Category: Special Screenings

David Bowie Cinematic Wake
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David Bowie Cinematic Wake

The passing of LGBT icon David Bowie earlier this week has spurred public tributes of various sorts. For the cinematically inclined, several theaters around the Bay Area offer chances to get together with fellow Bowie fans. They can choose from seeing Bowie’s performance as the Goblin King or even sing along to a few of […]

Have Yourself A Casablanca Christmas
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Have Yourself A Casablanca Christmas

Special screenings are understandably light this week. But if you’re tired of the umpteenth screening of a holiday special, why not check out the Humphrey Bogart classic Casablanca? Alternately, you could make your Christmas Day sexy with a screening of Prince’s Purple Rain. Have fun, whatever you catch. Purple Rain Instead of a White Christmas, […]

Martin Scorsese Classic Turns 35
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Martin Scorsese Classic Turns 35

The Roxie’s 35th anniversary screening of the Martin Scorsese classic biopic Raging Bull is just one reason to check out alternative screenings this week. Another is an introduction to the weird animated short films of the Brothers Quay courtesy of Christopher Nolan. For those whose cinematic tastes run a whole lot wilder than a Martin […]

Latin Boogaloo To Industrial Music
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Latin Boogaloo To Industrial Music

Music, laughter, and the past dominate this week of special screenings. For music lovers, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts offers documentaries on everything from Latin Boogaloo to industrial music. The Castro Theatre offers the opportunity to sing along to The Sound Of Music. Laughter comes from the Roxie screenings of two comedy classics: […]

Junipero Serra's Royal Road
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Junipero Serra’s Royal Road

Jenni Olson’s new documentary “The Royal Road” has a timely screening thanks to Pope Francis’ visit. The pontiff has made 18th century missionary Father Junipero Serra a saint. The popular mythology has it that Junipero Serra founded California through establishing his mission system, and acted as benevolent protector of California’s Native Americans. As Olson discusses […]

A Skateboarder And An Average Man
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A Skateboarder And An Average Man

The Castro Theatre offers two intriguing presentations about a skateboarder (well, quite a few skateboarders) and an average man in the coming week. One is a screening of a King Vidor classic of silent film with live organ accompaniment. The other goes globe-trotting with several skateboarders trying to test the limits of what can be […]

Bad Brains And A Fat Wreck
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Bad Brains And A Fat Wreck

Punk music and lesser known works from cinematic masters highlight this week of special film screenings. On the punk side, there are documentaries on seminal punk/reggae fusion group Bad Brains and the independent label Fat Wreck Chords. Veteran directors are represented by rarities: David Cronenberg fools around with virtual reality; Satoshi Kon details a decades-long […]

David Cronenberg & A Plant-Based Diet
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David Cronenberg & A Plant-Based Diet

This week’s special screenings include the French film remade as Scarlet Street, a documentary portrait of a man who creates music from scrap metal, and a classic David Cronenberg psychological thriller. Future David Cronenberg films to be screened by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the next couple of months include the J.G. […]

Jessie Kahnweiler Or Orson Welles?
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Jessie Kahnweiler Or Orson Welles?

This coming weekend of special screenings offers something for both the traditionalists and the fans of the new. The Orson Welles classic The Lady From Shanghai gets screened in a digitally restored version. The Pacific Film Archive offers a couple of film rarities: a 1935 train documentary censored by the Nazis and a French melodrama […]

Cinema Fundraisers Unconnected To SFIFF
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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 […]