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From art-house classics to documentary films, from innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood: 3rd I is committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film, representing filmmakers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, The Maldives and the global South Asian Diaspora. 3rd I showcases films once a month in San Francisco and this is our premiere Film Festival. Please visit www.thirdi.org. For further information about us, or call (415) 835-4781.
My Mother India
"That rare film about an artist that is, in itself, a work of art, Rivers and Tides Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time is an extraordinary journey into the world and mind of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. A land-artist who uses materials from nature to make site-specific works, Goldsworthy allows the elements to have the last say in his beautiful creations, as his ingenious patterns of wood, leaves, stone and ice move and erode over time. German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer followed the artist for over a year in several outdoor locations, intimately documenting his improvisational process and capturing the serene spectacle of his works and their delicate changes. Although Goldsworthy's private and often ephemeral pieces have been documented extensively in still photographs, this remarkable movie uses the artist's own voice to guide usthrough his process and help us "…see something you never saw before, that was always there but you were blind to it." Winner of the Golden Gate Award at the recent San Francisco International Film Festival, Rivers and Tides is a sensual and poetic masterpiece." - Richard Peterson. Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Thomas Riedelsheimer. Music: Fred Frith. In Color. 35 mm. 90 minutes. 1.66 :1. Not Rated. Dolby SR. 2001. Germany Showtimes: Nightly at 7:00 and 9:00. Additional Sat, Sun and Wed matinees at 2:00 & 4:30
"Fascinating" -- Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle
Hidden In Plain Sight
Winner of the 2003 Award of Merit in Film at the Latin American Studies Association Film Festival in Dallas, "Hidden in Plain Sight" focuses on the curriculum of the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning in Georgia. This school (which changed its name two years ago to the "Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation") has trained tens of thousands of Latin American army officers and police officers in what is officially described as "counterinsurgency tactics." Among the school's more infamous alumni are Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and El Salvador's dictator Roberto D'Aubuisson. Each year, massive demonstrations are held outside of Fort Benning demanding that it cease operations. Yet despite a brutal record of massive human rights abuses engineered and executed by its students, the school remains operational and fully-financed. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the documentary features interviews with political thinkers (Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hitchens, Eduardo Galeano), Congresspersons (Barbara Lee, Mac Collins), Army officers (Maj. Gen. John LeMoyne),victims and social activists (Sister Dianna Ortiz) who tackle the issues of U.S. economic and military policies in Latin America, the war on drugs, and terrorism. For more info, log onto hiddeninplainsight USA, 2002. In English. 71mins., DV, COLOR This is the first film on the double bill. See showtimes above.
"A sober, focused piece that asks Americans to take another look at what is going on in their own backyard." - Dave Kehr, N.Y.Times
With the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) now branded a terrorist organization by the US, and Colombian President Pastrana unilaterally withdrawing from the peace process in February 2002, this is a very timely analysis of the 20-year war on drugs in Colombia and the realities of what is known as "Plan Colombia." A counterpoint structure and a wide range of interviews with, among others, Noam Chomsky, the late Senator Paul Wellstone, Green presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt (later kidnapped by FARC), US State Department officials, US Congress members, and Colombian farmers, rebels, social activists and military, help build an insightful analysis of the purposes behind the drug war that, in the last decade, has resulted in a twofold increase in cocaine imports to the US. Captivating, quickly paced and dense with information, this investigation opens multiple insights into a half-century of civil strife. Drawing parallels to the wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan, and, more generally, US support of South American regimes friendly to US economic interests, Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy (Hidden Wars of Desert Storm, VIFF 00) offer important observations on the grave human rights abuses and environmental destruction wrought by the plan. They also point to the role of Plan Colombia in subsidizing the US military industrial complex through aid to the Colombian military, and take on the central place of oil and corporate globalization in the current violence. For more info, blow into PlanColombia.org. Directed by by Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohey. USA, 2003, 58 min, Color, DVCam. In English, Spanish with English subtitles. This is the 2nd show on the double bill. See showtimes above.
The Roxie Cinema, Tower Records, and EMI Music are proud to present 'COLDPLAY LIVE 2003' for one week only. Recorded in Sydney in July 2003, this concert film answers fans' cries for more material from the band that won two Grammys for their sophomore album. The movie follows Brit-pop rock band Coldplay live in concert during their Rush of Blood to the Head tour. Recorded in July of 2003, the 90-minute film is compiled from Super 16 mm footage shot by acclaimed production company Done & Dusted during their shows at the Horden Pavilion. The spectacular footage includes all the hits plus a new track 'Moses' and the lost classic 'See You Soon', only previously available on Coldplay's very first Parlophone release, 'The Blue Room EP'. In English. DVD. 90 minutes. 9:30 ONLY. SEPERATE ADMISSION. No show Sat., Nov 15.
Tranny Fest is a four day extravaganza of performances, panels and parties climaxing in a marathon film festival showcasing over thirty films and videos on the sweet complexity, diversity, and sex appeal of lives lived on the gender continuum. The heart of Tranny Fest and a mega-gender extravaganza – an all-day transgender film and video festival. Six groundbreaking programs, beginning with a Youth and Family Show at 1pm. Shows at 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm. You saw it here first - 26 film and vidThe heart of Tranny Fest and a mega-gender extravaganza - an all-day transgender film and video festival. Six groundbreaking programs, beginning with a Youth and Family Show at 1pm. Shows at 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm. You saw it here first - 26 film and video premieres! For a detailed schedule, log onto: TrannyFest. Stretch your dollar and buy a Tranny Fest pass - valid for admission to all 6 programs. Tickets: $5 for 1pm Trans Youth and Family Show, Rated PG Tickets: $8 for 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, & 10pm shows Purchase tickets and passes at Roxie Cinema Box Office only Saturday Nov 15: The After Party with Fairy Butch Doors 8pm Show 9:30pm, Club Galia, 2565 Mission @ 22nd Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale The Official Tranny Fest After Party! Bring your Tranny Fest film ticket stub and get 1/2 price at the door. Host Fairy Butch offers up tranny strippers, matchmaking, giveaways, and more!
Spellbound :Nightly at 7:00 only with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:50)
Spellbound" follows eight kids of wildly disparate ethnic, class and regional backgrounds from their respective hometowns to Washington D.C. for the finals of the National Spelling Bee. Docu dispassionately examines this strange phenomenon of anachronistic Americana, created as a newspaper promotion in 1925, pursued obsessively by a bunch of children who pour thousands of hours of study into it, and covered as a sporting event by ESPN. Filmmakers heighten the tension by following the built-in drama of the bee through certain competitors whom the audience gets to know and to root for. Running time: 97 minutes. Show Times: Nightly at 7:00, additional Wed Sat & Sun matinees at (2:50)
BUS 174 is a careful investigation of the hijack of a bus in Rio, based on an extensive research of stock footage, interviews and official documents. The hijack took place in June 12, 2000 (Valentines day in Brazil) and was broadcast live for 4 and a half hours. The whole country stopped to watch the drama on TV. The film tells 2 parallel stories. Not only does it explain the dramatic events that unfolded as the police tried, and failed, to handle the hijack situation; but it also tells the amazing life story of the hijacker, revealing how a typical Rio de Janeiro street kid was transformed into a violent criminal because society systematically denied him any kind of social existence. Both stories are interwoven in a such a way that they end up explaining why Brazil, and other countries with similar social and economic problems, are so violent. Running time; 122 mins. Show Times: Nightly at 8:45, additional Wed Sat & Sun matinees at 4:40.
Lost Boys of Sudan
"Now it's clear there is no heaven on earth," says one of the thousands of the "lost boys" of Sudan after a year in the U.S. These men, a group of Sudanese orphans brought from U.N. refugee camps in 2001, could not have come from more difficult circumstances. In a country with more than two million casualties of the 47-year civil war, thousands of orphaned young boys suffered innumerable hardships and often death trying to make their way to safety. Filmmakers Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk chronicle a small group of these lost boys in their resettlement in the U.S. These young men hold high hopes of gaining enough education to cultivate a life that will someday lead them back to their own country. Peter, for instance, seeks out an education in the only way he can afford: public high school in Kansas. In this moving and often disturbing documentary, Peter's loneliness and difficulty with assimilation is palpable, as we watch him not only try to recover from his traumatic past, but survive in this new foreign land. Lost Boys of Sudan is an extraordinary account that challenges issues of immigration and foreign aid, and will leave you questioning your own beliefs about race and cultural identity. Directed by Jon Shenk, Megan Mylan THEATRICAL PREMIERE. 90mins. English, Dinka, Arabic, and Swahili with English subtitles. Digital Video. Show times: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00. Additional Wed, Sat, & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.
"From the standpoint of drama, LOST BOYS OF SUDAN is gripping...their stroies - aching with sadness and death, yet filled with promise, too - are spellbinding" - Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle
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