatherhood.
What follows is a narrative spanning two continents, as Abbey and Dermot traverse independent paths of self-discovery whilst contemplating the future of their relationship. Directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. With Taylor Schilling, Aidan Quinn, Michael Ironside, Brian Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, Carrie Crowley. Digital. 2013.
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”:
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
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.
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
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!
Thursday, March 27
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.
Thursday, March 27
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.