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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 (May 10): The Mission Creek Music/Film Festival, at various places around the city, offers several programs at this venue this week. Tonight, "A Tuned Relationship Between Film and Music" is revealed by this open screening of music oriented films. A two-week advance submission was "strongly recommended" but "if not. . . it is all good." For information on next month's open screening email email@example.com. $5, free for artists 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 11): Mission Creek A 1970 instance of "arthouse porn," Bacchanale (John and Lem Amero) concerns "fashion, dreams, death, discos, calliopes, spiral staircases, water, war, hell, and, of course, sex." 50 audio artists have been invited to reinterpret the film in "an era-bending megamix of illicit thrills." $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 12): Other Cinema's 16th annual PXL This festival of odd and wonderful short films made on this blurry, b&w toy camera of the 1980s. Highlights include fest founder Garry Fialka's theory-laden introduction and sometime feature filmmaker Michael Almereyda's Aliens 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 13): Mission Creek A night of visual and live music includes Paul Clipson's experimental Super 8 film Passageways with a score by the band Tarentel, and Phil Spirito's First Egg with live accompaniment by an 8-piece "oRSorchestra" 8 p.m.
MONDAY (May 14): Slow Superconductors, a music-themed evening featuring Brian De Graw's Retina Riddim ("33 minutes 3 seconds of eye splitting edits"), extracts of music films by Andrew Kesin, and Takeshi Murata's reworking of an Italian horror film "into a dreamlike sequence of toxicity" 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: The very funny police parody Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, the local premiere of Domestic Import (Kevin Connor, 2006) noon. Separate admission for a double bill of The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany, 2006; 2:10, 6:45 p.m.) and Avenue Montaigne(Danile Thompson, France, 2006; 4:45, 9:10 p.m.).STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and
Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This
facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
TUESDAY (March 15): A "Jewish Film Class" offers a projected video screening of Get Thee Out (Dmitri Astrakhan, Russia, 1991), about an affable dairy farmer and only Jew in a Ukrainian village. Discussion will follow 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: The Epidemic Film Festival screens films, video and animation from the Academy of Art University. Free7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Closing Night program of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival offers La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, France, 2006), a biopic of Edith Piaf with Marion Cotillard. The Closing Night Party follows at the Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street. Film and party $75 (VIP $125); film only $20 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Imamura's The Pornographers: An Introduction to Anthropology (1966), about a small-time operator with ambitions 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Imamura A woman's rape leads to Intentions of Murder (1964) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Vengeance Is Mine 8 p.m.
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 (May 12 & 13): A great Preston Sturges comedy, Sullivan's Travels (1941) it's about life, and movies, and how to tell them apart Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 12): The ultimate midnight movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) midnight.
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. $5 save as noted.
SUNDAY (May 13): "The Wayans brothers destroy your will to live" as "Bad Movie Night" screens Razzie nominees for Worst Picture of 2006 this month. Tonight, the winner for Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple, Worst Remake/Rip-Off, Little Man (Keenen Ivory Wayans, 2006) 8 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.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. All films are on DVD. Suggested donation $5.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (May 15): A retrospective of films starring Luca Zingaretti opens with a film spin-off his famed TV role as a Sicilian officer, "Commissario Montalbano," Il cane di terracotta (Alberto Sironi, Italy, 2000), involving the discovery of a cave full of weapons. No subtitles 6:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006) 7, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, U.K., 2006). Call for times.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
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. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
FRIDAY (May 11): A month of epic films screens Orson Welles' Shakespearean masterpiece Chimes at Midnight (Spain, 1967), with Welles biographer Joseph McBride (author of the worthy new volume What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?) introducing. Highly recommended 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 12): Take your mother to see Buster Keaton as Part 1 of a Mother's Day double-header screens Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner, 1928), with Buster a motherless fop trying to reconnect with tough Dad (Ernest Torrence). Hey! This is ideal Father's Day viewing! Judith Rosenberg accompanies this great comedy on piano 7:30 p.m.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 957-9800 for venue, www.grfilm.com for program and tickets. $15 save as noted.
SATURDAY (May 12): The Greek Film Festival plays here for a week. Opening Night program includes reception and the film Loafing and Camouflage Sirens in the Aegean (Nico Perakis, 2005), about Turks and Greeks stranded on a small island. Tickets start at $60 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 13): Greek Film Festival A teacher tries to help a troubled sixth grader in The Canary Yellow Bicycle (Dimitris Stavrakas, 1999) 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY (May 14): Greek Film Festival An arrogant philosophy student studies The Heart of the Beast (Renos Haralambidis, 2005) 7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.edu, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here through May 10. SFIFF programs $12 save as noted. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives on its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival continues at this site with Stories from the North (Raksasad, Thailand) 7 p.m. Agua (Chen, Argentina) 8:50 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIFF concludes here with Times and Winds (Erdem, Turkey) 7 p.m. Love for Sale: Suely in the Sky (Anouz, Brazil) 9:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The PFA is on hiatus through May 24.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.parkway-speakeasy.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
THURSDAY (May 10): Thrillville presents the spoof sf film Barbarella (Roger Vadim, 1968), plus The Twilight Vixen Revue live on stage. $8 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $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: The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007) 6:30, 9 p.m. After the Wedding (Suzanne Bier, Denmark 2006) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. A four-part Manual of Love (Giovanni Veronesi, Italy, 2007) 7 p.m. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (Rick Ray, 2006) 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Adam's Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: It's hard out there for a nympho: Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer, 2006) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
MONDAY: Tim Burton remakes the neorealist classic Bicycle Thieves as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Cut up those credit cards! Maxed Out (James D. Scurlock, 2006) 7, 9:25 p.m. ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and 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: Sacco and Vanzetti (Peter Miller, 2006) 7, 8:40 p.m.; also Wed 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 11-17): On separate screens, Exterminating Angels (Jean-Claude Brisseau, France, 2006; 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 3, 5 p.m. ) and The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (Sophie Fiennes, U.K., 2006; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 7:30 p.m. ). See Opening for reviews. Call for other films.
SATURDAY (May 12): New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens three short films from the Mal de Ojo TV Collective. Free 11:30 a.m.
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000 and www.sfmoma.org for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through Sunday. Museum screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted; SFIFF screenings $12.
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 (May 10): An "Animals are Beautiful People" series screens an obvious choice, Animals are Beautiful People (Jamie Uys, South Africa, 1974), the wildlife of the Namib desert shot for laughs noon.
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: Red Road (Andrea Arnold, Scotland, 2006) 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 11-17): Adam's Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Use soap! Fight Club
(David Fincher, 1999). $8.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through May 9. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 50th SFIFF. See website for programs.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Heidi Specogna's The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez (2007), a documentary about a "green card soldier" from Guatemala, screens through May 18. $10 Wed - Sat 7, 9 p.m.; Sun 3, 5, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (May 10): "Broken Speakers and Broken People" is offered as a "real grindhouse double-feature" of two unnamed 1970s exploitation films, at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 13): S.F. Cinematheque hosts fifty years of films by Lawrence Jordan, a program of collages and other works from Trumpit, a 1950s "psychodrama" with Stan Brakhage, through four recent films including Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass. Artist in person 7:30 p.m.
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