FALL ARTS PREVIEW: What's not coming to a megaplex near you
The Room (www.landmarktheatres.com) Oh, hi. Normally, the Red Vic would be here, but since it closed this summer (R.I.P.), you'll have to venture elsewhere to support your Tommy Wiseau habit. Former Red Vic'r Sam Sharkey shifts his semi-regular Room screenings to SF's Clay and Oakland's Piedmont — where the curious Mr. Wiseau will be appearing Oct. 14-15 with his 2003 cult classic.
Roxie (www.roxie.com) No word yet on that license to sell beer, but popcorn is a sure thing, and you'll be able to scarf lots of it during Japanese import Love Exposure's 237-minute running time (Sept. 2-8). Also on deck: the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films (Sept. 8-10), a program of erotic European shorts (Sept. 18), the first annual City College Festival of the Moving Image (Sept. 19-20), and the San Francisco Irish Film Festival (Sept. 21-25).
San Francisco Cinematheque (www.sfcinematheque.org) The fall season kicks off Sept. 22 with "Living in the World: Films by Helga Fanderl," a program that curates an hour's worth of the prolific artist's super-short, silent 8mm works.
San Francisco Film Society (www.sffs.org) Myth: the only thing the SFFS folks do all year is plan the San Francisco International Film Festival each spring. Reality: there are more films on the SFFS calendar in the fall than ten film festivals combined. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much. After the grand opening of the newly-partnered San Francisco Film Society-New People Cinema (Sept. 22 — though it'll already be hosting the "Film Society Cinema" series, with entries like Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme, starting Sept. 2), "Hong Kong Cinema" (Sept. 23-25) unspools.
Then: the annual "Film in the Fog" screening in the Presidio (this year it's 1947 noir Dark Passage, Oct. 1); "Taiwan Film Days" (Oct. 14-16); "French Cinema Now" (Oct. 27-Nov. 2); "Cinema By the Bay" (Nov. 3-6); and a screening of Fritz Lang's 1928 Spies, with an original score by Stereolab's Tim Game and the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan (Dec.14). Plus, seriously, there's tons more. SFFS people do not sleep.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (www.sfmoma.org) SFMOMA marks Canyon Cinema's 50th anniversary with "Quick Billy," films from 1967-70 by Canyon co-founder Bruce Baillie (Sept. 29).
Vortex Room (Facebook: The Vortex Room) Hell to the yes: the South of Market screening room presents "The Hades Channel," an epic unfurling of Satan-themed episodes of classic TV programs like Starksy and Hutch (Oct. 2), and "The Vortex Incarnate," six weeks of Thursday night Dark Lord double-features. Surrender your soul starting Oct. 6, when 1975's The Devil's Rain and 1984's Invitation to Hell lure actors like Ernest Borgnine and Susan Lucci into cinematic devilry.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (www.ybca.org) His 2009 Kinatay was controversial; will Brillante Mendoza's crime story Lola (also 2009) cause the same stir? (Sept. 29-Oct. 2.) Plus: "Cruel Cinema: New Directions in Tamil Film" (Oct. 6-9); "Mexico Rising: The Films of Nicholás Pereda" (Oct. 13-27); and "Women and Children Last: Masculinity in Film" (Nov. TBD).