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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004); see Ongoing for review 5, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
MAMA BUZZ CAFE
2318 Telegraph (at 23rd Street), Oakland, (510) 465-4073 for venue; www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.).
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, The Dry Spell (Dowdle) 7 p.m. X, Y (Vitkin) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): IndieFest -- "Munch on This" (shorts) 2:30 p.m. 24 Hours on Craigslist (Gibson) 4:45 p.m. EMR (Erskine and McCullough, U.K.) 7 p.m. After the Apocalypse (Nakajima) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): IndieFest -- EXIST (Bell) 2:30 p.m. Until the Night (Hatanaka) 4:45 p.m. Sigma (Heffring, Canada) 7 p.m. Dear Pillow (Poyser) 9:15 p.m.
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 offers a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): CinemaLit opens its winter 2005 series with "Oscar Month"; tonight's lucky winner is the political drama All the King's Men (Robert Rossen, 1949), with Broderick Crawford as a thinly disguised Huey Long 6:30 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and www.metreon.com/events for information, www.acteva.com/go/metreon for advance tickets. $15 admission includes all films, plus workshops, guest appearances, and tournaments.
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): A marathon screening of the anime series Gundam Seed 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): A program of short comedies includes three Keystones from 1914-15 (including Those Love Pangs by and with Charlie Chaplin) interweaved with three from the smoother later 1920s, including the hilarious Pass the Gravy (Fred Guiol, 1928), with Max Davidson as an exasperated papa 7:30 p.m.
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 history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens Robert Flaherty's classic semidocumentary Nanook of the North (1922) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series continues with "Parallel Universum, Part I," a program of short films including John Sanborn's Infinite Escher (1980), Kristin Lucas' Watch Out for Invisible Ghosts (1996), and Peggy Ahwesh's Lara Croft-liberating She Puppet (2001) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: An African Film Festival continues with Branwen Okpako's Dirt for Dinner (Germany, 2000), about the life and hard times of an African East German policeman 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: African Film Festival -- Ousmane Sembene's great Moolaadé (Senegal, 2004; 7 p.m.) traces a woman's rebellion against genital mutilation and screens with Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness (Mauritania, 2002; 9:25 p.m.), a low-key look at a seaside town.
SATURDAY: African Film Festival -- Moolaadé 6:30 p.m. Sembene's portrait of a modern Senegalese woman, Faat-Kine (Senegal, 2001; 9:15 p.m.).
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, continues with Fearless (Peter Weir, 1993), about the spiritual impact of a near-fatal air crash 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Arnie Siegel interrogates psychoanalysis in the quasi-fictional documentary Empathy (2003) 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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org for regular programs; (925) 275-9005 and www.ibff.org for the International Buddhist Film Festival, screening here Feb. 10-13. $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 & THURSDAY: Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar, Spain, 2004) 6:30, 9 p.m. Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003) 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 7 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: The International Buddhist Film Festival opens here with Milarepa (Liliana Cavani, Italy, 1974) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Born Into Brothels and The Sea Inside continue. Call for times.
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