The Proxy Fall Film Festival is a five-week series of free Friday night screenings
at the Proxy Walk-in Movie Theater in Hayes Valley.
The festival will feature recently released, best-of-show selections from festivals focusing on independent and emerging voices in film—a line up more likely to be found in art houses than outdoors, for all to discover.
2017 Proxy Fall Film Festival
Starts on September 22, 2017 | All screenings begin at 7 pm
PROXY, 432 Octavia Blvd, San Francisco
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2017 Screening Schedule:
September 22: I Am Not Your Negro
An astonishing, often challenging and sharp examination of race in the United States”
—Globe & Mail
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House, a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty pages of his manuscript. In this incendiary new documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished: a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, the civil rights movement, and #BlackLivesMatter.
September 29: The Big Sick
“The year’s most likably unlikely romcom.”
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon—the screenplay’s co-authors—The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (played by Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. What they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, complicating the life Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents have planned for him. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, Kumail must navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano), while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
October 6: Landline
Directed by Gillian Robespierre, 2017
“Wise, witty and wonderful.” —Flavorwire
When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, Landline is a warm, insightful and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies.
October 13: A Ghost Story
Directed by David Lowery, 2017
“Like nothing you’ve ever seen.” —Vanity Fair
With A Ghost Story, director David Lowery returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
October 20: Patti Cake$
Directed by Geremy Jasper, 2017
“The Sundance and Cannes sensation” —Deadline
In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in Patti Cake$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, Patti Cake$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.
Space at the PROXY Walk-in Movie Theater is first come, first served. Arrive early to claim a good spot on the lot and get settled in. Bring blankets, low chairs, and anything else you need to sit comfortably on the ground, taking reasonable care not to block the view of those around you. Limited seating also will be available.