The Bay Film Series
Announcing the New Season!
Another year of excellent and award-winning films
from around the world. (Read all about them below.)
Subscriptions ~ 8 Films for $56
Season Subscriptions are no longer available.
Non-Subscribers are welcome to attend.
Tickets at the door - $8.50
Here's how it works:
- 8 Films - One film per month - September thru April
- Subscribe to the whole series and get a bargain price!
- New this year! You will receive a convenient Subscriber Punch Card - no more keeping track of tickets all year!
- A Subscriber Card is good for 8 films (or 8 punches). If you miss a film, you can use 2 punches another month (but limited to 2 in a month).
- Your Subscriber Card can be used at any Bay Film Series show times - no need to specify which day you want - just come to the one that is most convenient each month.
- Non-Subscribers are welcome. Tickets are Regular Adult Admission prices. No discount.
- No Refunds for subscription purchases.
- The movie schedule is set, but occasionally subject to change.
- If you received a brochure in the mail last year - good news...you'll get one this year too!
- If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Showtimes for all titles are:
Sunday - 2:00 & 5:00 pm / Monday - 6:00 pm / Tuesday - 6:00 pm
oscar nominated live action short films
A Collection of Five Best Short Films from Around the World!
Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland/Dari and German: A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.
Boogaloo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/UK/English: Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. Starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, Riley Hamilton and Aaron
Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel and France/English, Hebrew, Danish: Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.
The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/UK/English: The Phone Call follows Heather, (played by Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins), a shy lady who works at a helpline call
centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) (Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France and China/Tibetan: A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.
Rated PG - 85 min
Produced by: Werner Herzog
Directed by: Gabe Polsky
Official Selection ~ Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, Moscow, New York, AFI Festivals
From Oscar® nominated and Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union. Red Army is an inspiring story about the Cold War played out on the ice rink, and a man who stood up to a powerful system and paved the way for change for generations of Russians.
"It's a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Polsky ices it." - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Thanks to Gabe Polsky's enthralling new documentary, we finally get to see these athletes for who they really were—it humanizes a group of men who were cast by history in the role of villains." - Entertainment Weekly
"In this swift, smart, often very funny film, Polsky takes an unprecedented look at the legendary Soviet-era hockey program and its life after glasnost, exposing an athletic system that became a crucial symbol of Communist history and politics, but also discipline, grace and brooding, melancholy soul." - Washington Post
SEPTEMBER 14-16, 2014
Drama/Romance - India
Rated PG - 104 minutes
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Lillete Dubey, Nimrat Kaur, Nowaz
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
"...a witty and perceptive film that reveals the hopes, sorrows and regrets of ordinary people." - Chicago Sun-Times
"Envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries." - Quickflix
OCTOBER 12-14, 2014
Drama - Ireland
Rated R - 100 min
Directors: John Michael McDonagh
CALVARY's Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
"A wickedly funny black comedy." - Time Out London
"Anchored by a truly sensational performance from Gleeson, this unexpected blend of passion play, detective story, rural comedy and serious inquiry into faith is destined for classic status." - Total Film
NOVEMBER 9-11, 2014
Drama/Romance -English & Polish w/subtitles
Rated R - 117 min
Director: James Grey
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner
1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin -restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, but she has not reckoned with Bruno's jealousy.
DECEMBER 14-16, 2014
like father, like son
Drama - Japan
Not Rated - 121 min
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Ryota, a successful businessman driven by work, and his wife discover their 6 yr old boy and another baby were switched at birth. These two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision. Meanwhile, Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father.
Winner Jury Prize - Cannes Film Festival 2013
"A piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love." - The Telegraph
"Hirokazu has crafted a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be." - The Playlist
"Follows [a] pattern fairly predictably at first, then transcends it with tenderness, humor and exquisite depth of feeling." - Wall Street Journal
"It's charming, gently humorous, and beautifully attuned to the interior lives of children." - Village Voice
JANUARY 11-13, 2015
Drama - Poland
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Poland, 1962. Anna is an eighteen-year-old novitiate nun on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
"Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, Ida would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country."
"One of the year's gems." - Chicago Tribune
FEBRUARY 8-10, 2015
Documentary - USA
Rated R - 120 min
Director: Steve James
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
"This is an impressively clear-eyed and deeply moving portrait." -The Telegraph
"Anyone who shares Ebert's love of movies and who followed his career will be exceptionally moved by Life Itself, but anyone who appreciates a well-lived life should be touched as well." - Portland Oregonian
"A work of deftness and delicacy, by turns a film about illness and death, about writing, about cinema and, finally, and very movingly a film about love." -The New York Times