444 Jessie St.
San Francisco, California

The San Francisco Film Society’s acclaimed SF360 Film+Club, a monthly social screening series, returns on Thursday, August 28, at 7:30 pm at Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street at Mint) with Carson Mell: Dispatches from Dimension X with up-and-coming animator Carson Mell in person.

SF360 Film+Club was chosen the Best Dance-Floor Flick Fix, by the editors of the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2008 edition, who wrote, “Our favorite SF360 shindig is its monthly SF360 Film+Club night at Mezzanine, which screens underground films to a room of intoxicated cinephiles.”

Take equal parts country-rock star, science-fiction writer, undersexed adolescent and uncomfortable malcontent and you merely crack the door leading to Carson Mell’s creative world. Mell will be in person to present his animations and music videos and read from his recently completed illustrated novel Saguaro. The novel chronicles the life and times of ex-rock star Bobby Bird, the fictional protagonist of a few of Mell’s short films. All of the characters in Mell’s animations are voiced by Mell himself, and from Bobby Bird’s mouth fall some of the best lines around. In Chonto, which tells of the story surrounding Bird’s adoption of a monkey from a South American zoo, Bird recounts, “Sometimes a man needs a dog. Of course, being a big shot, I decide I need a big shot dog. I need a monkey.” After Mell appeared with screenings of Chonto at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, we were repeatedly asked how one could see the rest of his work. Here’s the chance. As Elston Gunn of Ain’t It Cool News writes, “hop on the cusp of an American original” and check out this new and hilarious talent.

Doors open at Mezzanine at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 at the door or $8 if reserved in advance by emailing [email protected]. Must be 21+ to attend.

Official Website: http://www.sffs.org

Added by cinesoul on August 14, 2008

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