Monday, February 4, 2019

Screenings in the Bay (Monday 4th to Sunday 10th): The Prodigy, The Isle, SF Indie Fest

We're about to get bombarded with a bunch of rain... and new movies! Not only are three new titles being released this week, both in theatres and on VOD, but the SF Indie Fest continues with another week of new and unreleased programming! There are several that I think sound very field trip worthy, but one in particular that I want to highlight. My Friend the Polish Girl sounds like something I'd hunt down for the Unnamed Footage Festival, so I'm going to be sure to catch its second showtime this Tuesday; it's a social media faux documentary and it may lean to the experimental side.

This Friday is going to be busy! The Prodigy comes to theatres, The Isle, St. Agatha and The Amityville Murders all hit VOD and Another Hole in the Head will be doing an encore screening of one of their experimental shorts blocks at the Artist's Television Access. We'll end the week with a mermaid murder revenge movie, screening at the Roxie theatre, but if you can't catch it at 9:30pm on Sunday, The Rusalka will also screen again the following Tuesday.

Be sure to take a look at the full SF Indie Fest calendar here!

Opening This Week

The Prodigy (2019)
Early Screenings Thursday 7th (1hr 40min)
Opens Friday 8th
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling stars in THE PRODIGY as Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must choose between her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles and a desperate need to investigate what -- or who -- is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality becomes frighteningly blurry.

St. Agatha (2019)Select Theatres/VOD Friday 8th (1hr 30min)
Horror (IMDB)
It's the 1950's in small town Georgia, a pregnant con woman on the run seeks refuge in a convent hidden in deafening isolation. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested. She soon learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the Odd people that lurk inside its halls. Agatha must now find a way to discover the unyielding strength needed to escape and save her baby before she's caged behind these walls forever.

The Isle (2019)
Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 8th (1hr 36min)
Horror/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Based loosely on Scottish ghostly folklore with inspiration from Greek sirens, the tale is set in 1846 on a remote island off the west coast of Scotland, where three survivors from a mysterious sinking of their merchant ship find themselves stranded on a small misty isle. The isle's four sole secretive residents, an old harbor man, a farmer, his niece and a young mad woman, are anything but welcoming and reluctant to aid the sailors back to the mainland. The promise of a boat never materializes leading one of the sailors to question why people had abandoned the island. Through his investigation he discovers that every year around the same date a tragedy at sea would occur and young men from the island would perish. When his two shipmates meet with fatal accidents, the myth of a ghostly siren haunting the island leads him to try and uncover the truth.

The Amityville Murders (2019)
Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 8th (1hr 37min)
Horror (IMDB)
On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that "voices" in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.

4 Star Theatre

Legend of the Demon Cat (2019)
Monday 4th to Thursday 7th @ 5:50pm & 8:15pm (2hrs 9min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT is set over a thousand years ago during the Tang Dynasty. A Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general's wife and wreaked havoc on the imperial court. The investigation takes gruesome and unexpected twists, resulting in the monk and the poet unraveling the mystery behind the death decades earlier of legendary, beautiful concubine Yang Guifei.

Alamo Drafthouse

Weird Wednesday

Crimes of Passion (1984)
Wednesday 6th @ 10pm (1hr 47min)
Drama/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day and prostitute by night, is hounded by two men: a married father of two, and a sexually repressed preacher.

Artist's Television Access

Friday 8th @ 7:30pm
An encore screening of “ARTIFACTS” – a curated collection of Art and Experimental films which screened at our 2018 festival. This will be the first show at ATA, and we hope to present other films from our archives in the months ahead.

SF Indie Fest 
@ Roxie Theatre

Rock Steady Row (2018)
Monday 4th @ 9:15pm (1hr 17min)
Adventure/ Comedy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Demented chaos rules this bizarro-world college campus where the reigning gang-frats target a freshman, who dare crosses their path. Trapped between a blaze of twisted "Mad Max" style power games, he shrewdly plays both sides, fueling apocalyptic-sized battles that escalate to ensnare the school Dean who's coming unglued.

Permanent Green Light (2018)
Monday 4th @ 9:16pm (1hr 31min)
Art House/ International (Rotten Tomatoes)
Unlike other teenagers, Roman doesn't seem interested in sports or drugs, girls or boys. He's neither nihilist, religious, depressive or suicidal. His goal is to vanish, dying is unimportant and he's only interested in the act's spectacular effect. But please, don't misinterpret it as a death.

My Friend the Polish Girl (2018)
Tuesday 5th @ 9:15pm (1hr 27min)
Faux Documentary
MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL borrows from cinéma vérité and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. The fiction film watches as an experimental documentary told through the eyes (and lens) of amateur filmmaker Katie: an American rich kid following Alicja, an erratic unemployed Polish actress. Set in a post-Brexit-vote London, Katie's colonizing, disruptive presence in Alicja's life mirrors the treatment of migrants in the UK: Welcomed, used, then discarded. A raw, sexual, and visually brash fiction documentary exploring the abusive power and control over someone's intimacy.

Octavio is Dead! (2018)
Friday 8th @ 9:30pm (1hr 28min)
Drama (IMDB)
Tyler tries to discover the father she never got the chance to meet in this stirring psycho-sexual ghost story, exploring themes of gender and sexual identity.

The Rusalka (2019)
Sunday 10th @ 9:30pm (1hr 20min)
Fantasy (IMDB)
Tom falls in love with a mysterious woman who swims in a lake at night, where too many people have drowned. She rarely leaves the water, but they are drawn to each other almost immediately. Looming in the background is a man out for revenge: he’s convinced she drowned his spouse.


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