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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AFRICAN AMERICAN ART AND CULTURE COMPLEX
762 Fulton (at Webster), 771-9271 and www.sfbff.org for this series. This site hosts programs from the fifth annual San Francisco Black Film Festival. $9.
FRIDAY (June 13): An extract from a documentary in progress, After Jonestown, plus Eric Tait's documentary on the lost history of African-Americans in Manhattan, Then I'll Be Free to Travel Home 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 14): Urban Kidz Film Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (June 14): Les Misérables, Part 2 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 13): Doug Loranger's Bad Reception (2003), a documentary on "the Wireless Revolution in San Francisco" and efforts by activists to resist the placement of wireless antennas. Discussion follows 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 14): "Anarcho Country Cinema," a program of recent videos by Kyle Harris that "merge anarchist politics with traditional old time themes of heartbreak, love, labor, social protest, crime, and revolution." Filmmerger in person 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.
THURSDAY (June 12): "Surf Movie Night" screens Drive Thru Japan, Relative Fluidity, and Sea by the City. Cowabunga! 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 771-9271 and www.sfbff.org for this series. This restored movie house, with two screens, hosts programs from the fifth annual San Francisco Black Film Festival. All programs $9, save as noted.
THURSDAY (June 12): Theater 1 -- The Opening Night program is Jason Van Veen's short The Adventures of Aaron Willows in Cyberspace and Matthew Miele's Everything's Jake, with Ernie Hudson, Debbie Allen, and Robin Givens. $35 8 p.m. Theater 2 -- The Murder of Emmett Till (Nelson) 2 p.m. Partners of the Heart (Kalin) 3:45 p.m. Making Metamorphosis (Brown) 5:35 p.m. The death of George Jackson is retold in Day of the Gun (Swartz) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 13): Theater 1 -- Didier Aufort's Betting on Love (France/Ivory Coast) noon. Big Ain't Bad (Culpepper) 2:05 p.m. Four teens deal crack in Patrice Johnson's Kingscounty 3:30 p.m. Sisters in Cinema (Welbon) 4:05 p.m. Awards Ceremony. $25 6:30 p.m. Theater 2 -- Shorts programs at 1, 3 p.m. Comedies Two-Fer (Brown) and Get Money (Wiggins) 4:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 14): Theater 1 -- A rough cut of Aishah Shahidah Simmons' documentary No!, on rape in the black community 11 a.m. The Diary of Anne Frank inspired Lisa France's Annie B. Real, about an aspiring rapper 12:45 p.m. Something to Say -- Beats by the Bay (Mardis) 3 p.m. From Sundance, The Beat (Sonnier) 5 p.m. A comedy, So Fresh, So Clean (Attles and Birnbaum) 7:30 p.m. A male Sex and the City, The Epicureans (Broussard) 9:45 p.m. Theater 2 -- Black Picket Fence (Goes) 1 p.m. The Journey of Lesra Martin (Fogo) 3:15 p.m. The Killing Zone (Brewster) 4:50 p.m. Greedy 6:50 p.m. Strippers discover The Naked Truth (Culpepper) 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 15): Theater 1 -- Makibefo (Abelo, Madagascar) 11 a.m. Afro-Punk (Spooner) 1:15 p.m. Wheels of Soul (Wilson), about a biker club 2:30 p.m. Marta Moreno Vega's film about Santería, When the Spirits Dance Mambo 3:30 p.m. A local b-ball legend is profiled in The Legend of Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell (Skolnik and O'Neill) 5:30 p.m. Closing Night film is Detrich McClure's Road Dogs, billed as a hip hop Easy Rider. $20 7:15 p.m. Theater 2 -- Brotherly Love (Torrence and Lambert) 11 a.m. Charles Burnett's Nat Turner -- A Troublesome Property screens with his 1999 feature The Annihilation of Fish, with James Earl Jones 1:15 p.m. Black Beans and Rice (Thompson) 3:45 p.m. Shorts 5:35 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $7 regular admission (Wednesday this week); $9 general, $6 matinee (before 5 p.m.) screenings for the SFILGFF, 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: Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Transylvania, 2003), a silent film with music from Mahler. See Ongoing for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 27th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens with Mark Rucker's film of Charles Busch's camp stage piece Die Mommie Die (2003), with gala to follow at the Ferry Building. $100 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- "Growing Pains" (shorts) 1 p.m. "Absolutely Activist Fabulous" (shorts) 3:30 p.m. The Mudge Boy (Burke) 6 p.m. Mango Kiss (Rice) 8:15 p.m. Porn Theatre (Nolot, France) 10:15 p.m.
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