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3 Still Standing

This loving, lively documentary captures the triumphs and struggles, the art and dedication, of Will Durst, Johnny Steele, and Larry “Bubbles” Brown, three standup comics who helped define a legendary era of radical San Francisco comedy in the 1980s-and who still bring it every time.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 5:00 PM
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 1:30 PM
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 2:15 PM
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5@5 One Time One Night

“A wise man was telling stories to me, about the places he had been to and the things that he had seen.” These true-life tales roam Northern California to spotlight the dedicated, passionate people who make it the place to be.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 5:00 PM
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 9:15 PM
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The Art of Life

This trio of shorts delves into the lives and decades-long careers of three brilliant Bay Area artists: sculptor Jerome Kirk, metal artist Victor Ries, and painter Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 4:00 PM
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 6:15 PM
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Capturing Grace

This inside look at a unique dance program for adults with Parkinson’s, led by a former company member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, challenges our expectations about illness and art.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 6:00 PM
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 1:45 PM
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 5:00 PM
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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

Turn on, tune in, and drop out, but don’t forget to “be here now” for this fascinating documentary—narrated by Robert Redford—on the lifelong friendship between counterculture titans who tore down the doors of perception through fearless exploration of psychotropic drugs and Eastern spiritualism.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 4:00 PM
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 1:45 PM
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 11:45 AM
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Finding the Gold Within

Bay Area filmmaker Karina Epperlein follows six black college freshmen, alumni of the unique Ohio mentoring program Alchemy, Inc., and well-equipped with self-confidence and critical-thinking skills, as they leave home for the first time.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 8:00 PM
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 8:00 PM
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 4:15 PM
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For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Tracing Rodrigo y Gabriela’s career as they develop their own unique version of acoustic metal with flamenco and salsa influences, this aptly titled filmic salute is a primer on how to persevere and stay true to your music.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 8:00 PM
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 2:15 PM
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F R E E

In this stirring, up-close documentary, a group of Oakland teens find personal liberation and mutual support while working toward a collaborative performance at Destiny Arts Center, turning the courage, determination, and stamina demanded of their lives into a contagious joy.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 7:30 PM
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 2:30 PM
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Gardeners of Eden

Even in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, elephants are killed by poachers for their tusks. This beautifully photographed film depicts the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s efforts to care for the orphaned babies and eventually reintroduce them to the wild.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 2:00 PM
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 4:45 PM
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 11:45 AM
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How I Came to Hate Math (Comment j'ai détesté les maths)

Mathematics gets a bad rap, but as French filmmaker Olivier Peyon proves, it’s a subject that can be poetic and practical and have a profound effect on our everyday lives. This whimsical, free-form exploration of how math gives us the equations to fuel human advancement is anything but by-the-numbers.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 4:00 PM
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 4:45 PM
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How I Got Over

Nicole Boxer’s documentary follows a group of women-all residents of Washington, DC, recovery community N Street Village-as they prepare to turn their harrowing life stories into a theater piece that will be performed at the Kennedy Center.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 7:45 PM
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 2:45 PM
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 8:30 PM
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The Immortalists

Follow vanguards of the anti-aging movement Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey from Oxford to Silicon Valley, to the Himalayas, and witness their single-minded quests for a medical means to stave off death.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 6:15 PM
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 4:30 PM
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In Plain Sight

Director Erica Jordan follows humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine as she travels to the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India, to shoot portraits of enslaved women-just a few of the millions of victims of slavery Kristine has made it her mission to document.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 4:45 PM
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 1:45 PM
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Jaco

Self-taught master of the “singing” bass, Jaco Pastorius refused to be merely a sideman and earned his nickname “the punk of jazz” during live performances. This film (produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and illuminated by Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, and others) captures the story of his restless, visionary spirit. *This film is part of Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence series. Robert Trujillo will be hosting the screening and introducing the film.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 6:00 PM
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Magician

Tribute program and party featuring a conversation with director Chuck Workman. From Tinseltown’s boy wonder to guerrilla-filmmaking outcast, to cinematic legend, Orson Welles remained cryptic, insatiable, and fiercely independent. Oscar-winner Chuck Workman traces Welles’s remarkable life and career using a wealth of archival footage and a who’s who of the cinematic and theatrical worlds.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 7:00 PM
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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The Patent Wars

If patents exist to protect inventors-and ensure creativity and innovation-should they also deny crucial medications to people of the developing world? Patents can make product access the privilege of the wealthy, but dedicated opponents of the patent system are working to help share the bounty.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 5:15 PM
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 6:30 PM
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Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish

Jerry Ross Barrish’s life is one of metamorphoses: First an activist bail bondsman in the 1960s, then a filmmaker, he now sculpts plastic detritus into figures alive with feeling. His story-teeming with prizefighters, gangsters, and other larger-than-life characters-is captured in this brilliantly photographed documentary.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 2:30 PM
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 5:30 PM
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 8:00 PM
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Que Caramba Es la Vida (Dieses schöne Scheißleben)

Mariachi is a Mexican musical tradition with a decidedly masculine bent, but many strong women still make their voices heard. Director Doris Dörrie documents the lives of several female mariachis, from powerhouse vocalist Maria del Carmen to members of the first female mariachi band formed more than 50 years ago.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 6:00 PM
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 1:15 PM
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 11:00 AM
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