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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. $6 except as noted.

THURSDAY (Oct. 4): The Color of Olives (Carolina Rivas, Palestine, 2006) documents the life of a family surrounded by the West Bank Wall 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 5): Situationist Guy Debord's aggressive Refutation of All the Judgments, Pro or Con, Thus Far Rendered on the Film 'The Society of the Spectacle' (France, 1975; 8 p.m.) precedes a screening of a new print of a newly translated version of his foundational text Society of the Spectacle (France, 1973; 8:30 p.m.), followed by a discussion.

SATURDAY (Oct. 6): Angelique Bosio's Liik Yr Idols documents early 1980s punk music and banned underground movies. Also screening, short films by and/or with Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Judy Nylon and Tuxedo Moon 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (Oct. 9): A program of films by feminist/theorist Caroline Koebel screens Puss! The Booted Cat (1995), a revision of the fairy story, and Berlin Warszawa Express (2006) 8 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer. $10 except as noted.

WEDNESDAY: A series paying tribute to composer Jerry Goldsmith continues with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman on Devil's Island in Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1973; 2:05, 7 p.m.) and Jason Robards as the subject of Sam Peckinpah's elegiac western comedy The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970; 4:35, 9:30 p.m.).

THURSDAY: Goldsmith – Two lushly scored visits to Los Angeles crime scenes past, Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974; 1:55, 7 p.m.) and L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997; 4:20, 9:35 p.m.).

FRIDAY: "Shock-It-To-Me," a horror film fest, screens here for three days. Tonight, Hammer Studios star Virginia Carlson in person with Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (Freddie Francis, U.K., 1968) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed!0x2028(Terence Fisher, U.K., 1969). Call for times. Then, it's a midnight of bad makeup with Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Stephen Chiodo, 1988) midnight.

SATURDAY: Shock-It-To-Me – A family friendly double-bill by and with veteran director Joe Dante in person, Matinee (1993) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). In the evening, Dante hosts two harder-edged projects, Blood and Roses (Roger Vadim, France, 1960) and The Howling (Dante, 1981). Call for times. Then H. P. Lovecraft gets ahead in Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985) midnight.

SUNDAY: Shock-It-To-Me – "Be Afro'd! Be Very Afro'd!" with a double-bill of Blacula 0x2028(William Crain, 1972) and Sugar Hill (Paul Maslansky, 1974). A "demonic double feature" follows of The Sentinel (Michael Winner, 1977), with a great cast (Ava Gardner! Christopher Walken!) at the portal to hell, and Rosemary's Baby (Polanski, 1968). Call for times.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call for films and times.

CHINESE CULTURE CENTER

Auditorium, Hilton Hotel, Third Floor, 750 Kearny (at Merchant), 986-1822, www.c-c-c.org. This cultural center often shows films. $6; this screening free to members.

SUNDAY (Oct. 7): A documentary film series screens Four Sisters from Baima (Zhang Tongdao, 2003), about a traditional Tibetan family now performing for tourists 1 p.m.

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; 346-1124 for theater box office. "The Late Night Picture Show," a midnight movie series, continues. $9.75.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 5 & 6): All the characters are named after horror film directors in the alien brain-eating slugfest Night of the Creeps (Fred Dekker, 1986) midnight.

TUESDAY (Oct. 9): A dream to create a multi-ethnic The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio (Agostino Ferrente, Italy, 2007) is realized in this documentary 7:30 p.m.

DARK ROOM THEATRE

2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5.

SUNDAY (Oct. 7): "Bad Movie Night" begins a bad remake series with Rupert Wainwright's 2005 version of The Fog 8 p.m.

DOLORES PARK

Dolores at 19th Street, 465-3456, www.sfntf.org.

The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents "Film Night"

on a giant outdoor screen. $6 donation.

SATURDAY (Oct. 6): Ready your close-ups in the Grand Guignol classic Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, 1950). BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged 8 p.m.

LUMIERE

1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 5-11): Vanaja

(Rajnesh Domalpalli, 2007). See Opening for review. Call for times. Filmmaker in person both evening shows Friday.

MARIN CIVIC CENTER

Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2007 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $12.

SATURDAY (Oct. 6): A romantic comedy, Matchmakers (Christian Bisceglia, 2006) 5:30, 7:45 p.m.

PRELINGER LIBRARY

301 Eighth St (at Folsom), www.illuminatedcorridor.com for this event. Free.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 3): An evening of free outdoor cinema in the alleyway outside this archive of ephemera, which turns itself "inside out" for the occasion. Screenings projected on the building include Panorama Ephemera

(Rick Prelinger), live light painting, and live music and projections by local artists. Event starts at precisely 7:16 p.m.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222 and www.cafilm.org for venue, (877) 874-MVFF and www.mvff.com for the Mill Valley Film Festival, here starting Thursday. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the California Film Institute. $9.50 regular programs, $12 MVFF save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: Into the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007) 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m. In Search of Mozart (Phil Grabsky, U.K., 2006) 6:45, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: The 30th Mill Valley Film Festival opens here with Ang Lee's Lust, Caution (2007). $25 film only, $125 film and gala 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Mill Valley – Gilles (Verheyen, Belgium) 4 p.m. "Take This Longing" (shorts) 5 p.m. Iron Ladies of Liberia (Junge and Johnson) 6:30 p.m. A "Tribute to Ang Lee" $25, tribute and reception $60 7 p.m. Stages (deJong, Netherlands) 8:30 p.m. Control (Corbijn, U.K.) 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: Mill Valley – Svein and the Rat (Martens, Norway) 10 a.m. "The Future is Now" (panel). $15 11 a.m. Uranya (Kapakas, Greece) 11:45 a.m. Red Robin (Sheikhtadi. Iran) noon. 7 Islands and a Metro (Dutta, India) 1:30 p.m. Passion and Power (Omori and Slick) 2 p.m. John Korty's legendary American indie The Crazy Quilt (1966) 2:15 p.m. The Colors of Memory (Razavian, Iran/Germany) 3:45 p.m. Possession (Bhave and Sukthankar, India) 4:30 p.m. The People's Advocate (Yedalian) 4:45 p.m. More found footage spendor from Peter Forgács, Miss Universe 1929 (Hungary) 6 p.m. The Pixar Story (Iwerks) 7 p.m. Jellyfish (Keret and Geffen, France/Israel) 7:15 p.m. Anita O'Day (Cavolina and McCrudden) 8 p.m. Juncture (Seale) 9:15 p.m. In Search of a Midnight Kiss (Holdridge) 9:45 p.m. "Tooned to Murder" (shorts) 10 p.m.

SUNDAY: Mill Valley – "Bunnies and Butterflies" (shorts) 10:30 a.m. Luna (McBrearty, Canada) 10:45 a.m. Soldiers of Conscience (Weimberg and Ryan) 11 a.m. "Revolutions!" (panel) 12:30 p.m. Chicago 10 (Morgan) 1 p.m. Words and Music by Jerry Herman (Edwards) 1 p.m. TBA 3 p.m. August Evening (Eska) 3:30 p.m. Welcome to Nollywood (Meltzer) 3:30 p.m. Laviva (Ojukwu, Nigeria) 5:30 p.m. 365 parts 1 and 2 (Sanborn) 6 p.m. The Pixar Story 6:30 p.m. Butterfly (Garcia, Spain) 8 p.m. Rendition (Hood, U.S./South Africa) 8:45 p.m. Warchild (Wagner, Germany/Slovenia) 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Mill Valley – A revival of William Wellman's Depression-era classic, Wild Boys of the Road (1933) 4:30 p.m. "The Future" (shorts) 5 p.m. Doubletime (Johnes) 5:15 p.m. Chicago 10 6:30 p.m. Tuya's Marriage (Wang, China) 7:30 p.m. Kiviuq (Houston, Canada) 7:30 p.m. In Search of a Midnight Kiss 9 p.m. The End of the Neubacher Project (Camey, Netherlands/Austria) 9:30 p.m. Anita O'Day 9:45 p.m.

TUESDAY: Mill Valley – Svein and the Rat 4 p.m. "Waiting for the Miracle" (shorts) 5 p.m. How to Cook Your Life (Dörrie, Germany) 5:30 p.m. Knee Deep (Chandler) 6 p.m. A Guest of Life (Szemzo, Hungary) 7:30 p.m. Bad teeth and all, I'm Not There (Haynes) 8 p.m. Beaufort (Cedar, Israel) 8:15 p.m. Crossing the Dust (Korki, Kurdistan) 9:30 p.m.

RED VIC

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house. $8.50 except as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: She did it her way – La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, France, 2006) 7, 9:50 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The Found Footage Festival screens oddments and entities from various discarded and recovered films and videos 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: Future Shorts San Francisco, a program of independent experimentals from around the world 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Take the Gypsy Caravan (Jasmine Dellal, 2006) for a look at music and culture 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:20 p.m.

ROXIE FILM CENTER

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College. $9 except as noted.

WEDNESDAY: S. F. DocFest

continues. Tonight, Buddha's Lost Children (Verkerk, Thailand) 5 p.m. U.S. soldiers flee to Canada, Breaking Ranks (Mason) 7 p.m. Building a Broken Mousetrap (Cohen) and A Skin Too Few (Berkvens) 7 p.m. Damnwells' Golden Days (Suchorsky) 9:15 p.m. A couple struggles, If You Succeed (Palmer and Arnold) 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: DocFest – Canadian suburbs are ruthlessly exposed in Radiant City (Burns and Brown, Canada) 5 p.m. Little girls are hailed as Living Goddess (Whitaker, U.K./Nepal) 7 p.m. It's the New Pedestrianism with the New Urban Cowboy (Arth) 7 p.m. A new community grows in a treehouse, Free Spirits (Geisler) 9:15 p.m. TV horror hosts are American Scary (Hudgens) 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: DocFest – The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (Morgan) 5 p.m. An Afghan cabbie takes a Taxi to the Dark Side (Gibney) 7 p.m. Orange Winter (Zagdansky, Ukraine) 5 p.m. The struggles of gay hustlers in Cuba, Luchando (Stout, U.S.-Cuba) 9:15 p.m. Extreme body modification out of Flesh & Blood (Silverman) 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: DocFest – Free Spirits 12:30 p.m. Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa (Stulberg and Stulberg) 12:30 p.m. A family takes Extraordinary Measures (Sutton) 2:45 p.m. Shop in Berkeley, Eat at Bill's (Brenneis) 2:45 p.m. Living Goddess 5 p.m. New Urban Cowboy 5 p.m. Michael Moore, Manufacturing Dissent (Melnyk and Caine) 7 p.m. Luchando 7 p.m. A 1970 battle in Cambodia at Shakey's Hill (Lloyd) 9:15 p.m

SUNDAY: DocFest – Extraordinary Measures 12:30 p.m. A Factory man takes A Walk Into the Sea (Robinson) 12:30 p.m. Thai lotteries seek Ghosts and Numbers (Klima) 2:45 p.m. Buddha's Lost Children 2:45 p.m. Living Goddess 5 p.m. Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa 5 p.m. Eat at Bill's 7 p.m. Manufacturing Dissent 7 p.m.

MONDAY: DocFest – Free Spirits 5 p.m. Extraordinary Measures 7 p.m. Taxi to the Dark Side 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: DocFest – Building a Broken Mousetrap and A Skin Too Few 5 p.m. A Walk Into the Sea 9:15 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE

800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020, www.sfai.edu. This art school includes film, video and mixed-media as part of its programming.

TUESDAY (Oct. 9): A look at Nigeria's film industry – 2400 movies a year, straight to DVD, in Welcome to Nollywood

(James Meltzer, 2007). $12 7:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Free with museum admission of $12.50, except as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): A ten-minute profile of artist Olafur Eliasson (2007) 4 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: A program on "Spirituality" from the series

Art: 21 (2001) 2:30 p.m.

STARTS SATURDAY: A video screening of films by Joseph Cornell runs through Jan. 6, daily at 2:30 p.m.; Tues screenings 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 6): Preview a new episode, "Protest," from the series Art: 21 (2007) noon. Phyllis Wattis Theater – An East German film series screens Carbide and Sorrel (Frank Beyer, 1963), a comedy dealing with the immediate aftermath of World War II. $5; free with museum admission 3 p.m.

VICTORIA THEATRE

2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Oct. 4-7): One California Day, a 16mm color film showing off our state's six distinct coastal surfing regions. $10 7, 9 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 except as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

THURSDAY (Oct. 4): Jacques Boyreau, late of the lamented Werepad, presents "Supatrash Peepshow," a slideshow and lecture, followed by "a tawdry, nihilistic portrait of Times Square scum," Fleshpot on 42nd Street (Andy Milligan, 1973) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Oct. 5-7): Gary Hustwit's video Helvetica (2007) covers everything from the typeface to "global visual culture." $10 Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2, 4, 6, 8 p.m.

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