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Apr
4
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IT FELT LIKE LOVE
April 4, 2014 - April 10, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! SKYPE Q&A w/ FILMMAKER ELIZA HITTMAN on MONDAY, APRIL 7!

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In the middle of an uneventful summer on the outskirts of Brooklyn, Lila, a lonely fourteen-year-old from Gravesend, turns her attentions to Sammy, an older thug she sees at Rockaway beach. Wanting something to brag about, she weaves a story about him and becomes fixated on seeing it realized. When her attempts fail, she propels the lie even further, claiming they’ve had sex. During her sexual quest, Lila turns from predator to prey. IT FELT LIKE LOVE captures the confusing emotions and developing identity of an adolescent girl that explores what could euphemistically be called love. Starring Gina Piersanti. Directed by Eliza Hittman. 2013. Digital.

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
April 4, 2014 - April 23, 2014

Hailed by Michael Moore as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen” and by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP,” MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger.

Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker – a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National’s biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom’s plan to film the entire adventure.

What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes a surprisingly honest portrait of a charged relationship between two brothers, and the frustration of unfulfilled creative ambitions. Directed by Tom Berninger. Digital. 2013.

Apr
5
Sat
FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: LE QUATTRO VOLTE
April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5 at 1pm

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A mystical meditation on life’s transformations, LE QUATTRO VOLTE is also a very real depiction of daily existence in a small southern Italian town. Young goats and an old goatherd are some of the stars of the film, which features almost no dialogue and gorgeous images drawn from rural Italy. Fans of last year’s film “The Last Shepherd” shouldn’t miss this one! Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino. 2012.

“…a movie of grave beauty, serene pace and surprising humor.” –  Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Served with: TBD

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: FARMS & THE CITY
April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5 at 4pm

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Urban farming is flourishing across the United States and around the world. Join us for a celebration of urban agriculture featuring three great new films:

BROOKLYN FARMER
The story of the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farming cooperative, turned an empty rooftop in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard into a functional, and profitable, 2.5 acre rooftop farm. The new project has been called “the largest rooftop urban farm in the world.” Follow the farmers in their first year of production.

ABALIMI
A short film by Marysia Makowska, is a short documentary film about Xhosa women farming in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. The Abalimi program teaches people to create their own gardens, grow – and potentially sell – their own vegetables, and feed their families.

GROWING CITIES
Filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

Followed by a short panel discussion led by Eli Zigas, Urban Agriculture Manager at SPUR, Hannah Schulman, San Francisco’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator, and Novella Carpenter, farmer and author of Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer.

Served with a tasty treat from a local urban farm (TBD!)

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: L’AMOUR DES MOULES
April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5 at 7pm

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The Belgians and French look forward to it with bated breath: the start of the mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland, like many other aficionados. But how does this shellfish end up on our plates? And why do we love them so? MUSSELS IN LOVE (“L’Amour des Moules” in French) is a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art. We get to observe its complete life cycle: the mussel that loves, the mussel that holds on with all its might, and the mussel that is cast off by the storm. On its odyssey from seabed to restaurant plate, the mussel encounters passionate enthusiasts who – like itself – fall in love, struggle and overcome. Directed by Willemiek Kluijfhout. 2013.

Shown with: Marcel, King of Teruven (Tom Schroeder, 5m)

Served with: Mussels from Frjtz

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

Apr
6
Sun
FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: COFFEE & CHOCOLATE
April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6 at 7pm

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What better way to end our festival than a coffee & chocolate dessert? Three delicious films:

Nothing Like Chocolate 
(Kum-Kum Bavnani, 2013, 60 minutes) An incredible journey into the world of eccentric chocolate visionary Mott Greene, the founder of the Grenada Chocolate company. The first “tree to bar” chocolate company making chocolate in the country where it is grown, Mott’s devotion to the environment also led to the invention of a solar-drying ship to export the chocolate. Tragically, Mott passed away in 2013, but his chocolate lives on; recently, Grenada Chocolate was named one of the most influential candy bars of all time by Time Magazine.

The Way Back to Yarasquin
(Sarah Gerber, 2013, 20 minutes) This film explores the coffee economy from Honduras to San Francisco, following Mayra Orellana as she organizes a coffee cooperative in her small town in Honduras, while working with roasters from Ritual, Blue Bottle, and other San Francisco favorites to connect consumers, roasters, and farmers.

Yoshi’s Blend
 (Desmond Loh, 2013, 9 minutes) A mini-documentary telling the heartwarming story of Professor Yoshi Masuda and his effort to bring coffee and community to the tsunami and earthquake stricken areas of east Japan.

Served with: Coffee and chocolate, of course!

Join us after the final screening for a closing reception at Dandelion Chocolate featuring local coffee and chocolate makers (make sure you choose the ticket that includes the after party on EventBrite).

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: THE FRUIT HUNTERS
April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6 at 1pm

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THE FRUIT HUNTERS travel across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. Pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit detectives including Isabella Dalla Ragione investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. Directed by Yung Chang. 2012.

Served with: Exotic and native fruits. Yum.

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

FOOD & FARM FILM FEST: SAVORY SHORTS
April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6 at 4pm

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Three short films explore sustainable shrimp farming, the mobile world of taco trucks, and nose to tail cooking – with coconuts.

Coconut Nose to Tail
(Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, 2013, 4 minutes) No part of the coconut goes to waste in this entertaining short.

Lonche
(Claire Weissbluth, 2013, 20 minutes) Travel California’s backroads with two very different taco trucks: one serving office workers in Silicon Valley, the other serving strawberry and raspberry pickers in the Pajaro Valley.

Raising Shrimp
(Sarah Curry, Fish Navy Films, 2014, 60 minutes) Shrimp is our most popular seafood item (we consume a billion pounds a year). But 90% of our shrimp is imported, and most of that is farmed, not wild caught. Filmmaker Ted Caplow and scientist Andy Danylchuk search for a seafood we can all believe in. Ultimately, they find hope in a most unlikely place, as their journey makes a sharp turn into modern agricultural science.

Served with: Shrimp cocktail from Natural Shrimp.

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Our second Food & Farm Film Festival will take place on April 3-6, 2014. This unique festival pairs local chefs with new films to create a delicious feast for the eyes and mouth. We are so thrilled to bring you these amazing films, in partnership with 18 REASONS, that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system! If you just can’t choose between them, buy a festival pass and come to all nine screenings.

Apr
7
Mon
CHILD’S POSE (Pozitia copilului)
April 7, 2014 - April 15, 2014

Winner of the Golden Bear, grand prize at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival!

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 “A fascinating, troubling portrait of maternal anxiety at its most smotheringly neurotic.”
- Washington Post

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“Searing… …an engrossing character study and a biting social statement that works on so many levels, it’s hard to separate them all.”San Francisco Chronicle

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Călin Peter Netzer’s sharply crafted CHILD’S POSE pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Supporting Actress, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Los Angeles Film Critics) as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. The Official Romanian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Digital. 2013.

“Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu’s performance as the queen of denial.- Newsday

“A tour-de-force performance from Gheorghiu” – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader 

 

Apr
13
Sun
THE SMASH BROTHERS
April 13, 2014

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Sunday, April 13

How did a casual party game designed for the family become one of the most watched fighters in the history of competitive gaming? From East Point Pictures, THE SMASH BROTHERS chronicles the saga of the small yet passionate community responsible for this transformation and provides a rare account of the real lives beyond the controller. The documentary series follows the top seven “smashers” of the last decade, and examines the shaping of the competitive Smash Brothers scene as it exists today. All profits will be donated to Child’s Play.  Directed by Samox. 2013. Digital.

2 PM – 4:15 PM: Episodes 1-5 // 4:15 PM – 5 PM: Intermission and Q&A with director  //
5 PM – 7:30 PM: Episodes 6-9

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