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Oddball's Best of 2009

If you've never checked out the screenings at Oddball Film (275 Capp Street) tonight is a good night to do it. Guest curator Pete Gowdy, host of weekly listening party Shellac Shack, will present the highlights of 2009's at Oddball, showing the one or two standout shorts from each of the year's screenings. The films include "Ersatz (Substitute)," winner of the 1961 Oscar for best animated short; "One-Eyed Men Are Kings," a 1974 Oscar winner; and "Black Sabbath Parade," footage of a 1970 gay/tranny parade to welcome Black Sabbath to San Francisco. Films start at 8:30 ($10) and RSVP is required (415-558-8117 or info@oddballfilm.com).

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Hot & Bothered at the SF Independent Erotic Film Festival

Good Vibrations brings the San Francisco Independent Erotic Film Festival back for its fourth outing from September 12 through September 17. The festival starts this Saturday, September 12, with a sexy kick-off party at El Rio ($7, 9pm) featuring a screening of Courtney Trouble's Speakeasy and cigarette girls from Lusty Lady. For a trip through erotica's past, head to Amnesia on Sunday night where Dr. Carol Queen, Ph.D will host Blue Movie night, sharing clips from the 1920s through the 1960s from the Oddball Films archive. If you've always been curious about BDSM, check out Erin Palmquist's documentary BDSM: It's Not What You Think! at the Center for Sex and Culture on Tuesday at 7:30p. Wednesday evening brings a screening of the 1974 classic The Devil In Miss Jones at the Lumiere Theater followed by a Q&A with the film's star, Georgina Spelvin. All of the festival events lead up to the film competition at the Castro Theater on Thursday evening (screening at 8 pm).

Klunkerz: The Story of the Birth of Mountain Biking in Marin

After the success of their screening of Rad and May's bike-in Disposable Film Festival, SFBC is sponsoring another bike-in movie tomorrow night in the parking lot of the Good Hotel at 7th and Mission (8pm). This month's film is Klunkerz, which tells the story of the birth of mountain biking in Marin and how it spread around the world. Mountain bike legend Gary Fisher will be there for a quick Q&A session after the film. And what's a film screening without concessions? Some of SF's favorite street food like Gobba Gobba Hey and the Magic Curry Cart be nearby for a quick bite during the movie. SFBC will provide valet bike parking.

Solid Lineup of Indie Movies at This Weekend's Brainwash Movie Festival

Head to Oakland this weekend for yet another Bay Area summer film festival: the 15th annual Brainwash Movie Festival, this year at the American Steel Building (1960 Mandela Parkway). The selected twenty-three short films will be shown in two screenings, one on Friday and one on Saturday, starting around 9pm each night. Awards ceremony happens at the end of Program 2 on Saturday. Brainwash doesn't include synopses for the films, but below are four, two from each program, that look interesting:

 

 

Program 1 (Friday)

Seven Day Film Festival: Indie Shorts in Seven Days

Seven days to make a festival-ready 7-15 minute short film, from conception to polished final product? Competitors in the first ever Seven Day Film Festival will do just this from August 2 through August 9, vying for the grand prize of $1000. Like  The 48 Hour Film Project, competitors will receive "secret constraints" on the first day of the filmmaking period to ensure they can't work on the film sooner. All entries will be shown over four public screenings at the festival, held August 22nd & 23rd at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

"Sid and Nancy" at the Tenderloin's Cafe Royale

It's time for the July installment of the Incredibly Strange Picture Show, a near-monthly free movie night at the Tenderloin's cozy Cafe Royale (Wed 7/15, 8p). This month features "Sid and Nancy," the sometimes loved, sometimes reviled 1986 pseudo-biopic about Sex Pistols frontman Sid Vicious and his sordid relationship with Nancy Spungen. The movie has it all: junkie romance, drugs, violence, self-destruction, great music, and Gary Oldman in the role of Sid Vicious.

My Funny Valentino

 

For a self-described “gay man who is not interested in fashion,” Vanity Fair editor and scribe Matt Tyrnauer certainly nailed his mark on the catwalk with his first (and, yes, very fashionable) documentary film, Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Don't Be Scared

The SF Film Society U.S. premiere of Robert Mailer Anderson's

Days before Halloween, the U.S. premiere of Pig Hunt (created by director Jim Isaac, co-writers Robert Mailer Anderson and his cousin, Zack Anderson, executive producer Nicola Miner) received its SF Film Society debut at the Clay Theatre.

WildAid Celebrates Bo Derek’s Work with Peter Knights

On Thursday, June 26, guests joined Laney and Pasha Thornton at their San Francisco home to toast actress Bo Derek and celebrate her work with Peter Knights of WildAid. The celebrity-endorsed Bay Area nonprofit is dedicated to protecting endangered species in developing countries and ending the illegal wildlife trade.


Lydia Mondavi, Gillian Shenon


Steve Morgan, Mattie Morgan

VIP Pink Party at Mecca

Pride 2008 started off with a bang at the VIP Pink Party at Mecca on Wednesday, June 25. The fabulous kick-off party and red carpet event featured complimentary cocktails and nibbles courtesy of Mecca and also doubled as a fundraiser for The Pursuit of Equality, a film by director Geoff Callan.


David Cohen, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Geoff Callan


John Marez, Julie Candace
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