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 (June 21): La femme de chambre du Titanic 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.
THURSDAY (June 19): "Antlers, Airports, and Desperate Detectives," a program of shorts by Bridget Irish and Bryan Connolly, features Connolly"s noir spoof The Savage Place and Irish"s "site and experience portraits" Shot at Bernie's Garage and SFO, plus a "performative video" of "pushing heavy furniture, naked, up a flight of narrow stairs" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 20): "Free Art!," "an antiwar, revolutionary gallery show and party for the people," includes a trailer for Art as Revolution, a not-for-profit documentary project about political artists in the Bay Area 7:30 p.m.
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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. $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: The 27th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival continues with Walking on Water (Ayres, Australia) 1:30 p.m. A biography of the filmmaker, The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti (U.K.) 4 p.m. Don't Worry, It Will Probably Pass (Sweden) 6:30 p.m. Robin's Hood (Millman) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFILGFF -- And the Band Played On (1993) 1 p.m. A documentary on London nudists, Being Human, and another on Texas obscenity, Dildo Diaries 4 p.m. Get a Way (France) 6:30 p.m. Love Forbidden (France) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- "Since You've Been Gone" (shorts) 1 p.m. Pandemic: Facing AIDS (Kennedy) 3 p.m. Daughters of the Sun (Iran) 6 p.m. Gasoline (Italy) 8:15 p.m. Cock & Bull Story (Hayes) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- "Afternoon Delights" (shorts) noon. Men seeking AIDS ("bug chasers") are the subject of Louise Hogarth"s documentary The Gift. Community forum follows 2:30 p.m. A revival of Marc Huestis" Whatever Happened to Susan Jane? (1982) 5:30 p.m. My Life on Ice (France) 8 p.m. "Sexotica" (shorts) 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- "Mamas and Papas" (shorts) noon. "Homo Hop" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. "Missed Connections" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Lesbian comics tell all in Laughing Matters (Meyerson) 6:30 p.m. Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary (Flannigan) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: SFILGFF -- Cock & Bull Story 1 p.m. Daughters of the Sun 4 p.m. A good documentary on the civil rights pioneer Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin 6:30 p.m. Close to Leo (France) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFILGFF -- "Shades of Pink," a program of new shorts distributed by Frameline 12:30 p.m. Secondary High (Mills, Halfon, & Bell-Koski, Canada) 2:45 p.m. People Like Us documents the making of the feature Philadelphia 6:30 p.m. The Child I Never Was (Germany) 9:30 p.m.
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, www.filmarts.org/rsvp for this program. Free.
FRIDAY (June 20): An "Open Screening" with new shorts by local filmmakers, taken on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn, too 7 p.m.
27 Sutter (near Market and Sansome), two doors down from the Flatiron Building. 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.
THURSDAY (June 19): A tribute series to Linda Darnell continues with Otto Preminger"s The 13th Letter (1945), about poison-pen letters in Quebec in this American remake of Clouzot"s The Raven. San Diego film historian A.K. Rode introduces the film and talks about Darnell 8 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends, and "Hong Kong Movie Madness" double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star"s schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
THURSDAY: A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" commences with a double bill of Kids From Shaolin (Zinyan Zhang, 1983), a Shaolin kung fu movie with Jet Lee, and A Kid From Tibet (1992), directed by and starring Biao Yuen (with a Jackie Chan cameo). Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday): Simon: King of the Witches (Bruce Kessler, 1971), about a man who uses magic to bring down City Hall, screens with Jacques Boyreau"s science-fiction spoof Candy von Dewd (2002).
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Kids Are United (1986) features new wave bands at the 1978 Reading rock music festival, including Sham 69, Ultravox, and the Jam.
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