Richmond Roundup

Supervisors recognize retiring Sutro School principal
Andy Poon has served as the principal at Sutro Elementary School for the past 10 years. In recognition of his decade of leadership as principal, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors extended its highest commendation to Poon for "his commitment to equity, and his everlasting devotion to the education of San Francisco's children and youth," according to SF Supervisor Eric Mar.

Sutro Elementary School, located at 235 12th Ave., was one of three San Francisco Unified School District schools recently named by the California Department of Education as 2013–14 Title I Academic Achievement Award winners. There were 106 schools statewide that won the honor. As a Title I school, more than two-thirds of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

"I have worked with him as a school board member to help our low-income students, and he has achieved a lot," Mar said. "Although we are sorry that he is leaving Sutro Elementary, we expect him to accomplish great things at the school district's central office - continuing his work towards social justice and equity in the school district."

Filmmaker's 'short' shown at film fest
A short film by local filmmaker Gretchen Olivero was an official selection for the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, which screened at the Roxie Theater in July.

"The Radio Gamers" is an award-winning short film about two Generation Xers who discover their co-worker's musical trivia archive after learning of his disconcerting death. Olivero, who lived in the Richmond District from 1999 until recently, wrote the film and stars in it. The film also screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival, where Dave Grohl and Rose McGowan were the short film jurors who selected the film, as well as the D.C. Independent Film Festival, Wine Country Film Festival and the Bay Area Women in Film and Media Film Festival, where it won best narrative short film this year.

"The Radio Gamers" stars Mark Kelly (Mad Men, The Do-Deca Pentathlon), and features Michael D. Wilhoit, a sound supervisor who has worked numerous films.

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Documentaries at Balboa
The Balboa Theater is hosting a Summer Music Documentary Festival. Each Thursday, a different documentary will be screened. All movies begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Balboa Theater's website or at the box office.

The festival schedule is:

July 31: "You See Me Laughin';" Aug. 7: "Twenty Feet from Stardom;" Aug. 14: "Stop Making Sense;" Aug. 21: "Anvil: The Story of Anvil;" Aug. 28: "Neil Young Trunk Show."

Anime featured at Balboa
The historic Balboa Theatre, located on Balboa Street near 38th Avenue, will be hosting a series of screenings of the anime feature "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods," presented by Cinema SF and FUNimation Entertainment. The film - from a story by Akira Toriyama, the original creator of "Dragon Ball" - is the first feature from the series to show in theaters in almost 17 years. Released more than a year ago in Japan, "Battle of the Gods" will be making its United States debut at the Balboa Theatre and other select theaters across the country.

The story follows the events of the television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu.

Beerus, the ancient and powerful "god of destruction," has risen and is on the hunt for Goku, after hearing about his defeat of Frieza. The Z-fighters clearly see the threat that Beerus poses, realizing that he must be defeated if the future of the Earth – and the universe at large – is to be assured. Only Goku can possibly rise to the challenge, but in order to do so he must first ascend to the level of a "super Saiyan god ...."

"We're very excited to be bringing 'Battle of Gods' to movie theaters across the country this summer," said Gen Fukunaga, president of FUN­imation Entertainment.

The film will be shown on Aug. 5, at 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7.50 - $10.

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