Lots of Mission-centric fare at this year’s Frameline LGBT Film Festival

Frameline38 starts tonight! The organizers made us this handy list of Mission-related offerings:

Directors: Haley DerManouelian, Rosie Katz & Bo Brown
8 Minutes, Short
Three lost San Franciscans combat a tech worker in search of space in Dolores Park.
Film takes place in the Mission.

Director: Clio Gevirtz
5 Minutes, Short
A comedy about closeted boyfriends who outdo themselves trying to ask a girl to prom. They are in for a big surprise!
Film was produced in the Mission.

Director: Alexis Spraic
10 Minutes, Short
A look at the beloved Jason Mecier, a fine artist fashioning famous likenesses from Tina Fey to Phyllis Diller out of everything from old toothbrushes to turkey basters.
Film subject Jason Mecier lives in the Mission.

Director: Ruby Drake
7 Minutes, Short
Two girls try to work through an unexpected crisis in their friendship.
The film was created by the San Francisco Art & Film For Teenagers located in the Mission.

Get tickets and explore the festival more here.


Ghostbusters and Clueless coming soon to Dolores Park

Summertime means movies in the park! Here’s basically all you need to know:

  • Ghostbusters, June 14th
  • Clueless, August 2nd

If you want more info, SFist has the full schedule (along with drink pairing recommendations).

[Ghostbusters photo via this post; Clueless pic via this post]

Short film starring Jeff Goldblum, made late last night in the Mission

Happy Easter/4-20, ya’ll!

Hot new fetish scenario: Google employee mansplains, gets spanked

He mentions that he rides the Google Bus right off the bat. So you know it’s gonna get good.


[via Courtney Trouble]

Disposable Film Festival 2014 starts tonight!

Here’s the skinny on tonight’s opening night program:

One of the world’s “coolest film festivals” according to MovieMaker Magazine, The Disposable Film Festival premieres its 7th annual competitive shorts program here in San Francisco before screening it around the world. Be the first to see this year’s collection of the best disposable films made on everyday devices like cell phones, pocket cameras, and webcams.

The party is tonight 8-10pm at the Castro! Get tickets!

Wes Anderson retrospective at the Roxie culminates with a sneak preview of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’!

The Roxie rules, am I right? Here’s the deal:

On the eve of the release of his eighth picture, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, the Roxie is proud to present a mostly complete retrospective of Wes Anderson.  Melding influences like Charles Schutlz, Francois Truffaut, and the Kinks (to name but a few), Anderson’s meticulous, gorgeous and often melancholy menageries of sight and sound have deeply influenced a generation of moviegoers.

As an added bonus, Zissou Society Members (membership free with tickets to any of the other shows) get to see a special sneak preview of a very exciting new movie on Thursday, March 13…

Boom. Get tickets here.

How many kites can these Palestinian children get into the air at the same time?

Our good pal Roger Hill recently came back from the Gaza Strip where he worked with local children to help them create a movie about some of the things they do to cope with the harsh realities they face, and it’s being shown at 7pm this Wednesday night at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts!

Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the difficult realities they face in their daily lives. The film has been co-produced with young Palestinians in Gaza trained by the filmmakers through a youth media program called Voices Beyond Walls.

Check out all the details here.

And then the apesters moved in

And the techies complained for years.

New promo from the newest ape planet movie.

Extras needed for Diary of a Teenage Girl

With Looking, Betas and Real World: Ex-plosion now available for your viewing enjoyment, the current SF production boom continues with Diary of a Teenage Girl, now filming around town. SFist has more on it here.

Interested in a walk-on? Or at least being a blurry body in the background? Here’s the call for extras:

Do you know anyone interested in being a Background extra in SF on the film ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’?
Please put them in touch using the info below!
We especially need men with longer/shaggy hair that fits the 1970′s period – call your hippy friends!

Please have all interested email the information below to the following email:

1) Name, phone & email address
2) Are you over 18 y/o ?
3) Please attach a current photo. Candid or simple cell phone ” seflie” is fine.

All you need is hippy hair and a selfie!

Get institutionalized

Were you ever inducted into the Jejune Institute?

Back in 2008, I started seeing a bunch of Scientology-esque Memory-to-Media Center fliers around town, involving a device that could transcribe your memories and dreams onto VHS tapes, among other inconceivable claims. If you called the number on the flier, you would be led to the physical office of the Jejune Institute in the Financial District, then down a rabbit hole of scavenger hunts and mystery-solving through some of the lesser traveled nooks and crannies of San Francisco and Oakland. There was a whole host of mysterious characters and seemingly fictional organizations, including a cultish leader, a missing teenage girl, a rival organization threatening to take down the Jejune Institute, a dancing sasquatch, a bizarre low-wattage radio station broadcast from Dolores Park, and more.

It was revealed three years later that the Jejune Institute was a massive, intricate, immersive art project and alternate reality game, designed by artist Jeff Hull in order to encourage residents to explore their own city through an unlikely lens — a kind of Children’s Fairyland for adults. Around the same time, the Jejune Institute closed abruptly and left a lot of questions unanswered.

The Institute, a film by Spencer McCall, appears to be a documentary about the Jejune Institute, featuring many interviews with participants and the creator himself. However, it is not entirely clear how much of the film is real and how much of it is just another chapter to Hull’s art project. Some believe that more installments of the Jejune Institute await, and that this film is just the beginning of the next one.

The Institute is one of the most interesting and weirdly inspiring films I’ve seen lately, and it will appeal to fans of scavenger hunts, secret stairway walks, conspiracy theories, Unsolved Mysteries, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and the like. The Institute opens on Friday, October 4 and runs through Wednesday, October 9 at the Roxie.