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.
We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.
449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, email@example.com. $6-10 sliding scale.
THURSDAY (June 5): Prolific video auteur Antero Alli's new feature, Under a Shipwrecked Moon (2003), about a man returning to his family after a 15-year absence. Filmmaker in person 9 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (June 7): Les Misérables, Part 1 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.
FRIDAY (June 6): A "Kucharathon" screening of the brothers' science-fiction spoofs includes George Kuchar's X-People (1985), about "mystery people" who "interact in somewhat unwholesome ways." Also George's Cattle Mutilations (1983), wherein "four people face a growing sense of panic and uncleanliness," and Mike Kuchar in person with Death Quest of the Ju-Ju Cult and the new Pagans in a Christian World 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 7): "Girls on Film," a Women of Color screening series, marks its one-year anniversary with "Vive La Femme," a program of films and videos that "mines the territory of the female psyche exploring, analyzing and re-envisioning emotional and physical landscapes from a uniquely feminine perspective." Filmminers in person 8 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: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle continues with Cremaster 4 (1994) and Cremaster 5 (1997), with complete shows at 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The cycle concludes with its three-hour centerpiece, Cremaster 3 (2002). Any chance for a revival in this series of the Jerry Springer film Ringmaster? We'd like to see what he could do with some Vaseline noon, 4, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (June 6-11): Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Transylvania, 2003), a silent film with music from Mahler. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
544 Market (near Sansome). Free with reservation; call 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations (and directions!). A "16MM Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens here every Thursday in June, with round-table discussion to follow.
THURSDAY (June 5): Robert Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse (1947), an offbeat drama starring the actor-turned-director as a vet tracking down the killers of his buddy during an Albuquerque festival 8 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.
DAILY: Sandra Nettlebeck's tasty drama of a cook under pressure, Mostly Martha (Germany, 2002), screens through June 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies and a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Brian De Palma's unpleasant and ludicrous psychological thriller Dressed to Kill (1980), in its time taken seriously by many 7 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, www.jezebelsjointsf.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: Mark Neale's William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories (2000) offers the back-seat observations of the cyberpunk author as he"s driven from L.A. to Seattle. At what rest stop will he apologize for Johnny Mnemonic? 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 classics screened on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (June 6): The library closes its spring series with All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950) 6:30 p.m.
METREON 1 2 4
Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, www.metreon.com, http://www.thirdi.org/~sf/screenings.html for this event. Tickets are $12 advance purchase online, $20 at the door.
SATURDAY (June 7): 3rd I South Asian Films co-presents Global Sight & Sound 2003 with Project Ahimsa/Pangea, with films in the Action Theater and DJs, dance, fashion, and art from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the fourth floor. "Envelope Please," shorts from South Asian filmmakers 6-7 p.m. Mark Kidel's Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds (2001) 7:30 p.m.
444 Jessie (one half block from Powell Street BART), 820-9669 for information on this program. This venue offers a "June Art Salon" this week.
WEDNESDAY (June 4): The works of more than two dozen filmmakers will screen in "Single Channel: Collaborating With the Moving Image," a program of highlights from Microcinema International's eight-year history. Also, jazz drummer Jerry Granelli will perform live on Pete Engelhart's musical sculptures 7 p.m.-midnight.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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: Bruce and Norman Yonemoto's industry satire Made in Hollywood (1990), with Patricia Arquette, screens with Chip Lord's Movie Map (2002), intercutting Vertigo and Bullitt views of San Francisco, and Diane Nerwen"s The Great Yiddish Love (2002), positing Marlene Dietrich and Nazi star Zarah Leander as lesbian lovers 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A series of the films of Nicholas Ray continues with Party Girl (1958; 7:30 p.m. ) and Hot Blood (1956; 9:15 p.m. ), two of his studio projects of the late '50s that display his mastery of color -- check out Cyd Charisse's red-on-red ensemble in Party Girl -- and the CinemaScope frame. The former's a gangster drama that looks like a musical, the latter stars Jane Russell as a Gypsy.
SATURDAY: One of Nicholas Ray's more personal projects, Wind Across the Everglades (1958; 4:30, 8:55 p.m. ), an ecological drama with the young Christopher Plummer, and another studio project, The True Story of Jesse James (1957; 7 p.m. ), with Robert Wagner in a part that needed Elvis Presley, whom Ray wanted to cast.
SUNDAY: Two of Vera Chytilova's more recent works, Prefab Story (Czechoslovakia, 1979; 5:30 p.m. ), depicting incompetence and corruption in the building of apartment blocks, and Wolf Chalet (1985; 7:30 p.m. ), an East Bloc variant on the Hollywood slasher film.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Filmmaker and parolee Joe Gibbons' autobiographical Confessions of a Sociopath (2001-3) headlines a program of personal films that includes Neil Goldberg's My Parents Read Dreams I've Had About Them and a history of birth control, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, by Tiffany Shlain 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (June 6): Oompa Loompas run amok in Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (June 5): Thrillville presents a "Super Sexy Sci-Fi Rocket Roll Show" with both a live performance and a short film made by the Phenomenauts (2002 SF Weekly Music Award winner). Plus Zsa Zsa Gabor as Queen of Outer Space (Edward Bernds, 1958) and more. $8 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 8): The struggle against apartheid is chronicled in the musical documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (Lee Hirsch, 2002). Plus a live performance by the Vukani Mawethu Choir. $10 2 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.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 6:30 p.m.; also Wed 9:10 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Smith Rafael commemorates Bob Hope's centennial with one of his popular "Road" comedies with Bing Crosby, The Road to Utopia (Hal Walker, 1945; 7:30 p.m.) -- the one set in Alaska -- and the western spoof The Paleface (Norman Z. McLeod, 1948; 8:50 p.m. ), with Jane Russell.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The Smith Rafael screens Matthew Barney's complete Cremaster Cycle here through June 12. For starters, Cremaster 3 (2002), which ends with a race up the ramp of the Guggenheim Fri 7:15 p.m.; Sat 3, 7:15 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.
SATURDAY: Bob Hope -- The Road to Utopia 2 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Cremaster 1 (1995), "a musical revue performed on the blue Astroturf playing field of Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho," and Cremaster 2 (1999), with Norman Mailer as Harry Houdini -- let's not forget the bees. Complete shows at 6:30, 9 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 10 & 11): Matthew Barney's a satyr on the Isle of Man in Cremaster 4 (1994), screening with Cremaster 5 (1997), a dream opera set in 19th-century Budapest. Complete shows at 6:45, 9 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY: It's about America -- Francis Ford Coppola"s The Godfather (1972) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: It's also about America -- Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002). The first 10 minutes and the last two minutes comprise great cinema; in between them lie three hours of two miscast stars and a star-spangled ham Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 5:20, 8:40 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: David Gordon Green's poetic romance All the Real Girls (2003); highly recommended by this department 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 10 & 11): The premiere of We Interrupt This Empire ... (2003), a film by San Francisco video activists on various Iraq War topics, including protests, profiteering, and media coverage. Q&A after evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY: The world theatrical premiere of David Anspaugh's Wisegirls (2002), a Mafia comedy with Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey, and Melora Walters. See Ongoing for more. Call to confirm show times and possible second feature 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: An advance screening of Peter Sehr's Love the Hard Way (2003), with Adrien Brody and Pam Grier. A party follows the screening at the Capella, 270 14th St. Advance tix available at www.genart.org or at 284-9400. Film and party $10 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including here, its home base.
SUNDAY (June 8): "Fear of Flying," a program of short films on "living in a surveilled world," screens three premieres by local filmmakers -- Bruce Landick's Deed Without a Name, David Sherman"s "anxiety-laced" The Graceless, and Konrad Steiner's landscape study be tw. Other films include Greta Snider's Flight, Le Ann Bartok Wilchusky's Skyworks, Wind & Fire, Scott Arford's Airports for Lights, Shadows and Particles, and Peter Rose's The Geosophist's Tears 7:30 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Stanford commemorates Bob Hope's 100th birthday with a three-week series of his films, continuing with Where There's Life (Sidney Lansfield, 1947; 7:30 p.m. ) and College Swing (Raoul Walsh, 1938; 5:55, 8:55 p.m. ), in support of Burns & Allen, Betty Hutton, Martha Raye, and other Paramount contractees.
FRIDAY: Woody Allen modeled his performance in Love and Death after Bob Hope's barber-turned-royal impersonator in Monsieur Beaucaire (George Marshall, 1946; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with My Favorite Brunette (Elliott Nugent, 1947; 5:50, 9:15 p.m.), with Hope a baby photographer who winds up on death row.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Hope's swashbuckling spoof The Princess and the Pirate (David Butler, 1944; 4, 7:30 p.m.), generally considered one of his best, screens with his butler role opposite Lucille Ball, Fancy Pants (George Marshall, 1950; 5:45, 9:15 p.m. ).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
FRIDAY (June 6): Jack Palance is Fidel!, and Omar Sharif Che!, in Richard Fleischer's 1968 dramatization of the Cuban duo, which screens with the Defense Department-sponsored Red Nightmare (George WaGGner, 1952) 9 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6, $5 for the "Frame by Frame" series (Friday through Sunday). This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (June 4): The Goethe-Institut screens Part 2 of Heinrich Breloer's miniseries The Manns -- Novel of a Century (Germany, 2001), about those battling brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann, their friends and relations 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 6): It's not documentary, it's HBO! Film Arts Foundation and HBO offer a three-day series of new documentaries, "Frame by Frame," with proceeds benefiting FAF. Filmmakers and HBO executives in person at many screenings. For more, see www.HBO.com/framebyframe. Today, The Collector of Bedford Street (Alice Elliott) and Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston) 2 p.m. Kim Longinotto's film about female circumcision in Kenya, The Day I Will Never Forget 4 p.m. Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs, about efforts to save troubled dogs 6 p.m. Eleven adopted "special needs" children are My Flesh and Blood (Jonathan Karsh) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 7): "Frame by Frame" -- Peter Tetteroo's Welcome to North Korea 2 p.m. Seven refugees from Cuba are followed since their 1994 escape in Balseros (Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domènech) 3 p.m. Arlene Donnelly Nelson follows a photographer around the planet who persuades people to strip for his camera in Naked World 5:30 p.m. A schizophrenic filmmaker co-directed People Say I'm Crazy (John Cadigan with Katie Cadigan) 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 8): "Frame by Frame" -- Even Benestad's All About My Father, a respected small-town doctor/transvestite 11 a.m. José Padilha and Marcos Prado's reputedly thrilling true tale of a Brazilian bus hijacking, Bus 174 12:30 p.m. From Kirby Dick's last project, Derrida, to his latest, Showgirls: Glitz and Angst, seems but a step; both (to quote HBO prose) "peel the lashes off that spectacle ... and expose" 3 p.m.
Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!