A slick blend of art and genre cinema with a distinctly European feel, Simon Killer caught my attention when I first saw it last year at AFI Fest, after which I named it one of my most anticipated releases of the year. In the intervening time between then and its release this weekend, Killer has had a rough go of it.
SF Indiefest, the biggest little film festival San Francisco has to offer, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year. Calling it their "Quinceañera" in festival literature, the crown jewel of local impresario Jeff Ross' ever-expanding roster marks the occasion with the usual slate of heavy partying and one of its strongest festival lineups in years.
Avoid the random spurts of hail, wind and rain, and instead, get caught in a storm of retro fury. A crop top, high-waisted spandex shorts, and stripped knee-highs are essentials for roller-rink movin' and groovin'. For some added 70's fever, accessorize with gold jewelry, a silk scarf, and oversized sunglasses. Oh, and don't think we forgot about the most important part -- Black Rock Roller Disco will be onsite with skate rentals.
San Francisco's IndieFest roars into its second week at the Roxie, while this year's crop of Oscar-nominated shorts will be screening nightly at both the Lumiere Theatre and the Opera Plaza Cinema. As always, here's a list of some of the most intriguing films currently playing at an indie theater near you.
1. Je T'aime, I Love You Terminal
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
When: Feb. 14
If you've ever felt curious about the inner workings of a film festival, particularly local institutions like IndieFest, the Frozen Film Festival and Another Hole in the Head's annual celebration of horror, science fiction and fantasy, make your way to the Roxie this Saturday at noon for a rare glimpse behind the scenes.