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Culture, The Exhibitionist New On Video: Ruthless Redford in <i>Downhill Racer</i>

New On Video: Ruthless Redford in Downhill Racer

Michael Ritchie’s Downhill Racer has never quite gotten the respect it deserves. It tends to get overshadowed by star Robert Redford’s other film from 1969, the slightly more crowd-pleasing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Director Ritchie’s career…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Live and Learn: The Cast of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Live and Learn: The Cast of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Some lessons come from the most surprising sources. In Sundance Film Festival favorite Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it takes a high school senior with terminal leukemia to teach anti-social schoolmate Greg and his friend Earl…
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Arthouse Movie Listings May 21-27, 2014

Berkeley Community Media. HeroFest 2014: Put away those reading glasses, Professor! You won't need 'em at this eighth annual festival of short action, sci-fi, superhero, and kung fu mini-movies by regional filmmakers. Here the budgets are low, the body counts…
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Arthouse Movie Listings May 14-20, 2014

Artists' Television Access. SFSU Experimental Cinema & Experimental Documentary Workshop Screenings: Instructors Greta Snider and Natalie Tsui present two programs of student experimental film works. Thu., May 15, 7 & 9 p.m. Free. Other Cinema: Optronica: Electronic/experimental music & film…
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Film, Film Feature No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

All That Jazz Bob Fosse has been somewhat forgotten these days, largely because his preferred form, the musical, was already out of favor by the time this film was originally released in 1979. Hopefully, this new restoration of his equally…
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Arthouse Movie Listings April 16-22, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Bits & Pieces: A night of short films by LGBT artists. Wed., April 16, 8 p.m. $7. facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema. Sistah Sinema: The cinema series for queer women of color hosts a screening of The New Black,…
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Arthouse Movie Listings February 26-March 4, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Lemon: Documentary about Tony Award-winning street poet Lemon Andersen, whose troubled life has fueled his art even as it kept him mired in the projects. Wed., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Adjectives in the Halting Speech: Films…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gitmo Stew

Gitmo Stew

K-Stew a la Gitmo has an ear-catching if somewhat indelicate ring, like some earthy Cajun specialty with famously secret ingredients — or just a glib thing to say in cautious anticipation of the new film Camp X-Ray, with Kristen…
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Calendar, Night&Day Film Buff Enough

Film Buff Enough

The United Film Festival has been screening "exceptional independent films" for 12 years. It's developed a pretty good eye — this year's festival doesn't have a particular theme, beyond exceptional. But there is plenty of that, especially among the…
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Arthouse Movie Listings June 26-July 2, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Visiting This World: A selection of recent films by Paul Clipson, plus an A/V sound + Super 8 film performance with Marielle Jakobsons of Date Palms, Darwinsbitch, Myrmyr, etc. Sat., June 29, 8 p.m. $6-$10. 992 Valencia,…
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Arthouse Movie Listings for June 5-11, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Bollywood Divas: Queering Desi Cinema: Desi cinema goes drag in two films — Anuj Vaidya's Bad Girl with a Heart of Gold and Kareem Khubchandani's Lessons in Drag — presented by 3rd i. Sat., June 8, 7…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doc of the Bay

Doc of the Bay

If you are so excited about documentaries that you always can’t even wait another minute to see one, you’re in luck. Two of the most talked-about documentaries showing during SF Docfest will be previewed Tuesday night at the Roxie. There’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free(Dom) Movies

Free(Dom) Movies

The Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco is the 11th annual event, and like previous years, the lineup is sure to galvanize audiences with a mixture of shorts and features that span the globe. Shorts programs…
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Film, Feature Ava DuVernay: The Director Looks to the Future of Black Film

Ava DuVernay: The Director Looks to the Future of Black Film

"Positive characterizations are complex characterizations," says writer-director Ava DuVernay, tucking into a serving of roasted potatoes. "That's all we need to know. They shouldn't be saccharine. They shouldn't feel like medicine. You know, often films that are deemed positive, nobody…
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Film, "The Ambassador": Prankish Doc Exposes the Heart of Darkness

"The Ambassador": Prankish Doc Exposes the Heart of Darkness

The blitzkrieg of award season is right around the corner, and with it, we can expect an onslaught of stunt performances, designed to wow Academy voters and feature editors (and also viewers?) with their evident degrees of difficulty and demonstrable…
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Film, Feature Interview: Craig Zobel on Authority and Degradation in "Compliance"

Interview: Craig Zobel on Authority and Degradation in "Compliance"

Like antidepressants, artificial sugars, Botox, and other miracle inventions of the past century, corporate culture became an omnipresent fact of life before anyone could know how it would affect the human body and brain on an extended timeline. One way…
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Film, The S.F. International Film Festival Stirs Up Ethical Dilemmas

The S.F. International Film Festival Stirs Up Ethical Dilemmas

The inventor and radical thinker R. Buckminster Fuller walked into a public washroom and, spying an unflushed urinal, pulled the handle. Asked why he attended to someone else's mess instead of leaving it for the next person (or the janitor),…
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Film, Mike Mills Unpacks His Own Life for "Beginners"

Mike Mills Unpacks His Own Life for "Beginners"

"Okay, so my parents were married in 1955 and my mom knew my dad was gay and my dad knew he was gay and so I was, like, 'Why in the heck did you get married?' Like, what was going…
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Arthouse Movie Listings for April 27-May 3, 2011

Artists' Television Access. "elementals of media UNCAGED": Free Form Film Festival presents new performance, documentary, and experimental works. Thu., April 28, 8 p.m. $6. "Art From Below": Other Cinema: Lucy Walker's Waste Land. Sat., April 30, 8:30 p.m. $6. www.othercinema.com.…
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Film, San Francisco International Film Festival: What to See

San Francisco International Film Festival: What to See

Once again, it's time to gorge. Over the next two weeks, the 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival invites local movie buffs to have their way with 150 films from around the world. This year's fest promises inventive features,…
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