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, email@example.com. $5-10 sliding scale.
SATURDAY (Dec. 11): The fifth annual T-10 Video Festival offers two nights of 10-minutes-or-less videos, with a half-hour of work by Elizabeth Sher spotlit tonight, including the five-minute-30-second Men Are From the Moon (1998): "Men tell everything they know about menopause (yeah, that's why it's short)" 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Dec. 12): T-10 Video Festival -- Several "weapons of mass cultural deconstruction" by Gordon Winiemko, including Through a Series of Significant Gestures, the Artist Creates Value (1999) 8:30 p.m.
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.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 8): Didier Le Pêcheur's J'aimeras pas crever un dimanche (Don't Let Me Die on a Sunday, France, 1998) stars Jean-Marc Barr as a morgue attendant with a sex life 6 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 (Dec. 9): International ANSWER screens North Korea: Behind the DMZ (2003), an effort to de-demonize this particular axis of evil with interviews and footage filmed with approval north of the DMZ. Speakers present 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 11): Found Magazine's first Found Video Festival, a program curated by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner of unusual footage from scavenged VHS tapes. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY (Dec. 13): The "Coconut-Lotion Stop-Motion Commotion" offers "an evening of cinematic reveries" from students from the Motion Graphics class at the San Francisco Art Institute, including the collaborative work Re-shot Shit-faced Shoot-out. $3 8 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.bridgetheatre.com. This popular little theater offers, as a break from its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), two weeks of "The Films of 1939" to mark its 65th anniversary. $8; $50 series pass available.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Dec. 10 & 11): "The Films of 1939" commences with David O. Selznick's all-too-faithful adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's version of the Civil War Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939). Cammie King, who played Scarlett and Rhett's daughter, Bonnie Blue Butler, answers questions at both evening shows 7 p.m.; also Sat 2 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY (Dec. 12 & 13): James Stewart stemwinds in Frank Capra's patriotic paean to the filibuster (a tactic soon to be outlawed by our patriotic Senate), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 14): Cary Grant calls Barranca in Howard Hawks' Andean action adventure Only Angels Have Wings, screening with an introduction by local historian David Thomson at the two evening shows (perhaps explaining just what the title means, anyway) 1, 4, 7, 9:40 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
SUNDAY (Dec. 12): The third in a series of "Moving Picture Poetics" offers collaborations among filmmakers, artists, and poets including Joanne Kyger's Descartes and Abigail Child's all-star soap opera Swamp (1991) 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: Gilles Marchand's thriller Who Killed Bambi? (2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 10-15): The last film of Anita Monga's last Castro schedule, the restored full-length version of Sam Fuller's war epic The Big Red One (1980/2004). Highly recommended 7:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed noon, 4 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.
DAILY (Closed Monday): Henry Koster's Christmas perennial The Bishop's Wife (1946), with Cary Grant as an angel, screens through Dec. 26 at 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
FRIDAY (Dec. 10): The lives of four Palestinian refugees over 10 years are followed in the hourlong documentary Alive in Limbo (2004). Filmmakers Hrabba Gunnarsdottir, Tina Naccache, and Erica Marcus in person. $6-8 sliding scale 8 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
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