May – July 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
In 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
“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!
San 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).
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.
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.
A FILM BY THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER
75-year-old Japanese artist Susumu Shingu converses with nature through his sculptures. His lifelong dialogue with the wind and with water has given the world uniquely beautiful works of fluid, unpredictable and ever-changing movement. Susumu renders visible the opaque and the unseen and opens to us new perspectives. Thomas Riedelsheimer, the director of the hypnotically dazzling RIVERS AND TIDES: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY WORKING WITH TIME, again reveals awe-inspiring beauty that accents breath-taking, natural settings as he accompanies this quiet and unassuming man in pursuit of a dream; a quest to create an awareness of our planet, our breathing earth and our human values. BREATHING EARTH is a film about the wind, the philosophy of a wise person, about art and love and dreams. In Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer. (Germany 2013). Digital. 97 mins.
“GENTLE AND NEAR-HYPNOTIC” – Hollywood Reporter
The Factory is a Bay Area Video Coalition’s advanced video production collective for teenagers in the Bay Area. The Factory has been training young Bay Area filmmakers for ten years. Participants create professional-quality short films: documentaries, narratives, music videos, and public service announcements. This program emphasizes creative and political expression through a strong visual style, and promotes collaboration between Bay Area youth and the organizations and individuals in their community.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.