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    Monday, February 27
    6:30 PM
    Wortham writes about technology and culture for the New York Times. Ellis, associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and cultures.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    Educators & Researchers
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    Wednesday, March 1
    12 PM
    Cohen, an associate teaching professor in the African American studies department at UC Berkeley, talks about writer Thomas Pynchon, whose work embodies the radical challenge of the California counterculture.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Educators & Researchers
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, March 1
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    3:10 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, March 1
    3:10 PM
    Billy Wilder,
    United States,
    1959,
    (170 mins)

    35mm Print

    Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon star in Wilder’s outrageous cross-dressing comedy, selected by the American Film Institute as the funniest movie ever made.
    At BAMPFA
    Tickets on sale to general public on December 15
    Special admission applies: General admission: $13.50. BAMPFA members: $9.50. UC Berkeley students: $7.50 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50 /
    • David Thomson
      Lecture
    7 PM
    Wednesday, March 1
    7 PM
    Kirsten Johnson,
    United States,
    2016,
    (110 mins)
    Documentary cinematographer Johnson mines twenty-five years’ worth of her footage for this self-portrait and investigation into the ethics of representation, a “labor of love of the highest order” (Film Comment). With Johnson’s short The Above.
    At BAMPFA
    2
    1 PM
    Thursday, March 2
    1 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, March 2
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Thursday, March 2
    4–7 PM
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free
    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, March 2
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, March 2
    7 PM
    Wayne Wang,
    United States,
    1982,
    (92 mins)

    New 35mm Print

    Touted as the first all–Chinese American feature film, Wang’s irreverent, refreshingly authentic movie follows two cab drivers searching S.F.’s Chinatown for an elusive flim-flam man. “A small, whimsical treasure of a film” (Roger Ebert). With Wang’s short Dim Sum Take-Out.
    At BAMPFA
    • Wayne Wang
      In Person
      Among the diverse films Wayne Wang has directed, his works focusing on Asian American cultures include Eat a Bowl of Tea, Dim Sum, The Joy Luck Club, and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.
    All Day
    Thursday, March 2
    All Day
    Galleries free all day.
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free
    3
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, March 3
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 3
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7:30 PM
    Friday, March 3
    7:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1950,
    (114 mins)
    A young priest tries to lead an exemplary life, but his parishioners respond with scorn and indifference. “A film of great purity, and at the end, almost Bach-like intensity” (Pauline Kael).
    At BAMPFA
    • Tony Pipolo
      Introduction and Post-screening Discussion
      Tony Pipolo is professor emeritus of film and literature at the City University of New York and author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film.
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    1 PM
    Saturday, March 4
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    11 AM–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, March 4
    11 AM–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, March 4
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    5:30 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, March 4
    5:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1983,
    (85 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    A young man unknowingly passes counterfeit cash and sets off an escalating spiral of crimes in Bresson’s last film, a tough, terse investigation of the power of money adapted from a Tolstoy novella.
    At BAMPFA
    • Tony Pipolo
      Introduction and Post-screening Discussion
      Tony Pipolo will appear only at the March 4 screening. He is professor emeritus of film and literature at the City University of New York and author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film.
    8:15 PM
    Saturday, March 4
    8:15 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    United States,
    1970,
    (107 mins)
    Antonioni filmed the sixties war between radical and straight cultures in LA and Death Valley. “A sorrowing, stranger’s-eye view of modern America” (Time). 
    At BAMPFA
    5
    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, March 5
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    2 PM
    Sunday, March 5
    2 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    2 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, March 5
    2 PM
    Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub,
    France, Italy,
    1999,
    (130 mins)
    Sentences become arias as one man’s return to Sicily inspires recollections of corruption, treachery, and political and personal woe in this “masterpiece” (Artforum). With companion piece Return of the Prodigal Son / Humiliated.
    At BAMPFA
    Sunday, March 5
    2 PM
    Miller, author of Blueprint for Counter Education, explores objects and publications that informed his defining work of Vietnam War–era radical pedagogy.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, March 5
    3-6:25 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4:45 PM
    Sunday, March 5
    4:45 PM
    John Murray Anderson,
    United States,
    1930,
    (100 mins)

    New 4K Digital Restoration

    One of Hollywood’s most ambitious musicals, featuring the top jazz orchestras and dancers of the day, is brought back to life in this dazzling restoration from the original two-color Technicolor negative.
    At BAMPFA
    Sunday, March 5
    7 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1943,
    (96 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    Bresson’s visual elegance and uncompromising narrative style are already in evidence in his first feature film, which follows a sophisticated young woman into the closed world of a convent.
    At BAMPFA
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    Monday, March 6
    6:30 PM
    Zimbardo is assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    Educators & Researchers
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    Wednesday, March 8
    12 PM
    Explore avant-garde art practices with Beard, executive director of The Lab and former assistant curator at BAMPFA.
    At BAMPFA
    Free
    Educators & Researchers
    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Wednesday, March 8
    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, March 8
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    3:10 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, March 8
    3:10 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1956,
    (170 mins)
    From the true account of a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison just before he was to be executed, Bresson created a film where the drama is all internal. “Essential viewing” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
    At BAMPFA
    Special admission prices: General admission: $13.50. BAMPFA members: $9.50. UC Berkeley students: $7.50. UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $10.50
    • Jeffrey Skoller
      Lecture
    5–7 PM
    Wednesday, March 8
    5–7 PM
    Explore the power of observational drawing at a figure drawing class with a live nude model.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    6 PM
    Wednesday, March 8
    6 PM
    Join the artist of Silhouettes to explore the legacy of the portrait, physiognomy, and people’s desire to read the face.
    At BAMPFA
    Free with admission
    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, March 8
    7 PM
    Frederick Wiseman,
    United States,
    2015,
    (190 mins)
    Legendary filmmaker Wiseman observes everyday life in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse communities. “Among Mr. Wiseman’s masterpieces. . . . An immersive celebration of democracy” (New York Times).
    At BAMPFA
    • Linda Williams
      Introduction
      Linda Williams is professor emeritus in film and media/rhetoric at UC Berkeley.
    9
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, March 9
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, March 9
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Thursday, March 9
    7 PM
    Christopher Kirkley,
    Niger, United States,
    2015,
    (75 mins)
    Musician Mdou Moctar and the founder of the label Sahel Sounds join together for this unexpected remix of Prince’s Purple Rain, set amidst the electrified, electrifying Tuareg music scene of Saharan Niger. 
    At BAMPFA
    10
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, March 10
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4 PM
    Friday, March 10
    4 PM
    John Murray Anderson,
    United States,
    1930,
    (100 mins)

    New 4K Digital Restoration

    One of Hollywood’s most ambitious musicals, featuring the top jazz orchestras and dancers of the day, is brought back to life in this dazzling restoration from the original two-color Technicolor negative.
    At BAMPFA
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 10
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Friday, March 10
    6 PM

    Programmed by Sunnylyn Thibodeaux

    Poets Shurin and Killian read their work.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Series Readings 2017
    7:30 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 10
    7:30 PM
    Francisco Newman, Allen Willis,
    United States,
    1970,
    (135 mins)
    An interview with Black Panther Bobby Seale while he was incarcerated in San Francisco County Jail. With William Klein's Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther, a portrait of the Panther leader during his exile in Algiers.
    At BAMPFA
    11
    1 PM
    Saturday, March 11
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, March 11
    1 PM
    Anthony Raynsford, Bonnie Ora Sherk, and Lisa Uddin explore the radical geographies of counterculture politics in a discussion moderated by Sean Burns.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    11:30–1 PM
    Saturday, March 11
    11:30–1 PM

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

    After a tour of circular works in Hippie Modernism, create your own art based on concentric circles.
    At BAMPFA
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    • Mary Curtis Ratcliff
      With artist
      After studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design and cofounding the video collective Videofreex in late-1960s New York, Ratcliff moved to the Bay Area, where she makes sculpture, mixed me
    1–2:30 PM
    Saturday, March 11
    1–2:30 PM

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

    After a tour of circular works in Hippie Modernism, create your own art based on concentric circles.
    At BAMPFA
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    • Mary Curtis Ratcliff
      With artist
      After studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design and cofounding the video collective Videofreex in late-1960s New York, Ratcliff moved to the Bay Area, where she makes sculpture, mixed me
    2:30 – 9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, March 11
    2:30 – 9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, March 11
    3 PM

    Recommended for ages 8 and up (younger kids welcome as listeners)

    Read the beginning of this delightful mystery, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.
    At BAMPFA
    Free for kids plus one accompanying adult
    Families
    • Jennifer Gordon
      Reading led by
      Jennifer Gordon is a librarian at Malcolm X Elementary School, Berkeley.
    Saturday, March 11
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4 PM
    Saturday, March 11
    4 PM
    John Murray Anderson,
    United States,
    1930,
    (100 mins)

    New 4K Digital Restoration

    One of Hollywood’s most ambitious musicals, featuring the top jazz orchestras and dancers of the day, is brought back to life in this dazzling restoration from the original two-color Technicolor negative.
    At BAMPFA
    Saturday, March 11
    6:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1962,
    (65 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    In his austere, transcendent dramatization of transcripts from Joan of Arc’s trial, Bresson conveys the mystery of the woman and the reality of the saint.
    At BAMPFA
    8:15 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, March 11
    8:15 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1959,
    (75 mins)
    A Parisian thief’s anguish and redemption are played out in Bresson’s famous reworking of Crime and Punishment. “An unmitigated masterpiece” (Paul Schrader).
    At BAMPFA
    12
    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, March 12
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    2 PM
    Sunday, March 12
    2 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    Sunday, March 12
    2 PM
    Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet,
    France, Germany,
    1986,
    (132 mins)
    Greek philosopher Empedocles finds himself both a hero of the people and an enemy of the state in this staging of a Hölderlin play on spectacular Mount Etna. Its style “reveals a utopian present” (Artforum).
    At BAMPFA
    Sunday, March 12
    3-6:25 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, March 12
    5 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1945,
    (90 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    Bresson updates an eighteenth-century Diderot novel to contemporary Paris with this story of a beautiful woman who takes revenge on her ex-lover. “A landmark in cinema history” (David Thomson).
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    • In-Person
    Sunday, March 12
    7 PM

    Programmed by Sarah Cahill

    Canadian electroacoustic musician Jean-François LaPorte uses sculptural instruments and experimental control mechanisms.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
    7 PM
    Sunday, March 12
    7 PM
    Alice Diop,
    France,
    2015,
    (85 mins)
    Alice Diop’s intimate featurette portrays the inner thoughts and public territory of young men in a Paris suburb. With shorts The Return (Yohann Kouam), Reluctantly Queer (Akosua Adoma Owusu), and The Sense of Touch (Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo).
    At BAMPFA
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    Monday, March 13
    6:30 PM
    New Orleans–based multidisciplinary artist and activist sumell reflects on her service with prisoners indefinitely held in solitary confinement, drawing from the teachings of the Black Panthers, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    Educators & Researchers
    14
    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    • Cal Students | Members
    Tuesday, March 14
    7 PM

    For BAMPFA Members and Cal Students Only

    Join us for this fifth annual event especially for BAMPFA members, an insider’s view into how we shape our film collection.
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free; open to BAMPFA members and UC Berkeley students only
    Cal Students | Members
    Series Member Events
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    Wednesday, March 15
    12 PM
    Find the intersections between art and politics with Reed, a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, public media commentator, lecturer, and publisher.
    At BAMPFA
    Free
    Educators & Researchers
    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Wednesday, March 15
    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, March 15
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    3:10 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, March 15
    3:10 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1967,
    (170 mins)
    Bresson’s portrayal of the life and death of a despised country girl is gritty yet lyrical and ultimately sublime. “In Mouchette, the world itself is a mystical stage” (J. Hoberman).
    At BAMPFA
    Special admission prices: General admission: $13.50. BAMPFA members: $9.50. UC Berkeley students: $7.50. UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $10.50
    • Jeffrey Skoller
      Lecture
    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, March 15
    7 PM
    Sharon Lockhart,
    United States,
    2016,
    (52 mins)
    Lockhart collaborated with young women living in a group home in Poland to create these expressive, carefully composed vignettes on their lives, thoughts, and desires.
    At BAMPFA
    • Sharon Lockhart
      In Person
    16
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, March 16
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, March 16
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Thursday, March 16
    7 PM
    Jean Eustache,
    France,
    1975,
    (154 mins)

    Imported Print

    Eustache’s coming-of-age film is a masterpiece of disillusionment. “Under a beguiling surface . . . a distinctly cool, delicately nuanced study of a human being” (Sight & Sound). With Lockhart’s short Pódworka.
    At BAMPFA
    • Sharon Lockhart
      Introduction
    17
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, March 17
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 17
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    6:30 PM
    Friday, March 17
    6:30 PM
    Raymond Depardon,
    France,
    2008,
    (88 mins)

     

    Photographer and filmmaker Depardon travels the remote French countryside to talk with farmers in this compassionate portrait of a vanishing way of life. “Sublime and timeless” (The Telegraph).
    At BAMPFA
    • Sharon Lockhart
      Introduction
    8:30 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 17
    8:30 PM
    Sharon Lockhart,
    United States,
    2009,
    (99 mins)
    A serene portrait of work and tides, filmed on the coast of Maine. “This moving meditation . . . is guaranteed to lower your blood pressure and recalibrate your mind” (New York Times).
    At BAMPFA
    • Sharon Lockhart
      In Person
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    1 PM
    Saturday, March 18
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    11 AM–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, March 18
    11 AM–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, March 18
    1:30 PM
    Poets Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez lead this workshop that explores BAMPFA's collection and the exhibitions currently on view, through words. Hosted by Berkeley Poetry Festival, the workshop offers the opportunity to explore and write ekphrastic poetry, or poetry created through ekphrasis, a process of translating an image into words. 
    At BAMPFA
    Free with admission
    Saturday, March 18
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    3:30 PM
    Saturday, March 18
    3:30 PM
    Bénédicte Galup, Michel Ocelot,
    France,
    2005,
    (74 mins)

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    This vibrantly colorful animated sequel to the popular Kirikou and the Sorceress finds little Kirikou using his brains and heart to help his fellow African villagers. With a superb soundtrack by Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango.
    At BAMPFA
    Families
    6 PM
    Saturday, March 18
    6 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1956,
    (97 mins)
    From the true account of a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison just before he was to be executed, Bresson created a film where the drama is all internal. “Essential viewing” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
    At BAMPFA
    8:15 PM
    Saturday, March 18
    8:15 PM
    Peter Watkins,
    United States,
    1971,
    (88 mins)
    Reality television meets political oppression in this notorious dystopian vision of a near future where activists are set loose in the desert for the benefit of viewing audiences. A Vietnam war precursor to The Hunger Games. With the Black Panther short, Off the Pig! 
    At BAMPFA
    19
    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, March 19
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, March 19
    1:30 PM
    Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet,
    Germany, Italy,
    1969,
    (98 mins)
    Contemporary Rome is never far away in Straub-Huillet’s self-aware adaptation of a Corneille play about the Roman Empire. With short Every Revolution Is a Throw of the Dice.
    At BAMPFA
    • Erik Ulman
      Introduction
      Erik Ulman, a composer and lecturer in music at Stanford University, writes on music, poetry, and film; he co-directs, with Marcia Scott, the arts organization Poto.
    2 PM
    Sunday, March 19
    2 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    Sunday, March 19
    2–4 PM
    Join artist Hart for a talk and clothing customization workshop inspired by her 1974 book Native Funk and Flash: An Emerging Folk Art.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, March 19
    3-6:25 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4:30 PM
    Sunday, March 19
    4:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1966,
    (95 mins)
    Bresson found the perfect protagonist for this film in a donkey, “born, like all beings, to suffer and die needlessly and mysteriously. . . . A morbidly beautiful flower of cinematic art” (Andrew Sarris).
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    Sunday, March 19
    7 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    United States,
    1970,
    (107 mins)
    Antonioni filmed the sixties war between radical and straight cultures in LA and Death Valley. “A sorrowing, stranger’s-eye view of modern America” (Time). 
    At BAMPFA
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    Monday, March 20
    6:30 PM
    Andrew and Deborah Rappaport founded the Minnesota Street Project to offer affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    Educators & Researchers
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    Wednesday, March 22
    12 PM
    Pérez, an associate professor of ethnic studies and core faculty in performance studies at UC Berkeley, delves into the issues raised by Mendieta’s work and life.
    At BAMPFA
    Free
    Educators & Researchers
    • Laura Pérez
    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Wednesday, March 22
    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, March 22
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    3:10 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, March 22
    3:10 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1977,
    (170 mins)
    In this portrait of a young Parisian whose personal crisis mirrors the ecological, political, and social disasters of his time, Bresson’s morally probing compassion meets the cynicism of the 1970s.
    At BAMPFA
    Special admission prices: General admission: $13.50. BAMPFA members: $9.50. UC Berkeley students: $7.50. UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $10.50
    • Jeffrey Skoller
      Lecture
    Wednesday, March 22
    7 PM
    Pedro Costa,
    France, Portugal,
    2001,
    (104 mins)
    Pedro Costa witnesses Straub and Huillet at work in the editing room in this “revelatory study of the moviemaking process” (The New Yorker).
    At BAMPFA
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    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, March 23
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, March 23
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    Thursday, March 23
    7 PM
    Howard Alk, Mike Gray,
    United States,
    1971,
    (88 mins)

    Restored 35mm Print

    This impassioned political documentary investigates the killing of Black Panther Fred Hampton, and is an indictment of the Chicago police force.
    At BAMPFA
    • Waldo E. Martin
      Introduction
      Martin is the Alexander F. & May T. Morrison Professor of American History & Citizenship at UC Berkeley.
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    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, March 24
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4 PM
    Friday, March 24
    4 PM
    Charles Chaplin,
    United States,
    1940,
    (127 mins)
    Chaplin takes on that other famous guy with a small black moustache. “A time capsule, a timeless document and a profound work of conscience. . . . See it with a crowd” (San Francisco Chronicle).
    At BAMPFA
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 24
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    6:30–7:30 PM
    Friday, March 24
    6:30–7:30 PM

    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

    Walking Tree’s workshop #SoundPOWAH introduces us to traditional and contemporary drum rhythms, dance, and songs from the African diaspora.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7:30 PM
    Friday, March 24
    7:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1966,
    (95 mins)
    Bresson found the perfect protagonist for this film in a donkey, “born, like all beings, to suffer and die needlessly and mysteriously. . . . A morbidly beautiful flower of cinematic art” (Andrew Sarris).
    At BAMPFA
    25
    1 PM
    Saturday, March 25
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    11 AM–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, March 25
    11 AM–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, March 25
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, March 25
    4 PM
    Corinna Belz,
    Germany,
    2011,
    (97 mins)
    This strikingly visual document of artist Gerhard Richter’s creative process is “a must-see for followers of contemporary painting” (Hollywood Reporter).
    At BAMPFA
    6:30 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, March 25
    6:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1967,
    (80 mins)
    Bresson’s portrayal of the life and death of a despised country girl is gritty yet lyrical and ultimately sublime. “In Mouchette, the world itself is a mystical stage” (J. Hoberman).
    At BAMPFA
    8:15 PM
    Saturday, March 25
    8:15 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1969,
    (88 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Dominique Sanda stars in Bresson’s first color film, the simple, mysteriously resonant story of a young woman’s marriage and her suicide. Adapted from a Dostoyevsky short story.
    At BAMPFA
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    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, March 26
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    2 PM
    Sunday, March 26
    2 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    2 PM
    Sunday, March 26
    2 PM
    Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet,
    Germany, Italy,
    1972,
    (108 mins)
    This notorious adaptation of Brecht’s The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar envisions the leader through his business underlings, and the Roman Empire through contemporary Roman traffic. With short Concerning Venice.
    At BAMPFA
    Sunday, March 26
    3 PM
    This musical dramatizes how Harriet Tubman helped her brothers and others escape from slavery, and tells a larger story of the Underground Railroad.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, March 26
    3-6:25
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4:30 PM
    Sunday, March 26
    4:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1974,
    (83 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    Bresson gives us Lancelot and Guinevere and the end of the Arthurian era, a brave experiment in sound, image, and souls. “Stunningly beautiful, mesmerizing, exhausting, uplifting, amazing.” (Time Out)
    At BAMPFA
    6:30 PM
    Sunday, March 26
    6:30 PM
    Charles Chaplin,
    United States,
    1940,
    (127 mins)
    Chaplin takes on that other famous guy with a small black moustache. “A time capsule, a timeless document and a profound work of conscience. . . . See it with a crowd” (San Francisco Chronicle).
    At BAMPFA
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    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Wednesday, March 29
    12-2 & 5-6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    1:30 PM
    Wednesday, March 29
    1:30 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    7 PM
    • Film
    Wednesday, March 29
    7 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1959,
    (75 mins)
    A Parisian thief’s anguish and redemption are played out in Bresson’s famous reworking of Crime and Punishment. “An unmitigated masterpiece” (Paul Schrader).
    At BAMPFA
    30
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Thursday, March 30
    12–2 & 5–6:20
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, March 30
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    Thursday, March 30
    7 PM
    Charles Chaplin,
    United States,
    1940,
    (127 mins)
    Chaplin takes on that other famous guy with a small black moustache. “A time capsule, a timeless document and a profound work of conscience. . . . See it with a crowd” (San Francisco Chronicle).
    At BAMPFA
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    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Friday, March 31
    12–2 & 5–8:15
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Friday, March 31
    4 PM
    Corinna Belz,
    Germany,
    2011,
    (97 mins)
    This strikingly visual document of artist Gerhard Richter’s creative process is “a must-see for followers of contemporary painting” (Hollywood Reporter).
    At BAMPFA
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 31
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7:30 PM
    Friday, March 31
    7:30 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1977,
    (93 mins)
    In this portrait of a young Parisian whose personal crisis mirrors the ecological, political, and social disasters of his time, Bresson’s morally probing compassion meets the cynicism of the 1970s.
    At BAMPFA
    1
    1 PM
    Saturday, April 1
    1 PM
    Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of Tibetan refugee lama Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, April 1
    1 PM
    Journalist and best-selling author Pollan and architectural and urban historian Sadler talk about the history and use of psychedelics in therapeutic, philosophical, and cultural contexts.
    At BAMPFA
    11 AM–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, April 1
    11 AM–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, April 1
    3-7:30 PM
    Four programs of short films screening each afternoon feature works by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, John Whitney, and others, plus a 1967 documentary about San Francisco’s blossoming hippie scene.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, April 1
    4 PM
    Corinna Belz,
    Germany,
    2011,
    (97 mins)
    This strikingly visual document of artist Gerhard Richter’s creative process is “a must-see for followers of contemporary painting” (Hollywood Reporter).
    At BAMPFA
    6 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, April 1
    6 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1983,
    (85 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    A young man unknowingly passes counterfeit cash and sets off an escalating spiral of crimes in Bresson’s last film, a tough, terse investigation of the power of money adapted from a Tolstoy novella.
    At BAMPFA
    • Tony Pipolo
      Introduction and Post-screening Discussion
      Tony Pipolo will appear only at the March 4 screening. He is professor emeritus of film and literature at the City University of New York and author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film.
    8 PM
    Saturday, April 1
    8 PM
    John Coney,
    United States,
    1974, 1993,
    (87 mins)
    Intergalactic be-bop meets black liberation in this surrealist musical document of Sun Ra, the eccentric performer/philosopher who boasted a consciousness both extraterrestrial and Afrocentric. Jazz from outer space, filmed in the Bay Area. With Toney W. Merritt’s short, What’s This?
    At BAMPFA
    2
    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, April 2
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, April 2
    2 PM
    Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet,
    France, Germany,
    1989,
    (99 mins)
    Straub and Huillet pay tribute to one of their artistic heroes. With A Visit to the Louvre, their typically cryptic, uncompromising examination of a museum’s role in presenting art. 
    At BAMPFA
    2 PM
    Sunday, April 2
    2 PM
    Guided exhibition tour of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia led by UC Berkeley graduate students.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission; no advance reservation required
    4 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, April 2
    4 PM
    Jason Silverman, Samba Gadjigo,
    Senegal, United States,
    2015,
    (97 mins)
    This profile of legendary Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène is “an enormously moving portrait of the profound way that art can transform those who come in contact with it” (New York Magazine). With Billy Woodberry’s short Marseille après la guerre.
    At BAMPFA
    6 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, April 2
    6 PM
    Ousmane Sembène,
    Senegal,
    1968,
    (90 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection Print

    A comic fable about a middle-aged man in Dakar whose life changes when he receives a money order from Paris. “Sembène’s approach is spare, laconic, slightly ironic, and never patronizing” (New York Times).
    At BAMPFA