Roxie Quick Takes


Photos of filmmakers Rodrigo Reyes and Chris Metzler on a gridded background.

We’re bringing independent cinema from our stage into your homes with ROXIE QUICK TAKES – a new virtual conversation series featuring filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond.

Our next event will take place on October 21st and will feature local filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Rodrigo Reyes in a conversation moderated by filmmaker and film festival programmer Chris Metzler. More information coming soon!

Sign up today for our new Roxie Virtual Membership to get access to Roxie Quick Takes for only $30/year. Or become a supporter for $55/year and directly help ensure the longevity of The Roxie.

Enjoy exclusive access to Roxie Quick Takes, free or discounted tickets for select Roxie Virtual Cinema screenings, and receive an invitation to join the members-only Facebook group! Gift virtual memberships are also available. Learn more.

For these virtual events, filmmakers will share something from their body of work, which members will have access before Quick Takes takes place. This work, as well as their career paths and filmmaking process, will be the main attraction at this moderated, virtual conversation. And, members will have the opportunity to ask the filmmakers their own burning questions!

We have an awesome lineup through the end of 2020 that we are so proud of:

October 21st – Rodrigo Reyes (moderated by Chris Metzler)

We’ll be watching Rodrigo’s short film ABUELOS and the trailer for his upcoming feature documentary 499.

Rodrigo Reyes is an award-winning filmmaker whose films include the documentary PURGATORIO and the dramatic narrative LUPE UNDER THE SUN. Named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and a National Mediamaker Fellow by the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), Rodrigo’s work has received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, California Humanities Council, Film Independent, IFP Narrative and Documentary Labs, and the Mexican Film Institute.

Chris Metzler is a film director and producer. In 2010, he completed the documentary film, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE, co-directed with Lev Anderson. Metzler is a recipient of the Bay Area Video Coalition’s AEA Award and has previously received funding support from the Pacific Pioneer Fund and the Fleishhacker Fund.

November 4th – H.P. Mendoza (moderated by Michelle Meow)

H.P. Mendoza is a Filipino-American filmmaker and artist best known for his micro-budget work as screenwriter, composer and lyricist on COLMA: THE MUSICAL (2007), as well as his art-house horror film, I AM A GHOST (2014).

Michelle Meow is the host of The Michelle Meow show, which airs M-F 4p-5p PST on the Progressive Voices Network.

November 18th – Cheryl Dunye (moderated by Florencia Manóvil)

Cheryl Dunye is a Liberian-American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actress. Dunye’s work often concerns themes of race, sexuality, and gender, particularly issues relating to black lesbians.

Florencia Manóvil is a queer Latina writer-director based in Oakland, California. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Manóvil moved to the US at age 18 to pursue film at Emerson College. She was voted “Best Filmmaker of the East Bay” in 2015, after the release of her web series Dyke Central, which has been lauded by press and fans alike for groundbreaking diversity in its representation of LGBTQ characters.

December 6th – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (moderator TBA)

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have been working in movies and television for over 30 years. Their work as directors, writers, producers, and editors has been honored with two Academy Awards, five Emmy Awards, and three Peabody Awards. They have had career retrospectives at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Taipei International Film Festival in Taiwan, the Cinémathéque Québécoise in Montreal, and the Pink Apple Film Festival in Zurich.