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Film about SF's Tenderloin, Thursday Sept 10, w/ directors Saraf and Light in person

From: John
Sent on: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 2:18 PM
Dear Film Enthusiasts,

Join us Thursday, September 10 when we watch Empress Hotel, the gritty and compassionate new film about life in San Francisco's Tenderloin district by acclaimed local documentarians Irving Saraf and Allie Light. The directors themselves will be present to introduce their films and answer questions from the audience.

"The Empress Hotel, in San Francisco's Tenderloin, is home to a rarified clientele--sufferers of mental illness or addiction who have lived on the streets. Not every person can stay on meds or get clean, yet out of chaos and hopelessness, a community is formed. The film tells the stories of ten of the residents. Lynn, holder of an M.S. from MIT, reenacts her life on the street. Paul, once a successful publisher, describes the spirits that now control his body and Eddie talks about his anger, the violence in his life and his many arrests. Jeffrey, Sonja and Margarit reveal their battles with addiction and Rene's fight against mental illness. Action moves from the hotel to the streets of the Tenderloin to provide insight into the lives of homeless people and what drives their demons and addictions." Official Website http://www.lightsaraf...

Roxie Theater Directions and Information:

8:30 Meet around the corner from the Roxie in Muddy Waters Cafe (521 Valencia at 16th St.).

8:45 Purchase our tickets at the Roxie Theater [masked]th St.) and take our seats. The film program starts at 9:00.

10:45 After the film we will meet again at Muddy Waters Cafe.

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