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Artists' Television Access. Electronic Cinema: Sound artists perform live electronic scores for experimental films; myrmyr performs a score for a work by Sue-C, while Kadet Kuhne performs music scores for a new film directed by Paul Clipson and two films by Maia Cybelle Carpenter. Thu., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. $6-$10. Deep Leap Microcinema: Jesse Malmed brings a new performance and participatory installation rooted in improvisation, the history of experimental film, and poetry. Zaum/Beyonsense is a series of experimental shorts influenced by the Russian sound symbolist poetry movement. Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. $6. Monster Mash: Other Cinema: Tribute to Ishiro Honda. Sat., Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org.
Bal Theatre. The Lobotronic Film Show and Halloween Costume Contest: Mr. Lobo hosts; Psychotronic Paul, Sci-Fi Bob, and Scott Moon spin found films on 16 mm. Costume contest at 9pm hosted by Mr. Lobo. Sat., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. $9-$10. 14808 East 14th Street (14808 East 14th Street), San Leandro, (510)357-4089.
Castro Theatre. Berlin and Beyond Film Festival: Fifteenth annual. Through Oct. 28. www.berlinandbeyond.com. Poltergeist: Marc Huestis presents JoBeth Williams in person. Sat., Oct. 30, 12, 7:30 & 9 p.m. $8-$30. Something Wicked This Way Comes and Escape from Witch Mountain: Matinees for Maniacs double feature. Sun., Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m. $11. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com.
Embarcadero Center Cinema. French Cinema Now: The San Francisco Film Society's annual festival dedicated to new work from France. Through Nov. 3. 1 Embarcadero Center (at Davis), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com.
Exploratorium. The Frightful Films of Fleisher: See some of the spookiest animations of the Fleisher brothers. Included are Betty Boop's Halloween Party (1933) as well as Bimbo's Initiation (1931). Other films include Bugs Bunny in Water, Water Every Hare (1952); Mickey Mouse in Lonesome Ghosts (1937), and Felix the Cat in Switches Witches (1928). Sun., Oct. 31, 2 p.m. free-$15. 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 561-0360, www.exploratorium.edu.
Main Library. Storm That Drowned a City: NOVA documentary. Thu., Oct. 28, noon. free. 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, www.sfpl.org.
Main Library, Koret Auditorium. The Cool School: How L.A. Learned to Love Modern Art: A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch. Thu., Oct. 28, 10 a.m. free. Chihuly: Fire & Light: Film depicts Dale Chihuly and his team as he conceives and installs his exhibition at the De Young. A question-and-answer session with director Peter West and producer Mark McDonnell immediately follows the film. Fri., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. $7. 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4595, www.sfpl.org.
Oddball Films. "Who's Calling? — A Telephonic Film Orgy": An evening of films about the telephone, with guest curator Pete Gowdy. Fri., Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m. $10. "Cineséance: A MultiSensory Experiment in Terror": Guest curator Michael Campos-Quinn leads a séance with musical accompaniment to introduce multiple projections of films by and about the occult. Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. $10. "The Subject Is Sex": Program includes home movies, educational films, commercials, "hillbilly porn," cartoon smut, hygiene films, burlesque bits, and peepshow loops. Sat., Oct. 30, 10 p.m. $10. 275 Capp (at Mission), 558-8117, www.oddballfilm.com.
Red Vic Movie House. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Edgar Wright's Michael Cera vehicle. Wed., Oct. 27, 2 p.m.; Oct. 27-28, 7 & 9:20 p.m. Winnebago Man: Ben Steinbauer's documentary. Oct. 29-30, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 2 & 4 p.m. Planet Terror: Robert Rodriguez' campy bloodbath. Sun., Oct. 31, 2 & 4 p.m.; Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. The Kids Are All Right: Mark Ruffalo has two mommies. Nov. 2-3, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 3, 2 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com.
Roxie Theater. San Francisco Documentary Film Festival: This two-week series features documentary films. Through Oct. 28. varies. www.sfindie.com. Howl: Film based on the obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg that resulted from his landmark poem. Through Nov. 4. $6-$10. Halloween Spooktacular Double Feature: The Creature with the Atom Brain and The Man from Planet X. Oct. 29-31. Exit Through the Gift Shop: Documentary including British street artist known as "Banksy." Through Dec. 4. $6-$10. Halloween Spooktacular Double Feature: Corruption and The Brood. Sat., Oct. 30. Alex Cox Double Feature: Straight to Hell Returns (director's cut of the 1987 film) and 2007's Searchers 2.0. Cox appears at later showings. Sun., Oct. 31. Iconoclast: Boyd Rice: Documentary on the controversial life of American underground artist/musician Boyd Rice. Mon., Nov. 1. $6-$10. Ticked Off Trannies with Knives: Film about vengeful cross-dressers mirroring the exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s. Nov. 2-3. $6-$10. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com.
SFMOMA. Witches!: Double feature of rarely screened 1970s horror classics: George Romero's Season of the Witch (1973) and Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977). Thu., Oct. 28, 7 p.m. $3. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.
The Vortex Room. Morgue Story and Embodiment of Evil: Morgue Story was created by Brazilian Grand Guignol theater troupe Vigor Mortis; Embodiment of Evil is the conclusion of the Zé do Caixão trilogy. Wed., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. $5. Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster and The Incredible Shrinking Man: Cult films in a lounge atmostphere. Thu., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. $5. 1082 Howard (at Seventh St.), www.myspace.com/thevortexroom.
Victoria Theatre. "Remembering Dennis Hopper: Curtis Harrington's Night Tide": Also screening: Harrington's short The Wormwood Star. Wed., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. $10. 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org.
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