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SF's Balboa & Vogue Theaters Celebrate Music Documentaries This May

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 30, 2015 01:48pm | Post a Comment

This May, it's all about music documentaries at the historic Balboa Theatre and Vogue Theatre and we think that rocks.

Vogue Theatre is honoring the late, great director Albert Maysles (1926 - 2015) with a festival of his films May 8 - 14. Two of the 17 films featured are his rock doc classics Gimme Shelter and Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out. These are a MUST for any Rolling Stones fan and aficionado of concert films. Get your tickets and find out more about the Albert Maysles Memorial Film Festival here!

Gimme ShelterGimme Shelter
Saturday, May 9. 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm
Gimme Shelter is the landmark documentary about the Rolling Stones US tour of 1969 that ended tragically at the ill-fated free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969.

Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!
Saturday, May 9. 10:30pm
Thursday, May 14. 9:30pm
A rarely-seen chronicle of The Rolling Stones’ epic performance at Madison Square Garden in November 1969. Albert Maysles has put together never-before seen archive footage that shows the band at its height, wowing New York audiences.

Balboa Theatre screens two soon-to-be classic documentaries with Her Aim Is True, Karen Whitehead's look into the life of rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, on May 6th and John Pirozzi's celebration of the incredible rock and roll that came from Cambodia, Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll, May 8 - 14. Get your tickets now!

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San Francisco International Film Festival Features Cibo Matto Live & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2015 05:12pm | Post a Comment

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 23 – May 7 at multiple theaters in SF and at the PFA in Berkeley. This year, SFIFF features some amazing musical events and films along with the nearly 200 films and live events. Here are three not-to-be-missed musical films and events co-sponsored by Amoeba Music.

CIBO MATTO (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 5, 8:00pm, Castro Theater
Cibo Matto’s hip-hop infused, electro pop burrowed deep into our collective earholes throughout the 1990s, becoming a symbol for the new post-genre musical cool. Experts at establishing mood and always up for an experimental challenge, the duo has developed new musical soundtracks to a number of wild and abstract short movies to be played in this one-time-only performance. Anchoring the screenings are two rare presentations of films made in 1970. First is Yoko Ono's incredible Fluxus epic Fly, which features a fly roaming a woman's body. Second is a modern re-staging of celebrated Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet—a movie that will blow your mind with its campy costumes, weird choreography, and sheer delight.

LOVE & MERCY (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 1, 6:15pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
May 4, 2:00pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
This powerful musical biopic tells Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s dramatically compelling story in—to use ancient recording jargon—two tracks. In the 1960s as the band rides surf music onto the charts, a creatively restless Wilson (Paul Dano) writes the songs that will become Pet Sounds, but alienates himself from other band members. The 1980s Wilson (John Cusack) is a shell-shocked man trying to emerge from an overmedicated isolation with the love and mercy of a good woman.

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Sin You Sinners: Joe Sarno's Civilized Sexploitation

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 9, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Sin In The Suburbsby Rebecca Burgan

In the wake of the new wave art house boom of the 1960s, sexploitation films and art films mimicked each other’s aesthetics to market to a wider audience. American auteur Joseph W. Sarno (1921-2010) produced a prolific catalog of softcore films in the '60s and '70s. Hoping that the hardcore genre was short-lived, Sarno found his niche in the arty sexploitation world, where dramatic lighting, complex sensitive characters, and female sexuality dominated. His technical skills and quick production time set him apart from other directors in the genre, whereas those with a comparable technique would have gone on to mainstream films. He directed his actors to express their anxieties and passions through realism, capturing gritty sexual emotion in its immediacy. He was a master of sexual cinematic verisimilitude.

Sarno’s films emphasize women’s relationships and women’s pleasure, whereas the men are more objectified as instruments to help achieve the female orgasm—a fairly fresh feminist notion at the time. Visual focus during orgasm was often directed at facial expressions rather than a tight zoom on some tight penetration. The sincerity of the sexual experience is revealed more intimately by the face. Gustav Machaty's 1933 Czechoslovakian art film, Ecstasy, starring Hedy Lamarr, was still pre-Code but was banned in America and in Germany by Hitler. Audiences watched Lamarr’s titillating nude body traipse through the woods and skinny dip in the lake, leading up to a moment of sexual ecstasy revealed only through a close-up on her pained face. The director employed an inspired technique of realism to achieve the right expressions from her—poking her rump off screen with a safety pin. The film was banned because of her scandalously debauched motivation for pleasure: cheating on her gross old husband. The censors decreed, you had to be married to revel in such pleasure and make faces like that. More intimate and revealing than a nude bathing scene, the close-up disturbed the Production Code censors in America, who considered even a safer, morally balanced edit of the film to be too indecent for audiences. The film was basically buried, and Lamarr was only allowed to work again if she cleaned up her act.

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Documentary "Records Collecting Dust" Plays Balboa Theatre in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 28, 2014 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Records Collecting Dust, Balboa TheatreRecords Collecting Dust, a documentary film about the music and records that changed our lives, premieres in San Francisco at Balboa Theatre on January 29th! Written and directed by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore, Records Collecting Dust documents the vinyl record collections, origins, and holy grails of alternative music icons Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles), Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag, SWA, Wurm, SST Records), Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Off!), John Reis (Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu), Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records), and over 30 other artists.

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Summer Music Documentary Series at SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 13, 2014 11:23am | Post a Comment

Starting June 12th, your Thursday nights are spoken for. San Francisco's historic Balboa Theatre brings you a summer full of exciting music documentaries, each selected for its depth-of-coverage about music crafted by strong, independent artists.

Balboa Theatre's Summer Music Documentary Series opens on Thursday, June 12th at 7:30pm with Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost), a fly-on-the-wall documentary that does indeed follow Bobby Bare Jr., son of country music legend Bobby Bare, through the sometimes lonely and disconnected turns of life on the road.

From then on, each Thursday night will bring a new film, covering a distinct vista of the global musical landscape. Many of the films are considerable in their scope, tackling the history of entire movements or genres of music. A few are more narrowly focused, giving the viewers a glimpse of one important band or musician. The selection ranges from histories of reggae and punk rock to a portrait of a globe-striding klezmer band.

Check out the full line-up and get your tickets HERE:

Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)
Thur 6/12: 7:30pm

5 Sides of a Coin
Thur 6/19: 7:30pm

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