4 Wheel Bob tells the story of wheelchair hiker Bob Coomber and his attempt to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the Sierra Nevada. Bob has hiked more than 100 parks in the Bay Area, and was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2007.
The film addresses two important themes: the ability to overcome adversity, and environmental conservation. There is a large population of the disabled who are wheelchair-bound yet able to get outside and experience nature. The challenge is to overcome internal struggles and fears. Experiencing nature and the outdoors can be quite therapeutic for the disabled, who often suffer from depression. It was Bob’s determination and his motto of "no excuses" that led to an obsession with wheelchair hiking as a way to gain his health back.
This showing is co-presented by the Berkeley FILM Foundation and features a post-film Q&A with the director, Tal Skloot, and the subject of the film, Bob Coomber.
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Ash is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
Rfor Violence and language throughout
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Cereal Cinema is the New Parkway's Saturday morning offering of family-friendly fun, accompanied by an all-you-can-eat cereal bar. We'll have classic cartoons from decades past on the screen, none announced until the day of the event, but all of a PG or G equivalency.
A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside.
The Movie is set on Mars in 2071, 49 years after Earth was mostly abandoned after a catastrophe. Humanity has settled on other planets and moons in the solar system. The film's protagonists are legalized bounty hunters who travel together on the spaceship Bebop.
A young warrior must finish what his father started by battling his way through a city of demons and defeat a diabolical psychic who has opened a portal to hell.
Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the über-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission. The father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina disturbs the domestic balance.
A compilation of moody short narratives that demonstrate superbly crafted visual storytelling while engaging important socio-political realities of various parts of the Arab World and beyond. From a father who seeks to protect his only daughter from ISIS to an experimental rendering of Gaza's 2014 Shujaiya massacre: these films are captivating inasmuch as they touch upon pressing issues.
This shorts collection includes the following:
Status Quo (2016)
Lebanon, 20 minutes
While the Lebanese borders are under constant terrorist attacks, a Beiruti couple battle midnight anxiety.
Ali Kareem Obaid
Iraq/Italy, 8 minutes
Set against the backdrop of ISIS’ imposition of the "jizya" or tax on non-Muslims in its territories, a Christian family concocts a plan to protect its only daughter.
One Minute (2015)
Palestine/Jordan/Belgium, 11 minutes
Experimental film that reenacts one family's experience during Gaza's 2014 Shujaiya massacre where dozens died after being given a moment's notice to evacuate before their neighborhood was bombed by the Israeli government.
Mare Nostrum (2016)
Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf
Jordan/Syria/France, 13 minutes
On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian father makes a decision that puts his daughter's life at risk.
USA/Syria, 16 minutes
A withdrawn Arab man begins frequenting a Boston café. Eventually, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.
Lebanon, 20 minutes
In a not-so-distant future, Lebanon’s garbage crisis has reached an apex, with forecasts of acid rain looming in the distance. Set against this backdrop, Hala refuses to evacuate her home, as she clings to whatever remains. Premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Ashley Williams travels to a secluded cabin in the woods with his girlfriend Linda where they find a tape recording of a professor and a book of evil. This unleashes a bunch of evil spirits that constantly terrorize Ash. Meanwhile a journalist comes to the area to study the book of evil. Ash and her end up having to survive this swarm of evil until morning comes.
After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Génessier works tirelessly to give the girl a new face. He does so however by kidnapping young women and attempting face transplants. He has been woefully unsuccessful to date. The doctor's world begins to collapse around him when his daughter realizes just what he has been doing.
Follow a group of Southern California high school students as they explore their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless) and written by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), this hilarious portrait of 1980s American teen life features film debuts of future stars Nicolas Cage and Forest Whitaker, plus decade-defining music from The Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo and The Cars.
This showing is playing as part of the Bechdel Test Movie Night and features a post-film discussion.
One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.
A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.
Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming a big American rock star. When a handsome American GI promises love and liberation, it seems like a dream come true. But there's a catch--in order to marry and emigrate, Hansel must "leave a little something behind." Hedwig survives a botched sex change operation that leaves her with an "angry inch" only to be stranded in a Kansas trailer park the very day the Berlin Wall comes down. Undeterred, Hedwig dons immaculate makeup and a Farrah Fawcett wig and forms a rock band-The Angry Inch. While supporting herself with babysitting gigs, she falls for a 16-year-old Jesus freak she renames Tommy Gnosis. Tommy steals her songs and becomes the rock star Hedwig always dreamed she'd be. Refusing to be defeated, she fiercely performs in crumbling theme restaurants seeking recognition, retribution, and reconciliation with her other half.
Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.
Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. She creates an instrument for this revenge by purposefully getting pregnant. Though she dies in childbirth, she makes sure that the child will be raised as an assassin to kill the criminals who destroyed her family. Young Yuki never knows the love of a family but only killing and revenge.
Lee Geum-ja has spent the last 13 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit. She's fantasized about getting revenge on the various people who wronged her, including the police officer who forced her to confess and a shady teacher with whom she has a checkered past. After her release, she teams up with a group of eccentric friends she made while behind bars and sets out to clear her name and find the daughter she was forced to leave behind.
AFF presents: Migration, displacement, hope: Refugee Stories (special program) This year we received multiple submissions from filmmakers from around the globe documenting stories of displacement. From the gut-wrenching to the experimental to the hopeful, we are honored to share these stories with you. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, struggling to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of "experience" so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlight the multitude of hues that should be considered when discussions of the refugee experience are had. From the Yarmouk and Ain El-Hilweh camps, to the streets of Berlin: Refugee Stories shows what it takes to hold onto one's dreams amidst devastating circumstances.
The shorts include the following:
Here You Are (2017)
USA/Syria, 5 minutes
Engages the post-traumatic stress experienced by refugees after their arrival to their destination.
The Pianist of Yarmouk (2017)
Syria/Palestine/Germany, 14 minutes
Meet Aeham: a classically-trained musician attempting to escape the war in Syria for safety in Europe.
After the Spring (2017)
Germany/Syria/France, 4 minutes
On the streets of Berlin, Ahmad recounts the early days of the Syrian revolution.
A Man Returned (2016)
Lebanon/Palestine, 30 minutes
Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp Ain El-Hilweh in Lebanon ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a drug addiction to life in a camp torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet. Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize (short film) at the 2016 Berlinale.
Through My Eyes: Hani's Journey (2017)
Lebanon/Syria/Canada, 30 minutes
Follows the journey of blind Syrian refugee Hani Al Moliya from the camps in Lebanon to Canada. Told through his photos, it is a story of triumph against adversity, set against the backdrop of the Syrian war.
After the program there will be a panel discussion with members of the International Rescue Committee.
The New Parkway Theater presents a mystery episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
Who knows what episode we'll be playing...but you can be sure it's definitely going to be good! Please join us for a night of laughter and fun hosted by The New Parkway's own resident MST3K fan, Oliver Beckwith. The pre-show includes a trivia contest with prizes!
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Enjoy delicious food and local beer and wine on tap delivered right to your theater seat, all at affordable prices!
The New Parkway has something for everyone: from Doc Night to Baby Brigade to the throwback hits of Parkway Classics and Cult Night. And don't forget to check out our free, non-film events like Open Mic (1st & 3rd Mondays), Bingo and Beer Tuesdays, Drink & Draw Wednesdays, and Team Trivia Thursdays.
The New Parkway = Film. Friends. Food. Fun on Tap.
In the town of Wisbourg, estate agent Mr. Knock is pleased to receive a commission from Count Orlok to find a house for him. He dispatches his young assistant, Hutter, to Orlok's castle in the far off Carpathians. He tells Hutter to get him to buy the vacant house just opposite Hutter's own. Hutter arrives at his destination safely and the Count is all too eager to buy the proposed property especially after he sees a photo of Hutter's pretty young wife Ellen. Hutter soon realizes the evil he's dealing with and is locked away while Orlok makes his way by ship to Wisbourg. As Orlok travels to Wisbourg, plague descends in his wake and the people of Wisbourg begin to sense the coming of evil. Hutter eventually escapes Orlok's castle determined to return home as quickly as possible but exhausted and ill, finds himself in hospital. Hutter nonetheless arrives home the same day as Orlok and the townsfolk begin to panic over the increasing number of deaths.
A documentary following the lives of motorcycle racers and racing enthusiasts, including actor Steve McQueen. First asking the question "Why do they do it?" this film looks at the people who devote (and sometimes risk) their lives to racing on tracks and off-road courses around the world.
3 daring films from the Arab World that span across the Maghreb, the Levant, and the Gulf that push the boundaries of narrative storytelling towards more experimental considerations of visuality, performance, and genre. Moving through the registers of magical realism, absurdist psychodrama, and feminist monster movie horror, this selection will test the viewer's powers of perception while leaving room for shocking, even if, strange surprises…
Lebanon/France, 30 minutes
Hani has just been released from prison and returns to his hometown Dhour El Choueir, which was at the frontlines during the Lebanese Civil War. Once there, he finds the family home abandoned and partially destroyed. His parents fled, but he decides to stick around, visiting residents who remained and hanging out in trees eating fruit. Eventually, he stumbles on a young woman who is about to commit suicide…
Yaser Al Neyadi
United Arab Emirates, 26 minutes
Secrets... desires... obsessions. We all have them. But sometimes things get a little. Weird.
Algeria/Kuwait/USA, 40 minutes
During a beach outing with her family, a young mother is drowned by a group of men while swimming offshore. Anxiety and fear take hold of her family as well as the townspeople, especially as, soon after, other swimmers mysteriously start to die. Screened at Cannes' Directors Fortnight, 2016.
A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.
China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian, the lord of a powerful family. Fifty year old Chen has already three wives, each of them living in separate houses within the great castle. The competition between the wives is tough, as their master's attention carries power, status and privilege. Each night Chen must decide with which wife to spend the night and a red lantern is lit in front of the house of his choice. And each wife schemes and plots to make sure it's hers. However, things get out of hand...
Stuart Gordon shocked the horror world with this incredibly violent, hysterically funny, boldly erotic grindhouse pulp masterpiece loosely adapted on H.P. Lovecraft’s vintage story of corpse revivalism and mad science, but with way, way, way more sex and gore than originally conceived. Barbara Crampton makes her indelible mark as the bravest scream queen of all time. It’s like an EC comic book (with buckets of blood, body parts and gratuitous nudity) come to vivid life. There simply hasn’t been a movie (with or without zombies) like it since, much less before. Three decades since its initial release, it remains one of the most audacious films of all time. Hosted by your ghoulfriend and mine, Mistress Persephone. Bring your thinking caps for the pre-show round of trivia with prizes!
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre, and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he "becomes her arms" and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge.
A mix of two short films with a feature that demonstrate the nuanced mobilizations of narrativity, docuform, social commentary, and genre that came out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the past festival season. This program will move through varied tones, including observational documentary, comedy/satire, and ghost story horror; ranging from the buzzing streets of Qatif City and a comedy of errors in Riyadh, to the majestic, albeit spooky Madayen ruins.
Documentary short, 15 minutes
Tells the stories of the drivers of the distinctive old yellow taxis in Qatif City, who struggle to compete with taxi drivers who have more "modern" vehicles.
Narrative short, 33 minutes
Based on true events that happened during a theatre play in Riyadh 10 years ago. The play was titled "Wasati bela Wastiah" or "A Moderate Without a Middle-Ground." During the performance, a group of extremists attacked the performers and the play was shut down. The story shook Saudi Arabian society and was all over the news. WASATI addresses this event and retells it from a different point of view.
Narrative feature, 66 minutes
Three Saudis investigate the fabled haunted ruins of Madayen and discover there's more truth than myth awaiting them.
Featuring a special guest Writer/Actor Hakeem Jomah from the film "Madayen."
After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.
A man is born the son of a horse with superpowers and uses them to do battle with legendary dragons.
In Castilla around 1940, a traveling movie theatre brings James Whale's black and white film classic "Frankenstein" to a small village. Two young girls, Isabel and Ana, are subsequently determined to find the monster themselves.
A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.
What would you do if your community gave up on your child?
In New Jersey, the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys' lives.
SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
Symbols of Resistance looks at the history of the Chican@ Movement as it emerges in the 1970s with a focus on events in Colorado and Northern New Mexico. The documentary explores the struggle for land, the student movement, and community struggles against police repression.
Stick around after the film for a post-film Q&A with the filmmaker.
At a carnival in Germany, Francis and his friend Alan encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari. The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare, a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan's death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true -- making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him?
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.
Ashley "Ash" Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it's read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi's trilogy.
A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.
The North Pole is a comedic web series about the big social issues of our time: Gentrification. Global Warming. And gluten-free donuts. The story follows three best friends born and raised in North Oakland, CA, who struggle to stay rooted as their neighborhood becomes a hostile environment. Across seven outrageous episodes, Nina, Marcus, and Benny fight, dream, and plot hilarious schemes to save the place they call home. Facing down displacement and climate chaos, they combat evil landlords, crazy geoengineering plots, and ultimately each other.
Co-presented by the Berkeley FILM Foundation.
Please stick around after the showing for a post film Q&A with the filmmakers and some special guests!
Cat Town and the Cat Man Of West Oakland present a special screening of The Paw Project, with a post-screening Q&A with founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad.
The Paw Project documentary is an inspiring David and Goliath story of a grassroots movement to protect felines, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing and how the movement has prevailed, despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations.
In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed. Declawing is the amputation of the last bone in a cat's toes. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats who are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure, which costs upwards of $1,200 per hour – even for very young kittens.
These are animals we love, and with whom we share our homes. Why aren't we being told the truth about what the declawing procedure involves? The Paw Project documentary chronicles the happy and unexpected twist of fate that led to the protection of many animals through the grassroots advocacy efforts led by Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project.
Visit the official website for more information at: www.pawproject.org
All profits from the nights event will go towards funding the Paw Project and continuing Dr. Conrad's work!
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills...
Radio DJ Vanita 'Stretch' Brock's open request night is plagued by the annoying phone pranking of two road tripping, party-hard, hoodlums, but things take a disturbing turn when the hoodlums meet their demise at the hands of familiar chainsaw wielding maniacs. With the entire gruesome ordeal recorded on tape, Stretch seeks out the help of a former Texas Marshall who's on a personal quest of vengeance against this family of cannibals. While at first he turns her down, he eventually decides to use her tape to his advantage, asking her to air it during her request block- effectively baiting the cannibals to the radio station where he'll personally deal with them.
Retired Oakland cops who battled antiwar demonstrators and Black Panthers during the 1960s tell their stories to a former protester they beat up during a 1967 riot. The New Parkway screening commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stop-the Draft-Week demonstrations that paralyzed Oakland for a week in October 1967.
Ever wonder what the cops thought of the protesters in the 1960s? The Thursday Club introduces a group of retired Oakland officers who battled antiwar demonstrators and Black Panthers. The film re-examines the turbulent social movements of the 1960s, and looks into the psychology of policemen who were assigned the job of keeping the peace. The filmmaker, an antiwar demonstrator beaten by police during the 1967 Stop the Draft Week riots in Oakland, leads us through an unusual narrative, combining history and memoir, to create a story of reconciliation.
This film features a post-film Q&A with the director of the film, George Paul Csicsery.
Three small-town friends, Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, each having lost the man in their lives, are feeling unfulfilled -- until a furtive stranger, Daryl Van Horne, arrives and begins courting each of them in turn. Eventually, Daryl tells them that they are witches. But as the three friends spend more time at his mansion, enjoying themselves and learning about their powers, they begin to worry about Daryl's ultimate intentions.
Nacho Vigalondo's time-travel thriller opens with Hector spying on a beautiful woman undressing in the woods near his property. Investigating, he finds her assaulted and he in turn is attacked by a man whose head is swathed in bandages. Fleeing, Hector encounters a scientific facility where a scientist persuades him to hide in a time machine. Traveling back in time just a few hours, he observes himself.
Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn. Rita's mother, who has died in an asylum, was that woman and Rita has nightmares that she does not understand. Not knowing that she is part vampire, Max woos her and attempts to bring her to her blood sucking destiny. Even though Rita has strange dreams and actions, Justice, her partner, has feelings for her and does not want her involved with this stranger Max. But it is Rita who must decide her destiny.
This showing of "Vampire in Brooklyn" is co-presented by Reel Black Films and features a short pre-show.