Show Times

Sunday 22, April

Barefoot

Barefoot

Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

NR

Accumulator 1

Accumulator 1

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

NR

THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA

THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA

Big Fish and Begonia

Big Fish and Begonia

Monday 23, April

LIGHT OF DAY

LIGHT OF DAY

SEASON OF THE WITCH

SEASON OF THE WITCH

Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

NR

Big Fish and Begonia

Big Fish and Begonia

Tuesday 24, April

The Devil and Father Amorth & The Exorcist

The Devil and Father Amorth & The Exorcist

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

NR

Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

NR

Wednesday 25, April

Outfitumentary

Outfitumentary

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

NR

Big Fish and Begonia

Big Fish and Begonia

Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

NR

Thursday 26, April

Big Fish and Begonia

Big Fish and Begonia

Surrealism in Animation (16mm)

Surrealism in Animation (16mm)

Instrument

Instrument

Friday 27, April

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

PG-13

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Saturday 28, April

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

LOVES OF A BLONDE

LOVES OF A BLONDE

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

PG-13

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Sunday 29, April

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

PG-13

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Monday 30, April

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

PG-13

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Tuesday 1, May

THE GREAT SILENCE

THE GREAT SILENCE

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Wednesday 2, May

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

PG-13

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Thursday 3, May

Ayúdame a pasar la noche

Ayúdame a pasar la noche

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Friday 4, May

IN THE INTENSE NOW

IN THE INTENSE NOW

NR

Saturday 5, May

IN THE INTENSE NOW

IN THE INTENSE NOW

NR

Israfil

Israfil

The Tale of Princess Kaguya + Only Yesterday

The Tale of Princess Kaguya + Only Yesterday

Sunday 6, May

DoAllCitizen Film Festival for Charity

DoAllCitizen Film Festival for Charity

IN THE INTENSE NOW

IN THE INTENSE NOW

NR

Friday 11, May

Devil's Freedom

Devil's Freedom

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

UN

Saturday 12, May

Maize in Times of War (English version)

Maize in Times of War (English version)

Plaza de la Soledad

Plaza de la Soledad

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

UN

Sunday 13, May

Maize in Times of War (Spanish version)

Maize in Times of War (Spanish version)

The Swirl

The Swirl

Artemio

Artemio

Monday 14, May

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

UN

Tuesday 15, May

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

UN

Wednesday 16, May

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

UN

Friday 18, May

TO WONG FOO & ROADHOUSE

TO WONG FOO & ROADHOUSE

The Desert Bride

The Desert Bride

NR

Saturday 19, May

Beginnings: Black Female Cinema (1977 - 1981)

Beginnings: Black Female Cinema (1977 - 1981)

The Desert Bride

The Desert Bride

NR

Sunday 20, May

The Desert Bride

The Desert Bride

NR

Monday 21, May

Evolution of Organic

Evolution of Organic

Tuesday 22, May

SFSU 58TH ANNUAL FILM FINALS

SFSU 58TH ANNUAL FILM FINALS

The Desert Bride

The Desert Bride

NR

Wednesday 23, May

SFSU UNDERGRAD THESIS SHORT FILMS 2018

SFSU UNDERGRAD THESIS SHORT FILMS 2018

The Desert Bride

The Desert Bride

NR

Thursday 24, May

Blossoms of Fire

Blossoms of Fire

Friday 25, May

Valley Girl

Valley Girl

TBC

Love & Bananas

Love & Bananas

Saturday 26, May

Love & Bananas

Love & Bananas

Strawberry and Chocolate

Strawberry and Chocolate

Sunday 27, May

Love & Bananas

Love & Bananas

Tuesday 29, May

Love & Bananas

Love & Bananas

Wednesday 30, May

Love & Bananas

Love & Bananas

Friday 15, June

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

Saturday 16, June

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

Sunday 17, June

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

Monday 18, June

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

Tuesday 19, June

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

Wednesday 20, June

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

Thursday 21, June

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

Accumulator 1

Accumulator 1

In this sci-fi drama, Olda suffers from a total lack of energy and falls into a coma. A natural healer tries to rejuvenate him. In doing so, he learns that Olda has an “alter ego” inside the TV that sucks the energy from Olda every time he tunes in. Can Olda resist watching TV and live a more fulfilling life in the real world, or will the television world take over? The film won a Czech Lion Award for Best Editing and was the most popular film in the Czech Republic in 1994.

Sunday 22, April

Artemio

Artemio

Anthropologist-filmmaker Sandra Luz López Barroso quietly observes ten-year-old Artemio as he joins his mother in Mexico. Born and raised in California, he is now far from everything he knows. But as long as his wonderfully strong-willed yet loving mother Coco is unable to obtain a visa, they must spend their days in the sleepy rural town of Cacalote, where time seems to have stood still. 47 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Preceded by La casa de los Lúpulos, directed by Paula Hopf. 22 min.

Part of HECHO EN MEXICO

Sunday 13, May

Ayúdame a pasar la noche

Ayúdame a pasar la noche

A family is at its breaking point. Dad kicked mom out of the house because if her gambling addiction, the older child’s fiancée wants to cancel their wedding, and the youngest child believes he can fix his family and bring them back together. An accident will make everyone reconsider their decisions; the doctors say one of them will not make it through the night.

Una familia está al punto del quiebre. El padre decidió correr a su mujer porque es adicta al juego, la prometida del hijo mayor ya no quiere casarse con él y el hijo menor cree que tiene la solución para arreglar a su familia. Un accidente les hará replantear sus decisiones.

Thursday 3, May

Barefoot

Barefoot

˝Barefoot (is a) beautiful piece of nostalgia shot entirely from a little boy’s perspective, one that never makes a misstep.˝ ~Deborah Young, film critic, Hollywood Reporter Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, a young boy named Eda opens up a world of trouble when he inadvertently reveals that his father has been listening to resistance broadcasts from London. As a result, the Nazi requisition their apartment, and they are forced into exile in the countryside. Shot from the perspective of the 8-year-old boy, Eda finds his own adventures and discovers a new crop of friends during the extraordinary times. Along the way, Eda’s innocent perspective of the world contrasts with the shadow of World War II weighing heavily upon the country.

Sunday 22, April

Beginnings: Black Female Cinema (1977 - 1981)

Beginnings: Black Female Cinema (1977 - 1981)

Curated by Semaj for Roxie Staff Picks, these rarely seen shorts by black filmmaker luminaries Julie Dash, Fronza Woods & Monona Wali, intertwine the political philosophies & visual language of black women’s lives & history.

DIARY OF AN AFRICAN NUN (Julie Dash) - Adapted from a short story by Alice Walker, this early short by Dash anticipates DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST in its intensity, graphic simplicity, and the remarkable, pantomimed performance of star Barbara O. Jones.

KILLING TIME/FANNIE'S FILM (Fronza Woods) - Part of the mediamaking movement that first gave centrality to the voices and experiences of African American women, these two shorts are no less groundbreaking today. KILLING TIME, an offbeat, wryly humorous look at the dilemma of a would-be suicide. In FANNIE'S FILM, a 65-year-old cleaning woman tells us about her life, hopes, goals, and feelings while doing her job at a professional dancers' exercise studio.

GREY AREA (Monona Wali) - Wali's short film title refers to the spaces of compromise that seemingly have to be made to survive in white society. The film revolves around an African-American woman reporter for a local television station who must compromise her political principles to keep her job, just as a former Black Panther Party member gets out of prison, only to realize that the old comrades in the struggle have moved on with their lives.

Saturday 19, May

Big Fish and Begonia

Big Fish and Begonia

A 16-year-old girl embarks on a fantastical and dangerous adventure after transforming into a dolphin. When a boy sacrifices himself to save her, she uses magic to bring him back to life -- only to learn that this power comes at a serious price.

English subtitles.

Sunday 22, April

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Blossoms of Fire

Blossoms of Fire

Blossoms of Fire is a dazzling, whirling dance of a film that celebrates the extraordinary lives of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, whose strong work ethic and fierce independent streak rooted in their culture, have resulted not only in powerful women but also in the region’s progressive politics and their acceptance of alternative gender roles.

Thursday 24, May

Dark Crimes

Dark Crimes

Dark Crimes (also known as True Crimes) is a 2016 Polish-American detective drama film directed by Alexandros Avranas and written by Jeremy Brock. It is based on David Grann's article True Crime: A Postmodern Murder Mystery, about convicted murderer Krystian Bala, published in 2008 by The New Yorker.[1] The film stars Jim Carrey, Agata Kulesza, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Marton Csokas. Principal photography began on November 12, 2015 in Kraków, Poland. Saban Films will release the film in the United States on May 18, 2018.[2]

Friday 18, May

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Devil's Freedom

Devil's Freedom

"What do you get when you kill someone?" a voice asks offscreen. "Power" is the reply from a Mexican gangster who committed his first murder at the age of 14, still in his school uniform. This heartrending documentary devotes as much attention to boys like him as it does to the victims of such crimes, which plague all levels of Mexican society. Everardo González shows how systematic violence holds everyone in Mexico in a death grip. All of his interviewees wear a plain, flesh-colored mask that allows us to recognize their emotions while granting them a certain degree of anonymity. This results in candid stories of kidnapping, murder, rape and other forms of violence. By presenting perpetrators and victims in the same way, González underlines the complex nature of Mexico’s kidnapping epidemic: the chances of having a gun pointed at you are just as good as you pointing one at someone else. 74 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Part of HECHO EN MÉXICO

Friday 11, May

DoAllCitizen Film Festival for Charity

DoAllCitizen Film Festival for Charity

DoAllCitizen has collaborated with The Roxie Theater and California College of the Arts to feature emerging film makers in the Bay Area on May 6 th , 2018. DAC subscribes to the belief that art and community outreach go hand-in- hand. Working with artists, small businesses, and athletes, it is our hope that our service will not only uplift the community, but expose the less fortunate to art and culture. Our mission is to open lines of communication within our politically and socially dynamic community in a productive manner, encouraging rhetoric- not hate or resentment. All ticket sales will be donated to charity.

Trouble in Paradise – (10 min.) Written and produced by Jack Fanburg, Trouble in Paradise is a dark comedy about an irresponsible brat named Mike Peacockski. In an attempt to foster growth and maturity, Mike’s father banishes him, exiling him to Brooklyn, New York, a community being terrorized by Mafioso Pigeons.

Final Girl – (10 min.) Written by Samantha Allard, Final Girl is a visual journey through horror films, depicting Hollywood’s stereotypical female characters throughout the decades.

Gardening – (10 min.) Written by Andres Giminez, Gardening is a story about a relationship between Coine and Esse and how the power dynamics and trust shifts between them after they share their respective most private dark vices.

MacArthur’s Park – (1.5 min.) A visual masterpiece by Cassidy Kamada, MacArthur’s park explores absurdism and power dynamics.

Disciple – (23 min.) Directed by Jeff Lunganza. A Hyper-Reality short that takes place 30 years in the future where a plague called The Manta Virus has risen from black market bio-warfare. The original carrier of the Manta Virus must travel back in time with the only known antidote to cure its original host. This film was produced without a

script, without a budget, and formulated as cameras rolled.

Palindrome – (23 min.) Written and directed by Mark Balunis. A husband/wife scientific team rushes to finish inventing their world-changing transportation technology before one of them succumbs to dementia.

Sunday 6, May

Evolution of Organic

Evolution of Organic

From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new saga of social change, EVOLUTION of ORGANIC. It’s the story of the organic agriculture movement, told by those who built it. A collective portrait full of great stories and strong characters. We captured the arc of organic, from its alternative origins to mainstream triumph. Not just a history, the film explores the next generation expanding organic and carbon farming as a solution to climate change. Narrated by Frances McDormand.

Monday 21, May

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

UN

Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out. The film includes Grace's unique performances singing iconic hits such as Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams' Bloods and Hurricane. These personal songs also link to Grace's family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered. In Jamaican patois, 'Bloodlight' is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and 'Bami' means bread, the substance of daily life. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami weaves together the layers of Grace Jones' public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman. The performance continues to move thematically though the film, with Love Is The Drug acting like an aria, bringing the film to its final and most touching scenes. This is a Grace we have not seen before, someone who reminds us of what it is to dare to be truly alive.

Friday 11, May

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IN THE INTENSE NOW

IN THE INTENSE NOW

NR

In the Intense Now explores the revolutions of 1968 as they unfolded across four different countries and their political environments: France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil. Narrated in first person by the director, the film reflects on that which is revealed by footage of the French students’ uprising in May of 1968; the images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; the scenes that a tourist —the director’s mother —filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; and footage from Salles’ own childhood in Brazil, during the establishment and rule of a repressive military dictatorship.

“Find solace, enlightenment and surprise

In joão moreira salles’s ‘in the intense now’.”

—A. O. Scott, New York Times

Directed & narrated by João Moreira Salles. In Portuguese, French and Czech with English subtitles. DCP. 127 mins.

Friday 4, May

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Instrument

Instrument

Director Jem Cohen's music doc, INSTRUMENT, uses footage shot over the course of 11 years to paint a mesmerizing portrait of Fugazi, one the most important punk bands of all time.

Part tour documentary, part studio diary, part concert film, and part compilation of interviews, the film offers a rare and intimate look into Fugazi from its early days to the peak of its success in the mid-’90s.

Thursday 26, April

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

PG-13

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Friday 27, April

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Israfil

Israfil

Ida Panahandeh's second feature eloquently explores love ans loss, as two former lovers are reunited following a fatal accident.

Saturday 5, May

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

LEANING INTO THE WIND: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

NR

Sixteen years after the release of the groundbreaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.

Directed, filmed and edited by Thomas Riedelsheimer

Camera Assistant: Felix Riedelsheimer. Additional Photography: Holly Goldsworthy, Andy Goldsworthy. Music composed by Fred Frith. Germany. 93 mins.

Sunday 22, April

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LIGHT OF DAY

LIGHT OF DAY

Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett play a brother and sister who are lead performers in a rock band, The Barbusters, in Cleveland, Ohio. The sister, Patti Rasnick, is an unmarried mother and has a troubled relationship with her own mother, who is deeply religious. Estranged from her parents and struggling to make ends meet, Patti decides to dive headlong into a carefree rock music lifestyle. The brother, Joe Rasnick, pulls away from rock music to provide some stability for his young nephew. It takes a family crisis to bring Patti back home and force her to face the past with her mother.

Monday 23, April

Love & Bananas

Love & Bananas

Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers, led by world-renowned elephant conversationalist Lek Chailert, embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a captive Asian elephant from a trekking camp and set her free. As the documentary unfolds the audience learns that there’s no need to abuse an elephant to control it, you can motivate an elephant to follow your lead simply with love and bananas. Love & Bananas will hopefully provide a solution to keeping this species alive.

Friday 25, May

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LOVES OF A BLONDE

LOVES OF A BLONDE

A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have been conscripted. The army sends reservists, mostly married middle-aged men - and the local beauty Andula, spurns those bold enough to try to win her, for the jazz pianist, newly come from Prague to perform. He seduces her and impresses her, telling her "most women are round, like guitars but you are a guitar by Picasso". Staying the night with him causes a lecture on a young woman's honour at her hostel so she throws over her other suitors and makes her way to Prague to find the young man. His protective Mamma and weary Pappa are not pleased when she arrives on the doorstep with her suitcase.

Saturday 28, April

Maize in Times of War (English version)

Maize in Times of War (English version)

In Tseltal, Ayuukj, Wixárika and Spanish with English subtitles.

Making “milpa” is an act of resistance, a profoundly political one. Maize In Times Of War traces the yearly cycle of four Indigenous maize plots (called milpas due to the diversity of crops they entail) in different regions of México. This film draws the exceptional process of growing maize, the delicacy of selecting seeds and preparing the land that will receive them, the tenacity and the nuances involved in taking care of the whole process, until the harvest arrives after working for months and the family enjoys the vital uses of its fruits.

Part of HECHO EN MEXICO

Saturday 12, May

Maize in Times of War (Spanish version)

Maize in Times of War (Spanish version)

In Tseltal, Ayuukj, Wixárika and Spanish with Spanish subtitles.

El maíz en tiempos de guerra sigue el curso anual de cuatro milpas indígenas en distintas regiones de México. El largometraje ilustra el excepcional proceso del maíz, la delicadeza para seleccionar la semilla y preparar la tierra que va a recibirla, la tenacidad de sus cuidados, la cosecha al cabo de los meses y los usos vitales de sus frutos. Una familia wixárika (huichola) en el norte de Jalisco, otra más ayuujk (mixe) en Oaxaca, y dos familias tseltales en la selva de Chiapas nos hablan desde sus milpas, los caminos y sus casas de la importancia de la siembra, de los conocimientos prácticos que permiten la epopeya del maíz, los peligros que la acechan, la necesidad contemporánea de conservar los territorios que dan continuidad a la milpa y la vida de millones de mexicanos indígenas y campesinos.

Part of HECHO EN MEXICO

Sunday 13, May

Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish

Brought together by their shared love of music, ten years on Liam and Natalie are at a breaking point. In their case opposites attract but don't necessarily work long-term. Making the difficult decision to separate, they must split their prized music library. But the soundtrack that defined their relationship keeps pulling them back together.

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Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

NR

OH LUCY! follows Setsuko, (Shinobu Terajima in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance), a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna, Deadpool 2), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). When John suddenly disappears from class, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in search of him, and in the outskirts of Southern California, family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.”

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Outfitumentary

Outfitumentary

Filmmaker K8 Hardy creates a visual diary of everything she wore over a decade. An audacious snapshot of lesbian life, feminist fashion, and evolving identity. Presented by SF Cinematheque.

Wednesday 25, April

Plaza de la Soledad

Plaza de la Soledad

Age does not daunt the women in PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD, who inhabit Mexico City as sex workers. Maya Goded interviews a swath of middle-aged women whose life experiences prove to be as much a mosaic as Mexico itself. They view their professions as a livelihood through which they maintain ownership of their destinies by their own means, avoiding machísmo’s influence to a certain extent. They radiate femininity amid their joys and hardships, and command it in dances and seduction techniques they render for men in vulnerable or low places. They support each other, and persist through the trials they face in their caste. Each person before the camera illuminates the tough lifestyle she lives and the thick skin she’s grown in order to survive. Goded empowers the women in the film as they speak for themselves and about themselves in their cultural microcosm. 85 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Part of HECHO EN MEXICO

Saturday 12, May

SEASON OF THE WITCH

SEASON OF THE WITCH

Joan is an unhappy, suburban housewife who has an uncommunicative husband and a distant 19-year-old daughter on the verge of moving out of the house. Frustrated at her current situation, Joan seeks solace in witchcraft after visiting a local tarot reader and leader of a secret coven, who inspires Joan to follow her own path. After dabbling in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world and sinks deeper and deeper into her new lifestyle until the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and eventually tragedy results.

Monday 23, April

SFSU 58TH ANNUAL FILM FINALS

SFSU 58TH ANNUAL FILM FINALS

A San Francisco State tradition for over half a century, Film Finals is the School of Cinema’s annual showcase of the best films made by Cinema students at San Francisco State University during the academic year — and the City's premiere student cinema event.

Last year San Francisco State University was ranked as one of the top 25 American Film Schools by the Hollywood Reporter. The student films presented at previous Film Finals programs have gone on to screen at prestigious film festivals worldwide including Cannes, Telluride Film Festival, SXSW and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

This year’s program is comprised of work from graduates and undergraduates alike, representing various genres, styles, formats and media. It continues SFSU’s vibrant cinematic heritage that has resulted in alumni receiving Oscar nominations for fifteen consecutive years. We congratulate all of our filmmakers and with this showcase we celebrate the history of our amazing school, the hard work of our faculty, the talents of all our students, and the vitality of cinematic expression.

Tuesday 22, May

SFSU UNDERGRAD THESIS SHORT FILMS 2018

SFSU UNDERGRAD THESIS SHORT FILMS 2018

The SFSU Undergraduate Cinema Thesis Program is made up of fifteen student filmmakers, each been put to the task of creating their own short films within the time of one school year. With the help of faculty, staff, students, and family, these fifteen filmmakers have put their dreams onto the silver screen.

Join us for the premiere exhibition of this years San Francisco State Undergrad Thesis Short Films Program.

Wednesday 23, May

Strawberry and Chocolate

Strawberry and Chocolate

In 1979 Cuba, flamboyant gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David (Vladimir Cruz), an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to be "friends" with Diego so he can monitor the artist's subversive life for the state. As Diego and David discuss politics, individuality and personal expression in Castro's Cuba, a genuine friendship develops between the two. Can it last in such an oppressive environment?

Saturday 26, May

Surrealism in Animation (16mm)

Surrealism in Animation (16mm)

The influence of surrealism extended far beyond its initial origins of Bunuel and Dali- even our cartoon pals took on a few unusual and not all-together real escapades. A crazed collection surreal animations from 1908 thru the ‘50’s and beyond!

Titles include: FANTASTMAGORIE (1908), KOKO THE KOP (1927), GYPPED IN EGYPT (1930), SWING YOU SINNERS (1930), IT’S A BIRD (1931), THE HORSE ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND (1938), RUMORS (1943), THE TELL-TALE HEART (1952) and more! 100 minutes.

Thursday 26, April

The Desert Bride

The Desert Bride

NR

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

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The Devil and Father Amorth & The Exorcist

The Devil and Father Amorth & The Exorcist

The documentary gives a terrifying look at the ninth and final exorcism performed in 2016 by Amorth on an Italian woman who experiences troubling fits and behavioral changes. Father Amorth, who claimed to have performed thousands of exorcisms, died later that year at the age of 91.

A bona fide cultural phenomenon, when THE EXORCIST first released into theaters, all hell broke loose. Adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this story of a little girl possessed by the demon and the priests who are charged with saving her soul, is considered by many to be the scariest movie of all time. This Extended Directors Cut adds 10 minutes of previously unseen footage, trimmed from the original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman’s Oscar-winning sound work.

Tuesday 24, April

THE GREAT SILENCE

THE GREAT SILENCE

“NEW RESTORATION! Widely considered to be a masterwork of its genre and the magnum opus of its maker, this subversive, hard-R cult curio from DJANGO director Sergio Corbucci may be the most influential Spaghetti Western you’ve never seen! Shelved in North America for its radical politics and wallop of a downer ending — the deaths of Che Guevara and Malcolm X were cited inspirations — Corbucci’s bleak, wintry shoot-’em-up, set during Utah’s Great Blizzard of 1899, has grown legendary in reputation, with renegades Alex Cox and Quentin Tarantino at the top of its list of admirers. (The latter borrows liberally from it in his own “snow Western,” The Hateful Eight THE HATEFUL EIGHT.) Herzog madman Klaus Kinski plays a bloodthirsty bounty hunter who locks horns with a mute gunslinger (Jean-Louis Trintignant, of recent Haneke). Spaghetti maestro Ennio Morricone scores. “Corbucci’s best and his bleakest ... A classic of transgressive cinema” (Alex Cox).” – Shaun Inouye, The Cinematheque, Vancouver

Tuesday 1, May

The Judge 2018

The Judge 2018

NR

Religious courts in the Middle East historically banned women from adjudicating domestic and family matters- in both the Shari’a courts of Islam and the Rabbinic courts of Judaism- until Kholoud Al-Faqih challenged that history. This feature-length documentary chronicles Kholoud’s appointment, her first years as a judge, and her tenacious ability to maintain her position despite attempts to marginalize and demote her.

Examine the religious and legal stipulations between men and women according to Shari’a law through Kholouds eyes. See how the worst aspects of the misinterpretation of Shari’a law reflect in tragic misogyny- rape- beatings, precisely the kinds of misinterpretations Kholoud now has the power to correct.

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The Swirl

The Swirl

Perched on the bloated banks of the Usumacinta River in Chiapas, Mexico, El Remolino was forged decades ago by five families who saw promise in the area’s dense jungle and lightly mountainous landscape. Today, the town struggles to keep its school open, its farms dry enough to yield viable crops, and its livestock from drowning in the rainy season deluge. While many have fled, strikingly graceful and stoic siblings Pedro and Esther Benitez remain to conquer not only the flooded terrain but also the ghosts of a painful shared childhood. Pedro dreams of finding a loving husband and adopting a child. Esther wants to resurrect her studies and see her children graduate into thriving careers. Considerations of feminine identity and power, memory, and the influence of family poignantly converge in director Laura Herrero Garvin’s languid and beautifully filmed observation. This is a documentary shot with such dreamy yet acute depth and clarity that one can see almost anything in the water’s reflection. 73 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Part of HECHO EN MEXICO

Sunday 13, May

The Tale of Princess Kaguya + Only Yesterday

The Tale of Princess Kaguya + Only Yesterday

As a tribute to the late Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, we bring you two of his masterpieces. See either for $12 or both for $15.

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, 7pm

The final film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata is one of the Japanese animation studio’s very best. A bamboo cutter discovers a tiny girl in a bamboo shoot and adopts her as his daughter, but the old man’s attempts to raise her as a princess are at odds with the girl’s homespun nature. This beautiful fantasy, based on a Japanese folktale, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. “Exquisitely drawn with both watercolor delicacy and a brisk sense of line.” - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times.

2013, 137 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata. In Japanese with English subtitles.

ONLY YESTERDAY, 9:30pm

Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories that unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, the frustrations of math and boys. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, ONLY YESTERDAY is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and the 1980s, and the quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia. Studio Ghibli is known for its female heroines, from Princesses Nausicaa and Mononoke to Kiki to Ponyo - but with ONLY YESTERDAY it delves deeper into the real emotional experiences of girls/women than perhaps any animated film before or since.

1991, 118 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahat. In Japanese with English subtitles.

NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.

FREE OR DISCOUNTED FOR MEMBERS

Saturday 5, May

The Texture of Falling

The Texture of Falling

In The Texture of Falling, nothing is what it seems. From its opening shot to its startling climax, the film inverts all expectations. It asks what is real and what is artifice. Where do our fantasies end and our passions begin?

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THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA

THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA

A young man returns to his home city of Pittsburgh and moves in with an older woman whom he begins to rely on for emotional and financial support.

Sunday 22, April

TO WONG FOO & ROADHOUSE

TO WONG FOO & ROADHOUSE

Go crazy for Patrick Swayze in all of his underrated onscreen glory in a double feature of  TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! JULIE NEWMAR & ROAD HOUSE!

7pm: TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JULIE NEWMAR

Elite Manhattan drag queens Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) impress regional judges in the competition, securing berths in the Nationals in Los Angeles. When the two meet pathetic drag novice Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) -- one of the losers that evening -- the charmed Vida and Noxeema agree to take the hopeless youngster under their joined wing. Soon the three set off on a madcap road trip across America and struggle to make it to Los Angeles in time.

9:00 ROADHOUSE

The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- busting the heads of troublemakers and turning the roadhouse into a jumping hot-spot. But Dalton's romance with the gorgeous Dr. Clay puts him on the bad side of cutthroat local big shot Brad Wesley.

Friday 18, May

Valley Girl

Valley Girl

TBC

Set to a new wave '80s soundtrack, a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together.

Friday 25, May