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    Tuesday, May 2
    6:00 PM
    Celebrate peace, love, and Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia with an unforgettable gala and art auction benefitting BAMPFA.
    At BAMPFA
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    12:15 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    • Cal Students | Members
    Wednesday, May 3
    12:15 PM
    MATRIX artist Contis talks about her photographs and shifting notions of place, identity, and gender in the American West.
    At BAMPFA
    Free with admission
    Cal Students | Members
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Wednesday, May 3
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, May 3
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    Wednesday, May 3
    7 PM
    John Cassavetes,
    United States,
    1974,
    (155 mins)

    Restored 35mm Print

    Cassavetes’s masterpiece retains the power to unnerve with its raw, often harrowing depiction of a blue-collar Los Angeles family, with Gena Rowlands in an Oscar-nominated performance as a housewife on the verge.
    At BAMPFA
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    1 PM
    Thursday, May 4
    1 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, May 4
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Thursday, May 4
    4–7 PM
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free
    Thursday, May 4
    7 PM
    Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet,
    France, Italy,
    2005,
    (109 mins)
    The musings of the gods are brought to the earthly realms of contemporary rural Italy in Straub and Huillet’s re-creation of Cesare Pavese’s 1947 book Dialogues with Leucò. With Proposition in Four Parts.
    At BAMPFA
    All Day
    Thursday, May 4
    All Day
    Galleries free all day.
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free
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    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, May 5
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Friday, May 5
    6 PM

    Programmed by Sunnylyn Thibodeaux

    Poets McNaughton and Cole read their work.
    At BAMPFA
    Series Readings 2017
    Friday, May 5
    7 PM
    John Cassavetes,
    United States,
    1978,
    (108 mins)
    Cassavetes’s Sunset Strip neo-noir is centered around a “classy” strip club and its proprietor (Ben Gazzara). “The curdled charm of Gazzara's lopsided grin has never been more to the point” (Time Out).
    At BAMPFA
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    1 PM
    Saturday, May 6
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, May 6
    1:30 PM
    3 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    • Educators & Researchers
    Saturday, May 6
    3 PM
    Uday Shankar,
    India,
    1948,
    (155 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    This gorgeous experimental drama, the only film by celebrated dancer Uday Shankar (brother of Ravi Shankar), is the semi-autobiographical story of a young man’s dream to establish an arts academy in the Himalayas.
    At BAMPFA
    Educators & Researchers
    • Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
      Introduction
      Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, film archivist and restorer, and the founder-director of Film Heritage Foundation (FHF).
    Saturday, May 6
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, May 6
    4 PM
    Join the artist for an exhibition walkthrough focusing on her use of photography and archival research to explore the relationship of bodies and landscape. Deep Springs College alumnus Abdramane Diabate joins Contis in conversation.
    At BAMPFA
    Free with admission
    6:30 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    • Educators & Researchers
    Saturday, May 6
    6:30 PM
    Shivendra Singh Dungarpur,
    India,
    2012,
    (164 mins)

    Archival Print

    Celebrate a passion for film with this portrait of the pioneering efforts of film preservationist P. K. Nair, who founded the National Film Archive of India in 1964. “One of the best movies ever made about cinema ” (Mark Cousins).
    At BAMPFA
    Educators & Researchers
    • Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
      In Person
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    2 PM
    Sunday, May 7
    2 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    2 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, May 7
    2 PM
    Jean-Marie Straub,
    France, Switzerland,
    2014,
    (103 mins)
    This digital meditation on struggle and resistance “is the closest Straub has come to an autobiographical film” (Artforum). With shorts The Algerian War! and The Aquarium and the Nation.
    At BAMPFA
    Sunday, May 7
    3-6:25 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4:15 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, May 7
    4:15 PM
    John Cassavetes,
    United States,
    1959,
    (74 mins)

    Restored 35mm Print

    Time never caught up with Cassavetes’s first film; his tale of three black Manhattanites is still inherently hip, mordantly funny, terribly sad, and very New York.
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    Sunday, May 7
    7 PM
    Alejandro Jodorowsky,
    Mexico,
    1973,
    (115 mins)
    One man’s (acid) trip toward enlightened consciousness heads across deserts, galaxies, islands, and more. The most outrageously psychedelic film ever made: you can’t understand the early 1970s without this.
    At BAMPFA
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    Wednesday, May 10
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, May 10
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    7 PM
    Wednesday, May 10
    7 PM
    John Cassavetes,
    United States,
    1978,
    (144 mins)
    Cassavetes’s tribute to acting, actors, and the search for artistic integrity centers around a successful stage actress (Gena Rowlands) grappling with her character. “Cassavetes's most cleverly constructed film” (The New Yorker).
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, May 10
    7 PM

    Programmed by Sarah Cahill

    An evening of music by the composer Lou Harrison, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
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    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, May 11
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Thursday, May 11
    7 PM
    (66 mins)
    The visionary Bay Area filmmaking collective Canyon Cinema has been expanding cinema—and minds—since 1967. This program of shorts includes works by Bruce Baillie, Warren Sonbert, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Gunvor Nelson, Peter Rose, Beverly and Tony Conrad, and more.
    At BAMPFA
    In Conversation
    • Antonella Bonfanti
      Antonella Bonfanti is director of the Canyon Cinema Foundation; committed to building community around film, she has organized screenings and events across North America.
    • Edith Kramer
      Edith Kramer was manager of Canyon Cinema from 1967 to 1970 and film curator at SFMOMA before joining the BAMPFA staff in 1975; she was senior film curator and PFA director from 1983 until her retirem
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    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, May 12
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    6 PM
    Friday, May 12
    6 PM
    A reading and release party for a new publication in response to Country Women, a magazine created in the 1970s by women living in communes in Mendocino County.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Series Readings 2017
    7 PM
    • Film
    Friday, May 12
    7 PM
    John Cassavetes,
    United States,
    1970,
    (138 mins)

    Restored 35mm Print

    Three middle-aged suburban buddies (Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk) go on a forty-eight-hour bender after another friend’s funeral in this savagely funny, unsentimental dissection of the blustering, bilious midlife male.
    At BAMPFA
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    1 PM
    Saturday, May 13
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, May 13
    1 PM
    Could rural communes be the template for a new geography of creativity? Ramón Sender Barayón, Erin Elder, and Fritz Haeg discuss the question along with moderator Greg Castillo.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    11:30–1 PM
    Saturday, May 13
    11:30–1 PM

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

    Explore the history of the recycle symbol and become an ambassador for the planet while creating your own educational posters.
    At BAMPFA
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    • Jill McLennan
      With artist
      Jill McLennan documents her constantly changing urban environment in paintings and mixed-media artworks that explore history, industry, and urban nature, imbued with a hopeful, futuristic vision.
    1–2:30 PM
    Saturday, May 13
    1–2:30 PM

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

    Explore the history of the recycle symbol and become an ambassador for the planet while creating your own educational posters.
    At BAMPFA
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    • Jill McLennan
      With artist
      Jill McLennan documents her constantly changing urban environment in paintings and mixed-media artworks that explore history, industry, and urban nature, imbued with a hopeful, futuristic vision.
    Saturday, May 13
    3 PM

    Recommended for ages 8 and up (younger kids welcome as listeners)

    Read the beginning of Blume’s portrait of a boy and his boisterous little brother, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.
    At BAMPFA
    Free for kids plus one accompanying adult
    Families
    • Adoria Williams
      Reading led by
      Adoria Williams is a librarian at Jefferson Elementary School, Berkeley.
    Saturday, May 13
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    5:30 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, May 13
    5:30 PM
    John Cassavetes,
    United States,
    1980,
    (123 mins)
    A former gangster’s moll (Gena Rowlands) takes on the mob—while protecting a Puerto Rican orphan—in pre-gentrification, graffiti-tagged early 1980s New York. “A commercial film . . . turned into a slice of pure avant-garde” (Dave Kehr).
    At BAMPFA
    8 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, May 13
    8 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1974,
    (123 mins)
    Fellini’s free-spirited portrait of Rimini in the 1930s, when fascism was a fact of life, shines in this new print. “A film of exhilarating beauty” (New York Times).
    At BAMPFA
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    2 PM
    Sunday, May 14
    2 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    Sunday, May 14
    3-6:25 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, May 14
    4 PM
    Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub,
    France, Germany,
    1996,
    (102 mins)
    An opera film with all attention on the performances and the music, and a thing of beauty. A husband and wife return from a party and begin to speak and sing of romantic rivals and possibilities. With shorts The Inconsolable One and Dialogue with Shadows.
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    Sunday, May 14
    7 PM
    John Cassavetes,
    United States,
    1984,
    (141 mins)
    Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands star in this film about the blows and buttresses of family. “A mighty, intimate, kaleidoscopically subjective, bravely self-searching summation of a career, an era, and a life” (The New Yorker). 
    At BAMPFA
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    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Wednesday, May 17
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, May 17
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    6 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    • Cal Students | Members
    Wednesday, May 17
    6 PM
    Meet the 2017 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program as they talk about their recent work. 
    At BAMPFA
    Free with admission
    Cal Students | Members
    7–9 PM
    Wednesday, May 17
    7–9 PM
    (120 mins)

    For BAMPFA members and guests of the artists

    Join us for a reception to celebrate the 2017 MFA graduates of UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice.
    At BAMPFA
    Open to BAMPFA members and guests of the artists
    Members
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    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, May 18
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    • Art
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, May 18
    7 PM
    (150 mins)
    Join us to celebrate the psychedelic art form of live light performance at this festival of live music and visual wizardry.
    At BAMPFA
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    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, May 19
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    • Art
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Friday, May 19
    7 PM
    (150 mins)
    Join us to celebrate the psychedelic art form of live light performance at this festival of live music and visual wizardry.
    At BAMPFA
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    1 PM
    Saturday, May 20
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    2 PM
    • Art
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, May 20
    2 PM
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the psychedelic art of the light show at this gathering of members of original performance groups as well as recent innovators.
    At BAMPFA
    Free with admission
    Saturday, May 20
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    • Art
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, May 20
    7 PM
    (150 mins)
    Join us to celebrate the psychedelic art form of live light performance at this festival of live music and visual wizardry.
    At BAMPFA
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    11–3 PM
    • Free
    • In-Person
    • Tours
    • Families
    Sunday, May 21
    11–3 PM
    Bring the family to join in a full day of art making, exhibition tours, and music with the Bug Family Band—all admission free!
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission!
    Families
    Sunday, May 21
    3-6:25 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
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    6 PM
    Friday, May 26
    6 PM

    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

    Join multidisciplinary dance-performance artist Pridgen for a discussion and introductory workshop exploring the communal dance practice of the masquerade.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
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    1 PM
    Saturday, May 27
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
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    7 PM
    Wednesday, May 31
    7 PM
    Philip Kaufman,
    United States,
    1978,
    (114 mins)
    A remake of the classic 1956 sci-fi flick, adapted from Jack Finney’s novel about an alien invasion, here set in San Francisco. Starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, and Jeff Goldblum.
    At BAMPFA
    In Conversation preceding the screening
    • Philip Kaufman
    • David Thomson
      David Thomson is author of The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies—and What They Have Done to Us; Have You Seen . . . ?
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    12:15 PM
    Thursday, June 1
    12:15 PM
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission; no advance reservation required
    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • Free
    • Educators & Researchers
    Thursday, June 1
    4–7 PM
    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays and get an up-close view of treasures from the BAMPFA collection.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    Educators & Researchers
    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, June 1
    7 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky,
    Germany, USSR,
    1979,
    (163 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    A writer, a scientist, and their “stalker” guide venture into a mysterious wasteland known as the Zone. “A dense, complex, often contradictory, and endlessly pliable allegory about human consciousness” (Slant).
    At BAMPFA
    • Geoff Dyer
      Introduction
      Geoff Dyer, writer in residence at the University of Southern California, is the author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction; his latest, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, will be publi
    All Day
    Thursday, June 1
    All Day
    Galleries free all day.
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free
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    7 PM
    Friday, June 2
    7 PM
    Juan Carlos Rulfo,
    Mexico,
    2017,
    (120 mins)
    A very personal profile of the great Mexican author and photographer Juan Rulfo, created by his son Juan Carlos, whose film In the Pit won Best Documentary at Sundance.
    At BAMPFA
    In Conversation
    • Juan Carlos Rulfo
    • Jorge Ruffinelli
      Jorge Ruffinelli, a professor in the department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University, is the author of numerous books on Latin American literature and cinema, and is an a
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    Saturday, June 3
    1–5 PM
    Create colorful drawings of rainbows in an artist-led workshop. Your art could be shown in BAMPFA’s Ugo Rondinone exhibition this summer!
    At BAMPFA
    Ages 4 to 10 with accompanying adult(s)
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    3 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    • Families
    Saturday, June 3
    3 PM
    Agnieszka Holland,
    United States,
    1993,
    (103 mins)

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

    A lonely but enterprising young girl discovers a secret garden on her uncle’s isolated estate in this magical adaptation of the famed children’s novel. “Elegantly expressive . . . celebrating nature as a force for freedom” (New York Times).
    At BAMPFA
    Families
    • Caroline Paul
      Introduction
      Caroline Paul is the author of four books, including Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology and the New York Times bestseller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic A
    Saturday, June 3
    5:30 PM
    Neil Ortenberg, Daniel O’Connor,
    United States,
    2007,
    (127 mins)
    Go behind the scenes of the legendary Grove Press, publisher of Samuel Beckett, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more, in this illuminating documentary and testament to free speech. With A Very British Pornographer: The Jack Kahane Story.
    At BAMPFA
    • Robert Scheer
      Introduction
      Robert Scheer, known for his fearless journalism, cofounded the online progressive news magazine Truthdig.
    8:30 PM
    Saturday, June 3
    8:30 PM
    Paul Schrader,
    United States,
    1985,
    (120 mins)

    Director’s Cut

    Paul Schrader and his brother Leonard joined together with Bay Area producer Tom Luddy for this rich, compelling profile of the controversial Japanese literary giant Yukio Mishima, who committed suicide in 1970 after a failed coup attempt.
    At BAMPFA
    • Rachel Kushner
      Introduction
      Rachel Kushner is the author of two novels, The Flamethrowers and Telex from Cuba, both of which were finalists for the National Book Award, as well as The Strange Case of Rachel K, a collection of sh
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    3 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Sunday, June 4
    3 PM
    Clarence Brown,
    United States,
    1949,
    (89 mins)
    A proud black man who refuses to stand down to racism finds an unlikely friend in a young white boy (played by Claude Jarman, Jr.) in this extraordinary adaptation of the Faulkner classic.
    At BAMPFA
    • Claude Jarman, Jr.
      In Person
      Actor Claude Jarman, Jr. was discovered by MGM and cast in The Yearling; other roles include parts in Rio Grande and The Intruder.
    5:45 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Sunday, June 4
    5:45 PM
    Doug Nichol,
    United States,
    2016,
    (103 mins)
    This hymn to the ordinary typewriter is also a portrait of the countless artists, writers, and collectors (including Tom Hanks and Sam Shepard) who remain steadfast in their love and loyalty. “Pure typewriter heaven” (Don DeLillo).
    At BAMPFA
    In Person
    • Doug Nichol
    • Steve Wasserman
      Steve Wasserman is publisher and executive director of Heyday Books.
    • Jeremy Mayer
      Jeremy Mayer is an artist who makes sculptures from disassembled typewriters.
    • Herbert Permillion III
      Herbert Permillion III is the owner of California Typewriter in Berkeley.
    • Ken Alexander
      Ken Alexander is a typewriter repairman at California Typewriter.
    8:30 PM
    Sunday, June 4
    8:30 PM
    Tomás Gutiérrez Alea,
    Cuba,
    1968,
    (97 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    This groundbreaking Cuban work explores the experiences and reveries of a bourgeois writer after the revolution. “A profound, noble film” (New York Times).
    At BAMPFA
    • Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
      Introduction
      Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World and the coeditor of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas.