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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.

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Building 2, 4333 Holden (at 45th Street), Emeryville, (510) 508-9069 for more information. Light refreshments, BYO wine or beer. Free.

FRIDAY (June 3): Big-box hometown Emeryville's past as a native burial ground (and subsequent history as a toxic waste site) is explored in Andrés Cediel's insightful documentary Shellmound (2004), which gets an outdoor screening at the scene of the crime(s). Filmmaker in person. Reception 7:30 p.m. Screening and discussion 8 p.m. The anthro-class classic about ritual violence in a New Guinea tribe, Dead Birds (Robert Gardner, 1961) 8:45 p.m.


2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: An entertaining Brazilian film about an amateur counterfeiter, The Man Who Copied (Jorge Furtado, 2003) 7, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 3-9): Torremolinos 73 (Pablo Berger, Spain/Denmark, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (June 1): Rachid Bouchareb's Poussières de vie (Dust of Life, France, 1995) opens with the fall of Saigon in 1975 and addresses the child refugees and re-education camps of the new communist Vietnam. From a novel by Duyen Anh 6 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

WEDNESDAY (June 1): 3rd I in association with Queer Cultural Center presents Tales of the Night Fairies (Shohini Ghosh, India, 2002), documenting the work of a collective of men, women, and transgendered sex workers and their efforts to form a union in Calcutta. See for more info 8 p.m.

MONDAY (June 6): The Mission Creek Music Festival offers a program of new music videos from the "Swedish Underground" featuring the likes of Lars Blek. $6 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (June 7): The Mission Creek Music Festival screens Chris Arnold's Dark Out, a 45-minute video lyricizing San Francisco by night. Plus live music by Sonny Smith. $6 7:30 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tennessee schoolchildren set out to represent the scale of the Holocaust by collecting Paper Clips (Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, 2005). $6 noon. A Peck on the Cheek (Mani Ratman, India, 2004) 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 p.m. A double feature of Danny Boyle's Millions (U.K., 2004; 2:10, 7 p.m.) and Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004; 4:05, 8:50 p.m.).

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 3-9): A new print of Luis Buñuel's ultrarealistic drama of juvenile delinquency in the slums of Mexico City, Los Olvidados (1950), accompanied in this screening by a rare alternate "happy ending" playing as a bonus. Highly recommended 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, for Green Screen. $8 for regular programs, $10 for Green Screen save as noted. 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.

WEDNESDAY: Green Screen, the United Nations World Environment Day 2005 Film Festival, takes place here over five days, opening with a free screening of "The Arctic in Peril," a program including Oil on Ice (Boudart and Djerassi, 2004) 4 p.m. Carroll Ballard's paean to the joys of arctic life, Never Cry Wolf (2003) 7 p.m. Father, Son and Holy Torum (Soosaar, Estonia, 1997) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Green Screen -- PCBs are on parade in this free screening of Blue Vinyl (Helfland and Gold, 2002) 11 a.m. A Philip Glass score accompanies the ode to nature Anima Mundi (Reggio, 1992), brilliantly paired with Werner Herzog's record of post-Gulf War oil fires, Lessons of Darkness (1992) 1 p.m. Two by Britain's now-famous Adam Curtis, Goodbye Mrs. Ant (1992) and To the Brink of Eternity (1992) 3:30 p.m. Darwin's Nightmare (Sauper, Austria, 2004) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Green Screen -- An eco-anime classic, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1984) 10 a.m. Soviet cinéaste Mikhail Kalatozov (I Am Cuba) explores Siberia in The Letter That Was Never Sent (1959) 4 p.m. Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (Grossman, 2004) 7 p.m. Werner Herzog's latest, Grizzly Man (2005) 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Green Screen -- "Slow Food Day" offers a Slow Food Welcome featuring Prince Charles. Free 11 a.m. Marcel Pagnol's loving record of French farming, Harvest (France, 1937). Free 11:30 a.m. Two by documentary ace Les Blank, Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980) and Yum! Yum! Yum! (1990). Free 2:30 p.m. Al Gore introduces The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Peterson, 2005) 4:30 p.m. Life Running Out of Control (Verhaag, Germany, 2004) 8 p.m.

SUNDAY: Green Screen -- A tribute to Swedish documentary filmmaker Stefan Jarl screens The Great Adventure (1953). Free noon. Javna, Reindeer Herdman in the Year 2000 (Jarl, 1991) and Nature's Revenge (Jarl, 1983) 2 p.m. Threat (Jarl, 1987) 4:45 p.m. The West Coast premiere of Deep Blue (Byatt and Fothergill, U.K., 2003) 7:30 p.m.

STARTS MONDAY: Call theater for program.


3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, Films often screen on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $5 after 9 p.m.


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