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May
9
Fri
NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE
May 9, 2014 - May 15, 2014

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Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW:IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Richard III.” Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. NOW chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since their work on American Beauty. Directed by Jeremy Whelehan. 93 mins. 2014. Digital.

Spacey: “NOW is a close, backstage look at the total experience of being an actor and what it takes to form a company – from rehearsing every day and beginning to create a role with your director, crew and fellow actors to going on tour and spending a year together on the road in many different cultures and countries.”

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
12
Mon
BEYOND RIGHT & WRONG: STORIES OF JUSTICE AND FORGIVENESS
May 12, 2014

“…a film that needs to be seen, and now.”Huffington Post

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A survivor of the Rwandan Genocide struggles to forgive the man who killed her children. A victim’s daughter strikes up an unusual friendship with the ex-IRA bomber who killed her father. And two men—one Israeli, one Palestinian—form a bond after tragedies claim their daughters. Watch survivors share their stories of resilience and recovery in their own words.

Co-directed by Lekha Singh and Roger Spotiswoode. Digital. 2012. 80 mins. NR


The film will be followed by a Q&A with Global Impact Producer ERIN GRIFFIN.

All views from this screening will benefit Cinema for Peace. Cinema for Peace aims to influence the perception and resolution of the challenges of our time through film.

When you attend a screening of Beyond Right & Wrong your view releases money from FilmRaise donors to charities like Cinema for Peace. Go to filmraise.com to learn more.

Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness – Public Trailer from Lekha Singh on Vimeo.

May
13
Tue
Breeders: A Subclass of Women?
Breeders: A Subclass of Women?
May 13, 2014

“Breeders is a fascinating film that highlights the many tensions between women’s status, the free market demands of the fertility industry, and the fragmentation of women’s fertility and reproductive labor. This is a must-see film for all those who care about women and human rights.”
Hedva Eyal, Medical Technologies Policy Researcher and feminist activist

Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one? Directed by Jennifer Lahl and Matthew Eppinette. 2014.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director JENNIFER LAHL, President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network.

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
26
Mon
FREQUENCIES
May 26, 2014

What if physics determined the laws of attraction? In a parallel world where human frequencies determine luck, love, and destiny, Zak, a young college student, must overcome science in order to love Marie, who emits a different frequency than his own. In an attempt to make their love a reality, Zak experiments on the laws of nature, putting in danger the cosmic equilibrium of fate and everything he holds dear. This unique and experimental drama blends science fiction and romance to create a futuristic tale where love, science, and fate collide.

Directed by Darren Paul Fischer. Australia/UK. 2013. Digital. 105 minutes

May
27
Tue
LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS
LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS
May 27, 2014

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

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
20
Fri
FRAMELINE FILM FESTIVAL 2014
June 20, 2014 - July 29, 2014

Frameline38thumbSan Francisco, CA – Frameline, the world’s largest LGBT media arts nonprofit organization, is proud to announce Frameline38: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. This year’s internationally renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) cinema runs June 19-29, with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood (2966 College Avenue).

FULL FESTIVAL GUIDE PDF

With an expected attendance of 65,000, the 11 days of Frameline38 will bring together film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and all across the globe to behold the best in queer cinema from nearly 800 film submissions. More than 30 countries will be represented, including Germany, Venezuela, Slovenia, Mexico, Finland, France, and a spotlight on LGBT Films in Today’s Russia. Tickets for Frameline38 will be on sale through www.frameline.org to members on Friday, May 23, 2014 and to the general public on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Frameline38 is honored to announce the return of Grand Sponsors AT&T and Wells Fargo in 2014.