Arthouse Movie Listings October 12-18

Artists' Television Access. Radical Adults Lick God Head Style! New Weird Urbanism and the Rapture of Decay: Short films depicting a "new, weird America" including Lonelyville, Crowing Glory, and Lost in the Flood. Thu., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. $10. Diaries of George Kuchar: A tribute to the recently deceased underground filmmaker. Fri., Oct. 14, 8 p.m. $6-$10. Glitch vs. Scratch: Screening of works in so-called "scratch cinema" as well as those using the "glitch" method. Sun., Oct. 16, 8 p.m. $6-$10. 992 Valencia, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Dinner at 8 and Libeled Lady: Double feature of screwball comedies from the 1930s featuring Jean Harlow. Wed., Oct. 12. $7.50-$10. Egyptian Maidens: Opening night of Arab Film Festival; preceded by Outstanding Film Awards Ceremony. Thu., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. $25. Fright Night and Child's Play: Horror double feature by director Tom Holland. Fri., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. The Bad Seed: Patty McCormack in person, "Miss Bad Seed" contest, and performances in addition to film screening. Sat., Oct. 15, 12, 7:30 & 9 p.m. $10-$35. The Exorcist and The Exorcist III: Double feature of horror films involving demonic possession, murder, and exorcism. Sun., Oct. 16. $7.50-$10. Pearl Jam Twenty: Portrait of the band on its 20th anniversary. Tue., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. free. 429 Castro, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Dark Room Theater. Dawn of the Dead: part of the "Bad Movie Night" series. Sun., Oct. 16, 8 p.m. $5. 2263 Mission, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Mechanics' Institute Library. Penthouse: directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Fri., Oct. 14, 6 p.m. $10. 57 Post, 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.

San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema. Taiwan Film Days: Narrative and documentary works. Oct. 14-16. $12-$13. The Sleeping Beauty: Film by French auteur Catherine Breillat. Oct. 17-21, 3, 5, 7 & 9 p.m. $10-$11. 1746 Post, 525-8630, www.sffs.org.

Oddball Film and Video. Doc: Documentary on literary and counterculture figure Doc Humes; appearance by director Immy Humes. Part of Litquake festival. Thu., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. Media Ecology Soul Salon: Artist and curator Gerry Fialka interviews Ed Holmes (a.k.a. Bishop Joey) from the Church of the Last Laugh; rare clips of St. Stupid's Day and other events. Fri., Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m. $10. Home Movie Day — San Francisco: Amateur and industrial films including Welcome San Francisco Movie Makers (1960), Flame (1970s), and Blackie the Wonder Horse (1936); benefits the San Francisco Media Archive. Members of the public can submit their home movies by Oct. 12 for potential screening. Sat., Oct. 15, 1 p.m. donations accepted. 275 Capp, 558-8112, www.oddballfilm.com.

Roxie Theater. Sleep Furiously: A film by Gideon Koppel on life in rural Wales. Through Oct. 13. $10. American Teacher: Documentary about public education in the U.S. Through Oct. 13. $10. The San Francisco Documentary Festival: Multiple films from around the world. Oct. 14-27. $11. 3117 16th St., 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

The Vortex Room. The Vortex Incarnate: Satan-themed films include Masque of the Red Death (1964) and Doctor Faustus (1967). Thu., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $6.66. 1082 Howard, www.myspace.com/thevortexroom.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Imagecity: Selections from Video Cubano: Recent video works from The 8th Floor featuring artists based in Cuba. Thursdays-Sundays; first Tuesday of every month. Through Jan. 17. Summer of Goliath: A film that looks closely at a rural Mexican town. Thu., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 2 p.m. $8. 701 Mission, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

 
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