2691 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 20-26): Big Noise, a "not-for-profit, all-volunteer collective of media-makers ... dedicated to circulating beautiful, passionate, revolutionary images," screens the local premiere of The Fourth World War (2003), "the untold human story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict." $10 7, 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 18): A Film Arts Foundation screening of Thirst (Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow, 2003), a new DV documentary about water as a vanishing global resource, from the makers of Blacks and Jews and Secrets of Silicon Valley. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 19): A San Francisco Cinematheque screening of Gregg Biermann's DVD Material Excess, "a mesmerizing pastiche of supermarket coupons, catalogs, fliers and advertising inserts" structured by Dante's Divine Comedy. Artist in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 20): A series of Pier Paolo Pasolini's erotic films continues with The Canterbury Tales (Italy, 1972), a free adaptation of Chaucer's Old English. $7 7:30 p.m.
A free advance screening of Club Dread is available to Gen Art members only (no tickets will be sold) this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Metreon. To join, visit www.genart.org or call 284-9400.
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