Dinner Party III Invitation

SOLD OUT! Join us at 8:30pm for Auction

 We found a new way to say thank you for buying a ticket to our benefit! We partnered with Fandor, the on-demand streaming destination for independent, international, and film festival films. You will receive a 2-week trial, plus a 40% discount for 1 year.


GENERAL tickets
$275 single
$400 couple

$150 single
$200 couple

BONUS for ticket buyers

We cannot attend, but wish to contribute


Host Committee: Jane Reed, Owsley Brown, Diana Fuller, Isabel Fondevila, Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, Berry Minott, Ted Hope, Vanessa Hope, Sam Mogannam, Ivan Jaigirdar.

Honorary Committee: Alice Waters, Eleanor Coppola, Jeffrey Friedman, Gail Silva, Rachel Caplan, Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow, Rob Epstein, Janis Plotkin, Linda Blackaby, John Waters, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jesse Moss, Adam Keker, Jason Wolos, Dawn Rich.

Board of Directors: Steve Seid, Alan Holt, Steven Dixon, Gary Schultz, Diana Fuller, Jane Reed, Owsley Brown, Keith Cowling, Susannah Robbins.

The Dinner Party is a celebratory evening to help support the The Roxie Theater. You will enjoy a beautiful meal, Prohibition-era inspired cocktails, live music, an exciting live auction and more! This year’s benefit features our Annual LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION! Awards for extraordinary contributions to the field of independent film and service to the film community. The honorees are:


LOURDES2Director and producer Lourdes Portillo has been making award-winning films about Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano/a experiences and social justice issues for nearly thirty years. Since her first film, After the Earthquake/ Despues del Terremoto (1979), she has produced and directed over a dozen works that reveal her signature hybrid style as a visual artist, investigative journalist, and activist. Portillo’s fourteen completed films include the Academy Award® and Emmy® Award nominated Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1986). Her most recent feature-length film, Señorita Extraviada (2001), a documentary about the disappearance and death of young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Havana International Film Festival, the Nestor Almendros Award at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and an Ariel, the Mexican Academy of Film Award. Portillo’s work has screened at premiere cultural institutions and events such as the Venice Biennale, Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, the São Paulo International Film Festival, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum for American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has been honored with eight mid-career retrospectives, including exhibitions at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archive of the Berkeley Art Museum, and in 2012 she was honored with a Retrospective at NYMoma.  


Karen LarsenKaren Larsen is the owner of Larsen Associates, a public relations firm specializing in publicizing independent feature and documentary films, film festivals, and special events for over 35 years. She currently handles Bay Area publicity campaigns for Sony Pictures Classics, Zeitgeist, Amplify-Variance, Tribeca, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Kino, Cohen Media, Outsider Pictures, DADA Films, Film Movement, and others. She is publicist for the Pacific Film Archive, the Mill Valley Film Festival; the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival; the Jewish Film Festival; IndieFest, the Green Film Festival and 3rd I. She serves as a consultant to many independent filmmakers and has taught classes at San Francisco State, the Art Institute, Media Alliance, Film Arts Foundation, BAVC, and the National Educational Media Network . She contributed the chapter on publicity to The Next Step: Distributing Independent Films & Videos edited by Morrie Warshawski, originally published in January 1996.


WEBERFilm editor and director Bill Weber cut his editing teeth with a broadcast Emmy, an MTV Music Video of the Year Award, and a successful career in commercial work.  He soon discovered his talent and love for documentaries by editing and directing (with David Weissman) The Cockettes, which premiered at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festivals, winning the LA Film Critics Documentary of the Year award in 2002, among many other awards. Recently he completed work on To Be Takei, a film that follows the life and times of George Takei.  It premiered at Sundance 2014 and will have a theatrical and television release through Starz and Direct TV.  He also recently completed editing THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, which opened at Telluride in 2013 and is being released theatrically by Zeitgeist.  In 2011 he edited and co-directed We Were Here: The AIDS years in San Francisco, of which the New York Times said, “Of all the cinematic explorations of the AIDS crisis, not one is more heartbreaking and inspiring than WE WERE HERE – an extraordinarily moving, beautifully edited documentary.” We Were Here opened at Sundance and Berlin, screened theatrically, and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens. Other recent work includes the Academy Award nominated documentary, The Final Inch, the Emmy nominated films Last Letter Home and Alzheimer’s Caregivers for HBO, the Telluride premiering documentary feature Hats Off, and numerous specials for HBO and The History Channel.

The Roxie is the oldest continually operating theater in the country; turning 100 in 2009. It has been functioning as an independent art house theater since the 1970s, showing the best of art, music, foreign and documentary films. In 2009, the Roxie became a certified 501c (3) non-profit. The Roxie is deeply committed to providing diverse audiences with affordable access to cutting-edge new works, vital and forgotten older titles, and fiercely independent and socially conscious programming in an inspiring environment. Please consider offering your support by attending our special event, or donating to our efforts. Save a seat or reserve a table today.

Items for Auction

1. Your own chance to be a film curator for a night and invite 40 of your friends to see the show of your choice. Host a private screening event in our Little Roxie theater and enjoy all the popcorn and beer your heart desires!

2. A Film Director Dual Membership at the San Francisco Film Society. Enjoy the exceptional benefits of this membership and receive 2 CineVoucher 10-packs, 2 SFIFF Opening Night Film and Party tickets, invitations to exclusive events year-round, and much more! 

3. An exclusive, curator-led tour of the highly anticipated Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz exhibition, opening September 27. Transportation to and from from the island will be included. This is your chance to learn all about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s exhibition and bring home an special commemorative gift!

For more information, please contact Isabel Fondevila at 415.431.3611 or

Special Thanks to: