May's book club selection is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. More details »
Local artist Tommy Becker is a poet/musician trapped in a camcorder. His never-ending saga, Tape Number One, blends poetics, performance, costuming, found footage, and hand-made props, creating pop songs that wrap subtle menace with humor. Program opens with earlier tracks, including Song for the Pain-Body and Song for the Lemons, and presents Passing Periods: Reflections through a Classroom Window, a six-part subsection of Tape Number One exploring and celebrating the dynamics and complexities of the high school landscape, the cultural construct of the classroom, and more. (digital, 70 min + Q&A, 2013-2015) More details »
Absolutely not for children, Felidae has never been released in the US, despite its claim as the most expensive animated film ever made in Germany at the time. A housecat named Francis moves into a new neighborhood and soon discovers there is a cat murderer on the loose. Combining elements of film noir, surrealism, and horror, it’s time for America to discover this one-of-a-kind film. English dubbed. (1994, 82 min, digital) More details »
With lush, shimmering animation reminiscent of Disney’s classic period, The Secret of NIMH tells the story of a mild-mannered mother mouse who must save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon's plow. The film doesn’t talk down to a younger audience or smooth over its darker moments, but should be fine for kids who can handle strong suspense. (1982, 82 min, 35mm) More details »
In one of the most highly praised Filipino films of the year, a hard-working father tries his best to raise a young daughter alone in a rural area, but he is ill-prepared for what fate throws their way. The film takes us on a deeply emotional journey, free of cliché and sentimentality, slowly unveiling the struggles of a man who must confront his guilt and remorse. (2014, 102 min, digital) More details »
Unlike the former Philippine First Lady who shares her name, Imelda is indifferent towards shoes. To her, they are fraught with the bittersweet nostalgia of childhood, one that was marred by a difficult relationship with her shoemaker father. When he passes away, she's given a very important task: to find the perfect pair of black leather wingtips for him to be buried in. As she goes about this task, she is drawn back to the past, into the events that broke her family apart. The deeper she searches for the perfect shoes, the more she finds herself. (2014, 116 min, digital) More details »
Best known for old-school sexy romps, industry veteran Elwood Perez makes his return to Filipino cinema with a loopy, unhinged film that unravels the creative process. Main character Lex returns to Manila and starts work on a screenplay about the secret lives of the residents of a bizarre apartment building. Perez references Fellini and name-checks current critical darlings, providing a running meta-commentary on his philosophy of cinema and its possibilities. (2014, 84 min, digital) More details »
There are no suburbs in Metro Manila. There are only walled subdivisions, little pockets of affluence often sitting right in the middle of the squalor of the city. Reptilia in Suburbia details life in one of these subdivisions, following the members of one family as they love, fight, and hunt for snakes. Director Timmy Harn offers a loving but side-eyed tribute to the films of the 90s, using the aesthetics of both the mainstream and the underground to reveal both sides of a walled-in life. (2014, 75 min, digital) More details »
Join YBCA:You for our film program, Dinner and a Movie! At 6 PM we’ll dine with New Filipino Cinema 2015 co-curator Philbert Ortiz Dy in conversation with Antoinette Jadaone and Irene Villamor, co-directors of Relaks, It’s Just Pag-Ibig. Then at 7:30 PM YOUers attend the screening of the film, a tale of young people falling in love, which employs the well-worn Philippine rom-com formula, but infuses it with dazzling new energy. More details »
This is a simple tale of young people falling in love (pag-ibig). Or maybe not so simple. Two teenagers go on an adventure to find lovers who have promised to meet on a beach underneath a blue moon. The film embraces the well-worn Philippine rom-com formula, but infuses it with dazzling new energy. It takes full advantage of the youth of its subjects, crafting a story, which recognizes that a first love is life
s first great adventure. (2014, 100 min, digital) More details »
Heartthrob Dingdong Dantes is back and ready to battle the kubot in this completely crazy horror comedy. The kubot are a clan of longhaired female ghouls, who use their tentacle-like hair to squeeze their victim's innards out like toothpaste. This is the latest effort from the great Filipino director Erik Matti, best known in the U.S. for his gritty crime drama On the Job. Don't worry if you didn’t see part one, this is a completely new story that stands on its own. (2014, 105 min, digital) More details »
In November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan claimed the lives of Nick and Chai Quieta's four children and destroyed their home in Leyte, leaving them with nothing but each other. Now, four months later, the couple is in limbo as they try to move forward, but their guilt and longing keep them from taking the first step. We witness their emotional highs and lows as they try new hobbies, help their community recover, and learn the value of small acts of kindness in this moving documentary. (2014, 70 min, digital) More details »
In Filipino cinema, you have to pick a side: Nora Aunor or Vilma Santos. Wars have long been fought over whose star shines brighter. 1982's T-Bird at Ako (presented here in a brand-new high-def restoration) unites the two superstars in a madcap plot that could only come from veteran director Danny Zialcita. Aunor plays a successful lesbian lawyer that falls in love with Santos' beerhouse dancer, who has been accused of murdering her boyfriend. While the sexual politics are quaint at best, the film is a great showcase for the two stars, with Zialcita's knack for dramatic (and comedic) confrontations producing plenty of screwball fun. (1982, 155 min, digital) More details »
In this mysterious and captivating film, the marriage of two professors is on the verge of falling apart. The wife is dragged into a scandal involving a young student and the husband falls in love with the object of his research — a supernatural being that appears to him as the ghost of an old flame. With superb performances by Nonie Buencamino and Eula Valdez, Sparks (Dagitab) illuminates sublime truths about the profound love that can come from long-term relationships. (2014, 120 min, digital) More details »
In this intimate celebration and performance, Jazz@YBCA artist-in-residence Myra Melford presents a program that will honor the work we’ve done over the last two years. Meet the artists, educators, and partners who brought this exciting project to light, and find yourself in the present tense of this rich American art form. Featuring performances by the Oakland Future Trio Youth Ensemble, an improvisation between Melford and YBCA’s Chief of Program and Pedagogy and renowned spoken word poet, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and more! We will end with a Jazz@YBCA jam with Marcus Shelby, John Schott, and others. This special jam is open to audience participation. Bring your instruments or your voices and get your chance to perform on the legendary YBCA stage! More details»
From the director of The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros. It is the last three weeks of military training during the Marcos dictatorship. The cadets must pass through hell week: grueling physical tests, war games, and a final test at the dreaded Interrogations Room. Many are aspiring to be as great as Major Mac Favila. He is every cadet's ideal officer — sharp, witty and the most macho among the school's officers. With a strong homoerotic subtext, Esprit de Corps is a subversive take on the military drama, where ultra-masculine displays of power shift into intense games of seduction. (2014, 94 min, digital) More details »
From the director of last year's hit Anita's Last Cha-Cha, Lorna stars Shamaine Buencamino as a recently minted senior citizen rediscovering the thrill of falling in love and the pain of heartbreak. A masterful blending of drama and comedy, Lorna finds punchlines in the more affecting of moments, and deep emotion in the most humorous of situations. Buencamino turns in the performance of a lifetime, Maria Isabel Lopez and Raquel Villavicencio are superb in supporting roles, and filmmaker Lav Diaz delivers one of the most memorable roles of the year. A pleasure from start to finish. (2014, 124 min, digital) More details »
Corruption is so ubiquitous in the Philippines that it reaches down to the lowest levels of politics. Dynamite Fishing looks deeply into the details of how local elections are won and lost, with political henchman on the prowl, ensuring the votes cast are for their candidates. Director Chito Roño, who is responsible for some of the biggest hits in the Philippine mainstream, forgoes the big budgets to deliver this gritty tale of corruption on the streets. (2013, 89 min, digital) More details »
Tadhana means destiny. The Filipino romantic comedy is actually rarely about romance nowadays. They tend to be about two people dealing with all sorts of other narrative issues who just happen to be falling in love. Antoinette Jadaone's That Thing Called Tadhana distills the Filipino romantic movie down to its core, following two characters that meet at an airport and fall in love as they take an unplanned trip together on the way to nursing a broken heart. Starring Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman, the film is a bonafide box office sensation in the country, defying all expectations. (2014, 110 min, digital) More details »
This special event is the prototype for a larger project, 95 Rituals, directed by inkBoat’s Shinichi Iova-Koga, presented by Dancers’ Group/ONSITE. 95 Rituals honors the work of legendary choreographer Anna Halprin at 95, with a series of free site-specific performances at various locations with guest musicians and artists from around the world.
95 Rituals will culminate July 7-11. Details at 95rituals.org.
June's book club selection is Delicious Foods by James Hannaham. More details »
Following up his internationally acclaimed Norte, the End of History, Filipino master Lav Diaz returns to one of his enduring themes — the ongoing trauma caused by the Marcos regime. It's 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081, putting the entire country under martial law. Winner of the Golden Leopard, 2014 Locarno Film Festival. (2014, 338 min, presented w/ 40-minute intermission, digital) More details »
In Cronenberg’s first feature film, Starliner Towers is just another high-rise apartment building until something begins to go terribly wrong. A horrifying parasite has taken hold, infecting everyone. Normal people are becoming deranged, committing uncontrollable acts of mindless violence. There's nowhere to hide and no escape from the terror. David Cronenberg’s first feature mostly showed in inner-city grindhouses and drive-ins, and set in motion many of the themes he would continue to explore throughout his career. (1975, 87 min, DCP) More details »
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Garrett + Moulton Productions presents The Luminous Edge
Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton return to the YBCA Theater with an encore performance season of their hit production, The Luminous Edge. This deeply expressive and theatrical evening of live music and dance was honored by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the “Top 10 Dance Performances of 2014.” Featuring a cast of 24 dancers, 7 musicians, and renowned Bay Area singer Karen Clark, this full-length work celebrates the cycle of life, bringing the audience on a hauntingly beautiful journey through a landscape of light and dark.
For more information, visit garrettmoulton.org.
"...the work of Garrett and Moulton is not to be missed. It is creativity to the core.” (artssf.com)
Special Event:Saturday, July 11, Post-Performance Benefit ReceptionJoin the artists for a celebratory champagne and dessert reception. Purchase a benefit ticket that includes both the performance and reception.
Photo: RJ Muna
Perhaps David Cronenberg’s most perfectly realized film, this is the unnerving story of identical twin gynecologists — suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality — who share the same practice, the same apartment, and the same women. When a new patient challenges their intense bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons’s tour-de-force performance as both twins raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity. (1988, 116 min, 35mm) More details »
"This 1983 shocker comes about as close to abandoning a narrative format as a commercial film possibly can: James Woods plays the programmer of a sleazy Toronto cable channel who stumbles across a mysterious pirate emission — a porno show called 'Videodrome' that features hideous S&M fantasies performed with appalling realism. Knowing a ratings winner when he sees one, Woods sets out to find the producer and quickly becomes involved with a kinky talk-show hostess (Deborah Harry), expanding rubber TV sets, a bizarre religious cult, and — almost incidentally — a plot to take over the world.” —Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader (1983, 87 min, 35mm) More details »
A sublime sextet of original dances by Robert Dekkers and his entourage of award-winning collaborators.
“There are a few ‘must-sees’ every summer, and Post:Ballet is definitely one of them.” —Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance
Splurge on a summertime Six Pack, highlighting an original collaboration between Robert Dekkers and Bay Area composer Samuel Adams. Also premiering is the fourth chapter of Post’s critically acclaimed Do Be project with The Living Earth Show. Featuring an original score by Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizeé and costume design by Christian Squires, this latest Do Be chapter will affirm that Post “not only lives dangerously — it thrives on it” (SF Chronicle).
Pre:Party, 7:30 PM, YBCA LobbyPerformance, 8 PM, YBCA TheaterPost:Party, 9:30 PM, YBCA Terrace
A young scientist transforms himself into a fly in an experiment gone horribly wrong.
“Cronenberg’s masterful remake of The Fly ranks among the most disgusting films ever made by a major studio… Jeff Goldblum adds great emotional depth to his usual spaced-out otherworldliness. Take away all the big shocks and special effects, and The Fly is about nothing more or less sensational than death itself, a process that Cronenberg realizes with excruciating visceral power.” —Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club (1986, 100 min, 35mm) More details »
Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar star in this unsettling thriller about how misdirected rage can literally take on a life of its own. Behind the walls of his secluded Somafree Institute, Dr. Raglan (Reed) experiments with "psychoplasmics," a controversial therapy designed to help release pent-up emotions in his patients. He keeps his star patient Nola (Eggar) in isolation, but as she vents her fury during their sessions, brutal murders befall the people she's angry with outside the institute… (1979, 92 min, 35mm) More details »
Take a psychosexual journey into oblivion with James Spader and Holly Hunter in David Cronenberg’s take on J.G. Ballard’s “unfilmable” cult novel Crash. Spader stars as a bored film director, James Ballard, who explores new realms after a near-fatal car accident introduces him to a world of sexually obsessed car crash enthusiasts. Unsatisfied by his marriage, Ballard joins Dr. Helen Remington (Hunter) and begins to explore the eroticism of the car and the sexual violence of auto accidents. (1996, 100 min, 35mm) More details »
Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called “eXistenZ.” After a crazed fan attempts to kill her, Allegra goes on the run with Ted (Jude Law), a young businessman who falls into the role of bodyguard. In an attempt to save her game, Allegra implants into Ted's body the video game pod that carries a damaged copy of “eXistenZ,” setting in motion a series of experiences that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. (1999, 97 min, 35mm) More details »
Released after decades in a sanitarium, a schizophrenic (Ralph Fiennes) moves into a halfway house and retreats into the darkness of his haunted mind.
“Spider immediately conjures a sense of self-contained delusion and sustains that mood for 98 astonishing minutes. More poetic than clinical in its approach to schizophrenia, suffused with existential dread, this evocation of psychological torment is both sensationally grim and exquisitely realized.” —J. Hoberman, Village Voice (2002, 98 min, 35mm) More details »
Starring Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello, with outstanding performances by Ed Harris and William Hurt, A History of Violence is, “a masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills, Cronenberg's latest mindblower is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year. The story of a seemingly average American family almost undone by cataclysmic violence, the film takes place in a surreal and mercilessly brutal land, Anytown, U.S.A., that has been repeatedly soaked in blood only to be repeatedly washed clean. The great kick of the movie — or rather, its great kick in the gut — comes from Mr. Cronenberg's refusal to let us indulge in movie violence without paying a price.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. (2005, 96 min, 35mm) More details »
“Hilariously funny and, dare I say it, yes, pernicious. I love this film more than I love my own mustache.” —John Waters
David Cronenberg’s latest film is one his darkest works, a journey into the black heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. The result is a modern Hollywood Gothic, a brutal comedy about the ravenous need for fame and validation — and the yearning, loss and fragility that lurk in the shadows underneath. Starring Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and, in an amazingly risky and fearless performance, Julianne Moore. (2014, 111 min, DCP) More details »