MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 13): "Cinema Lit" continues a month of Woody Allen films. Tonight, the charming, gauzily nostalgic Radio Days (1987) 6:30 p.m.
Second Street & Broadway, Oakland, 621-4969 and www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.).
FRIDAY (Feb. 13): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, "The Ongoing Wow" (shorts) 4:45 p.m. Have You Seen Clem (Lyttle) 7 p.m. Bruce Haack: King of Techno (Anagnos) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 14): S.F. IndieFest -- Psychobilly (Decay) 12:30 p.m. Value Added Cinema (Seid and Conheim) plus shorts 2:30 p.m. "Righteous Babes" (shorts) 4:45 p.m. Piggie (Bagnall) 7 p.m. Celluloid Horror (Fester, Canada) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 15): S.F. IndieFest -- "Your Warped Mind" (shorts) 12:30 p.m. Echelon: The Secret Power (Korn-Brzoza, France) 2:30 p.m. Maybe Logic (Bauscher) 4:45 p.m. Gory Gory Hallelujah (Corcoran) 7 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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens Victor Sjöström's dark fantasy The Phantom Chariot (Sweden, 1921) 3 p.m. "They Might Be Giants," a series of historically important video works, continues with a program of Bill Viola's early offerings, including the hourlong Hatsu Yume (First Dream) (1981) -- "Light and darkness as metaphors for the ethereal states of consciousness" 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Victor Sjöström series continues with Masterman (1920), about a pawnbroker whose pledges include a young woman 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A series by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann continues with the excellent widescreen western The Man From Laramie (1955; 7:30 p.m. ), with James Stewart seeking revenge, and the Korean War-set Men in War (1957; 9:30 p.m. ), with Robert Ryan seeking survival for his cut-off squad.
SATURDAY: Mann's widescreen epic El Cid (1961), with Charlton Heston as an iconographic hero 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Victor Sjöström arrives in America with the even-more-masochistic-than-usual Lon Chaney drama He Who Gets Slapped (Sweden, 1924) 4 p.m. Sjöström's last silent Swedish film, an adventure thriller, Fire on Board (1923) 5:40 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Remembrance," a program of "contemplative films," includes Stan Brakhage's self-portrait Stan's Window (2003) plus the late filmmaker's unedited rushes of his last project. Also, Phil Solomon's Holocaust document Psalm 111: Night of the Meek (2002) 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; (650) 652-6602 for this program. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.
FRIDAY (Feb. 13): Milan, a "Filipino love story set in Milan" 3, 8 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.
TUESDAY (Feb. 17): The Medical Marijuana Film Festival screens shorts to support the group Americans for Safe Access (www.safeaccessnow.org). $7 9:15 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: My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn, 2003) 6:30, 8:55 p.m. Japanese Story (Sue Brooks, Australia, 2003) 6:50, 9:10 p.m. The Same River Twice (Robb Moss, 2003) 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: A "Global Lens" series of new films from the developing world continues with Angel on the Right (Djamshed Usmonov, Tajikistan, 2002), a comedy about a thug back from Moscow conned by his small-town mom and other villagers. Repeats Friday 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Mountain climbers Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003). My Architect: A Son's Journey, Japanese Story, and The Same River Twice continue. See Ongoing for reviews. Call for times.
FRIDAY: "Global Lens" -- Angel on the Right 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Global Lens" -- Renato Falcao's Margarette's Feast (Brazil, 2002) is a Chaplin-esque silent comedy starring and with music by Hique Gomez, about a little man trying to assemble a birthday party for his wife 2 p.m. A Valentine's Day screening of the lovely Scottish romancer I Know Where I'm Going (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1945) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: I Know Where I'm Going 2 p.m.
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