Cinema Fundraisers Unconnected To SFIFF

Still have art film jones but can’t make it this week for a screening at the still ongoing San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF)? Alternatives are understandably light on the ground. But one option among the special screenings this week is to catch one of three benefit screenings.

The Hunting Ground

Kirby Dick’s recent documentary on the campus rape epidemic and the efforts to cover it up gets a fundraiser screening to benefit Hayward’s Ruby’s Place domestic violence shelter. Following the screening will be a Q&A featuring Sheena Paul (activist and college sexual assault victim) and Alamaeda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

Screens May 3 at the New Parkway Theater

Kurt & Courtney

Nick Broomfield’s documentary on the scummy underside of the grunge rock scene gets a special screening. In it, the controversial documentary filmmaker investigates theories that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was actually murdered and his death was faked to appear as a suicide. While the film offers no actual evidence for these theories, Cobain’s widow Courtney Love definitely doesn’t come off looking good.

Screens May 4 at the Roxie Theatre

Last Glimpse

Prepare to get laughed in your face if you try telling someone from the Maldives Islands that climate change is a hoax. This preview screening/show of an upcoming documentary celebrates the culture of the Maldives Islands before the islands disappear thanks to the effects of climate change.

Screens May 5 at the Roxie Theatre

Lateral Thinking: Expanded Video Performance By Andrew Puls, Kit Young, and viDEO sAVant

S.F. Cinematheque’s Center for New Music project presents a live show where musicians, video jamming, and feedback loops mix together in unique creative marriages. viDEO sAVant’s “Lateral Thinking” mixes sci-fi and avant garde film footage with an improvised live soundtrack created in reaction to the footage. “Delectable Crunchiness” from Kit Young uses surreal animatronic microlandscapes to create a fantastical video vision. The “no source” video messages get transformed by Andrew “Andy” Puls into “Sourceless,” which marries those messages with live sound.

Screens May 3, 2015 at the Center for New Music

Marriage 2.0

This S.F. Bay Area-set adult drama concerns beautiful documentarian India, who pushes the boundaries of her relationship with her long-time boyfriend with her desire to find new ways to love unconditionally. But India’s pursuit of an open relationship goes faster than her creation of new rules to live by. This premiere is a benefit for the St. James Infirmary and the Center for Sex And Culture.

The film trailer can be found here.

Screens May 2 at the Victoria Theatre

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I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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