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. We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.
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 (June 30): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $4 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) 1, 3:45, 7, 9:35 p.m. In Theatre 2, a double-bill of The Break-Up (Peyton Reed, 2006; 1:25, 5:10, 8:55 p.m. ) and Keeping Up With the Steins (Scott Marshall, 2006; 3:35, 7:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $12.
FRIDAY (June 30): The "Spooktacular" premiere of this year's Midnight Mass series offers horror host Elvira in person with Ub Iwerks' disturbing Cobweb Hotel (1936) and the original Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) midnight
SATURDAY (July 1): Midnight Mass Elvira's your prom date with Carrie (Brian DePalma, 1976) midnight.
THURSDAY: Theater closed for private event.
STARTS FRIDAY: The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006) screens through July 13. Soldier-cameraman Sgt. Zack Bazzi and executive producer Chuck Lacy in person after both evening shows Friday and Saturday. See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 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.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
WEDNESDAY (June 28): The Arab Women Film Series screens Ashiqat Al-Cinema (Women Who Loved Cinema, Marianne Khoury, Egypt, 2002), a documentary about six women involved in film in early 20th-century Egypt. See SunbulaWomen.org for details. $5-$10 sliding scale 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. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Wheels spin in Justin Lin's The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SATURDAY (July 1): See the Quarter Final of the 2006 Soccer World Cup on the Lark's big screen. Advance purchase recommended. $20. Doors open 11:15 a.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs. 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 two-day series of the puppet animation of Japan's Kihachiro Kawamoto opens with a program of shorts, "Demons, Poets and Priests," including the style-defining Breaking Branches is Forbidden (1968) 7 p.m. An executed prince haunts a nobleman in Kawamoto's feature The Book of the Dead (2005) 8:35 p.m.
THURSDAY: Another program of Kawamoto shorts, "Absurdities, Legends, and Fairy Tales" includes Anthropo-Cynical Farce (1970) and Briar-Rose, or the Sleeping Beauty (1990) 7 p.m. The Book of the Dead 8:35 p.m.
FRIDAY: An Isabelle Huppert series concludes with two by a favored director, Claude Chabrol. Live-in maid Sandrine Bonnaire and jaunty postmistress Huppert take on the bourgeoise in La cérémonie (France, 1995) 7 p.m. Story of Women (1989) is based on the true story of Marie Latour, a housewife turned abortionist in occupied France 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Two powerfully visual films, and thus excellent big-screen viewing, Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978; 6:30 p.m. ) and Hiroshi Teshigahara's enigmatic adaptation of Kobo Abe's Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964; 8:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Days of Heaven 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
THURSDAY: Join the Parkway Tribe and say hello to 2-for-1 admission to Scarface (Brian DePalma, 1983) 8:30 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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: IndieWIRE's series of unreleased "Undiscovered Gems" screens Four Eyed Monsters (Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, 2005), an autobiographical film by two filmmakers who paired off on a singles' Web site 6:30 p.m. The Road to Guantanamo (Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, U.K., 2006) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) 7:30 p.m. Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for films and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: A for Anxiety, B for Betrayal, C for V for Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005) 7:15, 9:55 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:35 p.m.
TUESDAY: Closed for Guy Fawkes Day.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Last weekend film crews gathered and shot a film, which premiered here a mere two days later as the 48 Hour Film Project 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: BAVC presents the Media That Matters Film Festival on themes of social justice, sustainability, and survival. See www.bavc.org for more info 7, 9 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Photographer Shomei Tomatsu is profiled in Nagasaki from a 45 Degree Angle (Nami Jodai, Japan, 2002) 11 a.m. Matisse Picasso (Philippe Kohly, 2002) 2 p.m. An hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! 2 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cavite (Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Philippines, 2005) 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 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. This spring's series is a tribute to suave actor Ronald Colman.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Ronald Colman won his Oscar for A Double Life (George Cukor, 1947; 7:30 p.m.) as an actor who takes on the characteristics of his roles. The trouble starts when he plays Othello; Shelley Winters gets to be Desdemona. Also, Colman stars as The Masquerader (Richard Wallace, 1933; 6:05, 9:25 p.m. ), as a drug-addicted MP and his clean double.
SATURDAY: Colman's last silent film, The Rescue (Herbert Brenon, 1929; 7:30 p.m. ), an adventure from a novel by Joseph Conrad, concludes the series. Dennis James at the organ. Also, The Masquerader at 9:05 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (June 28): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens a video, A Miracle in Cracow (Diana GroÓ, Poland, 2004), about an art historian trying to restore a tombstone and a book thief trying to bring his grandmother back to life. $7 7:30 p.m.
FILM NOTES Richard Conte's at an undisclosed Downtown S.F. locale! The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its June series of film noirs screened on 16mm this Thursday with the amazing The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955). Don't miss this one! See www.noirfilm.org for more information; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ... CinemaLit curator Michael Fox hosts a book talk by Jim Van Buskirk, author of Celluloid San Francisco, a guide to Bay Area film locations, at the Mechanics Institute Library, 57 Post (near Market), San Francisco, on Thursday at 6 p.m. $7 admission. Call 393-0100 or see www.milibrary.org. ... That same night the Alive @ 9th Street film forum series offers "Shooting American Health," a discussion of how film and video affect our health care system. The panel includes Judith Helfand (A Healthy Baby Girl), Ray Telles (The Fight in the Fields), Megan Siler (Toxic Bust) and more. The event is $5 at 7 p.m., 145 Ninth Street, S.F. See www.ninthstreet.org or call 552-5950. ... Register for Cinemasports, a day-long filmmaking event on July 23 with results screened that evening at the Castro Theatre, at www.cinemasports.com or www.sfjff.org.
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