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Sunday, August 28, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, August 28, 2022
7 PM
Kinuyo Tanaka,
Japan,
1961,
(93 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

The Sunday, July 31 screening features an introduction by Lili Hinstin.

Focused on the efforts of one young woman to build a new life in the wake of Japan’s 1956 Prostitution Prevention Law, Girls of the Night offers a sharp critique of the mistreatment of sex workers in postwar occupied Japan.
  • Lili Hinstin
    Introduction, July 31
    Lili Hinstin, an artistic director and programmer, helmed Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival from 2013 to 2018 and the Locarno Film Festival from 2018 to 2020.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2022
7 PM
Samuel Fuller,
United States,
1980/2004,
(163 mins)

35mm Print

Fuller’s dream project was based on a nightmare: his own experience of combat in World War II. Richard Schickel’s 2004 reconstruction used Fuller’s script and notes to repair and reinstate scenes missing from the truncated version released in 1980. 
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Thursday, September 1, 2022
12:45 PM
In this talk, artist Viv Qiu explores the world-building potential of making experimental, critical, speculative art.

Free and open to the public

4 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Free
  • In-Person
Thursday, September 1, 2022
4 PM–7 PM
Still lifes make small promises that offer large pleasures, come to the lower-level Study Center and enjoy. 

Free on first Thursday of the month

Series Five Tables
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Friday, September 2, 2022
11:30 AM
Indigenous leader and author Greg Sarris will join Assoc. Prof. of Comparative Literature and English Beth Piatote to discuss how literature and nature intersect with stories of Bay Area Native American history.

The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom webinar

Free and open to the public

2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, September 2, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
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11 AM–7 PM
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Saturday, September 3, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
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11 AM–7 PM
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Sunday, September 4, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022
7 PM
Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams,
Rwanda, United States,
2021,
(119 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Replete with mind-altering visual and sonic imagery, this Afrofuturist mélange of music, poetry, and resistance is hypnotic and visionary in its depiction of a genderqueer community of hackers and techno poets. With Manu Luksch’s short Algo-Rhythm.
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Thursday, September 8, 2022
12:45 PM

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

The borderlands are an evolving landscape that is a laboratory for art, design, and activism. Ronald Rael discusses how the complexity of this territory in flux has led to projects that explore the dichotomies of an ever-changing frontier.

Free and open to the public

4 PM
Thursday, September 8, 2022
4 PM

Programmed by Sean Carson

Touch Bass is a collaboration of choreographer Risa Jaroslow with bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, featuring three dancers, three bassists, and three double basses in an exploration of our physical and emotional vulnerabilities.
Included with gallery admission
Series Performances
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, September 8, 2022
7 PM
Emiko Omori,
United States,
1999,
(113 mins)
Emiko Omori’s poetic documentary tells the story of Japanese incarceration in the United States, bringing to light the courageous acts of protest and rebellion that have been too often overlooked. Beautifully rendered, Rabbit in the Moon bravely lifts the gag that once muted a culture’s voice of anger. With Chris Kennedy’s lay claim to an island, which revisits the 1969 takeover of Alcatraz Island by the American Indian movement. 
In Person
  • Emiko Omori
  • Chizuko Omori
    Chizuko Omori is a producer and subject of Rabbit in the Moon.
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Friday, September 9, 2022
11:30 AM
Choreographer Lenora Lee and theater director Ava Roy will discuss San Francisco Bay’s Angel Island and Alcatraz Island as creative catalysts and settings for their site-inspired performances addressing migration, incarceration, and resistance.

Free and open to the public

The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom webinar

2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, September 9, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
Friday, September 9, 2022
7 PM
Elaine May,
United States,
1976,
(106 mins)

Digital Restoration

Excellent performances by Peter Falk and John Cassavetes, who play petty gangsters in a lonely night’s landscape, on the run from death, mark this distinctive work, written and directed by May.
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11:30 AM
  • Activity
  • Families
  • Free
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Saturday, September 10, 2022
11:30 AM

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

Compose a small box filled with a mini collection of special objects, images, and instructions to be activated by the future recipient of your box. 

Included with admission: Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under

  • Raphael Noz
    Workshop led by
    Raphael Noz holds an MS in education from Wheelock College and an MFA from California College of the Arts.
Series Family Events
1 PM–7 PM
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  • Art
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Saturday, September 10, 2022
1 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
Saturday, September 10, 2022
2 PM

Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

Even magic has rules, and Aster seems to be breaking them. Instead of shapeshifting, like boys are supposed to, he likes witchcraft, which is girls’ territory. Aster learns that to be truly himself takes courage.

Included with admission: Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under

  • Jana Vourgourakis
    Reading led by
    Jana Vourgourakis, BAMPFA schools program educator 
Series Family Events
Saturday, September 10, 2022
3 PM
Join Candice Lin, Mel Y. Chen, and Victoria Sung for a wide-ranging conversation about the exhibition Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping in the context of animals, animality, and theories of interspecies assemblage.

Included with admission

Saturday, September 10, 2022
7 PM
Francisco Newman, Allen Willis,
United States,
1970,
(77 mins)
An illuminating interview with Black Panther Bobby Seale while he was incarcerated in San Francisco County Jail. With an excerpt from Queen Mother Moore Speech at Greenhaven Prison.
  • Shani Shay
    Introduction
    Shani Shay is the Incarceration to College program founder/director, Berkeley Underground Scholars.
8 PM
  • Performance
Saturday, September 10, 2022
8 PM

Programmed by Sean Carson

Touch Bass is a collaboration of choreographer Risa Jaroslow with bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, featuring three dancers, three bassists, and three double basses in an exploration of our physical and emotional vulnerabilities.

Seating for Full performances is limited

Tickets:
SOLD OUT: Sep 10, 8 PM
Sep 11, 4 PM

$14General Admission
$12Seniors / Students / Patrons with Disability
FREEBAMPFA Members / UCB Staff and Students / Youth
Series Full
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11 AM–7 PM
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Sunday, September 11, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
12 PM
  • Activity
  • Families
  • Free
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Sunday, September 11, 2022
12 PM

This event has been postponed to Sunday, Septemeber 25 at 1 PM.

Join local artists and educators Amy Bergstein and Alayna Tinney for some collaborative collage time in the Art Lab. All ages are welcome!

Postponed to Sunday, September 25

Included with admission

Series Workshops
4 PM
  • Performance
Sunday, September 11, 2022
4 PM

Programmed by Sean Carson

Touch Bass is a collaboration of choreographer Risa Jaroslow with bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, featuring three dancers, three bassists, and three double basses in an exploration of our physical and emotional vulnerabilities.

Seating for Full performances is limited

Tickets:
SOLD OUT: Sep 10, 8 PM
Sep 11, 4 PM

$14General Admission
$12Seniors / Students / Patrons with Disability
FREEBAMPFA Members / UCB Staff and Students / Youth
Series Full
Google Calendar
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5 PM
  • Film
Sunday, September 11, 2022
5 PM
Elaine May,
United States,
1971,
(102 mins)
Starring Walter Matthau as a playboy who has squandered his wealth and must marry a rich woman or forfeit all his passions, and May as a nerdy heiress, A New Leaf “illustrates how fluidly May fuses verbal and physical comedy” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times).
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Wednesday, September 14, 2022
12:15 PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
7 PM
(65 mins)
This brief survey of recent experimental animation features films by new and established local film artists, from pixelated, live-action documentary to abstract hallucinations, all with songs, performances, and soundscapes.
In Conversation
  • Meghana Bisineer
  • Lydia Greer
  • Allison Leigh Holt
  • Kathleen Quillian
  • Scott Stark
  • Jeffrey Skoller
    Jeffrey Skoller is a filmmaker, writer, and associate professor of film and media at UC Berkeley, as well as cocurator of Alternative Visions. 
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Thursday, September 15, 2022
12:45 PM
Anne Bluethenthal troubles the paradigm of Western dance with content-driven choreographies that face difficult issues of the day with eloquence and passion.

Free and open to the public

Thursday, September 15, 2022
7 PM
Rosine Mbakam,
Belgium, Cameroon,
2016,
(76 mins)
“The filmmaker reinventing how African women are portrayed in movies” (NPR), Mbakam turns the camera on her own remarkable mother and her generation in this captivating documentary.
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Friday, September 16, 2022
11:30 AM
Angel Island in San Francisco Bay is a crucial spot marking the history of exclusionary, race-based immigration policy. Its immigration station has sometimes been called “the Ellis Island of the West.” In this lecture, Ed Tepporn will discuss how activists saved this site, current day efforts, and its meaning for the future.

The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom webinar

Free and open to the public

2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, September 16, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
Friday, September 16, 2022
7 PM
Warren Beatty, Buck Henry,
United States,
1978,
(101 mins)
This fantasy-comedy about a young man (Beatty) who is mistakenly taken to heaven by his guardian angel earned May her first Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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11 AM–7 PM
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Saturday, September 17, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
Saturday, September 17, 2022
11 AM–7 PM
Enjoy free gallery admission all day in celebration of our latest exhibition Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration, and don't miss the talk with curator Julio Morales at 2 PM.

Free gallery admission

Saturday, September 17, 2022
2 PM
Julio Morales, senior curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum, who organized Undoing Time, offers insights into the works of twelve contemporary artists featured in the exhbiition.

Free gallery admission

7 PM
Saturday, September 17, 2022
7 PM
Elaine May,
United States,
1976,
(106 mins)

Digital Restoration

Excellent performances by Peter Falk and John Cassavetes, who play petty gangsters in a lonely night’s landscape, on the run from death, mark this distinctive work, written and directed by May.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
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Sunday, September 18, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
1 PM
Sunday, September 18, 2022
1 PM
Oakland and Brooklyn based press and publishing project, Irrelevant Press hosts a risograph printing and zine-making workshop.

Included with admission

Series Workshops
Sunday, September 18, 2022
5 PM
(73 mins)
Women of all ages and backgrounds drive the narratives of these short films, whether in Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, or London.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
12:15 PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
7 PM
(77 mins)
This program of shorts features recent BAMPFA preservation prints of films by influential and undervalued Bay Area women filmmakers whose works were distributed by Serious Business Company, including Freude, Gunvor Nelson, and Dorothy Wiley.
In Conversation
  • Tanya Zimbardo
    Introduction
    Tanya Zimbardo is a curator who has organized artist film programs and exhibitions at SFMOMA and for Bay Area nonprofits.
  • Dorothy Wiley
    Introduction
    Dorothy Wiley began making films in the 1960s exploring her everyday experience living in the Bay Area; we present three new BAMPFA preservation prints of her work.
  • Antonella Bonfanti
    Introduction
    Antonella Bonfanti is the BAMPFA film collection supervisor.
  • Jon Shibata
    Introduction
    Jon Shibata is the BAMPFA senior film archivist.
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Thursday, September 22, 2022
12:45 PM
Petra Linhartová is Head of Digital & Innovation at TBA21–Academy. The methodology accumulated and incubated by TBA21–Academy's practice manifests digitally through Ocean-Archive.org. This lecture invites the audience to wade through the Archive's many currents and experience creative practices within digital interfaces and beyond traditional frameworks.

Free and open to the public

7 PM
  • Film
Thursday, September 22, 2022
7 PM
Med Hondo,
Burkina Faso, France, Mauritania,
1986,
(116 mins)
A young queen leads her people against a brutal French expeditionary force in 1899 Niger in Hondo’s anti-colonialist, rough-hewn epic based on the brutal true-life history of the Voulet-Chanoine Mission.
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Friday, September 23, 2022
11:30 AM
ShiPu Wang will discuss the paintings of three trailblazers of Japanese descent who leveraged portraiture to build communities and make their presence visible in the Exclusion-era California.

Free and open to the public

2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
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Friday, September 23, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, September 23, 2022
7 PM
Cinda Firestone,
United States,
1974,
(115 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

An essential counterpoint to the official and mass media accounts of the Attica prison uprising and subsequent massacre. “Few social documentaries hit their mark with more harrowing and urgent impact. No matter how you feel about prison reform Attica makes indifference impossible” (Stanley Eichelbaum, San Francisco Examiner). With Christine Choy and Susan Robeson’s Teach Our Children.
  • Michael Mark Cohen
    Introduction
    Michael Mark Cohen is associate teaching professor of American studies and African American studies at UC Berkeley.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
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Saturday, September 24, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, September 24, 2022
7 PM
Rithy Panh,
Cambodia, France,
2013,
(96 mins)
Renowned Cambodian filmmaker Panh’s haunting, powerful, and personal investigation into the Cambodian genocide.
In Conversation
  • Rithy Panh
  • Khatharya Um
    Khatharya Um is associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and associate professor and former coordinator of the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program at UC Berkeley. She is
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Sunday, September 25, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
1 PM
  • Activity
  • Families
  • Free
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Sunday, September 25, 2022
1 PM
Join local artists and educators Amy Bergstein and Alayna Tinney for some collaborative collage time in the Art Lab. All ages are welcome!

Included with admission

Series Workshops
3:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, September 25, 2022
3:30 PM
Rithy Panh,
Cambodia, France,
2020,
(88 mins)

North American Premiere

Winner of the 2020 Berlinale Documentary Award, Panh’s Irradiated continues his exploration of the inhumanity of war and ideologically motivated genocide beyond the borders of his native Cambodia.
In Conversation
  • Rithy Panh
  • Boreth Ly
    Borethy Ly is associate professor of Southeast Asian Art History and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz. 
Sunday, September 25, 2022
4 PM
Poetry by Toya L. Groves and Darius Simpson.

Included with admission

7 PM
Sunday, September 25, 2022
7 PM
Elaine May,
United States,
1972,
(106 mins)
The Heartbreak Kid is a bitter satire that plays like a whimsical romantic comedy. “[A] movie that manages the marvelous and very peculiar trick of blending the mechanisms and the cruelties of Neil Simon’s comedy with the sense and sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald” (Vincent Canby, New York Times).
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
12:15 PM
Tours of Undoing Time are led by students from the Berkeley Underground Scholars program, which supports formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted students.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
7 PM
(74 mins)

Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

The experimental films of Brazilian filmmaker Vaz celebrate the medium’s possibility to engage the senses in surprising new ways by reconsidering the limits of our perception.
Prerecorded Conversation
  • Ana Vaz
  • Nicolás Pereda
    Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker and assistant professor of film and media at UC Berkeley.
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Thursday, September 29, 2022
12:45 PM
Composer, vocalist, and artist Ken Ueno moves toward creating a personal practice that seeks to “uncorset” musical practice and, by extension, claim artistic agency for those who do not belong to the dominant culture.

Free and open to the public

7 PM
Thursday, September 29, 2022
7 PM
Hawa Aliou N’Diaye,
Benin, France, Mali,
2021,
(71 mins)
N’Diaye explores Malian tradition, myth, and the ethereal through interviews with women who—like her—claim to be possessed by enigmatic spirits known as jinn.
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Friday, September 30, 2022
11:30 AM
Anoma Pieris and Lynne Horiuchi will talk about their new book, The Architecture of Confinement: Incarceration Camps and the Pacific War.
2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
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Friday, September 30, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
  • Film
Friday, September 30, 2022
7 PM
Elaine May,
United States,
1987,
(107 mins)

Digital Restoration
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Broke, untalented nightclub performers (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) accept a gig at a Moroccan hotel before becoming CIA pawns in May’s highly underrated romp. “May’s screenwriting has a sardonic, aphoristic brilliance. . . . [as director] she pushes Beatty and Hoffman out of their familiar personae, into strange psychodramatic performances that emerge with a precision of gesture and inflection” (Richard Brody, New Yorker).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, October 1, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, October 1, 2022
7 PM
Haile Gerima,
United States,
1975,
(97 mins)
Dorothy, the title character, is raising a daughter in Watts while her husband is in prison. Her political awareness develops as she navigates the cacophony and turmoil of the neighborhood and stays connected with him via correspondence.
  • Ryanaustin Dennis
    Introduction
    Ryanaustin Dennis is cocurator of BAMPFA's Black Life series.