Arthouse Movie Listings April 4-10, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Open Screening: One hour of shorts from local filmmakers seeking feedback. Thu., April 5, 8 p.m. $5. Texts of Light: Silent Mountains, Singing Oceans, and Slivers of Time: SF Cinematheque event with filmmaker David Gatten in person featuring six films from Gatten's "Secret History" series. Sun., April 8, 7:30 p.m. $10. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Blue Valentine: A double feature. Wed., April 4. $7.50-$10. The Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Film Series: Films featuring the fashion design of Jean Paul Gaultier. April 5-6. $7.50-$10. 621-6120. The Artist: Academy Award-winning silent film from 2011. April 7-10. $7.50-$10. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Dark Room Theater. Black Belt Jones: Blacksploitation meets kung-fu thriller; part of Bad Movie Night. Sun., April 8, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

de Young Museum. Falbalas: Film set in the milieu of a Parisian couturier that inspired Jean Paul Gaultier to enter the world of fashion; shown in conjunction with a Gaultier exhibit. Fri., April 6, 6:30 p.m. free. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK, in Golden Gate Park), 750-3600, www.deyoungmuseum.org.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. The Island President: Documentary on the president of the Republic of Maldives and his efforts to end global warming before his island nation is submerged. The Deep Blue Sea: The story of a postwar British love triangle from director Terence Davies. Through April 5. $8.50-$10. 1 Embarcadero Center (at Davis), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com.

Femina Potens. Open Eyes: Queer Film Friday: Local film series; screenings are followed by wine and vegan cookie receptions including Q+A sessions with the filmmakers. Also features a visual open mike: Submit short (five minutes or less) films or video pieces at 7:30 p.m. First Friday of every month. 2199 Market (at Sanchez), 864-1558, www.feminapotens.org.

San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema. House of Pleasures : Directed by Bertrand Bonello. Through April 5. $9-$11. This Is Not a Film: Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. April 6-12. $9-$11. 1746 Post (at Webster), 525-8630, www.sffs.org.

Oddball Films. Urban Dictionary: That Black and Yellow Ish: Guest curator Christine Kwon helps present works depicting urban life of the 1960s and '70s including trailers from Mahogany and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, the short film Bessie Smith: St. Louis Blues; Routes of American Airlines: Chinatown; Kwan Chung Yen; Why People Smoke; Of Black America: Body and Soul, Part II; and Black Panthers: Liberation School. Thu., April 5, 8 p.m. $10; RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com. Life on Earth: Soumyaa Kapil Behrens co-presents works about our home planet including Beyond the Stars: A Space Story (1981), Ethiopia (1986), Two Grasslands: Texas and Iran (1970), and Chasing the Tornado (1987). Fri., April 6, 8 p.m. $10. Sugar Shock: Sweet Visions of Candy, Culture and Industry: Lynn Cursaro co-presents works including Maple Syrup and Sugar, The Great American Chocolate Factory, Artistry in Sugar, At Your Fingertips: Sugar and Spice, Candy Town, The Munchers, and The Three Stooges in Scheming Schemers. Sat., April 7, 8 p.m. $10. RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com. 275 Capp (at 18th St.), 558-8117, oddballfilms.blogspot.com.

Presidio Golden Gate Club. The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: Place, Pilgrimage and Commemoration : A collection of essays celebrating Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco. Sat., April 7, 2 p.m. free. 135 Fisher (at Infantry), 561-5444, www.presidio.gov.

Roxie Theater. The Hunter: Iranian thriller in which ex-con goes over the edge after his wife is killed during a street protest and he's pursued by police into a forest. Through April 11. $6.50-$10. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie: Two men get $1 billion to make a movie, squander the money, then have to make it back. Through April 5. $6.50-$10. Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jane: Documentary on musician and his late wife who had plastic surgery to more closely resemble one another. Through April 11. $6.50-$10. Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and Christiane F: A double feature of teenage-corruption classics. Fri., April 6. $12. San Francisco Fashion Film Festival: Films about fashion as well as ones with memorable costumes including How I Dress, Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills, Barbarella, and The Matrix. April 7-8. Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback: Feature film plus shorts; part of Save KUSF series of events. Mon., April 9, 7:30 p.m. $10. I Think It's Raining: Filmmaker Joshua Moore appears for the screening of this film about an enigmatic and controversial San Francisco woman named Renata. Tue., April 10, 7 & 9 p.m. $6.50-$10. Film Arts Forum: Beyond Film School: An educational program from the San Francisco Film Society. Tue., April 10, 7:30 p.m. $10. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Texts of Light: A Mid-career Retrospective of 14 Films by David Gatten: SF Cinematheque presents the filmmaker in person and four of his works. Thu., April 5, 7 p.m. $10. 151 3rd St., 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.

Victoria Theatre. Sing Along Jesus Christ Superstar: Sing along with the film Jesus Christ Superstar. Fri., April 6, 7 p.m. $15-$25. 2961 16th St. (at Capp), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org.

The Vortex Room. Starship Vortex: Mission Stardust (1967) and In the Dust of the Stars (1976). Thu., April 5, 9 p.m. $7. 1082 Howard (at Seventh St.), myspace.com/thevortexroom.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard: The Meeting in St-Gervais and John Casavetes: Double feature in the Great Directors Speak series. Thu., April 5, 7:30 p.m. Texts of Light, Program 2: Four Films Toward Part V of Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts: Works by filmmaker David Gatten. Sat., April 7, 7:30 p.m. Sodankylä Forever : Eternal Time and Drama of Light: Eternal Time and Drama of Light are presented in the Great Directors Speak series. Sun., April 8, 2 p.m. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

 
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