FALL ARTS Autumn is primo movie season, not just in awards-hungry Hollywood. Here in the Bay Area we've got unique rep programming and festivals galore to keep our eyeballs fully engaged — and just enough room for some prestige movie-star pictures for dessert.
Standing its ground on turbulent, tech-chic Valencia Street, gallery and screening venue Artists' Television Access marks its 30th anniversary with "ATA Lives!" Sept. 4 brings a showcase of works by staffers past and present — and then a 30-hour marathon screening and benefit curated by local artist Gilbert Guerrero. Other anniversary events include programs dedicated to the Kuchar brothers and a fresh installment in "live cinema" series Mission Eye & Ear. www.atasite.org
ATA co-founder Craig Baldwin launches the latest Other Cinema season Sept. 13 with an "ATA Superstars" showcase of works by Bryan Boyce, James Hong, and others. Another highlight is Sept. 20's "Anomalies from the Archive," with East Coast artists Walter Forsberg and John Klacsmann performing what Baldwin describes as their "exploded view of a Technicolor lab error," as well as sharing "kino-curiosities" from the Prelinger Archives, SF Media Archive, and other sources. Also cool: a basketball-themed night (Oct. 25) and an experimental sci-fi program (Nov. 8) that takes on the failed Soviet lunar landing, among other topics. www.othercinema.com
The Exploratorium continues its "Saturday Cinema" shorts (Sept. 6, it features 1933 stop-motion marvel The Mascot) as well as its "Off the Screen" series, including another chance to see Forsberg and Klacsmann's Technicolor N.G. (Sept. 18) and an outdoor showing of Impossible Light — maybe your only chance to see a doc about the Bay Lights while the Bay Lights themselves glitter in the background (Sept. 25). www.exploratorium.edu
Now in its 11th year, Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema continues its tradition of showing works by local artists. It kicks off Sept. 4 at El Rio with a shorts program, plus a performance by comedian Johnny Steele; it continues the next night with the ever-popular "Film Crawl on Cortland," with screenings at venues like the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center throughout the night. Sept. 6, "Under the Stars" brings short films to Precita Park. Oct. 7, the fest returns for a "Best of Bernal Night" at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. http://bhoutdoorcine.org
The San Francisco Cinematheque's fall calendar includes more Kuchar love, with Anthology Film Archives' Andrew Lampert at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to celebrate his new George Kuchar Reader (Oct. 18). And! At the Castro, two nights of "Mary Woronov, Warhol Superstar," with Woronov in person alongside screenings of 1966's Chelsea Girls and Hedy (Nov. 6-7). www.sfcinematheque.org