Contest: Win Free Tickets to ATA Film Fest.


ATA’s 4th Annual Film & Video Festival kicks off next week and there will be free workshops and not-free film screenings during the fest.  Best of all, we have a free pair of tickets to give away.  So, leave a comment with your best story remotely surrounding independent film and if we like it, you’ll get the tickets.

In the event no one tells us a story, the first person to comment “I’ll take the tickets if no one enters the contest” will get ‘em.


Artists’ Television Access celebrates original, independent and underground film & video with the 4th ATA Film & Video Festival on October 21, 22 & 23, 2009.

The festival will begin, Wednesday October 21, with a free workshop on experimental film exhibition and distribution, hosted by local experimental filmmakers and distributors.

On Thursday and Friday, October 22 & 23, ATA will screen two programs of short films. Both programs offer unique representations of the myriad facets of life and feature the work of local talents including Paul Clipson, Kerry Laitala, and Tommy Becker, and international filmmakers such as Maarit Suomi-Väänänen, Chris Kennedy, Laida Lertxundi and Martha Colburn.

The screenings will be followed by musical performances and the announcement of ATA Audience Awards.

Video installations will be displayed in the ATA store front window all month long and in the gallery during the festival!

ATA is at 992 Valencia at 21st Street in San Francisco. Doors open at 7pm every night. Screenings start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $7-$10.For complete information, including interviews with filmmakers visit

El Rio Oyster Party!

Free oysters at El Rio?!  Now I’ve heard everything!


Yes, it’s true.  Free Tomales Bay oysters every Friday at 5:30 p.m.  Go on and slam back a couple.  Rumor has always had it that oysters are aphrodisiacs, after all – though pervy ole Wikipedia posits we might just all think that cuz of their “soft, moist texture and appearance.”

Get it?  They look like vaginas.

Thanks to Grub Street for the tip.

Free Slice of Escape From New York Pizza

You know those blue “ValPak” envelopes full of coupons that you never look at?  Well, there is a buy-one-get-one-free slice of pizza in there this month.  Fuck ya!  Sure, the pizza is kinda nasty, but it’s free.