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MONDAY (April 30): The 2007 Premiere of the monthly Independent Exposure program of newish short films includes the YouTube favorite Drug Spider (Apeman, 2006), Tales of Mere Existence II (Lev) and more. 21 and over. $6 8 p.m.
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 (April 26): Two 16mm films by San Francisco experimentalist Bruce Baillie, Quick Billy (1967-1970), a “”Horse Opera in Four Reels” version of The Tibetan Book of the Dead (with Baillie as Billy the Kid), and Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True?) (1978). $7 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 28): Other Cinema presents a Recyclopedia show featuring the “video band” TV Sheriff and the Trailbuddies premiere Not 4 $ale, short films by Kent Lambert and more 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: Will Ferrell rides the Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon and Will Speck, 2007) noon, 1:55, 3:50, 5:45, 7:40, 9:30 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, Amazing Grace (Michael Apted, U.K., 2006; 12:50, 4:50, 8:45 p.m. ) and Miss Potter (Chris Noonan, U.K., 2006; 3, 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Domestic Import (Kevin Connor, 1996). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Nahl Hall, 5212 Broadway (at College), Oakland, 594-3600, www.cca.edu; (510) 594-3656 for this program. The Oakland branch of this institution offers occasional media programs.
FRIDAY (April 27): A Media Arts Juried Show screens selected student work 7 p.m.
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 Thursday through Sunday. $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 final program in a tribute to composer Ennio Morricone is a double bill of Terrence Malick's lyrical Americana Days of Heaven (1978; 2:35, 7 p.m. ) and Pier Paolo Pasolini's fabulist Arabian Nights (Italy, 1974; 4:30, 8:55 p.m. )
THURSDAY: The Opening Night program of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival features the Sicilian immigrant saga Golden Door (Emanuele Crialese, Italy, 2006). Opening Night party follows. Film and party $85, film and VIP party $125 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF — Victor Sjostrom stars in and directs the silent classic The Phantom Carriage (Sweden, 1921) as a drunkard confronting Death, screening with an original score by Jonathan Richman. $20 7 p.m. The Heavenly Kings (Wu, Hong Kong) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF — The Mel Novikoff Award goes to film archivist and maker Kevin Brownlow, who'll introduce the late Douglas Fairbanks classic The Iron Mask (Allan Dwan, 1929) 2 p.m. Strange Culture (Leeson) 6 p.m. Wonders Are Many (Else) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF —Opera Jawa (Nugroho, Indonesia) 12:30 p.m. Grab this Murch (Ichioka and Ichioka) 4:15 p.m. Bay Area filmmakers on screen and on stage as Fog City Mavericks (Leva). $25 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features “Cerrito Classics,” a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (April 28 & 29): James Dean's tormented teen throve under Nicholas Ray's quivering direction in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 29): Commemorate Earth Day by planting Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006). $4 1 p.m.
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 (April 27): The Late Night Picture Show's Jim Jarmusch weekend finds Johnny Depp a Dead Man (1995) to Neil Young's guitar midnight.
SATURDAY (April 28): Forest Whitaker is Jarmusch's Ghost Dog (1999), an odd samurai film midnight.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325 and www.elriosf.com for venue, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Tuesday with a special program. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
TUESDAY (May 1): Fabricating Tom Zé (Décio Matos Jr, Brazil, 2006) profiles this musician. $5 at door, cash only “Dusk”.
EMBARCADERO CENTER FOUR
Embarcadero Center (at Brannan), 267-4893 for venue; (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, presenting a special program.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 1-3): Rob Nilsson @ Eye Candy honors the local legend filmmaker with scenes from his films projected on an outdoor screen. Free 7 p.m.
McBean Theater, 3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337 and www.exploratorium.edu for venue, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, presenting a special program. Admission only at door, $5 cash only.
SUNDAY (April 29): “Arrows of Time,” a live cinema performance by Ken McMullen 2 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. [page]
WEDNSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: If you were a rich man, you could enjoy the complete, 179-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) at home, fiddling on your roof. Or you can come here “Starts at dusk.”
STARTS MONDAY: Call for film.
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556; www.grandlaketheater.com. This beautiful old screen (and accompanying smaller screens) usually shows first-run movies. $10 for each of this Thursday's special programs.
THURSDAY (April 26): In Auditorium 1, the film Big Easy to Big Empty at 6:30 p.m. is followed by a live conversation, “From Baghdad to New Orleans,” with investigative journalist Greg Palast, comedian Greg Proops and others at 7 p.m. In Auditorium 2, there's competition for your activist dollar with the Native American-themed film Follow Me Home (Peter Bratt, 1996), with discussions after each screening led by Lakota Harden 7, 9:30 p.m.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (April 24): Free spirited Grazia draws the ire of fellow fisherfolk in Respiro (Emanuele Crialese, Italy, 2002) 6:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Be very very quiet! Renee Zellweger goes rabbit hunting in Miss Potter (Chris Noonan, 2006) Wed 6:45 p.m.; Thurs 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
SATURDAY: A live opera feed from satellite of Puccini's Il Trittico broadcast from the Met. Tuxes not required! $25 10:30 a.m.
SUNDAY: The Second Annual Lark Theater Youth Film Festival screens locally made films by Marin kids. Jury members included Cheech Marin and Lemony Snicket, so you can see this fest is better connected than the SFIFF. $10 12:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 27- May 2): Diggers (Katherine Dieckmann, 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 email@example.com 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 (April 27): An “April in Paris” series of French films concludes with Mathieu Kassovitz reinventing himself as a Resistance hero in Jacques Audiard's A Self-Made Hero (1996) 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 (April 28): Douglas Fairbanks stars as The Mollycoddle (Victor Fleming, 1920), one of his several vigorous pre-swashbuckler comedies 7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.edu for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through May 5. Regular programs are $8, double bills $12; SFIFF programs $12 save as noted. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives on its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film class open to the public (pending available seats), taught by Marilyn Fabe, screens Travis Wilkerson's fascinating documentary about the IWW and its legacy, An Injury to One (2002) 3 p.m. Tim Perkis in person with his documentary Noisy People (2006), sketches of “aurally fixated artists” with live performances to follow 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival opens at this site with Opera Jawa (Nugroho, Indonesia) 4:30 p.m. A Few Days Later… (Karimi, Iran) 7:15 p.m. The Old, Weird America (Singh) 8:55 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF —All in This Tea (Blank and Leibricht) 1:30 p.m. Mukshin (Ahmad, Malaysia) 3:30 p.m. Vanaja (Domalpalli, India) 5:30 p.m. At the Edge: New Experimental Cinema 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF — The Darfur genocide seen as The Devil Came on Horseback (Sundberg and Stern) 1 p.m. Souvenirs (Cohen and Efrat, Israel) 3:30 p.m. Archivist Kevin Brownlow in person with an “Introduction to Silents” 5:30 p.m. How is Your Fish Today? (Xiaolu, China) 8:15 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF — Bamako (Sissako, Mali) 7p.m. Wonders Are Many (Else) 9:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF — Alain Resnais' elegant Private Fears in Public Places (France) 7 p.m. Emma's Bliss (Taddicken, Germany) 9:15 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.parkway-speakeasy.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.
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: The three hour midsection of artist and Vaseline wrestler Matthew Barney's film epic, Cremaster 3 (2002), involves the Temple of Solomon, Gary Gilmore and paralympic athletics 2, 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Dame Judi Dench takes Notes on a Scandal (Richard Eyre, U.K., 2006) and lives to tell the tale 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: A thief and an alchemist seek the secrets of The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico, 1973), his hard-to-see follow-up to El Topo 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:25 p.m. [page]
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 1 & 2): Matthew Barney's a tapdancing devil in the final installments of his film epic, Cremaster 4 (1995) and Cremaster 5 (1997), together at 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 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) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. On Screen 2, a Moroccan music concert, Sound of the Soul (Stephen Olsson, 2007) 6:30 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 27-May 3): The story of a Japanese-American artist who survived internment and homelessness, The Cats of Mirikitani (Linda Hattendorf, 2006). See Opening for review Fri 6:45 p.m. Call for other times and films.
SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens El Recorrido: Oxkutzcab-San Francisco (Carlos Bazua, 2007). Free 11:30 a.m.
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): Brice Marden: Four Decades (Michael Blackwood, 2006), through May 13 4 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint (Rick Tejada-Flores, 1992) 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater — In conjunction with the ongoing Picasso exhibit, a program of Guernica Films, work relevant to the Spanish Civil War and thus Picasso's great painting. Films include the sarcastic documentary of poverty Land Without Bread (Luis Buñuel, Spain, 1932-6), The Spanish Earth (Jori Ivens, 1936) and Guernica (Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens, France, 1950) 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival screens here this weekend. Tonight, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater, Ken McMullen's live performance piece Arrows of Time 6:30 p.m. Murch (Ichioka and Ichioka) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater — Fabricating Tom Zé (Matos, Brazil) 1 p.m. The Devil Came on Horseback (Sundberg and Stern) 3:30 p.m. Protagonist (Yu) 6:15 p.m. Amour-Legende (Wu, Taiwan) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater — Daratt (Haroun, Chad) 2:45 p.m. A boy grows up in rural Bengal in Satyajit Ray's breakthrough Pather Panchali (India, 1955) 5:30 p.m. The Silly Age (Giroud, Cuba) 8:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Picasso and His Time (1994), daily through May 28 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 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 (April 26): An “Alphabet Soup” series finds young Keke Palmer trying to make it to the national spelling bee in Akeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison, 2006). If you didn't pick it up at Starbucks, here's your chance noon.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Humanities 133, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), www.sfsu.edu. Free.
TUESDAY (May 1): A program on “Racial Cleansing in America” includes a lecture from Elliot Jaspin and, direct from Sundance, Marco Williams' film Banished (2007). Filmmaker in person 6:30 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $7. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Two classic noirs find Edmond O'Brien a walking dead man in D.O.A. (Rudolph Mate, 1950; 7:30 p.m. ), and Alan Ladd breaking off The Glass Key (Stuart Heisler, 1942; 5:55, 9:05 p.m. ) in this Dashiell Hammett adaptation.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Bette Davis breaks through as a southern belle in Cabin in the Cotton (Michael Curtiz, 1932; 4:20, 7:30 p.m. ). Hear the sound of dancing feet in the Busby Berkeley classic 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, 1933; 5:50, 9 p.m. ).
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through May 9. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 50th SFIFF. See website for programs.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The latest Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation runs through April 28. 18 and over only. $9 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (April 25): The San Francisco Jewish Film Forum screens From the Auschwitz Chronicle (Mical Bukojemski, 2005), about daily life in the camp 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 29): An S.F. Cinematheque program devoted to “Blasphemy” screens two French classics, Germaine Dulac's The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928) and Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'Or (1930), a film with a real sting in its scorpion tail 7:30 p.m.
The sixth Santa Cruz Film Festival continues through April 28. Call (831) 459-2600 or visit www.santacruzfilmfestival.com for more information.