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OPENING NIGHT
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

 

Bones

7:00 pm @ Grand Lake Theater
BONES BRIGADE

Bay Area Premiere

Director Stacy Peralta
110 min
Special Guests in attendance

Venue: The Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue - Oakland, CA

BONES BRIGADE is director Stacy Peralta's long-awaited follow up to DOGTOWN AND Z BOYS. More than a movie about skateboarding, BONES BRIGADE documents a vital moment in American culture where four-wheeled outlaws practiced a theology of concrete and gravity that allowed them to become folk heroes while others pretended to be rock stars. Hawk. Guerrero. Welinder. Mullen. Caballero. Thiebaud. McGill. Mountain. These names (and their signature styles) are etched into the Mount Rushmore of skate culture. Their mission to reinvent skateboarding paralleled their collective quest to be utterly and completely true to themselves, whether or not that self was popular or accepted. This is a film about invention, self-expression, and utter somatic genius. Peralta masterfully brings to life the stories of these concrete pirates who created a physical language that people are still speaking and adding to decades later. These young masters took wood, wheels, imagination, and a careless attitude towards physics and gave the world something that was part circus, part religion, and all totally rad. BONES BRIGADE is their story.
- S. Taylor

Website: http://bonesbrigade.com/?d=1

 

 

 

Yelling image

9:30 pm @ Grand Lake Theater

WOLF

California Premiere
Director Ya'Ke Smith in Person

Director Ya'Ke Smith
86 min
Filmmaker in attendance

BPT

Venue: The Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue - Oakland, CA

Ya’Ke Smith’s WOLF hurts like an uncomfortable truth you have no choice but to hear—but are better for it. A family begins to disintegrate after their son is victim to molestation. While the adults are attempting to make sense of the tragedy, their son inches closer to an abyss, as his betrayal and assault is complicated by his love for the one who hurt him. With the ideas of predator and prey undergirding the narrative, WOLF is shot, scored, and edited with such metaphoric nuance that it will elicit strong emotions from even the most jaded of filmgoers. This is one film that will have you wrestling with the ideas of love, the nature of those who claim to adhere to the word of God, and if one can ever recover from so deep a wound long after you have exited the theater. The film stars Irma P. Hall ("The Ladykillers", "Collateral"), Eugene Lee ("Lackawanna Blues", "Coach Carter") and newcomers Mikala Gibson, Shelton Jolivette and Jordan Cooper.
- S. Taylor

Website: http://www.exodusfilmworks.com/new_exodus/press/

 

 

 

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

 

Machete

7:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

MACHETE LANGUAGE
(El lenguaje de los machetes)

Director Kyzza Terrazas
Mexico
85 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

An intimate yet edgy first feature with stand-out performances set during the violent police repression of indigenous protesters in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico. Ray, an activist fed up with global capitalism, gets closer to executing an extreme act of anarchy, while his girlfriend Ramona (Mexican musician Jessy Bulbo's acting debut) parties with her all-girl punk band and talks of starting a family. Their contrasting visions of the future send the loving couple into clashing existential tailspins, shaking their commitment to their causes and to each other.
- M. Maclaird

Cast: Andrés Almeida, Jessy Bulbo

Websites: http://figafilms.com/?p=3520


  

 

 

 

 

 


KillHole

7:30 pm @ VITUS / 410 Ballroom

THE KILL HOLE

Director Mischa Webley
89 min

BPT

Vitus Presents: Geoffrey's
410 - 14th Street - 14th St & Broadway - Oakland, CA

A gripping, atmospheric thriller that stars Chadwick Boseman as Lt. Samuel Drake, a troubled vet plagued by his actions while deployed in Iraq. Living out of a rundown motel room, he works the lonely nighttime streets of Portland as a cab driver and during the day attends a vets group led by Marshall (Billy Zane). When two executives from a private military contractor (played by Peter Greene and Ted Rooney) track him down one night, they bring Drake a new mission, with no option to refuse: track down and kill Sgt. Devin Carter (Tory Kittles), a deeply troubled Marine Corps. sniper gone AWOL deep in the mountains of Oregon. He knows the truth about Drake’s past and is on a murderous spree targeting members of the contracting firm. Against the backdrop of the beautiful Pacific Northwest wilderness, The Kill Hole tells the haunting story of one man forced to confront his violent past, and the uneasy bond he forms with the mysterious assassin he must confront in his quest for redemption.
-S. Taylor

Website: http://www.thekillholemovie.com/


  


 

 

 

 


9:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

ART CRIME

Director Frédérick Maheux
Canada
80 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

It would be almost too easy to devolve into a heated debate about the merits of Rémy Couture’s creations. He has been labeled a deviant, a pornographer, and his works have been written off as dumb, puerile, and nothing more than an addendum to the torture porn film fad. What is rarely presented—outside of his loyal fan base—is his intense passion for what he does, and his undeniable genius. However, in 2009, his genius was the catalyst for a still unresolved legal battle where the Canadian government (with the help of Interpol) charged him with the corruption of morality and the production of obscene material. Couture’s mission as a special effects make up artist demands that his work be as believable as possible. But when that work includes shredded bodies, crucifixions, and spurs and glass shards to the face—it can fall far outside many of our comfort zones and into having a perceived tangible impact on society. His work looked so real that the police had to investigate to see if the victims in the photos were actually tortured and killed. Art/Crime is not a film about the history of disturbing fiction being taken as diabolical reality, but a film about the nature of art, obscenity, freedom of expression, artistic integrity, the policing of the Internet, the need for a conviction to justify procedural expense, and our ill-defined relationship with fantasy. For artists, especially those who use the Web to promote and distribute their work, Rémy Couture’s case is ground zero for a possibly stark new reality.  – S. Taylor

Websites: http://www.artcrimefilm.com/


  

 

 

 


Anon

9:30 pm @ VITUS / 410 Ballroom

WE ARE LEGION: STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS

Director Brian Knappenberger in Person

Director Brian Knappenberger
93 min

BPT

Vitus Presents: Geoffrey's
410 - 14th Street - 14th St & Broadway - Oakland, CA

“We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” is a documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. For those who don't already know, "hacktivism" is the use of computers to promote political protest. Anonymous is the hacktivist group credited with attacks on the FBI, the Justice Department, the Motion Picture Association of America, among many others in both the corporate and government sectors with attacks usually following legislation or actions that prohibit freedom of the internet or other humanitarian abuses. WE ARE LEGION explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous from 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time.

Website:http://wearelegionthedocumentary.com/


  


 

 

 

 

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012

 

 

Sister

12:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

THE SISTERHOOD

Director Roger Horn
74 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

Hazendal Wine Estate farmhands Pietie, Hope and Rollie are not your typical South African wine workers. Hope aspires to win the local drag queen pageant, Rollie dreams of a husband and retaining the local drag queen crown, and Pietie struggles with his religious upbringing while obsessing over his roses, chickens, and pigeons. These transgender wine workers confront prejudice at every turn, from their own farming communities, city transgenders and the world at large, yet Roger Horn’s film manages to find the fabulous in the fraught and offer a portrait of triumph in togetherness rather than loneliness in victimization. 

Preceded by:

NOT ONE MORE (17 mins)

Directed by Angela Aguayo 

For over a decade, women throughout the State of Chihuahua, Mexico have been disappearing; their unidentified bodies violated and systematically dumped near maquiladoras (border town factories) and other deserted locations. Over 430 young women who have been found raped, tortured, and murdered were predominantly discovered in the US/Mexico border of El Paso/Ciudad Juarez and the State’s capital, Chihuahua City.

Website: http://www.facebook.com/TheSisterhoodMovie/info

Trailer: http://youtu.be/LtEMrX9p5cs

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

Walt
irma

1:30 pm @ VITUS / 410 Ballroom

BRILLIANT! Shorts Program 1

82 min

Vitus Presents: Geoffrey's
410 - 14th Street - 14th St & Broadway - Oakland, CA

BPT

Films:

WHEN WALT WHITMAN WAS A LITTLE GIRL (12 mins) Directed by Jim Haverkamp

SEX ON WHEELS (19 mins) Directed by Amanda Feder

CONEY ISLAND, LAST STOP (5 mins) Directed by Samara Halperin

THE MAGICAL THEATER (4 mins) Directed by Jovanna Tosello

ABSTRACT (4 mins) Directed by Alexie Dmitriev

KAHLIL THE GREAT (12 mins) Directed by Jacqueline Passmore

641 SLATES (2 mins) Directed by Don Swaynos

IRMA (12 mins) Directed by Charles Fairbanks

DUBUS (4 mins) Directed by Alexie Dmitriev

TUMBLEWEED! (8 mins) Directed by Jared Varava

 


  

 

 

 

 


 

Bombed

2:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

WHO BOMBED JUDI BARI?

Director Mary Liz Thomson
95 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

A news anchor reports while graphic news coverage of a terrorist car bomb attack in 1990 in Oakland, CA is shown. Two Earth First! activists are immediately blamed by the FBI for bombing themselves. We learn that the victim/suspects Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney have later sued the FBI and Oakland Police and that Judi Bari is now dying of cancer before her case goes to trial. Weak though defiant, she gives her deposition, on camera, just a month before she dies. This action-packed journey unfolds in the order Judi testified, questioned by civil rights attorney Dennis Cunningham. The archival footage brings the story to life, driven by music from the Earth First! movement. Judi Bari, an eloquent, brash orator with a union background, grows into a powerful environmental leader. 

Website: http://whobombedjudibari.com/

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

irma


Walt

3:30 pm @ VITUS / 410 Ballroom

BRUTAL! Shorts Program 2

91 min

Vitus Presents: Geoffrey's
410 - 14th Street - 14th St & Broadway - Oakland, CA

BPT

Films:

COFFEE BREAK (15 mins) Directed by Marko Kattilakoski

GOOD TASTE (10 mins) Directed by Gregory Hanson

AND THE WINNER IS... (15 mins) Directed by Stefano Schirru

AWAKE (6 mins) Directed by Igor Camber + Peter Hatch

CORPUS DELICTI, TALE OF JOE BALL (20 mins) Directed by Teppei Ando

PETO (9 mins) Directed by Joonas Makkonen

THE CHAIR (3 mins) Directed by Joonas Makkonen

SACKED (6 mins) Directed by Bob Ray

THE TRANSMISSION (7 mins) Directed by Brian Lonano

 


  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Bombed
Bombed

4:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

WOMEN'S SHORTS PROGRAM and Q&A

78 Minutes

 

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

BPT

Films:

CONEY ISLAND, LAST STOP (5 mins) Directed by Samara Halperin

NOTHING (19 mins) Directed by Tracey Snelling

INSTALLATION (8 mins) Directed by Laura Green

LEONORA (6 mins) Directed by Eliane Lima

GOODBYE PIG (5 mins) Directed by Anna Geyer

DISASTER (9 mins) Directed by Laura Green

FIN DE SIECLE (8 mins) Directed by Kathleen Quillian

IMUM COELI (7 mins) Directed by Mirka Morales

13th St (DIVISION) (3 mins) Directed by Mirka Morales

HELLA OCCUPY OAKLAND (8 mins) Directed by Natalie K. Wede

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

 

Walt
irma

5:30 pm @ VITUS / 410 Ballroom

ONLY THE YOUNG

Director Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mim
82 min

ELKO

Director Alexander Yan

BPT

Vitus Presents: Geoffrey's
410 - 14th Street - 14th St & Broadway - Oakland, CA

ONLY THE YOUNG

For three teens in the depressed suburb of Santa Clarita, California, the world is not so much a foreclosed wasteland of dry pools and shuttered businesses, but a post-apocalyptic playground where they can escape from the ruins of broken homes and explore different paths to maturity, independence and romance.  Directors Tippet and Mims draw a chaste love triangle with cinematic tenderness, finding unexpected beauty in arcs of awkwardness, irreverence, rebellion, angst, joy and nascent wisdom.

Preceded by: 

ELKO (14 mins)

An internet-obsessed boy in rural Nevada takes advantage of a stranger’s online request that somebody murder her.  “I am 23 and want to die. I can travel anywhere.” After posting this request on an internet message board, a depressed young woman finds her prospective mercy killer in the form of an enigmatic teenage boy from Elko, Nevada. Chronicling the bizarre rituals that lead to the ultimate homicide, Elko presents a voyeuristic glimpse into the emotional disconnect and casual cruelty of the internet generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bombed

6:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

I WANT MY NAME BACK

Director Roger Paradiso
93 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

What artist, musician, or group marks the beginning of rap?  The answer is not easy.  While the answer must acknowledge DJ Cool Herc, and Gil Scott Heron, it is universally accepted that rap achieved mainstream recognition when the Sugarhill Gang released their hit "Rapper's Delight" in 1979.  Would you believe Master Gee and Wonder Mike the creative leaders of the group and the first great popular representatives of the most important musical invention of the 20th century were robbed of their rightful success, livelihood and even their name?  Follow their story as they tour the world and follow up with songs like “Apache” and “8th Wonder.”  Thirty years after their historic recording, Master Gee and Wonder Mike come back to reclaim their names.

Website at Slamdance Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walt

8:00 pm @ VITUS / 410 Ballroom

SMOKED

Oakland Premiere

Directors Jamie Dewolf & Joshua Staley
82 min

BPT

Vitus Presents: Geoffrey's
410 - 14th Street - 14th St & Broadway - Oakland, CA

"SMOKED" is a controversial dark comedy about the misadventures of three gutter punk stoners whose housewarming party ends in flames. In their desperation, they create a half baked plan to rob an Oakland Cannabis Club. The stoners rob the club without knowing that the club's owner is notorious crack kingpin Tyrone Shank. In retribution, Shank unleashes the savage contract killers known only as: The Four Horsemen. The hunt sends a wave of violence across the city as backyard brawls give way to frenzied shootouts while they try to escape through the criminal underworld. Ninjas, clowns, and battle rappers all get caught in the increasingly bizarre crossfire. Acclaimed underground Bay Area performers bring savage action and sharp dialogue together with an all original soundtrack; "SMOKED" is destined to be a cult classic! Cash. Crops. Corpses. They all burn the same.

*Second screening Sunday 9/30/2012 at VITUS / 410 Ballroom at 7PM.

 


10:00 pm @ Vitus Presents: Geoffrey's 410-14th St.

OAKUFF PARTY

 

The Oakland underground comes to vivid vivacious life with acclaimed erotic short films, stand up comedy, burlesque and beat-boxing! Hosted by Jamie DeWolf, Winner of the East Bay Express "Best Underground Cultural Event" Tourettes Without Regrets showcase, featuring dancers from the award winning Seduction Feroce show, with hip hop beats done acapella from Infinite from the Felonious crew, this show will celebrate the vibrant Oakland art scene in all it's raucous glory.

 

 

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

 

Bombed
Bombed

12:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

LOCAL SHORTS PROGRAM and Q&A

76 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

 

Films:

BUSTER JONES (6 mins) Directed by Dylan Hobor

TURF DANCING (11 mins) Directed by Zach Land-Miller

I AM (2 mins) Directed by Joseph Rivers

SINKING STATE (9 mins) Directed by Frazer Bradshaw

SONG FOR DWIGHT (9 mins) Directed by Michael T. Toole

MADISON PARK (3 mins) Directed by Roy Chan

TECHNICALITY (12 mins) Directed by Owen Thomas

CANDY FROM A BABY (6 mins) Directed by Alexander James

IRONY OF A NEGRO POLICE OFFICER: AKA ROLL CALL (3 mins) Directed by Shy Pacheco Hamilton

JAZZY BIRDS (2 mins) Directed by Jeremy Rourke

SCRAPS OF PAPER (4 mins) Directed by Jeremy Rourke

THE CAN-CANNIBALS (9 mins) Directed by Matthew Ragsdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bombed
Bombed

2:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

MACKED, HAMMERED, SLAUGHTERED, AND SHAFTED: A Conversation with David Walker:
What is Blaxploitation?
David Walker aka Badazzmofo in person

180 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

David Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, comic book writer and creator of the cult culture magazine BADAZZMOFO. He is recognized as a leading expert on the Blaxploitation cinema genre, and specifically the events surrounding the production of THE MACK shot in Oakland in 1972.  Join OAKUFF for a screening of his seminal documentary featuring interviews with dozens of luminaries including Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Fred Williamson, Rudy Ray Moore, Ron O’Neal, and many more.  After the film, OAKUFF programmer and author Shawn Taylor will moderate a Q&A with Mr. Walker which will include a screening of BLACK SANTA’S REVENGE as well as the World Premiere of David Walker's: THE DAY THEY RAN OUT OF BULLETS. 

MACKED, HAMMERED, SLAUGHTERED, & SHAFTED – Popular and controversial, outrageous and profound, few film genres are as misunderstood as blaxploitation. Examining the meaning and the history of black films of the 1970s, David Walker’s documentary Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered & Shafted seeks to give the blaxploitation film its proper place in cinematic history. Featuring interviews with crucial players like Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Ron O’Neal, Rudy Ray Moore, Jim Kelly, and many more, Walker’s film offers an insightful look at a pivotal moment in American popular culture that would forever change how black were portrayed in film.

BLACK SANTA'S REVENGE – Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead, Devil’s Rejects) stars as a down-on-his-luck Santa Claus. When a gang of thugs steals all the toys from the local community center, Santa goes on a vigilante rampage. Based on the short comic book story first published in BadAzz MoFo, Black Santa’s Revenge is an homage to the grindhouse exploitation films of the 1970s.

THE DAY THEY RAN OUT OF BULLETS – Two mercenaries, facing certain death after they run out of bullets in a deadly firefight, confess their past misdeeds to each other. But instead of finding peace during their final moments, the truth only creates more conflict in this extremely dark comedy.

 

 

 

 

 

Bombed

7:00 pm @ Humanist Hall

TCHOUPITOULAS

82 Minutes

BPT

Venue: The Humanist Hall
390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA

At dusk, the precocious 11-year-old William, his older brothers Bryan and Kentrell, and their pit bull Buttercup, leave their home on the west bank of the Mississippi River and board a ferry headed toward the French Quarter. As the sky darkens and the city lights up, we wander with them past the shops on Canal Street, the burlesque shows and debauchery of Bourbon Street, and musicians on Decatur. Artistically mixing reality and fiction to break bounds in cinematic storytelling, TCHOUPITOULAS is a captivating sensorial immersion into the kaleidoscopic colors, shadows, and sounds of New Orleans' nocturnal fantasy world, experienced with the awe of a child.

 

Website: http://rossbros.net/tchoupitoulas.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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