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Jun
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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.

Jul
18
Fri
LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND
LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND
July 18, 2014 - July 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!

During the seven years chronicled in the film, artist and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes creates, destroys and recreates a pair of large-scale, three-dimensional paintings, one that costs him his marriage, while trying to keep afloat in the fickle art market. With music written and performed by Foulkes on a massive, fanciful, self-invented musical instrument he calls “The Machine,” LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND is an intimate portrait of an artist battling his own demons as well as the perceived demons of the art world.

Dirs: Tamar Halpern & Chris Quilty.  2014.  Digital.  82 mins.  Nightly at 7pm.

Free for members!

Jul
20
Sun
JOHN HUBLEY AT 100
July 20, 2014

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JOHN HUBLEY AT 100

Sunday, July 20

Q&A WITH NOTED ANIMATOR – AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND FAITH – EMILY HUBLEY AFTER THE 6PM SHOW! A traveling program of films by animators John and Faith Hubley, all in new 35mm prints, celebrating John Hubley’s 100th birthday.

ADVENTURES OF AN *  – A baby, represented by the “ * ” symbol, delights in the visual excitement of the world. As he matures, his ability to see diminishes. Eventually, his own child freshens his vision.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley in collaboration with James Johnson Sweeney.  Dir: John Hubley. 1956, 11 mins.

TENDER GAME  – A jazz version of the song “Tenderly,” provides the soundtrack for a delicate tale of love.  Produced and Written by John Hubley  Music Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb Ellis, guitar.  1958, 6 mins.

MOONBIRD – In a magical adventure, two brothers hunt an imaginary bird. Their dialogue is improvised.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley.  Voices of Mark and Ray Hubley.  Dir: John Hubley.  1959.  10 mins. 

THE HAT  – Two soldiers patrol the border between their counties. When one accidentally drops his helmet over the line, the other refuses to give it back – setting the scene for a witty exploration of peace through world law.  Music and Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley for The World Law Fund.  Dir: John Hubley.  1964.  19 mins.

URBANISSIMO – A comic allegory depicting a runaway “city” devouring its environs. A farmer has an encounter with the “city” and deserts his rural home for the imagined joys of urban life.  Produced by John and Faith Hubley for Expo ’67, Montreal.  Music by Benny Carter.  Dir: John Hubley.  1967. 6 mins.

WINDY DAY – An improvised dialogue of two little girls is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of marriage and babies, love and death.  Voices of Emily and Georgia Hubley.  Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley.  1968. 9 mins.

OF MEN AND DEMONS - A simple fisherman faces the challenges posed by climate and modernity as personified by three resourceful demons.  Music by Quincy Jones  Produced and Directed by John and Faith Hubley.  1968. 9 mins.

EGGS - Mother Nature bickers with Death over control of humankind before a fateful decision is made.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Voices of David Burns, Anita Ellis, and Grady Tate.  Produced and Written by John and Faith Hubley
Dir: John Hubley.  1970.  10 mins.

 

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STORY OF RELEASE

Organized in collaboration with the Hubley family, Cinema Conservancy’s centennial tour coincides with The Believer Magazine’s 2014 Film Issue. The issue will feature a DVD with a number of the Hubleys’ films, including “Cockaboody” (1973), “The Hole” (1963), and “Date With Dizzy” (1958), as well as commercials, home movies and storyboards.

Visually striking, playful and innovative, the selected films address a wide range of topics – from urbanization and overpopulation to two boys’ search for a pet bird – and feature the voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore, and the Hubleys’ children (Emily, Georgia, Mark and Ray), as well as music from Benny Carter, The Oscar Peterson Trio and Quincy Jones.

John Hubley began his training at Disney (where his participation in the studio’s famous 1941 strike caused him and other animators to be fired and later blacklisted) and went on to the Army’s Motion Picture Unit and UPA. The personal and creative partnership between John and Faith (Elliott) Hubley lasted from the 1950’s until John’s death in 1977. True to their marriage vow to finish one independent film per year, the Hubleys created over 20 animated films together, winning three Academy Awards (for “Moonbird,” “The Hole,” and 1966’s “Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass Double Feature”), in addition to taking on ads, commissions and segments for TV shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Faith Hubley went on to make 23 more films after 1977.

Breaking new artistic ground and exploring urgent topics in their films, the Hubleys rebelled, as John told animation historian John Canemaker, “against the sweet sentimental chipmunk and bunnies idiom of animation.” They favored a modern aesthetic, using techniques such as wax-resistance, oil painting and bottom-lit watercolors. In their experimentations with improvised dialogue and music, the pair found inspiration everywhere, from conversations between New York construction workers to the musings of their own children. Cinema Conservancy is thrilled to be bringing the Hubley’s work back to theaters in 2014.

ADVENTURES OF AN *, THE TENDER GAME, and URBANISSIMO were preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.

 

A CINEMA CONSERVANCY RELEASE.  TOTAL PROGRAM RUNNING TIME: 80 mins.  35mm.  Shows Sunday, July 20 at (2pm), 4pm, 6pm & 8pm.

 Read the IndieWire piece on the series here!

 

 

Jul
24
Thu
POP/ROX: THIS IS NOISE POP
POP/ROX: THIS IS NOISE POP
July 24, 2014

In honor of the third and final installment of our survey of fly-on-the-wall underground music documentaries THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (starting July 25), we’d like to take about an hour and a half of your time to take a look in our own back yard.  THIS IS NOISE POP traces the history of the beloved local institution, from its humble beginning in 1993 as a three-day club fest to its current incarnation.  Featuring performances by  Guided By Voices, Sebadoh, Bob Mould & many more!

Dir:  Adam Werbach.  2011.  Digital.  70 mins.

This Is NoisePop! from SAXE on Vimeo.

Aug
1
Fri
HAPPY CHRISTMAS
August 1, 2014 - August 7, 2014

Happy ChristmasSAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!  SKYPE Q&A WITH FILMMAKER JOE SWANBERG FOLLOWING 7pm SHOW on 8/1!

Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend, so she thinks it would be a good time to crash her filmmaker brother Jeff’s Tiki bar basement for a couple of weeks to figure things out. Problem for Jeff is, when you’ve got a toddler and money is tight and your wife is struggling to balance motherhood and art, it might not be a great idea to have a perpetually wasted 27-year old around. Also – it’s Christmas in Chicago. Working again with DRINKING BUDDIES collaborators Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (working in warm-hued Super 16mm), Swanberg’s latest is a can’t-miss cocktail of effervescent performances, cringe-inducing realities and small graces. Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham & Jude Swanberg.  Dir: Joe Swanberg. 2014. Digital. 77 mins.

“What a pleasure it is to watch a film showing life as it is, not warped into a fantasy of superhuman power. You can feast on such realism in Richard Linklater’s seven-course masterpiece, “Boyhood,” or sample it in Joe Swanberg’s modest but savory amuse-bouche, HAPPY CHRISTMAS.”
- NEW YORK TIMES

Free for members!

Aug
5
Tue
BRAVE NEW WORLD SERIES: CYBER-SENIORS
August 5, 2014

cyber-seniors-moviePost Screening Q&A hosted by Community Technology Network and SF Connected

“…Charming, Poignant, Hilarious…” – Maria Shriver, NBC NEWS

“Touching!” – Village Voice

“A Must-See Film!” – Huffington Post

 

CYBER-SENIORS chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video. A spirited video competition for the most “views” evolves as the cyber-seniors’ hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. CYBER-SENIORS provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged, proving you are never too old to get ‘connected’. Directed by Saffron Cassaday – 2014 –  75 Minutes.

 

Brave New World is a tech and science film series with presentations and discussions by science and technology experts.

Aug
10
Sun
BAY AREA DOCS: BROWN BREAD
August 10, 2014

Brown Bread: The Story of an Adoptive Family

FILMMAKER SARAH GROSS IN PERSON!

In the hills of Northern California, an unusual family gathers for their reunion. As they join hands around the table, their colorful mix of races looks like the American dream of integration.

Black, white, middle class, ghetto: adoption gave the same name to six children from very different backgrounds.  Scenes from the family reunion are interwoven with images from their home lives:  a professor at Stanford, a manual laborer, an entrepreneur in debt.  How do they bridge the differences of race and class which divide them?

A personal documentary about what it means to grow up in an adoptive family.

Directed by Sarah Gross. 2013. 87 mins. NR

http://www.brownbreadthefilm.com/

director Sarah Gross (Drei Mädchen)SARAH GROSS studied filmmaking at Harvard University, where she began exploring the portrait documentary. In the industry, she is an experienced 1st A.D., working on major European productions such as award-winning Good Bye Lenin.  Her short films have won awards, and she has received European MEDIA funding to develop several screenwriting projects.  She has three children and is based in Berlin, Germany.  BROWN BREAD is her first feature-length film.

Aug
15
Fri
KINK
August 15, 2014 - August 21, 2014

Kink2A surprise hit at Sundance, KINK tells the true story of sex, submission, and big business as seen through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose nine-to-five workdays are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling production facilities of Kink.com, the wold’s largest producer of pornography with BDSM themes – for the uninitiated, that stands for bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism.  Come peer inside one of the Roxie’s most notorious neighbors.   Produced by James Franco.  Directed by  Christina Voros. 2013. Digital. 79 mins.

Free for members!

Aug
16
Sat
MI CASA NO ES SU CASA
August 16, 2014

imageMI CASA NO ES SU CASA tells the story of a rapidly evolving neighborhood: San Francisco’s Mission District. Stripping down the word “gentrification” to its literal and interpreted meanings, this film addresses the multifaceted perspectives of the issue. Through interviews with long time residents, politicians, professors and community activists MI CASA NO ES SU CASA gives us a snapshot into this vibrant neighborhood and the complicated politics of its newfound popularity.

Directed by Avery Yu and Haley Jensen. 40 mins.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers!

Aug
19
Tue
SLAMDANCE presents: I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER
August 19, 2014

slamdance_i play with the phrase each otherWe’re excited to team up with one of our favorite film festivals – the mighty SLAMDANCE – for a night of film and fun.

 FILMMAKER RECEPTION – 6PM!  Come hang out with Jay Alvarez and drink wine at the

Bargetto Winery Filmmaker Reception!

I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER

Jake, a young neurotic, is persuaded to leave his small home town and move to the city to live with Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving.  Written & Directed by Jay Alvarez.  Digital.  2014.  110 mins.

Special Jury Prize for Original Vision at the Slamdance Film Festival.

 

I Play With The Phrase Each Other – Trailer from IPWTPEO on Vimeo.