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Special Screening February 2015

This Week: From David Carr To Baaad Beatles

Your 1- to 2-day only screening highlight for the week is the Roxie tribute to late NY Times columnist David Carr.  First, you get the Andrew Rossi documentary Page One, where Carr plays a central role.  Then you get David Carr talking with Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden about Citizenfour.

Also noteworthy are a Soviet Georgian film taking a jaundiced look at progress and a Ruben Ostlund film that will truly rattle your racial attitudes.  Cinematic masochists might benefit from skipping Fifty Shades of Gray in favor of subjecting themselves to the truly painful experience of watching Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

American Bear: An Adventure Into The Kindness Of Strangers

Filmmakers Sarah Sellman and Greg Grano set out on an extraordinary two-month trip across America.  They would travel to different towns in 30 different states and rely on a stranger’s kindness for a place to stay for the night.  The resulting documentary is a portrait of American identity and hospitality influenced by the filmmakers’ own socioeconomic status.

Screens February 21 at the New Parkway Theater with the filmmakers in person for Q&A afterwards

Big Green Valley

This week’s entry in the Pacific Film Archive’s Discovering Georgian Film series is a pessimistic neorealistic drama about progress and  tradition.  Sosana is a shepherd in a backwater of the Soviet Empire.  He wants nothing to do with the  modern town being built near his home.  But with the coming of oil, change is forced on the shepherd and his wife whether they like it or not.

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Screens February 21 at the Pacific Film Archive

Corn’s-A-Poppin’

This obscure Robert Altman backstage drama, shown as part of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ “Altmanesque” film series, was made before the director’s first feature film.  Jerry Wallace is host of TV’s Pinwhistle Popcorn Hour.  Trouble erupts when the country-western host horrifiedly discovers that the show’s part of an ad man’s scheme to destroy the show’s sponsor.

Screens February 21 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

David Carr Tribute

New York Times Media Columnist David Carr passed away on February 12.  In his honor, the Roxie is screening a double bill of films featuring Carr.  Andrew Rossi’s Page One: Inside The New York Times features Carr and other journalists at the Paper of Record trying to still produce good work under such changing circumstances as the emergence of Wikileaks.  A Timestalks Conversation has Carr talking about Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour with filmmaker Laura Poitras, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, and film subject Edward Snowden.

Screens February 23 at the Roxie Theater

The Internal Man

This combination film screening and record release party features two local hip-hop artists.  The Internal Man is a biographical portrait of local hip-hop artist Rico G, tracing the events that shaped his life and his music.   Preceding the screening will be a listening party for Najee Amaranth’s new album Merry Christmas YouTube.

Screens February 19 at the New Parkway Theater, with Rico G and Najee Amaranth performing live

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The Yerba Buena Center For The Arts’ mini-retrospective of Ruben Ostlund’s films continues with this controversial drama about racial politics.  A group of boys from African immigrant families living in Sweden exploit local stereotypes about black youths to bully and rob other boys.  Ostlund’s film was based on a real-life series of incidents which happened from 2005 to 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Screens February 19 and 22 at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Dark Room Theater continues its countdown to the end of its Bad Movie Night film series with this cinematic shredding (in a bad way) of Beatles music.  The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton play the titular band.  Beatles tunes are performed without any regard for musical and narrative logic.  The eye-rolling cast of characters includes Steve Martin as Dr. Maxwell Edison (guess which Beatles song he sings), George Burns as the narrator, and two women named Lucy and Strawberry Fields (sadly, not intended to be ironic).

Screens February 22 at the Dark Room Theater

Who’ll Stop The Rain

In the newest installment of the “Nick Nolte: Rough Cut” film series at the Mechanics Institute, Nolte stars as a Vietnam vet who gets involved in drug smuggling.  John Converse (Michael Moriarty) gets old friend Ray Hicks (Nolte) to help smuggle a couple of keys of heroin into California.   Things soon go pear-shaped, and Hicks must contend with both dirty DEA agents and Converse’s vulnerable wife (Tuesday Weld).

Screens February 20 at the Mechanics Institute

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