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September – November 2014

Sep
12
Fri
SECOND OPINION: LAETRILE AT SLOAN-KETTERING
September 12, 2014 - September 18, 2014
San Francisco Premiere! Filmmaker and Ralph Moss (the film’s main subject) in person for a Q&A September 12th!

“Ralph W. Moss has stayed the course in stating his case. I am glad his voice is being heard.”Harold P. Freeman, MD Past National President, American Cancer Society

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The story of Ralph W. Moss, PhD—a young science-writer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), who risked everything by blowing the whistle on a massive cover-up involving an unconventional, yet promising cancer therapy.

Ralph lived a double life, working as a loyal employee at MSKCC while also recruiting fellow employees to help anonymously leak their positive results of an unconventional therapy called “Laetrile” to the public—through a newly formed underground organization they called—“Second Opinion”.

Dir. Eric Merola. USA. 2014. Digital. 75 mins.

Sep
20
Sat
Microbirth
September 20, 2014

San Francisco Premiere Screening  - September 20 only!!

NEW DOCUMENTARY “MICROBIRTH” REVEALS THE MICROSCOPIC SECRETS OF CHILDBIRTH

Join the San Francisco Doula Group for the Premier Screening of MICROBIRTH, followed by a discussion by a panel of birth experts.

September 20th, 2014, 4:30-6:30pm, $12 in advance/$15 door price

The way we give birth has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Some leading scientists are warning that these changes could have serious repercussions for the lifelong health of our children.

MicroBirth_Poster_PORTRAIT_A4Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, “Microbirth” examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life. Recent population studies have shown babies born by Caesarean Section have approximately a 20% increased risk of developing asthma, 20% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a similar risk with obesity and slightly smaller increases with gastro-intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or coeliac disease. These conditions are all linked to the immune system. “Microbirth” explores several possible explanations. If a baby is born by Caesarean Section, scientists hypothesise this could alter the “seeding” of the baby’s microbiome, the critical transfer of good bacteria from mother to baby at birth. Scientists suggest this could lead to the baby’s immune system not developing to its full potential. Another hypothesis is the actual process of vaginal birth, including the cocktail of hormones produced during labour, could profoundly affect the baby’s immune regulation and metabolism. Dr Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, says, “Over the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen dramatic increases in childhood asthma, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, childhood obesity. We’ve also seen increases in Caesarean delivery. Does Caesarean cause these conditions? No. What Caesarean does is not allow the baby to be seeded with the microbes. The immune system doesn’t mature. And the metabolism changes. It’s the immune dysfunction and the changes in metabolism that we now know contribute to those diseases and conditions.” Dr Matthew Hyde, Research Associate of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London says, ”We are increasingly seeing a world out there with what is really a public health time-bomb waiting to go off. And the research we are doing suggests it is only going to get worse, generation on generation. So tomorrow’s generation really is on the edge of the precipice unless we can begin to do something about it.”

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The film’s co-director Alex Wakeford says, “The World Health Organization has stated non- communicable disease has reached epidemic levels. Leading economists have predicted that, by the year 2030, the cost of treating this epidemic could bankrupt global healthcare systems. Governments are extremely concerned about the repercussions of antibiotic resistance and the effect this level of disease could have upon social and economic stability on a global scale. What is not even on their agenda, however, is the possible effect of mode of birth.” The film’s co-director Toni Harman adds, “Caesarean Sections are often essential and can be life-saving. A few leading individuals have been raising the alarm and building up a picture of potential long-term outcomes for some time. Over the last couple of years, more and more people have joined this debate and the weight of this emerging research is painting a very worrying picture in terms of future health across populations. The film raises awareness of the potential importance of “seeding” the microbiome for all babies, whether born naturally or by C-section. This is an issue not just for parents and health professionals, but also for all our world leaders. For surely now is the time for childbirth to be the focus of serious, urgent attention at the highest level?”

Produced and directed by British filmmaking couple, Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford.
Their previous film “Freedom For Birth” premiered in over 1,100 public screenings in
50 countries in 2012. Microbirth runs 70 minutes.

Official Site is Here.

Oct
17
Fri
HARMONTOWN
October 17, 2014 - October 23, 2014

“entertaining and fairly insightful.”  -Variety

A documentary that follows Dan Harmon on tour for his podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012.

 

laurelhugThe film includes appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale.

Harmontown is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating, Harmon said. It’s more than a documentary. It’s your chance to figure out what’s wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit.

Harmon is planning to start another podcast tour in concert with the film’s theatrical release.

In May, NBC cancelled “Community” after five seasons. However, the show was recently saved by Yahoo Screen, which will release a sixth season of the cult favorite.

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Director: Neil Berkeley, 101min. U.S.A. 2014

Official Site is Here.

 

 

 

 

Nov
6
Thu
FRAMELINE ENCORE: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
November 6, 2014

FREE TO ALL!!

RegardingSusanSontagREGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.” PhotosInGlass-1024x682REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world. REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG has been made in partnership with HBO Documentary Films and will be broadcast Fall 2014.

Directed by Nancy D. Kates, 100 Minutes, U.S.A., 2014

Nov
11
Tue
NIPPON NIGHTS #5 : SAVE THE CLUB NOON
November 11, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.

This is a documentary about Japan’s law regulating entertainments.

scn_mainNoon, a venerable Osaka club, was busted in April 2012 for violating Japan’s law regulating entertainment establishments. This documentary covers the music event held in July of the same year by over 90 artist teams, who rallied in protest. The law regulating entertainment businesses makes it illegal to allow patrons to dance, but the law went into effect in 1948, and in many ways is out of step with contemporary society. This film delves into problems in Japan’s music industry with interviews of performers like Ito Seiko and Hanaregumi, who have their doubts about the law.

Dancers displeased with the anti-dance law and the shutdown of a popular club in Osaka are taking their arguments to the screens this month in a documentary titled “Save The Club Noon.”

6ab15f49c542a219878ac2ce890ad083_233Noon, located in the Nakazaki-cho district of Osaka, was forced to shut down in April 2012 after local police claimed the club violated the 1948 fueihō entertainment business control law. Eight were arrested in the case, their charges being that the club allowed approximately 20 people to dance on its premises “without permission.” The 65-year-old law was created when so-called dance clubs were used as hotbeds of prostitution. Clubbers have been quick to rise up against a recent crackdown that has caused some lawmakers to push for a reform of the law.

imgres-1But revision of the rules is moving at a snail’s pace, with a preliminary proposal being filed late last month.

Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, the film’s title derives from an event held in July 2012 in which more than 90 artists gathered to protest Noon’s closure. The film features prominent media figures including novelist Seiko Ito as well as the manager of the club. -Japan Times

Directed by Moriro Miyamoto, 93mins., 2013, JAPAN, English Subtitled.

SAVE THE CLUB NOON」Production Committee.

 

 

Nov
12
Wed
BAY AREA DOCS: Shorts Program
November 12, 2014

Filmmakers in Person!

High Five

high_five1On October 2nd, 1977 Dusty Baker hit his 30th homerun of the season, making history as the 4th player on the Dodgers to hit 30 or more home runs. As Baker rounded the bases, an excited rookie named Glenn Burke met him at home plate, raised his arm high in the air and slapped Baker five. It was the first high five recorded in the history of sports. A year later, Burke was forced about of baseball amid rumors of his sexual orientation. The film takes audiences back to the spontaneous moment between the two men and tells the story of how the celebratory gesture spread throughout the sports world at same time Burke was being forced from the game he loved. The film won the Jury Award and Best Short Doc at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.

10 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Michal Jacobs

Director’s Bio…

Michael Jacobs debut feature Audience of One won awards at SXSW, Silverdocs and screened at New Directors/New Films before going on to theatrical release and a premiere on Sundance Channel. Jacobs has directed documentaries for Sony Pictures, Current TV and Popup Magazine. Jacobs is currently a founding member of Strike Anywhere Films.

Santa Cruz del Islote

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Santa Cruz Isolate is less than three acres large and is one of the world’s most densely populated islands. This remote but family-like community resides fifty miles from Cartagena, Colombia. Such isolation has provided a peaceful existence for generations, but sufficient resources are becoming increasingly scarce. This short documentary explores the daily lives of a young boy and a fisherman as they come to terms with their changing paradise.

19 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Luke Lorentzen

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Luke Lorentzen is an undergraduate Film Studies major and American Studies minor at Stanford University. He has a particular interest in visually centered stories that explore everyday ways of life. His work has won awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Luke is currently working on a new documentary about the variety of barber shops and hair salons throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

 The Delano Manong

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The Delano Manongs tells the story of the Filipino farmworkers who spurred the Great Grape Strike in 1965 and joined forces with the other ethnic workers to create the United Farmworkers Union.

The film chronicles the untold story of the Filipino farmworkers who instigated one of the biggest labor struggles in American history — the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. Led by Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, the Manongs (a Filipino term of respect for an older man) joined forces with Chicano farmworkers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, to create the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). The documentary, compounded by interviews and both archival and present-day footage, sheds light on the lives of these Filipino farmworkers from their arrival into the United States in the 1920s and ’30s to the demise of their assemblage in the 1980s, highlighting their many struggles and achievements. The legacy created by the Manongs — out of a necessity and want for basic equality and humanity — is one still significant to and celebrated by thousands of Filipino Americans today.   The Trailer is Here.

27 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film By Marissa Aroy

Director’s Bio…

Marissa Aroy, director, of The Delano Manongsreceived an Emmy for the documentary “Sikhs in America,” which was shown on PBS. She produced and directed “Little Manila: Filipinos in California’s Heartland” also for PBS and produced “Sounds of Hope” for Frontline World. Aroy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College and a master’s degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley. She recently came back from Tacloban where she was filming the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Aroy was named one of the most influential Filipina women in the US in 2009 by the Filipina Womens Network. She and her filmmaking partner, Niall McKay, founded Media Factory, a media production company in 2004. For more about Media Factory: http://www.mediafactory.tv

Facing Fear

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As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten in a back alley by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger found himself in a chance meeting with a former neo-Nazi skinhead, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before…Zaal was one of the attackers who beat Boger and left him for dead. 

With their worlds turned upside down, the two embarked on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation that challenged both to grapple with their own beliefs and fears. Neither could imagine that it would to lead to an improbable collaboration…and friendship. 

“Facing Fear” Trailer from Jason Cohen Productions on Vimeo.

23 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film By  Jason Cohen

Director’s Bio…

Academy Award-nominated Jason Cohen has produced and directed all formats of film and television on projects that cover a broad range of topics over the past 20 years. Currently, Cohen is in production on a global film about love and forgiveness that has taken him around the world to highlight stories in Uganda, India, Haiti, Spain and Italy.

Cohen has had an ongoing relationship with Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki for over 15 years. Last year he produced the Okazaki-directed APPROXIMATELY NELS CLINE, about the world-renowned lead guitarist of the rock band Wilco. He co-produced HBO’s Emmy-nominated BLACK TAR HEROIN: DARK END OF THE STREET, with Okazaki and was a producer on his Emmy Award-winning HBO doc on the dropping of the atomic bomb, WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN, which also screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  *Full Biography

 

SLOMO

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Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

18 Minutes, Short Documentary, A Film by Josh Izenberg

Director’s Bio…

Josh hails from Ann Arbor, where he earned a degree in Screenwriting from the University of Michigan. He’s since worked as a copywriter, a cab driver, and a carpenter. SLOMO is his first documentary.

Nov
13
Thu
BRAVE NEW WORLD SERIES: THE ILLNESS & THE ODYSSEY
November 13, 2014

Post Screening Discussion with Neurologist Michael Geschwind, Ph.D., M.D. 

image001A cure for Alzheimer’s. A Nobel Prize. On one remote island, a high stakes battle to solve a medical mystery unfolds.

The Illness and the Odyssey gives us an up-close look at the scientific process in the making as we observe internationally acclaimed scientists battling each other to find the cause of a mysterious disease found on Guam – Lytico-Bodig. If the answer is found it may lead to finding the cause and cure of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The film features renowned author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks.   Cycas_circinalis

ABOUT DR. SACKS Oliver

Sacks, M.D. is a physician, a best-selling author, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat(1985), Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (2007) and The Mind’s Eye (2010). Awakenings (1973), his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. The New York Times has referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.” Dr. Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

DR. SACKS’ Full Biography is here.

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Biography of Michael Geschwind, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Michael D. Geschwind is a neurologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center who specializes in the assessment and treatment of rapidly progressive dementias, including prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). He helped establish a hospital program for the assessment of rapidly progressive dementias at UCSF Medical Center, the first of its kind in the country. He has also helped establish a clinic for patients with autoimmune encephalopathies. In his research, he studies cognitive dysfunction in movement disorders, such as Huntington’s disease, corticobasal degeneration (CBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and other Parkinsonian dementias.

Geschwind earned his medical degree and postdoctoral degree in neuroscience through the Medical Scientist Training Program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed an internship in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center, a neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. He is an associate professor of neurology and holds the Michael J. Homer Chair in Neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine.

 

70mins, Directed by Berry Minnott, 2013, U.S.A.