Slap a title like Freaks, Punks, Skanks, and Cranks on a film series, and it can mean only one thing: Fun for the whole family. San Francisco Punks and Beyond (Feb. 18 at 6, 8, and 10 p.m.) hot-wires the proceedings with a torrent of late-70s clips of Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, and other enemies of the state, shot by local artist Joe Rees and his cohorts at Target Video. A slightly different kind of public presentation the deafening and smoky machine wars staged under S.F. freeway overpasses by Mark Pauline and friends is saluted in Survival Research Laboratories Performance Films (Feb. 20 at 7 and 9 p.m.). The colorful compendium of hellraisers and taboo-smashers continues with the impossibly brave and/or notoriously exhibitionistic Italian actress-writer-director Asia Argento plumbing the depths (or heights) of narcissism in her 2001 flick, Scarlet Diva (Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.). The series wraps with a pair of genuine curiosities: Jeff Sumerels To My Great Chagrin: The Unbelievable Story of Brother Theodore (Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.) profiles the actor and oddball infamous for his singularly bizarre guest TV appearances, while the hippie desert comedy, Gold (Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.), made under the influence of free love and cheap drugs in Northern California in 1968 (but unreleased until it played British theaters in 1972), offers a time capsule of sex, music, and metaphors. Its never too late or too early to turn on, tune in, and drop out.
Feb. 18-27, 2010