“Most newspapers, when alerted that a long-awaited film is about to open, send an entertainment reporter out to interview the stars or director,” writes sometime SF360.org correspondent Miriam Wolf on Chow’s media blog, The Grinder. “But at Scotland’s Sunday Herald, they do things right. To shed light on the new film that follows everyone’s favorite Chianti drinker, Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal Rising, the paper deployed not a tasteful critic or breathless celeb interviewer but Timothy Taylor, an archeologist specializing in the extremes of human behavior. The resulting article, “Nice to Eat You,” is a historical, cultural, and scientific look at the practice of cannibalism.”
“Not eating your friends after they have died,” notes Wolf, “is a relatively new invention.”
Twin funding announcements — Frameline’s $40,000 of grants to a variety of new LGBT projects and Sundance‘s $600,000 worth of grants to international documentary projects — may give industry observers in a state of post-traumatic Sundance disorder something new to talk about. Among the lucky winners, some of the SF Bay Area’s hardest working artists: Deann Borshay Liem, Sam Green, and Carrie Lozano.
Mill Valley amps up the star wattage in its annual mix of local, international titles.
The path to authentic storytelling lies in research.
Up-and-comer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so good he compensates for the cancer comedy's shortcomings, even if he can't erase them.
Sex-filled fictions dominate Toronto International Film Festival; eclectic docs inspire action.
Gavin O'Connor does a remarkable job making his two-and-a-half-hour fight film gritty, involving and as credible as humanly possible.
Berkeley-programmed Festival is a favorite for cinephiles; features Caetano Veloso as 2011 Guest Director.
Powerfully positioned San Francisco-based champion of independent docs and dramas for television begins to navigate its third decade.
The Golden Gate Bridge remains in heavy rotation in sci-fi, action genres.