May – July 2014
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.
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!
DARK TREASURES FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE!!
Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine. This year’s I WAKE UP DREAMING cavalcade will be the first ever presented entirely in DIGITAL. The Roxie Theater boasts one of the most outstanding digital projection systems in San Francisco and these specially prepared and supervised digital transfers are guaranteed to look astonishing on the big screen — where they belong! I WAKE UP DREAMING is committed to the idea that classic motion pictures are best viewed on a big screen in a large dark room full of complete strangers. It is our hope that programmers and exhibitors everywhere will explore the seemingly limitless number of films now available to movie theaters in the digital format. ————————–
Friday, May 16 STRANGER ON THE 3rd FLOOR (1940) 64 mins. 6:30 and 9:50 with THE UNSUSPECTED (1947) 103 mins. 8:00 only!
Saturday, May 17 Afternoon Program: LOVE IS A RACKET (1932) 72 mins. 2:00 with LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (1933) 69 mins. 3:30
Evening Program: NORA PRENTISS (1947) 111 mins. 5:15 and 9:45 with THE UNFAITHFUL (1947) 109 mins. 7:30 only!
Sunday, May 18 Afternoon Program: ANGELS IN DISGUISE (1948) 63 mins. 2:00 with FALL GUY (1947) 64 mins. 3:15 and WHEN STRANGERS MARRY (1944) 66 mins. 4:30
Evening Program: THE LOCKET (1946) 86 mins. 8:00 only! with THE WINDOW (1949) 73 mins. 6:30 and 9:45
Monday, May 19 20,000 YEARS IN SING SING (1932) 78 mins. 8:00 only! with TWO SECONDS (1932) 68 mins. 6:30 and 9:40
Tuesday, May 20 TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951) 90 mins. 8:00 only! with A WOMAN’S SECRET (1949) 85 mins. 6:15 and 9:45
Wednesday, May 21 SPLIT SECOND (1953) 85 mins. 8:00 only! with EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ (1950) 57 mins. 6:40 and 9:45
Thursday, May 22 HIGHWAY 301 (1950) 83 mins. 8:00 only! with DEATH IN SMALL DOSES (1957) 79 mins. 6:15 and 9:45
Friday, May 23 THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND (1960) 101 mins. 8:15 only! with AL CAPONE (1959) 104 mins. 6:00 and 10:15
Saturday, May 24 Afternoon Program: MIRACLES FOR SALE (1939) 71 mins. 1:30 with GRAND CENTRAL MURDER (1942) 73 mins. 2:50 and BUNCO SQUAD (1950) 67 mins. 4:20
Evening Program: WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) 100 mins. 7:45 only! with BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) 80 mins. 6:00 and 9:50
Sunday, May 25 Afternoon Program: TWO ON A GUILLOTINE (1965) 107 mins. 3:00 with THE HYPNOTIC EYE (1960) 79 mins. 1:30
Evening Program: THE COUCH (1962) 100 mins. 5:30 and 10:00 with BRAINSTORM (1965) 114 mins. 7:45 only!
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
From his birth in Queens to his mysterious death in New Orleans, LOOKING FOR JOHNNY chronicles the life of rock’n’roll true believer Johnny Thunders. A founding member of the New York Dolls and the leader of the Heartbreakers, Thunders epitomized a sort of post- Stones platonic ideal of how a rock star should be, minus the worldwide fame but with all the riffs, excess, excellence and tragedy that implies. Features interviews with Lenny Kaye, Alan Vega, Sylvain Sylvain and more!
Dir: Danny Garcia. 2014. Digital. 90 mins
“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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To see an online (pdf) version of the full 2014 program, click HERE!
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.
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
Co-Presented by Noise Pop
Friday, June 20 – Thursday, June 26
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! RECORD GIVEAWAYS COURTESY OF POLYVINYL RECORDS ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT! THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible look at an artist – Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question – is this really worth it? Dir: Jason Miller. 2014. Digital. 77 mins.
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.
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.