Friday, September 08, 2006

MadCat Women's International Film Festival

MadCat is proud to present the Northern California Premiere of local
award-winning filmmakers Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre's
groundbreaking documentary Maquilapolis. This project is about the
conditions of Tijuana's assembly factories, the maquiladoras and how a
of courageous women have band together to fight the multinational
corporations who run them. MadCat presents the premiere at the Grand
Theater in Oakland, September 21, Tickets $10. This screening is a
fundraiser and will benefit the Wellstone Democratic Club and Global
Exchange. MadCat will also present Maquilapolis in SF at Yerba Buena on
Sept 24!

The Festival screens the SF premiere of How Little We Know of Our
Neighbours, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Rebecca
Baron. How
Little We Know of Our Neighbours is an engrossing study of the Mass
Observation movement in Britain-an eccentric social science enterprise
in 1937 that used hidden cameras to record and scrutinize behavior in
spaces. Initially concerned with anthropology, the outfit became a
civil spy
unit during World War II before re-emerging as a market research firm
in the
'50s. How Little We Know of Our Neighbors considers this fascinating
of state-sanctioned snooping in relation to contemporary issues of
surveillance and privacy. This film screens in Surveillance Times at
ATA on
Fri, Sept 22.

See Movies you wont find anywhere else!
MadCat's screenings include diverse thematically-curated shorts
trailblazing documentaries, and slide presentations by local artists.

HIGHLIGHTS of the 10th Annual MadCat Film Festival
Tues € Sept 12 € El Rio € 8:30 pm € Free BBQ at 6:30 pm
An ode to dwellers everywhere, whether in the city, country or the dry
plains of the desert. Documentary and surreal images explore home and
how we
place ourselves in this world. Greta Snider premieres new Viewmasters
her 3D documentary series. Also screening works by Maryam Kashani,
Reginato and Chelsea Walton. With live music by Paper Boats and Silian

A MADCAT RETROSPECTIVE-Local Ladies: A MadCat Retrospective
Wed € Sept 13 € El Rio € 8:30 pm € Free BBQ at 6:30 pm
A selection of the best 16mm film from the past TEN years of MadCat.
works by: Donna Carter, Samara Halperin, Greta Snider, Chelsea Walton,
Willging, and others Also new works by Kerry Laitala and Jeanne Liotta!
filmmakers will be present for the screening.

Rural Women: Finding Independence
Fri € Sept 15 € ATA € 7:30 pm
These unique documentaries depict women with entirely different
to gaining independence. In a water deprived Iranian village, Atefeh
alone defending her fields from Mother Nature's arid whims. Unafraid of
work and tough negotiations, Atefeh stands her ground, a lone woman, to
her livelihood. In The Angelmakers, several women in a small town in
change their fate and that of the town through a series of irreversible
of desperation.

Motion Stopped: An Evening of Animation
Tues € Sept 19 € El Rio € 8:30 pm € Free BBQ at 6:30 pm
Take an erotic musical tour of the sensual and obscene, go behind the
of Norman McLaren's innovative animation, and journey through cut-out,
puppet, hand-drawn and computer animated worlds.

Psycho Vision: 3D Hallucinations
Wed € Sept 20 € El Rio € 8:30 pm € Free BBQ at 6:30 pm
Journey back to your childhood. We'll provide the Viewmasters and the
and you just click and enjoy. Vladimir, the Viewmaster maven, comes to
with her Vladmaster series, premiering, Fear & Trembling, and others.
in attendance is Zoe Beloff with her 3D 16mm film and slide show
performance, the saturated colorful world of Claire and Don in

Thurs € Sept 21 € Grand Lake Theater € 7:30 pm
A riveting political documentary about and by workers in Tijuana's
factories, the maquiladoras. This intimate film chronicles a tightly
community that sits in the shadow of one of Tijuana's 800 multinational
factories that thrive off of Mexico's cheap labor force. Directors
Funari and Sergio De La Torre in person.

Surveillance Times
Fri € Sept 22 € ATA € 7:30 pm
Video surveillance, surreptitiously recorded phone conversations,
radio stations. These innovative documentaries reveal the power of
surveillance technologies and the incumbent whittling away of civil
liberties and upending of notions of privacy.

Charming Augustine: A 3D Film
Sat € Sept 23 € Yerba Buena € 7:30 pm
A story of love, madness and the loss of control in glorious 3D.
what cinema might have been like had it been invented in the 1880s.
Filmmaker Zoe Beloff in person.

Sun € Sept 24 € Yerba Buena € 7:30 pm
A repeat screening with local filmmakers Funari and De La Torre in

Wishing Worlds
Tues € Sept 26 € El Rio € 8:30 pm € Free BBQ at 6:30 pm
Stories from Pakistan, The Netherlands, Germany and France follow
in search of a homeland, young lovers in a surreal musical, an
struggle, and much more.

Charming Augustine: A 3D Film
Tues € Sept 26 € PFA € 7:30 pm
Repeat screening. Filmmaker in person.

CLOSING NIGHT-A Quiet Storm: Live Music Set to Silent Films
Wed € Sept 27 € El Rio € 8:30 pm € Free BBQ at 6:30 pm
Australian filmmaker Sally Golding and sound artist Joel Stern present
improvisational three-projector performance. 16mm films by Kerry
Courtney Hoskins and Sheri Wills set to live music by Tartufi and The
Secrets of Family Happiness.

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MadCat Film Festival VENUES
El Rio
3158 Mission St. @ Precita in San Francisco
Tues and Weds, Sept 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27
Movies 8:30 pm; FREE BBQ at 6:30 pm
Rain or Shine
Tix: $7-20. Cash Only. 21 and over.
(415) 282-3325,

Artists' Television Access (ATA)
992 Valencia St. @ 21st in San Francisco
Fri, Sept 15 & 22. Movies 7:30 pm
Tix: $7-20. Cash Only.
(415) 824-3890,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St. @ Third in San Francisco
Sat and Sun Sept 23 and 24, 7:30 pm
Tix: $9. Cash or Credit Cards
(415) 978-2700,

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue in Oakland
Date September 21, 7:30 pm Tix: $10.
Advance tickets available by calling (415)
255-7296 Mastercard and visa accepted only in advance of the screening.
(510) 452-3556,

Pacific Film Archive (PFA)
2575 Bancroft Way in Berkeley
Date: Sept 26, 7:30 pm
Tix: $8. Cash or Credit Cards
(510) 642-5249,

There will always be tickets at the door!

For an entire line-up go to
MadCat Women's International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

Phone: 415 436-9523
Fax: 415 934-0642

MadCat Women's International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street Unit C
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

Ph. 415 436-9523
Fax. 415 934-0642

The 10th Annual MadCat Women's International Film Festival
Screening the Best films by women directors from around the world
When: September 12-27 in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.

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