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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (March 21): The bimonthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" marks its 10th anniversary with "Independent Exposure X" a program of highlights from the 1,300 films and videos screened since 1996 (hey, isn't that nine years?). This two-hour show of 28 films from eight countries includes Alfonso Alvarez's Flip Film, Lev's Tales of Mere Existence, and Jessica Grynberg's Australian Bumble Numb 8 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. A midnight series continues. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Schultze Gets the Blues (Michael Schorr, Germany, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 18-24): The 106-minute English-language version of the anime Steamboy (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 2004 -- the longer Japanese version will be at the Lumiere). See Opening for review. Call for times.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 19 & 20): If you want to be free, be Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971) -- the rest of us must deal noon.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Harold and Maude.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; 865-1588 or www.naatanet.org for the 23rd annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, screening here through March 17. $10 save as noted. For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY: Out of This World (Sakamoto, Japan) 6:30 p.m. A tribute to the Asian-American media arts organization Visual Communications at 35 6:45 p.m. A Fond Kiss (Loach, U.K.) 7 p.m. 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between (Chang, Taiwan) 7:15 p.m. The Grace Lee Project (Lee) 8:45 p.m. Hana & Alice (Iwai, Japan) 9:15 p.m. "House of Flying Pancakes" (comedy shorts) 9:30 p.m. Festival honoree Steven Okazaki's Living on Tokyo Time (1987) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Closing Night film The Motel (Kang), with party to follow. $20 film only, $40 film and party 7 p.m. At regular festival prices, Chinese Restaurants: Three Continents (Kwan, Canada) 7:15 p.m. Continuous Journey (Kazimi, Canada) 7:30 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org and www.sfstagefilm.org for the Absolute Time Film Festival. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (March 17): The third annual Absolute Time Film Festival ("world cinema around women, people of color and under represented communities") screens here for three days. Tonight, David Redmon's Mardi Gras: Made in China (2004) tracks the path of a Mardi Gras bead from rural Chinese factories to New Orleans ("This film is a harsh reminder that our decadent life-style comes at the exploitation of young women workers"). Plus short 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 19): Absolute Time -- A program of shorts includes Kimberlee Bassford's Cheerleader and Janet McIntyre and Amy Wendell's Covered Girls, about Muslim-American teens after 9/11 4 p.m. ATA's Other Cinema screens "The New Revolt," a program devoted to new media for the 21st-century working class, featuring a slide show of radical sidewalk stencil art and concrete engravings, and videos curated by Chris Carlsson (Processed World) of labor militants. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 17-23): Lost Embrace (Daniel Burman, Argentina, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 18-24): A double bill of Martin Scorsese's one-two punch of Taxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980) in new prints. Call for times.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Aging political activists enjoy their Sunset Story (Laura Gabbert, 2003); see Ongoing for review. $6 noon.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A new print of Terry Gilliam's still-timely "somewhere in the 20th century" satire of a high-tech, incompetent dictatorship, Brazil (1985) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 18-24): Eating Out (Italy, 1970); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
1190 Folsom (at Eighth Street), 431-3332. IndieFest and Drunken Monkey present a weekly screening, followed by DJ music till 2 a.m. 21 and over only. Free.
TUESDAY (March 22): Twins take on gangsters in The Boondock Saints (Troy Duffy, 1999). Duffy of course is the writer/director who was the subject of the recent rags-to-riches-to-rags documentary Overnight (as Boondock II: All Saints Day is in production, Duffy may have the last laugh) 10 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Akira Kurosawa's Shakespearean masterwork Ran (Japan, 1985) 6:30, 9:15 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (March 22): "Deconstructing the Foreign," a series of new documentaries, screens Havanna, Mi Amor (Uli Gaulke, 2000), about the struggles of Cuban TV fans with their constantly breaking-down Soviet sets 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
THURSDAY (March 17): The Biodiesel Film Festival offers a night devoted to the alternative veggie-based fuel, with films including Fat of the Land, French Fries to Go, and Veggie Van. $10 7 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. $9.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The first U.S./Pakistani film, locally shot -- Night of Henna (Hassan Zee, 2005). See Ongoing for review Wed 7 p.m.; Thurs 4:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 18-24): The 120-minute, original Japanese-language version of the anime Steamboy (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 2004 -- the shorter English version is at all other venues). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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 (March 18): CinemaLit continues a month of French films with Henri-Georges Clouzot inspecting postwar mores in the very dark Quai des Orfèvres (France, 1947) 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 19): 1920s child star Jackie Coogan is My Boy (Albert Austin and Victor Heerman, 1922), showing with a comedy featuring Chaplin imitator Billy West and Oliver Hardy, The Hobo (Arvid Gillstrom, 1918), and the one-reel drama A Brother's Sacrifice (Francis J. Grandon, 1917), with Lillian Hayward 7:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (March 16 & 17): The children of Marx and Coca-Cola congregate in Jean-Luc Godard's Masculine Feminine (France, 1966). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2 for regular screenings; and 865-1588, www.naatanet.org, $10 with no second feature discount for the S.F. International Asian American Film Festival. 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 Vittorio De Sica's neorealist weepie Umberto D (Italy, 1952) 3 p.m. The S.F. International Asian American Film Festival continues with Cavite (Gamazon and Llana, U.S./Philippines), with filmmaker Neill Dela Llana in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A series of the B, Z, and occasional A movies of Edgar G. Ulmer opens with his big-studio horror film The Black Cat (1934), a perverse duel between Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi 7 p.m. Ulmer's Poverty Row Hamlet, Strange Illusion (1945) 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: An SFIAAFF screening of the 10-hour Evolution of a Filipino Family (Lav Diaz, Philippines). Part 1 12:30 p.m., with an hourlong dinner break at 6 p.m., and Part 2 at 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- A repeat of Part 2 of Evolution of a Filipino Family 12:30 p.m. An experimental film "by and for amateurs," People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak and Ulmer, Germany, 1929), with contributions by screenwriter Billy Wilder and cinematographer Fred Zinnemann, is followed by the Ukrainian-language musical Natalka Poltavka (Ulmer, Avramenko, Gann, 1937) 7 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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. $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: Gunner Palace (Michael Tucker, 2005) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004) 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Wong Kar-Wai's second feature, Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong, 1991). See Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.
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: Madmen declare war, jockey for power, fear tap water in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: Kubrick week continues with The Shining (1980), all work and no play making Jack Nicholson less than dull 7, 9:50 p.m.
FRIDAY: Kubrick anticipates punk, and life as a first-person-shooter video game, in A Clockwork Orange (U.K., 1971) 7, 9:50 p.m.
SATURDAY: Kubrick's literal Lolita (1962) 2, 5, 8 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally, 2004) 6:30, 8:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1991) 8:15 p.m.; also Wed 4:15 p.m. Fear meets Freud in The Century of the Self (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2002). Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. Home of the San Francisco Cinematheque, which specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including here, its home base. $7.
TUESDAY (March 22): Two world premieres by experimental filmmakers Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse, Salon and Drill, plus some of their "single-channel" works and installation pieces including Loss Prevention and Guarded. Artists in person 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (closed Wednesday): In conjunction with "Matisse and Beyond," Ana Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra (Kate Horsfield, Nereyda Garcia-Ferraz, and Branda Miller, 1987) Thurs 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m. In conjunction with "Belles Lettres," Jack Stauffacher, Printer (Jim Faris, 2002) Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens for free.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, Room 101, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), (650) 724-5544 and www.unaff.org for this program. $15 for all films.
WEDNESDAY (March 16): The United Nations Association Film Festival screens a special program on "Women -- From Abortion to War." Films include Daughter From Danang (Gail Golgin and Vicente Franco) 6 p.m. When Abortion Was Illegal (Dorothy Fadiman) 7:30 p.m. Afghanistan Unveiled (Brigitte Brault, Afghanistan/France) 8 p.m. Women and Fidel (Judithe Bizot and Claudio Bruno, Cuba/France) 9 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. A winter series pairs Marx Brothers and Preston Sturges comedies.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (March 18-20): Preston Sturges' great comedy about the film industry, Sullivan's Travels (1942; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:20 p.m.), screens with the Marx Brothers stuck in a hotel room and seeking Room Service (William Seiter, 1938; 6, 9:10 p.m.).
40 Main (at Tiburon), 381-4123, www.tiburonfilmfestival.com. The Tiburon International Film Festival screens here through March 17. $10 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Between Two Worlds (Weisblatt) 2 p.m. "Shorts Program 9" 2 p.m. "Shorts Program 11" (experimental) 2 p.m. Sand and Water (Dill-Riaz, Bangladesh) 3:45 p.m. Amelia (Lock, Canada) 3:50 p.m. Anathema (Robbins) 3:50 p.m. Death in Gaza (Miller and Shaw) 4:15 p.m. Love in Concrete (De Pena, Venezuela) 5:25 p.m. Retreat (Jacques) 5:35 p.m. Cuba: Island of Music (Keys) 6 p.m. Girls From Ipanema (Dent, Brazil/Australia) 6 p.m. Moving Malcolm (Ratner, Canada) 7:30 p.m. Dead Heat Under the Shrubs (Barari, Iran) 7:50 p.m. Naked World (Nelson) 8 p.m. Five decades of Italian directors are revisited in Being 30 (Taviani, Italy) 8 p.m. 9 Souls (Toshiaki, Japan) 9:30 p.m. Wolfsburg (Petzold, Germany) 9:30 p.m. Mix (Lovy, Hungary) 9:40 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Shorts Program 3" (time) 3:05 p.m. Habanece (Nebra, Cuba) 3:10 p.m. "Shorts Program 10" (love) 3:30 p.m. "Shorts Program 13" 4:35 p.m. Henny Honigmann's enjoyable look at an enclave of Cuban music in north Jersey, Dame le Mano 5 p.m. Mother Cuba (Shang, Cuba) 5:30 p.m. Imagining Argentina (Hampton, Spain) 5:40 p.m. Little Kings (Tibaldo-Bongiorno) 6:30 p.m. Headrush (Marcus, Ireland) 7:20 p.m. Nothing (Sarazin, Germany) 7:30 p.m. Trilogy of Love (Attali, Senegal) 7:30 p.m. Being Pavarotti (Geldenhuys, South Africa) 8:30 p.m. The Dress (Thiago, Brazil) 9:15 p.m. After the Day Before (Janisch, Hungary) 9:20 p.m. Memo (Jovanovich, Serbia) 9:25 p.m.
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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