RR James Benning's train film finally reaches a Bay Area destination.
Oct. 14. Pacific Film Archive
Arab Film Festival The festival turns 12 this year.
Oct. 16Nov. 4. Various venues. (415) 564-1100. www.aff.org
DocFest IndieFest's doc extension turns seven this year with a slate of at least 60 films.
Oct. 17Nov.6. Roxie Film Center and Shattuck Cinema, 2230 Shattuck, Berk. (415) 820-3907, www.sfindie.com
Leslie Thornton A three-program SF Cinematheque series devoted to the director behind Peggy and Fred in Hell (1985present) and other experimental works, with Thornton in-person.
Oct. 1926. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
United Nations Association Film Festival Environmentalism is the focus of the festival's 11th year.
Oct. 1926. Various venues. (650) 724-5544, www.unaff.org
"I Love Beijing: The Films of Ning Ying" Ning and her acclaimed Beijing trilogy which spans from the Peking Opera to dogs, cops, and taxi drivers visit the Bay, capping things a screening of her 2005 "Chinese Sex and the City" feature Perpetual Motion.
Oct. 2327. Pacific Film Archive
The Werewolf of Washington The president's speechwriter is a lycanthrope in this Nixon-era flick.
Oct. 31. Pacific Film Archive
"The New Talkies: Bollywood Night" Kino21 presents six works of live narration to Bollywood film scenes.
Nov. 1. Artists' Television Access
"Occult on Camera" Erik Davis charts out the Aleister CrowleyKenneth AngerLed Zeppelin triumvirate-of-evil what does Jimmy Page's appearance in the closing ceremony of the Olympics mean?
Nov. 1. Other Cinema
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine The SF premiere of a new documentary devoted to the sculptor.
Nov. 23. Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight, SF. (415) 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com
Ghosts Nick Broomfield's excellent first non-documentary feature, about the abuse of Chinese immigrants in the United Kingdom.
Nov. 713. Roxie Film Center
San Francisco International Animation Festival The burgeoning fest and showcase turns three with a program that includes the Cannes favorite Waltz with Bashir.
Nov. 1316. Various venues. (415) 561-5000, www.sffs.org
Luther Price New works by one of the more scathing and harrowing filmmakers on the planet, presented by SF Cinematheque.
Mid-November. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
New Italian Cinema Will it include Matteo Garrone's Cannes critic's fave Gomorra?
Nov. 1623. Various venues. (415) 561-5000, www.sffs.org
"Films by Martha Colburn" A night of kinetic works by the collage creator, presented in conjunction with a show at Berkeley Art Museum.
Dec. 2. Pacific Film Archive
Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy Thrillville stuffs your stocking with a gem from 1957.
Dec. 11. El Cerrito Speakeasy Theater, 10070 San Pablo, El Cerrito. (510) 814-2400, www.thrillville.net
James Hong A sneak peek at the local director's expose on Japan's rewriting of history, Lessons in the Blood.
Dec. 13. Other Cinema
"At Sea" Peter Hutton's At Sea (2004-7), about the life and death of a colossal container ship, is the centerpiece of an oceanic SF Cinematheque program.