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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 (April 12): An evening of “thespians, lesbians, and laughs” is promised with a reading of actor/writer Tina D'Elia's play Groucho: A Queer Loca, plus Michael LaRocco's short film Groucho 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 13): Multimedia artist Michael Trigilio's new film Thanks for Giving My Number Back (2007), “a tangle of giggles, heartache, and fear.” $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 14): Other Cinema's “Dis-Oriented,” a program of old and new films including WWII propaganda, James Hong and Yin-Ju Chen's 731: Two Visions of Hell, about Japanese medical experiments on Chinese prisoners, and J.D. Ligon's Ha Ha Ha America (2005), about the Chinese-U.S. trade imbalance 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 17): A “big screen rerun” of this venue's cable television ATV programming for last November, including Au Pairs, X, Bikini Kill, Vanita Smyth, the Slits and works from the 2006 ATA film and video festival. $6 8 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) 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 9:25 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and other times.
FRIDAY (April 13): A radio station-sponsored Alice's 3-Minute Film Festival marks its fifth stanza with more than 15 short-shorts including Pixar's latest, Lifted (Gary Rydstrom, 2007). Doors 7 p.m. , films 8 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 641-7657 and www.openrangeweb1.com/calendar/brava/calendar.asp for venue, www.killingmylobster.com for program. This restored movie house hosts the Hi/Lo Film Festival this week, and other screenings as well.
THURSDAY: The Hi/Lo Film Festival screens here for three days. Shorts Program 1 includes I Am Hearing the Last Bird (Ryan Tebo) and Arnold Heart Hummer (Laura Dean) 7:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: Hi/Lo — Shorts Program 2 features A Pomegranate Escaped (William Frey III) 7:15 p.m. Shorts Program 3 includes Tales of Mere Existence (Lev Yilmaz) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Hi/Lo — Shorts Program 1 5 p.m. Shorts Program 2 7:15 p.m. A retrospective, “The Best of Hi/Lo,” a 1997-2007 look back 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: A Graduation Screening from the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. Free and open to the public 6:30 p.m.
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 14 & 15): It's pretty stodgy, but it beats the Spielberg all to hell: War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin, 1953) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 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 13): The Late Night Picture Show dares to screen Friday the 13th (Sean Cunningham, 1980), all about bad doings at Crystal Lake midnight.
SATURDAY (April 14): Go down to the lab and see who's on the slab in this uncut edition of Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985) very loosely indeed adapted from H.P. Lovecraft 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 (April 8): A “Bad Movie Night” presentation of The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson, 2004), for heretics only 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: 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 through April 29 “Starts at dusk.”
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 donation.
TUESDAY (April 17): A Helmut Käutner series closes with his postwar satire The Captain from Köpenick (Germany, 1956), a neat contrast to the several Nazi-era films from this talented filmmaker the Goethe has been running. San Francisco Film Society Creative Director Miguel Pendas introduces the film, which screened on the Opening Night of the first San Francisco International Film Festival back in 1957 7 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue. Free.
TUESDAY (April 17): Evvy Eisen introduces his half-hour DVD Multiply by Six Million (2007), a record of Bay Area Holocaust survivors7:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.75. [page]
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Page Turner (Denis Dercourt, France, 2006) 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 13-19): A revival of Alberto Lattuada's black comedy Mafioso (Italy, 1962), with the great Alberto Sordi. 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 13): An “April in Paris” series of French films continues with Claude Sautet's The Heart in Winter (1992), with Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Beart 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 15): The San Francisco Womens' Film Festival offers a tribute to filmmaker Penelope Spheeris, in person with her film Suburbia (1983), plus short films and Closing Night live music. $10 7 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 14): A foreshortened Lon Chaney seeks revenge in the gripping, filmed-in-San Francisco silent melodrama The Penalty (Wallace Worsley, 1921)7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.edu. $8, double bills $12. 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 Woody Allen's poignant 1930s Hollywood retrospect The Purple Rose of Cairo (1982) 3 p.m. Jean Vigo's anarchic classics Taris (France, 1931) and Zero for Conduct (France, 1933) screen with live soundtracks from UC Berkeley students 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Time After Time, a program of UCB student films, including Multiple Hugs and Kisses (Yosuke Hosaka) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A disabled girl is buoyant despite everything in the inspiring The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1999) 7 p.m. Jack Nicholson stars as a disillusioned reporter in Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy, 1975) 8:50 p.m.
SATURDAY: Ning Ying's police comedy On the Beat (China, 1995) 6:30 p.m. A film director seeks perfection, or at least an Identification of a Woman (Antonioni, Italy, 1982) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A rare screening of Antonioni's documentary look at China during the Cultural Revolution, Chung Kuo China (Italy, 1972) — very pretty, but it misses the story 2 p.m.
TUESDAY: UCLA archivist Ross Lipman discusses the hard work of restoring four short films by Kenneth Anger and then screens new prints of Fireworks (1947), Scorpio Rising (1963) and more 7:30 p.m.
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: Southern California's ruined inland sea, as seen in Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, 2005). Metzler in person for evening shows 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Go down to Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006) and see who's on the slab in this new fantasy classic 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:25 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: A “pad thai western,” Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng Thailand 2000) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:25 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (April 17 & 18): The first two installments of artist and Vaseline wrestler Matthew Barney's film epic, Cremaster 1 (1996) and Cremaster 2 (1999) — billed as a “gothic westrern” featuring murderer Gary Gillmore. They play together at 7, 9:30 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: Follow a Police Beat (Robinson Devor, 2006) with a Muslim bicycle cop in Seattle 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: A reverent documentary on A Zen Life (Michael Goldberg, U.S.-Japan, 2006), that of scholar D.T. Suzuki 7 p.m. Little Children (Todd Field, 2006) 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 13-19): Sound of the Soul (Stephen Olsson, 2007). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco Womens' Film Festival offers a panel discussion on Documentary and Activism featuring local filmmakers Deborah Koons-Garcia, Connie Field and others. Free 2 p.m.
SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens Resistance as Democracy (Ron Smith and Larry Mosqueda), about he rise of the FMLN in El Salvador. Free 11:30 a.m.
TUESDAY: Archivist Rick Prelinger presents “The Future Simplified: Extinct Promises from Three World's Fairs” including The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939) and Century 21 Calling (1962) 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. “Frameline at the Center,” a free monthly film series, continues.
THURSDAY (April 12): A video about body images, love and sex from the viewpoint of nine female-to-male (FTM) transmen and their partners in Enough Man (Luke Woodward, 2007). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Brice Marden: Four Decades (Michael Blackwood, 2006) 4 p.m. [page]
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections (1993) 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater — “Fidelity and Betrayal,” a series devoted to screening originals and their remakes, screens Douglas Sirk's domestic melodrama All That Heaven Allows (1955), followed by R. W. Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Germany, 1974), with the obscured object of desire Rock Hudson and the Moroccan El Hedi ben Salem, respectively. $7 Thurs 6:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint (Rick Tejada-Flores, 1992) screens daily through April 30 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 12): An “Alphabet Soup” series screens Jeff Blitz's highly entertaining spelling bee Spellbound (2002) noon.
WEDNESDAY (April 11): The San Francisco Women's Film Festival opens here tonight with a tribute to actor-screenwriter Guinevere Turner, short films including Lynn Breedlove's Godspeed, live music and dancing. $10 7 p.m.
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.
SUNDAY: Dead Channels, a series of cult horror classics, offers up an evening of oozy entertainment, starting with the giant worms of Squirm (Jeff Lieberman, 1976) 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 p.m. followed by a double-bill of Kingdom of the Spiders (John Cardos, 1977), with William Shatner fighting tarantulas, and Son of Blob (Larry Hagman, 1972), “the film that J.R. shot” 8:30 p.m. $8 a program.
SATURDAY (April 14): The San Francisco Women's Film Festival offers a program of new short films made by youth for youth, Generation Next. Free 2 p.m. Matinee Shorts by women filmmakers. $7 5 p.m. Documentary and Activism short films. $10 8 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 11): A spurned woman returns to her village for revenge in this African adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's oft-filmed allegory The Visit, in Hyenas (Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1992), recast not with Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn but as a parable of foreign aid 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 13 & 14): Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul recalls his parents' courtship in Syndromes and a Century (Thailand, 2006) Fri 7, 9 p.m.; Sun 1, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 15): The San Francisco Women's Film Festival curates a program of Childrens' Animation Shorts made by women around the world. $7 2 p.m.