Screenings & Events

Special Presentations

SFFILM presents numerous events throughout the year, from star-studded premieres to screenings with live music. Many of our year-round offerings are open to the public, but SFFILM members have even greater access to Film Society programs.

Learn more about becoming a member with the SFFILM to attend select preview screenings and other special events.

Screening Events


Food on Film: St. George Spirits’ Lance Winters and Dave Smith

January 31, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
JCCSF
3200 California Street, San Francisco

Lance Winters and Dave Smith, master distillers behind the Bay Area’s St. George Spirits, consider the spirit and spirits of the Coen Brothers’ beloved comedy The Big Lebowski as part of our continuing series on the power and history of food on film. Enjoy special cocktails inspired by the film, specially crafted by the St. George Spirits team. White Russians, anyone? Read More

Member Screening: Toni Erdmann

January 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema

If a single movie were enough to silence reports of the death of cinema, it would be this one, an almost-three-hour German comedy set mostly in Bucharest. Read More

Member Screening: 20th Century Women

December 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award-winning Beginners) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Read More

Sloan Science in Cinema Prize: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Read More

SF Honors: La La Land

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Read More

Silence with Martin Scorsese

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to find their missing mentor and propagate Christianity. Read More

Member Screening: Jackie

November 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Jackie is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Read More

Rules Don't Apply

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty), who they work for. Read More

Member Screening: Moonlight

October 11, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street, San Francisco

Moonlight is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three chapters in his life. Read More

Mascots with Christopher Guest

October 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco

With this latest film, Christopher Guest and his extended family of gifted collaborators usher us into the milieu of professional mascots, those energetic individuals who bravely don ridiculous oversized costumes to excite sports fans and cheer on their team with slapstick antics. Read More

An Evening with the Creators and Cast of Transparent

September 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco

Join the San Francisco Film Society for a special sneak preview of season three of the episodic phenomenon Transparent, including an onstage conversation with the show’s creators and key members of the cast plus a screening of the first three episodes of the upcoming season. Read More

Member Screening: Operation Avalanche

September 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, two young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) go undercover at NASA to investigate a possible Russian mole. Read More

Member Screening: Hell or High Water

August 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
AMC Metreon
135 Fourth Street San Francisco

In this story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers—Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son, and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. They quickly find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. Read More

Member Screening: Captain Fantastic

July 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
2550 Mission Street, San Francisco

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them. Read More

Member Screening: Zero Days

June 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco

Alex Gibney’s Zero Days is a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. The film tells the story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the US and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. Read More

Food on Film: Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski

June 1, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco

Renowned chefs and owners of State Bird Provisions and The Progress, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski consider the power and history of food on film in the context of Ang Lee’s poignant family drama Eat Drink Man Woman. Enjoy treats inspired by the film, specially made by Stuart, Nicole and the State Bird team. Read More

Member Screening: A Bigger Splash

May 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Century San Francisco Centre 9
845 Market Street #500, San Francisco

In A Bigger Splash, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson). Read More

Member Screening: Louder Than Bombs

April 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
2550 Mission Street, San Francisco

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house - forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. Read More

Member Screening: Everybody Wants Some

March 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Alamo Drafhouse New Mission
2550 Mission Street, San Francisco

A “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused set in the world of 1980 college life, Everybody Wants Some is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Read More

Member Screening: Eye in the Sky

March 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Century San Francisco Centre 9
845 Market Street, San Francisco

Eye in the Sky stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top-secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Read More

Member Screening: Race

February 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Read More

Member Screening: 45 Years

November 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

While preparing for their 45th anniversary, Kate and Geoff’s marriage is shaken with a discovery that calls into question the life they’ve built together. Screen legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won Best Actress & Best Actor at the Berlinale for this emotional tour-de-force from acclaimed director Andrew Haigh (Weekend). Read More

Member Screening: Creed

November 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
AMC Metreon
135 4th Street, Suite 3000, San Francisco

Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Read More

Member Screening: Spotlight

October 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
AMC Metreon
135 4th Street, Suite 3000, San Francisco

Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Read More

A 20th Anniversary Celebration of Toy Story

October 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco

In a special presentation moderated by the Film Society’s Noah Cowan, Pixar’s legendary innovators John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter will take audiences on a personal tour of the studio's early days and the explore the process and creative vision that led to the first ever fully computer-animated feature film. A screening of Toy Story will follow the presentation. Read More

Freeheld

October 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco

Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice. Read More

Mornings @ FilmHouse with NewCo

October 7, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
FilmHouse
644 Broadway Street, San Francisco

A special interactive tour of FilmHouse during this year's San Francisco NewCo Festival! Learn why filmmakers are flocking to the Bay Area and how the Film Society's residency space is pioneering as a collaborative hub. Read More

Member Screening: He Named Me Malala

October 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Century San Francisco Centre 9
845 Market Street #500, San Francisco

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This powerful documentary is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Read More

Member Screening: Mississippi Grind

September 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
AMC Metreon
135 4th Street, Suite 3000, San Francisco

In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. Read More

Member Screening: 99 Homes

September 22, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

In this timely thriller, single father Dennis Nash is evicted from his home and his only chance to win it back is to work for the ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place. Read More

Member Screening: Ardor

July 18, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Four Star Theatre
2200 Clement Street, San Francisco

A visually sumptuous adventure about a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinian rainforest to rescue a family from ruthless land‐grabbers bent on stealing their farm. Read More

Member Screening: 10,000 KM

June 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

One couple, one year apart and two distant cities: Los Angeles and Barcelona. Read More

Member Screening: Infinitely Polar Bear

June 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found mushroom hunting, cooking elaborate meals, or working on one of his many half-completed projects. His family’s wealth keeps his family just barely afloat, while Cam struggles to live with manic depression. Read More

An Evening with Aardman Animations

August 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Celebrate the stop-motion powerhouse with an onstage conversation with co-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak following a special advance screening of their new film Shaun the Sheep Movie. Read More

Special Benefit Screening: Inside Out

June 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Pixar Animation Studios
1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville

A special fundraising event featuring an advance screening of Pete Docter’s Inside Out, the latest film from the local animation powerhouse before it hits theaters, and a rare chance to tour the Pixar campus and explore the animators’ creative process. Read More

Reel to Real NightLife

April 2, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco

Get ready for film screenings, filmmaker talks and cinematic surprises at the San Francisco Film Society's April 2 presentation of NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences! Read More

Member Screening: Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere

March 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne continues. Read More

Members-Only Screening: Finding Vivian Maier

February 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Delancey Street Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Read More

My Brother the Devil

February 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

Fourteen-year-old Mo is a lonely, sensitive boy whose hunger for the rant and banter of buddies makes him prone to tread dangerous territories. He idolizes his older brother, Rashid, a charismatic, well-respected member of a local gang. Aching to be seen as a tough guy himself, Mo takes a job that unlocks a fateful turn of events and forces the brothers to confront their inner demons. Read More

Member Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

February 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Pixar Screening Room
1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. Read More

Member Screening: The Humbling

January 15, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

The Humbling tells the story of aging, suicidal stage actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) and his struggles to find passion for life agaiin. Read More

Member Screening: Kingsman: The Secret Service

January 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Century San Francisco Centre 9
845 Market Street, San Francisco

Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Read More

Member Screening: Keep On Keepin' On

December 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

Shot over the course of five years by first-time filmmaker Al Hicks, Keep On Keepin' On depicts a 23-­year­-old, blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin and music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. Read More

Essential SF 2014

December 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco

The San Francisco Film Society presents the fifth annual Essential SF, honoring the Bay Area film community's most vital figures and institutions in an intimate celebration. Read More

An Evening with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

November 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco

Masters of contemporary comedy Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will discuss their careers in an in-depth onstage presentation followed by a screening of their new film, The Interview. Read More

Member Screening: Selma

November 16, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
The Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco

A very special advance screening of Selma! Director Ava DuVernay and stars David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey will appear in person and participate in a post-screening Q&A. Read More

Difret

October 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

In a contemporary Ethiopian village, a 14-year-old girl is abducted from school. Her attempt to free herself from a future of forced marriage sets off a legal firestorm in this powerful drama inspired by a true story that pits the law against an entrenched set of community beliefs. Read More

Member Screening: Pride

September 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Century San Francisco Center 9
845 Market Street, San Francisco

It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Read More

Member Screening: Love Child

July 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco

Love Child explores the growing issue of Internet addiction through the story of a one couple tried in South Korea in 2010 for the negligent death of their infant daughter due to their obsessive online gaming. Read More

Member Screening: Snowpiercer

June 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

Equal parts allegory and thriller, this ambitious adaptation of the popular French graphic novel follows a railway Spartacus (Chris Evans) and his band of ragtag revolutionaries as they break out of the cramped caboose to liberate the train from its decadent ruling class, led by an evil prime minister played by an uproarious (and barely recognizable) Swinton. Read More

Member Screening: Fading Gigolo

April 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

Fioravante (John Turturro), at his friend Murray’s (Woody Allen) suggestion, enters into the world’s oldest profession and ends up finding something he didn’t know he was looking for. Read More

Member Screening: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

March 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Read More

Members Event: Leonardo DiCaprio: 25 Years on Screen

February 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Premiere Theater
One Letterman Drive, Letterman Digital Arts Center, San Francisco

From his first leading role in This Boy's Life to 2013's Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio has electrified audiences for more than two decades. The San Francisco Film Society will host DiCaprio for an evening of wide-ranging conversation and highlights from the actor's most iconic roles. Read More

Member Screening: Dallas Buyers Club

February 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Premiere Theater
One Letterman Drive, Letterman Digital Arts Center, San Francisco

An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof's story of strength is told in Dallas Buyers Club. Read More

Member Screening: The Square

February 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Premiere Theater
One Letterman Drive, Letterman Digital Arts Center, San Francisco

From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictatorship to the military's removal of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013, we follow a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience. Read More

Members-Only Screening: The Act of Killing

January 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco

The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. Read More