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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (June 30): The "School's Out Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 13 short films and videos keyed to the theme of summer, including Thomas Muller's Tokyo Meltdown, Laura DiTrapani's 7 Cats, Evan James' Velvet and Rat Skins, and Tom Putnam's hopefully not autobiographical Tom Hits His Head 8 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (June 28): Under the Sun of Satan 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 27): ATA's monthly Open Screening gives you a chance to show your masterpiece, or even your disaster-piece, without shame and for a paying audience. $4 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 28): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), $5, $3 with costume 10 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 (from Monday this week), $9 and $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 Get a Way (France) 1:30 p.m. "Intersex Explorations" (shorts) 4 p.m. Flying With One Wing (Sri Lanka) 6:30 p.m. From Thailand, a special presentation of Suddenly. $15 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFILGFF -- Yes Nurse! No Nurse! (Netherlands) 1:30 p.m. A Bizarre Love Triangle (Korea) 4 p.m. Dianne Wiest stars in Merci Docteur Rey (Litvack), with Vanessa Redgrave "as herself" 6:30 p.m. Totally Sexy Loser (Schafer) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- You'll Get Over It (France) 1:30 p.m. School's Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas (Simmons) 3:45 p.m. Gallant Girls (Germany) 6 p.m. Tasty Bits (Russia) 8:15 p.m. The early life of Anna Nicole Smith is exposed in Dark Roots 10:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- "Looney Lezzies" (shorts) 11:30 a.m. Put the Camera on Me (Stein and Shell) 1:30 p.m. A lesbian couple of 50 years is profiled in No Secret Anymore 3:30 p.m. You'll Get Over It 6 p.m. Macaulay Culkin's the Party Monster (Bailey and Barbatto) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- "Fun in Boys' Shorts" noon. "Fun in Girls' Shorts" 2:15 p.m. Close to Leo (France) 4:30 p.m. The Closing Night film is Prey for Rock & Roll (Steyermark). Film only $20, film and party $60 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 30-July 3): Japón (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2002); see Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.
EDINBURGH CASTLE PUB
THURSDAY (June 26): Professor James Forsher of Cal State, Hayward, an expert on government propaganda films, delivers a talk on celluloid propaganda and shows historical examples of the genre. Don't forget that statue of Saddam coming down 8 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 26): A tribute series to Linda Darnell concludes with Night Without Sleep (Roy Ward Baker, 1952), with Gary Merrill as a has-been composer who wakes up thinking he killed someone ... maybe even a music critic. Noir expert Eddie Muller does the introductory honors 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 (June 26): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues with a double bill of Legendary Weapons of China (Chia-Liang Liu, 1982), a dubbed martial arts comedy featuring limbs that when cut off turn into weapons; and Magnificent Butcher (Woo-ping Yuen, 1979), a vehicle for comic Sammo Hung. Call for times.
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 (June 25): Fifteen years of ACT UP on video, recorded in Fight Back, Fight AIDS 6:30 p.m. "Boys Got Spunk" (shorts) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 27): "Spoofed!" (shorts) 6 p.m. Enter the Clowns (China) 8:15 p.m. Mango Souffle (India) 10:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 28): Queer Parents (France) 2 p.m. Gays in the Third World experience Dangerous Living 4 p.m. Men of Haiti, Of Men and Gods (Lescot and Magloire) 6 p.m. Send Me an Angel (Israel) 7:45 p.m. Totally Sexy Loser (Schafer) 9:45 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: The reality of 50 years of UFO contacts is revealed in The Disclosure Project -- "For the first time ever, dozens of top-secret military, government, intelligence and corporate witnesses to secret projects tell their true stories which disclose the greatest covert program in world history" 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: A film student goes home to Mulletville (Tony Leahy, 2002), to work his revenge on his high school tormentors by ridiculing them in a documentary 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: A geeky lesbian teen fantasizes about a bandmate in Erin Greenwell's romantic comedy 21 (2002) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "Silent Monday" -- Call for film 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Horror Tuesday" -- Call for film 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: Anne McGuire's re-edit of a print of Robert Wise's sci-fi thriller The Andromeda Strain places every shot in reverse order in Strain Andromeda, The (1992). Work hard the all without Memento like sounds it. Person in artist 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Episodes 14-19 of Peter Watkins' documentary portrait of the international peace movement, The Journey (1984-87), offer the last 4 1/2 hours of this 14-1/2-hour whole 6 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Douglas Sirk series screens the delirious Written on the Wind (1956; 7:30 p.m.), with markedly good work from the late Robert Stack; and the one "Sirk opera" that utterly and completely strains credulity, Magnificent Obsession (1954; 4:30, 9:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY: One of Sirk's best films, Tarnished Angels (1958; 5, 8:45 p.m. ), reunites Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone from Written on the Wind in a bitter William Faulkner adaptation. Cornel Wilde is a parole officer who marries his charge in the noirish Shockproof (1949; 7 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Sirk's bizarre remake of a musty racial melodrama, Imitation of Life (1959), does feature a striking performance from Susan Kohner (mother of American Pie auteurs the Weitz brothers) as a woman who passes for white 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642, 221-2444 for this program. The tourist showplace maintains a nice theater, used for occasional film programs.
SUNDAY (June 29): The Hayasa Cultural Association presents Alicia (Sarky Mouradian, 2002), billed as "A True Love Story Filmed in Hollywood." The cast list includes "fighters," "nuns," and "wedding guests" -- could this be My Big Fat Armenian Wedding? Advance tickets available from Friendly Furniture (221-2444) and Caravansary (408-732-6314). $15 7 p.m.
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) 6:30, 8:40 p.m. Susan Warms' documentary about the late caricaturist The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996) 6:45 p.m. Christopher Guest's folk music comedy A Mighty Wind (2003) 9:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) returns here for two weeks while Spellbound, Winged Migration, and A Mighty Wind continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY: A free preview screening of the animated feature Return to Xanadu (Ron Merk and Chris Holter, 2003) before its DVD release; your children may be interviewed for the trailer and DVD bonus section (kids: Don't tell 'em you were looking for Nemo). RSVP by Wednesday, June 25, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit http://www.lz.cz/toons/index.html. Youngsters get DVDs and artwork 10:30 a.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: "Surf Film Nite" screens what WAVE FEST avers are "the best 'real' surf films of today" 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Speed freaks run wild in Spun (Jonas Åkerlund, 2003) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Lee Hirsch's Amandla! (South Africa, 2002), a tribute to the protest music that was part of the 40 years of resistance against apartheid in South Africa 7, 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: The 2003 Hip Hop Film Festival (www.hiphopfilmfest.com), a benefit for the Hunters Point Community Youth Park Foundation, concludes with Israel's break-dancing doc The Freshest Kids 2 p.m. A "Youth Media Program" includes films from the Bayview's JMC Academy 4 p.m. A local b-ball legend is profiled in Hooked! (Michael Skolnik, 2003) 6 p.m. Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point 8 p.m. The Closing Night program is a "Super Hip Hop Shorts Program" 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: A reissue of the popular documentary (and Roxie discovery) Rivers and Tides (Thomas Reidelsheimer, U.K., 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
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 THROUGH FRIDAY: The Stanford commemorates Gregory Peck with two of his most beloved films, To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962; 7:30 p.m. ) and Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953; 5:15, 9:50 p.m. ), wherein he's investigated by Sen. Victor Moore.
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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 25): A Bay Area Video Coalition "Evening of Work With Jed Riffe" screens her work-in-progress on medical marijuana, Waiting to Inhale. Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 29): Rails, Part 3 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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