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Best and Most Beautiful Things

Enter Michelle’s world and discover the rich interior life of this indomitable young woman, legally blind and high-functioning on the autism spectrum. Refusing to be held back by her presumed “limitations,” Michelle fearlessly pushes beyond the boundaries society and her family history would impose upon her, emerging as the unique heroine of her own story.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 2:30 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2:00 PM
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Burden

Part scientist, part engineer, and sometime punk provocateur, controversial artist Chris Burden upended expectations throughout his life. This sometimes edgy documentary traces the creative work of the “bad boy” performance artist turned elegant techno-sculptor, and offers insight into what made the man called a “magician,” “daredevil,” “sadomasochist,” and “art martyr” so unique.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 1:00 PM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 6:30 PM
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California Typewriter

Weaving three stories—of a repair business, a collector, and an artist—and including interviews with famous typewriter devotees like Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard, and David McCullough, this documentary celebrates the creative virtues and tactile joys of the typewriter. With a click-clack and ping, it’s a love letter to this humble tool.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 3:00 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 8:00 PM
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Circus Kid

Growing up isn’t easy when your father’s a clown. That’s one lesson of Lorenzo Pisoni’s moving documentary, which offers an intimate portrait of San Francisco’s famed Pickle Family Circus—a direct precursor of Cirque du Soleil—and of its driven, mercurial founder, Larry Pisoni. Don’t miss this unique glimpse of clown life. PRECEDED BY New Mo' Cut: David Peoples’ Lost Film of Moe’s Books / Circus Kid US 2015, 14 min Director Siciliana Trevino
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:00 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 5:45 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 10:00 AM
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Company Town

Local filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow take to the streets of San Francisco to track last year’s supervisor race between incumbent Julie Christensen and former supervisor and lefty firebrand Aaron Peskin. The film's real focus, however, is the way in which every resident is affected by Airbnb and the influx of tech workers. PRECEDED BY CRESCITE US 2016, 14 min Director Will Agee
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 2:00 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:00 PM
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Death by Design

Do you love your phone? Can’t imagine life without your trusty digital sidekick? After watching Death by Design, we all might pause before our next upgrade. Written, produced, and directed by filmmaker Sue Williams, this intense and illuminating documentary uncovers the nasty global underbelly of electronics manufacturing and disposal. PRECEDED BY I DON'T CARE US 2016, 5 min Director John Sanborn
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 12:15 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 6:15 PM
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Do Not Resist

Many have been alarmed by the recent spectacle of police in full riot gear and armored vehicles moving through peaceful demonstrations. Sure to spark debate, this disquieting documentary puts the viewer on the streets in the middle of the action and seeks to examine our growing culture of militarization in law enforcement. PRECEDED BY DEAN SCREAM US 2016, 10 min Director Bryan Storkel
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 3:45 PM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 2:15 PM
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The Eagle Huntress

For centuries in Mongolia, men have hunted with eagles—until 13-year-old Aisholpan decides she wants to become the very first eagle huntress. Part family-friendly documentary and part parable of female empowerment, Otto Bell’s stunning look at one young woman and her bird of prey may be the most inspiring nonfiction girl-power film of the year.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:15 AM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 12:45 PM
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 12:00 PM
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Egon Schiele—Death and the Maiden

This intimate, sensuous portrait of the great Austrian figurative painter Egon Shiele (1890-1918) captures a passionately individual young man, haunted by tragedy but driven by artistic genius, as well as erogenous attachment to a series of young muses, leading him to the edges of respectable society and the brink of disaster and madness.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 4:00 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 8:15 PM
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Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

FOCUS: CULINARY CINEMA A household name to foodies, Ella Brennan redefined American cuisine through her impeccable palate and unrivaled joie de vivre, ushering in cocktails at breakfast and jazz bands in the dining room. Acolytes from Emeril Lagasse to Paul Prudhomme celebrate the nonagenarian who combined French fine dining with soulful Louisiana creole.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 7:00 PM
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Finding Oscar

This gripping account of an investigation into the 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village turns on the search for a young survivor who later fled to the United States, throwing into relief the catastrophic impact of the US-fueled Guatemalan civil war and the resilience of those seeking justice for the many murdered and disappeared.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 3:00 PM
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 5:30 PM
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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

FOCUS: CULINARY CINEMA This documentary is a feast for the senses as the meteoric rise of this father of California Cuisine and Bay Area culinary legend is chronicled through a wealth of interviews and archival footage. Settle in for multiple courses of history, high drama, incisive character study, and lots and lots of food.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:15 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 5:00 PM
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The Last Dalai Lama?

Simple monk and geopolitical rock star, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has transformed spirituality, neuroscience, and education by adapting ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices for a secular world. Mickey Lemle updates his 1991 Compassion in Exile with this intimate look at the good humor and enduring wisdom of His Holiness.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:30 AM
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 5:00 PM
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A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet

This sensitive and engaging documentary limns the truncated, intensely lived life of heralded American poet Larry Levis and celebrates the transporting words of his unique voice. With the gorgeous Central California landscape as frequent backdrop and an evocative score by Iron & Wine, Levis’s narrative poems are given room to soar.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 8:00 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:15 AM
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Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

This premier documentary unearths rare archival material to illuminate the life of Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet and performer. James Baldwin, Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Cicely Tyson, Angelou’s son Guy Johnson, and others offer deep insights into this phenomenal woman and the power of her liberated voice.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 7:30 PM
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 12:30 PM
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Mifune: The Last Samurai

This documentary on Toshirô Mifune by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki examines the charismatic actor's dominance in Japanese cinema's golden age in collaboration with Akira Kurosawa, and his influence on Sergio Leone, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg. The first international, non-white action hero, Mifune remains matchless in cinema history.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:15 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 2:15 PM
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My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience. This energetic documentary profiles an amazing woman and brilliant scientist whose work revealed unimagined brain capabilities that forever changed our understanding of human potential. If her name isn’t yet as familiar as that of Marie Curie, it will be. PRECEDED BY A Love Poem to My Friend Ethel US 2016, 24 min Director Wendy Slick
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 6:30 PM
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 10:00 AM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:15 AM
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My Scientology Movie

My Scientology Movie is not an exposé on the controversial religion. Rather, it's a look at what it's like to try and make a movie about the secretive group. (In a word: nuts.) British presenter Louis Theroux makes for a droll host in a film that mixes interviews with church ex-members, on-the-ground reporting, and bizarre reenactments.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 6:15 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 5:30 PM
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