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Film Friday, August 29: Rob Nilsson's "Used"

From: John
Sent on: Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:08 AM
Dear Radical Visionaries:

Join us Friday, August 29, when we watch acclaimed San Francisco director Rob Nilsson's 2007 feature film, Used. Part of a nine-film Nilsson retrospective at the Roxie Theater [masked]th St. at Valencia), Used was made in collaboration with the Tenderloin yGroup, an inner-city acting and production workshop Nilsson developed in the San Francisco Tenderloin. The film's story is deceptively simple: "Certain he's been betrayed, Malafide (Robert Viharo) leaves his lover and hops freights to Reno to find a Cherokee healer he met in prison named People T. Joined by a black homeless man named Johnny (Edwin Johnson), they set out into the desolate beauty of the Nevada desert." The film?s narrative simplicity, however, is balanced by its moral and aesthetic seriousness.

As film scholar Ray Carney observed, 'for 30 years, San Francisco-based Rob Nilsson has been serving as the conscience and agent-provocateur of low-budget American independent filmmaking." The director "has devoted his cinematic career to presenting the sorts of sociological realities, interpersonal interactions and emotional transactions that have been screened out of big-budget, mainstream American film."

"Nilsson's films are beautiful, exciting, imaginative, unfamiliar-- and outside of that, very good." - John Cassavetes

Roxie Theater Directions and Information:

More information on the Rob Nilsson retrospective (Aug. 29-Sept. 4) and advance tickets:

8:00 Purchase our tickets at the Roxie Theater [masked]th St. at Valencia, in San Francisco), then meet around the corner in Muddy Waters Cafe (521 Valencia at 16th St.).

8:30 Head to the Roxie Theater to take our seats. The film program starts at 9:00.

10:40 After the film program we will meet again at Muddy Waters Cafe

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