For two weeks (March 8th-18th), a strange sort of gravity created by SXSW brings Texas and San Francisco a whole lot closer. We lose some of our best musicians, filmmakers and party people (with expense accounts, naturally) to a head-spinning array of screenings, parties, and–if they play their cards right–some of the best barbecue they'll ever have.
1) Trance Cinema Live–An Evening of Ritual and Ecstatic States
Oddball Film + Video once again lives up to its name with this pairing of music and film. The archive presents a series of ethnographic documents of trance rituals used by various cultures around the world (sample activity: Women dance ecstatically while men climb a ladder of knives), matching some shorts with music by Jakarta-based musician and sound designer Iman Fattah. Gamelan fans rejoice!
The Oscars are this Sunday. We won't bore you with our predictions–some of the movies nominated will, invariably, win. If you care about these sorts of things, we heartily recommend The Roxie's annual Oscars get together, but do come stocked: After those first hors d'oeuvres get passed around it's a free-for-all! If you're in the mood to catch up on the nominated films, trek out to Balboa Theatre's Oscar triple feature, otherwise get weird and stay that way with this weekend's picks:
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.
Ah, spring in San Francisco: Shorts weather 'til sundown, then quick, strap on your longjohns and get thee indoors before the temperatures drop and punishing winds leave you looking like a shoddy stunt double for Lance Henricksen. With SF Indiefest in town once again, there's plenty of genre goo to keep you busy this weekend. Take a peek at the picks:
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are."
With the 49ers headed to the Superbowl next weekend, we strongly urge you to consider this one a time of rest. Practice your Journey harmonies, clean your jersey, and if time permits, enjoy a few flicks. Here's this weekend's indie picks:
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