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A Memorial To Death By Audio

Among the special screenings this week are a chance to catch a pair of classic Hollywood musicals and a tribute to the Brooklyn DIY space Death By Audio.

Frisky

Claudia Pickering directs and stars in this San Francisco-set comedy about two women caught in the limbo between college graduation and the real world. Two twenty-something women who met as college exchange students reunite in San Francisco. Their plan is to crash together in a friend’s living room while they pursue their careers. But chasing sexual hookups soon prove more important than career climbing. However, the two women’s decidedly different attitudes towards responsibility and romance combined with their close living quarters threatens to undo their friendship. Winner of the Broad Humor and Austin Revolution Film Festival awards for best feature.

Screens December 18 at the Roxie Theatre

Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story Of Death By Audio

Death By Audio was a DIY space which once thrived in New York City’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn area. It was the last underground venue for music and art in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, when Vice Media started buying up a lot of Williamsburg real estate, building prices started rising. For a venue like Death By Audio, its days were numbered. This documentary tells the late venue’s story.

Screens December 20 at the New Parkway Theatre

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil

In 2016, the Netherlands’ Noordbrabants Museum decided to assemble an exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s artwork. The exhibit, done to celebrate the artist’s 500th birthday, would be held in the city of Den Bosch, where the artist lived his entire life. Pieter Van Huystee’s documentary follows a team of art historians as they crisscross the globe trying to assemble pieces for the exhibit. Along the way, the viewer is given an intense look at Bosch’s incredibly disturbing art.

Screens December 16, 18, 21, and 22 at the Pacific Film Archive

Singin’ In The Rain and Swing Time

If the new musical La La Land stirs up a yen to check out the classic Hollywood musicals, you should definitely try out this double bill. Singin’ In The Rain is Gene Kelly’s iconic musical about a movie studio making the transition from the silent era to the talkies. Stanley Donen directs such iconic cinematic moments as Donald O’Connor’s Make ‘Em Laugh number and Kelly performing the title song during a rainstorm. Swing Time is one of the best Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals ever made. George Stevens directs this story of a dance team whose romance is hampered by Astaire’s engagement to a girl back home. Among the musical highlights are such Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields penned songs as A Fine Romance, the Oscar-winning The Way You Look Tonight, and the Bojangles of Harlem production.

Screens December 19 at the Castro Theatre

The Thoughts That Once We Had

Thom Andersen (director Los Angeles Plays Itself) returns with a new found footage film. It’s Andersen’s personal and highly digressive history of cinema. The compilation of clips run the gamut from Griffith to Godard. Its creative inspirations are the ideas of philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the Jean-Luc Godard series Histoire(s) Du Cinema.

Screens December 22 at the Roxie 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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