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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Vincent Gallo seeks The Brown Bunny of love in his 2004 film. See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
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.
SATURDAY (Sept. 11): ATA's Other Cinema opens its fall season with a program of 2004 political reportage, including David Martinez's On the Frontlines of Fallujah; video from last week's Republican convention by Miles Montalbano, Adams Wood, and Mark Liiv; and the short films Thief of Baghdad (Diane Nerwin), Strategic Cyber Defense (Dara Greenwald), and more. Martinez and others in person 8:30 p.m.
BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
THURSDAY (Sept. 9): BAVC's "Open House," a Bay Area networking mixer, includes demonstrations, installations, screenings, and DJ music. Free 5-9 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 647-2822 for box office, www.filmarts.org/events.php for program. This restored movie house, with two screens, hosts "Frame by Frame," a three-day series of HBO-sponsored documentaries. $7.
FRIDAY (Sept 10): Three shorts, including A Dog's Life (Kirschenbaum), a "dogamentary" partially shot by the filmmaker's Shih Tzu with a camera on her back 5 p.m. HIV-positives pose Positively Naked (Nelson and Nelson), filmmakers in person 7 p.m. A filmmaker traces the Vietnam tour of the father he never knew, Unknown Soldier (Hulme) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 11): Unknown Soldier 11 a.m. Rory Kennedy's A Boy's Life traces how the government rescues a kid from a destructive family 1 p.m. A Dog's Life 2:30 p.m. Short films include Worth Saving (Wolchok and Hildebran), about San Francisco's 15,000 heroin users, and Jornalero (MacPherson), about a Mexican day laborer in S.F. 4:30 p.m. Videos by the terminally ill, collected into The End (Kirby Dick) 7 p.m. A Jewish women's swim team from 1930s Vienna reunites in Watermarks (Zilberman) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 12): Watermarks 11 a.m. An elderly woman who was raped crusades against lax laws in A Rape in a Small Town (Chapman) 1 p.m. Rory Kennedy's Indian Point imagines an attack or accident at this nuclear plant 35 miles north of Manhattan. Also, two shorts on Russian children, one of them on victims of Chernobyl 3 p.m. Nick Broomfield's second film about executed murderer Aileen Wournos, Aileen 5 p.m. The late James Miller's footage about Gaza children, Death in Gaza (Miller and Shah) 7 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 10-16): Burt Lancaster stars as a Sicilian prince in Luchino Visconti's 1860s epic The Leopard (1960), in a new, uncut, Italian-language print. Highly recommended 12:30, 4:15, 8 p.m.
400 block of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, 453-4333, www.filmnight.org. A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $5 donation, no one turned away.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325 for venue, www.madcatfilmfestival.org for this program. The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens programs here beginning this week and continuing through Oct. 3 on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $7-20 sliding scale.
TUESDAY (Sept. 14): The eighth annual MadCat festival gets under way with Stephanie Rothman's The Velvet Vampire (1971), one of a handful of proto-feminist B-movies by this director. Free barbecue 6:30 p.m. Film 8:30 p.m.
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.
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