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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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 email@example.com 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.
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.
WEDNESDAY: "Reel Transformations" (TG shorts) 6:30 p.m. "Twisted" (shorts) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Butchers, Boys and Kings" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. Ho Yuk -- Let's Love Hong Kong (China) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: Justin Queer Paradise (Canada/Mexico) 6 p.m. Bulgarian Lovers (Spain) 8 p.m. "Gussied Up," shorts assembled by Peaches Christ of the Bridge 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Manly Men" (shorts) 1 p.m. A Lutheran lesbian challenges her church in THIS Obedience 3:15 p.m. The Bridge Game (Thompson & Lowe) 5:30 p.m. Do I Love You? (U.K.) 7:45 p.m. Secondary High (Canada) 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: TG surgery, Part 1 in The Opposite Sex: Jamie's Story 12:30 p.m. More TG story in The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story 2:15 p.m. Animal Attraction (High) 4:30 p.m. 12 episodes from the anime Piko & Poko -- Adventures in Starland (Japan) 6:30 p.m. "Worldly Affairs" (shorts) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: 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: "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: Alfred Leslie"s The Cedar Bar (2001), from a 1952 play, dramatizes the interactions of art critic Clement Greenberg and his abstract expressionist crowd -- "War between the people who make art and those who write about it" 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Jeremy Sisto is The Movie Hero (Brad Gottfred, 2002), who thinks he"s a hero and talks to the camera 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Lee Myung-Se"s action-noir Nowhere to Hide (Korea, 2000) 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: A program of experimental videos reworked from images in popular media includes Julie Zando"s restaging of Hayley Mills, The Apparent Trap (1999), and Joan Braderman"s exposé of celebrity culture, Joan Sees Stars 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Episodes 1-6 of Peter Watkins" documentary portrait of the international peace movement, The Journey (1984-87) offers the first 4 1/2 hours of a 14-1/2-hour whole. The series continues on Tuesday and next week 6 p.m.
FRIDAY: The PFA"s splendid Nicholas Ray series concludes with his last commercial film, 55 Days at Peking (1963), an epic of the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 for which Ray shot only about an hour of the completed film. (Ben Hur chariot race director Andrew Marton shot most of the rest.) Ray"s hour does contain the core of a rare, sensitive performance from Charlton Heston 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Douglas Sirk series screens the intelligent All I Desire (1958; 5, 8:45 p.m. ), with Barbara Stanwyck as an actress returning home after many years, and All That Heaven Allows (1955; 7 p.m. ), the "Sirk opera" with Rock Hudson as the man-of-nature gardener and Jane Wyman as a lonely widow that Todd Haynes recently pastiched in Far From Heaven.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: The Journey, Parts 7-13 6 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.
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 19): A "Thrillville" screening of John Boorman"s curious sci-fi film Zardoz (U.K., 1974), with Sean Connery as a future barbarian setting things right with the Eternals, plus Jacques Boyreau"s spoof Candy von Dewd, in an evening billed as "Thrillville"s Super Sexy Sci-Fi Rocket Roll Show" that includes strippers and is therefore not the best place for academic study of Boorman"s intellectual remake of Conan the Barbarian. $7 8:30 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), 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) 8:40 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m. Guy Maddin"s Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Transylvania, 2003), a silent film with music from Mahler 9:10 p.m.; also Thurs 7:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin"s Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Spellbound and Winged Migration continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: F.W. Murnau"s silent masterwork Sunrise (1927) 7 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.
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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 THROUGH SATURDAY: The gangs of Rio fight over the City of God (Cidade de Deus, Fernando Meirelles, Brazil, 2002) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:25 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: Manito (Eric Eason, 2003), about a struggling Latino family 6:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
FRIDAY: "Asian Films Up the Yin Yang" (www.scratchpictures.com) promises a weekend of "recent, cutting edge, and stylized Asian films" that are "fun to watch." Tonight, the daily lives of four hit men comprise Guns and Talks (Jin Jang, Korea, 2001) 4:30 p.m. Japanese band Guitar Wolf fights zombies in Wild Zero (Tetsuro Takeushi, Japan, 2002) 7 p.m. High school pingpong focuses Ping Pong (Fumihiko Sori, Japan, 2002) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFUTYY -- Three (Korea, 2002) 1:30 p.m. Movie fans take up kung fu in Just One Look (Kam-Hung Yip, Hong Kong, 2002) 4:15 p.m. A Thai musical, Monrak Transistor (Pen-ek Ratanuaruang, 2002) 6:15 p.m. Guns and Talks 8:45 p.m. Wild Zero 11:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: AFUTYY -- Ping Pong 2 p.m. Monrak Transistor 4:30 p.m. Just One Look 7 p.m. Three 9 p.m.
MONDAY: The 2003 Hip Hop Film Festival (www.hiphopfilmfest.com), a benefit for the Hunters Point Community Youth Park Foundation, opens a three-day run with Kevin Epps" Straight Outta Hunters Point 6 p.m. Resistencia: Hip Hop in Columbia [sic] 7:45 p.m. Battlesounds 9:30 p.m.
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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 the Yerba Buena Center and here, its home base.
SATURDAY (June 21): A short series of films by Craig Baldwin screens the early Stolen Movie (c. 1975) and Wild Gunman (1978), filmed in a grindhouse and a penny arcade respectively, plus Sonic Outlaws (1995), on the titanic battle of bands Negativland and U2 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 22): Craig Baldwin"s found-footage take-off on the conquistadors ¡O No Coronado! (1992), his comment on the rise of corporate media Spectres of the Spectrum (2000), and scenes from his work-in-progress Mock Up on Mu! 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, concluding with Road to Utopia (Hal Walker, 1946; 7:30 p.m. ), with Bing and Dottie, and Lousiana Purchase (Irving Cummings, 1941; 5:40, 9:10 p.m. ), wherein he"s investigated by Sen. Victor Moore.
STARTS FRIDAY: A summer series is promised; call for films and times.
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 18): A Film Arts Foundation screening of Discovering Dominga (Patricia Flynn and Mary Jo McConahay, 2002), about a woman"s attempt to discover her past as an 11-year-old survivor of a massacre in Guatemala. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 19): A Craig Baldwin series opens with his found-footage RocketKitKongoKit (1986) and his exposé of the Hollow Earth, Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1991). Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 22): Part 2, Remnants, of Chinese filmmaker Wang Bin"s nine-hour documentary about an industrial region in northeast China, Tie Xi Qi: West of the Tracks (2003). $6 1 p.m.
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