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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, www.21grand.org.
WEDNESDAY (March 31): The "Water Works Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 13 water-themed films, including Reynold Reynolds' The Drowning Room ("vignettes from the sunken suburbs"), Mehmet Ozcelik's Thirst for Revenge, and Virginia Valdes' Submerged $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A pizza-delivery man feels class envy in Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 2-8): Reality games go too far in the "reality doc" Games People Play: New York (James Ronald Whitney, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (April 3): Lucie Aubrac 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (April 1): Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson presents his view of animal consciousness in the documentary The Emotional World of Farm Animals (2003) 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SUNDAY (April 4): Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 5 p.m. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 7:45 p.m. Separate admission.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. The San Francisco Cinematheque frequently presents programs here. $7.
SUNDAY (April 4): As part of a Philip Hoffman retrospective, CCA screens films "built upon a dialogue of personal history and memory, bringing together formal strategies that encompass both the conceptual and the accidental" -- Somewhere Between Jalostotitlan and Encarnacion (1984), passing through/torn formations (1988), ?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) (1986), and river (1979-89). Artist in person 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 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 & THURSDAY: A double bill of Jerzy Stuhr's The Big Animal (Poland, 2000; 7 p.m.; also Wed 3:30 p.m.) and György Pálfi's Hukkle (Hungary, 2002; 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 1:45, 5:10 p.m.). See Ongoing for more.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 2-8): A Thousand Clouds of Peace (Julián Hernández, Mexico, 2003); see Opening for more 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "Bling -- 8 Incredibly Random Tales," a midnight movie series, starts this weekend. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This series $7.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 2 & 3): Richard Kelly's ultra-cool Donnie Darko (2001) finds the titular teenager saving the world, 28 days later. On Saturday, a special appearance by Sparkle Motion and a "Stop the Bunny" contest midnight.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Francesco Rosi's Carmen (Italy, 1984), with Placido Domingo 6:30, 9 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:30 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Ol' gravel voice is back -- Robert Evans narrates the story of his life in The Kid Stays in the Picture (Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen, 2002), screening through April 25 7:45, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:15 p.m.
INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS
446 Valencia (between 15th and 16th streets), 626-2787, www.theintersection.org. Free (donations accepted, $2-5). This art space offers a film screening this week.
SATURDAY (April 3): "Picturing Violence" is a film and video program screening in conjunction with the ongoing Barbara Harrison exhibit "Beautiful Ugly Violence." It includes a women's self-defense film from 1972 (Nobody's Victim); Sari Red (Pratibha Parmar, 1988), about a young Indian woman killed in a racist attack in England; Al Hernandez's Jump Fence (1996); and more. Many filmmakers in person 2 p.m.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200; 788-7142 and www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California. This week, it co-sponsors a two-week festival of Contemporary Italian Art and Cinema here and at UC Berkeley (see separate entry). All entries are subtitled in English. For more info on CIAC, see www.ciacfest.org. Free.
FRIDAY (April 2): An Opening Presentation with CIAC Director Gianfranco Giagni 7 p.m. A program of three recent short films from Italian women, including Daniele Basilio's The Hands on the Face (2003) 7:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 2-8): Games People Play: New York (James Ronald Whitney, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (April 2): UCB professor Gavri Moses introduces Roberto Rossellini's Resistance melodrama Open City (1945), shot amid the rubble of Rome and quite shockingly realistic to contemporary audiences 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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 class open to the public screens Hal Ashby's's droll political comedy Being There (1979) -- the last good work of both Ashby and Peter Sellers 3 p.m. UCB Art Practice professor Anne Walsh screens her videos about human communication: Two Men Making Gun Sounds (1996), The Parrot Suite (2001), and a séance with dead artists, Art After Death (Walsh and Chris Kubik, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Charles Burnett series opens with a free screening of a children's film about slavery made for the Disney Channel, Nightjohn (1996). Repeats Saturday 5:30 p.m. Burnett's landmark indie drama My Brother's Wedding (1983) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A tribute to Marlon Riggs on the 10th anniversary of his death screens his documentary about gay black men, Tongues Untied (1989), plus two shorts 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Nightjohn. Free 3 p.m. A program of Charles Burnett shorts, including Several Friends (1969), The Horse (1973), and When It Rains (1995) 7 p.m. Danny Glover stars in the domestic drama To Sleep With Anger (1990) 8:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff in person with his political drama The Legend of Rita (Germany, 2000) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Daniel Eisenberg's Something More Than Night (2003), an urban symphony filmed after the sun goes down 7:30 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.
SUNDAY (April 4): "Shorts Program 1" from the hi/lo film festival offers Bush for Peace (Sarah Christman and Jen Simmons), Tom Hits His Head (Tom Putnam), and Jonny Gillette's Wes Anderson-influenced The Champagne Society. $6; www.hilofilmfestival.com for more info on the fest 6 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 6): A locally filmed indie about an innocent banker (now there's an oxymoron), The Room (2004), written, produced, directed by, and starring Tommy Wiseau 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 Street), 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: György Pálfi's Hukkle (Hungary, 2002) 6:45, 8:30 p.m. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 7, 9:05 p.m. The Tracker (Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2002) 6:30 p.m. The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 2003) 8:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: Two separate film series start this evening, combined into one premiere -- Ron Mann's Go Further (2003), which follows Woody Harrelson on a hemp-fueled bus down the Pacific Coast 7 p.m. It's the inaugural film in both the new series "Undiscovered Gems," a selection from indieWIRE's list of the Top 20 Undistributed Films of 2003, and the second annual Marin Environmental Film Festival "on sustainable living, biodiversity, food issues and environmental solutions," screening here tonight, Saturday, and Sunday. After the movie, an Opening Night Reception features films, music by the Hot Buttered Rum String Band, organic cuisine, and panel discussions. $25 8:30 p.m. Call theater for further programming.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2003); see Opening for review. Hukkle and Touching the Void continue. Call for times.
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.
WEDNESDAY (March 31): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival presents the "New Jewish Filmmaking Project," a program of works by and about teenagers. $7, free for teens who RSVP to 206-1235 6:30, 8:15 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 1): An S.F. Cinematheque-sponsored screening of Phil Hoffman's "lyrical diaristic" What These Ashes Wanted. Artist in person. $7. To participate in Hoffman's interactive Opening Series, arrive at 7 p.m. Films at 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 2): A two-week program of films by "Japanese Cassavetes" Shunichi Nagasaki opens with A Tender Place (2001), a 201-minute exploration of the emotional ramifications of a missing child. $7 7 p.m.
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