August – September 2014
“The English-language debut from cult director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) is a gritty post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller that doubles as an incisive social allegory. In the year 2031, Earth has entered a second ice age after an experiment to alleviate global warming goes disastrously awry. The few survivors from this catastrophe now occupy a gigantic train called the Snowpiercer which circles endlessly on a globe-spanning track, under the rule of a caste system which confines the huddled have-nots to the rear of the train while the 1% ride in luxury at the front. When Curtis (Chris Evans) leads a small band of followers in an uprising, it sparks a brutal conflict as the insurgents battle their way from car to car on the way to a fateful showdown with Wilford (Ed Harris), the inventor and overseer of the Snowpiercer. Featuring an outstanding international cast that also includes Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, and Bong’s Host star Song Kang-ho, Snowpiercer is “an enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic” – Scott Foundas, Variety. Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Screenplay by Joon-ho Bong & Kelly Masterson. Based on the French graphic novel ‘Le Transperceneige’ by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. South Korea/USA/France. In English, Korean, French & Japanese with English subtitles. 2013. 126 minutes.
Two words: Tilda Swinton!
In an attempt to ride the coattails of EROS/ON [ 2nd floor projects ] San Francisco’s exhibition featuring four Bay-Area artists in Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Roxie is honored to present two incredibly rare features by beloved avant-garde filmmaker, Curt McDowell.
TABOO: THE SINGLE AND THE LP
One of McDowell’s most ambitious (and most ambiguous) films, TABOO is mixture of documentary and psychodrama featuring a series of sexually charged vignettes inspired by a piece of graffiti found inside a toilet stall at the Maritime Museum. Though none of the film’s action ever reaches a level of genuinely explicit sexuality, the anticipation of its doing so haunts the film’s tense 22-minute running time. With George Kuchar, Marion Eaton, Fahed Martha, and Melinda McDowell. 1981. Digital. 22 mins.
Shot in 1976, but not released until 1985, this underground queer feature takes place at the titular bordello run by a brother and sister with a defiantly conservative mother. Then moms gets a visit from a fairy (a literal fairy) and gets some sex-positive schooling. A film by Curt McDowell. Starring Melinda McDowell, Marion Eaton and George Kuchar. 1985. Digital. 120 mins.
EROS/ON unites the work of four Bay Area artists (Daniel Case, Nicolaus Chaffin, Johnny Ray Huston, the late Curt McDowell) in a provocative dialogue concerning the erasure of queer lineage. Through photography, sculpture, film, and writings, these artists engage “heritage” to illuminate the emotional-political perspectives on the complex longing for an unfractured history. AIDS, institutional erasure, censorship, and fear have dictated in/visibility, coupled with the current economic climate stressing the Bay Area’s queer/artist communities shrinking stable ground to maintain roots.
Visit EROS/ON on YBCA’s 2nd floor to view the work of artists Nicolaus Chaffin and Daniel Case.
& 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.
In the hyper-charged powder keg of the late 1960s, Los Angeles native and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis was ready to light the match. Proudly black, loudly opinionated, ready to rumble and almost always high on one substance or another, Dock was considered the Muhammad Ali of the ballpark.
He made history on June 12, 1970, when he pitched a no-hitter while completely flying on LSD. Flash forward a few years, and he is broke and essentially unemployable. But Dock Ellis was a born fighter, whether battling a racist society, the baseball establishment or his own demons.
There are a lot of colorful characters in the story of this larger-than-life figure, and filmmaker Jeffrey Radice corrals colleagues, ex-wives, journalists, managers, children, gadflies and protégés to produce a balanced biography of Ellis with the generosity of spirit the man himself embraced in the last few decades of his life. No No: A Dockumentary is a lot of things: sports movie, redemption narrative and portrait of an era, but at its core it is quintessentially Dock.
Embroidering this indelible character study is a fantastic hard psychedelic funk score by Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.
Dir: Jeffrey Radice. USA. 2014. 100 mins.
Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love.
Starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup. Directed by Peter Glanz. 2014. 86 min. Digital.
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.
SKYPE Q&A with Tas Pappas after the screening!
ALL THIS MAYHEM is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding, brothers Tas and Ben Pappas’ intense bond and charisma take them from the pinnacle of their sport into a spiraling world of self-destruction.
Dir: Eddie Martin. 2014. 104 mins.
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2014
A strange singer with “god given talent” drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-cum-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.
It is legend in Memphis that a blessed and cursed singer by the name of O.V. Wright fell from grace and was buried in an unmarked grave. I learned of his myth around the same time I was brought to Peace Baptist Church, and witnessed a deep spirituality as ancient as the oak trees that dress every street in the city. A true believer in ghost stories and a scholar of African American studies, I was drawn to tell my own folk tale, and there was only one place on my mind. Our film captures the descent of a troubled singer as he drifts through an urban landscape looking to save his very soul. We surrounded ourselves with real Memphians and made a film that hopes to project a cool, beautiful world – as old as dirt and yet entirely new, and deserved of the title MEMPHIS.
Written and Directed by Tim Sutton.
Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson Music by Willis Earl Beal. Digital. USA 79 mins.
Official Site is Here.
- Radio One, New Zealand
“One of the best music documentaries around…This film puts the heart and soul back into music and opens your mind to incredible artists you may never have heard of.”
In This Ain’t No Mouse Music!, a vivid portrait of the obsessive sonic sleuth and Arhoolie records founder Chris Strachwitz, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia and right into very the DNA of rock’n’roll. In this beautifully shot film, we come face to face with the creators of indigenous music, from the great Clifton Chenier to fiddler Michael Doucet, from Flaco Jimenez to the Pine Leaf Boys, playing songs that are endemic to their place and circumstance, to dialect and class, to climate and landscape. Their music is now highly endangered by the merciless steamroller of pop culture, assimilation and commercialism, which makes Strachwitz’s desperate pursuit to track down every last artist all the more urgent. But these songs aren’t meant to be locked away in a Smithsonian vault to be decoded by folklorists and musical anthropologists. This film is a living cultural history with a soundtrack that bites and kicks and screams. Even 50 years later, Arhoolie’s records remain alive, unruly and still so sharp that some songs can cut you right down to the soul. Directed by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. Featuring Chris Strachwitz, Treme Brass Band, Davia Nelson, Richard Thompson, Billy Roy Morales, Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt. USA. 2013. 92 mins.
FREE admission for KIDS under 12 years old!!
There will be Charlie Chaplin Look-Alike contest with prizes before the show!
Roxie Kids presents a laugh-filled afternoon of slapstick fun. The program features LIVE MUSIC and a quartet of classic silent-film shorts by Charlie Chaplin, who made his debut on screen 100 years ago. In celebration of Chaplin’s centennial, the program includes “Kid Auto Races at Venice,” his first appearance as the Little Tramp in 1914.The films: • “The Adventurer” (1917, 25 min.): Charlie plays an escaped convict on the run from prison guards. • “Easy Street” ( 1917, 24 min.): When the police fail to maintain law and order, the Little Tramp steps forward to rid Easy Street of bullies. • “The Immigrant” (1917, 24 min.): Immigrant Charlie is accused of theft on the ocean voyage to the U.S. • “Kid Auto Races at Venice” (1914, 6 min.): In his first appearance as the Little Tramp, Charlie is an over-involved spectator at a baby-cart race in Venice, Calif. Live scores provided by local musicians V.Vale, Ethan Li, Kevin Baricar, Benji Marx. & Matt Norman. Check out more ROXIE KIDS films!