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May
1
Thu
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #2
May 1, 2014

Screening #2!

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The Synesthesia Film Festival is a once a month showing of the coolest short films from around the world, sponsored by the The Film Clubs. The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. The festival happens the first Thursday of every month from 7-9 PM.  Tickets are $7. Following the screening will be an after party down the street where we will announce the Winners of the Audience Choice Award.

To learn more go to www.synesthesiafilmfestival.com

May
2
Fri
THE M WORD
May 2, 2014 - May 8, 2014

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Writer-Director Henry Jaglom gives us a bracingly funny, fearless and fast-paced human comedy set in a struggling Los Angeles television station threatened by economic downturn, possible in-house graft and massive job loss. Tanna Frederick plays Moxie, a children’s TV show actress who unexpectedly finds herself leading an extraordinary band of rebelling women demanding their rights as they anxiously face uncertain futures after their new boss (Michael Imperioli) and his second-in-command (Robert Hallak) arrive from New York on a devastating cost-cutting mission.

All of Moxie’s personal and professional assumptions and those of her long-time boyfriend (Corey Feldman) are turned upside-down as her mother, two aunts and stepfather join with dozens of her fellow female office workers to illuminate the struggles, challenges and joys of what is still, in some circles, referred to as ‘The Change Of Life.’

Directed by Henry Jaglom. With Tanna Frederick, Michael Imperioli, Corey Feldman. 2013. US. Digital. 120 mins. MPAA Rating: R

May
7
Wed
ERIN MALLEY’S QUAKE
May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm & 9pm

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Emerging dance filmmaker Erin Malley offers a preview look at her newest work, Quake. The evening will include a selection of dance film shorts from around the country.

“It will be an experimental film, a rite of passage. It will be alabaster & midnight blue. It will feel like vibration & pressure. It will smell like friction.” – Malley

Directed by Erin Malley. With Katharine Hawthorne, Daria Kaufman, Stacey Swan. 2014. US. Digital. MPAA Rating: NR

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May
16
Fri
DOCUMENTED: A FILM BY AN UNDOCUMENTED AMERICAN
May 16, 2014 - June 5, 2014

“At its heart, DOCUMENTED asks what it means to be American. The film succeeds because it moves well beyond an abstract debate about the very timely subject. It lets us get to know a living person caught in the middle of it.” – Mark Collins, Daily Camera

“A moving and intimate work…” – Matt Brennan, IndieWIRE

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailIn 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. Written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. Digital. 2013, 89 mins..

“To me, politics is culture. I became a journalist, and later, a filmmaker, to get to know my adoptive country and my volatile place in it as a gay, undocumented, Filipino American. As a newcomer to America who learned to “speak American” by watching movies, I firmly believe that to change the politics of immigration and citizenship, we must change culture—the way we portray undocumented people like me and our role in society. That’s why I felt compelled to take charge of my own narrative and write, produce, and direct DOCUMENTED. This film, to me, is as much an artistic statement as it is a political one: I am not the “illegal” you think I am, and immigration is not what you think it is.” – Jose Antonio Vargas

May
23
Fri
BREASTMILK
May 23, 2014 - May 29, 2014

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Thursday, May 29, 7pm

Post-screening discussion with lactation consultant Tracy Massillon, moderated by doula Susan Arthur

 

GROUP SALES AVAILABLE!

BABIES WELCOME!!

BREASTMILK, the new documentary by first-time filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari, is an unflinchingly provocative, humorous, informative and inspirational exploration of just how, when and why the next generation gets fed.  The film dives into the fray of what really happens among new parents – those who want to breastfeed, those who can’t breastfeed and a whole culture caught up in the heady mix of stress, bliss and judgment that have made breastfeeding choices a matter of polarizing social debate. 

BREASTMILK uncovers all the most surprising and concealed aspects of what it means to have milk: from hooter hiders to work-place pumping, from career moms to gay parents, from wet nurses to sex practices, from freaked-out fathers and impassioned “lactivists” to the moms who halt breastfeeding before their infant is 6 months old. The result is an illuminating portrait of an everyday human subject rarely shown on film. Aiming beyond simplistic debates over what is natural or normal, BREASTMILK scopes out new territory.  For the film is not only a revealing inquiry into our modern approach to one of the body’s most remarkable functions – it’s also an examination of how the most personal things become political and a stirring sketch of the breathtakingly diverse experience of modern parenthood itself. CAVU Pictures presents BREASTMILK, directed and produced by Dana Ben-Ari (making her feature film debut) and executive produced by Ricki Lake (“The Ricki Lake Show,” “The Business of Being Born”) and Abby Epstein (“The Business of Being Born”).

Directed by Dana Ben-Ari. 2014. Digital. 91 mins. NR

Director Dana Ben-Ari IN PERSON
Friday, May 23rd, after the 7pm show
Saturday, May 24th after 11:15am & 3pm shows!!!!

 

May
30
Fri
SF GREEN FILM FEST 2014
May 30, 2014 - June 4, 2014

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“We’re excited to be at the historic Roxie Theater this year in the vibrant Mission neighborhood, for a week long voyage into the latest compelling films about people and the planet. The 2014 program is our most far-reaching yet, presenting 60 films from 21 countries to inspire, inform, and motivate your green core.”

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Friday, May 30:

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EMPTYING THE SKIES / MONDO BANANA

Saturday, May 31:

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FUTURE FILMMAKERS: GOING GREEN / PROJECT WILD THING / AMAZON GOLD / WAY BEYOND WEIGHT /

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TELOS / THE ELEMENTS STRIKE BACK / COME HELL OR HIGH WATER / ONCE UPON A FOREST / CHINATOWN

Sunday, June 1:

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LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY / BEYOND RECOGNITION / THE LAST OCEAN / RESTORING BALANCE / ONCE UPON A FOREST /

THE GREAT FLOOD / WATERMARK (centerpiece!)

Monday, June 2:

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SEEDS OF TIME / A WILL FOR THE WOODS

Tuesday, June 3:

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ANGEL AZUL / URANIUM DRIVE-IN

Wednesday, June 4:

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LOST RIVERS / WRENCHED (closing night!)

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To see an online (pdf) version of the full 2014 program, click HERE!

 

Jun
5
Thu
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #3
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #3
June 5, 2014

This is a once monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world. The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.  Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Jun
20
Fri
PING PONG SUMMER
June 20, 2014 - June 26, 2014

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PING PONG SUMMER

Friday, June 20 – Thursday, June 26

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS GRANT FREE ADMISSION TO SINGING’ & PINGIN’ AT THE VERDI CLUB!  KARAOKE AND PING PONG!  Q&A WITH PRODUCER GEORGE RUSH ON FRIDAY NIGHT!  1985. Ocean City, Maryland. There’s love in the salty summer air, something special in the frozen drinks, and only one way to solve teenage class warfare – on the ping pong table, of course! Can Radical Miracle win the heart of Rhonda over rich bully Lyle and his sniveling sidekick Dale? PING PONG SUMMER is a rollicking and heartfelt comedy originating from a place of Polaroid-burned nostalgia. Starring Marcello Conte, Lea Thompson & Susan Sarandon. Dir: Michael Tully. 2014. Digital. 92 mins

Jul
3
Thu
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #4
Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #4
July 3, 2014

Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!

This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.

Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.

Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Jul
4
Fri
HELLION
July 4, 2014 - July 10, 2014

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SKYPE Q&A with FILMMAKER KAT CANDLER & SOUND DESIGNER PETE HORNER FOLLOWING THE 7:15PM SHOW ON SATURDAY NIGHT!  IN-PERSON Q&A WITH PRODUCER JONATHAN DUFFY FOLLOWING THE 7:15pm SHOW TUESDAY NIGHT!  Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in acts of vandalism with his buddies, the behavior of 13-year-old Jacob Wilson has begun to raise concerns around town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes.  The boys’ father Hollis is still reeling from the loss of their mother and spends more time drowning his sorrows at the bar than being an active parent. Eventually the law intercedes and Wes is taken into custody by his Aunt Pam, leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves. In Wes’ absence, Jacob becomes increasingly obsessed with two things: winning a local motocross championship and getting his brother back. Starring Aaron Paul, Josh Wiggins & Juliette Lewis.  Dir: Kat Candler.  2014.  Digital.  94 mins.