Sep. 24, 2022

PROXY 2022 Fall Film Festival

As fall approaches and San Francisco “summer” begins, it’s time for the return of the FREE films at PROXY!  This Fall season’s films examine the concept of people coming into their own power – through the lens of womanhood, sexuality, identity, and adversity.  In each film, characters overcome personal hardships to etch out new meaning for themselves within the lot life has dealt them. 

Come out and enjoy a movie (or five!) under the stars in Hayes Valley, running every Friday night starting September 23rd through October 21st. Presented by HERE FOR NOW, these FREE, evening film screenings at the PROXY Walk-In Theater begin at dusk with ‘doors’ opening at 6:00 pm. Come early to claim a good spot, enjoy a frosty Fort Point Beer, wine from Fig and Thistle (all proceeds support outdoor cinema at PROXY!) and delicious fare from local food trucks The Chairman and Kabob Trolley!

At PROXY, we celebrate diversity both on the screen, behind the camera, and in the audience. Ensuring access to all in our community is a priority. Our screenings are relaxed gatherings and will feature closed captioning or subtitles.  If you have other specific needs, reach out to!


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2022 PROXY Fall Film Festival

Every Friday | September 23rd to October 21st, 2022

PROXY, 432 Octavia St, San Francisco





Friday, Sept 23rd


Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021 [PG]


“Memoria demands patience and attention… An emotionally wrenching and intellectually fulfilling experience, but not one (that) can be easily summariz(ed) or classifi(ed).”  – A.O. Scott, New York Times


This special showing of Memoria is part of an experimental film tour, traveling around the country one city and theater at a time. This event is a unique opportunity to see this film – showing one night only outdoors in San Francisco!

From the mind of director Apichatpong Weerasethakul comes this adaptation of his own experiences in the Colombia jungle. Starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, this film is a bewildering drama about a Scottish woman, who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia. An auditory and psychological experience, this film is an artwork to be enjoyed ephemerally and eternally only on the big screen.




Friday, Sep 30th


Directed by Pedro Kos, Jon Shenk, 2021 [PG-13]


 “Lead Me Home is a necessary, heartrending piece of art, a vital, poetic examination of the housing crisis and the very real people it affects every day.”  – Jade Budowski, Decider


Special panel discussion with the director and San Francisco residents featured in the film. 

More than 500,000 people experience homelessness every night in America, with over 7,700 people in San Francisco alone.  Lead Me Home presents this epidemic of homelessness in America with a show-don’t-tell approach, featuring candid testimonials from those who rest their heads in shelters, tent cities, and anywhere a night’s sleep can be found.  This short film is intentionally a study of contrasts – showing clips of housed individuals against those on the streets – whose basic needs and lives are not so different yet drastically so.  An emotional and honest conversation with unhoused residents from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, presenting a dignified portrait of our culture’s fraying edges and the people who inhabit them.





Friday, Oct 7th


Directed by Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams, 2021 [not rated]


“‘Neptune Frost’ challenges the interpretive pathways movie audiences have grown so accustomed to navigating. It does not court our understanding, it does not make following easy, but it does whisper to us and spark connections. In that way, it is like a dream: fitful, feverish, promising.”  -Lisa Kennedy, Variety


Heralded as one of the “most extraordinary original experiences of the year”, Neptune Frost is an Afrofuturistic musical that confronts capitalism, migration, homophobia and war in this poetically twisted film.  Opening in the hilltops of Burundi, a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry.





Friday, Oct 14th


Directed by Audrey Diwan, 2021 [R]


“Timely and urgent, ‘Happening’ is a film that speaks to today’s abortion debate”  – Justin Chang,  NPR


Set in 1963 France, in a society when abortion was still illegal and women’s desires are censured, Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her working-class background disappearing.  This simple but cruel story follows the itinerary of a woman who decides to go against the law, facing social ostracization and even prison for taking back her body.  A timely tale, Happening is compassionate, brutally honest, and serves as both a transfixing drama and an urgent reminder of the need to protect women’s reproductive rights.





Friday, Oct 21st


Directed by Emerald Fennell, 2020 [R]


“A deathly dark satire of gender politics.”  – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


A story about loss, about revenge, and one that hits far too close to home for any woman.  Promising Young Woman is a dark satire beautifully shot, centering on Cassie, a medical school dropout whose life has become defined by the horrific loss of her childhood friend.  A reflection on a society that prioritizes the career of a promising young man over some ‘“alleged” incident in which both parties were probably drunk, Cassie takes it further, driving home the hypocrisy of the “nice guy” as they prey on the helpless and vulnerable until she switches from drop-down drunk to icy-sober, forcing them to confront their true intentions.  Full of twists, this film forces the audience to feel uncomfortable while poised on the edge of their seat.






Let’s watch movies outside together.