San Francisco United Film fest at Roxie 

The United Film Festival comes to San Francisco for its second year, opening today and running through Thursday at the Roxie Theater.

The festival has 20 humorous, provocative short and feature films.

Opening night features the romantic comedy “How to Make Love to a Woman,” about one man’s quest to learn what it really takes to please his girlfriend. Screening at 7 p.m., it stars Josh Myers, Krysten Ritter, Ian Somerhalder and Ken Jeong.

Saturday’s environmental day includes a 7 p.m. screening of the  mockumentary “Beyond the Pole,” about a film crew on the first-ever carbon neutral, organic, vegetarian expedition to the North Pole.

Other features include “B1,” screening at 1 p.m. Sunday, which takes an intimate look at a blind professional judo player as he prepares to compete for his fourth Paralympic gold medal.

In “Jeffie Was Here,” showing at 9:30 p.m. Friday, one couple’s life takes an unpredictable turn when an apparent stranger accompanies them on a road trip. 

Playing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, “Skin Trade” exposes the fraudulent practices of the fur industry.

The political documentary “HouseQuake,” about how the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006 via the strategies of Rahm Emanuel, screens at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 9:30 p.m. closing night film on Wednesday is the nostalgic “Special When Lit,” which rediscovers the lure of the lost pop icon: pinball.

A special awards night and encore screening concludes the festival Thursday.

The San Francisco United Film Festival

Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco
When: Today through Thursday
Tickets: $10 for each film; passes available for $35 and $75

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