Bay Area residents will recall the Red Vic as a wonderful single-screen movie house that had been a part of the San Francisco creative community for years. Although they met the same fate as similar independent theaters across the nation (closed, 2011), Jack and Betsy Rix have bounced back and transformed the fable single-screen theater into the Second Act Marketplace. With a quality screening room in the back, and a rotating batch of entreprenuerial vendors holding down the front, this new incarnation is already being hailed a success.
About Second Act Marketplace:
"Second Act Marketplace and Events is a neighborhood public space. The marketplace includes five retail businesses bringing a fresh vision of food and beverages, and a venue that showcase events, which is also available for rent. Second Act’s marketplace uses fresh and sustainable ingredients to create healthy, delicious and fun dishes and drinks.
The event space at Second Act will host a multitude of live events, films and multi-media productions, private parties, kid-friendly events, fundraisers and other community gatherings."
A couple weeks ago, Shadow Angel Films DP/producer Chris Smith and I checked out the screening room to use as a likely place for a MOM, MURDER & ME fundraiser. At 50 seats, brand new projector and sound, and a comfortable community atmosphere, Second Act Marketplace is a great place to screen your project.
But this isn't about the Second Act Marketplace, the rise-fall-rebirth of a local moviehouse or Shadow Angel Films. This is about Quentin Tarantino.
Chris mentioned to me that several years earlier he caught some amazing art film featuring Mick Jagger at the Red Vic. Later that night I get a link from him for a film called PERFORMANCE. I watched the trailer and something stood out immediately as damn-that-looks-familiar.
It's well understood that Tarantino is one of the best "borrowers" in the business. And here's a great example:
Check out this clip from the 1970 artsy crime film PERFORMANCE:
Now have a look at one of the best scenes from the Tarantino-penned TRUE ROMANCE: