The Pacific Film Archive has been a wonderful venue for various film festivals throughout the school year and is ending spring semester on a strong note by screening 42 films for the 55th annual San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in America. The PFA will show four films for the festival every Saturday and Sunday and two every week day until Thursday, May 3.

This Saturday has a line-up that features a diverse selection of films if you want to distract yourself this weekend before the last stretch of classes. read more »


If you can recall back to the beginning of the semester, January began the African Film Festival 2012, when the Pacific Film Archive Theater showed a variety of African films throughout January and February. March is now upon us and marks the end of the festival, but a new month means new opportunities and another film festival is here to fill the short-term vacancy. Thursday, March 8 heralds the beginning of the Center for Asian American Media’s 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The festival aims to show contemporary Asian and Asian American cinema throughout San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose.   read more »

Such a mystery.

Such mystery

If you recently enjoyed Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of “The Adventures of Tintin”, or are simply a lover of the original comic book series by Hergé, take note of the Pacific Film Archive’s upcoming showing of Julien Duvivier’s movie, “The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower.” read more »

Obilgatory Totoro picture whenever "Ghibli" is mentioned

Obilgatory Totoro picture whenever "Ghibli" is mentioned

Although we may take it for granted, Berkeley is a great place for the avid movie-goer. The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and SUPERB offer an excellent line-up of films throughout the school year and there are a multitude of movie theaters throughout the area. There used to be a decent Blockbusters on Shattuck as well, which was a great resource for those who are Netflix-less,  but it permanently closed its doors early January. Ah, what a shame.

In any case, the slow, early weeks of the semester before the rush-up to midterms are a great time to watch a movie or two. read more »

Ahh, consumerism.

Ahh, consumerism.

There are artists that are so prolific that everyone knows their names. Andy Warhol is definitely a member of this elite circle. If you are a fan of Warhol’s work or simply curious about him, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) will show an exhibition entitled “Andy Warhol: Polaroids/MATRIX 240”  beginning on Friday, Jan. 27 that will display select Polaroids taken by Warhol (gifted by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) that often became a basis for his artwork. If you want to join in on some extra festivities, there will also be a celebration of the exhibition’s opening on Friday, Feb. 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will include free Cheese Board pizza, a gallery chat with Director Larry Rinder and Co-Curators Stephanie Cannizzo and Fabian Leyva-Barragan, as well as a screening of Warhol’s experimental film, “VINYL”.

Of course, it may be that rather than photography or pop art, cinema is your true art love. read more »

2637510864_c17f217652Everyone grooves to a different beat — catchy pop on the radio, your favorite local indie band, the awesome album you picked up from that random rapper on the corner by Smart Alec’s ( … or not).

So what about “music for riots?” A “Dr. Seuss world of sound sculptures?” A violinist who “who plies the barbed-wire fences of Australia’s outback?”

From Sept. 3 through Sept. 18, BAM/PFA will host a series entitled “Sounding Off: Portraits of Unusual Music.” Featuring five films that showcase musical experimentation from around the world, the program highlights an overarching challenge to the art of sound production as we know it.

The schedule, as follows: read more »

pfaOh, to be a freshman again when it seemed like the free things would never end. The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will be hosting an event which features free pizza and classic art posters this Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Not only freshman, but incoming transfers can get into the event free of charge with an official Cal I.D.

After this, students as well as the public can enjoy a free movie screening. Sci-fi movie “It Conquered the World” will be shown in the sculpture garden, providing a quaint little environment in which to see the movie.

Students will also be able to ask members of the BAM/PFA Student Committee questions about the museum, as they will be present at the event. So take advantage of your first year, opportunities for free pizza sadly diminish as time goes on.

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Posters, pizza and outdoor Roger Corman movie part of BAM/PFA’s fall semester welcome for new students [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]

3019392695_ae5a3620e5_bSometimes we have small, shining moments in which the universe offers us absolutely nothing to complain about. Hard to believe, we know.

This past Tuesday definitely produced more than its fair share thereof, beginning with our arrival at the PFA for the semi-secret screening of a Feist documentary that, up until purchasing tickets, we weren’t convinced was actually going down due to a strange reticence on the part of the PFA’s site.

And of course it all peaked when, sitting in the theatre pre-show and taking in our hipster-heavy surroundings, we watched agape as Leslie Feist went casually strolling by.

We’ll skip the starstruck exclamatories (omg she was only like six seats away!) and get to the film itself, which is as infectious a delight as the talented songstress at its core. “Look at What the Light Did Now” is much less of a biographical account than read more »


We all should know more about the Iranian protests of 2009. The difficulty is getting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ilk to release any kind of real information. Thankfully, though with Twitter and the resourceful citizens of Tehran, we get some idea of what went on–and now, at the Pacific Film Archive, you can see it for yourself.

Tonight (March 16) at 7 they are showing the documentary “Tehran Without Permission” as part of the ongoing Asian-American Film Festival. The movie was made by director Sepideh Farsi and filmed entirely on her camera phone. In other words, “armed only with a Nokia camera phone and her own daring,” Farsi walked the streets read more »

I like the way, you move that thing ... THONG THONGTHONG-THONG THONG!
Ladies, get ready to burn your bras all over again. It’s no secret that there are places in the world where frying pans have greater cultural capital than living, breathing human beings … who happen to have two X chromosomes. Women, and the bodies they are attached to, have been covered up, stripped down, objectified and violated, and now, people are ready to talk about it.

This Monday evening (March 15), prominent activist Sunsara Taylor will be speaking on the global oppression of women and why this can—and must—change, in a lecture entitled “From the Burkha to the Thong.” She’s ready for a revolution and wants you to be standing there with her (in whichever undergarments you so choose).

The event is scheduled to last from 4-6:30 pm at the Pacific Film Archive. Tickets cost between $10-20, but don’t get your skivvies in a twist over the price, because it’s free for students so long as you’ve got your I.D.

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“From the Burkha to the Thong: Everything Must, and Can, Change!” [Facebook]

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