PROXY Reveals its Third Annual Fall Film Festival Lineup

I Am Not Your Negro, The Big Sick, PATTI CAKE$ and other new releases will screen in Hayes Valley this fall.

The third annual Fall Film Festival presented by PROXY and HERE FOR NOW begins on Friday, September 22. The Festival is set to run for five consecutive Fridays, and will end in October.

The films showcased are modern, critically acclaimed and most importantly, free. Each film comes with ratings when available, PROXY urges that you (and your family) review each film to make an appropriate personal judgement. Note that four of the five films featured do have an R rating.

The outdoor movie theatre is equipped with food and beer for sale on site, with beer proceeds supporting ongoing programming at PROXY. Organizers ask that attendees don’t BYOB. The festival is free (you can make make donations to keep it that way, here) and takes place at the PROXY Walk-in Theatre, located at 432 Octavia St. at the corner of Hayes Street. Movies begin at 7:30 p.m., however, because it is outdoors, anyone is welcome to drop in throughout the evening.

Here is a breakdown of the lineup:

Friday September 22: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO 

(Directed by Raoul Peck)

Rating: PG- 13

A radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, the civil rights movement, and #BlackLivesMatter. Based on the thirty page manuscript left by James Baldwin, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.


Friday, September 29: THE BIG SICK

(Directed by Michael Showalter)

Rating: R

The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. What they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, complicating the life Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents have planned for him. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, Kumail must navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.


Friday, October 6: LANDLINE

(Directed by Gillian Robespierre)

Rating: R

Set in 1990s Manhattan, when two sisters suspect their father may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana, recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali. The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process.


Friday, October 13: A GHOST STORY

(Directed by David Lowery)

Rating: R

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. He embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Friday, October 20: PATTI CAKE$

(Directed by Geremy Jasper)

Rating: R

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in PATTI CAKE$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, PATTI CAKE$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.


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