Special Screening: Nature Film Night @ The Owl House

hey dudes…we’re interrupting our regularly scheduled programming this week (look for “my neighbor totoro” on 3/23) to bring you a special night of curated selections from some of our favorite nature films, hand-selected by none other than YCFS chief ecological consultant, corey. i’ll go ahead and let him explain:


This Sunday, March 9th, we’re doing a special edition of the Yolo Film Society’s bimonthly screening. Instead of human actors on display, we’ll be watching our fellow earthly organisms in a medley of nature films! We’ll show a variety of fascinating species and biomes. The event will be at the Owl House, 516 E 8th Street, from 7 – 10 pm. We’ll have some snacks, but feel free to bring your own. You’re also welcome to bring a friend or two!

If you know of a nature film or series that you absolutely love or want to see, please send me ideas!

Look forward to you joining if you can!


hope to see all of you out there!


– d$


Screening #26: PT Anderson’s “The Master”


There’s been enough written and said about this over the last few weeks that we here at the YCFS almost feel like avoiding the issue entirely, but dudes, we truly have lost a legend in Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was a dude with range and a power to captivate like probably no other living actor. Really though I don’t want to say any more about this than, I will miss him.

Join us on sunday, february 23rd, at 7:30 pm, as we celebrate the career of Phil Hoffman with a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 “master”piece (get it?), “The Master”. You know the drill: 1401 Pole Line Rd. in Davis. coffee, tea, popcorn provided. $2 recommended donation.

See you there dudes!

– d

screening canceled: 12/22/13

yo dudes, due to a combination of no one being in town and our illustrious president needing an extra evening to catch up on holiday gift-making, we’re going to have to cancel this evening’s screening.

from everyone here at the ycfs, a sincere thanks to all of you for a great year. we’ll see you january 12 for our first screening of 2014, philip gronig’s “into great silence”.

happy holidays, dudes.

– d$

YCFS Screening #19: Yasujiro Ozu’s “An Autumn Afternoon”

alright bros, a new season, a new renewal of my commitment to updating this blog.  i swear this is it!  we’re back for good.  thanks to everyone who’s been coming out to the screenings in the meantime…they’re still happening!

this next film though, i mean, was basically the reason i started this thing in the first place.  ozu is a dude, okay, by now you’ve probably got a good handle on my proclivity for meditative cinema.  as far as that goes, this dude is the patron saint.  this dude is the alpha and omega.  over the course of his career he made fifty-three films, and they’re all basically about the same two or three things.  most of them use the same actors.  to say the dude was focused would be an understatement.

but ozu was anything but repetitive.  rather, he understood the staggering complexity of the most minute details of everyday life, and understood that a hundred lifetimes of films would not be enough to truly capture it.  like james joyce he understood that in the simplest glances, a walk down the street, a tree moving in the wind, there was contained the entirety of the universe and all of its secrets.

join us on sunday, november 10, at the yolo pleasure dome (1401 pole line rd in davis) as we screen ozu’s final film (and my favorite), “an autumn afternoon”.  you know how this works:  doors at 7:30, film starts at 8:00, coffee, tea, and popcorn provided.  $2 recommended donation.

lux, sonus, tempus, cor

– d$

YCFS Screening #14: The Coen Brothers’ “Barton Fink”

it’s weird, maybe, to attach any feelings of nostalgia to this film, a film about decay, stasis, the rise of fascism, the nature of fact and fiction, and hell, among other things.  but still, when i get homesick for los angeles, this is one of the films i often find myself coming back to.  la is a hell of a lot of things, and this movie nails a lot of them so perfectly it always makes me miss the old shithole.  when brainstorming our slate of summer films for hot summer nights (days of heaven, tropical malady, taste of cherry), this one was a unanimous choice.

fantastic performances from john goodman, steve buscemi, john mahoney, and john turturro helped this film pull off a rare sweep of best actor, best director, and a palme d’or at the cannes film festival.  don’t miss it!  sunday, august 11, at the pleasure dome in davis (1401 pole line rd).  doors at 7:30, screening at 8:00 sharp!  $2 recommended donation, coffee, tea, and popcorn (and maybe ice cream if you’re good!) provided.  see you kids there!


– d$

YCFS Screening #13: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Tropical Malady”

alright dudes, it’s summer time, and as you can tell from the lack of posts for the last few screenings we here at the ycfs have been a little drunk on the lazy summer vibes going around here at the pleasure dome.  but never fear, we haven’t gone anywhere, and we’re not going anywhere.  so apologies for the lack of posts, but let’s put it behind us.  onward!

this week’s screening…i mean, come to all of them, for sure, but if you absolutely were only going to attend one, this would be the one i’d hope you’d choose.  apichatpong weerasethakul is making, truly, the most exciting, most important, most essential films being made in the world today.  this one is his masterpiece, one of the great love stories of all time, a tale of two lovers and a hunt for a mythical tiger in the jungle, two stories that end up being one and the same.  i’m cutting myself off there because i’ll never do this film justice here.  just come and see for yourself.

you know the drill:  sunday, july 28, 7:30 pm.  $2 recommended donation, coffee, tea, and popcorn provided (we’re currently accepting applications for head popcorn chef…apply at the p dome sunday).  all going down at the yolo pleasure dome, 1401 pole line rd. in davis.

lux, sonus, tempus, cor,

– d$

Screening #9: Vittorio De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief”

Not a lot of time this week for a proper blurb, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.  This classic of Italian Neorealist cinema is not a film to miss.  Possibly the most heartbreaking movie I’ve ever seen (though, having just seen “Amour”, it may have lost that title.  But still).

Join us on Sunday, May 12, 7:00 PM here at the Pleasure Dome (1401 Pole Line Rd. in Davis).  You know the drill: $2 donation, coffee and tea provided otherwise BYOB.  Also: Popcorn of the week from the incomparable Mlle Skierlo.


– d$