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FRiDAY MARCH 6
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LiTTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: DiRECTOR'S CUT 7:20

This Frank Oz adaptation of the Broadway musical adaptation of Roger Corman's ultra low-budget cult classic is easily one of the best musicals of the 1980s. Jam packed with show-stopping numbers by Steve Martin and Ellen Greene along with countless 1980s cameos, it is Seymour's lascivious carnivorous plant Audrey II (spoken by legendary Levi Stubbs) and Rick Moranis (who was catapulted to a genuine star with this defining "nerd" role) who steal this rambunctious roadshow. Practically made to be experienced in the Castro Theatre alongside your new best friend, be prepared for the SF PREMiERE of the restored original "darker" (pre-release) 23-minute ending! (1986, 103 min, DCP)

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eXistenZ 9:45

Having originally written a script to direct Total Recall, David Croneneberg reworked this slimy, cerebral sci-fi gem into what many consider to be among his best films. Giving Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh characters to truly "jack-in" to, this cyber-sexual mind-bender dove deep into the side-effects of the video gamer world. Released only two weeks after the Wachowski's had hit it big with The Matrix, it is time to acknowledge how this gritty lil' genre flick (in the likes of The Brood, Videodrome and Naked Lunch) may have actually inspired of few of today's top Hollywood filmmakers. (1999, 97 min, 35mm) Preceded by a cluster of Cronenberg 35mm trailers.

*SPECIAL PRIZE TO THE FIRST 36 ATTENDEES THROUGH THE DOORS!*

 
     
   


SATURDAY MARCH 7

SCARY COW 25th SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Show stars at 2:00

Scary Cow is a Bay Area co-op that makes short films using a community oriented model that empowers anyone with a passion for the art. We believe that the best way to learn filmmaking is by making films with like-minded enthusiasts. With over 250 shorts screened to date, filmmakers continue to shine with several entries on the film festival circuit. We give back to our members and have awarded over $250,000 in budget money to date. So come support emerging filmmakers and vote for your favorite films. There's something for everyone! More info and tickets at Scary Cow - the indie film co-op

 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 8 DOUBLE FEATURE

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO 1:00
David Lean does for snow what he did for sand in Lawrence of Arabia with his mammoth telling of Pasternak's epic romance following the tribulations of Moscow doctor Omar Sharif exiled for writing poetry and separated from his true love Julie Christie amidst the Russian Revolution. Winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Robert Bolt's screenplay, Freddie Young's cinematography and Maurice Jarre's score. Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, Tom Courteney and Geraldine Chaplin co-star. (1965, 200 min + intermission, 35mm 'Scope)

+ REDS 5:00
Warren Beatty's stunning historical epic combines American Communist John Reed's experience of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath with the intimate relationship between Reed and fellow progressive Louise Bryant. Beatty and Diane Keaton lead an extraordinary cast of co-stars, including Jack Nicholson, Maureen Stapleton, Paul Sorvino and Gene Hackman. Meticulous to every extent, Reds is one of the last vestiges of the artistically ambitious 1970s New Hollywood, winning Oscars for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography, Stapleton's supporting performance, and Beatty's direction. (1981, 195 min + intermission, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 8 NOT AVAILABLE ON VHS, DVD OR BLU-RAY…EVER!

TRAILER APOCALYPSE! 9:00

When Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski and his team at Grindhouse Releasing (the fine folks behind big-screen reissues of The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, Pieces and more) ask if you want to see a custom-curated, all-35mm collection of the rarest vintage trailers on planet Earth, you say YES. Prepare for a feature-length onslaught of the wildest, weirdest and most action-packed face-rippers to have ever (dis)graced drive-in screens — all culled from GR’s vast archive of golden-age exploitation. Blaxploitation, sexploitation, horror, mondo, martial arts and more mix with mutant subgenres, freakish fiascos and other brain-bludgeoning, eye-blasting two-minute masterpieces not seen since the flea-ridden heydays of 42nd St. (Synopsis courtesy of The Cinefamily)

 
     
   


MONDAY MARCH 9 DOUBLE FEATURE

WILD 2:30, 7:00
In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Reese Witherspoon and screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. Wild powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures — as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. (2014, 115 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ A MOST VIOLENT YEAR 4:40, 9:10
Set in 1981 during one of the most crime-ridden winters in New York City’s history, J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) new film follows Abel and Anna Morales (Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain) in their attempt to capitalize on the American Dream even as the harsh realities of the era threaten to destroy all they have built. “This is Sidney Lumet territory: street-level New York, alive with corruption, danger and moral quandary.” –AP. Albert Brooks co-stars as the Morales' reliable and supportive attorney. (2014, 125 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


TUESDAY MARCH 10 DOUBLE FEATURE

FOXCATCHER 2:30, 7:00

Foxcatcher is the true story of Olympic wrestler brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), whose lives were forever altered by unhinged multimillionaire John du Pont. When Mark is beckoned to the estate of the reclusive du Pont (Steve Carelli), little does he know that he is entering into a darkly uneasy protégé-benefactor relationship, which will last years before spiraling tragically out of control. Director Bennett Miller (Capote) keeps the audience in thrall, expertly dialing up the suspense until the film's explosive conclusion. (2014, 129 min, DCP)

+ WHIPLASH 4:55, 9:15

A talented young jazz drummer (Miles Teller) experiences a trial by fire when he's recruited by a ferocious instructor (J.K. Simmons) with an unyielding search for perfection. Writer/director Damien Chazelle’s blistering psychological drama takes you into the vulnerable headspace of the drummer who suffers acute mental anguish under the relentless instruction. Bringing the film to life is Simmons’ explosive, career-defining performance that would win him the Oscar. (2014, 107 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNSEDAY MARCH 11 ANITA EKBERG DOUBLE FEATURE

LA DOLCE VITA 1:00, 6:30

Marcello Mastroianni stars in Federico Fellini’s timeless masterpiece, a rich, detailed panorama of Rome’s modern decadence and sophisticated immorality. Nino Rota’s magical score and Anita Ekberg’s fountain scene made this film the cosmic jewel that has marked movie lover’s lives forever. (1960, in Italian with English subtitles, 174 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

+ ARTISTS AND MODELS 4:15, 9:40

Cartoonist Dean Martin uses roommate Jerry Lewis’ far-out dreams as inspiration for his elaborate comic strips in Frank Tashlin’s free-wheeling, girl-filled comedy. One of the best Martin & Lewis vehicles finds their perfect foils in Dorothy Malone and especially Shirley MacLaine, matching Lewis in outrageousness. Amidst wildly imaginative sight gags, ample screen time is given to the natural attributes of co-stars Anita Ekberg and Eva Gabor. (1955, 109 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY MARCH 12 SPECIAL EVENT

Seoul Searching 6:30 pm

Fresh off its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, CAAMFest 2015 opens with SEOUL SEARCHING, directed by award winning Korean-American director Benson Lee, Set in the 1980s and inspired by Lee’s own personal experiences, SEOUL SEARCHING is a fun coming-of-age feature, chronicling the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of international Korean teens sent to a government-sponsored summer camp for a crash course in Korean culture. More information and tickets

 
     
   


FRIDAY MARCH 13 DOUBLE FEATURE

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT 8:00

In the dangerous but dreamy hellhole called Bad City, an aimless young man finds himself bewitched by a mysterious femme fatale who glides silently along Bad City's streets in search of unholy sustenance. Though cheekily billed as "the first Iranian vampire western," this movie is playfully unclassifiable, and its stunning black-and-white images, compelling moods, and gorgeous soundtrack add up to a phenomenal filmmaking debut by writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. –David Robson (2014, in Farsi with English subtitles, 99 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ MESSIAH OF EVIL 10:00

Echoing Night of the Living Dead and Carnival of Souls, this dreamlike, enigmatic horror film stars Marianna Hill as a young woman whose search for her missing artist father takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult. Willard Huyck’s (co-writer of Star Wars) directorial debut carefully weaves the shocks amidst the striking visual design. (1973, 89 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY MARCH 14 TRIPLE FEATURE!

THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD 1:30, 5:15

In this timeless fantasy adventure, Sinbad is pitted against an evil magician who shrinks a beautiful princess to six inches to obtain a magic lamp! The best live action animated film since King Kong, Ray Harryhausen created the incredible giant cyclops, a two-headed roc, a fire-breathing dragon and a skeleton warrior. Nonstop wonders accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's first-rate score. Directed by Nathan H. Juran. (1958, 88 min, 35mm)

+ KING KONG 3:15, 7:00

See the mightiest monster of all time battle ferocious dinosaurs, terrorize New York City, and fall in love with a blonde beauty! Distinguished for its stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and Max Steiner’s score, this is the stuff that movies were made for. Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot star; co-directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. (1933, 104 min, 35mm)

+ John Carpenter’s THE THING 9:00 only!
Kurt Russell heads a stellar ensemble cast in this horror classic about scientists in an Antarctica outpost who confront a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of those it kills. Amazing make-up effects by Rob Bottin and an indelible score by Ennio Morricone highlight John Carpenter’s foreboding examination of paranoia pitted against brawn. “It’s a Mark Rothko done over by Francis Bacon. Lots of imitations can’t take away the bizarre sting of this spectral hunt amongst flayed cadavers in the frozen wastes, it gives the chills just thinking about it.” –CM (1982, 108 min, 35mm ’Scope)
 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 15

OUT/HERE (SHORTS) 12:00 pm

From a Filipino immigrant struggling with her undocumented status in the United States in order to live as an out lesbian to a child’s point of view on the much debated subject of marriage equality, these narratives and documentaries collectively broaden the scope of what it means to be queer.

Off The Menu: Asian America 2:20 pm

CAAM is excited to welcome back CAAMFest favorite Grace Lee with Off the Menu: Asian America, a CAAM and KQED co-production. From the Gulf Coast of Texas to the heartland of Wisconsin to New York's Lower East Side and beyond, OFF THE MENU: Asian America delves into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that explore what it means to be Asian American today.

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor 4:10 pm

Making its world premiere at CAAMFest 2015, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR chronicles the life, times and murder of actor and humanitarian Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian genocide survivor who escaped to America and won an Oscar for his first acting role in THE KILLING FIELDS. Following the screening, join director Arthur Dong at the Centerpiece Reception.

Centerpiece Reception 6:00 pm

Celebrate opening weekend in style at the historic Castro Theatre mezzanine. Grab a handcrafted Remy Martin cocktail and clink glasses with the nearest stranger — after all, you never know who you might rub elbows with. Director Shonali Bose and Spotlight Honoree Arthur Dong in attendance.

Margarita, With a Straw 7:00 pm

Laila is an aspiring writer and NYU transplant, via Delhi University, whose cerebral palsy is a footnote to her other achievements. When she falls for a fiery female activist, her creative and personal boundaries are tested. Shonali Bose’s (AMU) deeply personal film dazzles with moments of quiet self-discovery and first love, unbound by ability and difference. 7:00 pm

My Fair Wedding 9:40 pm

In an intimate and candid documentary, filmmakers Gwang-Soo and Dave plan their landmark wedding, the first same-sex marriage performed in South Korea. However, gay marriage opponents make their displeasure heard before and during the grooms’ special day. A light-hearted love story with strong undertones about marriage equality.

More information and tickets

 

MONDAY MARCH 16 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY MARCH 17, 2015 A.D.  SPECIAL EVENT

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with TED NEELEY and BARRY DENNEN Live! ($12)
VIP 5:00 • Q&A 7:00 • Film 7:30

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's hit rock opera recounts the last week in the life of Christ as told from the point of view of Judas. Shot on location in Israel, director Norman Jewison takes an innovative approach to the razzle-dazzle, each role perfectly brought to life by Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman and Barry Dennen. (1973, 108 min, DCP 'Scope) Advance Tickets

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 DOUBLE FEATURE

MOONRISE KINGDOM 7:00

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Wes Anderson's heartfelt charmer tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together in the wilderness. This magical movie ode to love stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward along with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray. (2012, 94 min, 35mm)

+ BADLANDS 8:50

Terrence Malick’s remarkable debut stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as young lovers on a homicidal spree across the Dakota Badlands in the 1950s. Full of strange and transfixing moments, the film now stands as one of the key works of the 1970s. (1973, 94 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY MARCH 19 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE IMITATION GAME 2:00, 7:00
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as brilliant Cambridge mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who spearheaded the Enigma code-breaking operation during World War II and was later persecuted by the British government for his homosexuality. Morten Tyldum’s (Headhunters) film is an intense and haunting portrayal of a complicated man who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives. Keira Knightley co-stars as a supportive friend on the code-breaking team who tries to help the loner genius lead a more normal social life. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, Graham Moore won for his screenplay adaptation. (2014, 114 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ MR. TURNER 4:10, 9:10
In his latest sumptuous work, director Mike Leigh creates a portrait of iconoclastic painter J.M.W. Turner, mid-19th century master of light and color. This meditation examines the nature of art itself, in conflict with the changing perceptions of peers and a fickle public, as well as the personal sacrifices that Turner made on behalf of creation. Leigh follows his subject from middle-age — when he is already at the height of his career — through to the end of his life, evoking the artist’s own style with painstaking period detail and luminescent cinematography (by Leigh’s longtime cinematographer Dick Pope). At the center of this captivating story is Timothy Spall, who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of the title character, a guttural brute of a man with often repulsive tendencies but from whose hands flowed masterworks. –Jacqueline Lyanga (2014, 150 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


FRIDAY MARCH 20 SPECIAL EVENT

INFORUM presents TALIB KWELI: Race, Justice and Hip Hop

Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot 41 times by four police officers in 1999. In response, Talib Kweli organized Hip Hop for Respect to speak out against police brutality, assembling 41 emcees to represent the 41 shots fired. Now, 15 years later, and in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others, Talib continues to speak out against the militarization of the police force, the prison industrial complex, and institutionalized racism. Considered one of the most lyrically gifted and socially aware rappers of our time, Talib feels that artists have a responsibility to the communities that support their careers. Hear from Talib Kweli about his experience in Ferguson, the connection between hip hop and civil rights, and what he’s learned from 20 years in the music business. Time: 6:00 check-in and premium reception, 7:00 program - See more at: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events

 
     
   


SATURDAY MARCH 21

Peaches Christ Productions Proudly Presents

Saturday March 21st, 3pm & 8pm
THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK
with a wicked fierce pre-show parody spectacular "The Witches Of East Bay"
starring COCO PERU, CHAD MICHAELS, & PEACHES CHRIST

Three Seasoned Queens. One Horny Devil.

Something wicked fierce this ways comes! Peaches Christ invites you to attend the World Premiere of a magical new pre-show spectacular "The Witches Of East Bay" with very special guest stars and drag legends Coco Peru and Chad Michaels. Three seasoned, single drag queens in a picturesque East Bay village have their wishes granted – at a cost – when a mysterious and flamboyant drag fan arrives in their lives. With Thomas Dekker as Daryl Van Horny and Peggy L'eggs as Fellatio Alden.

WARNING: This show may cause you to toss your cherries!
- See more at: Peaches Christ. THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK

 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 22 WILDER/MONROE DOUBLE FEATURE

SOME LIKE IT HOT 2:30, 7:00

After witnessing a gangland rub-out, musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon run from the mob and into the scrumptious arms of Marilyn Monroe, a member of an all-girl band. Billy Wilder’s immortal, riotous sex farce is dazzling from beginning to end, with a particularly memorable turn by Monroe as “Sugar Kane”. (1959, 119 min, 35mm)

+ THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH 4:50, 9:15

Monroe was at the peak of her sex-bomb phase when she played the nubile object of neighbor Tom Ewell’s fantasies when his family goes away on summer holiday. Wilder’s high-style comedy features the famous white-skirt-billowing-over-the-subway-grating scene. (1955, 105 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


MONDAY MARCH 23 & TUESDAY MARCH 24

INHERENT VICE IN 70MM Mon 6:00, 9:00; Tue (3:00), 6:00, 9:00

Paul Thomas Anderson’s unpredictable and entrancing new movie, the very first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is a cinematic time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy L.A. dope culture of the early ’70s. Joaquin Phoenix goes all the way playing Doc Sportello, the private investigator searching for his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston, a revelation), menaced at every turn by a jaw dropping Josh Brolin as the telegenic police detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen. Among the other members of Anderson’s mind-boggling cast are Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Short. (2014, 148 min, 70mm)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY MARCH 25 DOUBLE FEATURE

PURPLE RAIN 7:00

Prince was at the height of his popularity when he starred in this semi-autobiographical film about a young musician on the Minneapolis scene. When not performing an incredible selection of Oscar-winning songs, he romances sexy fellow performer (Apollonia) and battles his abusive father (Clarence Williams III) and rival musician (Morris Day). Co-written, directed and edited by filmmaker dynamo Albert Magnoli. (1984, 111 min, 35mm)

+ PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE 9:05

Brian De Palma's insanely entertaining musical comedy/horror film stars Paul Williams as an evil, eternally young Phil Spector-ish music magnate thwarting mangled musician William Finley's rocking rampage of revenge. Great support from Jessica Harper, George Memmoli and De Palma regular Garrett Graham as "Beef.” (1974, 92 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY MARCH 26 DOUBLE FEATURE

SPRING BREAKERS 7:00

Harmony Korine's hypnotic arthouse exploitation film is a chronicle of four bikini-clad, restaurant-robbing college girls on a runaway week in Florida, where rapper/drug dealer James Franco swoops in and takes them deeper into the gangsta life they've been playing at. Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine star in this glorious deglamorization of pimps & hoes culture. (2012, 94 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ MANHUNTER 8:50

Michael Mann moves his Miami Vice palette to the big screen with this splendidly stylish and oppressive thriller about a FBI forensics expert (William Petersen), possessed with (and tormented by) the ability to fathom the workings of the criminal mind, who is brought out of retirement to track down a serial killer. Mann creates a menacing atmosphere without resorting to graphic violence and the performances are superior, most memorably Brian Cox's turn as the intellectually brilliant and malevolent asylum inmate Hannibal Lektor. (1986, 119 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


FRIDAY MARCH 27 THROUGH TUESDAY MARCH 31 SPECIAL EVENT

Sing Along BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Fri & Sat 7:00; Sun 2:30, 7:00; Mon & Tue 7:00
Hosted by Sara Moore & friends.

This interactive presentation of Disney's classic has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film! (1991, full program runs approx 120 min, DCP)

NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT Special Admission: $16 general / $10 kids (12-) & seniors (62+) Advance tickets available via TicketWeb.

Also screening FRIDAY APRIL 3 THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 5

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 DOUBLE FEATURE

GREY GARDENS 3:30, 7:30 NEW RESTORATION
Grey Gardens is the unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as “Grey Gardens.” Together they descended into a strange life of dependence and eccentricity that no one had ever shared until the Maysles arrived with their camera and tape recorder. The film is a bittersweet love story, a record of the powerful and complex relationship between mother and daughter. A film by David and Albert Maysles, Elen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Froemke. (1976, 94 min, DCP)

+ PINK FLAMINGOS 5:20, 9:20

John Waters exploded into international infamy with this darkly comic, no-budget parade of the perverse. The story two monstrous women competing for the title of “Filthiest Person Alive,” is a carnival of weirdoes, outcasts, and deviants that’s custom-designed to offend! This is the 25th anniversary edition with bonus footage added post-film. (1972, 108 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY APRIL 2 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE TRIAL 7:00 NEW RESTORATION!

(1962, 118 min, DCP)

+ ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS 9:15

Louis Malle’s masterpiece of suspense and film noir starring Jeanne Moreau, in the role that catapulted her to international stardom and ushered in the French New Wave. (1957, in French with English subtitles, 88 min, 35mm)

 
 
 
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