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FOFF Programs

Mar 31, 2015
Roxie Cinema
3117 16th Street
San Francisco

$10 General $7.50 Children & Elderly
FEMMES-PLOITATION!: Rothman's Terminal Island & Bigelow's Near Dark
in the series Lurid Dreams: Exploitation Cinema
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Stephanie Rothman directs
Breaking into the men's world of movie-making has always been a tough game, and for women all but impossible. In the 60s and 70s, though, the alternate path of exploitation filmmaking, led by the likes of Roger Corman, beckoned to would-be auteurs including such mavericks as Stephanie Rothman, who blazed a brief but legendary trail of feminist-inflected works for others to follow, and Kathryn Bigelow, who took the torch in the 80s, bringing a politically-informed sensibility to the realm of low-budget independent action cinema. FEMMES-PLOITATION! Rothman & Bigelow features two of the most powerful pieces by these major film directors.
at 7:00pm
Terminal Island (aka Knuckle-Men) (1973) by Stephanie Rothman 88 min. Color 35mm
Terminal Island is as hard-hitting a prison picture as has ever been made. In a science-fictional future, an island is conscripted as the ultimate maximum security prison: once sentenced, male or female, you are left to fend for your life on the terrain of the lawless. Ena Hartman plays a new young black convict dumped on the beach, and shown the ropes by Phyllis Davis and Tom Selleck. Can she team up with fellow freedom-minded types to stick a wrench into the criminal patriarchal hegemony? Terminal Island is Utopia rewritten by J.G. Ballard.
at 9:00pm
Near Dark (1987) by Kathryn Bigelow 94 min. Color 35mm
This punk-inflected vampire-western single-handedly restored the vampire film to the realm of critical respectability. For once, the critics were right: Near Dark is a soulful saga of vampires as the ultimate outsider-outlaws unleashed in the American Southwest. Adrian Pasdar stars as a cowboy recruited by a kiss and a bite from beautiful Jenny Wright to a vampire crew that includes Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, and legendary bad boy Bill Paxton. Near Dark was the first masterpiece by San Francisco Art Institute graduate Kathryn Bigelow, who'd go on to become the first woman to be awarded the Oscar for Best Director. Soundtrack by Tangerine Dream!