SATURDAY: Marin Environmental Film Festival -- This Is Nowhere (Doug Hawes-Davis, 2002), about RVers who seek out Wal-Mart parking lots as travel destinations, plus Wake Up Call: Saving the Songbirds (filmmaker Claire Blotter in person) 11 a.m. "Energy -- Hot Stuff," a program of three shorts on global warming including a film about a truck that travels on used vegetable oil (French Fries to Go) 1:20 p.m. "Natural Wisdom," two films on holistic science 3:30 p.m. "Undiscovered Gems" -- Marco Bellocchio's Buongiorno, Notte (Good Morning, Night, Italy, 2003) re-creates the 1978 kidnap/murder of Prime Minister Aldo Moro 7 p.m. Rodrigo Bellot's Sexual Dependency (Bolivia, 2003) is a digital feature about teen sexuality 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Marin Environmental Film Festival -- "The Endless Sprawl," two films 11:30 a.m. "Biodiversity on the Menu," two films 1:40 p.m. "Sustainable Food," tasting event. $25 3:30 p.m. Farming the Seas (Steve Cowan, 2004), followed by Closing Ceremony 4:30 p.m. "Undiscovered Gems" -- A cabbie traverses occupied Palestine in Ford Transit (Hany Abu-Assad, 2003) 7 p.m. A crook falls for a dancer in Gyorgy Szomjas' Vagabond (Hungary, 2003) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: "Undiscovered Gems" -- Speedo 7 p.m. Milwaukee, Minnesota 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Undiscovered Gems" -- Sexual Dependency 7 p.m. Ford Transit 9 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: A loser recoups in Wayne Kramer's Vegas-retro The Cooler (2003) 2, 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Red Vic hosts the two-day, seventh hi/lo film festival, screening "high concept/low budget films for the adventurous and disenchanted." See www.hilofilmfestival.com for more. "Shorts Program 1" includes Steven Tsuchida's A Ninja Pays My Rent 8 p.m. "Shorts Program 2" features Reuben Maness" Banana Muffin 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: hi/lo -- "Shorts Program 2" $5 2 p.m. "Documentary Shorts" includes Greg Killmaster's Possum O'Possum -- it's about possums and the humans who love them. $5 4 p.m. "Shorts Program 1" 6 p.m. Clay animator Bruce Bickford is profiled in Monster Road (Brett Ingram, 2004). It's dueling Claymations, as we know this is scheduled at the same time as the ATA's screening of the same film! 8 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (April 4-10): A near-miss coup against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is caught on tape in The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, Ireland, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun, Sat 2, 4 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The course of human folly is followed in the documentary Stupidity (Albert Nerenberg, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 2-8): Morning Sun (Carma Hinton, Geremie R. Barme, Richard Gordon, 2003), a documentary about China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. See Opening for more 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, Room 101, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), 338-1629 for information on this program, 338-2467 for tickets. $5.
FRIDAY (April 2): "Pressure Plate," an MFA thesis show from SFSU cinema students. Free 7 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood 1934-38. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Orphan Shirley Temple moves in with a wealthy family in Bright Eyes (David Butler, 1934; 7:30 p.m.), while in one of her first featured roles Judy Garland becomes involved with a group of strenuously wacky vaudevillians who include Fanny Brice in Everybody Sing (Edwin L. Marin, 1938; 5:50, 9:05 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Shrewd professor James Stewart plays Rope-a-dope with a pair of ruthless graduates out to deconstruct morality in Alfred Hitchcock's negative take on Nietzsche (1948; 4:40, 7:30 p.m.). Opera star and insane-asylum escapee Boris Karloff is determined to perform in Charlie Chan at the Opera (H. Bruce Humberstone, 1936; 6:10, 9 p.m.).
Dwinelle Hall, Room 145, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, (415) 788-7142 and www.ciacfest.org for this program. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura-sponsored festival of Contemporary Italian Art and Cinema screens two programs here this weekend. Free.
SATURDAY (April 3): A documentary, Rosabella: Orson Welles in Italy (Gianfranco Giagni and Ciro Giorgini, Italy, 1993) 6:15 p.m. Giagni's dramatic feature In No-Man's Land (2001), with Ben Gazzara. Director in person 8 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (March 31-April 4): 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.
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