Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (April 28): The ³April Showers Edition² of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" drenches us with shorts in different formats, digital video to 35mm, including Sugar-Coated Girl by Alameda's Nyeland Newel, I Like Birds by San Francisco's Ramsel Ruiz, and the hand-drawn Colordog by Encino's Steve Belfer. Boston, Munich, and Tokyo are also represented 8 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (April 23): A little old lady gets things her own way in Etienne Chatiliez's Tatie Danielle (1990) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 26): Tatie Danielle 2 p.m.
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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.
FRIDAY (April 25): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" offers films by you, or maybe by that funny-looking guy down the street. First come, first screened. $4, free for artistes 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 26): Gerry Fialka hosts his annual PXL This Fest of videos made with the toy video camera of the 1980s, including his own documentary about the machine¹s inventor 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 29): Performance group Popular Vulture offers video along with "mockery, noise and exercise" 8 p.m.
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429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 for regular Castro programming; 931-FILM, www.sffs.org, and $10 for SFIFF programs. The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival screens at this picture palace Wednesday and Thursday. See our SFIFF coverage beginning on Page 43.
WEDNESDAY: SFIFF -- The Peter Sellers Story -- As He Filmed It (Anthony Wall, Peter Lydon, U.K., 2002) 1 p.m. The Tracker (de Heer, Australia) 4 p.m. Flora Gomes¹ musical My Voice (Guinea-Bissau) 6:45 p.m. David Thomas documents MC5 -- A True Testimonial 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIFF -- Cry Woman (Bingjian, China) noon. Bus 174 (Padilha, Brazil) 2:30 p.m. Dustin Hoffman in person for his Peter J. Owens Award and a screening of Bob Fosse¹s Lenny (1974). Don¹t take away his words! $20 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (April 25-30): Hashiguchi Ryosuke's Hush! (Japan, 2001); see Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 p.m.
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2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. ³Laugh Riot,² an eight-week midnight series of comedies, continues; www.8tales.com for more info. For the rest of the Clay¹s schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
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.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This ³Rock ¹n¹ Roll DJ Bar² offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
THURSDAY: A campy, low-budget biker movie, Black and Chrome (2000) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: A blocked artist wanders New York on the eve of his exhibit, trying to frame a shot in The Photographer (Jeremy Stein, 2000), in its Bay Area premiere. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Heard are in the cast 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers an April series on infidelity, shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (April 25): Joseph Mankiewicz's A Letter to Three Wives (1949) has three women wondering if their husbands are leaving them 6:30 p.m.
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Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. The WonderCon Indie Film Festival screens here as a spinoff from the comic book convention; attendees get in free for the Friday-Saturday events, all others $10 save as noted. (WonderCon attendees also get a 20 percent discount from Jelly Bellies, so it's worth it right there.) A Sunday series of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment also continues. Free.
FRIDAY (April 25): WonderCon -- William Shatner stars as himself, pursued by fans, in Free Enterprise (Robert Meyer Burnett, 1999), with Burnett -- who's actually met Shatner! -- in person 7:30 p.m. Rob Lowe is a member of the world's seventh greatest superhero team, The Specials (Craig Mazin, 2000) -- he's giving up The West Wing to go back to this 9:15 p.m. "Before They Were Stars," a collection of animated shorts by Pixar animators, screens as a Cartoon Art Museum Rent Party fund-raiser, $15-35, sliding scale donation. For more information, see www.cartoonart.org 11 p.m.
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