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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 4 992 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 (Feb. 15): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info 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: Two outstanding visionary films: in Theater One, Alfonso CuarÓn's near-future Children of Men (U.K., 2006; 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 p.m.; also Thurs 9:30 p.m. ); in Theater Two, Guillermo del Toro's fantastic past Pan's Labyrinth Spain, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:10 p.m. ).
WEDNESDAY: Lovers Susan Buice and Arin Crumley eschew verbal communication in favor of podcasts and Web sites in a Valentine's Day screening of their indie romance Four Eyed Monsters (2006), described as "MySpace profiles come to life" and winner of the Sundance Channel Audience Award 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
FRIDAY (Feb. 9): TIE, the International Experimental Cinema Exposition, presents Celluloid Cinema: Program Two, a set of experimental films including footage of Peggy Fleming skating, polished with Pledge by the filmmaker to remove scratches (!), Clip from Colorado Springs Home of Champions (James Prange, 1968), The Influence of Ocular Light Perception on Man and in Animal (Thomas Draschan and Stella Friedrichs, Austria, 2005) and Meat Packing House (Eduardo Darino, Uruguay, 1981) 7:30 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.
THURSDAY: A weeklong 50 Years of Janus Films series offers double bills of classics: Federico Fellini's circus saga La Strada (Italy, 1955; 12:30, 4:45, 9:05 p.m. ) is billed with François Truffaut's ménage-a-trois Jules and Jim (France, 1962; 2:40, 7 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Janus Toshiro Mifune makes his debut for Akira Kurosawa as a tubercular gangster in Drunken Angel?(Japan, 1948; 1, 5, 9:10 p.m. ); Kon Ichikawa offers a much bleaker view than Clint Eastwood of Japanese military defeat in Fires on the Plain (Japan, 1959; 2:50, 7 p.m. ). A separate "Midnight Movie Madness" presentation of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974) features a live pre-film performance by Heklina of Trannyshack and more 11:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Janus Marcel Carné's theatrical epic Children of Paradise (France, 1945) unfurls at its full, leisurely 190-minute length 12:30, 4:15, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Janus Four ghost stories comprise Masaki Kobayashi's colorful Kwaidan (1965; 12:30, 6:15 p.m. ); four women in prewar Osaka are Kon Ichikawa's colorful The Makioka Sisters (Japan, 1983; 3:35, 9:20 p.m. ). Keiko Kishi stars in both.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, offers occasional special screenings, including "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Feb. 17 & 18): The all-star, all-black musical Stormy Weather (Andrew Stone, 1943) Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.
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.
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.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 16-22): On two screens, the 2006 Academy Award Nomated Animated Short Films and the 2006 Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short Films. Call theater for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $10. This cultural asset of long standing concludes a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 9): A "Stranger Than Fiction" series screens Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, U.K., 1963), replete with Ray Harryhausen's literally legendary special effects 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 20): San Francisco Film Society's monthly social screening series the SF360 Film Club offers Pablo Aravena's new documentaryNext: A Primer on Urban Painting (2007), plus a live painting by Brazilian urban painter Onesto7:30 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Terry Gilliam explores a young girl's Tideland (U.K.-Canada, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 20-22): Terry Gilliam explores our 20th century future in Brazil (Woody Allen, 1977) 7:15, 9:50 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com for regular programs, www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival, here Feb. 9-20. $8 save as noted for regular programs, $10 save as noted for Indie Fest. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: All aboard for The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: The San Francisco Independent Film Festival continues here from Portland with a grunge-free indie musical, Yellow (Peterson) noon. Bukowski adapted as The Mermaid of the River Platte (Lucque, Argentina) 2:15 p.m. Rom music and culture form a Gypsy Caravan (Dellal) 4:30 p.m. Dolphin linquistics form The Substance of Things Hoped For (Morgan) 7 p.m. A horror trilogy, Unholy Women (Keita, Takuji and Keisuke, Japan) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SF Indie Fest Darkbeat: An Electro World Voyage (Cegarra) 2:15 p.m. A child disappears at The Shore (Zervos) 4:30 p.m. Animation Amalgamation 7 p.m. A Harlem barbershop's Cutting Edge (McCullough) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: SF Indie Fest "Breath, Death and Prayer" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. The Hawk is Dying 4:30 p.m. Gypsy Caravan 7 p.m. Darkbeat: An Electro World Voyage 9:30 p.m. An Irish gangster comedy, Gobshite (Scullion) 11:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SF Indie Fest Women in South African hip-hop, Counting Headz (Offer and Magubane) noon. Animation Amalgamation 2:15 p.m. Yellow 4:30 p.m. The Shore 7 p.m. Ten Canoes (deHeer, Australia) 9:30 p.m. Unholy Women 11:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: SF Indie Fest Beyond Hatred noon. "All the Lonely People" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. A man tries to prove that Santa is real in Stalking Santa (Kiefer) 4:30 p.m. A boy's best friend is his zombie in Fido (Currie) 7 p.m. Rom music and culture form a Gypsy Caravan (Dellal) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: SF Indie Fest Animal rights activism, documented in Your Mommy Kills Animals (Johnson) 7 p.m. TBA 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: SF Indie Fest Jesus removes the burden of Original Sin from a conservative southern family in Forgiving the Franklins (Floyd) 7 p.m. TBA 9:30 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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 15): Phyllis Wattis Theater "Wide Lens," a weekly series of Oscar-winning documentaries, screens two "San Francisco Stories," Deborah Hoffmann's Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter (1994) and Rob Epstein's The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein, 1984). Filmmakers in person. $7 8:30 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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 15): The acclaimed, and recently restored, civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987) screens all this month. Today, the episodes A Nation of Laws (1968-71), on violent police responses to black activism, and The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-80), on affirmative action noon.
SATURDAY (Feb. 17): A carpenter falls for a mute girl in The Story of a Small Town (1979), a rare Taiwanese film 2 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576 and www.victoriatheatre.org. for venue, www.sfindie.com for the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, here this weekend. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $10 save as noted.
FRIDAY: SF Indie Fest continues here with filmmaker Tara Wray revisiting the mom who threatened to kill her in Manhattan, Kansas 4:30 p.m. Indie drama A Ripple in the World (Cho) 7 p.m. Indie drama The Substance of Things Hoped For (Morgan) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Indie Fest Cutting Edge noon. Polk Street hustlers seek a 25 Cent Preview (Amini) 2:15 p.m. Ecstasy revisited in Rolling (Saleebey) 4:30 p.m. In 2097, it's The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell (Gillette and Wheatley) 7 p.m. Gross-out thy neighbors at Neighborhood Watch (Whifler) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Indie Fest Pile into the Mojave Phone Booth (Putch) noon. A Ripple in the World 2:15 p.m. "Special (Creepy) Talents" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Love meets technology LOL (Swanberg) 7 p.m. Who watches horror films? Ask S & Man (Petty) 9:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
THURSDAY (Feb. 15): "Lolita in Full Bloom," a series on 1980s Japanese teen heroines, screens Typhoon Club (Shinji Somao, 1985), "a Japanese Breakfast Club" 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 18): S.F. Cinematheque presents "Oppositional and Stigmatized" a program of 1960s taboo-busters including Christmas on Earth (Barbara Rubin), Blow Job (Andy Warhol), Hermes Bird (James Broughton) and more 7:30 p.m.
A launch party for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is this Thursday, Feb. 15, at 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Three bands, live music, $5... Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum offers a Mid-Winter Comedy Festival this weekend, Feb. 16-18, with many great programs. See www.nilesfilmmuseum.org for the schedule... New York film maker Jem Cohen lectures at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, on Monday Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
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