DAILY: An opera-loving thief bootlegs a performance by a technophobic Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1982), screening through Oct. 27 at 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
3200 Grand (at Highway 580), Oakland, (510) 465-0804 and email@example.com for this program. The 13th annual Black Filmworks Festival of Film and Video screens at various venues in the East Bay. For other films at this grand old theater, see our Showtimes page.
THURSDAY (Oct. 10): Tim Reid's Millennium Studios screens its latest film, For Real (Reid, 2002), with a post-show Q&A followed by reception. $10 7 p.m.
James Moore Auditorium, 10th & Oak streets, Oakland, (510) 465-0804 and firstname.lastname@example.org for this program. The 13th annual Black Filmworks Festival of Film and Video offers several programs this weekend. $5 per program, save as noted.
FRIDAY (Oct. 11): The Filmworks Awards Ceremony & Reception features a screening of the festival's best short films, including Move (Jacqueline McKinley and Antonia F. March, 2002), a civil rights drama with Coolio. $10 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 12): TV specials including Ashley James' Gordon Parks: The Man and the Music (2001) 10 a.m. Short films including the first-place documentary Carolina Bebop Kings (Steve Crump, 2001) 12:15 p.m. Shorts and A Promise Fulfilled (Edward Harris and Adrianne Smith, 2002), about "The Vieques Four" 2:30 p.m. More documentaries, including Christina (Nefertina) Abram-Davis' The Cosmology of Words: A Journey From Griot to Rapper 5 p.m. Move, and first-place feature Joy (Jackie Alexander, 2002), about "a young African American man coming to terms with the fact that no amount of success can shield him from the ills that face our society" 7:15 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 11-17): Arthur Dong's Family Fundamentals (2002); see Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Errol Morris' Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) tells us of four eccentrics, including a topiary gardener and a fan of the hairless mole rat 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of the films of Rob Nilsson continues with Northern Lights (John Hanson and Nilsson, 1978; 7 p.m.), telling the story of a grass-roots movement in North Dakota, the Nonpartisan League, in 1915-16 through the life of a farmer who becomes politically active; and Words for the Dying (1989; 9:10 p.m.), showing composers John Cale and Brian Eno at work -- the latter reluctant to be filmed.
FRIDAY: Rob Nilsson introduces John Cassavetes' incendiary portrait of a difficult marriage, A Woman Under the Influence (1975) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A monthlong series of the films of Italian thrillmeister Mario Bava continues with a double bill of Four Times That Night (1972; 7 p.m.) -- Rashomon retold as a sex farce -- and The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963; 8:45 p.m.) and was chased across Italy.
SUNDAY: Ken Hughes' film of Ian Fleming's children's fantasy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U.K., 1968), our fine four-fendered friend 2 p.m. Mathematician Robert Osserman introduces Mario Martone's Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician (Italy, 1992), the true story of a radical math genius drinking himself to death. Part of a "CineMath" series screening this month 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A UC Berkeley class on courtroom dramas, "Trials and Film," with lectures by Carol Clover, is open to the public as space permits. Today, John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), with a memorable turn by Henry Fonda, breaking logs and witnesses 3 p.m. Ang Lee's debut feature, Pushing Hands (Taiwan, 1992), a family comedy of cultural difference 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: "CineMath" -- Mathematician Dave Bayer introduces experimental films with mathematical themes by Walter Ruttman, James Whitney, Norman McLaren, and Bruce Conner (the timely Ten Second Film) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance.
THURSDAY (Oct. 10): John Stanley hosts a "Creature Features Double Feature" -- Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee battling it out with a prehistoric monster on board the Trans-Siberian Express in Horror Express (1972), and one of the first Vietnam-vet horror films, from the future auteur of Porky's, Dead of Night (aka Deathdream, Bob Clark, Canada, 1972). $8; advance purchase recommended 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 12): A matinee of John Ford's emotionally faithful adaption of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (1940), screening as a benefit for the Oakland Public Library. $3 3 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 15): The Grapes of Wrath (1940), screening as a benefit for the Oakland Public Library. $6, half off if you show your Oakland Library card 6:30, 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
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