Current & Upcoming Films
UNITED FILM FEST
United Film Festival - San Francisco is excited to be returning for its 4th year at the Roxie this fall! The United Fest highlights the best in cutting edge local and global cinema with a diverse program of features, documentaries and shorts. These diverse films span everything from the quirky world of all-female wrestling in GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, to politically charged documentaries like Party Crashers and 5 Days in Denver, to comedies with all-star casts such as Supporting Characters and Free Samples. Tickets $10.75.
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Friday, August 31st
7:00pm - Fight Life (70 min)
This documentary chronicles the daily lives of professional MMA fighters from all different levels over the course of one year.
Playing With: One Punch at a Time (9 min)
9:30pm - It's in the Blood (81 min)
When a father and son become stranded in the wild, they must confront the horrors of their past to escape with their lives. Starring horror legend Lance Henriksen!
Playing With: Other (15 min)
Saturday, September 1st
2:00pm - We're Getting On (53 min)
Two life-long friends set off on a bike tour from Los Angeles to Seattle. One is promoting his novel — whose cover contains birch seeds, and if planted, grows into trees. The other is filming the journey. Their careers depend on the success of the project, but halfway through the ride, their support team abandons them, and they find themselves alone, thousands of miles from home, with only each other to rely on.
Playing With: Shape of Things to Come (16 min)
4:30pm - Crocodile in the Yangtze (75 min)
This documentary follows China’s first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles US giant eBay on the way to building China’s first global Internet company, Alibaba Group. An independent memoir written, directed and produced by an American who worked in Ma’s company for eight years, Crocodile in the Yangtze captures the emotional ins and outs of the fascinating journey of this Chinese Internet startup at a time when the Internet brought China face-to-face with the West.
Playing With: A Love Story...in Milk (2 min), McKenzie (4 min)
7:00pm - Of Two Minds (91 min)
This documentary explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder in America today.
Playing With: Kiss...A Love Story (2 min), Te Odio (I Hate You) (6 min)
9:30pm - Free Samples (80 min)
Another rough night at the bar for aimless twentysomething Jillian (Jess Weixler) spells an even rougher morning when her best friend Nancy asks her to cover her all-day shift doling out free samples from Mike’s Dream ice cream truck—all before she’s even had her first cup of coffee. Her fiancé Danny is “distant” to say the least, and her decision to take a semester off from Stanford Law is feeling more and more permanent every day. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when Jillian’s hangover is met with a quirky cast of quirky dessert-seeking Angelenos, all of whom get more sass than they bargained for.
Starring Jess Weixler, Halley Feiffer, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, and Tippi Hedren
Playing With: Office Romance 2.0 (10 min)
Sunday, September 2nd
2:00pm - Party Crashers (75 min)
An engaging look at the grass-roots movement that indelibly changed the landscape of American conservatism, Party crashers offers a clear and balanced chronicle of the rise of The Tea Party. Founding members recount the movement’s beginnings and how the resonance of a viral video and the power of social media led to the explosive growth of the first conservative protest movement of the internet age. Also interviewed: Sen. Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, the late Andrew Breitbart, Stephen Baldwin, and authors Prof. Christopher Parker and Prof. Thaddeus Russell among others. The film also takes an in-depth look at the criticisms and controversies surrounding the movement.
Playing With: Exit Wound (26 min)
4:30pm - 5 Days in Denver (112 min)
Protesters. Police. Pepper Spray. For 5 days in 2008, a group of protesters calling themselves Re-create 68 took to the streets of Denver to dissent against the American government at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Defying federal court orders, riot police and bad press, this motley assemblage of men and women ranging in age from 21 to 71, set out to ‘re-create the spirit of the sixties’ and exercise their version of democracy with their voices and bodies as their only political capital. 5 DAYS IN DENVER is an immersive journey through the modern protest experience in America. From arrests during the DNC to the weeks of planning leading up to the many marches and status-quo disruptions, this documentary embeds you in the life of the unconventional patriot.
Playing With: America's Last Hitchhikers (12 min)
7:00pm - Erasing Hate (92 min)
This documentary goes inside the world of Bryon Widner, a former skinhead “pit bull”, as he undergoes painful treatments to remove the physical representation of the hate he had exhibited to the world for more than half his life.
Playing With: Simply Rob (15 min)
9:30pm - An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (90 min)
You’ve just arrived home after a bad day. You’re broke and lonely, even though you live in the biggest and busiest city in America. You do, however, have one cause for mild optimism: you seem to have captured the attention of an intriguing young lady. You’ve rushed home to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you’ve missed a call. There’s a voice mail; she tells you that she won’t be seeing you tonight.
Playing With: Future Perfect (6 min), Walk Through Forest, Enter Water, Build Fort (7 min)
Monday, September 3rd
7:00pm - Salad Days (76 min)
A comedic love triangle told through three interconnected stories: Caitlin, who uses an online profile she has created to communicate with a secret crush; Alex, who is forced to reexamine his lifestyle and salvage is past relationships after a devastating car accident; and Anthony, a misunderstood computer nerd, who has the chance to meet the girl of he has been pining for over a social networking site, if he can only find an internet connection…
Playing With: Crime School (11 min)
9:30pm - Dead Dad (82 min)
When their dad dies unexpectedly, estranged siblings Russell, Jane and their adopted brother, Alex, come home to tend to his remains. The three must overcome their differences to achieve a proper goodbye and discover what it means to be a family without their dad.
Playing With: Stay With Me Jesus (3 min), Heads Up (13 min)
Tuesday, September 4th
7:00pm - Supporting Characters (89 min)
Two New York film editors balance their personal relationships while reworking a movie in crisis. Starring Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Kevin Corrigan, Arielle Kebbel, Melonie Diaz, Sophia Takal, Sebastian Sozzi and Lena Dunham
Playing With: Love After Sunrise (15 min)
9:30pm - Act Naturally (90 min)
When two estranged step-sisters learn of their father’s untimely death on a business trip, they must travel cross-country to claim his remains. Upon arriving at their father’s final destination, the girls are shocked to discover he had been leading a double life as the proprietor of a nudist resort. To top it off… this is their inheritance.
Playing With: Glue Man (7 min)
Wednesday, September 5th
7:00pm - More Than Me (66 min)
Actor/comedian Jim Breuer, best known from Saturday Night Live and the film Half Baked, set out in 2008 on his first stand-up tour in six years, taking his 84 year-old father along for the ride of his life. While struggling with the chores of caregiving and coming to terms with his father’s mortality, Jim is determined to strengthen their relationship while on the road.
Playing With: Good Men (12 min)
9:30pm - Open Road (95 min)
Angie, a young Brazilian artist, abandons her old life and embarks on a journey around the country. Running from her past, and searching for her foundation in life, Angie finds not only herself but love in its many forms.
Starring Andy Garcia, Camilla Belle, Juliette Lewis, Colin Egglesfield
Playing With: Thinking Inside the Box (8 min)
Thursday, September 6th
7:00pm - GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (76 min)
This documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it.
Playing With: Raceway (5 min), Walk Tall (11 min)
9:30pm - Sadermania (76 min)
In this inspirational tale, Chris Sader and Hulk Hogan relate how they met and developed a bond through mutual struggles and personal loss that each would have faced alone if not for the unlikely friendship that develops between them.
Playing With: The Vacuum Kid (11 min)