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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.
WEDNESDAY (May 16): The Mission Creek Music/Film Festival, at various places around the city, offers several programs at this venue this week. Tonight, "Animated Films by Brent Green" with live soundtracks 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 18): The best student work from Directing Classes at Cogswell College's Digital Motion Picture Department and City College's Film Department. $3 - $5. Reception 7 p.m., films 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 20): Mission Creek The indie pop band Blammos sponsors the first Bay Area Indie Music Video Fest, for which entries made for local bands were solicited and due no later than May 13. See what was offered at 6 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: Just what is the Georgia Rule (Garry Marshall, 2007)? 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:10 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, the very funny police parody Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:35, 7:10, 9:25 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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: A week devoted to the films of Japanese rebel filmmaker Shohei Imamura continues with his fiercely satirical take on the American occupation, Pigs and Battleships (1961), which viewers can mentally imagine taking place in present-day Iraq 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: In the postwar era a woman (Sachiko Hidari) does whatever it takes to survive in Imamura's The Insect Woman (1963) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 18-24): A premiere revival of Charles Burnett's acclaimed independent feature Killer of Sheep (1977). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 1, 3, 5 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.
THURSDAY (May 17): A rare 35 mm film screening of the uncut horror landmark The Last House on the Left (Wes Craven, 1972), with star David Hess interviewed on stage before the film by Will Viharo 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (May 19 & 20): A kiddie matinee of the popular fantasy The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987). $4 Sat noon, 3 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Billy Wilder's cross-dressing classic Some Like It Hot (1959) 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. $5 save as noted.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 957-9800 for venue, www.grfilm.com for program and tickets. $15 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (May 16): The Greek Film Festival continues here with Coming as a Friend, the romance of two prisoners 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (May 17): Greek Film Festival A man tries to break with his past in The King (Nikos Grammatikos, 2003) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 18): Greek Film Festival Addicts fan out over Athens in search of drugs in the drama Tsiou (Makis Papadimitratos, 2005) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 22): Televising the Revolution screens Freedom on My Mind (Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford, 1994), a documentary about the 1960s civil rights group the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee, as a benefit for the Catalyst Project. Several speakers are promised; donations welcome 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.
TUESDAY (May 22): A Sound Film Classics series screens Max Ophüls' Merry Heirs (Germany, 1933), a comedy involving the massive consumption of alcohol from the future master of melodrama 7 p.m.
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