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Aaron Peskin in a still from "Company Town" by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

Film Review: Mission and Chinatown Struggles Most Compelling in “Company Town”

Progressive politicos, activists, and other movie-goers descended on the Roxie Theater on Friday night for what has become a San Francisco tradition in recent years: lamenting tech’s influence on the city, particularly its financial takeover of local politics. Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin, State Senator Mark Leno, author and journalist David Talbot, and various aides, journalists, and local activists...
Joe Fitz Rodriguez, a reporter with the San Francisco Examiner, touring Clarion Alley in the film "Company Town." Courtesy of Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

New Film “Company Town” Explores Tech’s Influence on San Francisco

The tech industry, its money, and its political influence are hitting the silver screen next week in a new film critical of the “sharing economy” and the influence of Silicon Valley on San Francisco. “Company Town,” which will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., takes places over a few tumultuous weeks in...
File photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu: A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals.

24th Street Art Crawl Returns This Sunday!

On every second Sunday of the month, the 14 blocks along 24th Street between Valencia Street and Potrero Avenue come to life with music, art, poetry and cultural activities in a day-long art crawl called Paseo Artístico. A collaboration between Calle 24 and a string of other organizations, the free, all-ages event is a new project that launched in early...
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Filming on Valencia St. to Block Parking Spaces

Cameras will be rolling inside of a private Valencia Street residence on Friday where scenes for an upcoming TV series, “Chance”, are set to be filmed. Featuring “House” star Hugh Laurie, “Chance” focuses on a San Francisco-based neuropsychiatrist and is slated to launch on October 19 on the streaming service Hulu. Flyers alerting Mission residents of the temporary filming activity indicate that...
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Generosity, Migration, Art and Film Meet at Roxie Theater

For many migrants from Latin America, the journey into the United States involves clinging to the side of a freight train known as “the beast,” going without food and water for 24 hours at a time, and if they’re lucky, encountering Las Patronas. These are a group of women who spend much of their days cooking and packing up meals to toss or hand...
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Q&A With Director of ‘Killing Them Safely’

On Tuesday, May 31, the Roxie Theater will host a screening of Killing Them Safely, a documentary about electronic control weapon manufacturer Taser International. Filmmaker Nich Berardini started the project when he was just 24, investigating the death of a man who had been tased by police officers and died. Public Defender Jeff Adachi will join Berardini for a Q&A...
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ATA Screenings, Fundraisers Not to Miss

Our friends at ATA have several events coming up to help raise money for their rent: This Friday (April 29) there is a night of short films made by queer filmmakers who have been raised here in SF and are still living in the Bay Area. Saturday (April 30) Join ATA for a night of “punk- documentarian.” Next Thursday (May 5) An...
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Why the San Francisco International Film Fest Moved to the Mission

The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Castro Theater, but after the opening, the majority of the festival’s will be held in the Mission District for the first time ever. Mission Local spoke with SFIFF Executive Director Noah Cowan about the transition and what it will change. Mission Local: Was there a moment when someone said, hey,...
A design proposal for the cinema school, courtesy of Leonardo Zylberberg

Engineers Plan Cinema School for CCSF in Tower Theater

A structural engineering company with a series of Mission projects under its belt is making plans to create a cinema school inside the abandoned Tower Theater on Mission Street, and then donate the newly constructed school to the City College of San Francisco. Rodrigo Santos, co-founder of Santos & Urrutia, says he is undertaking the roughly $12-14 million project purely...
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Doc Exploring At-Home Childbirth Premieres Saturday in SF Mission

A documentary exposing a small group within the medical community who — despite attending hundreds of hospital births – choose to have their own children at home will premiere at the Roxie Theater on March 26. Telling the stories of doctors, nurses, and midwives whose experiences with childbirth have driven them to seek out home birth for their own families, “Why...
Richard Montoya as Roberto Morales in a scene from "The Other Barrio".

Mission Noir Story Screening at the Roxie

A Mission-centric noir film that follows the tale of a building inspector hell-bent on finding the truth behind a deadly fire, The Other Barrio, will have a special screening at the Roxie Theater on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. The film screening will be attended by four San Francisco firemen who are working on a documentary about the Gartland Apartments...
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Peephole Cinema in SF Mission Offers Eye-Sized Viewing

In a time when movie lovers can get their fix anywhere — from iPhones to surround sound theaters — Laurie O’Brien has found a different way to screen films. Peephole Cinema displays silent films, each a few minutes in length, 24/7 through tiny peepholes in public spaces. O’Brien, the founder, established the first location in 2013 in the wall of...
Still from "Azul y no tan rosa" trailer.

Eliana Lopez Launches Latino Film and Theater Series

The “Sheriff’s Wife” is back: Eliana Lopez, wife of former San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, is returning her play What is the Scandal as part of a new Spanish language film and theater project with her two siblings, Alfonso Lopez and Carolina Agudelo Lopez. The family trio, having formed a company called 3Lopez Productions, intends to bring theatrical and cinematic material...
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SF Mission’s Lost Weekend Video to Relocate to Alamo Drafthouse

Come February, Lost Weekend Video will depart its storefront on Valencia Street, where it has rented out films for some 18 years, and will move to the New Mission Theater. The video store will become part of a partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse to preserve two collections of hard-to-find films — both Lost Weekend’s collection and the Le Video Archive. The store will...
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Mission Eyes: The Force Awakens at SF’s New Mission Theater

Tickets to see the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse, newly opened on Mission Street, sold out very quickly. But that didn’t stop fans of all ages from streaming through the newly reopened doors, whether they were there to watch the film, just have a drink or simply admire the historic building. Mission Local caught up with a...