January 2015

Jan 9

Film: It's Gonna Blow!!!

01.09.2015 7:00 pm

It's Gonna Blow!!! - San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996
Bill Perrine I 2014 I 86 min.

7:00pm: Pall Jenkins (Three Mile Pilot, The Black Heart Procession) will open the event with a live solo performance.

8:00pm: Film screening*

'It's Gonna Blow!!! - San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996' chronicles a period when San Diego was touted as 'the next Seattle'. A motley community of musicians with a do it yourself ethos and an aversion to mainstream culture developed their idiosyncratic sounds in the isolation of San Diego but soon found themselves at the center of bidding wars and expense account lunches. What happened when the outcasts from the sticks became the next big thing?

*Join director Bill Perrine and special guests from the film for a moderated live Q & A after the screening.

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Jan 15

Film: Mafia Only Kills In Summer

01.15.2015 7:30 pm

The Mafia Only Kills in Summer / La mafia uccide solo d'estate
Pif I 2003 I 90 min. I Italian w/ Eng. subtitles.

Presented by The San Diego Italian Film Festival

A subversive and irreverent film about Arturo, a young boy whose obsession with the Mafia’s casual presence in his city surpasses even his passion for Flora, the beautiful schoolmate who remains his main love interest until adulthood. The humorous love story, however, is set as a backdrop for some of the most tragic events in Italy’s recent history, starting with the Cosa Nostra’s criminal actions in Sicily in the ’70s, which soon spread through the country.

Tickets: $10 / available at the door. 

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Jan 22

Film: Sepideh (HRWFF)

01.22.2015 7:00 pm

Opening Night and Reception

SEPIDEH - REACHING FOR THE STARS
Berit Madsen / 2013 / 92min.

Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream of a future as an astronaut. As we follow Sepideh, it becomes clear just how at odds her dreams are with her current reality and the expectations of those around her. 

6pm - Reception
7pm - Film screening and Q&A with assistant director Mona Rafatzadeh, and Faraz Sanei, Researcher, Middle East & North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch.
Moderated by Jennifer Freeman, Senior Program Officer, Women, Peace and Security Women PeaceMakers Program Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, USD
9pm - Dessert reception

Tickets: Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets still available at the door.

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Jan 23

Film: Lady Valor: Kristin Beck Story (HRWFF)

01.23.2015 7:00 pm

LADY VALOR: KRISTIN BECK STORY
Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog I 2014 I 90 min.

Q&A with film subject Kristin Beck

Former US Navy SEAL Chris Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

Tickets: Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets still available at the door.

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Jan 24

Film: Private Violence (HRWFF)

01.24.2015 3:00 pm

PRIVATE VIOLENCE
Cynthia Hill I 2013 I 78 min.

Q&A with film subject Kit GruelleAnne O'Dell, Ret. Sgt. SDPD, and Verna Griffin-Tabor, CEO and Executive Director, Center for Community Solutions

An intimate, harrowing account of domestic violence through the eyes of two survivors. Private Violence explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?”

Tickets: Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets still available at the door.

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Jan 24

Film: Out In The Night (HRWFF)

01.24.2015 7:00 pm

OUT IN THE NIGHT
Blair Dorosh-Walther I 2014 I 77min.

Q&A with film subjects Terrain Dandridge and Renata Hill

Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a 'Gang of Killer Lesbians'.

Tickets: Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets still available at the door.

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Jan 25

Film: Return To Homs (HRWFF)

01.25.2015 3:00 pm

RETURN TO HOMS
Talal Derki I 2014 I 91min.

Q&A discussion with James Gelvin, Professor of History, UCLA and Faraz Sanei, Researcher, Middle East & North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch.

Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, Return to Homs is a remarkably intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria. They dream of their country being free from President Bashar al-Assad and fight for justice through peaceful demonstrations..

Tickets: Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets still available at the door.

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Jan 25

Film: The Homestretch (HRWFF)

01.25.2015 7:00 pm

THE HOMESTRETCH
Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly I 2014 I 91min.

Q&A with filmmaker Anne de Mare.

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

Tickets: Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets still available at the door.

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Jan 27

Film: 25 Kilates

01.27.2015 7:00 pm

25 KILATES (25 CARAT)
Patxi Amezcua I 2008 I 86 min. I Spanish w/ Eng. Subtitles

Presented by The House of Spain, San Diego and Films From Spain film series.

A young girl, who is a thief, and her crooked dad, who is in trouble, get attached to a debt collector whose life is in turmoil too. Together they hatch a plan to solve their problems. With a solid script and excellent actor performances, “25 Carat” is one of the best Spanish thrillers of the recent years.

Tickets: On location I $7 donation

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Jan 29

The Darkroom: Alex Prager

01.29.2015 6:30 pm

MOPA is thrilled to bring photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager to San Diego for the first time. Join us for a curated screening of Prager’s short films, including Despair (2010) and her most recent piece, Face in the Crowd (2013), for this installment of The Darkroom. Incorporating imagery reminiscent of Hollywood classics and female archetypes, her vibrantly colored films are carefully crafted with layers of melodrama. Guests will also enjoy a unique quartet performance led by award-winning composer Ali Helnwein, who has worked with Prager to score her films. Mix and mingle in the Museum’s galleries and enjoy craft cocktails from the bar.

Alex Prager’s work has been widely exhibited, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, FOAM, Amsterdam, and is currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among others. Alex Prager lives and works in Los Angeles.

The Darkroom is MOPA’s experimental forum comprised of artist performances, lectures, and film screenings. This provocative series provides an exploratory environment and immersive experience in the photographic arts.

Film screening begins at 7:30pm

Tickets available at the door: $10 Non-Members / $8 Members, Students and Military


Alex Prager, Despair Film Still #4, 2010      

Courtesy of the Artist, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong

For additional questions, contact Chantel Paul, paul@mopa.org or 619.238.7559 ext. 211.

Alex Prager - Face in the Crowd Trailer from Alex Prager on Vimeo.

Jan 30

Film: Winter Film Showcase

01.30.2015 6:30 pm

Join us for a weekend of films highlighting San Diego's best and brightest filmmakers. The Winter Film Showcase: an ALL LOCAL screening of films, PSAs, music videos, commercials and documentaries over a two day event.

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Please visit Film Consortium website for additional details. 

Friday January 30

Local Spotlight Program 1

6:00pm: Doors open

6:30pm - 8:00pm: Local Spotlight Program 1

8:00pm - 8:30pm: Q&A with filmmakers

Local Spotlight Program 2

9:00pm - 10:30pm: Local Spotlight Program 2

10:30pm - 11:00pm: Q&A with filmmakers

Saturday, January 31

San Diego Film Awards Nominees Program 1

2:30pm: Doors open

3:00pm - 4:30pm: San Diego Film Awards Nominees Program 1

4:30pm - 5:00pm: Q&A with filmmakers

San Diego Film Awards Nominees Program 2

6:00pm - Doors open

6:30pm - 8:00pm: San Diego Film Awards Nominees Matinee Program 2

San Diego Film Awards Nominees Program 3

8:30pm - 10:00pm: San Diego Film Awards Nominees Matinee Program 3

10:00pm - 11:00pm: San Diego Film Awards Awards Nominations Announcements

 

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Jan 31

ASL Tours

01.31.2015 11:00 am

Join us for a tour in the galleries conducted in ASL ONLY. There will be two tours led by a deaf docent at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission costs $4 per tour.

For questions, please contact Kristie Taylor at taylor@MOPA.org or 619.238.7559 X230.