D Tour and Rogue Wave Joe Granato's award-winning doc about musician Pat Spurgeon, with an acoustic post-screening performance by Spurgeon's Oakland band. Sept. 3, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; www.sfmoma.org.
"Cocky White Guys" Jesse Hawthorne Ficks of Midnites for Maniacs serves up a triple platter of cockiness: Risky Business (1983), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and the very closet-gay Last American Virgin (1982). Sept. 4, Castro; www.castrotheatre.com.
"Speechless: Recent Experimental Animation" The program includes the 3-D amazements of local wonder woman Kerry Laitala's enticingly titled Chromatic Cocktail Extra Fizzy. Sept. 8, Pacific Film Archive; www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
SF Shorts This year's lineup includes over 60 short films and music videos. Sept. 9-12, Red Vic; www.redvicmoviehouse.com.
Bigger Than Life Nicholas Ray's gonzo look at suburban family ideals gone amok was too weird for 1956. Todd Haynes has stolen from this movie as much as from any Sirk work. Sept. 10, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; www.ybca.org
Lucha Beach Party Will the Thrill takes his showmanship to the Balboa, along with Santo and Blue Demon vs. the Monsters (1969) and longtime contender for best movie title ever, Wrestling Women vs. Aztec Mummy (1964). Sept. 10, www.thrillville.net
Rialto's Best of British Noir A chance to see Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960) on the big screen. Sept. 11-16, Castro; www.castrotheatre.com.
"Top Bill: The Films of William Klein" The great photographer's underrated film output gets a thorough survey, ranging from his prescient and sharp 1960s portraits of Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali and Eldridge Cleaver to his madcap yet dry looks at fashion in Paris. Sept. 11-Oct. 11, Pacific Film Archive; www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Independent Erotic Film Festival Good Vibrations presents the event's fourth incarnation. Highlights include a potential screening of Gerard Damiano's The Devil in Miss Jones and a program of 1920s peep show reels. Sept. 12-17, various venues; www.gv-ixff.org.
Spectrology Mad Cat Women's Film Festival presents a one-off screening of a new work by Kerry Laitala. Sept. 16, El Rio; www.madcatfilmfestival.org
Film Noir at the Roxie You can always count on the Roxie to play host to the less obvious dark alleys of noir. Sept. 17-30, Roxie; www.roxie.com
Liverpool Lisandro Alonso's highly acclaimed 2008 film finally get a SF gig. Sept. 17-20, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; www.ybca.org.
Iranian Film Fest This year's festival focuses on women's roles in Iranian society. Sept. 19-20, various venues; www.iranianfilmfestival.blogspot.com.
"Life's Work: The Cinema of Ermanno Ulmi" A comprehensive retrospective of films by a director known for his masterful renderings of work, such as 1961's Il posto. Sept. 25-Oct. 30, Pacific Film Archive; www-bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Grease Sing-Along The San Francisco Film Society presents this key 1978 addition to the canon of Randal Kleiser. Sept.
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