July – August 2014
2012 – 65 mins
Directed by Kamran Heidari
“My name is John Ford and I make Westerns” this is how John Ford introduced himself at the American Film Directors’ Association gathering.
Negahdar Jamali, an Iranian from Shiraz introduced himself the same way when Kamran Heidari first met him without knowing John Ford that well: “My name is Negahdar Jamali and I make Westerns”, he introduced himself with self-confidence and without any weakness in his statement; not in the Monument Valley or in the Grand Canyon but in Shiraz and the deserts surrounding the city.
He has been making Western films continuously for the past 35 years under hard conditions, and this film is about the struggle with his family, friends, society, and others to make what he likes the most in his life: Western movies.
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Docunight screens documentaries about, around, in, made by Iran or Iranians. The screenings will take place on the same night across several cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, London, and Dubai (the list of locations is growing). Docunight films will be diverse in subject and will run the gamut.
All films will have English subtitles.
Kyung Lee | USA | 2014 | 55 min
FILMMAKER KYUNG LEE AND EUGENE TSSUI IN PERSON!
TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui chronicles the unorthodox life of Emeryville-based architect Eugene Tssui in this directorial debut from Bay Area filmmaker Kyung Lee. Tssui is an eccentric visionary and a maverick architect, who questions traditional building standards and puts nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs. If you have seen the unconventional home he built for his parents in Berkeley, California, you will understand the challenge he faces to receive mainstream approval. Lee composes a portrait of Tssui as a “Renaissance man”: an athlete, designer, and singular visual artist, as well as architect. Showing his influences from his childhood to his formal education (including three expulsions from architecture school) and his relationship with his mentor the “organic” architect Bruce Goff. Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, Tssui finds unexpected allies in the small mountain town in Mount Shasta where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia.
About Kyung Lee
Kyung Lee is an emerging filmmaker, experienced film editor, and cameraperson currently based in the United States. She was an editor and post-production manager for Link TV, a national television network. Her wide-ranging talents include work on documentary films including “Big Joy: The Adventure of James Broughton” (SXSW, Tribeca), “The Illness and the Odyssey” (Mill Valley, Guam Int’l), “After Winter, Spring” (Mill Valley, Hamptons Int’l), “Atomic Mom” (Sarasota) as well as multi-media projects and commercial productions.
An ethnic Korean native of Yokohama, Japan, Kyung is fluent in both English and Japanese, and speaks Korean conversationally.
“TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui” is Kyung Lee’s directorial debut.
Special thanks to SOMArts for co-presenting!
Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend, so she thinks it would be a good time to crash her filmmaker brother Jeff’s Tiki bar basement for a couple of weeks to figure things out. Problem for Jeff is, when you’ve got a toddler and money is tight and your wife is struggling to balance motherhood and art, it might not be a great idea to have a perpetually wasted 27-year old around. Also – it’s Christmas in Chicago. Working again with DRINKING BUDDIES collaborators Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (working in warm-hued Super 16mm), Swanberg’s latest is a can’t-miss cocktail of effervescent performances, cringe-inducing realities and small graces. Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham & Jude Swanberg. Dir: Joe Swanberg. 2014. Digital. 77 mins.
Free for members!
“…Charming, Poignant, Hilarious…” – Maria Shriver, NBC NEWS
“Touching!” – Village Voice
“A Must-See Film!” – Huffington Post
CYBER-SENIORS chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video. A spirited video competition for the most “views” evolves as the cyber-seniors’ hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. CYBER-SENIORS provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged, proving you are never too old to get ‘connected’. Directed by Saffron Cassaday – 2014 - 75 Minutes.
Brave New World is a tech and science film series with presentations and discussions by science and technology experts.
Welcome to the Synesthesia Film Festival!
This is a once a night monthly film festival that screens 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 of media and filmmakers together to mingle, share ideas, and collaborate on future projects.
The screening night starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby where the filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors of the short films can get to know each other.
Then the show begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM, followed by a short Q&A with the key filmmakers.
Afterparty at 9:30 PM down the street at a local bar or restaurant where we will tally up the scores and announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!
SKYPE Q&A w/ FILMMAKER AMAT ESCALANTE on FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
Post-screening panel discussion on drug trafficking and violence in Mexico on Saturday, August 9.
From the acclaimed Mexican director Amat Escalante, HELI is a powerful, gritty and evocative film that portrays the devastating effects of drug violence and corruption in Mexico society, and how a working class family struggles against them in a small town in Mexico. Heli and his family live an ordinary life until his sister, a thirteen-year-old Middle School student, falls madly in love with another teenager, a newly recruited police cadet. This love affair accidentally involves Heli’s family in a tragic series of events that with change them forever.
Escalante delivers in HELI a visually striking film about violence, hope and humankind. Winner of the Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival 2013.
Dir: Amat Escalante. Mexico / Germany / Netherlands / France. 2013. Digital. 105 mins.
Free for members!
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.
Straight from their new EP “Chillality”, the song “We’re Here” finds its way onto the big screen at the Mission District’s own historic Roxie Theater. The new video created by prefigurative band Future Twin and directed by Sascha Schöberl was made in collaboration with new open-source (read: non-commodified) software which allows for an interactive video watching experience.
During the evening, there will be multiple screenings with different audience members at the controls of this groundbreaking “choose your own adventure” video. Each screening promises to unveil new hidden gems in the music video, in part shot on the mural-filled Clarion Alley, just one and a half blocks from the theater.
In addition, there will be a live performance from Future Twin as well as a screening of local filmmaker Ramon de Santiago’s “Mission Liminal” addressing the current changes facing the Mission District.
The evening will be topped off with a surprise secret screening of a movie about another badass band fighting to rid their home from zombies. A perfect choice for film as Future Twin is actively involved in defending San Francisco’s longtime grassroots communities during the current hostile takeover of our city.
Limited reserved seating available.
No one turned away for lack of funds!
Suggested reserved donation $20
Suggested at the door donation $10- $20
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!