Three teenagers flee from Guatemala, and on their journey to the U.S. through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil Indian who does not speak Spanish and has no official documents. They all believe they will find a better world beyond the border, but they discover a harsh reality. The young ensemble cast won a special Certain Talent Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for its remarkable performances. (2013, 102 min, DCP) Presented by Cine+Más San Francisco Latino Film Festival. More details »
Directed by Robert Epstein. Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. This Oscar-winning film was as groundbreaking as its subject. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it’s a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk’s message of hope and equality to a wider audience. (1984, 88 min, 35mm) More details »
Harmony Chinese Musical Center (Hang Yuen) will feature 7 short operettas taken from Cantonese opera classics. Among these are two popular works: “The Legend of the White Snake at the Broken Bridge” & “Dream of Red Chamber – The Return to Heaven.”
Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center (AWRC) was established to address the unmet needs of women and children in socioeconomic and geographic transition by providing comprehensive bilingual and bicultural support services for Asian immigrant women and families with children and youth ages 0-18. More information about Gum Moon/AWRC may be found at gummoon.org.
Directed by Curtis Choy. In this superb documentary, we encounter the once-thriving Filipino community that centered around the International Hotel (at Kearny and Jackson Streets) in the now-gone Manilatown. Business interests and the City government gradually pushed out nearly all of the 10,000+ residents of Manilatown, except for those in the I-Hotel. This is a story of ethnic communities redeveloped out of existence, housing gobbled up by greedy realtors, shameful treatment of the elderly, and a community's fight to survive. (1983, 57 min, 16mm) More details »
Directed by Wayne Wang. Chan Is Missing follows the adventures of two cabbies on their search through Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their money. Their quest illuminates the pitfalls of Chinese-Americans trying to assimilate into contemporary American society. (1982, 80 min, 16mm) More details »
Directed by James Fortier. After generations of oppression, assimilation, and near genocide, a small group of Native American students and “Urban Indians” began the occupation of Alcatraz Island in November 1969. Alcatraz is Not an Island is the story of how this historic event altered U.S. Government Indian policy and programs, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture, and their sovereign rights. (2001, 69 min, digital) More details »
Established in 1967, Newsreel was an activist filmmaker collective which grew to become a network with chapters across the U.S. Today we present three Newsreel shorts made in San Francisco. Though they have quite rudimentary production values, the films are invaluable artifacts of the era. More details »
The Multi-Media Resource Center (MMRC) was a radical organization based in San Francisco during the 1970s and 80s. The films produced by the MMRC weren't merely the clinical documentaries typically associated with sex education, but included psychedelic sex-trips, erotic cartoons, and feminist counter-cinema. This program is a representative selection of shorts from the MMRC, with films by Jerry Abrams, Lisa Crafts, Constance Beeson, Alice Anne Parker, John Knoop, and more. (1968-72, 75 min, 16mm & digital) More details »
Bay Area treasure George Kuchar — sorely missed since his untimely death in 2011 — is celebrated worldwide for his wild and wooly low-budget melodramas and voluminous meandering video diaries. Tonight we celebrate Primary Information’s publication of The George Kuchar Reader, an expansive 340-page compendium of the legendary raconteur’s writings, ramblings, recommendation letters, scripts, UFO visitation narratives, and more. The book’s editor (and Anthology Film Archives’ Curator of Collections), Andrew Lampert, appears in person to read excerpts and discuss this legend. Program will include a screening of Kuchar’s 16mm Corruption of the Damned and select video works to be announced. More details »
Join YBCA:You for our film program, Dinner and a Movie! At 1 PM we’ll dine together and hear from special guests reflecting on radical San Francisco. Then at 2 PM YOUers attend the screening of Farmcore, a film about the Farm — an environmental art project and model urban farm in the Mission District during the 70s composed of community gardens, an art gallery, a child daycare center, and a multicultural community space, which also hosted legendary punk shows. More details »
Directed by Mark Kavanaugh. Started in 1974 as an environmental art project and model urban farm, The Farm had community gardens, art spaces, a library and a pre-school center. It was a radical experiment in community, art, and nature. Farmcore is not a history of The Farm; it documents the final years — long after the original founders had moved on. During this period The Farm hosted punk rock shows, until it became an early victim of gentrification in 1987. (1989, 58 min, digital) More details »
Directed by Allan Francovich & Eugene Rosow. San Francisco Good Times was the local underground newspaper of the late 1960s and early 70s, published by an all-volunteer collective. This rare documentary was described by its makers as "...starring all the people who brought you the sixties: rock stars and rock throwers, acid tongues and acid heads: Peter Townsend, Bill Graham, Timothy Leary, Marvin Garson, The Magic Floating Lotus Opera Company, The Berkeley Astrology Guild. See earth men fight the aliens in People's Park. Hear street music and clanging jail doors...This film is a must." (1973, 60 min, digital) More details »
Directed by David Weissman. We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, the film extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination. (2011, 90 min, digital) More details »
YBCA:You joins zine shop owner Matt Wobensmith for an outing in the Mission at Goteblüd, a vintage zine store and gallery devoted to radical paper, for a discussion illuminating the self-publishing and DIY culture of Riot Grrrl. More details »
Directed by Richard O. Moore. See and hear author and activist James Baldwin meet with black residents of the Bayview/Hunter’s Point and Fillmore neighborhoods in 1963. Take This Hammer shows Baldwin intent on discovering what he called, “the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present.” Baldwin reflects on the racial inequality that African-Americans are forced to confront and at one point tries to lift the morale of a young man by expressing his conviction that “there will be a Negro president of this country. But it will not be the country that we are sitting in now.” Restored version courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive. (1963, 59 min, digital) More details »
This program highlights vintage short works made in the Mission, dealing with themes of activism, discrimination, and immigration. More details »
Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, Spain. His life is a study in details, from the meticulous suits he creates for wealthy clients to the macabre murders he executes in the shadows. He performs these gruesome acts, including dining on those he kills, without guilt or remorse. Quite different than the gory world of Hannibal Lecter, Cannibal is elegant, restrained, and strangely moving. (2013, 116 min, DCP) More details »
Love and hate, gentle and bold, war and peace, pensive and exult, the complexity and contradiction of Chinese Opera brings out not only the color of performance but the beauty of real life. Many of the operas are based on historical events as well as Chinese Mythology and fictional stories. More details »
“No one else working in movies today makes anything remotely like the Catalan maverick Albert Serra, a cerebral oddball and improbable master of cinematic antiquity. Serra here stages the 18th-century passage from rationalism to romanticism as a tussle between two figures of legend, Casanova and Dracula. Against a backdrop of candlelit conversation and earthy carnality, Serra sets in motion contrasting ideas about pleasure and desire, alternating between winding philosophical dialogue and wordless passages of savage beauty. The film is both a painterly feast for the eyes, abounding with art-historical allusions, and an idiosyncratic, self-aware revamping of the costume melodrama.” —New Directors/New Films (2013, 148 min, DCP) More details »
The Lamplighters present the most uproarious fun(d)raiser in town! A full-length original satire set (mostly) to the music of Arthur Sullivan, a Lamplighters Gala is a guaranteed afternoon of hilarity. Last year’s — Upside-Downton Abbey, or, the Lass that Loved a Chauffeur — was one of our most successful ever, joining the ranks of brilliant award-winning Lamplighters Galas past. This is definitely an event not to be missed! Our fundraising Gala performance also includes raffle, silent auction, and post-performance champagne reception with the cast.
Silent Auction starts at 3 PM. Full details at www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
Photo: Lamplighters Music Theatre
Double Play: James Benning and Richard LinklaterDirected by Gabe KlingerA unique portrait of the friendship between renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater, which combines filmed conversations and extensive archival material to explore connections between the work and lives of two American visionaries. (2013, 70 min, DCP)
Thu, Nov 13, 7 PM & Sun, Nov 16, 2 PMEasy RiderDirected by James BenningJames Benning's Easy Rider is a radical, experimental, re-imagining of Dennis Hopper’s 1969 classic film. In 2012, Benning drove across the United States and re-filmed scenes in their original locations (without actors), raising questions about the legacy of 1960s counterculture in today's landscape, and revealing an America haunted by the past. (2012, 95 min, digital)
Sat, Nov 15, 7 PMTapeDirected by Richard LinklaterThis lesser-known work is one of Linklater's most unique and intense films, and a personal favorite of the director. Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Robert Sean Leonard star as old high school friends who find themselves in a tawdry hotel room, unraveling a dark incident from their past. (2001, 86 min, 35mm)
There will be a ten-minute intermission between the documentary and the feature.
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Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.
Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance returns to present their 28th season of the beloved Bay Area production!
Join us on November 30 for post-performance Milk and Cookies with the dancers! Buy tickets»
Come along for the ride on this madcap odyssey around the world, set to the sublime music of that quintessential modern American master, Leonard Bernstein, and the brilliant lyrics of Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim (among others). As classic in the realm of operetta as West Side Story is in the realm of American musical theatre, our production presents this masterpiece in the complete British Royal National Theatre version as adapted for the stage by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Join young Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, the absurdly optimistic philosopher Pangloss, and a virtual clown car of other eccentric characters on their picaresque journey in search of the meaning of life. Along the way, enjoy such timeless masterpieces as The Best of All Possible Worlds, Glitter and Be Gay, I Am Easily Assimilated, and Make Our Garden Grow.
Full details at www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
Photo: David Allen
For more than twenty of its astonishing sixty years defining American modern dance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has made SF Performances its second home with regular engagements featuring new work and revivals of important Taylor masterpieces. The Company returns to “make the spirit take flight.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Program A: Wed, Apr 15, 7:30 PMAureole, The Word, Brandenburgs
Program B: Thu-Fri, Apr 16-17, 7:30 PMDiggity [San Francisco Debut], New Work [San Francisco Debut], Promethean Fire
Program C: Sat, Apr 18, 7:30 PM and Sun, Apr 19, 2 PMFibers [San Francisco Debut], Troilus, Eventide, Esplanade
In this ultimate topsy-turvy farce, Gilbert presents a world turned upside-down when a theatrical troupe deposes the ruler of a tiny European Duchy and proceeds to squabble over which “role” in the government each leading actor should “play,” with uproarious unforeseen consequences. Sullivan's varied and original score includes an astonishing variety of musical styles, from Viennese waltz to uproarious Parisian can-can dance numbers. This Jewel Box Production promises to be a must-see event for Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados and lovers of comic musical theatre alike.
Photo: Joanne Kay