Ghost Trip

When infantryman McKinley Nolan went AWOL in Vietnam in the late 1960s, a number of rumors circulated to explain his vanishing act. He was captured by the Viet Cong, according to one story, while another had him slipping into Cambodia, marrying a local woman, and conveniently forgetting his wife and son in Texas. Henry Corra’s haunting documentary, The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, accompanies the GI’s stalwart brother Michael through the jungles and villages of Southeast Asia on a noble expedition to get behind the decades-old veil of mystery. Today’s bevy of shows, with the director present for the evening screenings, is part of the inaugural month of arthouse programming at the San Francisco Film Society’s new year-round theater. SFFS celebrates the venue’s opening with free sake and short films on Sept. 22, but the toasts will be bittersweet: The society’s executive director Graham Leggat died Aug. 25.
Mon., Sept. 26, 2:30, 4:45, 6:45 & 9 p.m., 2011

 
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