FRIDAY (Jan. 11): The fourth annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest) Benefit/Launch Party offers live music, circus acts, and short film screenings. The party runs from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: "Directors of the Board," video screenings of short films about skateboarding, plays thrice daily through Jan. 27. Free with YBCA admission noon, 2:05, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Jan. 15): The Jewish Museum of San Francisco hosts a program devoted to the "Mysterious Allure of Found Footage," screening two hourlong films compiled from home movies. The Maelstrom (Peter Forgacs, Hungary/Netherlands, 1997) is drawn from footage shot in 1938-42 by a Dutch Jewish family combined with home movies from Holland's Nazi governor, while Alan Berliner's The Family Album (1986) is drawn from footage salvaged from yard sales across America. $6 7:30 p.m.
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