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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Norman Lear Brings 'All Lives Matter' message to SF Jewish Film Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

TV legend Norman Lear will be honored at the SF Jewish Film Fest's screening of Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You at the Castro Theatre on July 24th. - MUSIC BOX FILMS
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  • TV legend Norman Lear will be honored at the SF Jewish Film Fest's screening of Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You at the Castro Theatre on July 24th.

When Norman Lear wrote contentious episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times and The Jeffersons that dealt with war, procreative liberty, poverty, racism and feminism, he expected flack from the networks. What Lear never anticipated, he told SF Weekly, was the pushback he received from the Good Times cast and even the Black Panther Party — the very people he was trying to give voice to.

While Lear isn't black, he was still confident that he could do justice to issues of economic hardship, religious identity and teen sex faced by African Americans, because these were matters faced by all Americans. To the producer, we're all versions of each other.

Lear is now the subject of a new documentary, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
which premieres at the Castro Theatre as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, on Saturday. The producer, who will be in attendance, will be honored with the Freedom of Expression award.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Pie Fights and Trapeze Lust at the SF Silent Film Festival

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Take a break from the Bernie vs. Hillary battle and step back in time 100 years, to an era when the idea of a woman governor, much less a woman president, was the subject of futuristic fiction.  Just in time for California’s presidential primary, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, running Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5, at the Castro Theatre, presents a timely and topical century-old melodrama called Mothers of Men (1917), which depicts a future in which a woman holds high political office. Shot in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz, the film was released six years after California women won the right to vote and two years before passage of the 19th Amendment. Showing at 4:30 p.m. Friday, the film depicts a determined heroine ascending to governor while fending off threats to her integrity.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mid-Century Eclectic: Cinema Classics From the '40s, '50s, and '60s at Roxie

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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A Sunday evening screening of the classic chiller The Bad Seed (1956) will serve as the centerpiece for Mid-Century Eclectica festival of art house classics playing at the Roxie, May 13-16 Patty McCormack, who scored an Oscar nomination as the film's 9-year-old serial killer, will appear at the Roxie after the Sunday showing. 

"It's hard to say something new about the film," McCormack told SF Weekly. The actress, who's portrayed dozens of roles since, is still asked about her signature role regularly. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nine Picks for Great Flicks at the 2016 SF International Film Festival

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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  • Miss Sharon Jones!
The release of the San Francisco International Film Festival schedule is like Christmas morning to Bay Area movie buffs, and the SF Film Society just dropped the full schedule for its annual two-week smorgasbord of international films and indie flicks. More than 200 screenings are scheduled from April 21-May 5, but we’ve picked out a few standouts showcasing cult favorite directors, glam premieres, spellbinding documentaries, big-deal Hollywood stars in person and wack multimedia events that promise a bleeding-edge cinematic experience.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

SF IndieFest- Films, Music and Parties, Parties, Parties

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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  • John Hawkes in 'Too Late'

Jeff Ross, the founder of the SF IndieFest, likes parties. A lot.

So along with the shorts, features and international films at part of the festival from Feb. 11-25, there will also be opening and closing night parties (at the Dance Mission and Brand New Vortex Room, respectively); the 12th Annual Big Lebowski Party where it will get The Rocky Horror Picture Show treatment, with people acting out the scenes on stage; the Anti-Valentine’s Day '80s Power Ballad Sing-A-Long; and a pre-fest kick off, Men in Tights, where comedians sit on the front of the stage during the screening of a past Super Bowl and pretend to be sports commentators. Ross describes this as a good event for a couple where one person is a sports lover and the other less so. He has one caution though.

“There’s no comedy during the commercials,” he said. “The commercials are sacrosanct.”

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Monday, January 18, 2016

HUMP!, Dan Savage's Homemade Porn Festival, Returns to S.F. Next Week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Can you believe that Savage Love has been running — in SF Weekly and many other places — for 20 years now? It seems like only yesterday the world was asking such sweetly naive questions about human sexuality, like "While going down on my girlfriend, should I pleasure her by reciting the alphabet?" and "What do I do about my friend who always leaves a pubic hair on my toilet seat every time he comes over?"

While Dan Savage has done the Lord's work at helping our puritannical society overcome its shame and embarrassment over how good sex feels, Savage Love is far from his only endeavor. The 11th Annual HUMP! Film Festival, consisting of a curated, diverse assemblage of homemade porn, will return to the Victoria Theater for three days beginning on Friday, Jan. 28.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Meet Ms. Noir City 14, Aja De Coudreaux

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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Women have always played an important role in the dark, tortured world of film noir, portraying femme fatales, damsels in distress and sly murderesses with tragic flaws. Taking the lead from the silver screen performances of Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford and Lauren Bacall, the new Ms. Noir City will grace the Castro Theatre stage during the 14th annual Noir City Festival, held Jan. 22 -31.

Artist’s model and Oakland resident Aja De Coudreaux will be the 11th Ms. Noir City, a title given to the glamorous women who grace the festival posters each year and introduce films during the festival. Previous years’ posters included scenes of a murderous wife, a hitchhiking hottie and a Chinatown Madame with a smoking gun. The theme of Noir City 14 is "The Art of Darkness" and features 25 films about the pressures and pain of being an artist.

Sometimes your art can turn against you, so we chatted with De Coudreaux along with the “Czar of Noir,” Film Noir Foundation President Eddie Muller about the Ms. Noir City dames.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Silents, Please!: See Five Silent Films at the Castro This Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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  • The Black Pirate

The Silent Era has long since ceded ground to deafening blockbusters full of jump cuts and lens flare, but the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents will put the Star Wars fever on hold this Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Castro Theatre — with live musical accompaniment!

The $70 quintuple feature kicks off at 11 a.m. with Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate, continues at 3 p.m. with escape artist Harry Houdini in The Grim Game, and concludes with a 9:15 p.m. screening of Piccadilly starring Asian-American actress Anna May Wong. In between these screenings will be a program of documentary footage from turn-of-the-20th-century China at 1 p.m. and a French fantasy, L’ Inhumaine, at 6:30 p.m..


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Transgender Film Festival Celebrates Its 14th Year

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM


The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival returns for its 14th consecutive year. The festival will run from Nov. 12-15 at the venerable Roxie Theater, and will include a special screening of Major!, a documentary about the life and work of the legendary trans community activist and leader Miss Major Griffin-Gracy at the Castro Theater. The Major! screening will commence at the Castro on Friday, Nov.13 at 7:30 p.m. Griffin-Gracy and filmmaker Annalise Ophelian will appear in person at the Castro. 

"I'm looking forward to having an event in the Castro, and hopefully it will spread from the theater to the bars," Griffin-Gracy told SF Weekly, speaking with her usual candor. "I've been kicked out of four bars up there." 

Griffin-Gracy noted that the very air in the Castro is transphobic. "Hopefully this will change it," she said. "This will be like a spray of Febreze for that neighborhood. This is a wonderful thing to finally have happen for the community at large. The hope is that it closes one door and window, that it knocks down a wall."

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Surface: Gay Youth Drama Premieres at Frameline

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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  • Harry Hains as Evan Jones.

Michael Saul's The Surface will premiere at Frameline on Saturday night. The reflective film screens at the Castro Theater at 6 p.m. A slow-moving character study about one man's journey of self-discovery, The Surface is a throwback to the kinds of films that were made during the early 1970s. 

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