December 2014 – January 2015

December 19, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Apocalypse Now
The Virgin Suicides
Palo Alto

A truly unique weekend long tribute to the Coppola Family. The Roxie is honored to show movies directed and produced by Francis Ford, Eleanor, Sofia, Roman and Gia.

All proceeds benefit the Roxie!


Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Eleanor Coppola, Roman Coppola, Gia Coppola. 


 James Franco is no longer able to appear in person. Our apologies. 

Friday, December 19

5:30 Pre-Apocalypse Now Roxie Benefit Party

7:30 Award-winning Sound Designers Richard Beggs and Walter Murch (also film editor) in conversation with Jim McKee
8:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Saturday, December 20

2:00 Roman Coppola in conversation
with Michael Fox
2:30 Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

4:45 Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides
Preceded by The Making of The Virgin Suicides by Eleanor Coppola

7:30 Eleanor Coppola in conversation
with Michael Fox
8:00 Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Sunday, December 21

4:00 Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto
Q&A afterwards with Gia Coppola
Moderated by Cheryl Eddy

7:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now
December 19, 2014 - December 21, 2014

apocalypse-now-still-9clip_image003_0000On Friday, December 19, the film will be preceded by a conversation with Academy Award Winning Sound Designers Richard Beggs and Walter Murch (also nominated as editor) moderated by Jim McKee.

This event is part of “A Coppola Family Affair” ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ROXIE!

In the estimation of many, it is one of the greatest films ever made. Legends have grown up around it. At the 1979 Cannes press conference, the filmmaker famously announced “My film is not about Vietnam. My film is Vietnam.” Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal god. Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall’s psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and cinematography.”A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror – and unimaginable thrill – of combat.”- Tom Huddleston, Time Out . – WUD Film. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola & John Milius. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Editor: Walter Murch. Sound Designers: Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Mark Berger  and Nathan Boxer. With Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford & Scott Glenn.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 153 min.  1979. U.S.A.


About Richard Beggs

Richard Beggs, sound designer and re-recording mixer, has worked in his career with directors like Francis Coppola, Ivan Reitman, Mel Brooks, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, and Alfonso Cuarón, among others.

He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for Apocalypse Now (1979) and has received many Golden Reel Award nominations as sound designer and mixer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Children of Men (2006).

Beggs teaches film sound at the California College of the Arts, he is an associate fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University, and sits on the board of directors of the San Francisco Arts Education Project.

Trained as a painter, Beggs received a B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. He exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Oakland Museum of California. A native San Franciscan (1942), Beggs has his sound studio at the San Francisco Film Centre in the Presidio of San Francisco.

About Walter Murch

Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now (1979), and won an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient (1996). He helped reconstruct Touch of Evil (1958) to Orson Welles’ original notes, and edited The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Mr. Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Coppola, a founding member of northern California cinema. Mr. Murch has directed — Return to Oz (1985) — and longs to do so again, but as an editor and sound man he is one of the few universally acknowledged masters in his field. For his work on the film “Apocolypse Now”, Walter coined the term “Sound Designer”, and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt, helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level.

About Jim McKee

Sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works in collaboration with playwrights, radio producers, filmmakers, performance artists and product designers. His experience includes mixing and sound design for stage, dance, feature films, national broadcast television, radio, commercial and drama, research and production for interactive media.  Most recent works for radio include Ferlinghetti; Open Eye, Open Mind with Bay Area Drama Drama, and the Kitchen Sisters The Hidden World of Girls for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. For video; Chrysopylae an installation by Doug Hall with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Goldn Gate Bridge, Lou Harrison: A World of Music by Eva Soltes, Venice Under Water by Chip Lord, and 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 – Sympathy for the Decay by Ilppo Pohjola in cluding a live performance with Pekka Lappi. Recent feature films include Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and Hog’s Tooth by Olek Lyzwanski. Interactive work includes sonicification of Facebook and a six screen and speaker App, Walk-In Theater for iPad by Rachel Strickland and Eric Gould Bear.

2015 Noise Pop Film Series: BEAUTIFUL NOISE
December 21, 2014


Beautiful Noise PosterThere was no machismo, no rockstar posturing, and definitely no gyrating. Save for the occasional tiff they had with pretentious NME journalists, most of the band members were painfully soft-spoken. Geeky, even. Yet the voluminous, woozy sounds of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine were anything but. For a few short years in the 80s and 90s, the indie music world was struck by a rare moment of introspection that came to an abrupt end with the laddism of Britpop. Diligently tracing the history of a genre that dares not speak its name (shoe-what?), filmmaker Eric Green interviews the mad minds behind the three bands, including the reclusive MBV frontman Kevin Shields. Amongst the support appearances are members from Ride, Slowdive, and Curve as well as keen fans Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith – the last of whom got married to Cocteau Twin’s “Treasure”. – Sheffield Doc/Fest

Director: Eric Green. 2014. Digital. 90 minutes.

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Palo Alto
December 21, 2014


This event is SOLD OUT ONLINE. There may be a limited amount of tickets available at the box office the day of the event. More updates coming soon.

Gia Coppola in person for Q&A after the film, moderated by Cheryl Eddy.

James Franco is no longer able to appear in person. Our apologies.

This event is part of “A Coppola Family Affair” ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ROXIE!

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer). Emily (Zoe Levin), meanwhile, offers sexual favors to every boy to cross her path — including both Teddy and his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), a live wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next — and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection — Fred’s escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos. An unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction, PALO ALTO is a teen movie for the ages — an astonishing debut feature from writer-director Gia Coppola, based on the book “Palo Alto: Stories” by James Franco and featuring new music from Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange).

Directed and Written by Gia Coppola. 100 min.  2013. U.S.A.



January 2, 2015 - January 8, 2015

Friday, January 2 – Thursday, January 8

Separate Admission


The Sundance Film Festival has been widely acknowledged as the premier showcase for short films and the launch pad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers.  Spotlighting an impressive assortment of stories and styles, this year’s tour of Sundance shorts is comprised of two separate programs, one featuring live-action films, while another focuses on highlights from their animated presentations.


sshorts_dawn_sm_WPShowcasing a wide variety of story and style, the live action segment is a 94- minute program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival and features both fiction and documentary. The diverse program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.   The shorts featured include Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, US), The Cut (Genevi`eve Dulude-Decelles, Canada, Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction), Dawn (Rose McGowan, US), I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked (Yuval Hameiri, Israel, Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction), I’m a Mitzvah (Ben Berman, US), Love. Love. Love. (Sandhya Daisy Sundaram, Russia, Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction), MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” (Daniel Moshel, Austria) and Verbatim (Brett Weiner, US).

For Further More Contents Information at OFFICIAL SITE (Live Action)



belly_webThe touring program of Animated Shorts from 2014 and past editions of the Sundance features styles ranging from handmade drawing and painting to puppetry, with stories of love, art, bubbles, nudism, the creation of the universe and what it all means to you. The 95 minute program includes: Belly (Julia Pott, UK), It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt, US), Marilyn Myller (Mikey Please, US/UK), The Obvious Child (Stephen Irwin, UK), Oh Willy… (Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef, Belgium/France/Netherlands), Subconscious Password (Chris Landreth, Canada), Voice on the Line (Kelly Sears, US) and Yearbook (Bernardo Britto, US, Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Sundance 2014).  For Further More Contents Information at OFFICIAL SITE (Animation)

Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #10
January 7, 2015


s_SynesthesiaPosterThe Synesthesia Film Festival is a monthly one-night film festival that screens the best independent short films, student films, web series, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animations from around the world.

The goal is to bring an eclectic mix filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.

This film festival is for filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, editors, and anyone who loves indie movies.

-Mingling with the filmmakers will start at 6:30pm in lobby.

-Film screenings begin at 7pm.

-Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant.

The Afterparty is an informal event where we can eat, drink, and just have fun talking about the screening.

At the end of the month the Film Festival panel will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Award at the following screening.

The winners of the Audience Choice Award will receive $100 in prize money.

January 16, 2015 - January 22, 2015

Written, directed and starring Desiree Akhavan APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR is Akhavan’s debut feature and it premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2014.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnail-1“Akhavan is very much her own artist – with a polyglot urban voice that comes off like an unholy cross between Fran Lebowitz, Junot Diaz, Tina Fey and Hanif Kureishi. -Rolling Stone

“Akhavan’s blend of cultural insights and sweetly relatable, self-deprecating humor provide a charming showcase for a new filmmaker worthy of discovery.” Indiewire

For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following phpThumb_generated_thumbnail-4a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. (K.Y.)

Directed by DESIREE AKHAVAN, 90min., 2015, U.K.


SF Sketchfest 2015: Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill
January 23, 2015

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac and Donwill

Shouting-at-the-ScreenBack in the days before live-tweeting, the only way to express your thoughts while watching a movie was to yell them out loud to the delight of your friends, and the disgust of the old people two rows in front of you. Wyatt Cenac (Comedy Central’s THE DAILY SHOW) and Donwill (Tanya Morgan) invite you to join them as they recreate the magic of Magic Johnson theaters and guide you MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000-style through the wonderful world of blaxploitation and black cult cinema. Wyatt and Donwill will screen a fine specimen from yesteryear, egging you on from the peanut gallery as the non-foam Statler and Waldorf.

 $25 All Ages




Donwill is half of the hip hop group Tanya Morgan and all of himself. He will have a better bio when he gets around to writing it which will be soon.

Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac is a NY-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, best known for his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he was a correspondent and writer for half of the last decade. Prior to that, he spent three seasons writing on “King of the Hill.” Wyatt can be seen in Mike Birbiglia’s acclaimed film, “Sleepwalk with Me,” Darren Grodsky’s independent film “Growing Up (and Other Lies)” and Barry Jenkins “Medicine for Melancholy,” which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. His one-hour special,”Comedy Person,” premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. He also produced the film, ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” which was shown at Sundance in 2012. Wyatt currently has projects in development with AMC and and BBC America and a forthcoming comedy special for Netflix. Wyatt will also be releasing an album in 2014. He can next be seen in David Cross’ film “Hits,” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Guru Zane
January 24, 2015

Premiere at the Roxie Theater!

9f1ddc_92495ec2b97343899702720054774a24.jpg_srz_322_176_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzGURU ZANE is a video document of a special needs child who’s warmth and character transforms his family and caregivers in reciprocal loving devotion.

Zane Robinson, now 14 years old, was diagnosed with Emmanuel Syndrome shortly after birth and he is one of roughly 500 people who have been diagnosed worldwide.  The film is a reflection of Zane’s daily routine and challenges, as well as their impact on his family.  In this simple exploration of Robinson family life spanning the course of two years, they find themselves in a constant journey
to acceptance and understanding of their son as a person.  GURU ZANE is an illustration of growth and love that demonstrates the most valuable lessons a family can learn from having a child with special needs.

Directed by Taylor Whitehouse & Amanda Hoffman, 2014


SF Sketchfest 2015: Salute to Preston Sturges: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” with guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer
January 30, 2015

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

Salute to Preston Sturges: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” with guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer

Chris_Michael_Harry_pressPreston Sturges (1898-1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker who was considered by many to be the father of the screwball comedy. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “The Great McGinty” and went on to write and direct comedy classics including “Sullivan’s Travels,” “The Lady Eve,” “The Palm Beach Story,” “Hail the Conquering Hero,” “Unfaithfully Yours,” and the film that will be screened at this salute, the uproarious 1944 film “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.” One of the highlights of Sturges’s work is his use of an unofficial ensemble ‘stock company’ of the greatest comedic character actors and actresses of the era. There is a parallel in the work of special guests Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, who are key members of a modern ‘company’ of performers who have created amazing ensemble comedies starting with “This Is Spinal Tap” and leading up through “Best In Show,” “Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” “Family Tree” and “A Mighty Wind.” They’ll present the film live in-person.  

$25 All Ages


Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest directed and starred in “Waiting For Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration,” all of which he wrote with Eugene Levy. He also directed and starred in “This Is Spinal Tap,” which he wrote with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner. He received a Grammy Award for the soundtrack of “Best in Show” and an Emmy for “The Lily Tomlin Special.” Most recently, he co-created and directed HBO’s “Family Tree” with Jim Piddock.

Michael McKean

Recent New York theatre includes “The Band Wagon,” “All The Way,” “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” “King Lear,” “Our Town,” “Superior Donuts,” “The Homecoming,” “The Pajama Game,” “A Second Hand Memory,” “Hairspray.” He is the first million dollar Celebrity Jeopardy champion. Theatre World Award for Rupert Holmes’s Accomplice; Grammy for title song A Mighty Wind, written with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Oscar nomination for Best Song A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, written with Annette O’Toole.

Harry Shearer

Actor…author…director…comedian…musician…philosopher…political satirist…record-company owner…and one of the best “voices” in the business (just ask “The Simpsons”), Harry Shearer is a comic personality and modern day renaissance man.

For the past two decades he has enjoyed enormous success and planted the fruits of his talents in the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work for “The Simpsons,” where he plays a stable of characters: most notably Mr. Burns, Smithers, and insufferable neighbour Ned Flanders.