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Arthouse Listings October 16-22, 2013 

Wednesday, Oct 16 2013
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Artists' Television Access. Smashism: Experimental short videos, plus sonic oddities by RedRedRed, Pod Blotz, and Nom de Plume. Wed., Oct. 16, 8 p.m. $6. The Word, My Dear, Is Piecemeal: Films on the Visualization of Text: Litquake and San Francisco Cinematheque co-present film/video works that incorporate the written word as part of their visual aesthetic. Thu., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Other Cinema: Paranoid Thinking: Rodney Ascher reveals secret conspiracies and media manipulations in a filmic presentation about Hollywood's hidden truths. Sat., Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Happiness & Halloween: Red carpet costume party and free screening of the inspirational self-help documentary Project Happiness. Thu., Oct. 17, 7 p.m. free with RSVP. projecthappiness.eventbrite.com. Warning: Movies Can Kill You: Midnites for Maniacs presents a double feature screening of The Blair Witch Project and Ringu, followed by a $5 midnight showing of Demons at the Roxie Theater. Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. $12 (+ $5). midnitesformaniacs.com. The Monster Squad: 25th anniversary screening of the cultish kids' comedy film with the director and cast members in attendance. Sat., Oct. 19, 1 p.m. $15. sfsketchfest.com. Cinematic Titanic: The Farewell Tour: Mystery Science Theater 3000 vets Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein make one last visit to San Francisco to pillory two pitiful movies — The Doll Squad and The Astral Factor — in this mockathon sponsored by S.F. Sketchfest. Sat., Oct. 19, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $35 each (or $60 for both). sfsketchfest.com. The Grandmaster: Director Wong Kar-Wai is in the mood for martial arts in this stylish historical kung-fu flick that features fight choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping and star turns by Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, and Chang Chen. Tue., Oct. 22. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. The Shining: Whether or not you believe the wild conspiracy theories surrounding this '70s psychological horror classic — e.g., it's a metaphor for the Holocaust, it's Kubrick's secret admission that he helped fake the Apollo moon landing, or it's somehow not a good movie because Stephen King says so — doesn't change the undeniable fact that it's one of the creepiest damn things ever set to celluloid. Oct. 18-19, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: The Exorcist III: With hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, and Alexia Staniotes. Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Delancey Street Theater. Unisynth Army: Premiere of the short rock 'n' roll comedy film that's got San Francisco DNA all over it. Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, 512-5153, www.delanceystreetfoundation.org.

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings presented in the Kanbar Forum by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays, 12, 2 & 4 p.m. free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Lost Weekend Video. Giallo Shots: The Orphanage and Watcher in the Woods: Horror film double feature. Sun., Oct. 20, 7 p.m. 1034 Valencia St., San Francisco, 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. United Nations Association Film Festival 2013: Individual to Universal: This international documentary fest focuses its lens on human rights, with 70 film screenings in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Atherton, and various venues around the Stanford University campus. Oct. 17-27. $10-$180. unaff.org. San Francisco, N/A.

Multiple San Francisco Locations. The LuLu Sessions: Two documentary screenings to benefit Susan G. Komen San Francisco in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with director S. Casper Wong participating in panel discussions and Q&A sessions following the film. Showings are Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Dolby Laboratories Screening Room (100 Potrero) and Friday, Oct. 18, at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center (145 Ninth Street). Thu., Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 18, 6 p.m. $10. multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

The New Parish. East Bay Indie Scream Film Festival: A celebration of local horror/exploitation short films presented by the East Bay Express. Thu., Oct. 17, 7 p.m. $10. 579 18th St., Oakland, 510-444-7474, www.thenewparish.com.

San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema. Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich/S.F.: The SFFS and their BFFs in Switzerland collaborate for a three-day look back at the various ways San Francisco and Zurich have been portrayed in film. Oct. 18-20. $10-$25. sffs.org. 1746 Post, San Francisco, 525-8630, www.sffs.org.

Oddball Films. Monster Mash-Up: Includes highlights of dusty horror classics (like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein), some seasonal cartoons, educational films, and more. Thu., Oct. 17, 8 p.m. $10. MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon): Featuring a live interview with punk collage artist extraordinaire Winston Smith, plus miscellaneous film clips. Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $10-$12. Home Movie Day: A free screening of ephemeral old S.F. home movies as part of the 11th Annual Worldwide Home Movie Day — an event that John Waters has described as "an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenly become show business." Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m. free. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Mother of George: The pressures of family and tradition weigh upon Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé in this new drama by Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu. Daily. When Comedy Went to School: Documentary about legendary Jewish comedians from the Borscht Belt era. Daily. Muscle Shoals: This music documentary looks at the history of FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where many hugely iconic rock and soul songs — including the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" — were recorded. Daily. Wadjda: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, tells the affecting story of a feisty young girl, a highly coveted bicycle, and a society that wants to limit what women are allowed to dream. Daily. Zaytoun: A downed Israeli fighter pilot and a young Palestinian refugee forge a tentative alliance in this new movie by director Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride). Starting Oct. 18. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Escape from Tomorrow: If Disney lawyers get involved, you may not get another chance to see this provocatively odd B+W fantasy film — shot without permission at Disney amusement parks — that shows a phantasmagorical dark side lurking beneath the Happiest Place on Earth. Through Oct. 17. Standing on Sacred Ground: A four-part series of one-hour documentaries — each detailing the struggles of indigenous peoples to save their native lands — split over two successive nights. Oct. 16-17, 7 p.m. $15. After Tiller: San Francisco premiere of a documentary about the only four remaining American doctors who perform third trimester abortions following the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. Oct. 18-24. Zero Charisma: RPG fantasy geeks square off in this "darkly comedic fable of epic proportions" from first-time directors Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham. Oct. 18-23. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Vogue Theatre. American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco: Historical documentary about the Jewish experience in — and its influence upon — the City by the Bay. Through Oct. 17. $8-$10.50. americanjerusalem.com. Broadway Idiot: Behind-the-scenes documentary about the development of Green Day's album American Idiot into a Broadway musical. Oct. 18-24. 3290 Sacramento, San Francisco, 346-2288, www.voguesf.com.

The Vortex Room. The Satanic Rites of the Vortex Room: Double feature screening of The Undead (1956) and Bell, Book, and Candle (1958). Thu., Oct. 17, 9 p.m. $10. 1082 Howard, San Francisco, N/A, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vortex-Room/217115454982128.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Films by Fassbender: 10-film retrospective of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder; see the YBCA website for titles and showtimes. Starting Oct. 17. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21. $8-$10. American Falls: Avant-garde filmmaker Phil Solomon will be on hand to present a multi-screen triptych version of his acclaimed 2010 work that was first shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m. $6-$10. sfcinematheque.org. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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