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Arthouse Movie Listings for May 4-10, 2011 

Wednesday, May 4 2011

Artists' Television Access. "Video Soup": Works by students in SF State's Conceptual Information Arts Program. Fri., May 6, 8 p.m. $4. "Behold the Asian": Other Cinema: New experimental films by James T. Hong. Sat., May 7, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890,

Castro Theatre. Strangers on a Train and They Live by Night: Farley Granger double feature. Wed., May 4, 3:05, 5 & 7 p.m. True Grit: Joel and Ethan Coen's Western. May 5-7, 7:15 & 9:20 p.m.; Sat., May 7, 2 & 4:30 p.m. Cinematic Titanic: The cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, live. Fri., May 6, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $35-$60. "Trannie Dearest": Drag stage show and screening of Mommie Dearest. Sat., May 7, 8 p.m. $20-$40. The Godfather Parts I & II: Francis Ford Coppola's classic mafia movies. Sun., May 8, 3:30 & 7 p.m. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Color of Night: Bruce Willis' willie. Sun., May 8, 8 p.m. $5. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987,

Exploratorium. "Extended Cinemas": Cinematic works that encompass combinations of animation, objects, and performance. Part of the museum's After Dark series. Thu., May 5, 6 p.m. $15. 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 561-0360,

Femina Potens. "Open Eyes: Queer Film Friday": Local film series; screenings are followed by wine and vegan cookie receptions including Q+A sessions with the filmmakers. Also features a visual open mike: Submit short (five minutes or less) films or video pieces at 7:30 p.m. First Friday of every month. 2199 Market (at Sanchez), 864-1558,

Multiple San Francisco locations. San Francisco International Film Festival: Large fest with features, parties, discussions, awards, and more. Through May 5. Call for Submissions: Iranian Film Festival: Fest seeks films by and about Iranians; see website for details. Through Aug. 1. free. multiple addresses.

Oddball Film and Video. "Happy Trails: Imagining the Western Frontier": Films include The Great Train Robbery (1903), an episode of The Roy Rogers Show titled "The Secret of Indian Gap" (1954), and the documentary Ghost Towns of California (1973). Fri., May 6, 8:30 p.m. $10. "Life on Earth": Films (including some animation) depicting the state of our planet include Great Toy Robbery (1963), Beyond the Stars: A Space Story (1981), Ethiopia (1986), and Two Grasslands: Texas and Iran (1970). Sat., May 7, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp (at 18th St.), 558-8112,

Red Poppy Art House. The Black Rock: Kevin Epps' documentary. Sun., May 8, 7 p.m. $15. 2698 Folsom (at 23rd St.), 826-2402,

Red Vic Movie House. William Burroughs: A Man Within: Yony Leyser's documentary. Through May 4, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Wed., May 4, 2 p.m. $6-$9. Hair: Milos Forman's 1970 hippie musical. Sun., May 8, 2 & 4:30 p.m.; May 8-9, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Bukowski: Born Into This: John Dullaghan's documentary. May 10-11, 7 & 9:20 p.m.; Wed., May 11, 2 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994,

Roxie Theater. Stake Land: A small group of people fight vampires who've taken over cities and towns in the U.S. heartland. Thu., May 12. $6-$10. Super: Dark comedy by director James Gunn about a man who fights crime as a self-styled superhero with no powers. Through May 4. $6-$10. Red, White & Blue: Simon Rumley's horror feature. Through May 4; Tue., May 10. $6-$10. Gush: Premiere of Good Vibrations' educational film on the G-spot and female ejaculation. Thu., May 5, 7 p.m. $6-$10. No Rest for the Wicked: Modern-day interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde told from the woman's perspective. Empty Kingdom studio cast and crew in person. Fri., May 6. $10. Taxi Driver: May 7-9, 7 p.m. $6.50-$10. Atomic Mom: Documentary on two women and their very different relationships to the development of the atomic bomb. Sun., May 8, noon. $10. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087,

The Vortex Room. "Beauty Is in the Eye of the Vortex": Features are Bucket of Blood (1959) and Blind Beast (1969); plus shorts and trailers. Thu., May 5, 9 p.m. $5. 1082 Howard (at Seventh St.),

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Strange Case of Angelica: Manoel de Oliveira's recent film screened in 35mm. Thu., May 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 8, 2 p.m. $8. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787,


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