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Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

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San Rafael,CA94901United States
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August 2019

Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019

August 21 @ 7:30 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

The Holy Trinity of Rock returns to the big screen on Wednesday, August 21, when the first “Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence” Cinema Strangiato brings Rush fans together in movie theatres worldwide. Featuring R40+, this global fan event will give audiences a special look into some of the best performances from R40 LIVE, including songs such as “Closer to the Heart”, “Subdivisions”, “Tom Sawyer” and more! (US 2019) 120 min.

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Stop Making Sense with Jerry Harrison

August 22 @ 7:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

Energetic, iconic, and universally acclaimed as one of the greatest concert films ever made, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense captures the kinetic groove of pop-punk-avant-garde band Talking Heads at the height of their live performance powers, shot at the storied Hollywood Pantages Theatre over four nights in 1983, featuring fan favorites such as Burning Down the House, Psycho Killer, Once in a Lifetime, Take Me to the River, and many more! Director Jonathan Demme (US 1984) 99 min.

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown – Family Films at the Rafael

August 24 @ 1:30 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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$8.50 – $9

It’s the Peanuts gang on-screen again in the eternally charming first animated feature based on Charles Schulz’s classic comics! When Charlie Brown enters the school spelling bee, ever-cynical Lucy predicts his humiliation. But with the help of best pal Linus and faithful Snoopy, Charlie Brown not only wins the spelling bee, he’s chosen to attend the national spelling bee in New York City, leading to many misadventures in the big city. Nominated for an Oscar® in 1971 for “Best Original…

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ZZ Top – That Little Ol’ Band From Texas

August 25 @ 4:15 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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$9 – $13

This rollicking musical documentary tells the story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band’s inception. Buoyed by candid band interviews, never-before-seen archives, animation, celebrity fan testimonials (Billy Bob Thornton, Joshua Homme, and more), and an intimate performance at the legendary Gruene Hall…

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The Breakfast Club

August 29 @ 7:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

Spend some quality time back in 1985 with a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal in John Hughes’ high school classic The Breakfast Club. This consortium of classmates from very different cliques gather for Saturday morning detention as virtual strangers, and become much more than that over the course of a rebellious afternoon spent outsmarting the assistant principal in the Barry Manilow wardrobe. Featuring star making performances from many members of the famed ‘80’s “Brat…

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September 2019

Ram Dass: Becoming Nobody – US Premiere!

September 6 @ 7:30 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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$10 – $25

In Jamie Catto’s engaging documentary, the core arcs of Ram Dass’ life and teachings coalesce through historic clips and extensive interviews, manifesting the unique existence of Richard Alpert/Ram Dass, the bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies whose spiritual guidance has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass…

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Agnès Varda in California: Black Panthers and Uncle Yanco

September 16 @ 4:15 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

Black Panthers: Varda’s short film introduced the world to the Black Panthers, their activity, and philosophies, resulting in what would become an incredible piece of film history, featuring members H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Bill Brent, Bobby Seale, and an imprisoned Huey P. Newton, interviewed in his holding cell. This film serves as a blueprint for resistance from the forebears of the fight that continues today. Uncle Yanco: In her effervescent first California film, Agnès Varda delves into…

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The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Measure For Measure

September 16 @ 7:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

Measure for Measure, written between 1603 and 1604, has graced the RSC stage numerous times, with various roles realised by acting luminaries John Gielgud, Dame Judi Dench, Jonathan Pryce, and Ben Kingsley, to name a few. A compelling look at abuses of power in a Vienna beset with brothels and loose morality, a young novice nun fears compromise by a corrupt official, who offers to save her imprisoned brother in exchange for sex. When she threatens to expose him, he…

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Art House Theater Day – Rob Nilsson Double Feature

September 18 @ 7:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

For this year’s celebration of Art House Theater Day, we’ve got a real double feature treat from one of our local Bay Area auteurs, Rob Nilsson! We’ll be showcasing two of his acclaimed films on classic 35mm – 1979’s Northern Lights (co-directed by John Hanson), for which they won Cannes’ Camera d’Or, and 1988’s Heat and Sunlight, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. No less than independent film legend John Cassavetes proclaimed: “Nilsson’s films are beautiful, exciting, imaginative,…

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

September 25 @ 7:30 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene makes the case that we are witnessing a critical moment in geological history — and brings a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’s breadth and impact.

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Snoopy, Come Home

September 28 @ 1:30 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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$8.50 – $9

Alternately humorous and heartwarming, Snoopy, Come Home centers upon the adventures of Charlie Brown’s beloved beagle, who receives a letter from his original owner, Lila, confined to a hospital with illness. With his bird friend Woodstock, Snoopy journeys to visit Lila, making his way across the country and characteristically flagrantly ignoring the “no dogs allowed” signs everywhere. When Lila gets better, she asks Snoopy to live with her. But which loving owner will he choose? Written by Schulz, this digitally…

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Chulas Fronteras and Del Mero Corazon with Filmmakers Maureen Gosling and Chris Strachwitz

September 28 @ 4:15 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

From revered filmmaker Les Blank and El Cerrito-based Arhoolie Records’ Chris Strachwitz (This Ain’t No Mouse Music!, MVFF 2014), Chulas Fronteras (Beloved Borders), is a zesty introduction to Norteña music and the culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German dancehall rhythms, and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, música Norteña has evolved since the turn of the 20th century into a unique Mexican-American…

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One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

September 29 @ 4:15 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

Agnès Varda’s enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de coeur. Spanning more than a decade, it traces the ups and downs – abortion, heartbreak, marriage, motherhood – of two friends, Pauline (Valérie Mairesse) and Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard). Even as their lives radically diverge, they remain steadfastly devoted to one another while finding ways to empower other women: one as a traveling feminist folk singer, the other as a reproductive rights activist.…

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October 2019

Roger Waters Us + Them

October 2 @ 7:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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Free – $60

Roger Waters, co-founder, creative force and songwriter behind Pink Floyd, presents his highly anticipated film, Us + Them, featuring state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event. Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans, visionary director of the highly acclaimed movie, Roger Waters The Wall, to deliver this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love. Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 –…

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Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony

October 14 @ 7:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael,CA94901United States
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$15 – $20

The hometown heavy-metal heroes of Metallica return to the Bay Area with Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&M2, a must-see celebration of the 20th anniversary of Metallica’s groundbreaking S&M live concert collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony! See them perform with the Symphony as legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads a portion of the show, kicking off his final season in San Francisco. Recording live on September 6th and 8th, the shows also commemorates the opening of the state-of-the-art Chase…

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