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NICO, 1988

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August 17, 2018 @ 12:01 am – August 22, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
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Winner: Best Film – 2018 Venice Festival

NICO, 1988 follows the singer-songwriter, approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico’s new manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s story is the story of a rebirth: of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind the icon.

Written & directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli. With Trine Dyrholm, Anamaria Marinca & Sandor Funtek. HD Digital. 93 mins.

HOT TO TROT

When:
September 22, 2018 @ 12:01 am – 11:45 pm
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Documentary featuring local dancers Emily Coles & Kieren Jameson and Oakland’s April Follies competition!

Skype Q&A with director Gail Freedman. 

Using the storytelling techniques of dramatic cinema, HOT TO TROT is an intimate account of a captivating, little-known phenomenon: same-sex competitive ballroom dance, a world where expressions of personal passion become a political statement. Away from their graceful turns on the dance floor, the characters’ backstories frame their struggles. The film chronicles charismatic Ernesto, a former meth addict from Costa Rica who strives for success and love; Emily, a lifelong type 1 diabetic, who has to wear an insulin pump 24/7 to manage her disease; Nikolai, a dazzling dance champ who came out only a few years ago and longs for his Russian family’s acceptance; and Kieren, who grew up in a conservative New Zealand military environment and wrestles with how to balance career and commitment to dance.

The film follows these dancers over several years, as their relationships develop and deepen, and the spectacle of the Gay Games, the pinnacle of same-sex competitive ballroom dance, approaches. They are emblems of LGBTQ politics, writ small—but they are living the issues, rather than working them. As they evolve, they demonstrate, vividly and personally, the dimensions of the LGBTQ politics we all read about.

Presented through OUTlook, Roxie’s year-round program highlighting LGBTQIA+ voices in cinema.

Directed by Gail Freedman. 2017. U.S. 88 min. Audience Award NewFest New York’s LGBT Film Festival 2017. DCP.


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BLINDSPOTTING

When:
August 17, 2018 @ 12:00 am – August 23, 2018 @ 11:45 pm
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A timely and wildly entertaining story about the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.

Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, BLINDSPOTTING, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.

Directed by Carlos López Estrada. Written by Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs. 95min. 2018. DCP.


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Frameline Encore Screening – OF LOVE & LAW

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September 13, 2018 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm
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Frameline brings back the documentary about Japan’s first LGBTQ+ law firm. This screening is FREE and open to the public!

Within Japan’s strictly conformist society, openly gay life partners Fumi and Kazu chart bold new paths-both in their lives and with their Osaka law firm. To be a minority of any kind in Japan is to live with an ingrained sense of alienation and judgment. But Fumi and Kazu seek to change such stigmas by taking on a myriad of cases involving marginalized voices. Whether it’s a person protesting the national anthem, a feminist performance artist, or any of their other LGBTQ clients, these two remarkable men use a potent combination of charisma and rigorous legal prowess to strengthen individual rights within a society that prioritizes group harmony.

Fumi and Kazu demand a sense of true belonging and reject repressive expectations to withdraw and fit in. Even though their marriage is not sanctioned by the government, the partners wish to raise a child. By chance, Fumi becomes a legal guardian to his orphaned teen client Kazuma. Anchored by mutual acceptance of one another, Fumi, Kazu, and Kazuma’s easy alliance inspires them to want to expand their family even further. Filmed with restrained, fly-on-the-wall intimacy, OF LOVE AND LAW—a prize winner at both the Tokyo and Hong Kong Film Festivals—continues gifted documentarian Hikaru Toda’s (LOVE HOTEL) observations of a side of Japan seldom discussed or even acknowledged by many of its own citizens. In weaving together Fumi and Kazu’s personal stories with their work on high-stakes legal cases, Toda gives us a fully dimensional and poignantly human portrait of grassroots activism.

Co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco.

Directed by Hikaru Toda. 2017. Japan, UK, France. Japanese with English subtitles. 94 min.

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CatVideoFest 2018

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August 16, 2018 @ 12:01 am – August 17, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
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CatVideoFest is dedicated to bringing the joy of cat videos to the masses and raising money for cats in need!

Each year, CatVideoFest takes the best cat videos of the year along with some classics and unique submissions, and creates a reel. They edit together clips from over 100 cat videos! Then they arrange and host events around the world for people to come together, enjoy the splendor of hilarious cat antics and raise money for local cat shelters and animal welfare organizations. So come watch some hilarious cat videos and do some good for our feline friends at the same time! We purr-omise it’ll be a pawsitively good time!

CatVideoFest is founded by filmmaker Will Braden, creator of YouTube sensation Henri, le Chat Noir and curator of the popular Internet Cat Video Festival.

A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the FIX OUR FERALS.


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PERFECT BLUE

When:
September 7, 2018 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
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20th Anniversary! Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go… Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time.

A film by Satoshi Kon. 81 min. DCP ( brand new digital transfer). In Japanese with English subtitles.

Note: Strong adult content warning for animated sequences of graphic violence and nudity, and is only recommended for adults 17 years and older.

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THE PENALTY

When:
September 18, 2018 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm
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Three extraordinary people embark on journeys of recovery, discovery and rebellion and find themselves centre stage in the biggest capital punishment crisis in modern memory.

Q&A with co-director Will Francome and very special guests after the film!


The human cost of the death penalty comes in for timely, gripping examination in The Penalty, the vital new documentary from British filmmakers Will Francome & Mark Pizzey (One for Ten). Embedding themselves in the stories of three fascinating people affected by the American capital punishment system, the filmmakers follow the stories of the lethal injection protocol crisis that resulted in a botched execution; the rehabilitation of a man who spent 15 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, and the family of a young woman – brutally murdered – split by the state’s pursuit of the ultimate punishment. With recent controversial news about executions across the USA, and support for the death penalty at an all-time low, The Penalty is a riveting, forensic examination of the weightiest of issues.

Directed by Will Francome & Mark Pizzey. 2018. 86 mins.
To find out more, visit www.thepenaltyfilm.com

NO DATE NO SIGNATURE

When:
September 7, 2018 @ 12:00 am – September 13, 2018 @ 11:45 pm
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“Lensed with great sensitivity and style and superbly acted! The film is a visual pleasure.”–Hollywood Reporter

Winner of the Best Director and Best Actor  at  Venice Int’l Film Festival  – Orizzonti 


A seemingly minor traffic collision has far-reaching consequences in this story of a well-meaning medical examiner haunted by the death of a child he might have prevented. As the story unfolds, his fate becomes inextricably bound up with that of the grieving family. In only his second feature, Jalilvand coaxes brilliantly understated performances from a superb cast for this compelling, considered meditation on guilt and grief. –Chicago International Film Festival.

Directed by Vahid Jalilvand. Iran. 2017. 104min. In Farsi with English Subtitles.


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LOST IN TRANSLATION (35mm)

When:
September 20, 2018 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm
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Celebrating the 15th anniversary of this early melancholic work by Sofia Coppola, The Roxie, MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS and Spoke Art bring you the critically acclaimed LOST IN TRANSLATION! Accompanied by a new screen print in Spoke Art’s ongoing Roxie poster series. Hosted by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks.

After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, Sofia Coppola offers a story of love and friendship blooming under unlikely circumstances in this comedy drama. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a well-known American actor whose career has gone into a tailspin; needing work, he takes a very large fee to appear in a commercial for Japanese whiskey to be shot in Tokyo. Feeling no small degree of culture shock in Japan, Bob spends most of his non-working hours at his hotel, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) at the bar. Twenty-something Charlotte is married to John (Giovanni Ribisi), a successful photographer who is in Tokyo on an assignment, leaving her to while away her time while he works.

Beyond their shared bemusement and confusion with the sights and sounds of contemporary Tokyo, Bob and Charlotte share a similar dissatisfaction with their lives; the spark has gone out of Bob’s marriage, and he’s become disillusioned with his career. Meanwhile, Charlotte is puzzled with how much John has changed in their two years of marriage, while she’s been unable to launch a creative career of her own. Bob and Charlotte become fast friends, and as they explore Tokyo, they begin to wonder if their sudden friendship might be growing into something more.

Directed by Sofia Coppola. 2003. 101 min. USA, Japan. 35mm.

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I AM NOT A WITCH

When:
September 21, 2018 @ 12:01 am – September 27, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
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“A magic realist fable set in present-day Zambia that has plenty to say about gender and superstition.” —Time Out

“Strikingly original.”—The Guardian

100% on Rotten Tomatoes!

Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni is set to make her mark on British cinema with her groundbreaking first feature, I AM NOT A WITCH. Sharply satirical and boldly provocative, the film garnered incredible praise from audiences and critics alike at the Cannes 2017 Directors’ Fortnight.

When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.

At times moving, often funny and occasionally surreal, I AM NOT A WITCH offers spellbinding storytelling with flashes of anarchic humour. Audacious and unforgettable, it showcases Rungano Nyoni as a fresh and fearless new voice in British film.

Directed by Rungano Nyoni. 2017.  France, Germany, UK. DCP + BluRay. English & Nyanja w/English subtitles. 93 min.

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