2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 18 & 19): Absolutely the last weekend for the 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (March 16): A Film Arts Festival "True Stories" preview screening of Roberta Grossman's Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005), about Indian action against environmental degradation. Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 17): Three new, leisurely explorations of landscapes include Peter Hutton's Skagafjördur ("the dramatic pacings of atmosphere and light over pristine Icelandic vistas") plus Emily Richardson's Aspect and Diane Kitchen's Quick's Thicket ("the visual vibrance of Mid-Western seasons") 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 18): A Fridays-in-March series of "Ravished: Retro and Recent Kink" continues with a double feature of Piero Schivazappa's Frightened Woman at 7:30 p.m. and Roy Stuart's Glimpse at 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 20): In conjunction with DJ Spooky's live performance Rebirth of a Nation the YBCA dares to screen D.W. Griffith's infamous The Birth of a Nation (1915) -- still must-see viewing for anyone interested in race in America, or the history of film for that matter 2 p.m.
MONDAY (March 21): The anniversary of the late Russ Meyer's birthday is marked with a rare screening of his courtroom drama about a book's obscenity trial, The Seven Minutes (1971), his other major studio release (besides Beyond the Valley of the Dolls). Yvonne de Carlo, Tom Selleck, and Wolfman Jack are featured in what the YBCA says is "an extremely underrated and relevant film" 7:30 p.m.
The Danger and Despair Knitting Society continues a spring series of 16mm noirs this Thursday at 8 p.m. with Violence (Jack Bernhard, 1947), about reporter Nancy Coleman, who's infiltrated a postwar neo-fascist club for disaffected veterans. Call 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation and receive the address for the downtown S.F. locale.
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