After ten years, this will be my last “Reps Etc.” column. Send information about future screenings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to everyone who has helped with the column over the past decade – especially Deborah Lewis, who copy-edited it for its first nine years. I hope many readers found it useful in locating good alternative cinema. Thanks for the use of the hall. – Gregg Rickman
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. 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. $10 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Two Hollywood nightmares, Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001; 2, 7 p.m.) and the Lynch-influenced Barton Fink (Joel Coen, 1991; 4:45, 9:45 p.m.). “I'll show you the life of the mind!”
THURSDAY: The Second Annual Good Vibrations Amateur Erotic Film Competition. Hey! Isn't that you up there? Reception and screening $30 6:30 p.m. Screening only $15 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton, and other youngsters splash on the suntan lotion in 1960's Where the Boys Are (Henry Levin) 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Connie Francis: The Legend Continues presents the singer in concert. “Don't Break the Heart That Loves You.” 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: A triple bill of “Queen of Technicolor” Maria Montez features: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Arthur Lubin, 1944; 2, 7 p.m.), Cobra Woman (Robert Siodmak, 1944; 3:50, 8:50 p.m.) and Arabian Nights (John Rawlins, 1942; 5:15 p.m.).
TUESDAY: An Ingmar Bergman tribute screens two of his angstier late-1960s features, The Passion of Anna (Sweden, 1969, 3, 7 p.m.) and Shame (Sweden, 1968; 1, 5, 9 p.m.), the latter a rare grappling with social issues outside of Ingmar's id.
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.
SUNDAY (Oct. 14): “Bad Movie Night” continues a bad remake series with Jaume Collet-Serra's (who?) 2005 version of House of Wax, a.k.a. “That Movie Where Paris Hilton Gets Killed” 8 p.m.
GEORGE LUCAS THEATER
Kerner Optical, 90 Windward Way, San Rafael, (877) 874-MVFF and www.mvff.com for the event-sponsoring Mill Valley Film Festival. $15.
SATURDAY (Oct. 13): ILM's physical effects department hosts “Filmmaking's Next Dimension: An Insider's Look,” a preview of coming 3-D attractions 2 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or email email@example.com for required reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $10 donation.
FRIDAY (Oct. 12): A spy series screens the still-funny 1960s spoof The President's Analyst (Theodore J. Flicker, 1967), which could be remade today with little change! The phone company is still evil … 6:30 p.m.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
WEDNESDAY: The 30th Mill Valley Film Festival continues with “I'm Your Man” (shorts) 5 p.m. Mr. Dial Has Something to Say (Sean Penn, 2007) 6 p.m. A “Spotlight on Terry George” screens his film Reservation Road. Film and reception $75, film only $25 7 p.m. The Price of Sugar (Haney) 7:15 p.m. Riding Solo to the Top of the World (Jani, India) 8:15 p.m. Drained (Dhalia, Brazil) 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Mill Valley – “Outer and Inner Spaces” (shorts) 4 p.m. “Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye” (shorts) 5 p.m. Blame It on Fidel (Gavras) 6 p.m. The festival's Centerpiece features Christopher Plummer in Man in the Chair (Michael Schroeder). Film and reception $35, film only $15 6:30 p.m. Kobra's Decision (Sassanpour, Iran) 7:15 p.m. Yella (Petzold, Germany) 8:30 p.m. Presque Isle (Nilsson) 9:15 p.m. Mind the Gap (Bergström, Sweden) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Mill Valley – “Outer and Inner Spaces” 4:30 p.m. My Enemy's Enemy (Macdonald, France/U.K.) 4:45 p.m. “There is a War” (shorts) 5 p.m. Things We Lost in the Fire (Bier) 7 p.m. Elvis and Anabelle (Geiger) 7:15 p.m. The Rind (Ameglio, Uruguay) 9:30 p.m. Frozen Life (shin, Japan) 9:45 p.m. The Orphanage (Bayona, Spain) 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Mill Valley – Luna (McBrearty, Canada) 10 a.m. “The iGeneration Download ” (shorts) 11 a.m. Djanta (Ouédraogo, Burkina Faso) noon. The Rind 12:30 p.m. Postcards from Tora Bora (Osman and Dolak, U.S./Afghanistan) 1:30 p.m. Que Viva la Lucha (Vasquez, U.S./Mexico) 2:30 p.m. Compound Eye (soon) 2:45 p.m. Women of Tibet (Rawcliffe) 3:30 p.m. Autism: The Musical (Regan) 4:30 p.m. Four Sheets to the Wind (Harjo) 5 p.m. A Spotlight on Jennifer Jason Leigh features her in Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding. Film and reception $60, film only $25 6:30 p.m. Clouds Over Conakry (Camara, Guinea) 7 p.m. Used (Nilsson) 7:15 p.m. Go Together (Nilsson) 9:15 p.m. The Secrets (Nesher, Israel/France) 9:30 p.m. London to Brighton (Williams, U.K.) 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Mill Valley – The Three Musketeers (Cimermanis, Denmark) 10 a.m. The Way I Spent the End of the World (Mitulescu, Romania) 11:30 a.m. Strong Love (Burt) and Body and Soul (Elliott) 11:45 a.m. 14 Women (Lambert) noon. The Paper Will Be Blue (Muntean, Romania) 2 p.m. “Bunnies and Butterflies” (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Things We Lost in the Fire 2:15 p.m. 365 parts 3 and 4 (Sanborn) 4 p.m. California Dreamin' (Nemescu, Romania) 4:15 p.m. TBA 4:45 p.m. London to Brighton 7:15 p.m. Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Temple, Ireland) 7:30 p.m. TBA 8 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Lust, Caution (Ang Lee, 2007) and Short Films from the Sundance Film Festival Call for times.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: After ten days, S.F. Doc Fest concludes with a visit to Berkeley's Monterey Market, Eat at Bill's (Brenneis) 5 p.m. The Closing Night film, Audience of One> (Jacobs) looks at a Pentecostal film auteur from Ocean Blvd. 7 p.m. Michael Moore, Manufacturing Dissent (Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: In Theater 1, the S.F. Cinematheque presents “Crazy Rays,” a program focusing on science fiction and the avant-garde. Program One is a tribute to pulp illustrator-turned-experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller and includes Carol, about his author wife, and Image, Flesh and Voice (both 1970) 7 p.m. Program Two, Max Almy's video Leaving the 20th Century and Roddy Bogawa's post-punk Junk 9:30 p.m. In Theater 2, “Tattooed Buddha” offers an evening with “Dharma punk” Noah Devine, including clips of a new film on him. $7 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Manufacturing Dissent (Melnyk and Caine, 2007). See Opening for review 7:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:20 p.m. Steal a Pencil for Me (Michèle Ohayon, 2007). See Opening for review 6:30, 8:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555. Frameline's monthly screenings series continues. Free, arrive early due to limited seating.
THURSDAY (Oct. 11): “An infamous audience favorite,” Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story (Sean Mullens, 2005), a documentary about Heklina, her club, and her floorshows 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. Free with museum admission of $12.50, save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): A video screening of films by
Joseph Cornell runs through Jan. 6, daily at 2:30 p.m.; Tues screenings 3:30 p.m. A ten-minute profile of artist Olafur Eliasson (2007) 4 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: An East German film series screens The Gleiwitz Case (Gerhard Klein, 1961), re-creating the faked incident Hitler used as an excuse to invade Poland. $5, free with museum admission 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Program One of a more complete series of Joseph Cornell films on film includes the seminal clip job Rose Hobart (1936), a tribute to the early sound star, plus The Children's Party (1940), Nymphlight (1957) and a circa 1960 collaboration with Stan Brakhage, Gnir Rednow 3 p.m.
SATURDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater – From East Germany, the banned as “anti-Socialist” The Rabbit Is Me (Kurt Maetzig, 1965/released 1990), about a student's affair with the judge who imprisoned her brother. $5; free with museum admission 3 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.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 10): Billy Luther's Miss Navajo (2007) looks at a beauty contest in the Navajo Nation. A panel discussion follows 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 11): A “One City Four Films” series screens the great Julianne Moore in the film of Terry Ryan's memoir The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (Jane Anderson, 2005) noon.
SATURDAY (Oct. 13): Full-contact wheelchair rugby, documented in the Oscar-nominated Murderball (Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, 2005) 2 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 14): Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano (Nancy De Los Santos and Dan Guerrero, 2006) looks at the “father of Chicano music.” 2 p.m.