Two cannibal brothers work at a health food diner, and are on a quest to resurrect the dormant Egyptian goddess Shitaar. Using the flesh of recently killed young women, the brothers prepare a "blood buffet" with an assortment of body parts from virgins and whores, as a blood sacrifice to the goddess. On their quest they must contend with a Russian chief of police, a sleazy detective, and a New Yorker with an Australian accent.
Blood Diner must be seen to truly believe this crazy film exists. Bring a friend who has yet to experience the 80's cult horror hit, let us know you've brought a virgin sacrifice at the door, and enter to win a collector's edition Blu-ray handed to you by director Jackie Kong herself!
Followed by a Q&A run by Joshua Grannell with director Jackie Kong, and after party.
David Lynch: The Art Life looks at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.
United States/Denmark • 2016 • 93 minutes • Color • DCP.
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
This is the story and history of the longest street in the Middle East that expands 17 km from the south to the northern parts of the city of Tehran.This is also the largest plane grove, found in these parts with the plane trees lining and adorning the street all along its corridor.
This street holds the collective memory of the Iranian people and has been witness to the country’s most important social and political upheaval taking place in and around it. The street has gone through many reformations in step with the changes in the society; mass increase in population, changes in the governmental systems and social changes, to name a few, have all left their marks along the side of Vali e Asr Street. The street itself has changed names in line with the times, from Pahlavi to Mossadegh to the current Vali e Asr.
This engaging film is not only nostalgic in many ways, but educational as it provides a glimpse into Iran’s past century.
Directed by Hadi Afarideh
2014 / 67 min
Persian with English Subtitles
A 35mm double-feature of Bret Easton Ellis' satires, $15 for one or both!
7:00pm AMERICAN PSYCHO (35mm)
Those that disavowed Bret Easton Ellis' novel 'American Psycho' in the late-'80s clearly couldn't see the insidious skewering of Reagan-era capitalism, machismo, and of the New York restaurant scene that was nestled within. Director Mary Harron made everyone sit up and realize just what a remarkable and disturbing satire it was, featuring one of Christian Bale's most iconic and unforgettable roles as Patrick Bateman.
9:00pm THE RULES OF ATTRACTION (35mm)
One of the best films you've never seen. Foolishly marketed as a teen comedy upon its release in 2002, moviegoers were shocked and horrified by the nightmarish, brilliant satire that reached screens. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, written and directed by PULP FICTION screenwriter Roger Avary, THE RULES OF ATTRACTION punctures the jugular of the American college experience, with James Van Der Beek playing Patrick Bateman's younger brother Sean, embroiled in a fatal love triangle at Camden college.
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents: a very special one-night-only screening of two classic 1990s road films, both shown in glorious 35mm!
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Double Bill
7:15PM - BEAViS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERiCA (1996)
9:00PM - NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994)
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents a very special one-night-only screening of two classic Sofia Coppola films, both shown in glorious 35mm in preparation for her upcoming sixth feature THE BEGUiLED, a remake of Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood's 1971 film. Hosted by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks.
6:15PM - LOST iN TRANSLATION (2003)
8:15PM - MARiE ANTOiNETTE (2006)
Jodorowsky’s legendary, notorious cult hit essentially created the genre of the midnight movie. Incorporating influences from tarot to the Bible to surrealism into a mind-blowing western, Jodorowsky cast himself as the leather-clad gunman, El Topo, who wanders through a desert strewn with mystical symbols on an unnamed quest, leaving blood and carnage in his wake. Unspooling on a 35mm restoration overseen by the director. 1970. 124 mins.
Using only one page script and the memory of his stage production, director Alejandro Jodorowsky blended surreal beauty and savage imagery to fashion this bizarre tale of corrupted innocence, sadomasochistic love, and unattainable paradise. Considered lost for over 30 years, Jodorowsky’s visionary first feature premiered at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival, inciting a riot that “forced the director to flee for his life. In the ensuing scandal, the film was banned. Jodorowsky was branded a heretic and forced to stand trial and nearly deported”. 1968. 96 mins.
Started on the spectacular beach of Freshwater Beach, Australia, the Freshflix Film Festival showcases independent cinema from the brightest up-and-coming international talents, including Finland, Russia and the UK.
Join us for the INAUGRAL event in San Francisco hosted at Roxie Cinema June 29th. We will be showing the the best 14 shorts of Freshwater Film Festival that have screened all over Australia.
Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired theme of the meaning of life with a fresh perspective.
“Hearing Is Believing”, the new feature documentary from award-winning producer/director Lorenzo DeStefano (“Talmage Farlow”, “Los Zafiros-Music From The Edge Of Time”), introduces the world to the astonishing young musician and composer, Rachel Flowers.
Born 15 weeks premature, at a body weight of one pound five ounces, Rachel lost her eyesight due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). At two she began picking up melodies from her musician parents and was soon playing every song she heard by ear, including Bach fugues. The child had perfect pitch.
Starting her formal musical education at the age of 4, Rachel spent the next 10 years studying at the Southern California Conservatory of Music, while completing her mainstream education through elementary, middle, and high school. She was featured in two episodes of 60 Minutes in 2005 & 2008, when she was 12 and 15 years old.
DeStefano and his team have created a dynamic and engaging portrait of a year and a half in the life of a tight knit American family, a single mom and her two kids, living paycheck to paycheck in working class Oxnard, California, with Rachel’s stunning music as the soundtrack. Hearing is Believing revels in Rachel’s joyous and free-flowing love of song, illuminating the bonds of family and the divine mysteries of creativity. Rachel Flowers is a true survivor, a hyperabled individual whose inspiring story has the potential to be a beacon of hope out there.
Among the great musicians appearing with Rachel in the film are Grammy winners Dweezil Zappa, Arturo Sandoval, Stevie Wonder, two-time Grammy nominated jazz pianist, Taylor Eigsti, the late Progressive Rock icon Keith Emerson, Hawaii ukulele master Benny Chong, and 50 members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony performing Rachel’s original composition, “At The End Of The Day”.
Directed and produced by by Lorenzo DeStefano. 104 min. HD Digital.
On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity. Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview. Helen’s revealing audio “testimony" acts as a refrain throughout the film, which draws together a wealth of archival photographs and footage, interviews with friends and bandmates and incredible jazz music to tell the ill-fated pair’s story. Part true-crime tale, part love story, and an all-out musical treat, I CALLED HIM MORGAN is a chronicle of the dramatic destinies of two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. Featuring cinematography by Oscar-nominated DP Bradford Young (SELMA, ARRIVAL).
Tehran's air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her alterations shop. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health, Niloofar’s brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to accompany her mother.
Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love interest.
She is the youngest and she has always obeyed their orders, but this time she must stand up for herself.
Festivals: Cannes – Un Certain Regards
Directed & Written by Behnam Behzadi. Produced by Behnam Behzadi. Starring Sahar Dowlatshahi (Niloofar), Ali Mosaffa (Farhad), Ali Reza Aghakhani (Soheil), Setareh Pesyani (Soudabeh), Roya Javidnia (Homa), Shirin Yazdanbakhsh (Mother/Mahin). 84 min, 2016, Iran, DCP.
In the city of Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There are also the stray domestic cats of the city who live free but have complicated relationships with the people themselves. This film follows a selection of individual cats as they live their own lives in Istanbul with their own distinctive personalities. However, with this vibrant population, is the reality of an ancient metropolis changing with the times that may have less of a place for them
Martin Scorsese's masterpiece, in 35mm! In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people. Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama. Told through the eyes of His Holiness, "Kundun" brings to life the account of the Dalai Lama's early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his journey into exile.
In 1981, acclaimed film director Louis Malle, actor/playwright Wallace Shawn and theater director Andre Gregory came together to make one of the most sublime, entertaining and thought-provoking films in the history of cinema - MY DINNER WITH ANDRE. Two years later, comedian turned wrestler Andy Kaufman, former worldwide heavyweight champion Fred Blassie and directors Johnny Legend and Linda Lautrec gave ANDRE nothing short of a body slam, releasing the remarkable but ridiculous situationist spoof MY BREAKFAST WITH BLASSIE.
On May 30th, we pit the films against each other, with ANDRE's effortlessly elegant direction and philosophical intricacies going head-to-head with BLASSIE's caustic, over-the-top satire of celebrity culture, masculinity and personal hygiene. MY DINNER WITH ANDRE will be shown in its beautiful 35mm restoration, MY BREAKFAST WITH BLASSIE will be showed from analog video, with director Johnny Legend in the house.
Don't miss this remarkable pairing, $15 for one or both films.
The brand new restoration of Takaski Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi)'s HANA-BI hits American shores this June!
Nishi (Beat Takeshi) is a beleaguered Japanese police officer. His wife, Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), is suffering from leukemia, and his partner, Horibe (Ren Ôsugi), is paralyzed after gangsters violently attacked him. Nishi is fed up, and wants to give up his job in order to be with Miyuki. To do so, he is forced to borrow money from the Yakuza, and then, to clear his debt, he robs a bank. The Yakuza, however, are not pleased so easily, and they continue to hound Nishi for more money.
Nippon Nights presents SUICIDE CLUB, the biggest Japanese cult hit of the millennium! This enigmatic, gruesome look at youth culture comes from master director Sion Sono (TOKYO TRIBE, LOVE EXPOSURE).
Police officers investigate a string of mysterious suicides throughout Japan in this cult classic.
The film will be followed by a Skype Q&A with writer and producer Edgar San Juan.
Part of RoxCine's FRONTERA! film series.
"Northless will have to contend with an audience tired of the subject, but Rigoberto Perezcano’s understated, warm, non-exploitative take on a young man’s failed crossings, and the temporary life he has in Tijuana, reps an impressive debut and heralds a much-needed new voice." -Variety
Rigoberto Perezcano's debut feature, Norteado, follows Andres as he travels from Oaxaca to Tijuana to cross the US border. Things don’t result as planned and he has to stay in Tijuana where he starts working in a grocery store, there, he meets Elia, Cata and Asensio. What Andres finds in Tijuana makes him think about what he’s about to do and become aware of what he’s leaving behind. Despite the difficulty of the film's subject matter, Perezcano's ability to find humor in the absurd provides relief as we accompany Andres in his latest attempt to make it to the other side. Norteado talks about the illusion that the United States represent for those who decide to cross the border searching for a better life.
Official selection Toronto International Film Festival. Winner at Rotterdam and San Sebastian International Film Festivals.
Directed by Rigoberto Perezcano. Written by Edgar San Juan and Rigoberto Perezcano. Produced by Edgar San Juan.
Nowhere to Hide follows male nurse Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas: the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. Initially filming stories of survivors as American and Coalition troops retreat from Iraq in 2011, conflicts continue with Iraqi militias, and the population flees accompanied by most of the hospital staff; Nori is one of the few who remains. When ISIS advances on Jalawla in 2014 and takes over the city, he too must flee with his family at a moment’s notice, and turns the camera on himself.
A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS), PREVENGE follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. PREVENGE marks the directorial debut from Lowe, who is a true triple threat, writing, directing, and acting in the film during her own real-life pregnancy.
RADIO DREAMS, winner of the 45th Rotterdam International Film Festival’s Tiger Award, is the newest feature film from Iranian-British director Babak Jalali (FRONTIER BLUES). RADIO DREAMS creates the strange yet very real world of PARS-FM - a Farsi-language radio station broadcasting from the heart of San Francisco. The story unfolds over a single day as the station’s program manager, Hamid - a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer (played by the “Iranian Bob Dylan” Mohsen Namjoo) - prepares for a triumphant broadcast - a live performance pairing Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first rock band. Meanwhile, Hamid must juggle a dysfunctional mix of on-air talent, station managers, and performers while fending off the owner’s plans to wrest control of the station. RADIO DREAMS brings to life the sometimes bizarre experience of immigrants pursuing dreams in the U.S.A perfect mixture of honesty, art, and socio-political topicality served up as an ingenious, offbeat transmission.
Recorded over six years, Raising Bertie delivers an authentic and tender portrait of the lives of three young boys as they face a precarious coming of age within Bertie County, a rural African-American community in North Carolina.
This raw and starkly poetic vérité documentary weaves the young men’s stories together as the boys navigate school, unemployment, violence, first love, fatherhood, and estrangement from family members and mentors, all while trying to define their identities.
Intimate access depicts an honest portrayal of the boys' perspectives and an in-depth look at issues facing rural America's youth and what happens in the everyday lives of young people caught in the complex interplay of generational poverty, economic isolation and educational inequity. Raising Bertie is an experience that asks us to see this world through their eyes and incites recognition and empathetic understanding of lives and communities too often ignored.
The story of Emilio D'Alessandro, a native Italian who moved to the U.K., fell into Formula 1 racing, and through complete happenstance, became Stanley Kubrick's driver, then his personal assistant and eventually a close friend of thirty years. A compelling cinematic memoir that unveils a legendary movie-making, enigmatic “recluse”, during the period in which Kubrick conceived and realized A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, BARRY LYNDON, THE SHINING, FULL METAL JACKET and EYES WIDE SHUT. Providing and intimate and completely unique journey inside Kubrick's world through the eyes of the only person, other than his immediate family, to have access to his files, his sets, his house, his idiosyncrasies & foibles, and ultimately his mind and soul.
NC - 17
A lurid Oedipal masterpiece, SANTA SANGRE marked Jodorowsky's shockingly audacious return to cinema after a long absence following THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. Squatting smack dab on the intersection between art film and (ghastly) horror movie, this visually ravishing, viscerally unhinged spectacle mingles drama, romance, surrealism & violence in a way that, at the time of its release, had writers referencing Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, by way of Buñuel. The tale opens with a young man (Axel Jodorowsky) who’s been confined in a mental hospital for years. We watch him in flashback, traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers, and he witnessed his philandering father, the knife thrower, cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre ("Holy Blood"), before committing suicide. Mother persuades her son to act as her arms in her bizarre nightclub act, and soon after has him performing a variety of murders, killing every female in sight. Scripted by Jodorowsky and Claudio Argento (brother of Dario), SANTA SANGRE is a truly disturbing psychedelic provocation. “I am reminded by Alejandro Jodorowsky that true psychic horror is possible on the screen--horror, poetry, surrealism, psychological pain and wicked humor, all at once. … Jodorowsky has fearlessly married magical realism to Freud”. - Roger Ebert. NC-17. 123 mins.
A Q&A with The Great Mojado Invasion director, Gustavo Vazquez, will follow the screening
Cult and camp meet at the US-México border in Alex Rivera's Sci-Fi tale about Tijuana's infomaquilas and Gustavo Vazquez & Guillermo Gómez-Peña's futuristic Chicano mockumentary of reverse anthropology.
Part of RoxCine's FRONTERA! film series.
“Exuberantly entertaining — a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure….”-A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Intelligent, humane, and intensely imaginative, Alex Rivera’s feature debut is set in the near future, where sealed borders divide the world but a digital network ties people together. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack, Memo, a young Mexican from Oaxaca, travels to Tijuana to join a new kind of migrant work force – one where the poor plug their nervous systems into a global electronic grid and control worker-robots in America from virtual sweatshops in their home countries. In Tijuana, Memo becomes entwined with a young journalist who uploads her memories and sells them online, and a military contractor who operates drones around the world from his base in California.
Sleep Dealer won awards at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival, was screened at New Directors/New Films at MoMA and Lincoln Center, and had an international theatrical release.
Directed by Alex Rivera. 90 mins. 2008. U.S.A. HD Digital. In English and Spanish with English subtitles,
The Great Mojado Invasion, Part 2 (The Second U.S.--Mexico War)
In this master piece of border camp and reverse anthropology, the artists attack hard reality with large doses of irony, black humor and high style, generating a complex commentary on history, society, pop culture, the politics of representation and the repercussions of ethnic dominance. Like a ghost from the future, 'El Mad Mex' Gómez-Peña narrates this hybrid-genre video, which envisions a queue of mojados ('wetbacks') who re-conquer lost Mexican territory to establish the new 'U.S. of Aztlan.
A film by Gustavo Vázquez and Guillermo Gómez Peña. 26min. 1999. USA. Digital. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Alongside MAD MAX and WALKABOUT, WAKE IN FRIGHT is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (FIRST BLOOD) and starring Donald Pleasence (HALLOWEEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE), WAKE IN FRIGHT tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now, WAKE IN FRIGHT returns fully-restored in stunning HD in what the New York Observer says “may be the greatest Australian film ever made.”
Survival Research Laboratories
Live at the Extreme Futurist Festival
Los Angeles, California, December 22, 2012
This first public screening of this documentary - hosted by Survival Research Labs Founder and Director Mark Pauline, and SRL video producer and filmmaker Steve Bage - chronicles the planning, pre-production, and performance of a full Survival Research Labs show, captured by seventeen cameras.
THE FIFTH (AND FINAL) INSTALLMENT OF THE SEX WORKER MARATHON @ THE ROXIE – 10.15PM
-Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum
'Kairos Dirt' follows the strange happenings of a pansexual middle school lunch lady and her multiple lovers, her religious co-worker, a genderqueer student, and a "jack of all trades" astrologer/phone sex operator/psychic medium. Through a series of collective dreams a trans-worldly being invades the characters' dream spaces, revealing an alternate realm of wanton, subconscious desires. Television monitors, radio frequencies, orifices and dreams all become portals to access this mysterious carnal dimension.
The 60s counterculture overturned American politics, but it also radically transformed the practice of religion in America. On Wednesday, July 26th, at 8:00 PM, local author, cultural historian, and PhD Erik Davis will explore the many facets of hippie religion. The talk will draw on a kaleidoscopic array of clips from local outfit Oddball Films’ vast archive of 60s and 70s era stock footage, amateur films, home movies, pro documentaries, and experimental films. James Whitney’s celebrated visionary short “Lapis” will get us in the mood for a spiritual carnival ranging from Dionysian Acid Tests to Alan Watts’ Zen, Jesus Freaks to Satanic Masses, rock star gurus to Pentagon marches, Sufi Dances to Jewish Renewal hoedowns. Today we continue to live in the shadow of the hippie mystics, from celebrity yoga to corporate mindfulness to the current psychedelic Renaissance.
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN caused a scandal at the 1973 Cannes Film Fest. Once again, Jodorowsky plays the allegorically named lead, “The Alchemist,” who assembles a group of people from all walks of life and renames them for the planets in the solar system. Putting his recruits through strange mystical rites, he leads them on a trip to Lotus Island to ascend the Holy Mountain. This new restored 35mm. 1973. 113 mins.
On Wednesday, March 9th, 2011, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, The Spectacle Theater screened Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining forwards and backwards simultaneously, superimposed. This experiment in projection was inspired by the analysis of The Shining by MSTRMND, and one line in particular: "The Shining is a film meant to be watched both forwards and backwards".
When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.
Nippon Nights says goodbye to May but hello to one of the most popular characters in Japanese movie history in ZATOICHI MEETS YOJIMBO! The legendary Shintaro Katsu, probably the most popular film and TV star in Japan in the late 1960s and 1970s, portrays the blind masseuse Zatoichi, who wanders from town to town in the Edo era (1830s and 40s). The character, originally created by Kam Shimozowa, enjoys drinking and is a master gambler, leading him to hang out in yakuza dens and geisha houses, where he gets involved with the lives of the downtrodden characters that inhabit such places, often leading to conflicts with local politicos, crime bosses, and often both. When he does, "Ichi" reveals the other skill he is a master of - using a concealed cane sword that often leads to LARGE SCALE CARNAGE!