Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sept. 28: 'Where Soldiers Come From' at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

“Supporting the troops” takes on many forms more complex than waving a plastic made-in-China flag, and one such way is to tell a soldier’s story. Heather Courtney returned to her snowy Michigan hometown to make the documentary ‘Where Soldiers Come From,’ which follows a group of friends who are lured into the Army by signing bonuses and college-tuition support. After a mission in Afghanistan sweeping for roadside bombs, the young men return disillusioned in their commitments and plagued by PTSD. That’s when their true challenges begin—as returning veterans, at just 23 years old. See Where Soldiers Come From as part of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival's "Best of the Fest" on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol. 4:30pm and 7pm. $10. 707.829.4797.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sept. 25: 'Grand Hotel' at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Greta Garbo. Joan Crawford. Not one, but two Barrymores. Aspiring stars, jewelry theft, brutish fighting, drunken foibles, and the famous line, “I want to be alone.” All these things and more make up ‘Grand Hotel,’ presented this week in the Napa Valley Opera House’s classic film series. Named Best Picture in 1932, the film holds up tremendously well, not only for its pioneering plot of interweaving characters and unusual cinematography, but for sheer old-Hollywood star power. There’s a thrilling climax involving a rotary phone, too, that can’t be beat—and that couldn’t possibly be effective with a lousy four-inch, 3.95-ounce iPhone 5. See Grand Hotel on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $7. 707.226.7372.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 29: Pink Ribbons, Inc. at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

In the early ’90s, Charlotte Haley began a grassroots movement to increase breast-cancer awareness. She attached salmon-colored ribbons to her mailers, a campaign that attracted skin-product giant Estée Lauder. Haley sent away the company’s reps, wanting nothing to do with cause marketing. Estée Lauder responded by creating the pink ribbon, kicking off the co-opting of breast-cancer fundraising by corporations and untrustworthy charities. Such is the story of ‘Pink Ribbons, Inc.,’ a documentary following the money trail of breast-cancer fundraising in the age of the Susan B. Komen / Planned Parenthood drama and middle-school boys flaunting “I Love Boobies” bracelets. The film opens Friday, June 29, at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $10.50. 415.4554.1222.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 26: The Man Who Knew Too Much at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Intrigue and suspense run high when the Napa Valley Opera House’s Tuesday Night Flicks series screens Alfred Hitchcock’s 1957 self-remake of ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much,’ a Technicolor thriller starring Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day caught in an assassination plot and kidnapping in Morocco. The film is introduced by host Richard Miami, the ever-knowledgeable Napa County native who hosted weekly classic movie nights at COPIA before its closing. Watch Doris Day’s Oscar-winning performance of “Que Sera, Sera,” on Tuesday, June 26, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $7. 7pm. 707.226.7372.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June 6: Mark Cantor's 'Jazz Night at the Movies' at the Raven Theater

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Over 4,000 clips strong, the incredible film archive of Mark Cantor is a jazz lover’s dream: rare and unseen live footage of greats like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Chet Baker abound. But since Cantor’s collection is almost entirely on actual film, chances to see it strung through a projector are rare. This week, Cantor stops by the Healdsburg Jazz Festival to present Jazz Night at the Movies, a selection of his films screened with Cantor’s own funny, insightful commentary—a combination that often turns casual jazz fans into obsessives. Be inspired by jazz legends on Wednesday, June 6, at the Raven Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 7pm. $10. 707.433.4633.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19-26: Tiburon International Film Festival

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

It’s that time of the year again—time for the 11th annual Tiburon International Film Festival! Providing movie enthusiasts with over 100 different films from 50 countries, this year’s lineup promises nonstop movies from up-and-coming film directors, as well as old hands. Moviegoers will also have a chance to hear professor of cinema Joseph McBride from San Francisco State University. A screenwriter and author, McBride has written biographies of Steven Spielberg and John Ford. On Friday, April 27, there will also be a dinner and awards ceremony at Sam’s Restaurant. Why settle for daytime television and mediocre rom-coms? Get out to this international experience and follow TIFF’s motto by “Understanding the World through Film.” It runs this Thursday, April 19, until Thursday, April 26. Various locations. For complete schedule and pricing, see or call 415.789.8835.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 22: Mozart's Sister at the Napa Valley Museum

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, asking that he and his compatriots—toiling in Philadelphia over the Declaration of Independence—“Remember the Ladies, & be more generous & favourable to them than your ancestors.” Some 4,200 miles abroad in Salzburg, Austria, that same year, Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart’s prodigious musical gifts withered from the very gender inequities Abigail spoke against. When younger brother Wolfgang showed promise, Nannerl’s father hastily swapped his children’s places and forbid her from ever playing the violin or composing again. Since then, Nannerl’s story has all but vanished, but ‘Mozart’s Sister’ reimagines the early years of Nannerl’s life through the eyes of French director René Péret, with his daughter, Maria Péret, cast in the leading role. Enjoy a special screening of the film on Thursday, March 22, at the Napa Valley Museum. 55 Presidents Cir., Yountville. 7pm. $10. 707.944.0500.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 18: I'm Here at Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The hard drive of a computer is a mysterious place that most humans dare not attempt to fully understand. Is it all wires and hardware? Or is it the computer’s soul? This week, robotics professor Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley will screen the short film ‘I’m Here,’ a computer love story from director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, various kickass music videos). In this short science-fiction romance between two computers in the everyday world, professor Goldberg presents his examples of new robots in relation to his research in “superhuman surgery” and “cloud robotics.” In other words, computers might have feelings too, so think twice before calling your computer every name in the book when it’s running really slow. See the film on Sunday, March 18, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $12. 7pm. 415.454.1222.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Feb. 13: 'Dr. StrangeLove' at Mill Valley Library

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Did someone call for a doctor? After the inevitable candy-eating binge from Valentine’s Day weekend, some of us might soon be feeling a little sick to the stomach. What might make a proper preemptive prescription is the 1964 cult classic ‘Dr. Strangelove.’ Screening for free as part of the Political Satire Series at the Mill Valley Library, this black comedy pokes more than a little fun at the nuclear-warfare scare of the Cold War era. The black-and-white cinematography provides a classic feel to the timeless film that contrasts with its heavy, heady message. It’ll make you laugh, think and likely theorize a bit about our current era. Whether you’ve seen it 20 times or not at all, mark the calendar for Monday, Feb. 13, at the Mill Valley Library. 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. Free. 415.389.4292.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jan. 1: 'Casablanca' at Cameo Cinema

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Every year, the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena asks their audience to vote on which film they’d like to see, for free, on New Year’s Day. This year the running was tight, but the choice was ‘Casablanca.’ Winning by only six votes over Midnight in Paris, the timeless Humphrey Bogart / Ingrid Bergman classic screens free of charge, although tickets are required and available for pickup in advance at the theater. Relive the magic on Sunday, Jan. 1, at Cameo Cinema. 1340 Main St., St. Helena. Noon. Free. 707.963.9779.

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