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Arthouse Movie Listingsfor April 2-8, 2014 

Wednesday, Apr 2 2014

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Planet Rock: A screening of Kerry Laitala's 16mm look at New Hampshire's once-iconic Old Man of the Mountain (R.I.P.), plus cinematic glimpses at Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and more. Sat., April 5, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

Brava Theater Center. Guitarra de Palo: Flamenco documentary screening followed by live performance featuring Antón Jiménez, Jerry González, Jorge Pardo, Raimundo Amador, Javier Colina, Israel Suárez ("El Piraña"), Rafita Jiménez, and David Paniagua. Sun., April 6, 6 p.m. $25-$65. 2781 24th St., San Francisco, 641-7657,

California Academy of Sciences. Reel to Real NightLife: To celebrate this year's upcoming S.F. International Film Festival (April 24-May 8), the San Francisco Film Society hosts an evening of short films, animal documentaries, planetarium shows, and other forms of cinematic entertainment, plus cocktails (of course!) and music by the Sweater Funk DJs. Thu., April 3, 6-10 p.m. $10-$12. 55 Music Concourse, San Francisco, 379-8000,

The Castro Theatre. Sing Along Beauty and the Beast: Costumes are encouraged for these sing-along screenings of the enduring Disney musical. Through April 4, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. $10-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Center for New Music. Film @ C4NM: Avant Rock: Documentary screenings of Frank Zappa: Phase II - The Big Note, Approximately Nels Cline, and The Art of the Stompbox. Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. $7-$10. 55 Taylor, San Francisco, 275-2466,

Center for Sex & Culture. How to Lose Your Virginity: This new documentary from Therese Shechter (I Was a Teenage Feminist) casts a questioning eye on the issue of purity versus promiscuity in American society. Sat., April 5, 8 p.m. $8-$25 sliding scale. 1349 Mission, San Francisco, 902-2071,

Clay Theatre. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. On My Way: Legendary French beauty Catherine Deneuve ambles across the screen in this road movie whose primary goal seems to be simply spending as much time with the cinematic icon as possible. Starting April 4. Daily. Sharknado: Even by the SyFy Channel's abysmal standards, this low budget made-for-TV thriller about a storm that flings sharks around Los Angeles is beyond awful — so awful, in fact, that it has an 82% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Because it's flippin' hilarious, that's why. April 4-5, 11:59 p.m. $10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Alexia Staniotes, and Tim Kay kick off a month of Mel Gibson flicks with the movie that, if nothing else, bequeathed the name of its titular battle arena to a Burning Man camp. Sun., April 6, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Ernest & Celestine: This Oscar-nominated French animated film — about the unlikely friendship between a mouse and a bear — is shown in both dubbed and subtitled versions. Daily. Particle Fever: The Large Hadron Collider didn't open up an apocalyptic black hole when it was turned on in 2008, but filmmaker Mark Levinson made his own kind of Emmerich-free excitement in this acclaimed documentary about the scientists behind that enormous particle accelerator. Daily. Jodorowsky's Dune: daily. Le Week-End: A middle-aged British couple journey to Paris in an attempt to rekindle romance in this dramedy directed by Notting Hill's Roger Michell. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume I: 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. Rob the Mob: starting April 4. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume II: starting April 4. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Exploratorium. Bay Area Student Filmmaking Showcase: The San Francisco Film Society presents works by creative young upstarts from the Bay Area Video Coalition, California College of the Arts, SFAI, Stanford, UC Berkeley, USF, and more. Sat., April 5, 4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444,

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. Leaving Fear Behind: Filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen is still being imprisoned by Chinese officials for "subversion of state power" by making this 25-minute documentary about Tibet. Today his wife Lhamo Tso and the Dui Hua Foundation's John Kamm show the film and discuss the issues surrounding it at an event presented by Amnesty International USA Group 30. Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 1187 Franklin, San Francisco, 292-4892,

Mechanics' Institute Library. CinemaLit Film Series: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Mechanics' Institute Library honors the late Oscar winner with a month of weekly screenings, including Capote (April 4), The Savages (April 11), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (April 18), and Doubt (April 25). Starting April 4. Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through April 25. $10. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100,

Multiple San Francisco Locations. Crossroads 2014: San Francisco Cinematheque — along with experimental co-conspirators like 23five Incorporated, Artists' Television Access, Oddball Films, Shapeshifters Cinema, and others — pushes the boundaries of film with this four-day festival of avant-garde shorts, video projections, and art installations at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission), Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and Kadist Art Foundation (3295 20th Street). April 3-6. $5-$10. Multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Tiny Dance Film Festival: Detour Dance brings choreography to the cinema for its second year in a row, hosting two nights of short films that capture dance performances made explicitly for the screen. April 4-5, 8 p.m. $15-$20 (or $35 for two-day festival pass). 145 Ninth St., San Francisco, 503-1972,

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Afternoon of a Faun: Documentary about Tanaquil Le Clercq — the great ballerina paralyzed by polio — that is only as tragic as the ballerina herself decided it would be. Daily. Anita: Documentary about Anita Hill and her landmark 1991 sexual harrassment testimony against Supreme Court then-nominee Clarence Thomas. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. Child's Pose: This riveting drama is an Eastern European spin on the old-fashioned "women's weepies" genre in which long-suffering mothers sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of their often bratty, unappreciative children. Daily. The Missing Picture: Using an unorthodox combination of clay mini-figures, dioramas, and propaganda films, filmmaker Rithy Panh attempts to recreate his memories of what it was like to live in Cambodia during the bloody reign of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. April 4-10. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. Czech That Film: Touring showcase of contemporary Czech cinema that includes Jan Hebejk's Honeymoon, Jií Menzel's Don Juans, Milan Cieslar's Colette, and Roman Kašparovský's Lousy Bastards. Through April 2. Mistaken for Strangers: Ostensibly a documentary about indie rock band The National, this tour movie — filmed by the singer's schlumpier younger brother — also ends up being a story about the funny frustrations endemic to sibling rivalries the world over. Through April 3. Cheap Thrills: through April 3. Second Annual Food & Farm Film Fest: If you want fawning profiles of superstar chefs and celebrity restaurateurs, look elsewhere. This four-day festival of short films would rather focus on the less glamorous — but surely more important — stories about the farming and production behind the foods we eat. But the F&FFF is not all work and no play: Each screening is accompanied by food pairings from local providers. April 3-6. $15 per screening (or $150 for full festival pass). It Felt Like Love: Young newcomer Gina Piersanti stars in Eliza Hittman's impressionistic indie debut in which teenage love and sex are hardly the stuff sentimental dreams are made of. April 4-10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

SF Camerawork. The Vivian Maier Mystery: SF Camerawork and Scott Nichols Gallery co-host this screening of an hourlong BBC documentary about Vivian Maier, the Chicago nanny whose photography remained an unknown secret for years. The related "Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows" photo exhibit runs through June 14 at Scott Nichols Gallery. Fri., April 4, 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 657 Mission, San Francisco, 512-2020,

USF Presentation Theater. 12th Annual USF Human Rights Film Festival: You don't have to be a USF student — or even have a penny in your pocket — to attend this free three-day series of provocative documentaries and feature films about humanitarian issues from around the world. April 3-5. Free. 2350 Turk, San Francisco, 422-2434,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. One Day Pina Asked...: Chantal Akerman's documentary about German choreographer Pina Bausch was originally released in 1983, but has just recently become available with English subtitles. These YBCA screenings are preceded by Ritual in Transfigured Time, a 15-minute silent work by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren. April 4-5, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787,

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