Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Feb. 15): A Couch in New York 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
SATURDAY (Feb. 15): Other Cinema opens its spring season with Atenco, Machete Rebellion and Terra Si! Aviones No!, two video documentaries about a successful peasant rebellion against an airport 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: Transvestite actor/singer Akhiro Maruyama stars in a follow-up to the recently revived crime film Black Lizard, Black Rose Mansion (Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 1969), as the main attraction at a men's club 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: A world premiere celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lesbian couple Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, No Secret Anymore (Joan E. Biren, 2003). $15. Reception 6 p.m., presentation 7:30 p.m., film 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 14-20): A revival of Henri-Georges Clouzot's icy Quai des Orfèvres (France, 1947) -- recommended to cynics and film lovers everywhere 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
DIGITAL MOVIE HOUSE
1306 Mission (at Ninth Street), 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screenings here on Wednesday and Thursday. $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m., save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12): IndieFest -- Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping 2:45 p.m. The Austin bicycle scene's immortalized in Bike Like U Mean It 5 p.m. Experimental filmmaker Harry Smith's remembered in American Magus 7:15 p.m. Seven kids meet cannibals on Hell's Highway (S. Lee Taylor, 2002) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 13): IndieFest -- A romantic comedy set to Muzak, Easy Listening (Pamela Corkley, 2002) 2:45 p.m. "Fuel for the Quirky Alone" (shorts) 5 p.m. Punk rockers spend Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl (Genevieve Coleman, 2002) 7:15 p.m. Brian Flemming's Nothing So Strange is a documentary from an alternate world where Bill Gates was assassinated in 1999. How about one where MS/DOS software worked? 9:30 p.m.
6601 Shellmound, Emeryville, 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screenings here Friday through Sunday. $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m., save as noted. See Digital Movie House entry for some film descriptions.
FRIDAY (Feb. 14): IndieFest -- The computer-animated Missing Persons (Matthew and Dan O'Donnell, 2002) 4:45 p.m. A genius' clone wants to be a janitor in The Snowflake Crusade (Megan Holley, 2002) 7 p.m. Nothing So Strange 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 15): IndieFest -- Wealthy campers travel from Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart and discover This Is Nowhere 6 p.m. American Magus 8 p.m. "Sex Rated" (shorts) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 16): IndieFest -- Bike Like U Mean It 12:30 p.m. "DIY and Doc" (shorts) 2:30 p.m. Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl 4:45 p.m. Five losers are Stuck (Paul Stephen and David Owen, 2002) 7 p.m. The bondage underground occupies its Headspace 9:15 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Mira Nair's colorful crowd-pleaser Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: John Michael McCarthy's Superstarlet A.D. (2000), about a post-apocalypse era roamed by women in vintage underwear 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a "February Film Noir" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films featuring noir expert Eddie Muller.
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