May – June 2015
Populated by eccentrics, this darkly comedic odyssey stars Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of Fargo, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota.
She embroiders a map to the treasure and, believing it to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it—and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible. Elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project. (Partially subtitled)
Directed by Nathan Zellner, 105min, 2014, USA
ADDED SHOW! : Tues, May 26 @ 6:45
He feels at home in places we would flee from and lives his life among the very things we fear.
Show your Giger tattoo at the door to get a 25% discount!!!!!!
Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940–2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott’s ALIEN. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.
Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger’s oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin’s definitive documentary DARK STAR: H. R. GIGER’S WORLD shares the intimate last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.
Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, DARK STAR brings viewers into Giger’s mysterious realm: from the first skull he was given by his father at the age of six, to macabre dinner parties with his close-knit team, to the grisly souvenirs from his time spent on the ALIEN set and reminiscences about model Li Tobler, Giger’s one-time muse, whose suicide reverberates throughout his work.
The film also addresses Giger’s complex relationship to the art world, where he defied traditional categories and embraced commercial projects for musicians including Debbie Harry, Korn, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the Dead Kennedys. Fittingly enshrined in a museum dedicated to his work, Giger’s output includes sculpture, painting, drawing, film and architecture, integrating meticulous technique with a instantly-recognizable sensibility that has inspired generations of nightmares.
Directed by Belinda Sallin, 95min, 2014, Switzerland
“His machine-like humans, or ‘biomechanoids’ , have had a profound influence on science fiction.”—Penthouse Magazine
“Giger’s work disturbs us, spooks us, because of its enormous evolutionary time span…It shows us, all too clearly, where we come from and where we are going.” —Timothy Leary
“And you thought the stuff in ALIEN was creepy. —Hollywood Reporter
“A glimpse inside his Freudian mind!” —Entertainment Weekly
“A Halloween film for adults.” —The Bay Area Reporter
“Fanboys and fangirls will surely go wild!” —San Francisco Chronicle
We’re bringing you 60 films from 26 countries that will spark your environmental imagination. San Francisco is the heart of both independent film and the global green movement. Together they can be the catalyst for massive environmental change on a local and global scale.
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Q&A with filmmaker Adam Sjöberg and B-Boys from Project Break Dance Uganda featured in the film!
SHAKE THE DUST is a feature documentary film from director and photographer Adam Sjöberg and rap superstar Nasir “Nas” Jones about breakdancing and hip-hop culture in the most unlikely places. Ugandan b-boy Karim narrates this visually stunning tale that weaves a colorful, cultural tapestry of dance, music and stories from the drug-and-poverty battered streets of Cambodia, the untouched wild landscape of Yemen, the almost utopian hip-hop scene in the underground of Colombia, and the embattled and poverty-stricken streets of Uganda.
SHAKE THE DUST serves to illuminate the complicated but transcendent history of hip-hop itslf. The story follows groups of b-boys, b-girls and hip hop artists in each of these struggling cultures who have surprisingly yet refreshingly found a voice of empowerment, resistance, and community strength in the world of hip-hop.
Hip-hop music, and the acrobatic breakdancing culture that arose in tandem with it, may have started on the streets of The Bronx, but its reach is now decidedly worldwide. SHAKE THE DUST chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond with a universally-appealing energy.
With an all-embracing soundtrack of international hip-hop samples (including original music by Nas created for the film) and some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, SHAKE THE DUST is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement. By highlighting the stories and moves of some of the most talented breakdance crews in the poorest urban neighborhoods of Colombia, Yemen, Uganda, and Cambodia, Sjöberg weaves together the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across three continents, revealing how breakdancing today acts as a positive force for social change.
Directed by Adam Sjoberg, 85min., U.S.A. 2014
This film kicks off the series at The Roxie with a not-to-be-missed documentary of the history of Columbian music including Cumbia that is jam-packed with amazing groups you won’t hear anywhere else.
It focuses on the music of Colombia’s Caribbean from 1920 up to the present and features an anthology of artists who influenced their country and the entire continent: Lucho Bermudez, Pacho Galan, Joe Arroyo, Aníbal Velázquez and Alfredo Gutiérrez, to name only a few, grace this vast and detailed document highlighting the history of Colombian popular music considered by experts to be a collector’s jewel. The documentary explores the development of cumbia, salsa, champeta, vallenato + other Colombian folk music and the way national talent left its mark in the world.
Directed by Sanjay Agarwal, Ivan HigaI , 64 min., 2013, Colombia / English Subtitled.
June 4 7:00 PM Little Roxie
Two tense tales tightly twisted together for a very exciting edge of the seat viewing experience. Everyone wants to find a suitcase that the sons of El Patrón had the night they were killed. La Lectora is kidnapped by El Patrón to translate a manuscript in German where they hope to find clues to get the mysterious suitcase.
Directed by Ricardo Gabriellir , 85 min., 2012, Colombia / English Subtitled.
June 4 9:00 PM Little Roxie
By now, the idea of Civil War re-enactment is familiar, but the subjects of this intriguing documentary relive the battles of a far more surprising conflict: Vietnam. Drawing a mix of combat enthusiasts, Iraq War soldiers, actual Vietnam veterans, and even a former South Vietnamese Army officer, this band of brothers regularly recreates an unpopular war that a whole generation would rather forget. IN COUNTRY blurs fantasy with trauma while questioning what compels these men to don the vintage uniforms and bring the controversial war back to life. -CM
Directed by Mike Attie, Meghan O’Hara, 80min., 2014, USA
On the heels of one of the most successful San Francisco Independent Film Festival’s to date, SF IndieFest prepares for the 14th edition of the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest). The festival runs in San Francisco June 4-18 at the Roxie, Brava and Vogue Theaters in San Francisco. Opening night will take place June 4 at the Brava Theater followed by 2 weeks at the Roxie Theater (June 5-18) and a week at the Vogue Theater (June 5-11).
Presenting a selection of the finest non-fiction films from around the globe, SF DocFest will again prove to audiences that truth is often stranger than fiction.
Complete information is available at www.sfindie.com.
For more info, contact DocFest at (415) 820-3907 or email@example.com.
SF DocFest Focuses on Female Filmmakers
With all the discussion of the representation of women in the film industry and the imbalance that exists, particularly in narrative film, documentaries have instead often been a strong filmmaking forum for women directors to carve their own path. For its 14th edition, SF DocFest represents that tradition and is something the festival is celebrating by providing female filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work.
SF DocFest is pleased to announce a strong line up of female filmmakers (50% of the films in the festival’s official selection are directed or co-directed by women) with programming that reflects emerging female voices as well as more established storytellers. Confirmed films from women directors include: (T)ERROR, co-directed by Lyric R. Cabral; OLD SOUTH, directed by Danielle Beverly; IN COUNTRY, co-directed by Meghan O’Hara; US, NAKED: TRIXIE AND MONKEY, directed by Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander; NO LE DIGAS A NADIE (DON’T TELL ANYONE), directed by Mikaela Shwer; IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg; and TOP SPIN, directed by Sara Newens and Mina T. Son.
As part of the festival’s spotlight on Women Filmmakers, the festival will present a Rough Cuts Brunch Screening and Talk on Sunday, June 7 at Noon at the Roxie Theater. Filmmaker Tamara Perkins will present a rough cut of her film LIFE AFTER LIFE. The film follows two men, imprisoned as teenagers, incarcerated for decades who are released and given a chance at life. This event will enable Tamara to receive feedback as she moves to the final stages of her film. Bagels and coffee will be provided.
Additionally, on Wednesday, June 10 at 5PM at the Roxie Theater, the festival will host Independently Minded – Women in Documentary Film Panel Happy Hour. This panel will present a forum for women directors to discuss the struggles and successes regarding the representation of women in the film industry. Chicken & Egg Co-Founder Julie Parker Benello will moderate a panel that allows current and aspiring female filmmakers to share their insights and connect with others. Nibbles and libations will be provided.
Music Spotlight – DOCS THAT ROCK!
For its 14th edition, SF DocFest is pleased to screen several non-fiction films about music. Covering a diverse array of musical genres and stories, the films in this year’s selection include: a look at the psychedelic alt-rocker The Flaming Lips (FEARLESS FREAKS); the Gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama (HOW SWEET THE SOUND); a look at the life and career of the first female, Japanese country singer Tomi Fujimaya (MADE IN JAPAN); the rise and fall of the Sacramento Based Tower Records (ALL THINGS MUST PASS); the role Danny Fields played in rock and roll history working with The Doors, Lou Reed, and The Ramones (DANNY SAYS); Thor front man Jon Miki Thor who attempts a comeback after 10 years of retirement (I AM THOR); hip-hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith who decides to purchase his childhood home in Chicago’s South Side and raise his family there (IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE); and a look at the journey through rock and roll history and TV through the eyes of Michael Des Barres, who penned the hit song “Obsession” for the group Animotion (MICHAEL DES BARRES: WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?).
Opening Night – ALL THINGS MUST PASS
ALL THINGS MUST PASS
Directed by Colin Hanks
From its humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore in Sacramento, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry with hundreds of stores around the world. In 1999, Tower Records was a $1 billion dollar company, but by 2006, it had filed for bankruptcy. Directed by Sacramento native Colin Hanks, ALL THINGS MUST PASS looks at the explosive rise and tragic fall of company, and the legacy forged by its leader Russ Solomon. Director Colin Hanks and producer Sean Stuart will be in attendance Opening Night. Thursday, June 4 at 8PM at Brava Theater in San Francisco
Following this year’s Opening Night Film on Thu June 4 at Brava, attendees are encouraged to stick around for live music by The Chuckleberries and Thee Hobo Goblins, included with the opening night ticket.
Centerpiece Presentation – FINDERS KEEPERS
Directed by Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel
FINDERS KEEPERS, an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, follows Shannon Whisnant, shortly after he bought a used grill at a North Carolina auction; he discovered a human foot in the ashes of it. The gruesome discovery becomes the center of the infotainment world, and the new owner spies a golden opportunity to cash in until the foot’s owner, struggling addict and amputee John Wood, recognizes it and demands it back. Thursday, June 11 at 9:15PM at Roxie Theater in San Francisco
Closing Night – (T)ERROR
Directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
Winner of the Break Out First Feature Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, (T)ERROR follows an FBI counterterrorism informant as he infiltrates terror networks and befriends suspected terrorists in America. Directors Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe filmed for two years with unprecedented behind the scenes access to counter terrorism stings. Their film examines the fragile relationships between individuals and surveillance in modern America. Thursday, June 18 at 9:15PM at Roxie Theater in San Francisco
KQED’s Truly CA co-presents
SF DocFest is thrilled to collaborate with longtime community partner KQED and their program “Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories” to showcase the best documentary films about California made by independent filmmakers. Films and programs presented at the 14th edition of the festival with the help of KQED include: the shorts program “Don’t Call It San Fran!!!”, a program of local filmmakers showing the many changes taking place in the Bay Area; CURIOUS WORLDS: THE ART & IMAGINATION OF DAVID BECK which looks at the life of San Francisco based sculptor, carver, painter and miniature architect David Beck; JEFF, EMBRACE YOUR PAST from co-directors Roger Teich and Henry S. Rosenthal which chronicles SFMOMA’s 1992 retrospective of artist Jeff Koons; Berkeley based filmmaker Morgan Schmidt-Feng and his new film ON HER OWN which looks at a 5th generation Sonoma County farmers trying to stay afloat; THREE TO INFIINITY: BEYOND TWO GENDERS, Lonny Shavelson’s groundbreaking film about the transgender community and the many questions that remain under the radar; and Ondi Timoner’s THE LAST MILE, which looks a tech incubator founded inside San Quentin.
Frameline39: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival has announced several highlights for this year’s renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cinema. Frameline, the world’s oldest and largest LGBTQ film festival, will be held June 18-28, 2015 in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.
With an expected attendance of 65,000, the 11 days of Frameline39 will draw film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and all across the globe to discover the best in queer cinema. More than 30 countries will be represented, including Kenya, Venezuela, Lithuania, Thailand, France, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Official Website: http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/
You are very tired. The pillow is soft. It’s late at night, and you start to drift off in your bed. Snap—your body locks up, totally frozen. But you are not asleep. You can see and hear everything. That’s when the shadow men come.
Following his exploration on the deep effects of cinema in his feature Room 237, director Rodney Ascher now investigates the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. In this documentary-horror film, we experience the terror that a surprisingly large number of people suffer when they find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds every night. What should be explained by science gets complicated as sufferers from random backgrounds have very similar visions. The Nightmare enhances the stories with eerie dramatizations of what (and who) the subjects see. Ascher, who has also experienced the condition, treats the subject with respect, combining a primal horror movie with an existential terror in the lines between reality and the imagination. — Sundance Film Fest. Directed by Rodney Ascher. 2014. USA. 90 mins.
Futuristic Drama starring Jaqueline Kim, Samantha Kim, James Urbaniak and Ken Jeong. In a metropolis in the near future, Gwen Koh, a beautiful woman full of poise and grace, works as the spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, a company that offers a radical new technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. But when a shift in company priorities threatens her job and her family, will Gwen undergo the procedure herself?
Writer/Director Jennifer Phang’s fresh, soulful, and sophisticated science fiction film elegantly engages the future of our society, its economies, values, and gender disparity. A haunting and inventive tale that glistens at its center with a penetrating performance by Jacqueline Kim, Advantageous spins an intriguing and entirely tangible emotional fabric of a future society that powerfully resonates with how we live in our world today.
Directed by Jennifer Phang, 90min, USA, 2015