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Arthouse movie listings for April 15-21, 2009 

Wednesday, Apr 15 2009

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Artists' Television Access. Delta Force: Glen Ellis' documentary about slain Nigerian environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues. Wed., April 15, 7 p.m. free. Blondes in the Jungle: Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn's wacky feature about teenagers on the hunt for the Fountain of Youth. Thu., April 16, 8 p.m. $6. "Beneath a Passive Surface": Independent experimental short films. Fri., April 17, 8 p.m. $6. "Introduction to Experimental Animation": David Cox and Molly Hankwitz of Archimedia offer workshops on high-tech/low-tech animation. Saturdays. Continues through June 20. $40. RiP: A Remix Manifesto: Brett Gaylor's "open-source documentary" on copyright issues in music. Sat., April 18, 8:30 p.m. $6. "Bullshit!": Independent short films presented by 3rd I's Green Eye. Sun., April 19, 2 p.m. $7. "Shadow Fields": Film and sound by the Parasitic Fantasy Band, and new films by Paul Clipson accompanied by Metal Rouge. Sun., April 19, 8 p.m. $6-$10. "Garden of Verses": Short experimental films by Lynne Sachs and Mark Street. Tue., April 21, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890,

Castro Theatre. Badlands and The Thin Red Line: Terence Malick double feature. Wed., April 15, 1:30 p.m. Epidemic Film Festival: The Academy of Art University film school's showcase. Fri., April 17, 6 p.m. Free. "'06 Quake Commemorative Evening": A champagne toast and music by Blackie Norton's Paradise Club Band precede the screening of 1936's San Francisco. Sat., April 18, 6:45 p.m. Cinemapocalypse: Sun., April 19, 2 p.m. $10. Milk Mondays: The hometown Oscar winner: Perhaps you've heard of it? Mondays, 2, 5 & 8 p.m. Continues through April 27. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: The Happening: M. Night Shyamalan continues his career of underperforming. Sun., April 19, 8 p.m. $5. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987,

Goethe-Institut. Rare Silent Films by Ernst Lubitsch: Through April 25, 7 p.m. $5. 530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760,

Mechanics' Institute Library. Spring Romance: Melodrama by Borzage: Series programmed by SF Weekly contributor Michael Fox. Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through April 24. free-$10. 57 Post (at Market), 393-0101,

Pacific Film Archive. "The Way of the Termite: The Essay in Cinema": Explorations into the film essay with works by Fernando Birri, Humphrey Jennings, and Moslem Mansouri, among others. Through April 19. "From Riches to Rags: Hollywood and the New Deal": Films about the Great Depression. Through April 19. "Film 50: History of Cinema": Berkeley's film studies course is open to the public. Through May 6. "Women's Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran": See site for schedule. Through April 29. "Thinking About Not Thinking: Buddhism, Meditation, and Film": In conjunction with an undergraduate course, but open to the public. See site for schedule. Through April 27. Cine/Spin: Cal student DJ spin a soundtrack to Reefer Madness. Thu., April 16. 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-1124,

Red Vic Movie House. Waltz with Bashir: Ari Folman's broodingly original animated film. Wed., April 15, 2, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Thu., April 16, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. The Big Lebowski: The Dude requests an audience. Fri., April 17, 7 & 9:25 p.m.; April 18-19, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:25 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 2, 4:20, 7 & 9:25 p.m. Persepolis: Coming-of-age animated film, drawn from Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels. Tue., April 21, 7:15 & 9:20 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994,

Roxie Theater. Theater of War: Documentary about Meryl Streep and Bertolt Brecht. April 15-16, 7 p.m.; April 17-22, 6:30 p.m.; April 18-19, 3 p.m. Medicine for Melancholy: Barry Jenkins' feature about a one-night stand between twenty-something African Americans in San Francisco. April 15-16, 7 & 8:45 p.m.; April 17-22, 8:15 & 10 p.m.; April 18-19, 4:40 p.m. Crips and Bloods: Made in America: Stacey Peralta's documentary on gangs. Through April 16, 8:45 p.m. In a Dream: Jeremiah Zagar's documentary about his father, a prolific mosaic artist. April 17-23, 7 & 8:45 p.m.; April 18-19, 3 & 5 p.m. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087,

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Alphaville: Jean-Luc Godard's film about an alien world. Part of "The Future of the Past: Utopia/Dystopia, 1965-1984." Thu., April 16, 7 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 1 p.m. Sleeper: Woody Allen's future spoof. Part of "The Future of the Past: Utopia/Dystopia, 1965-1984." Sat., April 18, 1 p.m. Fahrenheit 451: François Truffaut burns books. Part of "The Future of the Past: Utopia/Dystopia, 1965-1984." Sat., April 18, 3 p.m.; Thu., April 23, 7 p.m. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000,

Vogue Theatre. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale: Thu., April 16, 7 p.m. $12. 3290 Sacramento (at Presidio) (3290 Sacramento), 346-2288,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film": Film curator Jeff Lambert and the National Film Preservation Foundation present experimental shorts. Wed., April 15, 7:30 p.m. $6-$10. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787,


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