A certified San Francisco character (notwithstanding his indestructible New York accent and attitude), Marc Huestis is best known as the caustic dynamo behind a string of salutes to movie stars such as Carol Lynley and Patty Duke. He is also a longtime filmmaker whose pioneering work pre-dated the widely trumpeted breakthroughs of the New Queer Cinema. A devotee of the "Let's get our friends and put on a show" school, Huestis in 1982 assembled a raucous band of drag queens, punkers, artists, and unclassifiable renegades for his low-budget opus, Whatever Happened to Susan Jane? With a soundtrack featuring the likes of Tuxedomoon and Noh Mercy, the tongue-in-cheek film captured a precious and nearly forgotten moment when gay, new wave, and punk culture intersected in post-Milk, pre-AIDS San Francisco. Today's matinee revival at noon coincides with the DVD release of a newly remastered version, and serves as a savory appetizer for Huestis' presentation of "Justin Bond: Close to You," an evening of ever-so-moving Carpenters songs and drop-dead hilarious banter performed by the S.F. expat and toast of Manhattan. As a further enticement, the show includes the cast of Pearls over Shanghai and the world premiere of the short film, "Justin Bond Tells You Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex," a delicious outtake from Huestis and Lawrence Helman's 1993 documentary, Sex Is ... Start screwing around, everybody: It's Valentine's Day!
Sun., Feb. 14, 8:15 p.m., 2010