Presented in a brand-new high-definition digital restoration, Hoop Dreams is an epic chronicle of hope and faith as two, ordinary, inner city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible. Digital restoration by the Academy Film Archive, the Sundance Film Institute, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. (1994, 172 min, DCP) More details »
This painstakingly researched combination of video essay and mixtape surveys basketball’s shifting place in 20th century American history and culture. The film covers the evolution of basketball from its indoor New England roots, to a Midwestern small town phenomenon, to an outdoor city game, with particular emphasis on its merger with hip-hop in the mid-80s and the rise of Michael Jordan as the world's first corporate branded athlete. (2014, 88 min, digital) More details »
Robert Moses’ Kin presents the world premiere of SILT for the company’s 20th Annual San Francisco Season. “SILT is a dance of relationships," says Moses. "The silt of our shared racial, social and economic histories, which exist alongside emotional sediment — when seeded, this silt creates new life and exposes our known and unknown influence in others lives.” In addition to the original choreographic material for SILT, Moses is mining his repertory of over 100 works created within the last 20 years for excerpts to include in this multi-dimensional evening. By re-examining his extensive repertory, the artist is asking himself the very question at the heart of SILT:
What has built up? What belongs? And what is unwanted residue?
The music for SILT is composed by Michael Manring and Robert Moses.
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In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It’s a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church. (2012, 85 min, digital) More details »
Kevin Jermone Everson appears in person to present The Island of St. Matthews, a feature-length generational portrait of the citizens and surrounding landscape of Westport, Mississippi, a community frequently ravaged by flood, haunted by lost memories. (2013, 64 min, digital) More details »
Kevin Jermone Everson appears in person to present a selection of works examining overlooked aspects of American life including Sugarcoated Arsenic, a fascinating archival re-enactment exploring African American intellectual, social, and political life at the University of Virginia during the 1970s (made with UVA colleague, historian Claudrena Harold) and the paired films Fe26 and Sound That, two divergent looks at work, employment, and the underground infrastructures and economies of Cleveland, Ohio. (2013/2014, 40 min, digital) More details »
Prepare yourself for an overwhelming experience from the animators who brought us Watership Down. Told from the animals’ perspective, The Plague Dogs is the story of two dogs who escape from an animal research lab. Hoping for a better life, they are chased down by a government who spread rumors that they have the plague. (1982, 103 min, 35mm) More details »
In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. This quintessentially American documentary tracks the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was just out of reach. (2013, 92 min, digital) More details »
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 »
June's book club selection is Delicious Foods by James Hannaham. More details »
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