Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aug. 31: ‘Remembering Playland at the Beach’ at Sebastiani Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

In the tumultuous history of San Francisco, two iconic spots still remain in the hearts of older generations and hold the imagination of those who never got to see for themselves. This week, a double feature of documentaries explores these two lost treasures of the city, and celebrates their legacy. ‘Remembering Playland at the Beach’ (2010) and ‘The Cliff House and Sutro Heights’ (2013) each look at the respective landmarks of SF lost to time and development. Filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. The two films play back-to-back on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St., Sonoma. Noon. $10. 707.996.9756.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aug. 22: Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Sebastopol Grange

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Presented by the Conservation Action Fund for Education, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a selection of films aimed effecting change. This year’s lineup revolves around the theme of “empowerment,” examining our energy needs and infrastructures and its impact on our ecology. The matinee feature, 2013 documentary Unacceptable Levels, looks at industrial chemicals in our everyday life. Other shorts and features include films that deal with climate change, wildlife wake-up calls and conservation. Food and drink packages and an environmental fair accompany the screenings. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes place on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 4pm. $20—$40. 707.571.8566.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 27: Garden in the Sea at Kenwood Restaurant

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Natural landscapes and environmental awareness come together in the beautiful 2011 documentary Garden in the Sea, which explores an underwater art installation located in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. This week, the documentary screens at the Kenwood Restaurant as part of a benefit for the Wine Country Film Festival. Before the film, there’s a reception, silent auction and special dinner menu available. Garden in the Sea screens on Sunday, July 27, at the Kenwood Restaurant, 9900 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 5pm. $20; $75, includes dinner. 707.935.3456.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 16: 'Moonbird' at Smith Rafael Film Center

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John Hubley is not a household name, but the animator and creator of Mr. Magoo had a storied career. He first worked for Walt Disney, acting as art director on Bambi and Pinocchio. After he created his lovable near-sighted Magoo, Hubley was blacklisted for refusing to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Undaunted, he moved to New York, opened his own studio with his wife and continued to make socially conscious animated shorts and Sesame Street segments. In honor of Hubley’s 100th birthday (he passed away in 1977), a showcase of his best work, including the Academy Award—winning Moonbird, screens on Wednesday, July 16, at the Smith Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth Stˆ., San Rafael. 7pm. $11. 415.454.1222.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 27: The Wrecking Crew at the Smith Rafael Film Center

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While superstars like Elvis and the Righteous Brothers were taking all the credit, the unsung session musicians who played the actual music remained in the liner notes, rarely getting the notice they deserved. Now a group of West Coast musicians dubbed the Wrecking Crew get their turn in the spotlight in Denny Tedesco’s documentary focusing on the players behind the hits, including the filmmaker’s late father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco. Rarely screened since its premiere in 2008, The Wrecking Crew returns to the big screen with additional interviews for a special one-time showing presented by Tedesco on Sunday, April 27, at the Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $12—$15. 415.454.1222.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 16-17: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

As universally known as Dracula and as terrifying as Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been the source of inspiration for a century of adaptations in film, television, theater and comic books. Now the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum presents the 1912 short silent film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the first known adaptation of the novella and one of the first horror movies in cinema history. Allison Fox will be on hand for a discussion of Stevenson’s influence, which includes a look at the Bugs Bunny take on the classic tale. April 16-17. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena. 7pm. Free. 707.963.3757.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 6: Willie Wonka at the Lark Theater

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going. There's no knowing where we're rowing, or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing! For the rowers keep on rowing! And they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGHHHH! The original Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , starring Gene Wilder, screens April 6, at Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 3pm.


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 7: The Punk Singer at the Arlene Francis Center

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Celebrating this year's International Women’s Day, local radio wild cards KWTF are screening the 2013 documentary film The Punk Singer. The film, directed by Sini Anderson, follows the rise and career of outspoken innovator Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and the dance-rock outfit Le Tigre. As a leading voice in a newly empowered feminist movement in punk music, Hanna became the face of the “riot grrrl” movement. The Punk Singer premiered at the South by Southwest music festival and garnered wide ranging acclaim for its frank and challenging look at Hanna’s lightning rod of a life. The Punk Singer screens Friday, March 7, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Feb.13: Freedom Riders at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

On the morning of May 4, 1961, a small gathering of civil rights activists boarded a bus in Washington, D.C., bound for New Orleans in the first Freedom Ride. That year hundreds of activists joined in, traveling to the Deep South in mixed-race groups to challenge local laws that enforced unconstitutional segregation in seating. These were the first steps in what became the American Civil Rights movement. As part of the Black History Month Film Festival at the Arlene Francis Center, the award-winning 2010 documentary Freedom Riders is screened as a benefit for the Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $5. 707.528.3009


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jan. 9 -11: French Film Celebration at the Jarvis Conservatory

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

If the words “French Cinema” don’t make you salivate with anticipation, read no further. But if you’re one of the many who can’t get enough of the country’s pioneering styles, daring scripts and risqué plot twists, then settle in for three days of Francophile heaven at Jarvis Conservatory’s French Film Celebration. On offer are Mariage à Mendoza (dir. Edouard Deluc), about two brothers on a road trip; Au Galop (dir. Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), about a torrid affair; Comme un Lion (dir. Samuel Collardey), about a teenage footballer; and J’Enrage de Son Absence (dir. Sandrine Bonnaire), about an awkward family reunion. Films run Thursday—Friday, Jan 9-11, at the Jarvis Conservatory. 1711 Main St., Napa. Times vary. $10. 707.255.5445.

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