Cinema by the Bay

Event has passed (Fri Nov 22, 2013 - Sun Nov 24, 2013)
Roxie Theater
12noon, 2:15pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9:15pm
Movies, Film Festival, Film Screening


Cinema by the Bay celebrates the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking, the intelligence and probing spirit of local directors and the incredible depth and breadth of America’s film and media frontier.

Opening Night Party
Join director Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers after the first screening of Holy Ghost People for a fabulous and festive opening night party for Cinema by the Bay. Friday, November 22, 9:00 pm at The Lab, 2948 16th (Mission/Van Ness)

Holy Ghost People
Mitchell Altieri (USA 2013)
Mitch Altieri, one half of directing duo the Butcher Brothers, presents this unnerving descent into a cult tucked away in the Appalachian mountains which makes for tension-filled viewing indeed. Friday, November 22, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm

The Genius of Marian
Banker White, Anna Fitch (USA 2013)
In this personal ode to familial ties and legacy, Banker White (Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars) chronicles his mother Pam’s struggle with progressive dementia, and the result is a moving portrait of memory and loss. Saturday, November 23, 12:00 pm

Redemption Trail
Britta Sjogren (USA 2013)
In this new film by local filmmaker Britta Sjogren, two powerful yet troubled women flee a past that haunts them. Saturday, November 23, 2:15 pm

American Vagabond
Susanna Helke (Finland/Denmark 2013)
The burgeoning community of homeless gay youths in San Francisco is dramatically brought to life in Susanna Helke’s poetic and evocative documentary. Saturday, November 23, 4:30 pm

Along the Roadside
Zoran Lisinac (Pored Puta, USA and Serbia 2013)
In this modern road movie, a San Francisco–based graphic designer flees his stable life and career when his girlfriend reveals to him that she is pregnant, and crosses paths with an untethered German tourist as he makes his way out of town towards southern California. Saturday, November 23, 6:45 pm

Street Smarts: YAK Films’ Dance Then and Now
YAK Films is an international media production team whose work with urban dance began with the legendary Turf Feinz crew in Oakland, CA, innovators of the Turf dancing style. This shorts program will trace YAK’s origins in the Bay Area and present some of their newest, unseen international works. Saturday, November 23, 9:30 pm

The SF State of Cinema: Shorts from SFSU Alumni
The Cinema Department at SFSU is an enduring educational institution that has played a critical role in defining the history of cinema in the Bay Area. This program of short films made by SFSU alumni barely scratches the surface of the great work being fostered amidst the fog at the end of 19th Avenue. Sunday, November 24, 12:00 pm

The Other Side of the Mountain
In Hak Jang (North Korea and USA 2012)
The first U.S./North Korea coproduction ever, this film is a dazzling, epic melodrama depicting the relationship between a South Korean man and a North Korean woman separated by political conflict. Sunday, November 24, 2:15 pm

Essential SF
Essential SF is the San Francisco Film Society’s ongoing compendium of the Bay Area film community’s most vital figures and institutions. This year’s inductees Richard Beggs, Nathaniel Dorsky, David Hegarty, Anita Monga and film collective Kontent Films—will be feted at this short ceremony. Sunday, November 24, 5:00 pm

The Illness and the Odyssey
Berry Minott (USA, 2013)
Local filmmaker Berry Minott takes us on an epic journey in this engaging and edifying documentary to find the cause—and perhaps the cure—of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurological disorders. Sunday, November 24, 7:00 pm

Dear Sidewalk
Jake Oelman (USA 2013)
Gardner, a 24-year old mailman, adheres to the comfort of his routine, rigidly cultivating obsessions that keep him in his small-but-safe world. This changes when he meets Paige, a newly relocated divorcee on his route, and Gardner's quarter-life crisis collides with Paige's mid-life one. Sunday, November 24, 9:15 pm

Full schedule and information:


  1. The Lab
    2948 16th St, San Francisco, CA
  2. Roxie Theater
    3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA