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Arthouse Movie Listings June 18-24, 2014 

Wednesday, Jun 18 2014
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Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Un(dis)sing Our Abilities: Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy curated this showcase of "sexplicit" experimental short films that express the erotic sensibilities of creators on the queer fringe. Part of the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival. Wed., June 18, 8 p.m. $7. facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema. Here & Now: Live experimental films and music by Paul Clipson, Trevor Montgomery, John Davis, Tooth, Nao Nakazawa, and Cara Rose DeFabio. Sat., June 21, 8 p.m. $7-$10. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Balboa Theater. 5 Sides of a Coin: Hip-hop documentary featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Gil Scott-Heron, Run-D.M.C., De La Soul, Dilated Peoples, The Pharcyde, The Beat Junkies, DJ Qbert, Mix Master Mike, and more. Thu., June 19, 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

The Castro Theatre. Frameline38: The largest, most widely recognized LGBT film festival in the world returns for its 38th year. June 19-29. frameline.org. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Ida: daily. Fateful Findings: San Francisco theatrical premiere of the zero-budget paranormal "thriller" that rivals The Room for cinematic ineptitude. June 20-21, 11:59 p.m. $10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Commonwealth Club. Kenneth Turan: Lifetime of Film: The L.A. Times and NPR film critic shares some of his thoughts on select cinematic gems in his new book, Not to be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film. Turan also makes a (free) appearance at 6 p.m. in the Ferry Building Book Passage store. Mon., June 23, noon. $7-$20. 595 Market, San Francisco, 597-6700, www.commonwealthclub.org.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades: With hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Dan Foley, and Tristan Buckner. Sun., June 22, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Belle: Austenesque costume drama meets the decidedly inelegant subject of 18th century slavery in this true-life tale of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British Admiral. Daily. Obvious Child: Writer-director Gillian Robespierre makes a winning debut with this fresh and unfiltered abortion comedy (no, seriously) starring Jenny Slate. Daily. Fed Up: Director Stephanie Soechtig and producer/narrator Katie Couric take on the American food industry in this documentary that boldly aims to "change the way you eat forever." Daily. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon: You may not recognize the name Shep Gordon, but lots of rock stars, Hollywood actors, and celebrity chefs do — which has led Mike Myers to make a case for him as the ultimate showbiz scenemaker in this lighthearted documentary. Daily. The Grand Seduction: daily. Ivory Tower: starting June 20. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings presented in the Kanbar Forum by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

The Independent. Somebody to Love: Freddie Mercury AIDS Benefit Night: Screening of the Queen Rock Montreal live concert film to raise funds for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Tue., June 24, 8 p.m. $25 minimum donation. 628 Divisadero, San Francisco, 771-1420, www.theindependentsf.com.

Main Library, Koret Auditorium. The Ski Trip: The Black BGLT Historical Society hosts a 10th anniversary screening of 2004 indie comedy The Ski Trip, with writer/director/star Maurice Jamal participating in a Q&A session after the film. Sun., June 22, 1-4 p.m. free. facebook.com/BgltHistoricalSociety. 100 Larkin, San Francisco, 557-4595, www.sfpl.org.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Angel Azul: The best way to glean the astonishing beauty of artist Jason deCaires Taylor's submerged Caribbean sculptures — other than actually diving off the coast of Cancún or Grenada — is to go swimming with the fishes in this new documentary shot by Mario Alberto Chavez Navarro and narrated by Peter Coyote. Fri., June 20, 8 p.m. $10-$12. angelazulthemovie.com. 2868 Mission, San Francisco, 821-1155, www.missionculturalcenter.org.

Mutiny Radio. Mutiny Radio Movie Screening Fundraiser: The Mission District internet radio station hosts a showing of cult stoner comedy Half Baked, featuring Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Jim Breuer, and a buncha celebrity cameos. There will also be free pizza, in case you get hungry for some strange reason or other. Sun., June 22, 8 p.m. $10. 2781 21st St., San Francisco, www.mutinyradio.fm.

Oddball Films. Strange Sinema 77: Sixties Synesthesia: Fri., June 20, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. The Dance of Reality: 2014 is rapidly turning out to be the Year of Jodorowsky: First there was the Dune documentary, and now the cult director unveils his first new feature film in nearly a quarter-century — an autobiographically inspired movie that, despite its title, contains nearly as much surrealist magic as it does quotidian reality. Daily. Fading Gigolo: daily. Palo Alto: If you missed its debut at this year's S.F. International Film Festival, here's another chance to catch young Gia Coppola's moody cinematic adaptation of James Franco's book about an adolescence spent in you-know-where. Daily. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia: A reverential documentary about the infamously witty writer and Lefty icon by newcomer Nicholas Wrathall. Through June 19. Borgman: June 20-26. A Coffee in Berlin: June 20-26. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Pier 70. Pier 70 Great Gatsby Spectacle: Free BYOBC (Bring Your Own Butt Cushion) screening of Baz Luhrmann's DiCaprio-tastic adaptation of The Great Gatsby, plus a bonus dance party featuring local electro-swing DJs. Sat., June 21, 7 p.m. free. 22nd St., San Francisco, www.pier70sf.org.

Roxie Theater. 13th Annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival: SF IndieFest once again asks you to get real with its annual roundup of nonfiction films from around the world. This year's eclectic selection includes such diverse topics as higher education, cage fighting, pot, porn, punk rock, religious cults, custom vans, and video games. Of course, as with all SF IndieFest events, there are also unserious extracurricular activities, including a '90s music video sing-along, a game night, and zombie prom party. Through June 19. $12 (or $60-$180 for festival passes). sfindie.com. Ping Pong Summer: June 20-26. Frameline38: June 20-29. frameline.org. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Second Act Marketplace & Events. Let Fury Have the Hour: Community screening of the scrappy (if a bit scattered) 2012 documentary about rebellious punks, artists, writers, and other radical counterculture figures, with a panel discussion following the film. Sun., June 22, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. facebook.com/WeVuPresents. 1727 Haight, San Francisco, 668-3994, secondactsf.com.

Victoria Theatre. Frameline38: The largest, most widely recognized LGBT film festival in the world returns for its 38th year. June 20-29. frameline.org. 2961 16th St., San Francisco, 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org.

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