21st SF IndieFest, Week Two

The second week of the festival brings modern noir, existential terror, and old-school punk.

The second week of SF IndieFest continues to showcase the best in — all together, now! — “independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the globe.” Some of which even hails from our own coordinates around said globe’s 38th parallel, case in point being the globular premiere of local filmmaker Daniel Kramer’s Overwhelm the Sky. Shot in glorious black-and-white, it tells the story of a radio host from back East who moves to San Francisco and soon finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery, as West Coast transplants so often will.

From a few latitudes north and about 50 longitudes to the east comes Zeke Zelker’s narrative Billboard, about the lengths (and heights) to which Allentown, Pa.’s “Only Alternative Rock AM Station” goes to drum up interest in an alternative rock AM station in the modern world. Meanwhile, Amanda Kremer’s Ladyworld hails from a world with a grid all its own. When an earthquake that probably really happened traps eight teenage girls from disparate backgrounds in an already-isolated house, they gradually devolve into all manner of exterminating angels. And sure to twinge the nostalgia nerve of some is Stuart Swezey’s documentary Desolation Center, about the punk-rock festival of the same name that happened in the desert in the 1980s, long before Burners ruined everything in the desert.

Now playing at the Roxie Theater and the Victoria Theater.

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