Broadway Meets Bollywood
The South Broadway Cultural Center is hosting a three-day Bollywood film festival to benefit Peacecraft, the fair trade craft store in Nob Hill. On Friday, May 25, the show starts with Satyajit Ray’s 1964 romantic drama Charulata: The Lonely Wife at 7 p.m. On Saturday, it’s the 2009 road trip comedy Three Idiots at 2 p.m. followed by another Satyajit Ray film, the 1966 movie industry drama Nayak: The Hero at 7 p.m. Things close out on Sunday with the 2010 drama My Name is Khan, about an Indian Muslim with Asperger’s who embarks on a cross-country journey to speak with President Obama. That one begins at 2 p.m. Cost of each showing is $8 per person.
The 48 Hour Film Project
Talk about edge-of-your-seat filmmaking: You're given a character, a prop, a line and a genre, and then you're put to the tall task of making the most incredible and unforgettable short film you and your crew possibly can. The catch? You have just two short days. Like a mission delivered straight out of a Bond film, you're armed with a camera instead of a gun and copious amounts of coffee instead of a shaken (not stirred) Martini. Should you choose to accept this mission, it kicks off today at Orpheum Arts Space (500 Second Street SW), with all entries dropped off by 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at Kelly's Brew Pub (3222 Central SE). The screenings begin next week at the KiMo, with one lucky team advancing to compete against winners from around the world. For more information and to register, visit 48hourfilm.com/
In Patrick Jean's Pixels, New York gets the 8-bit jihad treatment, apparently over the junking of the last (? I like to think so) CRT television in the city. Space Invaders, Frogger, and Tetris all make an appearance. Especially nice is seeing Donkey Kong up where he always belonged, atop the Empire State Building chucking barrels at pedestrians.