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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
10
Sat
FIRST ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERGALACTIC FELINE FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL FOR HUMANS
May 10, 2014

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You can buy tickets purrrr program (for $12, at the bottom of the page), or get an ALL CAT-CESS PASS for $30 that gets you into EVERYTHING!

OPENING FESTIVITIES (Noon):

– Lil Bub IN PERSON!

– A WORLD PURRR-MIERE of a new Lil Bub video!

– A Brief History of Cat Videos!

– …And more!

 

CENTERPIECE SELECTIONS (4pm):

– Owlbert live!

– YOUR cat video submissions in our NEW DIRECTORS’ NEW FILMS section!

– ALL NEW WORLD PURRR-MIERE cat videos by ALEX ROSS PERRY (The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip), ZACH CLARK (White Reindeer, Modern Love is Automatic), KENT OSBORNE (Adventure Time, School Ties) AND MORE!

– Skype Q&A with KENT OSBORNE (Spongebob Squarepants, Uncle Kent)!

– Scratch Tracks: Live Meowsic + Film with Mike Shoun and Maya Deren’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT!

– Even more stuff!

 

CLOSING NIGHT (8pm):

– EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE live in person, getting a trophy or two and showing a bunch of vidoes!

– EMERGING VISIONS: SLOTHS

– THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE (1978) in 35mm!

– Thrills, chills, surprises, revelations, world-changers and stark admissions!

BUY AN ALL-CAT-CCESS FESTIVAL PASS HERE!

First Annual San Francisco Intergalactic Film + Video Festival for Humans from RoxieTheater on Vimeo.

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
29
Sun
ROXIE KIDS: The Adventure of Panda and Friends
June 29, 2014

PandaLogoFree Admission for Kids under 12 / Adults $7.50 only

We will raffle 10 Panda Hats for kids!!

(donated by the head panda)

 

The 1st program of the special series “ROXIE KIDS” is an adventurous animation created with concept and original story by Hayao Miyazaki. 

Wherever they go, whatever they do…..
Its always fun and adventure for them.

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One day, Papa Panda and his son, Pandy, make a daring escape from a zoo in hopes of finding themselves a nice and cozy home. A charming little house near the bamboo thicket attracts their attention, and they decide to drop in for a friendly visit. It is here that they find a sweet young girl, Pamela, who is house-sitting while her grandmother is away.
In talking with Pamela, they learn that she has no parents, so Papa Panda, feeling sorry for her, volunteers to be her new Daddy. In return Pamela offers to be Pandys new mother. From this day forward, they all live together as one big happy family, each day bringing a new and exciting adventure. Along the way, they befriend a tiger, who has lost its way from the circus. Eventually the tiger finds his way back but only after being involved in several mishaps with Pandy.

 

Then they encounter a fierce storm which floods the neighborhood. A SOS message is received from the tiger, who is trapped inside a train with the rest of the circus animals, because of the storm.
They rush to the rescue of their distressed friends. Papa Panda braves the foul weather and tears the roof off the train to free the trapped animals. However, in the midst of doing so, the train suddenly takes off and heads towards the town, out of control.
The townspeople all panic as the train is about to crash into their homes. But their fear is put to rest as Papa Panda succeeds in stopping the train in the nick of time and saves them all from a sure disaster.

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75mins. / 1972-1973 / English dubbed IMDB trailer

Concept &Screening: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

Director: ISAO TAKAHATA

Animation Directors: Yasuo Otsuka, Yoichi Otabe

Art Directors: Hisao Fukuda, Shichiro Kobayashi

Director of Photography: Tatsumasa Shimizu

Music: Masahiko Sato

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☆Other Roxie Kids programs are here.

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax

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
15
Tue
FOLLOWING THE NINTH
July 15, 2014

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Post Screening Q&A with Director Kerry Candaele!

“Thrilling…smartly assembled and gracefully paced.” — New York Times

“The film is beautiful and powerful…If millions could experience its affirming and incandescent message, we might turn around the destructive dynamics that are overwhelming the earth.”–Bill Moyers

“Each anecdote builds upon the next to create that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.”–Village Voice

FOLLOWING THE NINTH tells the story of people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by Beethoven’s Ninth message: Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All People Are Brothers) Director Kerry Candaele follows the artistic, cultural, and political impact of the Ninth across five continents and ten countries, from Tiananmen Square to the Berlin Wall to the prisons of Pinochet’s Chile and the townships of South Africa, tracing the ways in which its grand, soaring melody and inspiring words of peace, tolerance, and love have sustained hope in a manner that few works of art have ever achieved. Dir: Kerry Candaele – 2013 – 85 Minutes

Jul
16
Wed
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #1 – SHORT PEACE
July 16, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

Neon Tokyo : Anime World #1 – SHORT PEACE

Wednesday, July 16th

The 1st program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is omnibus  animations including Oscar nominated short film “POSSESSION” and “COMBUSTIBLE” by Katshuhiro Otomo, the creator of “AKIRA”.  Four amazing directors created four astounding animated films.

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In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award® nominated POSSESSIONS (TSUKUMO), directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO, directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS (BUKI YO SARABA),as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-forcesaga of men battlingrobotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomohimself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (HI-NO-YOUJIN). Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!

 

“ COMBUSTIBLE”

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FILMOGRAPHY
– Akira (1988) – Steamboy (2004) – Memories (1995) – Mushishi (2006)

Character Design: Hidekazu Ohara

Voice Cast: Saori Hayami, Masakazu Morita

 

 

 

 

 

“POSSESSIONS”

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Director: SHUHEI MORITA

FILMOGRAPHY :

– Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek (2005) – FREEDOM (2006 – 2008) – Coicent (2010)

Original Story/Concept Design: Keisuke Kishi

Character Design: Daisuke Sajiki

 

 

 

 

“ GAMBO     

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Director: HIROAKI ANDO

 FILMOGRAPHY: – FIVE NUMBERS! (2011)                            

Original Story/screenplay – KATSUHITO ISHII

FILMOGRAPHY :

– The Taste Of Tea (2004) – REDLINE (2010) – Smuggler (2011)

Original Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Voice Cast: Mutsumi Tamura, Daisuke Namikawa

 

 

“ A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS     

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Director: HAJIME KATOKI

 Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo

Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka

Voice Cast: Issei Futamata, Tomoyuki Dan
                     Shigeru Ushiyama, Akio Ohtsuk

 

 

© SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE
©KATSUHIRO OTOMO/MASH•ROOM/SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE

RUNNING TIME: 68 mins.  / 2013 /English Subtitled.

To learn more go to http://www.elevenarts.net/th_gallery/shortpeace/

Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup 

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax

Jul
20
Sun
JOHN HUBLEY AT 100
July 20, 2014

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JOHN HUBLEY AT 100

Sunday, July 20

Q&A WITH NOTED ANIMATOR – AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND FAITH – EMILY HUBLEY AFTER THE 6PM SHOW! A traveling program of films by animators John and Faith Hubley, all in new 35mm prints, celebrating John Hubley’s 100th birthday.

ADVENTURES OF AN *  – A baby, represented by the “ * ” symbol, delights in the visual excitement of the world. As he matures, his ability to see diminishes. Eventually, his own child freshens his vision.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley in collaboration with James Johnson Sweeney.  Dir: John Hubley. 1956, 11 mins.

TENDER GAME  – A jazz version of the song “Tenderly,” provides the soundtrack for a delicate tale of love.  Produced and Written by John Hubley  Music Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb Ellis, guitar.  1958, 6 mins.

MOONBIRD – In a magical adventure, two brothers hunt an imaginary bird. Their dialogue is improvised.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley.  Voices of Mark and Ray Hubley.  Dir: John Hubley.  1959.  10 mins. 

THE HAT  – Two soldiers patrol the border between their counties. When one accidentally drops his helmet over the line, the other refuses to give it back – setting the scene for a witty exploration of peace through world law.  Music and Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley for The World Law Fund.  Dir: John Hubley.  1964.  19 mins.

URBANISSIMO – A comic allegory depicting a runaway “city” devouring its environs. A farmer has an encounter with the “city” and deserts his rural home for the imagined joys of urban life.  Produced by John and Faith Hubley for Expo ’67, Montreal.  Music by Benny Carter.  Dir: John Hubley.  1967. 6 mins.

WINDY DAY – An improvised dialogue of two little girls is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of marriage and babies, love and death.  Voices of Emily and Georgia Hubley.  Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley.  1968. 9 mins.

OF MEN AND DEMONS - A simple fisherman faces the challenges posed by climate and modernity as personified by three resourceful demons.  Music by Quincy Jones  Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley.  1968. 9 mins.

EGGS - Mother Nature bickers with Death over control of humankind before a fateful decision is made.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Voices of David Burns, Anita Ellis, and Grady Tate.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley
Dir: John Hubley.  1970.  10 mins.

 

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STORY OF RELEASE

Organized in collaboration with the Hubley family, Cinema Conservancy’s centennial tour coincides with The Believer Magazine’s 2014 Film Issue. The issue will feature a DVD with a number of the Hubleys’ films, including “Cockaboody” (1973), “The Hole” (1963), and “Date With Dizzy” (1958), as well as commercials, home movies and storyboards.

Visually striking, playful and innovative, the selected films address a wide range of topics – from urbanization and overpopulation to two boys’ search for a pet bird – and feature the voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore, and the Hubleys’ children (Emily, Georgia, Mark and Ray), as well as music from Benny Carter, The Oscar Peterson Trio and Quincy Jones.

John Hubley began his training at Disney (where his participation in the studio’s famous 1941 strike caused him and other animators to be fired and later blacklisted) and went on to the Army’s Motion Picture Unit and UPA. The personal and creative partnership between John and Faith (Elliott) Hubley lasted from the 1950’s until John’s death in 1977. True to their marriage vow to finish one independent film per year, the Hubleys created over 20 animated films together, winning three Academy Awards (for “Moonbird,” “The Hole,” and 1966’s “Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass Double Feature”), in addition to taking on ads, commissions and segments for TV shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Faith Hubley went on to make 23 more films after 1977.

Breaking new artistic ground and exploring urgent topics in their films, the Hubleys rebelled, as John told animation historian John Canemaker, “against the sweet sentimental chipmunk and bunnies idiom of animation.” They favored a modern aesthetic, using techniques such as wax-resistance, oil painting and bottom-lit watercolors. In their experimentations with improvised dialogue and music, the pair found inspiration everywhere, from conversations between New York construction workers to the musings of their own children. Cinema Conservancy is thrilled to be bringing the Hubley’s work back to theaters in 2014.

ADVENTURES OF AN *, THE TENDER GAME, and URBANISSIMO were preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.

 

A CINEMA CONSERVANCY RELEASE.  TOTAL PROGRAM RUNNING TIME: 80 mins.  35mm.  Shows Sunday, July 20 at (2pm), 4pm, 6pm & 8pm.

 Read the IndieWire piece on the series here!

 

 

Jul
27
Sun
ROXIE KIDS: Lupin the 3rd “The CASTLE of CAGLIOSTRO”
July 27, 2014

Free Admission for Kids under 12 / Adults $7.50 only

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The 2nd program of the special series “ROXIE KIDS” is Hayao Miyazaki’s directorial debut film.

Where dreams become nightmares….
at the Castle of Cagliostro

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While driving through the streets of Europe, Lupin and Jigen, a sharpshooter, find a young woman named Clarise in a bridal gownchased by villains. A spectacular car chase ensues in order to save this damsel in distress.

Lupin frees Clarise from the hands of these hoodlums and she shows her gratitude by giving Lupin a precious and cherished ring of hers. Feeling quite uneasy about this bizarre experience, Lupin and Jigen proceed to the dukedom of Cagliostro.
The ruler of the dukedom, the Duke of Cagliostro died a few years back and now Clarise whom Lupin had saved previously is to marry her Uncle, the Count of Cagliostro and thus become a Princess. After learning that her Uncles intentions are devious, Clarise is imprisoned in the clock tower of the Castle. When becoming aware of this, Lupin forces his way into the tower to try once again to rescue Clarise.
Inspector ZeniCalisro-4gata, who is in pursuit of Lupin, learns of his whereabouts and proceeds to travel to Cagliostro in order to catch him. In his search for Lupin, the Inspector stumbles upon a factory located in the Castle which manufactures counterfeit coins and paper money to be circulated throughout the world. Putting his search for Lupin aside, the Inspector now devotes his efforts to exposing this crime taking place in the Castle. This diverts his attention to capturing the notorious Lupin.
The day now arrives when the Count is to be married and before a worldwide television audience, Lupin disguised as a priest carries Clarise away just before the wedding vows are to be exchanged.
This causes an incredible state of confusion at the Castle. The Count pursues Lupin and the great chase is about to begin….

100 mins / 1979 / English dubbed  IMDB trailer

 

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Executive Producer: Yutaka Fujioka

Producer : Tetsuo Katayama

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Script Writers : Hayao Miyazaki & Haruya Yamazaki

Art Director Shichiro Kobayashi

Music Composer: Yuji Ohno

Recording Director: Satoshi Kato

Original Author : Monkey Punchi

Production Company: TMS ENTERTAINMENT CO.LTD.

Original comic books created by Monkey Punch
©TMS All Rights Reserved.

☆Other Roxie Kids programs are here.

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax