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MONDAY (April 30): The 2007 Premiere of the monthly Independent Exposure program of newish short films includes the YouTube favorite Drug Spider (Apeman, 2006), Tales of Mere Existence II (Lev) and more. 21 and over. $6 8 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.
THURSDAY (April 26): Two 16mm films by San Francisco experimentalist Bruce Baillie, Quick Billy (1967-1970), a ""Horse Opera in Four Reels" version of The Tibetan Book of the Dead (with Baillie as Billy the Kid), and Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True?) (1978). $7 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 28): Other Cinema presents a Recyclopedia show featuring the "video band" TV Sheriff and the Trailbuddies premiere Not 4 $ale, short films by Kent Lambert and more 8:30 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: Will Ferrell rides the Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon and Will Speck, 2007) noon, 1:55, 3:50, 5:45, 7:40, 9:30 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, Amazing Grace (Michael Apted, U.K., 2006; 12:50, 4:50, 8:45 p.m. ) and Miss Potter (Chris Noonan, U.K., 2006; 3, 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Domestic Import (Kevin Connor, 1996). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Nahl Hall, 5212 Broadway (at College), Oakland, 594-3600, www.cca.edu; (510) 594-3656 for this program. The Oakland branch of this institution offers occasional media programs.
FRIDAY (April 27): A Media Arts Juried Show screens selected student work 7 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Thursday through Sunday. $10 regular programs, $12 SFIFF programs 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: The final program in a tribute to composer Ennio Morricone is a double bill of Terrence Malick's lyrical Americana Days of Heaven (1978; 2:35, 7 p.m. ) and Pier Paolo Pasolini's fabulist Arabian Nights (Italy, 1974; 4:30, 8:55 p.m. )
THURSDAY: The Opening Night program of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival features the Sicilian immigrant saga Golden Door (Emanuele Crialese, Italy, 2006). Opening Night party follows. Film and party $85, film and VIP party $125 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF Victor Sjostrom stars in and directs the silent classic The Phantom Carriage (Sweden, 1921) as a drunkard confronting Death, screening with an original score by Jonathan Richman. $20 7 p.m. The Heavenly Kings (Wu, Hong Kong) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF The Mel Novikoff Award goes to film archivist and maker Kevin Brownlow, who'll introduce the late Douglas Fairbanks classic The Iron Mask (Allan Dwan, 1929) 2 p.m. Strange Culture (Leeson) 6 p.m. Wonders Are Many (Else) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF Opera Jawa (Nugroho, Indonesia) 12:30 p.m. Grab this Murch (Ichioka and Ichioka) 4:15 p.m. Bay Area filmmakers on screen and on stage as Fog City Mavericks (Leva). $25 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (April 28 & 29): James Dean's tormented teen throve under Nicholas Ray's quivering direction in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 29): Commemorate Earth Day by planting Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006). $4 1 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. In addition to its regular films, and occasional special programs, a midnight movie series starts this weekend. $9.75.
FRIDAY (April 27): The Late Night Picture Show's Jim Jarmusch weekend finds Johnny Depp a Dead Man (1995) to Neil Young's guitar midnight.
SATURDAY (April 28): Forest Whitaker is Jarmusch's Ghost Dog (1999), an odd samurai film midnight.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325 and www.elriosf.com for venue, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Tuesday with a special program. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
TUESDAY (May 1): Fabricating Tom Zé (Décio Matos Jr, Brazil, 2006) profiles this musician. $5 at door, cash only "Dusk".
EMBARCADERO CENTER FOUR
Embarcadero Center (at Brannan), 267-4893 for venue; (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, presenting a special program.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 1-3): Rob Nilsson @ Eye Candy honors the local legend filmmaker with scenes from his films projected on an outdoor screen. Free 7 p.m.
McBean Theater, 3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337 and www.exploratorium.edu for venue, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, presenting a special program. Admission only at door, $5 cash only.
SUNDAY (April 29): "Arrows of Time," a live cinema performance by Ken McMullen 2 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.