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!
A 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!
MI 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!
We’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.
Here & Far: A collection of short films born to the screen by some of the bay areas most enthralling emerging filmmakers. Curated by Sarah Marie Flores
When Gravity Changes (2009)
Written and Directed by Noel Von Joo and Ariel Dovas
Featuring the Talents of Mike Ross, Joel Goulet, Rory Bartle, Hilary Von Joo
The moon has moved closer to the Earth causing an array of surprising side effects.
Being stuck on your roof at the end of the world (as we know it) might have its perks. Spend some time with an apathetic white male stuck on a suburban rooftop on an Earth that is forever night. Strange creatures, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carry this strange story. Intoxication is a must for this enticing take on cinema.
From the group of artist that brought you The Secret Alley Workshop in San Francisco
Shot in 2005 On Marvelous MiniDV
Vacation (2014) Written and Directed by Tracy Brown
“An unconventional young man, wheels, deals, and steals his way through the city grind, all in the pursuit of the one thing that will bring him happiness: That is, to escape.
As Long as There is Plenty (2013) Written and Directedby Kenneth Vaughn
Penniless and alone, a man struggles to marry his aspirations to reality while living in poverty. Propelled by his own delusions of what our most widely held ideals of success are, the nameless protagonist, a man debilitated by a fantasy of success which eludes him in his waking life, attempts to circumvent economic poverty while neglecting to maintain his physical and mental well-being, resulting in a body living squalor with a mind living in a dream. Isolated in a dilapidated home, his mental state begins to reflect his surroundings. The film’s nameless protagonist accommodates his delusions with his circumstances by cutting every corner, avoiding social contact and compulsively notating his physical and financial losses. To save money, he has chosen to detach himself from the outside world, his isolation, morphing into mania, leaves him with a mindset that feeds into his delusions. As time progresses, the protagonist’s meticulous obsession with his pursuit of success begins to show its self-destructive toll on his physical well being: loss of weight, lack of sunlight and malnourishment, all become apparent as his appearance disintegrates. Fighting through the problems of failing mental and physical health, our protagonist, Armed with little more than blind determination and misguided concepts of success, takes a shot at the American dream.
Chaos Directed by Natalie Eakin
An experimental work using direct cell animation featuring a score by the filmmakers’ grandfather.
Bequeath the Heart By Zack Von Joo
Filmmaker Zach Von Joo: “Blood is scrutinized through time. My father’s gaze and mine are bound together using optical printing and hand processing. Time changed to steam and a new essence extracted.” (16mm, super-8)
Million Year Check-up By Davenzane Hayes
A classic take of an old man at the doctor looking back on his life. Animation (2014)
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
ROXIE KIDS : Anime World #3 – ASTRO BOY
Sunday, August 24th Free Admission for Kids
“ROXIE KIDS” is the animation film screenings on weekends which children and the parents can enjoy the cinema experience together through fantastic animation films.
The 3rd program of the special series is “ASTRO BOY” directed by Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga, Father of Anime. He gave much inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki.
“The image of the future Tezuka showed us was not only bright but scary, irrational, and sad. He’d already realized the two opposing aspects of Modernism: prosperity and destruction.” Hayao Miyazaki
A science fiction series set in a futuristic world where robots co-exist with humans. Astro is a powerful robot created by the head of the Ministry of Science to replace his son, who died in a car accident. Astro is shown fighting crime, evil, and injustice. Most of his enemies were robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk, or alien invaders. Almost every story included a battle involving Astro and other robots.
We introduce 4 episodes (24mins × 4) from 1980s TV series.
Bureau of Precision Machinery in Science Ministry is working on the development of “Super Robot”, despite experiencing no less than four failures. At that time, a man called Skunk visits Minister of Science, Dr. Tenma at home. He proposes to provide the ministry with Omega Factor which will allow a robot to have a reason as humans do. But Dr. Tenma refuses his proposal
●Space Airport R-45
The space airport is infested with space gangs and space rockets are wrecked constantly. Under such circumstance, the airport administrator Tsukioka is being forced to step down by the master of the hotel, who aims to take over Tsukioka’s position. Atom comes to the airport to clean up those gangs.
●Anger of Sphinx
At attacked by Robot Crab. Atom somehow gets to MonsieurAmpere’s second camp. Monsieur Ampere is the man who asks Dr. Ochnomizu to send Atom, and is excavating the land for the research of Mayan Pyramid. Then, Atom follows a guide to see Monsieur Ampere. But again, Atom is attacked, this time by a robot Sphinx, who has intercepted the excavation of the pyramid anddestroyed the first camp completely.
●Atom’s first love
The stolen blueprint of Atom’s prototype model has found in the underground fortress in Republic of Grotta. Dr. Ochanomizu ordered Atom to retrieve the blueprint since the prototype was designed to be installed a neutron bomb. Changing himself into a shape of man, Atom tries to sneak into the fortress in the country; however, he is blocked by laser beams. Then a robot girl who lives in the fortress takes Atom into the fortress. She is a robot named Nyoka created by the administrator of the fortress Dr. Lindolph.
© TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS
To Learn More : Astro Boy Official Site & Trailer
Original Story /Story Line / Main Character : Osamu Tezuka
Storyboard : Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Dezaki, Ryosuke Takahashi, etc…
Original Picture : Osamu Tezuka, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Masanobu Kozo
Rendition : Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Dezaki
Chief Director : Osamu Dezaki
1980-1981 / English Dubbed
☆Other Roxie Kids Programs are here.
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: borax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco
- World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary, 2012 Sundance Film Festival
- Special Jury Award, 2012, Full Frame Film Festival
- Special Jury Prize, 2012, Hot Docs Film Festival
- Best Documentary, 2011, Jerusalem Film Festival
In “The Law in These Parts”, acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz has pulled off a tour-de-force examination of the system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 — featuring the system’s leading creators. In a series of thoughtful and candid interviews, Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisers, who helped devise the occupation’s legal framework, paint a complex picture of the Middle East conflict and the balance among political interests, security and human rights that has come with it.
2011 / 90 min.
Directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
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.