FALL ARTS Here's a list to get your started; visit the venue or organization website for even more events than could possibly fit here.
Artists' Television Access (www.atasite.org): "Other Cinema," the Saturday-night showcase of creatively programmed films and videos, returns Sept. 11 (www.othercinema.com); the "Electronic Cinema" series brings sound artists together with experimental filmmakers Sept. 14.
Castro (www.castrotheatre.com): "Blonde Bombshells" series (lot o' Marilyn) Aug. 27–Sept. 5; a digital restoration of 1957 classic Bridge on the River Kwai Sept 10–16; and a Chaplin series Sept. 18–21. Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' always-fun "Midnites for Maniacs" (www.midnitesformaniacs.com) rolls out a "Reinventing Prom" triple feature Sept. 17 (at midnight: 1982's Zapped!).
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Festival (www.cafilm.org): The biggest event up north is the 33rd Mill Valley Film Festival (www.mvff.org), Oct 7-17. Other special events: the "Films of My Life" series, with Talking Head Jerry Harrison discussing Jim Jarmusch's 1984 Stranger Than Paradise.
Clay (www.landmarktheatres.com): The Clay closes Aug. 29. Head out for Aug. 28's midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), with the Bawdy Caste on hand for a live performance and Clay "funeral."
Film Night in the Park (www.filmnight.org): Dude! Season-capper The Big Lebowski (1998) invades Dolores Park Sept. 25.
Forbidden Island (www.forbiddenislandalameda.com): Shout out to Will "The Thrill" Viharo, whose "Forbidden Thrills" double-feature-and-signature-drink series packs in some true oddities. Nov. 15's entry is an Ed Wood tribute, with "The Angora Sweater" cocktail.
Pacific Film Archive (www.bampfa.berkeley.edu): Highlights of the fall program include "Drawn from Life: The Graphic Novel on Film" (Sept. 10–Oct. 31); and the San Francisco Cinematheque co-sponsored "Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area" (Sept. 17–March 31).
Red Vic (www.redvicmoviehouse.com): Oh, hi. Good luck trying to get a ticket for The Room (2003) with THE Tommy Wiseau in person Sept. 17–18. Other fall delights: the local theatrical premiere of Cropsey, a doc that investigates the intersection of true crime and urban legend, Oct 15–19.
Roxie (www.roxie.com): It's a festival-a-thon, with the SF Latino Film Festival (www.sflatinofilmfestival.com) Sept 16-19 and the SF Irish Film Festival (www.sfirishfilm.com) Sept. 23–25. Don't miss the Robert Altman miniseries, with 1977 personality-swapping epic 3 Women Sept 21.
San Francisco Cinematheque (www.sfcinematheque.org): Complete program information was unavailable at press time, but SF Cinematheque heads to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (www.sfmoma.org) for a screening of films by avant-gardist Alexander Hammid, plus live music by the Beth Custer Ensemble, Oct 21.
San Francisco Film Society (www.sffs.org): A few highlights: the NY/SF International Children's Film Festival (Sept. 24–26); programs of films from Taiwan (Oct. 22–24), France (Oct. 23–Nov. 3), and Italy (Nov. 14–21); the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival (Nov. 11–14); and a screening of 1919 silent Sir Arne's Treasure with accompaniment by the Mountain Goats (Dec. 14).
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (www.sfmoma.org): Picks include "The Elements" sound and film performance Sept. 30, with experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson; and the "Witches" double feature Oct. 28 with George Romero's Season of the Witch (1973) and Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977).