August – September 2014
“…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.
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
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.
This extraordinary doc and Audience Award-winner about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Larry King will both break your heart and fire you up into action. It brilliantly focuses on how bigotry and prejudice are community-wide problems, rather than only the acts of individuals. Frameline is more than your favorite summertime film festival! From the folks who bring you the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Frameline Encore is a fresh, queer community screening series.
Dir: Marta Cunningham. Digital. 2013. 87 mins. 7pm.
Free to all!
NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.
Neon Tokyo : Anime World #2 – AKIRA
Thursday, August 21st
The 2nd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “AKIRA”, Japanese animated action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.
“A fever-dream masterpiece” Village Voice
“A towering achievement of imagination” Time Out
Neo-Tokyo is about to E•X•P •L•O•D•E
Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society what once called him weak.
The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Kaneda tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original 2182-page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga. It became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation. (Wikipedia)
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Written by Katsuhiro Otomo and Izo Hashimoto.
Voices Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro Ishida.
1988. Japan. 124min. Digital. Rating: R
Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”, Kodansha Ltd.
©1988 Akira Committee. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco
LIVE MUSIC BY INSPECTOR GADJE AFTER THE SCREENING!!!
Crossroads Film Festival – 2014, WINNER Best Feature Documentary
International Film Festival Rotterdam – 2014, Ofﬁcial Selection
“BRASSLANDS is a fascinating look at this infectious and addictive form of music, so ﬁlled with life from a country that has seen its fair share of death, sadness and war.” – IndieWIRE, Katie Walsh
“There is sure to be dancing in the aisles” – New York Times, Anne Mancuso
“As an introduction to the music, it’s fascinating…The documentary is beautifully ﬁlmed, funny and insightful” – New York Music Daily, Alan Young!
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A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the ﬁrst Americans ever to compete at Guča. BRASSLANDS offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.
& a special introduction by performance artist Jason Jenn, who will be performing an excerpt of his one man show ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE, inspired by the work of James Broughton.
A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960’s and 70’s to profoundly embrace life and ‘follow your own weird’.
A charismatic and visionary poet and filmmaker who emerged in the artistic renaissance of post – WWII San Francisco, James Broughton led a completely unconventional existence in his lifelong quest for creative artistry, sexual and spiritual love and an evolved state of happiness. BIG JOY is a celebratory mosaic of Broughton’s deeply intertwined creative and personal lives, vividly depicted through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides.
Directed by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha and Dawn Logsdon. USA. 2013. Digital. 82 mins.
About the filmmakers
Stephen Silha, producer and co-director, is a freelance writer, facilitator, and futurist who has made a practice of communicating about what makes communities and relationships work. He has reported for The Christian Science Monitor, the Minneapolis Star, and Yes! Magazine. He knew James Broughton, and was present at his death in 1999. Inspired by Broughton’s philosophy, life and work, he began a biography project which morphed into this film and multi-media project.
Eric Slade, co-director and producer, is an independent producer/director based in Portland, OR who has extensive experience with PBS. His independent documentary work includes Hope Along the Wind: The Story of Harry Hay (2002), The Impact of AIDS, Housing the American Dream, Safety in Numbers, Sex Life, and Acting Up for Prisoners.
Jason Jenn is an LA-based performance artist, director, designer, and event planner who was inspired by the film BIG JOY and James Broughton’s poetry to create performance events using Broughton’s poetry and films, bringing them a vibrant contemporary feel.
Be sure to catch the full performance of Jenn’s ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE the following day. The performance is a full hour of sensual delights that will leave audiences uplifted and aptly experiencing the ecstasy of James’ wondrous wit and wild whimsy. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8pm at the SFAI Lecture Hall.
The Longest Week tells the story of Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman). Approaching middle age, Conrad is the over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune. He’s also never had a job or any goals in life beyond accepting his parents’ wealth and living off of it until he eventually dies. One day, Conrad is cut off from his allowance following his parents’ abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side. Luckily, he is taken in by his old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup), and returns the favor by immediately falling for Dylan’s girlfriend, Beatrice.
Starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup. Directed by Peter Glanz. 2014. 86 min. Digital.
It is a 2014 Canadian mockumentary comedy/crime film directed by Mike Clattenburg, and based on the Canadian television series Trailer Park Boys. It is the third film in the Trailer Park Boys franchise, and a sequel to Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009). In the film, Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) attempt a series of get-rich-quick schemes after being released from prison, but are again pursued by former Sunnyvale Trailer Park supervisor Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth).
Recently out of jail and completely broke, Julian has a plan to get outrageously rich. However, he first has to deliver his product to Montreal where his rival Cyrus is waiting to close the deal. In the meantime, the government’s plan to legalize marijuana threatens Ricky and his dope business, so he goes to Ottawa to take action against the impending bill. With Julian and Ricky on a road trip, Bubbles joins the pair with his own agenda – to go find the inheritance left for him by his long-lost parents. The trio runs into trouble when ex-park supervisor Jim Lahey and Randy go after the boys in hopes of making them rot in jail.
The film marks the final appearance of series regular Richard Collins (appearing in the film as Philadelphia “Phil” Collins), who died during filming. In addition to Collins, the film is also dedicated to series regular Brian Huggins (who played Shitty Bill in the television series), and country/folk singer Rita MacNeil.
Director: Mike Clattenburg, Stars: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith
95mins, 2014, CANADA
Filmmaker Patrick Lovell in person!
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL!!
Patrick Lovell is an accidental filmmaker/activist. Lovell was in the midst of living his American Dream. He was a television producer traveling the country giving away homes throughout the nation on a nationally distributed TV show. Patrick had a great income, he was married to the love of his life and together they had a child they had both longed for. Suddenly on September 15th, 2008, their lives were turned upside down. The Lovells would find themselves in the midst of the collapse of Americas middle class and like millions would eventually lose their home to foreclosure. Patrick figured out a way to make a film using his story as the entry point to broader truth that America is no longer a Democracy, that free markets have been overrun by global monopolies and the American Dream is Dead! Lovell crisscrossed the country surfing the Occupy Wall Street Wave to discover America is corrupt, defunct and unsustainable, but most importantly, how we can reboot the American Dream.
Starring Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, James Hansen, Jeremy Rifkin, Mary Boyle, Jeffry Sachs, and a slew of ordinary Americans becoming extraordinary. 90 min. Forward 13: Waking UP the American Dream, because the bigger the problems the greater the opportunity. WAKE UP AMERICA!
SKYPE Q&A with lead actor Jake Macapagal after the screening!
Co-presented by FACINE – Filipino Arts & Cinema International
Winner of the Audience Award @ Sundance Film Festival
Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez and his family decide to move from the poverty stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arriving in the big city, Oscar and his family fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. Oscar manages to land a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong, his senior officer. Before long, it becomes apparent that Ong, has been planning the arrival of someone just like Oscar for sometime.
Directed by Sean Ellis. 2013. Tagalog with English subtitles. 115 min.