THURSDAY MARCH 30
SPECIAL EVENT

DISPOSABLE FILM FESTIVAL 8:00

One of the world's “coolest film festivals” according to MovieMaker Magazine, The Disposable Film Festival premieres its 10th annual competitive shorts program here in San Francisco before screening it around the world. Be the first to see what’s been called The Oscars of Online Film!

Tickets available at disposablefilm.com

 
     
   


FRIDAY MARCH 31 DOUBLE FEATURE

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN 7:30

Hot off of Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks delivered another comedic masterpiece with this parody of 1930s Universal Horror movies. Aside from being utterly hilarious, Brooks pays reverence to the films he parodies, serving as a reminder of how innovative parody can be. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr and Cloris Leachman star. (1974, 106 min, DCP)

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 5:30, 9:30

See the midnight movie sensation in a rare, pre-witching hour screening! Straight-laced Brad and Janet find themselves stranded in a old dark house filled with a variety of weird characters from Transylvania and the strangeness begins. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick sing their way through Jim Sharman's outrageous horror movie spoof. (1975, 100 min (1975, 100 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY APRIL 1 SPECIAL EVENT

3:00pm
Tickets $15
http://sched.co/9szF

SF Sketchfest Presents
"Adventures In Babysitting"
30th Anniversary Screening and Q&A with special guest Keith Coogan ("Brad")

Don't mess with the Babysitter! Revisit this charming '80s teen comedy classic that finds babysitter Chris (Elisabeth Shue) and charges Brad (Keith Coogan), Daryl (Anthony Rapp) and Sara (Maia Brewton) set loose in Chicago for one comically dangerous night. Don't miss the movie that taught us that Thor has a day job, some sewer rats are the size of kittens, and that nobody leaves without singing the blues! Directed by Chris Columbus ("Home Alone,") and also starring Bradley Whitford, Vincent D'Onofrio and Penelope Ann Miller. Following the screening, SF Sketchfest is excited to welcome special guest Keith Coogan ("Brad") for a Q&A.

7:30pm
Tickets: http://sched.co/8wM2

SF Sketchfest Presents
“Grease 2” - The Peaches Christ Experience with special guest Maxwell Caulfield

Is there more to life than just making out? Find out once and for all when SF Sketchfest and Peaches Christ team up for a celebration of the cult-classic musical sequel GREASE 2!

Peaches and her drag queen posse will take the Pink Lady Pledge in a pre-show performance tribute before they are joined onstage by the film's heartthrob star Maxwell Caulfield (Michael), live and in person, followed by a 35mm screening of the film.

 
     
   


SUNDAY APRIL 2 DOUBLE FEATURE

NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR 3:00, 7:00

George Orwell’s bleak look into a totalitarian future stars John Hurt as Winston Smith, a government bureaucrat who illegally falls in love and suffers the consequences. Michael Radford’s palpably oppressive adaptation was filmed during the actual dates as described in the book and features a calmly sadistic Richard Burton in his final role. Music by Eurythmics. (1984, 115 min, 35mm) 

+ PINK FLOYD THE WALL 5:10, 9:10

Bob Geldof is Pink in Alan Parker’s full-blown cinematic adaptation of the concept album by Pink Floyd about a musician going off his rocker. Eschewing conventional storytelling, the seamless mix of Gerald Scarfe’s animation and cinematographer Peter Biziou’s startling imagery defined a cinematic language, soon to become par for the MTV generation. (1982, 95 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


MONDAY APRIL 3

OSCAR NOMINEE: BEST PICTURE, SUPPORTING ACTRESS, SCREENPLAY

HIDDEN FIGURES (3:00), 5:30, 8:00 

The incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Theodore Melfi's film has received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Spencer) and Adapted Screenplay. (2016, 127 min, DCP 'Scope)

 
     
   


TUESDAY APRIL 4 SPECIAL EVENT

The San Francisco Moth GrandSLAM: CURVEBALLS 

The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words – fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Listen as ten StorySLAM champs tell tales of fielding the unexpected, answering the call of the unanticipated or any adventure in the realm of the unforeseen.

The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they compete to determine The Moth's San Francisco GrandSLAM Story Champion.

Run time: 2hrs

  • 7:00 Doors open 
  • 8:00 Stories begin

Ticket: $25 G.A.

Media Sponsors: KQED & KALW

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY APRIL 5 THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 16 SPECIAL EVENT

THE 60TH SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL

SFFILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT: LANDLINE WITH JENNY SLATE IN PERSON
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 7:00 PM

Gillian Robespierre’s (Obvious Child, Festival 2014) second feature captures a dysfunctional family that grows closer when long-buried infidelities come to light across generations. The humor is compassionate and honest with a neurotic edge that matches its ’90s New York setting. Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, John Turturro, Jay Duplass, and newcomer Abie Quinn make up the exceptional ensemble cast in this charming film that never shies away from the personal flaws that complicate and strengthen the relationships in our lives. (Gillian Robespierre, USA, 2017, 96 min.)

CHASING CORAL
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 6:00 PM

With reefs dying off at an alarming rate, Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Festival 2012) sets off with a team of technologists and “coral nerds” to document the beauty and fragility of these extraordinary ecosystems in order to bring the world’s attention to their peril. Folding in engaging testimony from marine biologists and researchers, Chasing Coral is filled with heartrendingly beautiful images of both bounty and decay, creating a gorgeous, urgent elegy for the sea. (Jeff Orlowski, USA, 2017, 91 min.)

MARJORIE PRIME
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 8:45 PM

Michael Almereyda’s complex and moving film introduces us to Walter Prime (Jon Hamm), an hologram meant to help the aged Marjorie (stage legend Lois Smith) recall treasured memories shared with her husband. As family members feed Walter questionable information about their lives together, jealousies erupt around their mother’s affection for this non-human. This low-tech science fiction thought experiment features fine performances from an accomplished cast that also includes Tim Robbins and a heartbreaking Geena Davis. (Michael Almereyda, USA, 2016, 99 min.)

NOCTURAMA
FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 6:00 PM

Master filmmaker Bertrand Bonello brings us a chilling, timely, and controversial new work. Nocturama follows a band of multiracial young radicals as they carry out a series of simultaneous attacks across Paris before seeking shelter in a luxury shopping mall to hide out and celebrate their unexplained actions. Stars several of France’s hottest young actors. (Bertrand Bonello, France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, 130 min.)

A DRAGON ARRIVES!
SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 6:00 PM

A secret police agent arrives on a remote island to investigate the suicide of a political prisoner in 1960s Iran. But that’s only the beginning in a story that gleefully resets itself as, at turns, a neo-noir thriller, a psychedelic folk tale, and a mockumentary investigation by director Haghighi and his crew. Whether read as political allegory or a high-spirited rollercoaster ride, this serpentine tale mesmerizes with its intoxicating atmosphere of surreal beauty and narrative intrigue. (Mani Haghighi, Iran, 2016, 108 min.)

DISCREET
SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 9:00 PM

In the provocative and haunting new feature from San Francisco-based filmmaker Travis Mathews (Interior. Leather Bar., 2013), a troubled drifter, traveling cross country in an old van, makes a pit stop in his hometown in rural Texas awash in right-wing talk radio. A quick visit with his estranged mother uncovers a startling revelation that forces him to confront demons of his past that he long thought dead and buried while finding emotional comfort in provocative and kinky online hookups. Screens with Jay Rosenblatt’s Scared. Very Scared (7 min). (Travis Mathews, USA, 2017, 80 min.)

BORN IN CHINA
SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 1:00 PM

Since 2008, the Disneynature series has successfully brought inspiring wildlife documentaries to the screen, releasing a new film every Earth Day. Born in China marks a new, ambitious collaboration for the series, a partnership with the Chinese government to create a celebration of the country’s flora and fauna. Featuring stunning cinematography and narration by John Krasinski, the film follows the lives of three animal families of giant pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and snow leopards to inspire passions toward conservation of these endangered animals. Recommended for ages 6 and up. (Lu Chuan, USA/China, 2016, 76 min.)

MEL NOVIKOFF AWARD: TOM LUDDY
SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 4:00 PM

The Mel Novikoff Award is given annually to an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the film-going public’s appreciation of world cinema. Tom Luddy has been involved in making and showing movies since he directed student film societies at UC Berkeley. Since then, he has worked in film distribution, programmed repertory cinema, served on the board of the Festival, co-founded the Telluride Film Festival, produced landmark movies, and collaborated with filmmakers such as Agnès Varda, Chris Marker, and Jean-Luc Godard. Luddy has been associated with American Zoetrope since 1979. Join SFFILM Festival for this program featuring a conversation followed by a rarely screened Godard short and A Long Happy Life (Gennadi Shpalikov, Russia, 1966, 61 min).

DOLORES
SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 7:00 PM

Lifelong community organizer Dolores Huerta founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962 and directed the decisive national boycott of Delano grapes. San Francisco native Peter Bratt’s (La Mission, Festival 2009) vibrant historical documentary revisits those landmark accomplishments and Huerta’s tireless activism against poverty, pesticides, racism, and injustice. Huerta’s myriad battles and sacrifices as the lone woman on the UFW board and the mother of 11 children are integral to her story and to the times. (Peter Bratt, USA, 2017, 98 min.)

MUSIC & FILM:
PARALLEL SPACES: WILL OLDHAM & JEROME HILER
MONDAY, APRIL 10, 8:00 PM

The San Francisco International Film Festival and the Headlands Center for the Arts present a special program of improvised music by Will Oldham, aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Headlands Artist in Residence, 2008), to be performed live alongside the projection of experimental films created by Bay Area artist Jerome Hiler. Joining Oldham are the Chicago-based Bitchin Bajas and Bay Area–based Cornelius Boots. Three of Hiler’s 16mm films, chosen by Hiler and Oldham, will be screened: Words of Mercury (2011), Marginalia (2015), and Bagatelle II (2016).

MUSIC & FILM:
ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION, LIVE SCORE OF GEORGE LUCAS’S THX 1138
TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 8:00 PM

The future is here. THX 1138 (George Lucas, 88 min, 1971) is set in a dystopian century when political paternalism reigns. Every aspect of life is controlled by the state, efficiency is king, individual thought is forbidden, and love is the ultimate perversion. With their trademark fusion of punk rock, electronic beats, reggae, bhangra, and hip-hop, the multicultural Asian Dub Foundation is one of the most musically inventive bands on the scene. Their score for THX 1138 incorporates almost all of the film’s original distinctive soundtrack—notable for its use of audio sampling from electronic music artists—adding dynamic dimension with live flute, guitar, bass, and percussion.

BRIMSTONE & GLORY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 5:00 PM

Burning Man has nothing on Tultepec’s charging toritos and exploding castillos. Mexico’s weeklong National Pyrotechnic Festival is sheer unbridled madness. Scars that tourists take away from fireworks-exploding bulls and towering infernos are earned with pleasure, apparently, as this dynamic documentary keeps explanation to a minimum while maximizing the experiential through GoPro camera POVs and gorgeous abstractions. Filmmaker Viktor Jakovleski has created a visually rapturous, immersive, sensory experience of this extraordinary event, capturing the danger and mayhem in all its glory. (Viktor Jakovleski, USA, 2017, 64 min.)

SFFILM FESTIVAL CENTERPIECE: PATTI CAKE$
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 7:30 PM

The unqualified breakout hit of this year’s Sundance Festival, Geremy Jasper’s debut feature erupts with head-nodding beats from the opening scene and features the dynamic and stirring performance of Danielle Macdonald as the title character, a young woman who uses her lyrics to escape, daring to dream of something better outside of her New Jersey working class life. She gathers a multi-racial motley crew around her to make creative and invigorating music. (Geremy Jasper, USA, 2016, 108 min.)

MUSIC & FILM:
THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA WITH DEVOTCHKA
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 8:00 PM

The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929, 67 min) is charged with the excitement of cinema’s possibilities. “The film drama is the opium of the people,” Vertov wrote, “Long live life as it is!” Named in a recent Sight & Sound poll as one of the best movies ever made, Vertov’s joyful trip through the streets of Moscow, Odessa, and Kiev creates an expressive portrait of a modernizing world.

Known for their popular soundtrack to Little Miss Sunshine, Denver’s DeVotchKa has been combining a range of influences—from Slavic and Gypsy to punk and folk—into their unique blend of expressive rock music for more than a decade. Frontman Nick Urata and bandmates Jeanie Schroder (acoustic bass, sousaphone), Shawn King (percussion, trumpet), and Tom Hagerman (violin, viola, accordion, piano) bring their multifaceted, cinematic melodies to Vertov’s influential classic.

BENDING THE ARC
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 5:00 PM

Bending the Arc is the inspirational and timely story of intrepid doctors and humanitarians, Paul Farmer and Jim Kim (now the president of the World Bank), who have devoted their lives to providing innovative health care to the globe’s most impoverished nations. This comprehensive film follows their decades-long struggle to treat and eradicate TB and HIV/AIDS in rural areas of Peru, Haiti, and Africa. It is a timely reminder of how big ideas and international cooperation make social change a reality. (Kief Davidson & Pedro Kos, USA, 2017, 102 min.)

A TRIBUTE TO SHAH RUKH KHAN
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 8:30 PM

To muster an American equivalent to Shah Rukh Khan, you’d have to combine several high-wattage celebrities (Brad Pitt plus Tom Cruise plus Will Smith), and it still wouldn’t be enough. Khan—or “SRK” to his fans—is not only one of India’s biggest-ever stars, his fame has transcended borders and brought him worldwide acclaim. His three-decade career has encompassed over 80 films, including some of Bollywood’s most beloved blockbusters. Join SFFILM Festival for this program including a conversation followed by a screening of My Name Is Khan (Karan Johar, India, 2010, 165 min).

SHORTS 5: FAMILY FILMS
SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 10:00 AM

The smallest members of your family, the young at heart, and everyone in between will find something to love in this exciting lineup of films. This eclectic collection has the power to connect us with storytellers in far-off destinations, from China and South Africa to our own backyard. Works from emerging filmmakers are placed alongside those by veteran artists, including Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne, Festival alum Julia Pott, and Pixar Animation Studios, here presenting its latest work. Recommended for ages 5 and up. TRT 65 min.

FREE FESTIVAL SCREENING: DEFENDER
SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 3:00 PM

Jeff Adachi is a public defender in San Francisco who takes on the misdemeanor case of 22-year-old Michael Smith, who pleaded not guilty in one of the first body camera cases in the city when he was charged with nine counts of resisting arrest. This urgent documentary shows how far Adachi and his team will fight for the young man’s freedom while exposing black-crime bias in ostensibly liberal SF. Screens with The Boombox Collection: Zion I (10 min). (Jim Choi & Jeff Adachi, USA, 2017, 70 min.)

LONG STRANGE TRIP
SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 6:30 PM

Amir Bar-Lev’s deep-dive Grateful Dead documentary will make even the most diehard fan feel they’ve barely scratched the surface. Using home movies, concert clips, new interviews, and never-before-seen footage, Long Strange Trip charts the band’s ups and downs in a documentary that is both a love letter to the Dead and their lifer fans, and a peerless glimpse into the mindset of musicians who risked it all to find transcendence in camaraderie and the right improvised chord progression. (Amir Bar-Lev, USA, 2017, 238 min.)

WALKING OUT
SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 1:00 PM

A moose hunting trip into Montana’s mountains meant as a rite of passage and to bridge a growing divide between a divorced dad (Matt Bomer, A Normal Heart) and his young teenage son (Josh Wiggins, Hellion, Festival 2014) takes a dangerous turn under wintry conditions in Alex and Andrew Smith’s haunting adaptation of David Quammen’s short story. It is a thrilling, deceptively simple drama that packs an emotional wallop and features some of the finest performances to be seen so far this year. (Alex Smith & Andrew Smith, USA, 2017, 96 min.)

SFFILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT:
THE GREEN FOG — A SAN FRANCISCO FANTASIA WITH KRONOS QUARTET
SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 7:00 PM

Join award-winning filmmaker and cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin and the world-renowned Kronos Quartet for an unforgettable collaboration at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival. To close out the 2017 program, Kronos Quartet will perform a new score by composer Jacob Garchik to accompany a visual collage by Maddin—a scene-by-scene reimagining of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo comprised entirely of Bay Area film footage from a variety of sources.

 

MONDAY APRIL 17 TBA

     
   


TUESDAY APRIL 18 SPECIAL EVENT

This date marks the 111th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1906 QUAKE.
Before the film, enjoy a live concert of Barbary Coast classics performed by Blackie Norton’s Paradise Club Band. Music begins at 7:00.

SAN FRANCISCO 8:00

The quake of 1906 brings to a climax this spectacle of love and adventure wherein the notorious Barbary Coast comes to grips with snobbish Nob Hill. Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy star, directed by the ever reliable W. S. Van Dyke, who received an Oscar nom for his work. (1936, 120 min, 35mm)

 

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY APRIL 19 DOUBLE FEATURE

GHOST WORLD 7:00

Freshly graduated from high school, best friends Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson attempt to be authentic people in a bogus culture of trivial pursuits. Director Terry Zwigoff and writer Daniel Clowes pull off bringing Clowes’ comic to life with this witty, nonstop critique of America as a consumer theme park. Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro and Illeana Douglas co-star. (2001, 111 min, 35mm)

+ HIGH FIDELITY 9:05

Fresh off the end of a relationship, a music fanatic works through a list of his top 5 breakups, and slowly realizes that there's more to life than obsessing over pop music. Actor/co-writer John Cusack and director Stephen Frears transplant Nick Hornby's best-selling novel from London to Chicago with delightful results, giving us a movie loaded with wit, charm, and (of course) great tunes. Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, and Joan Cusack co-star. (2000, 113 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY APRIL 20 SPECIAL EVENT

GREEN FILM FEST 2017
OPENING NIGHT: EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC
6:00 Reception | 7:30 Film

World Premiere // From a motley crew of back-to-the-landers rejecting industrial farming in the 60's thru to today's generation of farmers reinventing our food system, director Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties; A Fierce Green Fire) presents a celebration of Californian organic farming. In person: Mark Kitchell & special guests.

 
 
 
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