One of my big gripes about San Francisco is that there is always something awesome going on. From high-brow fancy-pants theater to gutter-level street art violence, you are never at a lack of things to do. Film-wise, pretty much every night you can go see an amazing movie or witness some kind of film-ish shenanigans. Tonight is no different. Fridays are for film.
Oakland Underground Film Festivals’s Local Shorts
If you haven’t noticed, the folks over at Oakland Underground Film Festival have done a bang-up job identifying and promoting Bay Area filmmakers. Apart from their yearly festival, they also run a film series at Jack London Square. Tonight they sceen a handful of local film ranging from “visual poetry, urban funk and psychedelic fairy tales.”
The Oakland Underground Film Festival in partnership with Jack London Square presents an exciting spring and summer series of films, performances, and art installations. Join us in the amazing 33,000 square-foot waterfront Pavilion Theater (98 Broadway, Jack London Square) to enjoy some of the very best local filmmakers, projection and installation artists, musicians, and surprise guest speakers.
Artists’ Television Access
This unkillable, unstoppable, unfathomable, unbelievable film and video institution has been around since the dawn of man (Early 80’s, actually. Same thing). Tonight they are screening another fine piece of work from filmmaker John Paizs.
Top of The Food Chain
“ATA is screening for one night only the hilarious ” Top of The Food Chain” By John Paizs. If you came out for “Crime Wave” last month this story of cannibals from outer space will not disappoint you, clearly something odd is mysteriously going on in the tiny town of Exceptional Vista. And the result? Definitely spectacular though probably as much an aquired taste as the late night B-Movies that inspired it.
Once given abit of time to get rolling however, Top of the Food Chain’s full impact sneaks up on you. By the end, the amateur autopsies, blithely offhand resurrections and Scott’s he/she rubber friend- as well as a nutty aria about our lady of Fatima’s hat that Exceptional Vista resident sexpot sings instead of saying grace over dinner – will either have alienated you completely or enticed you wholeheartedly into a world far beyong the boundaries of everyday imagination. Those are just a few of the terrifically ironic surprises that await you when you come to ATA to see Top of the Food chain.”
Oddball Film + Video
Film curation is the art of dedication. One must be ready to slog through countless hours of tedious, horrific and crypically grim footage to really find the sparkly gems. Fortunalty, the people at Oddball Film+Video (previously) have done the heavy sifting for us and presented some of their preferred works. This screening is RSVP only.
Our monthly showcase of new films features buried junk and the rarest of gems, including “Oil in Your Engine “, an oddly experimental “oil science” film by British Petroleum, “And Then It Happened”, the quintessential tragi-comic school bus safety film, “America For Me”, a 1952 Technicolor tour of the USA via Greyhound bus, “Jammin’ the Blues”, the greatest jazz film ever made, “Kheturni Bayo”, a eloquent doc about Indian farm women and family life, rare color footage of “The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse”, the most spectacular bridge collapse in history, “Little Smokey: The True Story of Smokey the Bear” (the only bear ever to get his own zip code!) as told by screen legend Hopalong Cassidy. Plus many more oddball commercials, trailers and found films.
So get out there is see some good film. Or slink over to your local megaplex and catch The A-Team. I hear it’s terrifically mediocre!