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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 (April 28): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for submission info. $3 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 29): Penny Lane's work in progress, The Abortion Diaries, invites your comments 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 30): Other Cinema's electronic music program "Analog Avatars" opens with a set by "everyone's favorite synth-spoof combo," Krankenkabinet, and then screens Hans Fjellestad's documentary about the famed music synthesizer (Robert) Moog. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $6 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 1): Laura Fantone's Resistances/Existences documents the lives of women in Tuscany, Italy, over the 60 years since the war's end in 1945. $3 6 p.m. This month's installment of "Street Level TV" includes video reports by Lisa Sousa (an interview with ex-U.S. Army conscientious objector Aiden Delgado), Greg Rodgers (on Comcast), and Mia Rovegno ("stencil warriors" Josh MacPhee and Russel H) 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
DAILY: The two-part, six-hour Italian film The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003) continues on one screen through May 5. Call for times.
WEDNESDAY: The Balboa's Reel San Francisco series of S.F.-based films continues with Terry Zwigoff's documentary portrait of legendary weirdo Robert Crumb (1994; 1:05, 4:50, 8:30 p.m.), with director in person at the evening show. Another outlaw comic is captured in Lenny Bruce: Performance Film (John Magnuson, 1967; 3:25, 7:10 p.m.), filmmaker in person at the 7:10 show.
THURSDAY: Reel S.F. -- Mad killers stalk the city in two noirs making great use of San Francisco locales, The Sniper (Edward Dmytryk, 1952; 3:10, 7:10 p.m.) and Experiment in Terror (Blake Edwards, 1962; 12:50, 4:40, 8:50 p.m.).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two locally filmed comedies, Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971; noon, 3:30, 7, 10:30 p.m.) and Play It Again, Sam (Herbert Ross, 1972; 1:45, 5:15, 8:45 p.m.), with Bud Cort and Woody Allen, respectively, spiritually guided by Ruth Gordon and Humphrey Bogart, respectively.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Reel S.F. -- James Stewart suffers Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958; 12:45, 5:10, 9:35 p.m.) while Ann Sheridan is a Woman on the Run (1950; 1:20, 5:20, 9:25 p.m.), with noir expert Eddie Muller in person at the Sunday 1:20 show.
TUESDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two recent locally filmed indies, Finn Taylor's Dream With the Fishes (1997; 3:25, 7 p.m.) and Mark Decena's Dopamine (2003; 1:50, 5:20, 5:10 p.m.), with directors and guests in person at both evening shows.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com, $8 save as noted for regular programs; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org, $12 admission for the S.F. International Film Festival 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: SFIFF -- The Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Direction goes to Taylor Hackford, followed by a screening of his The Idolmaker (1980). $25 7:30 p.m. For more on the fest, see Page 33.
SATURDAY: SFIFF -- In Casablanca, Angels Don't Fly (Asli, Morocco) noon. Rolling Family (Trapero, Argentina) 2:30 p.m. The White Diamond (Herzog, Germany) 6:15 p.m. Ingmar Bergman's sequel to Scenes From a Marriage, Saraband (Sweden) 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 3 & 4): Both volumes, lo, a complete encyclopedic set of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. alternates with Vol. 2 (2004) 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 4:15 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "8 Tales," a midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $7.
1970 Chestnut (at University), Berkeley, (510) 464-4640, www.verticalpool.com for information on this program. $5-10.
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 Mondays): It's that sprite again -- Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001), screening through May 7 8, 10 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
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