Arthouse Movie Listings February 26-March 4, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Lemon: Documentary about Tony Award-winning street poet Lemon Andersen, whose troubled life has fueled his art even as it kept him mired in the projects. Wed., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Adjectives in the Halting Speech: Films by Jonathan Schwartz: 16mm experimental shorts by the young American filmmaker. Thu., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Revenge of the Mekons: Documentary about the country-punk band with a small but dedicated cult following. Part of the Noise Pop Film Series. Fri., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. $10. noisepop.com. Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker: Documentary about the eccentric pianist who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." Part of the Noise Pop Film Series. Fri., Feb. 28, 9 p.m. $10. noisepop.com. Other Cinema: Sisters' Pictures: World premiere of Irene Lusztig's Motherhood Archives, a collection of vintage film shorts about childbirth. Sat., March 1, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records: Bonus encore screening of the documentary about Los Angeles indie hip-hop label Stones Throw. Part of the Noise Pop Film Series. Sun., March 2, 2 p.m. $10. noisepop.com. Kids Like You & Me: Documentary about American garage-rock band Black Lips on tour in the Middle East. Part of the Noise Pop Film Series. Sun., March 2, 9 p.m. $10. noisepop.com. 992 Valencia, S.F., 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Center for New Music. Choreographies of Creation & Destruction: The Live Cinemas of John Davis & Greg Pope: Experimental film screenings with live soundtrack performances. Sat., March 1, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. sfcinematheque.org. 55 Taylor, S.F., 275-2466, www.centerfornewmusic.com.

Center for Sex & Culture. Shibari Film Festival: A kinky cinematic afternoon of short films featuring Japanese rope bondage scenarios for shibari enthusiasts ages 18+. Sat., March 1, 3-7 p.m. $10. 1349 Mission, S.F., 902-2071, www.sexandculture.org.

Clay Theatre. Omar: This Palestinian drama set in the Israeli-occupied territories is one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. Daily. The Princess Bride: It's inconceivable that there's anyone in the world who doesn't love this movie. Feb. 28-March 1, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore, S.F., 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: White House Down: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Tristan Buckner, and Ziad Ezzat aren't, um, down with this Roland Emmerich popcorn flick starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Sun., March 2, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, S.F., 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

DNA Lounge. As the Palaces Burn: One-show-only screening of a new documentary about American metal band Lamb of God, whose singer was forced to stand trial on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic after a 2010 stagediving accident claimed a fan's life. Sun., March 2, 8 p.m. $12-$15. asthepalacesburn.com. 375 11th St., S.F., 626-1409, www.dnalounge.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey continues his run of challenging roles in this true-life tale of a 1980s Texas cowboy who's diagnosed as HIV positive. Daily. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. Daily. Gloria: Paulina García has won wide acclaim for her lead performance in this character study of a middle-aged Chilean woman who lives life on her own terms. Daily. The Wind Rises: Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated masterpiece for Studio Ghibli, shown in both subtitled and dubbed versions (the latter featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role). Daily. 12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt star in director Steve McQueen's powerful drama set in antebellum America. Daily. Tim's Vermeer: Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) directed this documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to discover the secret behind Vermeer's uncanny knack for verisimilitude. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F., 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings presented in the Kanbar Forum by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, S.F., 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Mechanics' Institute Library. Reel San Francisco Stories: Author Christopher Pollock focuses on the city's cinematic history in his book Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area. Tue., March 4, 6 p.m. $15. 57 Post, S.F., 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.

Multiple San Francisco Locations. Noise Pop Film Series: Running concurrently with its concert series, Noise Pop's filmic offerings include a series of band rockumentaries (covering The National, Black Lips, Mekons, and more) and other nonfiction features pertaining to independent music and youth culture. Screenings happen at the Roxie Theater, New People Cinema, Artists' Television Access, and Noise Pop HQ at the NWBLK. Feb. 26-March 2., S.F.

Museum of the African Diaspora. Unearthing the Dream: Documentary about racial integration at a high school in late-1960s Arkansas — including some unintended side effects you might not have expected from an otherwise beneficial progressive moment in history. Filmmaker Pam Uzzell and author Ajuan Mance (Proud Legacy: The Colored Schools of Malvern, Arkansas, and the Community That Made Them) will also lead a discussion following the movie. Fri., Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. unearthingthedream.com. 685 Mission, S.F., 358-7200, www.moadsf.org.

New People. Brothers Hypnotic: Documentary about Chicago brass band the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, whose members are all siblings. Part of the Noise Pop Film Series. Thu., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. $10. noisepop.com. Death Metal Angola: Documentary about heavy metal in the war-torn African nation of Angola. Part of the Noise Pop Film Series. Thu., Feb. 27, 9 p.m. $10. noisepop.com. 1746 Post (at Webster), S.F., 525-8630, www.newpeopleworld.com.

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