August – September 2015
With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon’s perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life.
Directed by Stevan Riley, 95min, 2015, USA
LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian’s crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore.
Directed by Bill Pohlad, 121min, 2015, USA
The Roxie honors Wes Craven..
In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?
Directed by Wes Craven. 1984. 91 min. DCP.
LOVE AND HATE NEED NO SUBTITLES
“The Tribe” feels like something unmistakably, radically new. – Variety
Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. The Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.
Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a new student at the boarding school, realizes immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang’s leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, Sergey’s new-found clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery and prostitution. At first assimilating seamlessly into his new role in the tribe, he finds himself compromised as he begins to fall in love with his female classmate—and one of the gang’s escorts—triggering a sequence of stunningly diabolical events. Written & directed Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Director of Photography: Valentyn Vasyanovych. With Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Alexander Osadchiy, Ivan Tishko & Alexander Sidelnikov. Ukraine. Not Rated. In Ukrainian Sign Language, NO SUBTITLES!. 132 mins.
"Brutal ‘Tribe’ fulfills lead actress’ dream" - Pam Grady, SF Chronicle
World Premier sponsored by the San Francisco Road Runners Club
Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. Also known as the Rarámuri, or Running People, they are some of the best long-distance runners in the world.
Caballo Blanco was an enigmatic visionary who lived and ran with the Tarahumara after moving to remote Copper Canyon in the 1990s, and who created the fifty-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability. Now in its thirteenth year, the race attracts hundreds of local Tarahumara to the village of Urique to compete alongside some of the best runners in the world. All race finishers receive five hundred pounds of corn, which the international runners traditionally donate to the local Tarahumara, commemorating the spirit of sharing, or “kórima,” which is a way of life among the natives of Copper Canyon.
The documentary is directed by Sterling Noren, a filmmaker from Seattle who met Micah True in 2009. Most of the material for the film was recorded in the weeks leading up to the 2012 race. Shortly after that race, Micah True disappeared in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico during his daily run, prompting ultra-runners from all over the country to drop everything and join in the search. His body was recovered several days later, found on a trail in a deserted canyon by some of his friends.
Directed by Sterling Noren, 92min, 2015, USA
Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door the night of the show
Open Show San Francisco is excited to announce its collaboration with their friends at Storehouse to bring you their annual Smart Phone Stories presentation. A handful of Bay Area photographers will display and discuss their work shot exclusively with mobile devices.
More artists are using mobile platforms every day to tell stories with their images and share them immediately with friends and fans around the world. That’s why Open Show has teamed up with the crew at Storehouse, a powerful app that lets users upload, organize, and curate photos, videos, and text on the go.
Snacks and wine will be available, and the presenters will be on hand to discuss their work and process.
In the 80s, “alternative” in Alt Rock actually meant something. The alternative to pop music, to R&B, to classic rock. Some of the bands that started out on the college radio circuit became huge pop stars, like U2, REM and The Police. Others built giant cult followings like the Violent Femmes, The Replacements, Madness and the Pixies. This month IndieFest celebrates 80s Alt Rock with a play list of some of the hit music videos of 120 Minutes and other fringe music programming of the years between punk and grunge. We know you know all the words, but just in case, we’ll have the lyrics on screen for you to sing a long to.
Event will feature pre-screening gala at The Roxie including one free drink and hors d’oeuvres prior to the screening. Cash bar also available after first drink. Limited tickets to gala available. All tickets include red carpet pictures before the screening.
Parallax is the story of a man attempting to change the way we communicate through technology.
Set in 1987, during the primordial days of the internet, computer programmer Abbot Allen creates a mass communication device, and as his network of users grow, he increasingly cuts himself off from those around him. A story of lost love, human connection, and technological obsession.
Directed by Graham Nolte, 80min, 2015, USA
Jenni Olson IN PERSON!
“A beguiling meditation…serenely accomplished.”
-Dennis Harvey, Variety
A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.
This bold, innovative film from acclaimed San Francisco filmmaker Jenni Olson combines rigorous historical research with lyrically written personal monologue and relates these seemingly disparate stories from an intimate, colloquial perspective to tell a one-of-a-kind California tale. Written & directed by Jenni Olson. Produced by Julie Dorf, Jenni Olson.
USA. 2015, 65 mins.
° Jury Award: Best LGBTQ Film — Ann Arbor Film Festival °
° Avant Garde & Genre Special Jury Mention: BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Cinema Festival) °
“A humorous exploration of butch romantic desires…a sort of butch reply to Ross McElwee’s classic Sherman’s March.” – Berenice Reynaud, Senses of Cinema
Director & Producer Sara Bordo and Lizzie Velasquez in person for Q&A after show on Thursday, October 1!
A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary following the inspiring journey of 26 year old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.
Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.
Directed & Produced by Sara Bordo. 2015. 78 min.