Throwing a film festival at home carries several drawbacks, including making enough snack casserole for hundreds of people and finding somewhere for the cast of Twilight to sleep. Let someone else host with today's Groupon: for $30, you get eight admissions to films at the San Francisco International Women's Film Festival from April 6–10 and held at the Roxie Theater (up to a $96 value). This deal cannot be used for the opening-night reception or film on April 6 at 8 p.m. or for the closing night reception or film on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Only two tickets can be redeemed for any one film showing.
The Women's Film Institute celebrates the contribution of women to the art of filmmaking, drawing attention to underrecognized female camera-wielders and script scribblers. Entering its seventh year, the festival curates a collection of cinematic triumphs created by women from around the globe and super-women from around the universe. Important issues enjoy reanimation in documentaries such as Atomic Mom, copresented by the International Museum of Women, which recounts two mothers' contrasting experiences when the United States dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. Like a magic school bus, fiction movies help viewers dive into other people's imaginations, with films including Martha and Dee Visit the Fifth Dimension, in which Martha escapes from her neglectful suburban parents and, along with Dee, her invisible friend, embarks on an urban adventure, discovering the meaning of the universe.