This lively and gripping documentary follows the shifting course of a lawsuit brought by 30,000 Ecuadoreans against Chevron over its responsibility for the country’s contaminated waters and streams.
In this visually breathtaking drama, a shy young man returns to his childhood home and encounters a sister that he has never met. Thus begins a not-so-appropriate relationship that leaves a fractured community in its wake.
An out of work cellist finds a fresh start as a burial specialist, becoming a compassionate liaison between the living and the dead. 2009 Academy Award–winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
New York’s vibrant Mexican and Dominican communities take center stage in this lyrical look at the love between a young “Mexi-Yorker” boy and a Dominican girl, set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
Pat Spurgeon, charismatic drummer for local indie rockers Rogue Wave, needs to keep playing music—and a new kidney. This remarkable travelogue follows his double quest during an eventful tour, mixing interviews with performances by Rogue Wave and Ben Gibbard.
In a welcome return from the director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a bohemian American beauty turns a stuffy English family upside down in this jazzy update of Noel Coward’s play, with Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth.
Light and Saraf, an acclaimed local filmmaking duo, spent years documenting the eccentric and colorful residents of a Tenderloin residential hotel for the recently homeless. This moving feature paints a multifaceted portrait of a neighborhood and its residents.
Every Little Step captures the exhilarating and agonizing process of casting the 2006 Broadway revival of the 1975 smash hit musical A Chorus Line. The echoes between the present-day process and the musical are endless, and the filmmakers brilliantly tease out the most telling moments.
A carpenter who guts old houses dreams of a strange, new life without being able to envision its shape or form. Bay Area-based cinematographer/filmmaker Frazer Bradshaw’s semi-experimental narrative feature is an unflinching contemplation of spiritual inertia and downward mobility.
This portrait of poet and City Lights cofounder Lawrence Ferlinghetti traces a legendary and remarkably influential literary life, from the early Beats and the Howl censorship trial to the infamous anti-war banner hung outside the bookstore, “Dissent Is Not Un-American.”