SUNDAY: American Indian Film Festival A three-hour dramatization of the 1990 Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis (Cardinal, Canada). $5 11 a.m. The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy (Richie). $8 7 p.m.
MONDAY: American Indian Film Festival Another day-long program, including My Darkest Hour (Frejo). $4 noon An evening of medium-length films, concluding with Riding with Ghosts (Hubers and Starkey). $8 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: American Indian Film Festival More shorts, and the documentary feature Green Green Water (Mikkelson). $4 noon Waterbuster (Peinado). $8 7 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $10 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Nov. 3): A "Stage to Screen" series opens with The Man Who Came to Dinner (William Keighley, 1942) 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2. 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: James Forsher presents a program of rare propaganda films, "Morality, Politics and War," including the pro-birth control Law of the Population (1917), and Fred MacMurray in Atomic Energy Can Be a Blessing 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Jacques Rivette series opens with a free screening of his documentary Jean Renoir, The Boss (Rivette and André Labarthe, France, 1967), an early appreciation of the great director 5:30 p.m. The torch was passed from Rivette to assistant Claire Denis, today a leading filmmaker, who returns the favor with her own documentary Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman(1990). Regular admission 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: It's like watching your Criterion Collection on film! A festival of new 35 mm prints from classics film distributor Janus Films screens François Truffaut's debut The 400 Blows (France, 1959; 7 p.m. ) and the triangular Jules and Jim (1961; 9 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Rivette's masterpiece, the one-of-a-kind shaggy human story Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A rare instance of a Janus release not available on DVD, Max Ophuls' great The Earrings of Madame de... (France, 1953). Criterion is missing this gem! 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: An assemblage of graphic footage shot by medical personnel in the wars of the last century, Oh! Uomo (Vervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucci, Italy, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; 421-8497 for this program. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $17.50
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 1): Veteran producer Warren Miller's "57th Annual Feature Length Ski & Snowboarding Film Off the Grid (2006) 6, 9 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY: The complete Cremaster cycle of artist and Vaseline purveyor Matthew Barney screens here over the next three Thursdays. Tonight, cheerleaders congregate for Cremaster 1 (1996) and executed convict Gary Gilmore's tale is told in Cremaster 2 (1999) 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Robert Altman's drizzly, art-western classic McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m. >
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Out of India, an ancient form of holistic medicine is depicted in Ayurveda, The Art of Being (Pan Nalin, Germany/Switzerland, 2001). Can you switch your provider? 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 7 & 8): New York's intelligentsia uncouple and debate morality in Woody Allen's time capsule Manhattan (1979) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
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: Richard Dawkins takes on God in The Root of All Evil? (Russell Barnes, U.K., 2006) 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m. On Screen 2, I Like Killing Flies (Matt Mahurin, 2006; 6:15 , 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30 p.m. Tales of the Rat Fink (Ron Mann, 2006) 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:30 p.m. Separate admission.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-Nov. 2): Excellent Cadavers (Marco Turco, Italy, 1975). See Opening for review 7, 8:50 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m. Call for other films and times.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020, www.sfai.edu. This art school includes film, video, and mixed media as part of its programming.
FRIDAY (Nov. 3): A Graduate Lecture Series screens Renée Green's seven-part multi-channel video installation Wavelinks: Activism Sound (1999-2002), expressing utopian hopes for electronic music. Artist in person. Free5 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Rainer Mortiz, Austria, 1991)4 p.m. THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames7 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.
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