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Spliff at  SFFILM

The 2018 SFFILM Festival is underway. If you’re under the influence, then these flicks are standout stoner picks.

With 183 films from 45 different countries, the SFFILM Festival (April 4-17) brings forth a fat sack of cinematic delights. But a small handful of these movies explicitly feature marijuana as part of the plot-line, or are especially stoner-friendly features. Here are a few of the dopest offerings we picked from the complete schedule of this year’s international film festival, playing at theaters across the Bay Area.


Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m., Victoria Theatre

Christopher Plummer continues his newfound “no sexual-misconduct charges” comeback as an elderly pot dealer in Boundaries, a road movie in which he and his daughter (Vera Farmiga) illegally drive cross-country with a trunkful of quality kush. This is surely the most family-friendly marijuana movie we’ve ever seen, with bonus cameos from Kristen Schaal, Christopher Lloyd, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the houseboats of Sausalito.


Friday, April 6, 6 p.m., Creativity Theater and Sunday, April 8, 8 p.m., Victoria Theatre

Legendary director Hal Ashby had a string of 1970s smash hits (Harold and Maude, Shampoo, Being There) and a reputation for constant joint-smoking and being “difficult to work with.” The new documentary Hal chronicles this radical filmmaker through outtakes, interviews with his colleagues who perpetually tried to avoid a contact high, and still photos that show Ashby forever holding a spliff in his hand.

Oddball Films with Marc Capelle’s Red Room Orchestra

Monday, April 8, 8 p.m., Castro Theatre

Porchlight storytelling pianist and Marc and the Casuals frontman Marc Capelle brings his eclectic musical supergroup the Red Room Orchestra to the Castro to play live musical scores to picks from the Oddball Film archives that have been a longtime San Francisco cult hit favorite. “It’s everything from documentary footage from the ’70s, or an infomercial from Neutrogena about sunscreen from the ’80s, avant garde films from Poland and France, Woody Woodpecker cartoons, it’s a really interesting mixed bag,” Capelle tells SF Evergreen. “We’re going with a funhouse approach, with a lot of sonic manipulation.”

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Friday, April 6, 9 p.m., Castro Theatre

The original Hedwig John Cameron Mitchell returns — he’s scheduled to appear in-person at the Castro alongside sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman — with the alien invasion comedy How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning also star in this alien-human punk rock romance, whose SFFILM screening is sponsored by cannabis brand Flow Kana.


SFFILM Festival, April 4-17, at various Bay Area theaters, $16 general admission; 415-561-5006 or SFFILM.org

Of course there’s a zombie movie among this year’s SFFILM late-night, indie-flick Dark Wave screenings, and Ravenous has rave reviews and won Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. A rural Quebec town encounters the standard zombie apocalypse, but these fast-moving, super-intelligent zombies are anything but typical. If you think The Walking Dead hasn’t exactly been killing it lately, this French-Canadian zombie thriller is a brainy and beautiful take on the undead genre.