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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ACT I & II
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 16 Years of Alcohol (Richard Jobson, U.K., 2003). Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (May 4): After a break for the film festival, weekly screenings resume with Les Autres Filles (Other Girls, Caroline Vignal, France, 2000), about the friendships of a group of young women 6 p.m.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800 for venue; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org for the S.F. International Film Festival. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $12 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
WEDNESDAY (May 4): SFIFF screenings of Sepet (Ahmad, Malaysia) 10 a.m. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Siegel) 1 p.m. Princess of Mount Ledang (Hin, Malaysia) 1:30 p.m. Czech Dream (Klusák and Remunda, Czech Republic) 3:15 p.m. Following Sean (Arlyck) 3:30 p.m. Omar and Pete (Lending) 3:45 p.m. Whisky Romeo Zulu (Piñeyro, Argentina) 6:15 p.m. Bahman Kiarostami's documentaries Pilgrimage and Kamancheh (Iran) 6:30 p.m. Into the Picture Scroll (Haneda, Japan) 6:45 p.m. Beyond Our Ken (Pang, Hong Kong) 9 p.m. Take My Eyes (Bollain, Spain) 9:15 p.m. The Boys of Baraka (Ewing and Grady, USA/Kenya) 9:30 p.m. The Gravel Road (Menon, Malaysia) 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY (May 5): SFIFF -- Mad Hot Ballroom (Agrelo) 10 a.m. A Doula Story (Alpert) 12:30 p.m. "Youth Voices and Visions" (shorts) 1 p.m. A grim tale recommended by this correspondent, Dealer (Fliegauf, Hungary) 1:15 p.m. Kept and Dreamless (Fogwill and Desalvo) 2:15 p.m. "Reversing Destiny" (shorts) 2:30 p.m. Monday Morning Glory (Woo, Malaysia) 3:45 p.m. Midwinter Night's Dream (Paskaljevic, Serbia) 5 p.m. Sepet 5 p.m. Abel Raises Cain (Abel and Hockett) 5:15 p.m. Delamu (Tian, China) 6 p.m. Waves (Fei, Italy) 7:45 p.m. Life in a Box (Cheslik-DeMeyer) 9:15 p.m. Of Love and Eggs (Nugroho, Indonesia) 8 p.m. Mad Hot Ballroom 8:30 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.
FRIDAY (May 6): The acronym of tonight's "NPR Screening" denotes not National Public Radio but instead Neighborhood Public Radio, locally scaled "pirate broadcasts" or, as they prefer to call it, "low power community broadcasting." A video record of recent Chicago-area activity (land ho, mateys), a documentary on low-power radio (shiver me timbers), and a tour of the FCC with Michael Powell (ARRRRRRR) fill out the evening 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 7): Other Cinema hosts Peggy Nelson's lecture on "Fan Films," homemade re-creations of Hollywood films. The announced Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation has been pulled, but you do get to see something of the Turkish Star Wars. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $6 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 8): "Global Super 8 Day" marks "40 years of Super 8 film" although it's been about 20 years since you could buy cartridges at the local drugstore. Films representing the medium's history will screen 8 p.m.
MONDAY (May 9): S.F. Art Institute students "subvert television" with their student show "Transgressions." $3 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 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 the est-era version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Phil Kaufman, 1978; 1, 4:45, 8:30 p.m.), with director in person at the evening show. Also, a giant squid tackles the Golden Gate Bridge, but as said bridge was built before Caltrans there's nothing to worry about in It Came From Beneath the Sea (Robert Gordon, 1955; 3:15, 7 p.m.). Film animator Phil Tippett, longtime fan of special-effects genius Ray Harryhausen, introduces the 7 p.m. show.
THURSDAY: Reel S.F. -- Filmmaker Rob Epstein introduces the evening show of his The Times of Harvey Milk (1984; 3:15, 7 p.m.), screening with The Cockettes (Bill Weber and David Weissman, 2002; 1:20, 5, 9 p.m.), with Weber and special guests at the 9 p.m. show.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two classic S.F.-set noirs, Delmer Daves' Dark Passage (1947; 1:45, 5:35, 9:25 p.m.) and Orson Welles' The Lady From Shanghai (1948; noon, 3:50, 7:40 p.m.), with noir expert Nathanial Rich in person at the Friday 7:40 p.m. show.
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