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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
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
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.

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”

combustibleDirector: KATSUHIRO OTOMO    

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

 

 

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©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
18
Fri
FROZEN 2014: BEST ANIMATION
July 18, 2014

Best Animation of 2014.

20CosmicFlowerUnfolding

65 mins.

El Rudio Del Mundo
Coke Rioboo, 13 minutes.
A composer is afflicted by a strange illness: he can hear every noise in the world. Through his music he will find a way to keep the noise under control.

Project K-9
Francisco J. Cabrera, Alicia Esteban, Elsa Esteban, Juan E. Forero, Victoria Gonzalez, Adrian Parra, Iria Salgado, Huijun Shen, 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
Animation of special dog – PROJECT K-9.

Baxter
Ty Coyle, 2 minutes, 56 seconds.
Baxter the raccoon makes his way into Granny’s Sweet Shop, but upon entering he gets so obsessed with the candy it it leads to his downfall.

Blue
Asia Lancaster, 8 minutes, 27 seconds.
A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.

Flight of the Polar Bear
Norm Fassbender, 2 minutes.
Six hundred miles from solid ground, a polar bear swims for his life as a camera crew looks on.

Cosmic Flower Unfolding
Benjamin Ridgway, 2 minutes.
Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.

21JimmyLovesJuice

Jimmy Loves Juice
Dave Yee, 5 minutes, 21 seconds.
A normal day in the park for young Jimmy takes an unexpected turn when he tries a new kind of refreshment:
juice!

Breed
Stan Cameron, 3 minutes, 36 seconds.
Parents always have hopes and dreams for their child. But what happens if the child does not share those same dreams? Breed is a touching depiction of a child’s struggle for self-identity.

Woah
Kelvin Rodrigues, 5 minutes, 12 seconds.
An animated autobiographical short relating the coming of age of 17-year-old Kelvin Rodriguez.

Soylent Greenpeace
John Martin, 2 minutes, 16 seconds.
An anthropomorphic ‘fish out of water’ tale of a whale that struggles to adapt to the Norwegian life… and diet.

Wise Choice or Lucky Guess
Ellen Raines, 4 minutes.
A recently deceased man has to make his own choice between heaven and hell, while sitting on an escalator.

Handi & V
Fenway Fan, 5 minutes, 37 seconds.
Grandpa V takes time capsules and starts to find his lost happiness…

Virtuous Virtuell
Thomas Stellmach, 7 minutes, 22 seconds.
Synchronizing to the music, abstract ink drawings ‘grow’ in an interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits and confrontation, stimulating many emotions, which carry us off on a poetical journey to a musical world of pictures.

// Pick up a FESTIVAL PASS for just $20 to access all Frozen Film Festival 2014 screenings! //

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The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 that is dedicated to creating avenues for independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities to come together and exhibit their work to the widest possible audience.

FROZEN 2014: BEST DRAMATIC SHORTS
July 18, 2014

Best Dramatic Shorts 2014

13Cliff

74 mins.

Cough
Jason Kempnich, 10 minutes, 30 seconds.
Liberty was yesterday.

T’adhib
Raquel Bedia, 13 minutes.
Andres, a young war correspondent, is investigating the application of torture during conflicts. His encounter with an Argentinian ex-military man will stir in him a need to go further with his inquiries, dragged along by the burden of memory.

Mindtrap
Michela Marini, 10 minutes, 46 seconds.
What if you open your eyes and find yourself somewhere you’ve never been? A beautiful girl wakes up paralyzed at the bottom of a cliff with no memory of how she got there.

12LosDemonios

Los Demonios
Miguel Azurmendi, 13 minutes.
Javi, Fer and Miguel are three friends who roam the city looking for fun. Tonight they have prepared something special.

Cliff
Drew Angle, 7 minutes, 21 seconds.
As each day passes, Cliff waits for his greater purpose to find him. He spends his mornings shooting, and wastes the day away drinking. He yearns for the freedom and isolation of a wild animal, but cannot escape the vices that connect him to the rest of humanity.

Blue
Justin Malone, 19 minutes.
Locked in a lonely routine, a homeless man is softened by a newfound friendship.

// Pick up a FESTIVAL PASS for just $20 to access all Frozen Film Festival 2014 screenings! //

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The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 that is dedicated to creating avenues for independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities to come together and exhibit their work to the widest possible audience.

FROZEN 2014: BEST ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARIES
July 18, 2014

Best Environmental Documentaries of 2014

5WeAretheLand

84 mins.

I am Red
Peter McBride, 3 minutes, 45 seconds.
The Colorado River runs 1450 miles across seven states and two countries, supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River’s Most Endangered River for 2013.

The Invisible Peak
Gary Yost, 22 minutes.
Through the use of historical footage, interviews, and beautiful cinematography, this film explores the history of the West Peak of the history of the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais and how local citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state.

Young Ice
Derek Hallquist, 14 minutes, 21 seconds.
Derek Hallquist follows Dr. Shepson’s climate research in Barrow, Alaska and the local community opens up to him about the price they have paid for making money from drilling oil.

We Are the Land
Lauren Lindberg, 13 minutes, 55 seconds.
Amidst national controversy surrounding the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ environmental activist Pauline Matt stands alone to protect her native homeland – the Blackfeet Reservation

6Trees

Trees
Gal Ziv, 2 minutes.
A young girl runs through a forest, scared. Can she escape the man with the chainsaw? A short fiction film that describes human treatment of rain forests and trees all over the world.

The Water Tower
Peter McBride, 27 minutes, 29 seconds.
From the slums of Nairobi to the arid landscapes of Samburu National Reserve and the vast rose farms on Mt. Kenya’s foot hills, The Water Tower is equal parts travel, advocacy and adventure film.

// Pick up a FESTIVAL PASS for just $20 to access all Frozen Film Festival 2014 screenings! //

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The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 that is dedicated to creating avenues for independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities to come together and exhibit their work to the widest possible audience.