Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (June 30): The "School's Out Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 13 short films and videos keyed to the theme of summer, including Thomas Muller's Tokyo Meltdown, Laura DiTrapani's 7 Cats, Evan James' Velvet and Rat Skins, and Tom Putnam's hopefully not autobiographical Tom Hits His Head 8 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (June 25): Gérard Depardieu is a troubled priest Under the Sun of Satan (Maurice Pialat, France, 1987) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 28): Under the Sun of Satan 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (June 27): ATA's monthly Open Screening gives you a chance to show your masterpiece, or even your disaster-piece, without shame and for a paying audience. $4 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 28): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), $5, $3 with costume 10 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $7 regular admission (from Monday this week), $9 and $6 matinee (before 5 p.m.) screenings for the SFILGFF save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The 27th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival continues with Get a Way (France) 1:30 p.m. "Intersex Explorations" (shorts) 4 p.m. Flying With One Wing (Sri Lanka) 6:30 p.m. From Thailand, a special presentation of Suddenly. $15 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFILGFF -- Yes Nurse! No Nurse! (Netherlands) 1:30 p.m. A Bizarre Love Triangle (Korea) 4 p.m. Dianne Wiest stars in Merci Docteur Rey (Litvack), with Vanessa Redgrave "as herself" 6:30 p.m. Totally Sexy Loser (Schafer) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- You'll Get Over It (France) 1:30 p.m. School's Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas (Simmons) 3:45 p.m. Gallant Girls (Germany) 6 p.m. Tasty Bits (Russia) 8:15 p.m. The early life of Anna Nicole Smith is exposed in Dark Roots 10:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- "Looney Lezzies" (shorts) 11:30 a.m. Put the Camera on Me (Stein and Shell) 1:30 p.m. A lesbian couple of 50 years is profiled in No Secret Anymore 3:30 p.m. You'll Get Over It 6 p.m. Macaulay Culkin's the Party Monster (Bailey and Barbatto) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- "Fun in Boys' Shorts" noon. "Fun in Girls' Shorts" 2:15 p.m. Close to Leo (France) 4:30 p.m. The Closing Night film is Prey for Rock & Roll (Steyermark). Film only $20, film and party $60 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 30-July 3): Japón (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2002); see Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.
EDINBURGH CASTLE PUB
THURSDAY (June 26): Professor James Forsher of Cal State, Hayward, an expert on government propaganda films, delivers a talk on celluloid propaganda and shows historical examples of the genre. Don't forget that statue of Saddam coming down 8 p.m.
27 Sutter (near Market and Sansome), two doors down from the Flatiron Building. Free with reservation; call 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. A "16mm Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens here every Thursday in June, with round-table discussion to follow.
THURSDAY (June 26): A tribute series to Linda Darnell concludes with Night Without Sleep (Roy Ward Baker, 1952), with Gary Merrill as a has-been composer who wakes up thinking he killed someone ... maybe even a music critic. Noir expert Eddie Muller does the introductory honors 8 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends, and "Hong Kong Movie Madness" double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
THURSDAY (June 26): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues with a double bill of Legendary Weapons of China (Chia-Liang Liu, 1982), a dubbed martial arts comedy featuring limbs that when cut off turn into weapons; and Magnificent Butcher (Woo-ping Yuen, 1979), a vehicle for comic Sammo Hung. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Tim Hunter's excellent River's Edge (1986), based on the sad doings of true-life Milpitas teens.
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $9, matinees (before 5 p.m.) $6, save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (June 25): Fifteen years of ACT UP on video, recorded in Fight Back, Fight AIDS 6:30 p.m. "Boys Got Spunk" (shorts) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 26): A documentary on the impact of queer feminist Audre Lorde, The Edge of Each Other's Battles 6:30 p.m. "Chick Flicks" (shorts) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 27): "Spoofed!" (shorts) 6 p.m. Enter the Clowns (China) 8:15 p.m. Mango Souffle (India) 10:15 p.m.