WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 THROUGH FRIDAY APRIL 29 SPECIAL EVENT

GREASE SING-A-LONG Nightly 7:00 Hosted by Sara Moore & Friends.

For those of you not yet converted, Grease Sing-A-Long is the blockbuster movie musical complete with tricked- out subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along to “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” all of them! 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 for the costume contest! Grease stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway and Didi Conn. Directed by Randal Kleiser. (1978, full show approx. 150 min, Digital ‘Scope)

NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
Special Admission: $16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+)

Tickets will be available day of show at our box office or can be purchased in advance via Ticketweb.

 
     
   


SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 59

April 30

10:30 AM – Shorts 5: Family Films – 68 min.
In this eclectic international collection of short films for young audiences, an array of colorful characters—of the human, animal and monster varieties—learn how to help one another and work together in fun and sometimes surprising ways. Works range from new student films to those by veteran artists such as Nick Park of Aardman Animations, Disney animator Glen Keane, YouTube favorite Simon Tofield (and his fussy fat cat), and Oscar-winning SFIFF alum Brandon Oldenburg. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

3:00 PM – Mel Novikoff Award: An Afternoon with Janus film and The Criterion Collection
The Festival’s Novikoff Award goes this year to Janus Films and the Criterion Collection, the legendary distributors and preservationists of world cinema. The program will include an onstage conversation with Janus/Criterion’s Peter Becker and Jonathan Turell, who will be joined by Joel and Ethan Coen to discuss their work before a presentation of the the Coen brothers’ brilliant debut film Blood Simple.

Blood Simple – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, USA, 99 min.
The Coen brothers began their brilliant career with this masterful modern noir about a Texas bar owner who hires a private detective to procure evidence that his beautiful wife Abby (a riveting Frances McDormand) is having an affair. Nothing is simple in this tightly plotted crime drama, but there will be blood.

7:00 PM – The Family Fang – Jason Bateman, USA, 106 min.
Based on the wildly popular and highly regarded novel of the same name, this touching comedy tells the story of a brother and sister, played by director Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman, who are searching for their missing parents, a famous performance artist duo who often used their children in their work. Christopher Walken steals yet another movie with his amusingly deadpan performance as the father, Caleb Fang, as charming and clueless a sociopath as one can imagine.

9:30 PM – High-Rise – Ben Wheatley, UK, 119 min.
A resident’s floor number denotes his social standing in Ben Wheatley’s audacious, wildly entertaining re-imagining of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 sci-fi satire. It stars Tom Hiddleston as the newest resident on the tower block’s 25th floor, an upper-crust doctor with sympathies for the lower class, who arrives just as tensions erupt within the building, boiling over into a frenzied, hypnotic kaleidoscope of upper-class orgies and blood-spurting fistfights.

SUNDAY MAY 1
2:00 PM – The Watermelon Woman Cheryl Dunye, USA, 84 min.
Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema, restored for its 20th anniversary. When the fledgling filmmaker becomes obsessed with the “most beautiful mammy” spied in a 1930s movie, she embarks on a documentary about this “Watermelon Woman,” along the way unpacking LGBT and Black film history and finding parallels between that Depression-era actress and herself. This is social critique at its most charming and audacious.

Enhanced screening in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary - Following the screening, Dunye will appear in person for an on-stage conversation with SF State Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies, Darius Bost. Join SFIFF Expended as we explore the cultural and political impact of the first feature film directed by a Black lesbian, how its wide release to critical acclaim marked a watershed moment for the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, and the ways in which it continues to inspire filmmakers, artists and audiences around the globe.

5:00 PM – Persistence of Vision Award: An Afternoon with Aardman Animations
Established in 1997, the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award honors the achievement of filmmakers whose main body of work falls outside the realm of narrative feature filmmaking. This year, we recognize the team behind beloved animation studio Aardman. Join co-founder Peter Lord for an in-depth conversation and a filmic celebration of the studio's 40th anniversary.

From the studio’s original cel-animated sequence featuring Aardman, an inept superhero, to their visionary collaboration on the video for Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” to Nick Park’s cherished The Wrong Trousers, this program celebrating Aardman’s 40th anniversary is a lively tour through the studio’s remarkable history and a reminder of the versatility, humanism and sly charm that mark their impressive output.

MONDAY MAY 2
8:00 PM – Vampyr Live Music Score by Mercury Rev & Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins)
Continuing the Festival’s tradition of uniting contemporary musicians with classic film, Mercury Rev, joined by Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), will illuminate Carl Theodore Dreyer’s atmospheric 1932 horror classic with their shimmering sonic compositions.

Vampyr - Carl Theodore Dreyer
The great Danish filmmaker’s follow-up to The Passion of Joan of Arc, is based on elements from a book of stories by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Dreyer’s first sound film was originally shot in three languages, but is largely told with silent film style intertitles. A student visiting a village inn becomes embroiled in the strange goings-on of a mysterious doctor, an old crone and a young woman afflicted with a terrible curse. Filled with Dryer’s atmospheric black-and-white images—autonomous shadows, brooding fogs, strange reflections—the film progresses in a dream-like mood of haunted dread.

 

TUESDAY MAY 3 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


WEDNESDAY MAY 4 DOUBLE FEATURE

MOMMIE DEAREST 3:00, 8:00

Based on Christina Crawford’s best-selling tell-all exposing her years of abuse as the adoptive child of Hollywood diva Joan Crawford, this screen adaptation is today revered as a major deity in the pantheon of camp classics. Frank Perry directs fearless performances by Faye Dunaway and Diana Scarwid. (1981, 129 min, DCP)

+ GYPSY 5:25

Curtains up, light the lights—Rosalind Russell is the ultimate stage mother and Natalie Wood is Gypsy Rose Lee, featuring such classic show tunes as “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Mervyn LeRoy directs the iconic musical. (1962, 143 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 59

THURSDAY MAY 5
7:00 PM – Closing Night: The Bandit – Jesse Moss, USA, 82 min.
The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival wraps with a world-class cinematic event, special guests and a festive celebration with music, food and drinks.Attendees will close out the Festival with the Closing Night Party at Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street) at 9:00 pm. Festival goers will gather for one last blowout at Mezzanine and dance, drink, snack and revel in an incredible two weeks of cinematic adventures.

The Bandit – Jesse Moss, USA, 82 min.
An exuberant, surprisingly moving romp through 1970s pop culture, The Bandit celebrates the friendship between superstar actor Burt Reynolds and stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham, as together they create the Southern-fried classic Smokey and the Bandit. Director Jesse Moss (The Overnighters SFIFF 2014) brings great warmth and impossibly retro cool archival footage to this exceptional dual biography.

 
     
   


FRIDAY MAY 6 THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 8 SPECIAL EVENT

GREASE SING-A-LONG Fri 7:00; Sat & Sun 2:30, 7:00 Hosted by Sara Moore & Friends.

For those of you not yet converted, Grease Sing-A-Long is the blockbuster movie musical complete with tricked- out subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along to “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” all of them! 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 for the costume contest! Grease stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway and Didi Conn. Directed by Randal Kleiser. (1978, full show approx. 150 min, Digital ‘Scope)

NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
Special Admission: $16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+)

Tickets will be available day of show at our box office or can be purchased in advance via Ticketweb.

 
     
   


MONDAY MAY 9 SPECIAL EVENT

Bay Area Musicals presents A TWIST OF LIMELIGHT
Starring EDEN ESPINOSA 7:30 (doors open at 6:30 for food and drinks)

Eden Espinosa boasts "one of the most exciting voices of her generation" (Playbill)—and now you can experience it live as the Broadway star takes the historic Castro Theatre stage for A Twist of Limelight, an evening of music celebrating the launch of San Francisco's newest musical theater company, Bay Area Musicals. Best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway smash Wicked, Espinosa also played Maureen in the closing company of Rent.

Tickets Price: $30-$75
http://www.bamsf.org/twist-of-limelight/

 
 
 
 
 
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