May – July 2014
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!
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.
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.
Q&A after the 7pm show on Friday, July 4 with:
Lisa Rein, Coordinator of Aaron Swartz Day
As a teenager, Aaron Swartz was a computer-programming prodigy with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. After emerging as a pioneer of Internet activism, education, and politics, he was indicted on multiple federal charges in 2011 and 2012, setting off a complex chain of events that left the Internet community reeling. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 26, Swartz was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Brooklyn apartment. His family, friends, and supporters immediately blamed the prosecutors of the case, who aimed to put him in jail for 35 years and brand him a convicted felon for life. Swartz was persecuted for the very rights and freedoms for which he stood, and that ultimately broke him. – Sundance Film Festival. Dir: Brian Knappenberger. 2014. Digital. 105 mins.
In these early days of summer, let’s turn our attention to two iconoclasts who traversed the highways and bi-ways of America armed with only acoustic guitars and an intense dedication to the truth, however they define it.
APOCALYPSE: BILL CALLAHAN
This strikingly shot documentary follows enigmatic Drag City singer-songwriter Bill Callahan on a two-week tour from California to New York. For the past 25 years, under both the Smog moniker and under his own name, Callahan has cultivated a legacy as both a pioneer in the lo-fi movement and one of the country’s finest troubadors. The film is built on impressionistic scenes of Callahan’s life on the road combined with his cryptic musings (“I started playing music when I was 20, and time stopped for me in a good way”), creating a voyeuristic glimpse into his meticulously constructed universe of disaffection and disorder. Dir. Hanly Blanks. 2012. Digital. 59 mins.
IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH: THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY
Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur. Interviewees include Pete Townshend, Joey Burns of Calexico, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento, aka Barry Hansen. Dir: John Cullingham. 2012. Digital. 61 mins.
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