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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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.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- "Fun in Boys' Shorts" 11 a.m. "Fun in Girls' Shorts" includes a film by Michael Apted as well as Angela Robinson's hilarious D.E.B.S. 1:30 p.m. Hooked (Ahlberg) 4 p.m. Blue Gate Crossing (Yee, Taiwan) 6 p.m. Yossi & Jagger (Fox, Israel) 6:15 p.m. Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (Demarbe, Canada) 10:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- "Do Your Thang" (shorts) noon. Sing Out (Rosenstein) 2:15 p.m. Between Two Women (Woodcock, U.K.) 4:45 p.m. Yes Nurse! No Nurse! (Kramer, Netherlands) 7 p.m. Walking on Water (Ayres, Australia) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: SFILGFF -- Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter 2 p.m. "Worldly Affairs" 4:15 p.m. Laura's Paradise (Panchot, France) 6:30 p.m. Sirens of the 23rd Century (Kroot) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFILGFF -- Laura's Paradise 2 p.m. "Class Queers" (shorts) 4:15 p.m. The Event (Fitzgerald, Canada) 6:30 p.m. A special presentation of Francis Girod's Gender Bias (France, 2001). $15 9 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325. $10.
THURSDAY (June 12): A screening of the trailer for the documentary-in-progress Somos, on the subject of the migration of LGBT Latinos to the United States, with filmmaker María Burés in person. Screening 6 p.m. Filmmaker 7 p.m. Music with DJs to follow.
27 Sutter (near Market and Sansome). Free with reservation; call 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. A "16MM Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens here every Thursday in June, with round-table discussion to follow. Note that this series has relocated to a new, larger venue, two doors down from its previous Flatiron Building locale, thanks in part to being written up in this column!
THURSDAY (June 12): A three-week tribute to Linda Darnell opens with Otto Preminger's good noir Fallen Angel (1945), with Darnell a hash house waitress eyed by Dana Andrews. Historian Marc Kagan lectures on Darnell and this film 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Sandra Nettlebeck's tasty drama of a cook under pressure, Mostly Martha (Germany, 2002) 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call for program.
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.
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $9, matinees (before 5 p.m.) $6, save as noted.
SUNDAY (June 15): SFILGFF -- Dear Gabe (Juhasz) and He's Having a Baby (Hartmann) 2 p.m. Straight Out (Gunnarsdottir and Kristinsson, Iceland) 4:15 p.m. Savage Roses (Tucker) 6:30 p.m. "Will She or Won't She" (shorts) 9 p.m.
MONDAY (June 16): SFILGFF -- Deborah Dickson's interesting documentary The Education of Gore Vidal (2002) omits any of his post-Sept. 11 commentary and dwells instead on his (very arguable) greatness as a novelist 6:30 p.m. The Path to Love (Lange, Algeria) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 17): SFILGFF -- "Queer Documentary in Wartime," a presentation of a work-in-progress on Israelis and Palestinians 6:30 p.m. "Sex, Sirens and Stilettos" (shorts) 9 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: Staremaster (Jay Hufford, Sean Linezo, 2002) records a live-action game show in Pensacola, Fla., wherein combatants attempt to stare one another down through a barrage of distractions 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Shag Carpet Sunset (Dean Edward, 2002), a comedy about an alcoholic public-access puppeteer and roofer who decides to become a race car driver to impress a woman. That always worked for me! 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Hacks (Glenn Rockowitz, 2002), a mockumentary about untalented talent scouts and the comics they represent. It's "subversive, witty, vulgar, depressing" 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "Silent Monday" -- F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926), a multimillion-mark classic of German expressionism. God and Satan battle over the soul of an intellectual. These days God and Satan battle over the souls of Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. How times have changed 8 p.m.
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: "All the Hitchcock You Can Repeat," a program of experimental videos drawing upon Sir Alfred's cinema for imagery 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of the films of Nicholas Ray continues with We Can't Go Home Again (1973), the blasted fruit of his collaboration with his Harpur College students during his years of post-Hollywood exile 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Ray's big-budget life of Christ (Jeffrey Hunter), King of Kings (1961), left him shut out of the editing room, to this beautifully shot film's detriment 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Nicholas Ray's last two fully realized projects, the fine war film Bitter Victory (1958; 4:30, 8:50 p.m. ), and The Savage Innocents (1960; 7 p.m.), with Anthony Quinn "the Eskimo."
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Meditations on Revolution," a program of shorts by Robert Fenz. Filmmaker in person 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. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (June 12): "Porn Orchestra Live!" offers live music improvised to a variety of short sex films. $8 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 15): This year's San Francisco State Film Finals offers a selection of good to excellent shorts by SFSU's cinema students. $5 3 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: A Wednesday and Sunday Greta Garbo series continues with her Anna Christie (Clarence Brown, 1930), drawn from Eugene O'Neill 7 p.m. A screening of Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle continues with Cremaster 4 (1994) and Cremaster 5 (1997) 6:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Barney's three-hour Cremaster 3 (2002) 7:15 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SUNDAY: Greta Garbo in one of her best roles, Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933), opposite John Gilbert 7 p.m.
RASSELAS ON FILLMORE
1534 Fillmore (at Geary), 771-9271 and www.sfbff.org for this series. This site hosts a program from the fifth annual San Francisco Black Film Festival. $9.
THURSDAY (June 12): The World According to John Coltrane 7 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.
WEDNESDAY: 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 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: This year's San Francisco State Film Finals 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Dark doings on Mars comprise the animated Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Shinichiro Watanabe, Japan, 2001) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: The Palestinian comedy Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman, 2003) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 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 & THURSDAY: 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 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Manito (Eric Eason, 2003), about a struggling Latino family 6:30, 8 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m. See Opening for review. Wisegirls continues at 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4 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 Never Say Die (Elliott Nugent, 1939; 7:30 p.m. ), with script contributions from no less than Preston Sturges, and the pre-wartime draft comedy Caught in the Draft (David Butler, 1941; 5:55, 9 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: Bob Hope -- Nothing But the Truth (Nugent, 1941; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with Crosby and Lamour in The Road to Rio (Norman Z. McLeod, 1947; 5:40, 9:10 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Hope's early scare comedy The Cat and the Canary (Nugent, 1939; 4:35, 7:30 p.m. ) and My Favorite Blonde (Sidney Lanfield, 1942; 6, 8:55 p.m.), who is Madeleine Carroll, a long way from The 39 Steps.
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 13): Two TV movies from the 1970s, Dan Curtis' Trilogy of Terror (1975), three short tales featuring Karen Black battling with a "a bloodthirsty voodoo doll," screening with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (John Newland, 1973), about newlyweds Kim Darby and Jim Hutton, "whose suburban home encases a well of malignant realtors," excuse me, "trolls" 9 p.m.
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 11): The Latino Film Festival offers Julio Medem's Basque drama Cows (Spain, 1992). $8 6, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 12): A San Francisco Cinematheque presentation of "audio visions from Belgium, "Remix the Remixed." $7 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 17): An Arab Film Festival screening of the rare Egyptian comedy Terrorism and the Kebab (Sherif Arafa, 1992). $7 7:30 p.m.
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