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Thursday, April 24
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Tuesday, April 29, 8:00 pm
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Thursday, May 1
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An Evening with Richard Linklater
Friday, May 2, 7:00 pm
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Stephin Merritt with The Unknown
Tuesday, May 6, 8:00 pm
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Thursday, May 8
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The 2013 edition of Cinema by the Bay opens with Mitchell Altieri’s gothic drama Holy Ghost People and includes a scintillating selection of dynamic new work by established and emerging filmmakers. Following in the tradition of the Bay Area’s reputation for cinematic innovation and diversity, the program encompasses award-winning documentaries by Berry Minott and Banker White, off-beat narrative features including new work from Britta Sjogren, and Zoran Lisinac, short films by San Francisco State University alumni, and the 5th annual presentation of Essential SF, which honors the people, institutions and films that define the Bay Area film scene.


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Opening Night Party
Join director Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers after the first screening of Holy Ghost People for a fabulous and festive opening night party for Cinema by the Bay. Read more...
Friday, November 22, 9:00 pm
The Lab
2948 16th (Mission/Van Ness)
Holy Ghost People
Mitchell Altieri (USA 2013)
Mitch Altieri, one half of directing duo the Butcher Brothers, presents this unnerving descent into a cult tucked away in the Appalachian mountains which makes for tension-filled viewing indeed. Read more...
Friday, November 22, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
The Genius of Marian
Banker White, Anna Fitch (USA 2013)
In this personal ode to familial ties and legacy, Banker White (Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars) chronicles his mother Pam’s struggle with progressive dementia, and the result is a moving portrait of memory and loss. Read more...
Saturday, November 23, 12:00 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
Redemption Trail
Britta Sjogren (USA 2013)
In this new film by local filmmaker Britta Sjogren, two powerful yet troubled women flee a past that haunts them. Read more...
Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
American Vagabond
Susanna Helke (Finland/Denmark 2013)
The burgeoning community of homeless gay youths in San Francisco is dramatically brought to life in Susanna Helke’s poetic and evocative documentary. Read more...
Saturday, November 23, 4:30 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
Along the Roadside
Zoran Lisinac (Pored Puta, USA and Serbia 2013)
In this modern road movie, a San Francisco–based graphic designer flees his stable life and career when his girlfriend reveals to him that she is pregnant, and crosses paths with an untethered German tourist as he makes his way out of town towards southern California. Read more...
Saturday, November 23, 6:45 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
Street Smarts: YAK Films’ Dance Then and Now
YAK Films is an international media production team whose work with urban dance began with the legendary Turf Feinz crew in Oakland, CA, innovators of the Turf dancing style. This shorts program will trace YAK’s origins in the Bay Area and present some of their newest, unseen international works. Read more...
Saturday, November 23, 9:30 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
The SF State of Cinema: Shorts from SFSU Alumni
The Cinema Department at SFSU is an enduring educational institution that has played a critical role in defining the history of cinema in the Bay Area. This program of short films made by SFSU alumni barely scratches the surface of the great work being fostered amidst the fog at the end of 19th Avenue. Read more...
Sunday, November 24, 12:00 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
The Other Side of the Mountain
In Hak Jang (North Korea and USA 2012)
The first U.S./North Korea coproduction ever, this film is a dazzling, epic melodrama depicting the relationship between a South Korean man and a North Korean woman separated by political conflict. Read more...
Sunday, November 24, 2:15 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
Essential SF
Essential SF is the San Francisco Film Society’s ongoing compendium of the Bay Area film community’s most vital figures and institutions. This year’s inductees Richard Beggs, Nathaniel Dorsky, David Hegarty, Anita Monga and film collective Kontent Films—will be feted at this short ceremony. Read more...
Sunday, November 24, 5:00 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
The Illness and the Odyssey
Berry Minott (USA, 2013)
Local filmmaker Berry Minott takes us on an epic journey in this engaging and edifying documentary to find the cause—and perhaps the cure—of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurological disorders. Read more...
Sunday, November 24, 7:00 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
Dear Sidewalk
Jake Oelman (USA 2013)
Gardner, a 24-year old mailman, adheres to the comfort of his routine, rigidly cultivating obsessions that keep him in his small-but-safe world. This changes when he meets Paige, a newly relocated divorcee on his route, and Gardner's quarter-life crisis collides with Paige's mid-life one. Read more...
Sunday, November 24, 9:15 pm
Roxie Theater
3117 16th (Guerrero/Valencia)
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