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Upcoming Film Series

link image thumbnail Alternative Visions
September 3 - November 19
Our annual fall series featuring avant-garde cinema includes guest presentations by filmmakers Laura Heit and Jerome Hiler, as well as a centennial tribute to local luminary James Broughton and a selection of films by a new generation of local artists. Two programs explore expanded projections, films with two images side by side or superimposed. Leslie Thornton also presents two programs of her work as part of our series Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation.


link image thumbnail Eyes Wide: The Films of Stanley Kubrick
September 4 - October 31
This complete Kubrick retrospective begins with his first feature, 1953’s Fear and Desire, an existentialist exercise in the futility of war, and ends with Eyes Wide Shut, an absurdist exercise in the depths of the erotic, released after his death in 1999. These thirteen films, made over a span of forty-six years, reveal the ever-curious, pessimistic, and meticulous mind of one our great directors.


link image thumbnail Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
September 5 - September 5
This new Danish documentary following the Chinese dissident artist after his release from imprisonment for the “subversion of state power” sets the stage for I’m Weiwei, our film series on human rights coming this November and December.


link image thumbnail James Dean, Restored Classics from Warner Bros.
September 5 - September 20
This series dedicated to the iconic actor showcases beautiful new digital restorations of the three films James Dean made for Warner Brothers: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant.


link image thumbnail Activate Yourself: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty
September 11 - October 30
Activate Yourself brings together punchy, probing documentaries and feature films that testify to the expansive influence of the Free Speech Movement, born on the UC Berkeley campus fifty years ago this October. Expect a bevy of special guests at each screening, including veteran activists, experts on free speech, filmmakers, and others who witnessed Berkeley in the sixties. But don’t just watch, activate.


link image thumbnail Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema
September 12 - October 23
This installment of our Godard retrospective focuses on the period 1968 to 1979, when the French New Wave director turned to the problem of how to “make films politically.” It includes work made with Jean-Pierre Gorin under the banner The Dziga Vertov Group—Gorin joins us in person for an illustrated lecture and to introduce Ici et ailleurs—and experimental works made in collaboration with Anne-Marie Miéville in the 1970s. We conclude with Godard’s “second first film,” Every Man For Himself; his return to narrative, Godard-style, is featured in the next installment of our series, which continues through April 2015.


link image thumbnail Banjo Tales and Musical Holdouts
September 16 - September 16
Join us for the world premiere of Banjo Tales, copresented with the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. Yasha Aginsky’s film follows the legendary folklorist and string-band performer Mike Seeger (1933–2009) as he travels through Appalachia in search of traditional banjo players. Expect some live clawhammer-style banjo picking and special guest Alexia Smith, Mike Seeger’s widow. Plus John Cohen will introduce his short film Musical Holdouts.


link image thumbnail Discovering Georgian Cinema
September 26 - April 19
Inspired by BAM/PFA’s significant holdings of Soviet Georgian films, Discovering Georgian Cinema explores the rich cinematic tradition that has emerged from this distinctive cultural milieu during the past century. Including over fifty programs presented over seven months, this series offers multiple opportunities to encounter an impressive range of stylistic approaches and thematic concerns, as well as lyrical depictions of Georgia’s spectacular landscape.


link image thumbnail Film Course: Spotlight on Georgian Cinema
September 29 - October 27
A five-week film course offered in conjunction with the series Discovering Georgian Cinema, gives you the opportunity to view 35mm archival prints and learn more about Georgian history, geography, and culture, as well as the stylistic traditions of Georgian cinema, from leading authorities.


link image thumbnail Endless Summer Cinema
October 3 - October 10
Join us for two evenings of free films under the stars across the street from our future home in downtown Berkeley. Pedal on over on Friday, October 3 for Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and let your hair grow in time for This Is Spinal Tap on Friday, October 10. On the Crescent Lawn, Oxford Street between Center & Addison Streets.


link image thumbnail Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien
October 10 - December 14
We are pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien, “the world’s greatest working narrative filmmaker” (J. Hoberman), who first came to prominence as a key figure of the New Taiwan Cinema movement of the 1980s. Our series begins in October with Hou’s early works, including screenings of his first three, extremely rare commercial films. The series continues through mid-December, with such acclaimed titles as Dust in the Wind, Flowers of Shanghai, and Café Lumière. "The twenty-first century belongs to Asia, and Hou is its historian, its prophet, and its poet laureate" (Jonathan Rosenbaum).


link image thumbnail Afterimage: Leslie Thornton
October 15 - October 16
New York–based experimental filmmaker Leslie Thornton combines original and found footage, sound, and texts to create indefinable works that cross narrative, science fiction, ethnography, and documentary forms. She presents her work and joins in conversation with Pooja Rangan, assistant professor of culture and media at the New School in New York, on October 15 and 16.