After 40 years of running their community arts space, The Bread Factory, Dorothea and Greta are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple--performance artists from China--come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.
At The Bread Factory, they rehearse the Greek play, Hecuba. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers. There is a new normal in Checkford, if it is even really Checkford any longer.
If you thought we were going to say "That's All, Folks!" to our favorite animation program, you’d be wrong! This all-new show continues the celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made during the “Golden Age" of animation from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. The program is a festival of all things animated with more rare, fun and outrageous ‘toons for all!
Titles include: ANY RAGS (1931), IN THE BAG (1932), BROADWAY MALADY (1933), THE PEANUT VENDOR (1933), LITTLE MOTH’S BIG FLAME (1938), THE FIRST SWALLOW (1942), IMAGINATION (1943), FAIR WEATHER FIENDS (1946), ROOTY TOOT TOOT (1952), CELLBOUND (1955) and MORE!
In tribute to film legend Barbara Hammer (1939–2019), this program highlights a
selection of the artist’s early films rooted in the Bay Area. Shot at the Roxie Theater, the
beginning of Audience (1982) features Hammer’s fun, flirtatious, and thoughtful
interviews with the audience line before her tribute screening as part of that year’s San
Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Recognized as one of the first
lesbian experimental filmmakers, Hammer explicitly championed the perspective of
women and the visibility of the lesbian and queer communities. As she observed, her
work in the 1970s was “proselytizing my newfound place, my lesbian homeland.” In the
witty Superdyke (1975), Hammer and an army of women take to the streets of San
Francisco. The sensual and playful Dyketactics (1974) and Psychosynthesis (1975)
feature Hammer as both director and subject. Hammer invites the audience into her
films through exploring the connection of sight and touch, saying “it is a camera that
goes to bed with me and another: a cinema of intimacy.” This program celebrates a
body of Hammer’s work that epitomizes her joyful, unabashed experimental approach
Set in Thailand, BARDO BLUES follows Jack as he struggles to learn the truth about the mother that abandoned him and his own reason for existing. Weaving spiritual awakenings and soulful struggle, BARDO BLUES will leave you questioning everything you think you know about who you are, where you came from and where you're going.
Today, consumers Yelp everything from restaurants to dentists, from plumbers to surgeons. The same businesses who receive reviews – good or bad – simultaneously receive phone calls from Yelp salespeople to pay to advertise on, and thereby fund, Yelp. The small business community sees Yelp’s sales tactics as extortion. Does Yelp genuinely have an interest in helping people support the best local businesses, or is Yelp a pay-to-play platform? How can Yelp do an honest job of representing consumer sentiment while at the same time fueling their business with advertising dollars from the same companies being reviewed on their site? As a company that claims to care about free speech, what responsibility does Yelp have to provide recourse for business owners who need to address malicious libel from competitors and others who malign them for personal reasons? These questions are investigated and answered in the new documentary BILLION DOLLAR BULLY.
BITE ME is a subversive romantic comedy about the real-life subculture of people who believe that they’re vampires and the IRS agents who audit them.
It’s 1988 and, at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, Tehran is bombed relentlessly. The days that pass are full of foreboding, and yet, love, affection, hope and life itself manage to sweep away the fear of death from those surrounded by it. Love may often be difficult to comprehend, but death is a horrible certitude. ‘Bomb, A Love Story’ shows how, even when faced with the darkness of death, love and hope will find a way.
* Leila Hatami……………….Mitra
* Payman Maadi……………Iraj
* Siamak Ansari…………….Mr. Daneshpasand
* Habib Rezaei………………Teacher
Director : Payman Maadi
Screenplay : Payman Maadi
Director of Photography : Mahmoud Kalari
Music : Eléni Karaïndrou
Make-Up : Mehrdad Mirkiani
Presented by SHEED FILM.
The Cinema Department at City College of San Francisco is proud to present the 19th Annual City Shorts Film Festival. Each year, the festival highlights the best narrative, documentary, and experimental student films produced in the Cinema Department at CCSF.
Countless works of theater and cinema are steeped in the myth of Faust – including this summer’s world premiere opera by Jake Heggie, If I Were You, commissioned by the Merola Opera Program. Join us at the Roxie Theater on Tuesday, June 18, as we explore the many faces of Faust and the devil in theater, film, and opera with theater director Carey Perloff, filmmaker Jon Else, and dramaturg Kip Cranna.
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask explores for the first time on film the pre-eminent theorist of the anti-colonial movements of this century. Directors Mark Nash and Isaac Julien in person for Q&A!
Beautifully restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with Frameline and Outfest, Gay USA is the first American feature-length documentary by and about gay and lesbian people. Director Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (best known for his 1985 gay drama Buddies) mobilized camera crews across the country to document the national Gay Freedom Day marches in June of 1977.
Award winning feature documentary GENERAL MAGIC is the untold tale of how a great vision and epic failure changed the world.
The ideas that dominate the tech industry and our day to day lives were born at a secretive Silicon Valley start-up called ‘General Magic’, which spun out of Apple in 1990 to create the “next big thing”. General Magic shipped the first handheld personal communicator (or “smartphone”) in 1994.
Featuring legendary members of the original Macintosh team, along with the creators of the iPod, iPhone, Android, and eBay, the film combines rare archival footage with contemporary stories of the “Magicians” today. This is the story of one of history’s most talented tech teams and what happens when those who have a dream to change the world fail, fail again, fail better, and ultimately succeed.
RRestricted 16+ unless parent/guardn
In the battle for justice and equality, The Satanic Temple is putting a hell of a fight.
A live comedy event featuring Hayko Bağdat in person!
Presented by the California Kurdish Community Center.
In this one-man performance, author and journalist Hayko Bağdat tells stories from his first book Salyangoz (The Snail), drawn from his childhood and later years. His storytelling, mellow in some parts and sorrowful in others is a powerful show. Bağdat presents these tales as if he is regaling them to a friend over a dinner table, the style of which has made his one-man show a roaring success.
This intimate portrait of B.K.S. Iyengar, recognized worldwide as one of yoga's foremost teachers, explores his legacy and wide-reaching influence among yoga practitioners. Through never-before-seen interviews with family, students, and Guruji himself, Jake Clennell's documentary explores how his teachings have been adopted for the social good, leaving audiences enlightened and inspired.
JEAN’S RETURN / RETOUR DE JEAN 1:00 PM
(1949, Henri-Georges Clouzot, from RETURN TO LIFE/RETOUR À LA VIE). A Frenchman in a post-WWII convalescent home discovers an escaped German prisoner in his bedroom. With the great Louis Jouvet.
STRANGERS IN THE HOUSE / LES INCONNUS DANS LA MAISON 1:45 PM
(1942, Henri Decoin, script by Henri-Georges Clouzot) A disgraced lawyer must overcome his personal demons to defend his niece when she is accused of murder. With Raimu.
THE QUEEN OF SPADES / LA DAME DE PIQUE 3:30 PM
(1965, Leonard Keigel) An indigent countess is given a dangerous secret that confers wealth, then death on those who use it. 30s icon Dita Parlo returns triumphantly to the screen as the countess.
A scenery-chewing Laura Dern inhabits the uber-talented, shape-shifting San Francisco rocker & author Laura Albert, while Kristen Stewart burrows within Savannah Knoop, the physical manifestation of the media-shy, genderfluid novelist of the best sellers “Sarah” and “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things”.
Directed by Justin Kelly. Written by Savannah Knoop & Justin Kelly, based on Knoop's memoire. With Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess & Courtney Love. 2019. DCP. 108 mins.
MAIGRET SETS A TRAP / MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE 7:00 PM
(1958, Jean Delannoy) The venerable Inspector Maigret tracks a serial killer on the streets of Paris. With Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Lino Ventura, Jean Desailly.
THE HEAD OF A MAN / LA TÊTE D’UN HOMME 9:20 PM
(1933, Julien Duvivier) Early noir gets a great boost from Duvivier with this spooky tale of Maigret attempting to outmaneuver a deadly killer. With Harry Baur, Valery Inkijinoff.
NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS / LA NUIT DU CARREFOUR 1:00 PM
(1932, Jean Renoir) Drugs, murder, and sex: film noir begins here as Inspector Maigret meets an opium-besotted femme fatale. With Pierre Renoir, Winna Winfried.
SIRROCO / LA MAISON DU MALTAIS
(1938, Pierre Chenal) Romance and blackmail coil around a beautiful prostitute’s chances for respectability and happiness/. With Viviane Romance, Louis Jouvet, Marcel Dalio, Jany Holt, Fréhel./
THE DESERTER / JE T’ATTENDRAI 4:15 PM
(1939, Leonid Moguy) A soldier leaves his troop train to discover that life in his native village has become fraught with peril. With Jean-Pierre Aumont, Corinne Luchaire.
A night of storytelling, music and conversation with the filmmaker crowned by David Lamble of the Bay Area Reporter as "San Francisco's queer cinema poet."
OBSESSION 7:00 PM
(1954, Jean Delannoy) A circus couple finds itself embroiled in the unexpected aftermath of a murder. NOTE: rare color noir! With Michèle Morgan, Raf Vallone.
THREE SINNERS / MEUTRES 9:00 PM
(1950, Richard Pottier) A mercy killing turns into an all-out family feud: can the young niece set things straight? With Jeanne Moreau, Fernandel.
OVER THE WALL features five short documentary films focusing on the US-Mexico border, the wall, and the grave situation thousands of migrants, including children, are in today. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure!
Roxie Mixtape #5, an on-going series celebrating diverse and engaging short works by Bay Area filmmakers. Join us for a night of unique, provocative and inspiring movies. An eclectic mix of comedy, drama, documentary, experimental and ‘other’, there is sure to be a little something for everyone in this program.
Adam met a man calling himself Satan in Harlem at time when New York City was deeply divided by race. Despite the risks, he was determined to figure out who this musical force of nature was and to play music with him. From Mississippi to New York to Florida, Director V. Scott Balcerek lovingly tracks this miraculous story of friendship and the power of music over three decades in an uplifting tale that is an inspiration for our own troubled times.
Sterling Magee experienced the music industry’s exploitation of black musicians firsthand. So he walked away to play on the Harlem streets for “his people.” Reborn as Mr. Satan, he spread his gospel and became a NY City legend. When a white, Jewish musician named Adam Gussow asked to play with him, their lives took a powerful turn. Adam cast aside an ivory tower life, and Sterling's embrace of his apprentice forged a sound that thrust him back in the spotlight due to a chance encounter with rock icons U2. But life on the road took its toll, and Sterling vanished. The separation would test both men’s courage, and their journey to find each other again a tale of tragedy, survival and miraculous rebirth.
Starcity is a company that promotes the benefits of art, community and navigating an urban society full of personalities from different backgrounds. Fielding submissions from young filmmakers throughout San Francisco.
A striking debut from China's Qiu Sheng, SUBURBAN BIRDS is a tantalizing mystery and a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy rolled into one. Hao (Mason Lee) is part of a team of young engineers called in to investigate a series of craters that have opened up on the edge of the city. As he and his team survey the subsiding area, another story is taking place in the same suburban landscape. A younger boy, also named Hao, spends long afternoons playing with friends and making mischief until one-by-one, his playmates start to disappear. As these parallel stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger. With virtuosic assurance, Qiu employs distinct styles for each of the two narrative strands and unites them with a wry and wistful sense of humor. SUBURBAN BIRDS is both a reflection on the slippery nature of memory as well as a comment on China's rapid urbanization that heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice.
Jo, a witty, 9-year-old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times is her dreams of being a superhero, which proves to be something her rebellious teenage sister, Mwix, overprotective mother, Kathryn, and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.
A reflection on art, life and the movies, THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS is a magnificent illustration of the self-described “cinécriture” created by our dearly departed, playful visionary Agnès Varda, a pioneering member of the Left Bank and director of such seminal works as THE GLEANERS AND I and CLEO FROM 5 TO 7. A richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave, BEACHES is only the initial tribute to be paid to 60-year career of genre jumping that produced deeply personal, hugely empathetic and mischievous movies that moved so many.
Au revoir Agnès.
Written & directed by Agnès Varda. In French with English Subtitles. 2010. 35mm. 110 mins.
The psychosexual adaptation of Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw.” Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children. Miss Giddens decides to help the children to face and exorcise the spirits.
The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows the survivors as they organize the groundbreaking 'Argentine Lawsuit' and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, and explores a country still divided four decades into democracy. Seven years in the making, The Silence of Others is the second documentary feature by Emmy-winning filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar (Made in L.A.). It is being Executive Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, and Esther García.
THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS / COMPARTIMENT TUEURS 7:15 PM
(1965, Costa-Gavras) A murder on a Paris train “goes viral” and police are baffled. With Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintingnant, Michel Piccoli.
THE FLYING WARDROBE / L’ARMOIRE VOLANTE 9:15 PM
(1948, Carlo Rim) A missing corpse creates a surreal nightmare for a henpecked nephew. With the great French comic Fernandel cast brilliantly against type.
These are the armies of the night. They are 100,000 strong. They outnumber the cops five to one. They could run New York City. Tonight they’re all out to get the Warriors.
Analog Time Machine presents a cult classic party. Get ready for an immersive night of pre-film music, visuals, themed beer, and more, all with the gritty vibe of a graffiti covered subway car.
Cannnn youuuu diggggg itttt?!
This 1979 crime action classic sparked hysteria and outrage when it was first released. Of
course, that only stoked its legendary status. The film tracks a Brooklyn gang on a mythic 30
mile journey from the north end of the Bronx to their home turf in Coney Island. Their only
obstacle is every street gang in all the five boroughs.
DOORS OPEN AT 8:45 FOR A DJ SET
An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.
84, The Hard Times and Uneasy Sleeper present - Retro Hang Glider: The San Fransisco Premiere of 'Where In The Hell Is The Lavender House? The Longmont Potion Castle Story' featuring live calls with Longmont Potion Castle after the screening, with your host and performer Major Entertainer Mike H and filmmakers present! The long-awaited documentary about the anonymous, surreal phone work artist Rolling Stone calls 'America's Underground Prank Call King' will be screening for one night only at the historic Roxie Theatre after sold out shows in New York, Philadelphia and Littleton, Colorado, plus a rare chance to take part in the LPC experience as the man himself, Longmont Potion Castle will perform phone work live. Don't miss it!
WICKED CITY / HANS LE MARIN 7:15 PM
(1949, François Villiers) A sailor, a cabaret girl, a gypsy, and a murder in Marseille: amour fou meets poetic realism. With Jean-Pierre Aumont, Maria Montez (Cobra Woman!), Lilli Palmer.
PORTRAIT OF AN KILLER / PORTRAIT D’UN ASSASSIN 9:15
(1949, Bernard-Roland) A circus daredevil is caught up in the deadly machinations of a scheming woman. With Pierre Brasseur, Maria Montez, Arletty, Erich von Stroheim.