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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THURSDAY: ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $4 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 10th Annual MadCat Festival of films by women screens "Surveillance Times," a program of short films about modern surveillance technologies. $720 sliding scale 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: ATA's Other Cinema screens "Telling Typographies," a program of "film pilgrimages" including Bill Brown's The Other Side (filmed on the U.S.-Mexican border), Roger Beebe's look at abandoned gas stations S A V E, and more 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A night of live music features the gladiator movie-themed band The Sword and Sandals, plus "cascading crescendos of audio demolition" from the band Reagan's Memory featuring film work by keyboardist Douglas Katelus and performance/sound artist Rachel Manera 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: Edward Norton stars as The Illusionist (Neil Burger, 2006; 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. ) and in Theatre 2, Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films.
SATURDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here weekends this month. Today, a German draft dodger and poor Brazilian project films in rural Brazil in Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (Marcelo Gomes, Brazil) 11 a.m.
SUNDAY: Global Lens Global Shorts 11 a.m.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 20): The West Coast premiere of Running Out of Time in Hollywood (Catherine Carlen and Jim Edwards, 2006), about a 50-year-old woman seeking stardom who "just didn't realize that the fastest growing minority in the United States is 50-year-old women and Hollywood hates them!" $10 7 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 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: Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, continues with the boarding school melodrama Bad Education (Spain, 2004) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 22-28): The "Viva Pedro!" series concludes with a week-long screening of Almodovar's Matador (Spain, 1988), with Antonio Banderas as a serial killer in love 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 15 & 16): The Project Greenlight production.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the Laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged.
SUNDAY (Sept. 24): It's Shatner Month at the Dark Room's weekly "Bad Movie," with tonight's film Kingdom of the Spiders (John "Bud" Cardos, 1977), with Shatner a vet taking on same. $5 8 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). 21 and over only.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 20): The 10th Annual MadCat Festival of films by women offers an evening of Psycho Vision: 3d Hallucinations, featuring Viewmaster program presented by Vladimir, premiering a program entitled Fear and Trembling featuring her "Vladmaster disks" Actaeon at Home and The Public Life of Jeremiah Barnes, told in dioramas built using model railroad men and 55-cent plastic bulldozers. Also, a 3-D 16 mm film and slideshow by Zoe Beloff, Claire and Don in Slumberland. $720 sliding scale. Free BBQ 6:30 p.m. Program 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 26): MadCat "Wishing Worlds," films from Pakistan, the Netherlands, Germany, and France on themes including "lunatics in search of a homeland" and "young lovers in a surreal musical." $720 sliding scale. Free BBQ 6:30 p.m. Movies 8:30 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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: What is truth? Asked jesting Pilate, but did not stay to hear the answer. And then he saw Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) and realized it didn't matter anyway. Through Oct. 1 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/en1587184.htm for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 suggested donation.
TUESDAY (Sept. 26): "Crossing Borders," a cross-cultural music film series, screens Thomas Riedelsheimer's Touch the Sound (U.K.-Germany, 2004), a documentary about deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie 7:30 p.m.
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