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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (May 3): To mark International Workers' Day, Travis Wilkerson's fascinating documentary about the IWW and its legacy, An Injury to One (2002) screens on 16 mm, with filmmaker in person. $6 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 4): Mountainfilm on Tour Film presents a program devoted to "Urban Sustainability" including an anthropological look at The Lost People of Mountain Village (Neal Marlens, Carol Black, 2005), demonstrating "Why Bad Things Happen to Bad Civilizations." The life of metropolitan hens is told in Chickens in the City (Christie Herring, 2004). Light refreshments are promised tea and coffee, but will there be water? $6 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 5): Dispatches from Rebel Mexico, Other Cinema's Cinco de Mayo program, offers films by Jill Friedberg and firsthand reportage by Caitlin Manning on the ongoing Oaxaca rebellion, plus Greg Berger and the collective Canal Seis de Julio on other developments there 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Domestic Import (Kevin Connor, 1996) 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, Amazing Grace (Michael Apted, U.K., 2006; 1, 5, 8:55 p.m.) and Miss Potter (Chris Noonan, U.K., 2006; 3:10, 7:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here off and on all week. $10 regular programs, $12 SFIFF programs save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The 50th San Francisco International Film Festival resumes here with the Directing Award recipient, Spike Lee, who'll be honored with clips, an on-stage interview from ex-Ex film critic Wesley Morris (now with the Boston Globe, a somewhat more prestigious sheet), and a screening of Acts II and III of Lee's worthy Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke (2006). $25 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Big Gay Movie Night presentation of Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross, 1989), all about tough southern belles a "gay favorite." $7 admission goes in part to benefit the LGBT Mental Health non-profit, New Leaf. 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF's Peter J. Owens Award, for a career of acting, goes to Robin Williams, honored in person with clips, onstage interview with Armistad Maupin, and a screening of the Holy Grail tale The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam, 1991). What, no Bicentennial Man? $25 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF "Notes to a Toon Underground," a program of animation with live music. $20 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: It's Reaganism gone mad with an "Indiana Jones" triple bill of Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981; 2, 9 p.m. ), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Spielberg, 1984; 4:10 p.m. ) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Spielberg, 1989; 6:30 p.m. ). Where's the Shia LeBoeuf? $10 for all three.
MONDAY: SFIFF Manitoba madman Guy Maddin's latest Brand Upon the Brain! (Canada, 2006), with an original score performed live, plus Foley artists, a benshi and a "castrato" (don't be too sure about the quote marks, publicists this guy revives silent films by making silent films. If he wants to revive certain musical traditions, what's to stop him?). $20 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Theater closed.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. In addition to its regular films, and occasional special programs, a midnight movie series starts this weekend. $9.75.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 4 & 5): Even when watching it back in 1984, W. D. Richter's The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension looked like it had been designed to be a "midnight movie" the object of a cult, rather than either achieved art or an evening's entertainment. This tale of scientist superhero plays like an in-joke you're not in on. Join the cult at midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5 save as noted.
SUNDAY (May 6): "Bad Movie Night" screens Razzie nominees for Worst Picture of 2006 this month. Tonight, the winner Basic Instinct 2 (Michael Caton-Jones, U.K.) 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
DAILY: The great Philippe Noiret is Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, in exile in Il Postino (Michael Radford, Italy, 1994), through May 27 "Starts at dusk."
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Diggers (Katherine Dieckmann, 2006) 5, 7:30, 9:55 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 4-10): Red Road (Andrea Arnold, Scotland, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
FRIDAY (May 4): A month of epic films commences with Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949), one of those movies where the male lead's breasts (Victor Mature) are bigger than the female's (Hedy Lamarr) 6:30 p.m.
NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. An historic theater hosts regular screenings of silent films. $5.
SATURDAY (May 5): Mary Pickford stars in the likeable Suds (John Francis Dillon, 1920) 7:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 4-10): Disappearances (Jay Craven, Canada, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times. Filmmaker in person Saturday and Sunday (call for times).
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Matthew Barney's a tapdancing devil in the final installments of his film epic, Cremaster 4 (1995) and Cremaster 5 (1997), together at 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: This year's Academy Award Nominated Documentary Shorts includes the winner, The Blood of Yingzhou District (Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon, China-U.S., 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Follow the trail to Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, Spain, 2006) 7, 9:25 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Comedy of Power (Claude Chabrol, France 2006) 6:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. What happened after the fall of Saigon? The tale's told in Journey from the Fall (Ham Tran, 2006) 8:30 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m. On Screen 2, The Cats of Mirikitani (Linda Hattendorf, 2006) 6:20, 8, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 4-10): Sacco and Vanzetti (Peter Miller, 2006). See Opening for review Call for times and other films.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000 and www.sfmoma.org for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through Sunday. Museum screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted; SFIFF screenings $12.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Picasso and His Time (1994), daily through May 28 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Brice Marden: Four Decades (Michael Blackwood, 2006), through May 13 4 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival screens in the Phyllis Wattis Theater this weekend. The complete, four-part When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006) noon Special Forces (Hébert and Ostertag) 6:30 p.m. Strange Culture (Leeson) 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater How is Your Fish Today? (Xiaolu, China) 12:30 p.m. Tuli (Solito, Philippines) 2:45 p.m. Everything's Cool (Gold and Helfand) 5:45 p.m. Slumming (Glawogger, Gemany) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater A photographer snaps in Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (Youngelson and Sutherland) 12:30 p.m. A cell-phone records urban malaise in Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me it Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan (Frisch, Netherlands) 2:45 p.m. Zolykha's Secret (Shansab, Afghanistan) 5 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (May 3): An "Animals are Beautiful People" series starts a month-long trek with March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) noon.
SATURDAY (May 5): Cecil Brown in person with a film and discussion of his new book, Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department? 2 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 8): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of the new documentary Knocking (Joel Engardio and Tom Sheppard, 2007), on the civil liberties victories of the Jehovah's Witnesses 6 p.m.