WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The 2004 Mill Valley Film Festival screens at this site (and elsewhere in Marin County). Contact www.mvff.com or call the Festival Hotline at 380-8264 for films and show times.
STARTS MONDAY: Jerry Garcia's The Grateful Dead Movie (Garcia and Leon Gast, 1977) screens through Oct. 26. Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller, 2004) profiles the populist historian. See Opening for review. Call for times and other programs.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: John Dullaghan's lit doc Bukowski (2004) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller, 2004) screens through Oct. 28. See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (Nonny de la Peña, 2004) and Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez, 2004) play as a double bill of outrage. Presented by Robert "Outfoxed" Greenwald, the former uses talking heads and dramatic re-enactments of FBI raids, while the latter relies on news footage from the Florida recount. Both are effective 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 15-21): Ross McElwee's latest auto-documentary, Bright Leaves (2004). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 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. After a month's hiatus, the Stanford reopens this week with a Marlon Brando series.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 15-21): It's Brando's two most acclaimed films, A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m.) and On the Waterfront (Kazan, 1954; 5:30, 9:45 p.m.).
Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, www.berkeley.edu for venue; http://berkeleyvideofilmfest.org/ for information on this program; (510) 843-6399 for advance tickets. This college theater hosts screenings from the 11th Berkeley Video & Film Festival this week. $8 per day, passes available.
FRIDAY (Oct. 15): The BVFF's Awards Presentation 7:30 p.m. Screenings, including Fred Newman's winning feature Nothing Really Happens (Memories of Aging Strippers) (2004) 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 16): Screenings are continuous 1 p.m.-midnight. Highlights include the documentary Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (Metzler and Springer) 2:30 p.m. Small Appliance Roundup (Saft and Godwin) 5:40 p.m. Martin Beauregard's Cromaster (a spoof of Matthew Barney's Cremaster, we assume) 6:15 p.m. Nonny de la Peña's PATRIOT Act critique, Unconstitutional 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 17): Screenings are continuous 1 p.m.-midnight. Highlights include Barbara Klutinis' Call to the Dark Side 1:30 p.m. Let's Face It: Women Explore Their Aging Faces (Oser, et al.) 2:05 p.m. Eyes on the Fries: Young Workers in the Service Economy (Peek and Blasi) 4:50 p.m. There's Something About W (Chin, et al.) 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 13): The Latino Film Festival screens Celeste & Estrela (Betse de Paula, Brazil, 2003), a romantic comedy about a director and a critic. (It could never happen!) $8 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 14): The S.F. Cinematheque presents an evening with French-Canadian filmmaker Louise Bourque as part of its "Dialogues in the Dark" series. Bourque will screen her Jour en fleurs, Self Portrait Post Mortem, and Imprint, plus works that have inspired her, such as Joyce Wieland's Sailboat, Bruce Baillie's All My Life, and Paul Sharits' T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 19): NAATA screens Cheuk Kwan's video Chinese Restaurants: On the Islands (2003), about the Chinese diaspora in the Caribbean. $8 7:30 p.m.
The Danger & Despair Knitting Circle continues a series of 16mm screenings of film noirs on political topics with Walk a Crooked Mile (Gordon Douglas, 1948), playing Thursday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com. ... Greencine sponsors a "Film Trivia Night" at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), S.F., this Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Call 647-2888 or see www.makeoutroom.com for venue, www.greencine.com for more information. ... Film Arts Foundation offers a weekend with independent narrative filmmaker Greg Harrison (Groove, the forthcoming November) on Oct. 16-17 for $195; contact 552-8760 ext. 311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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