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Upcoming documentary “It Ain’t Pretty” about women surfers of Ocean Beach

A group of women surfers gathered at Kelly’s Cove for shooting on Sunday morning. Photo by Helynn Ospina

A new documentary is in production about the women who surf the waves at Ocean Beach. It’s entitled “It Ain’t Pretty” and filmmakers released their first teaser trailer last week – watch it below (or here if you can’t see the embed).

In addition to footage at Ocean Beach, the film also includes shots of the women surfing Mavericks.

To keep tabs on the film, follow the project on Facebook. It’s slated for a 2015 release.

Sarah B.

[via Stokereport]

5:10 am | Posted under Movies, Ocean Beach | 1 comment

Watch the Oscars on the big screen at the Balboa Theater, Sunday

UPDATE 1:47pm 3/1/14: This event is sold out.

This Sunday, the Balboa Theater will host its annual Oscars party. Red Carpet coverage begins at 2:30pm, and the festivities continue on through the evening. The official ceremony starts at 4pm.

Once again, this year’s event will be emceed by Reed Kirk Rahlmann (Howard the Duck, Nash Bridges), who has this to say about the year’s lineup of movies:

Once again it is time for the Balboa Theater Oscar party! And once again I have the honor of hosting. I have opinions about the nominees (Gravity? Best Picture? Really?) and I’m sure you do too. And I want to hear them! I also want to hear about your Tenuous Oscar Connections. Do you work with someone who saw Judy Dench at Starbucks? Know someone who was Joaquin Phoenix’s orthodontist? Tell the story—there’s a prize in it for you. Do you have a favorite film that no one else has heard of? Share it with the audience. And costumes are always encouraged. So don’t sit home and watch. Come share the experience of the movies as they should be experienced—at a theater filled with Oscar fans. Hope to see you there.

This event does sell out so be sure to get your tickets online in advance – $10 for adults, $7.50 for kids and seniors.

Before Sunday, check out this year’s Oscar nominees and be sure to print out the 2014 Oscars ballot so you can play along.

And while you’re here, vote for who you think should win Best Picture:

5:58 pm | Posted under Events, Movies | Add comments

“Diary of a Teenage Girl” films at Clement Street’s Hamburger Haven

Photo by Derek

Last month, actor Alexander Skarsgård and his impressive legs were seen filming at Ocean Beach for a new indie film called “Diary of a Teenage Girl”, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Phoebe Gloeckner. The film also stars Kristen Wiig and British actress Bel Powley.

The story takes place in 1970s San Francisco, so what better place to travel back several decades than Hamburger Haven? Its interior, replete with faux wood, paneled walls and laminate counters, looks like it’s stuck in a time warp.

Reader Derek walked by the shooting on Tuesday and provided us with pics. He noted trailers on set for two of the cast members – Madeleine Waters as ‘Kimmie’ and Bel Powley as ‘Minnie’ – but did not see any sign of big stars Skarsgård or Wiig (one Skarsgård superfan tweeted to tell us he wrapped his role last week).

SFWeekly sent a (very patient) writer out to watch the production for the day starting at 10:26am, no doubt hoping for another glimpse of Skarsgård in his short shorts and tube socks. But all she encountered were vintage 70s sedans parked outside the diner, bored cops and polite security guards. And some extras dressed in 70s flair.

All filming took place inside the diner and wrapped at 6:24pm.

It seems our west side beaches and restaurants are becoming popular with Hollywood. Woody Allen shot scenes for Blue Jasmine at Gaspare’s Pizzeria on Geary and Ocean Beach in Summer 2012.

Sarah B.

The interior of Hamburger Haven. Photo by applecow

A wardrobe truck full of 70s vintage clothing. Photo by Derek

The door to Bel Powley’s (Minnie) trailer. Photo by Derek

Photo by Derek

5:04 am | Posted under Movies | 3 comments

Ken Burns’ latest Yosemite documentary at the Academy, Feb. 15 & 16

Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. Photo by Walt Mancini

Next weekend, the California Academy of Sciences will screen the latest documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns entitled “Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit”.

The documentary is about the 1864 Yosemite Grant signed by President Abraham Lincoln, which also laid the foundation for the national park idea. The landmark legislation forever preserved the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

The film is just 25 min and will be shown at 11:30 am, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater at the Academy of Sciences on February 15 and 16. Admission is free with your Academy admission.

And if you’re there on Sunday, February 16, be sure to wish Pierre the penguin a happy 31st birthday – he’s the oldest in the Academy’s colony.

Sarah B.

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Photos: Alexander Skarsgård spotted filming at Ocean Beach

Photo by msfangirl99

Instagrammer msfangirl99 snapped a pic of a film crew out at Ocean Beach on Monday, which included hottie Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) in blue short shorts and tube socks.

The film being shot is Diary of a Teenage Girl, and is based on a graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

IMDB sums up the plot as “A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.” SNL’s Kristen Wiig will play the mother, Skarsgård the boyfriend, and British actress Bel Powley will play Minnie, the daughter.

The story takes place in 1970′s San Francisco, hence the retro clothing on the actors in the scene. Given his skimpy shorts, I’m sure Skarsgård was thankful for the unusually warm Ocean Beach weather. ;)

Sarah B.

[via SFist]

Photo by msfangirl99

Photo by msfangirl99

5:06 am | Posted under Movies, Ocean Beach | 3 comments

Holiday sing-a-long & market at Balboa Theater, Saturday

This Saturday, the Balboa Theater is hosting a benefit sing-a-long and holiday marketplace.

Bring the family for screenings of the sing-a-long versions of classic films “Frosty the Snowman” and “The Jungle Book”.

The films start at 1:15pm but beginning at noon, there will be a holiday marketplace in the lobby of the theater featuring crafts by local artisans, beer and wine, homemade sweets and holiday gifts. The market runs until 4pm.

Admission is $10 for adults, and $7.50 for kids 11 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit the Balboa Theater and the Sunset Cooperative Nursery School.

Sarah B.

5:20 am | Posted under Events, Kids, Movies | 1 comment

“Another Hole in the Head” indie horror fest at the Balboa, Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

The 10th Annual Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival kicks off next week, with a week long run at the Balboa Theater.

The 3 week festival is packed with independent horror, sci-fi and fantasy films – “Three weeks of celluloid mayhem not usually found in your local cineplex!” the website promises. The first week of the festival, November 29 through December 5, will be at the Balboa Theater.

“San Francisco’s original genre film festival is characterized by a scrappy, DIY aesthetic that eschews big studio content and recent trends towards elevated genre. Holehead’s programming remains curatorially committed to the genre’s graphic roots in shockploitation, visceral thrills and gleeful mayhem.” – Michael Guillen, The Evening Class

Check out the first week’s schedule at the Balboa Theater which includes controversial film “The Dirties” produced by Kevin Smith, and “Willow Creek” directed by Bobcat Goldwaith. Classic films Jaws and The Shining will also be playing at the Balboa.

You can even buy a $99 all-inclusive pass that includes admission to every film playing at the Balboa.

Check out some of the trailers below, or visit the festival website to see the full schedule of films that runs from November 29 to December 19.

Sarah B.

4:35 am | Posted under Movies | Add comments

“Great Highway” local surfing documentary at the Balboa, Saturday

“In those days, nobody went in the ocean…”

Often, we drive out along the Great Highway and don’t think much of seeing surfers riding the waves, or sitting on their boards waiting for the next set.

On Saturday, the Balboa Theater will premiere a new documentary called “The Great Highway” which documents the history of surfing at Ocean Beach.

Despite posted signs warning of dangerous undertow, cold water, large waves, and often foggy conditions, the early surfers of Kelly’s Cove on Ocean Beach braved the elements – sometimes even breaking the law – to pursue their passion.

People have surfed the Bay Area for more than sixty years in the quiet backdrop of the popular surf culture. Much like the city of San Francisco, the surf culture of Northern California is full of character and offers unique perspectives on the history and the future of surfing.

“Great Highway” traces the roots of Bay Area surfing from past to present and explores the changes that time reveals. The history of the beach in San Francisco is explored from the mid 1800′s on and provides a fascinating look at this overlooked segment of the City’s history.

The film also covers some of the history of Fleishhacker Pool, a 1,000 foot long, ocean water swimming pool that sat across the highway from Ocean Beach near what is now the zoo. It operated from 1925 until 1971.

This film has been in the making since 2003 premieres at the Balboa this Saturday night at 9pm as part of a Kelly’s Cove Reunion event. Tickets are available online in advance ($7.50 – $10) or at the Balboa box office.

Sarah B.

3:33 pm | Posted under History, Movies, Ocean Beach | 1 comment