Antonino D'Ambrosio, making his feature-length documentary debut, interviewing DJ Spooky (pictured above), John Sayles, Shepard Fairey and dozens of other musicians and artists.
WHAT: I haven't seen this doc, which has decidedly mixed reviews, even among a politically sympathetic critical establishment. Its very topic, the creative response to the dismaying conservatism of the Reagan eighties and its aftermath, makes it a shoo-in to be a flop in any location where 2016: Obama's America over-performed according to Rentrak. But how about vice versa? Is it a hit here, where Dinesh D’Souza's piece of political science fiction seriously underperformed?
WHERE/WHEN: Five times daily at the Balboa Theatre, at least through this Thursday.
WHY: When's the last time you went to the Balboa? I'm afraid it's been quite a few months for me. Though I attended quite regularly when I lived in the Richmond District, it's become rare for the venue to show films I'm interested enough to cross town to see. Right now there are two I'm curious about, however: Let the Fury Have the Hour and Zero Dark Thirty. I picked the former to highlight today because it's likely to have a shorter lifespan at this venue (the controversial Katherine Bigelow film is already extended at the Balboa for at least another week.)
HOW: Like many new documentaries made these days, this a digital distribution. But the Balboa still has old-school film projectors, and in fact is the only place in the city showing Zero Dark Thirty in 35mm.