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16mm Animation Celebration!

 December 11, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Little Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

Cartoons were so popular during the 1930s-50s with the public and the box office that patrons would often go to a theater just to see their favorite cartoon character in their latest release—never mind what the feature was! Movie studios were well aware of this, and the race was on and the competition high as to which cartoon makers could create popular characters and series that would resonate with audiences. Tonight’s program is a celebration of all things animated with some of the best ‘toons ever made! Titles include: FELIX WOOS WHOOPEE (1930), BETTY BOOP, M.D. (1932), OPENING NIGHT (1933), AIN’T SHE SWEET (1933), HOLD THE WIRE (1936), THE MAD HATTER (1940), THE FOX & THE GRAPES (1941), THE SKY PRINCESS (1942), THE GREATEST MAN IN SIAM (1944), LITTLE RURAL RED RIDING HOOD (1949), THREE LITTLE PUPS (1953) and MORE! 100 minutes – 16mm.

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Mirai

 December 11, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes Mirai, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?

An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY AND ORIGINAL STORY: Mamoru Hosoda. 98 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. 2018. DCP.

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Mirai

 December 12, 2018 8:30 p.m.
Venue:

Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes Mirai, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?

An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY AND ORIGINAL STORY: Mamoru Hosoda. 98 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. 2018. DCP.

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Mirai

 December 13, 2018 9:10 p.m.
Venue:

Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes Mirai, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?

An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY AND ORIGINAL STORY: Mamoru Hosoda. 98 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. 2018. DCP.

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NEVER ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

 December 14, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

A film by Kaku Arakawa. Japan. 2018. 70 min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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The Emperor’s Nightingale (Císaruv slavík)

 December 15, 2018 3:30 p.m.
Venue: BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

A young, shut-away Chinese emperor becomes enraptured by a nightingale’s song—and then by its mechanical reproduction—in Trnka’s magical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. A baroque music box brought to life, The Emperor’s Nightingale is stop-motion at its most lavish, featuring some of Trnka’s greatest designs: refined porcelain figurines bedecked in ornate costumes, a court setting overflowing with gorgeous fabrics, and intricate lattice work. Just as memorable as its shining beauty is the film’s plea to enjoy the natural world and to break away from prisons both mechanical and emotional. The legendary Czech Surrealist writer Vít?zslav Nezval collaborated on the screenplay.

- Jason Sanders

 

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NEVER ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

 December 15, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Little Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

A film by Kaku Arakawa. Japan. 2018. 70 min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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NEVER ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

 December 16, 2018 6:45 p.m.
Venue:

Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

A film by Kaku Arakawa. Japan. 2018. 70 min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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NEVER ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

 December 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Little Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

A film by Kaku Arakawa. Japan. 2018. 70 min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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NEVER ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

 December 18, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

A film by Kaku Arakawa. Japan. 2018. 70 min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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A Survey of Trnka’s Techniques

 December 19, 2018 7 p.m.
Venue: BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

Trnka’s earliest works already demonstrate his craftsmanship and artistry, moving from hand-drawn cartoons to surrealist interventions to the expressive beauty of his stop-motion beginnings. Drawing on ancient fables (Grandpa Planted a Beet; The Animals and the Brigands), a Chekhov story (Romance with Double Bass), and even a World War II–era, anti-Nazi urban legend (Springman and the SS), these shorts are both distinctive and distinctly Czech.

—Jason Sanders

 

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NEVER ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

 December 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Little Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

A film by Kaku Arakawa. Japan. 2018. 70 min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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NEVER ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

 December 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Venue:

Little Roxie Theater
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103



Join us for a celebration of some of the greatest cartoons ever made from the 1930s, 40s & 50s! We'll be screening two nights of rare, fun & outrageous animation for all in 16mm!

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

A film by Kaku Arakawa. Japan. 2018. 70 min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi)

 December 29, 2018 3 p.m.
Venue: BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

"A masterpiece, pure and simple."
- DAVE KEHR, NEW YORK TIMES

Ever the nostalgic fabulist, Hayao Miyazaki builds a passage between modern, everyday Japanese life and the half-remembered realms of spirits and folklore in this compelling adventure, winner of numerous international prizes including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. En route to their new suburban home, ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out to be a true magic kingdom. When Mom and Dad undergo a terrible transformation, Chihiro’s only chance to save them, and herself, is to become a servant in a bathhouse frequented by millions of gods. Chihiro adapts by trial and error to the rules and culture of a place where little is what it initially seems. As always, Miyazaki makes this fantastic world feel utterly real, populating it with complex, mutable characters, precisely calibrating visual details, and infusing an allegorical yet organic plot with nuanced emotion.

- Juliet Clark

 

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