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  • Deadlines

    Opportunities: International Film Festival Summit

    Dec 4, 2011

    International Film Festival Summit (December 4–6, 2011), held in Austin, Texas, is the largest international organization representing the film festival industry. The IFFS mission is to promote and strengthen the global film festival industry through education, networking, dissemination of information, and the cultivation of high standards. This year's featured topics include Anatomy of a Festival: South by Southwest, Programming: The Fine Art of Film Selection, Marketing Strategies: Integrating Social Media and Technology, The Festival Mission, Sponsorship Strategy, Box Office Technology Solutions, among others. Notable speakers include Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset), as well as SFFS' very own Steve Jenkins, Sarah Cathers, and Linda Butler. DEADLINE: Register by September 25, 2011 to receive discounted rate. WEBSITE: filmfestivalsummit.com/iffshome.html.

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    Welcome to SF360

    Nov 15, 2011

    SF360.org represents a nearly six-year experiment in philanthropically funded film journalism, covering films and filmmaking in the Bay Area and beyond. Published by the San Francisco Film Society, the website debuted February 27, 2006 and was created in a unique collaboration between SFFS and Indiewire, with Susan Gerhard as editor. While SF360.org is no longer publishing feature stories, the SF360 Archive remains the most comprehensive collection of articles about the Bay Area film community, with more than 1,000 feature stories and reviews as well as Indie Toolkit's informative columns about the basics of creating a film and delivering it to audiences. Articles by some of the Bay Area’s most notable voices will remain at your fingertips for the foreseeable future.

  • November 15, 2011

    Welcome to SF360

    Nov 15, 2011

    SF360.org represents a nearly six-year experiment in philanthropically funded film journalism, covering films and filmmaking in the Bay Area and beyond. Published by the San Francisco Film Society, the website debuted February 27, 2006 and was created in a unique collaboration between SFFS and Indiewire, with Susan Gerhard as editor. While SF360.org is no longer publishing feature stories, the SF360 Archive remains the most comprehensive collection of articles about the Bay Area film community, with more than 1,000 feature stories and reviews as well as Indie Toolkit's informative columns about the basics of creating a film and delivering it to audiences. Articles by some of the Bay Area’s most notable voices will remain at your fingertips for the foreseeable future.

  • Deadlines

    Funding: California Story Fund

    Nov 15, 2011

    The California Story Fund, presented by California Council for the Humanities (CCH), supports public humanities programs that bring light to compelling stories from California's diverse communities and provide opportunities for collective reflection and public discussion. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must have California tax-exempt organizational status or partner with a California tax-exempt organization that will serve as a fiscal sponsor, not have an open grant with CCH, and be in good standing with CCH. Projects should be based on stories gathered from community members, include a public discussion component and at least one humanities expert. Film/video projects should not exceed a total budget of $50,000. AWARDS: Applicants may request up to $10,000, which must be matched by at least an equivalent contribution of non-federal funds or in-kind services. DEADLINE: November 15, 2011. WEBSITE: calhum.org/guidelines/guidelines_csf.htm.

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    Funding: San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Cultural Equity Grants

    Nov 10, 2011

    San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Cultural Equity Grants provide "financial support for the enrichment of San Francisco's multicultural landscape." ELIGIBILITY: Organization Project Grants provide up to $15,000 to support the presentation of high quality works of art and arts activities, including film and video screenings and arts festivals. All art forms will be considered. To be eligible, organizations must have 501(c)(3) status or use a fiscal sponsor. Grant Period: June 15, 2012 - December 31, 2013. AWARDS: Grants awards are up to 15,000 to support the enhancement of arts facilities in the city. DEADLINE: November 10, 2011. WEBSITE: sfartscommission.org/ceg/grants/index.html#opg.

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    Funding: Catapult Film Fund

    Nov 7, 2011

    Catapult Film Fund provides early development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell. It supports powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. ELIGIBILITY: Applicant must be 18 or older. Catapult Film Fund does not award grants for student films. Documentary projects must be 28 minutes or longer. Development funds must specifically be used to complete early writing, shooting and editing once story and characters are in place. Applicants must be independent producers. They must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control of their project. Applicants must have previous film or television production experience in a principal role as demonstrated by submitting previously completed work sample. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have successfully fund-raised for an independent documentary film, in line with its original budget. AWARDS: Catapult Film Fund development grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. DEADLINE: November 7, 2011. WEBSITE: catapultfilmfund.org/.

  • News & Blogs

    Shoot Online: "Bodega Goes Bicoastal, Opens San Francisco Office Under Exec Producer/Partner Clint Goldman"

    Nov 3, 2011

    "Bodega, a New York-based content creation/production company, has extended its reach Westward with the opening of a San Francisco shop headed by executive producer/partner Clint Goldman." More at shootonline.com.

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    Essential SF: Susan Gerhard

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 2, 2011

    Susan Gerhard talks copy, critics and the 'there' we have here.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Susan Gerhard

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 2, 2011

    Susan Gerhard talks copy, critics and the 'there' we have here.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Susan Gerhard

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 2, 2011

    Susan Gerhard talks copy, critics and the 'there' we have here.

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    Essential SF: Joshua Grannell

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 1, 2011

    Since its first event in 1998, Midnight Mass has become an SF institution, and Peaches Christ, well, she's its peerless warden and cult leader.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Joshua Grannell

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 1, 2011

    Since its first event in 1998, Midnight Mass has become an SF institution, and Peaches Christ, well, she's its peerless warden and cult leader.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Joshua Grannell

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 1, 2011

    Since its first event in 1998, Midnight Mass has become an SF institution, and Peaches Christ, well, she's its peerless warden and cult leader.

  • Deadlines

    Funding: Durfee Foundation Artists' Resource for Completion Grants

    Nov 1, 2011

    Durfee Foundation Artists' Resource for Completion Grants give individual artists money to complete work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their career. AWARDS: up to $3,500. ELIGIBILITY Artists must be Los Angeles County residents, 21 years or older and have secured an invitation from an established organization to present the work. Full-time students are ineligible. Current DEADLINE: Quarterly, current November 1, 2011. WEBSITE: durfee.org/programs/arc/index.html.

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    Opportunities: Rough Cuts

    Nov 1, 2011

    Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced at a variety of locations throughout San Francisco. The next event (November 14, 2011; 7:30 p.m.) features one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then a conversation about the film. The post-screening discussion is designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with the film, with particular attention paid to improving the film's structure and narrative clarity. ELIGIBILITY: Rough Cuts is currently accepting submissions for the next event. If you are editing a documentary that is over 40 minutes long and are seeking feedback, they encourage you to submit. Principal photography should have been completed, and filmmakers tare encouraged to submit films that are in the later stages of post-production. AWARDS: Invaluable feedback and constructive criticism. DEADLINE: November 1, 2011. Submissions must arrive by 5:00 p.m. WEBSITE: sfroughcuts.com/index.html.

  • News & Blogs

    Napa Register: "Napa Goes Big Right out of Film Fest"

    Nov 1, 2011

    "After whetting local appetites through a successful soft launch last year, 91 films are now listed in the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival program guide. Those films—many of them short—will be played on 12 screens throughout the Napa Valley, including screenings in Calistoga, Yountville, St. Helena and the city of Napa." More at napavalleyregister.com.

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    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

    Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

    Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

    Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

    Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

    Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

    Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.

  • News & Blogs

    Balboa Theatre Saved: SFNTF Partners With Gary Meyer to Keep Theatre Open

    Oct 27, 2011

    Press release: The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation announced today that it is partnering with Gary Meyer to keep the City’s historic Balboa Theatre (1926) open and to develop a sustainable long-term plan for the theater. The Theater Foundation also announced it has reached an agreement to lease the theater through 2024—securing the future of one of San Francisco’s oldest operating cinemas. More at sfntf.org.

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    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

    Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.

  • October 28, 2011

    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

    Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.

  • Q & A

    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

    Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.

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    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

    Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.

  • October 28, 2011

    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

    Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.

  • Q & A

    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

    Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Announces New Executive Director

    Oct 24, 2011

    Press release: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival announced its new Executive Director: Lexi Leban, who begins working with the festival November 7, 2011. A longtime member of the Bay Area film community, Lexi has worked in all aspects of film, from production to distribution. She’s also worked with numerous film festivals, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Global Social Change Film Festival in Bali. Lexi is currently Academic Director of the Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Program at the Art Institute of California, where she built the department from its inception. Her most recent feature documentary, Girl Trouble, which follows young girls in San Francisco’s juvenile justice system, aired on PBS’s acclaimed series Independent Lens in January of 2006, and won Best Bay Area Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. More at sfjff.org.

  • News & Blogs

    Thompson on Hollywood: "Film Independent Names Lab Participants, Sloan Award Winners"

    Oct 24, 2011

    "After their weekend-long Film Independent Forum," reports Sophia Savage, "FIND announced eleven filmmakers and nine projects for their 11th annual Producers Lab, and named Brent Hoff and Malcom Pullinger the winners of the 5th annual $25,000 Sloan Producers Grant." More at indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood.

  • Events

    NY/SF International Children's Film Festival

    Oct 21, 2011

    The San Francisco Film Society joins the New York International Children’s Film Festival to present a three-day kid-ready fest of animated and non-animated shorts and features from around the world. The brief fest kicks off with a child-friendly opening night party on Friday, and for offers another chance to enjoy Alex Law's sweet Hong Kong Film Days entry, 'Echoes of the Rainbow.' More info sffs.org.

  • Festivals

    Children’s Film Festival Moves in and out of Shadows

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 20, 2011

    Without marketing tie-ins, plastic toys or corn-syrup confections, a children’s film festival brings energy to the screen.

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    Children’s Film Festival Moves in and out of Shadows

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 20, 2011

    Without marketing tie-ins, plastic toys or corn-syrup confections, a children’s film festival brings energy to the screen.

  • October 20, 2011

    Children’s Film Festival Moves in and out of Shadows

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 20, 2011

    Without marketing tie-ins, plastic toys or corn-syrup confections, a children’s film festival brings energy to the screen.

  • Events

    Berlin & Beyond Film Festival

    Oct 20, 2011

    North America's largest showcase of German-language films enters its 16th year, screening more than 20 films from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Highlights include fest closing film 'If Not Us, Who' and thriller 'Sennentuntschi.' B&B opens Thursday with a screening of 'Almanya – Welcome to Germany' and a party to follow at the historic Castro Theatre. More info berlinbeyond.com.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco Chronicle: 'Online publication sf360.org closing down"

    Oct 19, 2011

    "The launch of SF360.org, an online publication devoted to covering the entire Bay Area film community, was one of San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Graham Leggat's first initiatives when he took over the organization," writes Pam Grady. "...in November, a victim of financial realities and organizational changes in the wake of Leggat's recent death, SF360.org will cease publication." More at SFGate.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Film Society Names Bingham Ray Executive Director

    Oct 19, 2011

    Press release: San Francisco Film Society announced the appointment of Bingham Ray as its executive director, effective November 7, 2011. Ray comes to the San Francisco Film Society from New York City, where he recently served as the first run programming consultant to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, executive consultant to the digital distribution company SnagFilms and adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. More at sffs.org.

  • First Person

    Clean White Lines Demos DIY Ethos

    Jessica Sapick
    Oct 18, 2011

    Can three film school grads from San Francisco break out without the help of Hollywood or New York connections?

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    Clean White Lines Demos DIY Ethos

    Jessica Sapick
    Oct 18, 2011

    Can three film school grads from San Francisco break out without the help of Hollywood or New York connections?

  • October 20, 2011

    Clean White Lines Demos DIY Ethos

    Jessica Sapick
    Oct 18, 2011

    Can three film school grads from San Francisco break out without the help of Hollywood or New York connections?

  • Events

    'The Sleeping Beauty'

    Oct 18, 2011

    SFFS gives Catherine Breillat's SFIFF-screened fantasy 'The Sleeping Beauty' a short run at Film Society | New People Cinema starting Monday. More info sffs.org.

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    Where Are their Stories?

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Oct 17, 2011

    The best is yet come for Mexican wunderkind Nicolás Pereda, whose elliptical narratives allow room meditation and imagination on the part of a viewer.

  • October 20, 2011

    Where Are their Stories?

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Oct 17, 2011

    The best is yet come for Mexican wunderkind Nicolás Pereda, whose elliptical narratives allow room meditation and imagination on the part of a viewer.

  • Reviews

    Where Are their Stories?

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Oct 17, 2011

    The best is yet come for Mexican wunderkind Nicolás Pereda, whose elliptical narratives allow room meditation and imagination on the part of a viewer.

  • Deadlines

    Opportunities: Center for Asian American Media Fellowship Program

    Oct 17, 2011

    Furthering CAAM's work to nurture Asian American media professionals and advance the field of Asian American media, the second annual CAAM Fellowship Program will connect young, talented individuals with leading professionals in the field. ELIGIBILITY: Participating fellows will have access to the leading Asian American talent in film, television and digital media. Each fellowship will be individually tailored to best fit the needs of the fellows and advisers. Fellowships will range from fully integrated collaborations to regular feedback on current projects to an ongoing dialogue about professional development. AWARDS: The CAAM Fellowship Program Retreat will allow the mentor-mentee pairs to spend two full days together in a quiet and peaceful environment where they can focus on the mentees' career, whether it is a script being developed or an acting career that needs some guidance. DEADLINE: October 17, 2011. WEBSITE: caamedia.org/filmmaker-resources/fellowship/caam-fellowship-program-2011/.

  • News & Blogs

    Wall Street Journal: "George Lucas Self-Finances Action Movie About Tuskegee Airmen"

    Oct 17, 2011

    "Star Wars creator George Lucas is betting millions of his own dollars that moviegoers will be drawn to an action movie about African-American fighter pilots in World War II," reports Christopher John Farley. "Mr. Lucas has self-financed a new film entitled Red Tails inspired by the true story of the first organized group of African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. armed forces." More at wsj.com.

  • Events

    DocFest 2011

    Oct 14, 2011

    SF Indiefest offshoot DocFest kicks off its 10th edition this Friday with a screening of 'Dirty Pictures,' a film about underground ecstasy legend Dr. Alexander Shulgin. Featuring the wildest and wooliest independent docs emerging this year, the fest also boast a number of well-loved parties and one ’80s New Wave sing-along. More info at sfindie.virb.com.

  • October 11, 2011

    DocFest 2011

    Oct 14, 2011

    SF Indiefest offshoot DocFest kicks off its 10th edition this Friday with a screening of 'Dirty Pictures,' a film about underground ecstasy legend Dr. Alexander Shulgin. Featuring the wildest and wooliest independent docs emerging this year, the fest also boast a number of well-loved parties and one ’80s New Wave sing-along. More info at sfindie.virb.com.

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    Unbound by Genre, Taiwan's Films Travel Unique Paths

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 13, 2011

    Expectations defied in Taiwan Film Days. It could be argued that Taiwanese cinema, best known through the work of three auteurs, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, is not tied to audience-generating genres. It’s certainly been able to travel more diverse cinematic avenues than some of its neighbors. San Francisco Film Society's Taiwan Film Days running from October 14–16, however, offers evidence for any number of arguments you’d like to make about Asian cinema and Taiwan in particular. On the docket this year are ...

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    Unbound by Genre, Taiwan's Films Travel Unique Paths

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 13, 2011

    Expectations defied in Taiwan Film Days. It could be argued that Taiwanese cinema, best known through the work of three auteurs, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, is not tied to audience-generating genres. It’s certainly been able to travel more diverse cinematic avenues than some of its neighbors. San Francisco Film Society's Taiwan Film Days running from October 14–16, however, offers evidence for any number of arguments you’d like to make about Asian cinema and Taiwan in particular. On the docket this year are ...

  • Events

    Paul Sharits: An Open Cinema

    Oct 12, 2011

    PFA finishes a short program of experimental films by teacher, multi-genre artist and Fluxus collaborator Paul Sharits this Thursday with a screening of his later work on Thursday. The Berkeley institution also screens a selection of Sharits' midcareer work this Wednesday. More info bampfa.edu.

  • October 11, 2011

    Paul Sharits: An Open Cinema

    Oct 12, 2011

    PFA finishes a short program of experimental films by teacher, multi-genre artist and Fluxus collaborator Paul Sharits this Thursday with a screening of his later work on Thursday. The Berkeley institution also screens a selection of Sharits' midcareer work this Wednesday. More info bampfa.edu.

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    Arab Spring Arrives in a Festival-Packed Fall

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 10, 2011

    Arab Film Festival Executive Director Michel Shehadeh speaks to building an all-encompassing international space.

  • October 14, 2011

    Arab Spring Arrives in a Festival-Packed Fall

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 10, 2011

    Arab Film Festival Executive Director Michel Shehadeh speaks to building an all-encompassing international space.

  • Q & A

    Arab Spring Arrives in a Festival-Packed Fall

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 10, 2011

    Arab Film Festival Executive Director Michel Shehadeh speaks to building an all-encompassing international space.

  • Deadlines

    Funding: TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund

    Oct 10, 2011

    The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund supports innovative film and video artists who are living or working in Mexico, Central and South America and working independently in their efforts to reach a larger audience. ELIGIBILITY: Submissions must be animation, documentary and/or hybrid feature-length films with an intended length of at least 70 minutes. Submissions must be in production or post-production and must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly or have been distributed in theaters or via the internet. Projects may be in any language or dialect. Applicants must be over 18 years old. Student films and stand-alone short films are not eligible for submission. $25 entry fee. AWARDS: Last year, the Fund administered $10,000 grants to four selected films. In addition to funding, each grantee will receive a U.S. based advisor and guidance from the Tribeca Film Institute. DEADLINE: October 10, 2011. WEBSITE: tribecafilminstitute.org/filmmakers/latin_fund/.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: "Netflix Kills Plan to Split Off DVD Rentals"

    Oct 10, 2011

    "Netflix Inc. is abandoning its widely panned decision to separate its DVD-by-mail and Internet streaming services," reports Peter Svensson, "because it would make them more difficult to use." More at sfgate.com.

  • News & Blogs

    Variety: "Fritz Manes Dies at 79"

    Oct 10, 2011

    "Fritz Manes, who had a long association with Clint Eastwood, producing, exec producing or associate producing a dozen of the films Eastwood directed between 1977 and 1986," reports Variety, "died of lung and brain cancer on Sept. 27 in Sherman Oaks, Calif." More at variety.com.

  • Events

    'Killer of Sheep'

    Oct 7, 2011

    Charles Burnett's criminally underseen meditation on urban life in future race flashpoint Watts, CA, 'Killer of Sheep,' screens this Friday as part of Pacific Film Archive's The Outsiders: New Hollywood Cinema in the Seventies. More info at bampfa.edu.

  • October 4 2011

    'Killer of Sheep'

    Oct 7, 2011

    Charles Burnett's criminally underseen meditation on urban life in future race flashpoint Watts, CA, 'Killer of Sheep,' screens this Friday as part of Pacific Film Archive's The Outsiders: New Hollywood Cinema in the Seventies. More info at bampfa.edu.

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley Brings Oscar Contenders Close to Home

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 6, 2011

    Mill Valley amps up the star wattage in its annual mix of local, international titles.

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    Mill Valley Brings Oscar Contenders Close to Home

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 6, 2011

    Mill Valley amps up the star wattage in its annual mix of local, international titles.

  • October 6, 2011

    Mill Valley Brings Oscar Contenders Close to Home

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 6, 2011

    Mill Valley amps up the star wattage in its annual mix of local, international titles.

  • Events

    'Naan Kadavul (I Am God)'

    Oct 6, 2011

    Fringe Tamil director Bala's mad, mondo tale of a pot-smoking, vengeance-driven holy man plays this week at YBCA. 'Naan Kadavul' screens as part of YBCA mini-program 'Cruel Cinema: New Directions in Tamil Film,' also featuring actor Sasikumar's ambitious first film, 'Subramaniapuram.' More info ybca.org.

  • October 4 2011

    'Naan Kadavul (I Am God)'

    Oct 6, 2011

    Fringe Tamil director Bala's mad, mondo tale of a pot-smoking, vengeance-driven holy man plays this week at YBCA. 'Naan Kadavul' screens as part of YBCA mini-program 'Cruel Cinema: New Directions in Tamil Film,' also featuring actor Sasikumar's ambitious first film, 'Subramaniapuram.' More info ybca.org.

  • Events

    Mill Valley Film Festival

    Oct 6, 2011

    The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival continues at a number of locations, with a number of notable guests, including directors Gaston Kaboré and Luc Besson. See Dennis Harvey's extended preview on SF360 for the full story. More info and film schedule at mvff.com.

  • October 11, 2011

    Mill Valley Film Festival

    Oct 6, 2011

    The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival continues at a number of locations, with a number of notable guests, including directors Gaston Kaboré and Luc Besson. See Dennis Harvey's extended preview on SF360 for the full story. More info and film schedule at mvff.com.

  • News & Blogs

    AP: "Steve Jobs told us what we needed before we knew"

    Oct 6, 2011

    AP: "Steve Jobs saw the future and led the world to it. He moved technology from garages to pockets, took entertainment from discs to bytes and turned gadgets into extensions of the people who use them," writes Jordan Robertson. "Jobs, who founded and ran Apple, told us what we needed before we wanted it." More at sfgate.com.

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    Graham Leggat and the Art of Engagement

    Peter Coyote
    Oct 5, 2011

    In the illusory world of what we call ‘real life’, our beloved friend Graham pursued his practice of keeping his attention fixed firmly on 'the screen.'

  • In Depth

    Graham Leggat and the Art of Engagement

    Peter Coyote
    Oct 5, 2011

    In the illusory world of what we call ‘real life’, our beloved friend Graham pursued his practice of keeping his attention fixed firmly on 'the screen.'

  • October 6, 2011

    Graham Leggat and the Art of Engagement

    Peter Coyote
    Oct 5, 2011

    In the illusory world of what we call ‘real life’, our beloved friend Graham pursued his practice of keeping his attention fixed firmly on 'the screen.'

  • Events

    An Evening with John Lithgow

    Oct 4, 2011

    The Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters join forces to bring celebrated actor John Lithgow to the Sundance Kabuki for an evening in discussion of his new autobiography, 'Drama: An Actor's Education.' More info/tickets at brownpapertickets.com.

  • October 4 2011

    An Evening with John Lithgow

    Oct 4, 2011

    The Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters join forces to bring celebrated actor John Lithgow to the Sundance Kabuki for an evening in discussion of his new autobiography, 'Drama: An Actor's Education.' More info/tickets at brownpapertickets.com.

  • News & Blogs

    First Showing: "Disney Re-Releasing More Pixar/Disney Classics in 3D in 2012/2013"

    Oct 4, 2011

    "Disney has officially announced today that 'on the heels of the phenomenal success' of The Lion King 3D, they're now setting up 3D re-releases of four Disney/Pixar classics over the next two years, starting with Beauty and the Beast in 3D," reports Alex Billington. More at firstshowing.net.

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    Goldmacher IDs Perps Behind Financial Crisis

    Michael Fox
    Oct 3, 2011

    An East Bay filmmaker takes another look at U.S. financial woes with 'Heist,' which world premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • October 6, 2011

    Goldmacher IDs Perps Behind Financial Crisis

    Michael Fox
    Oct 3, 2011

    An East Bay filmmaker takes another look at U.S. financial woes with 'Heist,' which world premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • Q & A

    Goldmacher IDs Perps Behind Financial Crisis

    Michael Fox
    Oct 3, 2011

    An East Bay filmmaker takes another look at U.S. financial woes with 'Heist,' which world premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • Events

    Film in the Fog: 'Dark Passage'

    Oct 1, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society and the Presidio Trust present the 10th anniversary edition of Film in the Fog, with pre-show entertainments (’50s-era newsreel, classic cartoon, music) to precede an outdoor screening of San Francisco-shot Humphrey Bogart noir treasure 'Dark Passage.' Film program begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Presidio Main Post Theater; more info at sffs.org.

  • September 27 2011

    Film in the Fog: 'Dark Passage'

    Oct 1, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society and the Presidio Trust present the 10th anniversary edition of Film in the Fog, with pre-show entertainments (’50s-era newsreel, classic cartoon, music) to precede an outdoor screening of San Francisco-shot Humphrey Bogart noir treasure 'Dark Passage.' Film program begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Presidio Main Post Theater; more info at sffs.org.

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    Gordon-Levitt's Chances Better than '50/50'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 30, 2011

    Up-and-comer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so good he compensates for the cancer comedy's shortcomings, even if he can't erase them.

  • October 6, 2011

    Gordon-Levitt's Chances Better than '50/50'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 30, 2011

    Up-and-comer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so good he compensates for the cancer comedy's shortcomings, even if he can't erase them.

  • Reviews

    Gordon-Levitt's Chances Better than '50/50'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 30, 2011

    Up-and-comer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so good he compensates for the cancer comedy's shortcomings, even if he can't erase them.

  • September 29 2011

    Gordon-Levitt's Chances Better than '50/50'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 30, 2011

    Up-and-comer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so good he compensates for the cancer comedy's shortcomings, even if he can't erase them.

  • News & Blogs

    J Weekly: "Executive Director Stepping Down But Not Away From S.F. Jewish Film Fest"

    Sep 29, 2011

    "After an eight-year tenure as the festival’s director," reports Dan Pine, "[Peter Stein] is stepping down Oct. 3 — and once again becoming a regular film festival fan." More at jweekly.com.

  • Home

    Slade Channels Broughton’s ‘Big Joy’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2011

    Artistic integrity is always in short supply, which makes Broughton an inspiration for every successive generation of poets and filmmakers.

  • In Production

    Slade Channels Broughton’s ‘Big Joy’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2011

    Artistic integrity is always in short supply, which makes Broughton an inspiration for every successive generation of poets and filmmakers.

  • September 29 2011

    Slade Channels Broughton’s ‘Big Joy’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2011

    Artistic integrity is always in short supply, which makes Broughton an inspiration for every successive generation of poets and filmmakers.

  • Home

    On Chronicling Criminals

    George Rush
    Sep 27, 2011

    Though it's legal to film illegal acts, crime can certainly complicate your filmmaking process.

  • Legal

    On Chronicling Criminals

    George Rush
    Sep 27, 2011

    Though it's legal to film illegal acts, crime can certainly complicate your filmmaking process.

  • September 29 2011

    On Chronicling Criminals

    George Rush
    Sep 27, 2011

    Though it's legal to film illegal acts, crime can certainly complicate your filmmaking process.

  • Events

    'Peace Unveiled'

    Sep 27, 2011

    ITVS, Global Fund for Women, Spark and Women's Funding Network present a prescreening of issues doc 'Peace Unveiled,' part of a new PBS miniseries, 'Women, War & Peace,' launching this fall. Producer Abigail Disney and guests will be present for post-screening panel discussion. More info at pbs.org.

  • September 27 2011

    'Peace Unveiled'

    Sep 27, 2011

    ITVS, Global Fund for Women, Spark and Women's Funding Network present a prescreening of issues doc 'Peace Unveiled,' part of a new PBS miniseries, 'Women, War & Peace,' launching this fall. Producer Abigail Disney and guests will be present for post-screening panel discussion. More info at pbs.org.

  • Events

    SFFS Film Arts Forum

    Sep 27, 2011

    SFFS's bi-monthly forum and industry show-and-tell makes its first appearance at Film Society Cinema this Tuesday. Panel discussion will be moderated by music rights exec Brooke Wentz and feature Kim Aubry of Zoetrope Aubry productions alongside Academy Award-winning soundmen Michael Semanick and Richard Beggs. More info at sffs.org.

  • September 27 2011

    SFFS Film Arts Forum

    Sep 27, 2011

    SFFS's bi-monthly forum and industry show-and-tell makes its first appearance at Film Society Cinema this Tuesday. Panel discussion will be moderated by music rights exec Brooke Wentz and feature Kim Aubry of Zoetrope Aubry productions alongside Academy Award-winning soundmen Michael Semanick and Richard Beggs. More info at sffs.org.

  • News & Blogs

    Beyond the Box: " 'Art & Copy' Wins News and Doc Emmy Award"

    Sep 27, 2011

    "The documentary, which aired last season on Independent Lens, reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time." More at beyondthebox.org.

  • Home

    Guy Maddin: Ann Savage and the Osmonds

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Sep 23, 2011

    Guy Maddin talks about movies, writing, himself—and the allure of the Osmonds, re-published on the occasion of Fandor's Maddin blogathon.

  • Q & A

    Guy Maddin: Ann Savage and the Osmonds

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Sep 23, 2011

    Guy Maddin talks about movies, writing, himself—and the allure of the Osmonds, re-published on the occasion of Fandor's Maddin blogathon.

  • Events

    Tom Tykwer's '3'

    Sep 23, 2011

    After delighting audiences at this year's Frameline festival with its sexy, stylish update on the classic Hollywood screwball formula, 'Run Lola Run' director Tom Tykwer's '3' gets a full run at Sundance Kabuki and other venues around the Bay starting this Friday. More info sundancecinemas.com.

  • September 20, 2011

    Tom Tykwer's '3'

    Sep 23, 2011

    After delighting audiences at this year's Frameline festival with its sexy, stylish update on the classic Hollywood screwball formula, 'Run Lola Run' director Tom Tykwer's '3' gets a full run at Sundance Kabuki and other venues around the Bay starting this Friday. More info sundancecinemas.com.

  • Events

    Hong Kong Cinema

    Sep 23, 2011

    SF Film Society | New People Cinema screens new films by Johnnie To, Bennie Chan, Alex Law and others in a new program celebrating one of cinema's most prolific cities. The Film Society launches the festival's inaugural year with a party at Superfrog gallery on Friday. More info sffs.org.

  • September 20, 2011

    Hong Kong Cinema

    Sep 23, 2011

    SF Film Society | New People Cinema screens new films by Johnnie To, Bennie Chan, Alex Law and others in a new program celebrating one of cinema's most prolific cities. The Film Society launches the festival's inaugural year with a party at Superfrog gallery on Friday. More info sffs.org.

  • Festivals

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • Home

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • september 22 2011

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • Festivals

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • Home

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • september 22 2011

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • September 20, 2011

    SF Film Society | New People Cinema Opening

    Sep 22, 2011

    Celebrating the grand opening of the SF Film Society | New People Cinema, a state-of-the-art venue for art, independent and world cinema, San Francisco Film Society offers an open house reception and ribbon cutting with food, drink, musical performances and screenings in the theater itself throughout the night. More info at sffs.org.

  • Events

    IXFF Indie Erotic Film Festival

    Sep 22, 2011

    Peaches Christ and Dr. Carol Queen host the Sixth Annual Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Festival Short Film Competition this Thursday, boasting a Barbary Coast-themed party featuring food, drinks and an array of appropriately sexed-up performers and a curated screening of sexy short films from this year. Each event costs $10, more info castrotheatre.com.

  • September 20, 2011

    IXFF Indie Erotic Film Festival

    Sep 22, 2011

    Peaches Christ and Dr. Carol Queen host the Sixth Annual Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Festival Short Film Competition this Thursday, boasting a Barbary Coast-themed party featuring food, drinks and an array of appropriately sexed-up performers and a curated screening of sexy short films from this year. Each event costs $10, more info castrotheatre.com.

  • Events

    Living in the World: Films by Helga Fanderl

    Sep 22, 2011

    SFMOMA presents an hour-long program of contemporary artist Helga Fanderl's formalist silent Super 8mm shorts this Thursday. More info at sfmoma.org.

  • September 20, 2011

    Living in the World: Films by Helga Fanderl

    Sep 22, 2011

    SFMOMA presents an hour-long program of contemporary artist Helga Fanderl's formalist silent Super 8mm shorts this Thursday. More info at sfmoma.org.

  • Festivals

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • Home

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • september 22 2011

    SFFS's Hong Kong Cinema Series Brings Fan Fare to New Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 22, 2011

    Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.

  • Events

    'A Sixth Part of the World'

    Sep 21, 2011

    Dziga Vertov completed the epic documentary 'A Sixth Part of the World' after his ejection from the Cold War-era Soviet documentary film unit Sovkino. The breathtaking and broad-reaching doc, praised by revered experimentalist Chris Marker, screens Wednesday as part of PFA's annual avant-garde film program Alternative Visions. More info at bampfa.berkeley.edu.

  • September 20, 2011

    'A Sixth Part of the World'

    Sep 21, 2011

    Dziga Vertov completed the epic documentary 'A Sixth Part of the World' after his ejection from the Cold War-era Soviet documentary film unit Sovkino. The breathtaking and broad-reaching doc, praised by revered experimentalist Chris Marker, screens Wednesday as part of PFA's annual avant-garde film program Alternative Visions. More info at bampfa.berkeley.edu.

  • News & Blogs

    Wall Street Journal: "Discovery CEO Calls Netflix Pact a 'Win'"

    Sep 21, 2011

    "Discovery Communications Inc. said it believes its new deal to distribute its shows over Netflix Inc.'s content-streaming service is an 'economic win,'" reports Maxwell Murphy, "and Discovery will learn from the pact lessons that will help shape its digital strategy." More at online.wsj.com.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: "Oakland Shines for 'Moneyball' Premiere'"

    Sep 21, 2011

    "Brad Pitt, Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin were among those on the red carpet at the Paramount Theater in Oakland on Monday evening as Moneyball, the movie based on A's general manager Billy Beane and the 2002 Oakland team, made its national premiere," reports Susan Slusser. More at www.sfgate.com.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: "Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Plan"

    Sep 21, 2011

    "The proposal for the 82,000-square-foot facility made public Wednesday evening comes 15 months after the university-owned institution restarted the effort to build itself a new home on the downtown edge of the UC Berkeley campus at Center and Oxford streets," reports John King. Read more at sfgate.com.

  • Home

    Identifying Your Documentary’s Signature Style

    Karen Everett
    Sep 20, 2011

    Developing a style that sets your film apart is key to capturing audience attention in nonfiction.

  • september 22 2011

    Identifying Your Documentary’s Signature Style

    Karen Everett
    Sep 20, 2011

    Developing a style that sets your film apart is key to capturing audience attention in nonfiction.

  • Story Structure

    Identifying Your Documentary’s Signature Style

    Karen Everett
    Sep 20, 2011

    Developing a style that sets your film apart is key to capturing audience attention in nonfiction.

  • September 13 2011

    'Aurora'

    Sep 16, 2011

    SFIFF standout 'Aurora' screens at SF Film Society | New People Cinema starting this Friday. Following the lead set by his highly praised 2005 film, 'The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,' Cristi Puiu's latest is the blackest of comedies, exposing the anatomy of a crime to the smallest, most innocent detail. More info sffs.org.

  • Home

    ‘Aurora’ Startles, Subtly

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 15, 2011

    Unhurried, character-driven story demonstrates the filmmaking finesse that’s brought Romanian cinema to the fore. Though it had made an occasional international impression before—notably with a long history of Cannes entries and prize winners—few could have anticipated the splash Romanian cinema would create in the last few years. Or that the attention paid it would bring a number of often long, difficult, obtuse movies out of their usual habitat (the festival circuit) into theaters around the world. The collapse of Communism and execution of Romania's quarter-century dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989 freed the filmmaking industry from strict governmental control and propagandic content. But it took until the middle...

  • September 15, 2011

    ‘Aurora’ Startles, Subtly

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 15, 2011

    Unhurried, character-driven story demonstrates the filmmaking finesse that’s brought Romanian cinema to the fore. Though it had made an occasional international impression before—notably with a long history of Cannes entries and prize winners—few could have anticipated the splash Romanian cinema would create in the last few years. Or that the attention paid it would bring a number of often long, difficult, obtuse movies out of their usual habitat (the festival circuit) into theaters around the world. The collapse of Communism and execution of Romania's quarter-century dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989 freed the filmmaking industry from strict governmental control and propagandic content. But it took until the middle...

  • September 13 2011

    'Taxi Driver' & 'Blast of Silence'

    Sep 15, 2011

    SF's largest single screen shows a new restoration print of Martin Scorsese's grime classic, 'Taxi Driver.' Playing on the same double-bill is underseen noir 'Blast of Silence', an influence on filmmakers from Scorsese to Lars von Trier. More info at castrotheatre.com.

  • September 13 2011

    Trashed: Two Films About Garbage

    Sep 15, 2011

    As a complement to this year's Bay Area Now program, YBCA screens two films about waste and the way it impacts our lives. 'Scrappers,' showing Thursday, tells the story of two scavengers eking out a living salvaging trash from Chicago's dumpsters and 'Waste Land,' playing Sunday, follows artist Vik Muniz to Brazil where he connects with pickers at the world's largest garbage dump. More info: ybca.org.

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley Announces Titles in 34th

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 14, 2011

    North Bay world, independent showcase ready to screen wide range of films in early October.

  • Home

    Mill Valley Announces Titles in 34th

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 14, 2011

    North Bay world, independent showcase ready to screen wide range of films in early October.

  • September 15, 2011

    Mill Valley Announces Titles in 34th

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 14, 2011

    North Bay world, independent showcase ready to screen wide range of films in early October.

  • Home

    He-Men Command Belief in MMA Film 'Warrior'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 13, 2011

    Gavin O'Connor does a remarkable job making his two-and-a-half-hour fight film gritty, involving and as credible as humanly possible.

  • Reviews

    He-Men Command Belief in MMA Film 'Warrior'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 13, 2011

    Gavin O'Connor does a remarkable job making his two-and-a-half-hour fight film gritty, involving and as credible as humanly possible.

  • September 15, 2011

    He-Men Command Belief in MMA Film 'Warrior'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 13, 2011

    Gavin O'Connor does a remarkable job making his two-and-a-half-hour fight film gritty, involving and as credible as humanly possible.

  • September 8 2011

    He-Men Command Belief in MMA Film 'Warrior'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 13, 2011

    Gavin O'Connor does a remarkable job making his two-and-a-half-hour fight film gritty, involving and as credible as humanly possible.

  • Home

    ‘Puzzle’ Pieces Together a Life

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Sep 9, 2011

    Maria Onetto quietly dazzles in Argentine film about a midlife jigsaw puzzler.

  • Reviews

    ‘Puzzle’ Pieces Together a Life

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Sep 9, 2011

    Maria Onetto quietly dazzles in Argentine film about a midlife jigsaw puzzler.

  • September 15, 2011

    ‘Puzzle’ Pieces Together a Life

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Sep 9, 2011

    Maria Onetto quietly dazzles in Argentine film about a midlife jigsaw puzzler.

  • Home

    Kuchar, Belson Bid Adieu

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2011

    San Francisco loses two of its cinema icons, pioneering 'camp humorist' George Kuchar and seminal experimental filmmaker Jordan Belson. George Kuchar, the beloved San Francisco filmmaker, teacher, mentor and friend, died Tuesday night, September 6, at the age of 69. He passed away at Coming Home Hospice in the Castro, where he resided for the last month. Kuchar had been diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, but the sad news was not conveyed beyond a circle of close friends until recently. Kuchar and his twin brother, Mike, began making movies in their teens in their Bronx neighborhood in the late ’50s. Inspired by the florid emotions of Hollywood melodramas, they made 8mm narratives that were funny...

  • September 8 2011

    Kuchar, Belson Bid Adieu

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2011

    San Francisco loses two of its cinema icons, pioneering 'camp humorist' George Kuchar and seminal experimental filmmaker Jordan Belson. George Kuchar, the beloved San Francisco filmmaker, teacher, mentor and friend, died Tuesday night, September 6, at the age of 69. He passed away at Coming Home Hospice in the Castro, where he resided for the last month. Kuchar had been diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, but the sad news was not conveyed beyond a circle of close friends until recently. Kuchar and his twin brother, Mike, began making movies in their teens in their Bronx neighborhood in the late ’50s. Inspired by the florid emotions of Hollywood melodramas, they made 8mm narratives that were funny...

  • Home

    Kuchar, Belson Bid Adieu

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2011

    San Francisco loses two of its cinema icons, pioneering 'camp humorist' George Kuchar and seminal experimental filmmaker Jordan Belson. George Kuchar, the beloved San Francisco filmmaker, teacher, mentor and friend, died Tuesday night, September 6, at the age of 69. He passed away at Coming Home Hospice in the Castro, where he resided for the last month. Kuchar had been diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, but the sad news was not conveyed beyond a circle of close friends until recently. Kuchar and his twin brother, Mike, began making movies in their teens in their Bronx neighborhood in the late ’50s. Inspired by the florid emotions of Hollywood melodramas, they made 8mm narratives that were funny...

  • September 8 2011

    Kuchar, Belson Bid Adieu

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2011

    San Francisco loses two of its cinema icons, pioneering 'camp humorist' George Kuchar and seminal experimental filmmaker Jordan Belson. George Kuchar, the beloved San Francisco filmmaker, teacher, mentor and friend, died Tuesday night, September 6, at the age of 69. He passed away at Coming Home Hospice in the Castro, where he resided for the last month. Kuchar had been diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, but the sad news was not conveyed beyond a circle of close friends until recently. Kuchar and his twin brother, Mike, began making movies in their teens in their Bronx neighborhood in the late ’50s. Inspired by the florid emotions of Hollywood melodramas, they made 8mm narratives that were funny...

  • Home

    Radical Light: ‘Movie Factory’

    George Kuchar
    Sep 7, 2011

    As an appreciation of George Kuchar's inspired presence, we offer up the filmmaker in his own words, excerpted from 'Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000.'

  • In Depth

    Radical Light: ‘Movie Factory’

    George Kuchar
    Sep 7, 2011

    As an appreciation of George Kuchar's inspired presence, we offer up the filmmaker in his own words, excerpted from 'Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000.'

  • September 8 2011

    Radical Light: ‘Movie Factory’

    George Kuchar
    Sep 7, 2011

    As an appreciation of George Kuchar's inspired presence, we offer up the filmmaker in his own words, excerpted from 'Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000.'

  • Home

    Stigma, Satisfaction Drive Indian 'Match' Game

    Michael Fox
    Sep 6, 2011

    Priya Giri Desai documents matchmaking efforts for HIV-positives in India.

  • In Production

    Stigma, Satisfaction Drive Indian 'Match' Game

    Michael Fox
    Sep 6, 2011

    Priya Giri Desai documents matchmaking efforts for HIV-positives in India.

  • September 8 2011

    Stigma, Satisfaction Drive Indian 'Match' Game

    Michael Fox
    Sep 6, 2011

    Priya Giri Desai documents matchmaking efforts for HIV-positives in India.

  • Festivals

    Telluride’s 38th Festival Underway in Colorado

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 2, 2011

    Berkeley-programmed Festival is a favorite for cinephiles; features Caetano Veloso as 2011 Guest Director.

  • Home

    Telluride’s 38th Festival Underway in Colorado

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 2, 2011

    Berkeley-programmed Festival is a favorite for cinephiles; features Caetano Veloso as 2011 Guest Director.

  • September 8 2011

    Telluride’s 38th Festival Underway in Colorado

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 2, 2011

    Berkeley-programmed Festival is a favorite for cinephiles; features Caetano Veloso as 2011 Guest Director.

  • August 30, 2011

    'Love Exposure'

    Sep 2, 2011

    Center for Asian American Media and the Roxie team up to present Sion Sono's madcap masterpiece 'Love Exposure' for a limited run starting Friday. This nearly four-hour long absurdist experiment in maximalism trumps even the director's previous effort 'Suicide Club.' It's succeeded in Sono's bizarre oeuvre by 'Cold Fish,' which opens mid-month. More info at roxie.com.

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    Sjogren Finds ‘Redemption’ in Petaluma

    Michael Fox
    Aug 31, 2011

    Britta Sjogren gets a second chance to make a film about how people rebound from trauma.

  • In Production

    Sjogren Finds ‘Redemption’ in Petaluma

    Michael Fox
    Aug 31, 2011

    Britta Sjogren gets a second chance to make a film about how people rebound from trauma.

  • September 1, 2011

    Sjogren Finds ‘Redemption’ in Petaluma

    Michael Fox
    Aug 31, 2011

    Britta Sjogren gets a second chance to make a film about how people rebound from trauma.

  • Home

    Graham Leggat: Filmmakers, Writers, Fans Remember

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 30, 2011

    When news of San Francisco Executive Director Graham Leggat’s passing hit the web, responses were heartfelt and immediate. SF360 collects a few of those thoughts.

  • News & Blogs

    Graham Leggat: Filmmakers, Writers, Fans Remember

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 30, 2011

    When news of San Francisco Executive Director Graham Leggat’s passing hit the web, responses were heartfelt and immediate. SF360 collects a few of those thoughts.

  • September 1, 2011

    Graham Leggat: Filmmakers, Writers, Fans Remember

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 30, 2011

    When news of San Francisco Executive Director Graham Leggat’s passing hit the web, responses were heartfelt and immediate. SF360 collects a few of those thoughts.

  • Deadlines

    Funding: The Roy W. Dean LA August Grant

    Aug 30, 2011

    The Roy W. Dean Film and Writing Grants fund shorts, documentaries and low budget independent features. ELIGIBILITY: New film and video projects (including works-in-progress) that are unique and benefit the society. Student filmmakers, independent producers or independent production companies are all welcome. AWARDS: Winner gets a variety of awards including scholarships and cash prizes for different production fields. DEADLINE: August 30, 2011. WEBSITE: fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-lavideo.shtml.

  • August 25, 2011

    ITVS Celebrates 20th Tuned to Multi-Platform World

    Michael Fox
    Aug 24, 2011

    Powerfully positioned San Francisco-based champion of independent docs and dramas for television begins to navigate its third decade.

  • Home

    ITVS Celebrates 20th Tuned to Multi-Platform World

    Michael Fox
    Aug 24, 2011

    Powerfully positioned San Francisco-based champion of independent docs and dramas for television begins to navigate its third decade.

  • News & Blogs

    ITVS Celebrates 20th Tuned to Multi-Platform World

    Michael Fox
    Aug 24, 2011

    Powerfully positioned San Francisco-based champion of independent docs and dramas for television begins to navigate its third decade.

  • August 25, 2011

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • November 24, 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • Reviews

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • August 25, 2011

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • November 24, 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • Reviews

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson catalogues revolutions past and pushes the art and technology envelope well into the future.

  • August 25, 2011

    San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gates

    SF360 Staff
    Aug 20, 2011

    The Golden Gate Bridge remains in heavy rotation in sci-fi, action genres.

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    San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gates

    SF360 Staff
    Aug 20, 2011

    The Golden Gate Bridge remains in heavy rotation in sci-fi, action genres.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gates

    SF360 Staff
    Aug 20, 2011

    The Golden Gate Bridge remains in heavy rotation in sci-fi, action genres.

  • Home

    'Vigilante, Vigilante' Opens Can of Worms

    Michael Fox
    Aug 18, 2011

    Filmmakers find themselves outside the 'buffer' zone as film about graffiti-abaters hits local screens, and streets. Editor's note: Vigilante, Vigilante: The Battle for Expression, a Bay Area-made film on graffiti "abatement," opened with a clamor last weekend at the Roxie, as San Francisco's Department of Public Works made an issue of cleaning up the film's street-art advertising campaign. The filmmakers responded that they've asked that their materials not be posted illegally, but that hasn't stopped DPW requesting them to cease and desist attracting audiences via wheatpaste. What follows is sf360.org's interview...

  • News & Blogs

    'Vigilante, Vigilante' Opens Can of Worms

    Michael Fox
    Aug 18, 2011

    Filmmakers find themselves outside the 'buffer' zone as film about graffiti-abaters hits local screens, and streets. Editor's note: Vigilante, Vigilante: The Battle for Expression, a Bay Area-made film on graffiti "abatement," opened with a clamor last weekend at the Roxie, as San Francisco's Department of Public Works made an issue of cleaning up the film's street-art advertising campaign. The filmmakers responded that they've asked that their materials not be posted illegally, but that hasn't stopped DPW requesting them to cease and desist attracting audiences via wheatpaste. What follows is sf360.org's interview...

  • August 16, 2011

    'The African Queen'

    Aug 18, 2011

    Canonized director John Huston's 'The African Queen,' now mostly remembered for its tumultuous production history, was also the director's biggest grossing film, securing Humphrey Bogart his first Oscar for acting. The Alameda Theatre screens this battle-of-the-sexes classic on film Wednesday and Thursday only. More info at alamedatheatres.com.

  • August 16, 2011

    Viva Pedro!

    Aug 18, 2011

    The luxurious single-screen represents for its Castro neighbors, screening a mini-retrospective of Pedro Almodovar's sensitive and dynamic arthouse crankers. Viva Pedro opens with Gael García Bernal vehicle 'Bad Education' on Wednesday, finishing off with the excellent, underseen 'The Flower of My Secret' and 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' on Friday. More info at castrotheatre.com.

  • August 18, 2011

    ‘The Arbor’s’ ‘Verbatim Theatre’ Approach Strikes Chord

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 16, 2011

    Clio Barnard's ‘The Arbor’ takes a fascinating and unconventional look at Andrea Dunbar's brief, brilliant career.

  • Home

    ‘The Arbor’s’ ‘Verbatim Theatre’ Approach Strikes Chord

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 16, 2011

    Clio Barnard's ‘The Arbor’ takes a fascinating and unconventional look at Andrea Dunbar's brief, brilliant career.

  • Reviews

    ‘The Arbor’s’ ‘Verbatim Theatre’ Approach Strikes Chord

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 16, 2011

    Clio Barnard's ‘The Arbor’ takes a fascinating and unconventional look at Andrea Dunbar's brief, brilliant career.

  • August 9,2011

    From Britain with Love

    Aug 16, 2011

    UK Film Council, Emerging Pictures and the Mostly British Film Festival present a selection of new British films curated by Film Society of Lincoln Center. 'From Britain with Love' continues at Smith Rafael Film Center selected dates through September 18. More info at cafilm.org.

  • August 18, 2011

    What’s So Bleeping Funny?!

    Karen Everett
    Aug 15, 2011

    Placing well-timed humor in a documentary film can be a great way to open minds.

  • Home

    What’s So Bleeping Funny?!

    Karen Everett
    Aug 15, 2011

    Placing well-timed humor in a documentary film can be a great way to open minds.

  • Story Structure

    What’s So Bleeping Funny?!

    Karen Everett
    Aug 15, 2011

    Placing well-timed humor in a documentary film can be a great way to open minds.

  • August 11, 2011

    Field Shoots ‘MLK in Palestine’ on the Fly

    Michael Fox
    Aug 10, 2011

    Connie Field makes a radical shift to verité filmmaking, accompanied by an equally momentous switch in fundraising strategy with her latest project.

  • Home

    Field Shoots ‘MLK in Palestine’ on the Fly

    Michael Fox
    Aug 10, 2011

    Connie Field makes a radical shift to verité filmmaking, accompanied by an equally momentous switch in fundraising strategy with her latest project.

  • In Production

    Field Shoots ‘MLK in Palestine’ on the Fly

    Michael Fox
    Aug 10, 2011

    Connie Field makes a radical shift to verité filmmaking, accompanied by an equally momentous switch in fundraising strategy with her latest project.

  • August 11, 2011

    High Energy 'Point Blank' Is a Rush

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 9, 2011

    Thrill ride 'Point Blank' loses nothing in translation—it's a prime example of cinematic globalization.

  • Home

    High Energy 'Point Blank' Is a Rush

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 9, 2011

    Thrill ride 'Point Blank' loses nothing in translation—it's a prime example of cinematic globalization.

  • Reviews

    High Energy 'Point Blank' Is a Rush

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 9, 2011

    Thrill ride 'Point Blank' loses nothing in translation—it's a prime example of cinematic globalization.

  • August 2, 2011

    The Animator's Art with John Musker

    Aug 8, 2011

    Disney animation director John Musker, responsible for 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Aladdin' and a number of other contemporary favorites, appears at The Walt Disney Family Museum to give a short demonstration of the craft of animation to youth ages 8-12. Older aficionados of the director's work can head to PFA on Wednesday for a lecture and presentation by Musker. More info at sffs.org and bampfa.berkeley.edu.

  • August 2, 2011

    'Carmen Jones' with Kalup Linzy

    Aug 8, 2011

    SFMOMA's Opera on Film series continues with a screening of Otto Preminger's 'Carmen Jones,' based on George Bizet's 'Carmen' but recast as a WWII-era yarn with an all-black cast featuring Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge, who received an Oscar nom for her performance. Screening will be preceded by an introduction and live performance by entrancing New York artist Kalup Linzy. More info at sfmoma.org.

  • August 11, 2011

    Miranda July Throws Cautionary Tale to the Wind with ‘The Future’

    Sean Uyehara
    Aug 8, 2011

    The filmmaker talks about time, life, storytelling and her new film, ‘The Future.’

  • Home

    Miranda July Throws Cautionary Tale to the Wind with ‘The Future’

    Sean Uyehara
    Aug 8, 2011

    The filmmaker talks about time, life, storytelling and her new film, ‘The Future.’

  • Q & A

    Miranda July Throws Cautionary Tale to the Wind with ‘The Future’

    Sean Uyehara
    Aug 8, 2011

    The filmmaker talks about time, life, storytelling and her new film, ‘The Future.’

  • August 4, 2011

    McDonagh Finds Success in Family Path with 'The Guard'

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 4, 2011

    John Michael McDonagh's first feature echos the blackly comedic tenor of his ('In Bruges') brother Martin's oeuvre.

  • Home

    McDonagh Finds Success in Family Path with 'The Guard'

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 4, 2011

    John Michael McDonagh's first feature echos the blackly comedic tenor of his ('In Bruges') brother Martin's oeuvre.

  • Reviews

    McDonagh Finds Success in Family Path with 'The Guard'

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 4, 2011

    John Michael McDonagh's first feature echos the blackly comedic tenor of his ('In Bruges') brother Martin's oeuvre.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'Graham Leggat Takes a Bow at Tosca'

    Aug 4, 2011

    Writes Leah Garchik, "Graham Leggat had said that it probably would be a small group, a gathering of a few friends he'd asked to come to Tosca on Tuesday night to see him. But Leggat, who a month ago stepped down as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society because of illness, has more than a few friends. And it seemed almost all of them wanted to see him, to thank him for what he'd accomplished in six years and, more than that, to embrace him with family-like affection." More at sfgate.com.

  • August 4, 2011

    Minott Tracks ‘Illness’ to Guam

    Michael Fox
    Aug 3, 2011

    Berry Minott's work-in-progress travels to Guam seeking a cure, puzzling over scientific mystery.

  • Home

    Minott Tracks ‘Illness’ to Guam

    Michael Fox
    Aug 3, 2011

    Berry Minott's work-in-progress travels to Guam seeking a cure, puzzling over scientific mystery.

  • In Production

    Minott Tracks ‘Illness’ to Guam

    Michael Fox
    Aug 3, 2011

    Berry Minott's work-in-progress travels to Guam seeking a cure, puzzling over scientific mystery.

  • August 4, 2011

    In Theaters: 'Life in a Day,' 'The Tree,' 'Cameraman'

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

    Critics from the Bay Area and beyond weigh in on the weekend's openings.

  • Home

    In Theaters: 'Life in a Day,' 'The Tree,' 'Cameraman'

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

    Critics from the Bay Area and beyond weigh in on the weekend's openings.

  • Reviews

    In Theaters: 'Life in a Day,' 'The Tree,' 'Cameraman'

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

    Critics from the Bay Area and beyond weigh in on the weekend's openings.

  • July 26, 2011

    'Finding Joe' Pre-Release Screening

    Jul 31, 2011

    Smith Rafael presents a pre-release screening of 'Finding Joe,' a new doc centered around the teachings and discoveries of universal mythologist and screenwriter's savior Joseph Campbell, featuring appearances by artists and celebs, including Mick Fleetwood, Catherine Hardwicke, Deepak Chopra and others. Filmmaker Patrick Takaya Solomon and Joseph Campbell Foundation's Robert Walter will be in attendance for a discussion following the screening. More info at cafilm.org.

  • Home

    Essential SF: ‘Freedom On My Mind,’ ‘The Good War’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

    The best of the Bay Area's historical docs transform our understanding of previous eras, and, consequently, our own.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: ‘Freedom On My Mind,’ ‘The Good War’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

    The best of the Bay Area's historical docs transform our understanding of previous eras, and, consequently, our own.

  • July 28, 2011

    Essential SF: ‘Freedom On My Mind,’ ‘The Good War’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

    The best of the Bay Area's historical docs transform our understanding of previous eras, and, consequently, our own.

  • Home

    Notes on Leveraging the Big Bash Climax

    Karen Everett
    Jul 27, 2011

    The planned "reversal" gives documentary filmmakers a means to build drama from otherwise anti-climactic moments.

  • July 28, 2011

    Notes on Leveraging the Big Bash Climax

    Karen Everett
    Jul 27, 2011

    The planned "reversal" gives documentary filmmakers a means to build drama from otherwise anti-climactic moments.

  • Story Structure

    Notes on Leveraging the Big Bash Climax

    Karen Everett
    Jul 27, 2011

    The planned "reversal" gives documentary filmmakers a means to build drama from otherwise anti-climactic moments.

  • april 22 2011

    Fassbinder's Funky Futurism Speaks to the Moment

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 26, 2011

    Fassbinder's retro-chic, thought-provoking 'World on a Wire' finds the 'future' is now.

  • April 28, 2011

    Fassbinder's Funky Futurism Speaks to the Moment

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 26, 2011

    Fassbinder's retro-chic, thought-provoking 'World on a Wire' finds the 'future' is now.

  • Home

    Fassbinder's Funky Futurism Speaks to the Moment

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 26, 2011

    Fassbinder's retro-chic, thought-provoking 'World on a Wire' finds the 'future' is now.

  • July 28, 2011

    Fassbinder's Funky Futurism Speaks to the Moment

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 26, 2011

    Fassbinder's retro-chic, thought-provoking 'World on a Wire' finds the 'future' is now.

  • Reviews

    Fassbinder's Funky Futurism Speaks to the Moment

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 26, 2011

    Fassbinder's retro-chic, thought-provoking 'World on a Wire' finds the 'future' is now.

  • Home

    Ben Berkowitz Offers Sound Advice

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 25, 2011

    Filmmaker talks about Chicago, identity, music and the making of ‘Polish Bar.’

  • July 28, 2011

    Ben Berkowitz Offers Sound Advice

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 25, 2011

    Filmmaker talks about Chicago, identity, music and the making of ‘Polish Bar.’

  • Q & A

    Ben Berkowitz Offers Sound Advice

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 25, 2011

    Filmmaker talks about Chicago, identity, music and the making of ‘Polish Bar.’

  • July 19, 2011

    Marius Watz: Automatic Writing

    Jul 22, 2011

    SFFS presents the work of pioneering software artist Marius Watz, who uses digital processes and authored algorithms to “automatically” produce numerous types of media including video, still imagery and sculpture through semi-autonomous software systems, as part of its KinoTek series. Look for sci-fi writer/theorist Bruce Sterling's essay on Watz in Thursday's SF360.org. Events: An exhibition in Super Frog Gallery at New People opens July 22; Artist Talk, July 26; Master Class, July 27. More at sffs.org.

  • Festivals

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

  • Home

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

  • July 28, 2011

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

  • Home

    Generator Everything

    Bruce Sterling
    Jul 21, 2011

    'If Marius Watz programmed it, then it's going to be vivid. It's going to be crisp, spiky and angular. It will be fast, bright and noisy. And there's going to be a whole, whole lot of it.'

  • In Depth

    Generator Everything

    Bruce Sterling
    Jul 21, 2011

    'If Marius Watz programmed it, then it's going to be vivid. It's going to be crisp, spiky and angular. It will be fast, bright and noisy. And there's going to be a whole, whole lot of it.'

  • July 21, 2011

    Generator Everything

    Bruce Sterling
    Jul 21, 2011

    'If Marius Watz programmed it, then it's going to be vivid. It's going to be crisp, spiky and angular. It will be fast, bright and noisy. And there's going to be a whole, whole lot of it.'

  • July 19, 2011

    'Diva'

    Jul 21, 2011

    SF Museum of Modern Art's Opera on Film series screens Jean-Jacques Beineix's under-appreciated 'Diva' on Thursday. The Caesar Award-winning romance/thriller hybrid deftly handles a complex, opera-centric plot littered with brilliant pop-art inspired chase scenes and features a number of standout performances, including those by Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon and real-life opera singer Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez. More info sfmoma.org.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'Gary Meyer Leaving Balboa Theatre'

    Jul 21, 2011

    "Balboa Theatre operator Gary Meyer said Wednesday that this summer will be his last at the Richmond District movie house, leaving the future of the scrappy independent theater in doubt," reports Peter Hartlaub. More at sfgate.com.

  • Home

    Generator Everything

    Bruce Sterling
    Jul 21, 2011

    'If Marius Watz programmed it, then it's going to be vivid. It's going to be crisp, spiky and angular. It will be fast, bright and noisy. And there's going to be a whole, whole lot of it.'

  • In Depth

    Generator Everything

    Bruce Sterling
    Jul 21, 2011

    'If Marius Watz programmed it, then it's going to be vivid. It's going to be crisp, spiky and angular. It will be fast, bright and noisy. And there's going to be a whole, whole lot of it.'

  • July 21, 2011

    Generator Everything

    Bruce Sterling
    Jul 21, 2011

    'If Marius Watz programmed it, then it's going to be vivid. It's going to be crisp, spiky and angular. It will be fast, bright and noisy. And there's going to be a whole, whole lot of it.'

  • Home

    Essential SF: ‘North Beach,’ ‘Medicine For Melancholy’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 20, 2011

    Two Bay Area location-based features that speak to the moment are poised to stand the test of time.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: ‘North Beach,’ ‘Medicine For Melancholy’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 20, 2011

    Two Bay Area location-based features that speak to the moment are poised to stand the test of time.

  • July 21, 2011

    Essential SF: ‘North Beach,’ ‘Medicine For Melancholy’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 20, 2011

    Two Bay Area location-based features that speak to the moment are poised to stand the test of time.

  • Home

    Avoiding Turbulence Leads to Plot Trouble

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2011

    Note to screenwriters: Don’t defeat the promise of your story by pulling your punches.

  • July 21, 2011

    Avoiding Turbulence Leads to Plot Trouble

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2011

    Note to screenwriters: Don’t defeat the promise of your story by pulling your punches.

  • Screenwriting

    Avoiding Turbulence Leads to Plot Trouble

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2011

    Note to screenwriters: Don’t defeat the promise of your story by pulling your punches.

  • Home

    Striking Skolimowski Films Rescued from Obscurity at PFA

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 18, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive’s ‘Hands Up! Essential Skolimowski’ surveys the Polish director’s confounding oeuvre.

  • July 21, 2011

    Striking Skolimowski Films Rescued from Obscurity at PFA

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 18, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive’s ‘Hands Up! Essential Skolimowski’ surveys the Polish director’s confounding oeuvre.

  • Reviews

    Striking Skolimowski Films Rescued from Obscurity at PFA

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 18, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive’s ‘Hands Up! Essential Skolimowski’ surveys the Polish director’s confounding oeuvre.

  • Home

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

    Actor’s first documentary outing pays tribute to Quest’s influence.

  • July 21, 2011

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

    Actor’s first documentary outing pays tribute to Quest’s influence.

  • Q & A

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

    Actor’s first documentary outing pays tribute to Quest’s influence.

  • Home

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

    Actor’s first documentary outing pays tribute to Quest’s influence.

  • July 21, 2011

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

    Actor’s first documentary outing pays tribute to Quest’s influence.

  • Q & A

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

    Actor’s first documentary outing pays tribute to Quest’s influence.

  • Festivals

    'Shoes' on the Other Feet at SF Silent Film Festival

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 14, 2011

    San Francisco Silent Film Festival features the work of the most important female director of the silent era, Lois Weber.

  • Home

    'Shoes' on the Other Feet at SF Silent Film Festival

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 14, 2011

    San Francisco Silent Film Festival features the work of the most important female director of the silent era, Lois Weber.

  • July 14, 2011

    'Shoes' on the Other Feet at SF Silent Film Festival

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 14, 2011

    San Francisco Silent Film Festival features the work of the most important female director of the silent era, Lois Weber.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Holy Ghost People,' 'Samsara'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 13, 2011

    SF filmmakers Peter Adair and Ellen Bruno created classics on religious intensity.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Holy Ghost People,' 'Samsara'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 13, 2011

    SF filmmakers Peter Adair and Ellen Bruno created classics on religious intensity.

  • July 14, 2011

    Essential SF: 'Holy Ghost People,' 'Samsara'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 13, 2011

    SF filmmakers Peter Adair and Ellen Bruno created classics on religious intensity.

  • Home

    Torres Story Gains Focus

    Kim Nunley
    Jul 11, 2011

    Chusy Jardine has set out to tell the Andres Torres ADHD-to-World Series glory story in a feature-length documentary.

  • July 14, 2011

    Torres Story Gains Focus

    Kim Nunley
    Jul 11, 2011

    Chusy Jardine has set out to tell the Andres Torres ADHD-to-World Series glory story in a feature-length documentary.

  • Q & A

    Torres Story Gains Focus

    Kim Nunley
    Jul 11, 2011

    Chusy Jardine has set out to tell the Andres Torres ADHD-to-World Series glory story in a feature-length documentary.

  • Home

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • July 14, 2011

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • July 7, 2011

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • Reviews

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • July 5, 2011

    'Page One: Inside the New York Times'

    Jul 8, 2011

    Fascinating SFIFF-screened doc 'Page One: Inside the New York Times' starts its run at Smith Rafael Film Center this Friday. More at cafilm.org. (It also continues at other Bay Area theaters.)

  • Home

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • July 14, 2011

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • July 7, 2011

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • Reviews

    Weitz Explores the Other L.A. with 'A Better Life'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 8, 2011

    'A Better Life' succeeds as an L.A.-set remake of bleak Italian neorealist classic 'The Bicycle Thief.'

  • Home

    Essential SF: ‘Off the Charts,’ ‘Double Dare’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

    Surprising characters, narratives emerge in Jamie Meltzer and Amanda Micheli’s portraits of unlikely artists.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: ‘Off the Charts,’ ‘Double Dare’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

    Surprising characters, narratives emerge in Jamie Meltzer and Amanda Micheli’s portraits of unlikely artists.

  • July 7, 2011

    Essential SF: ‘Off the Charts,’ ‘Double Dare’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

    Surprising characters, narratives emerge in Jamie Meltzer and Amanda Micheli’s portraits of unlikely artists.

  • Home

    Essential SF: ‘Off the Charts,’ ‘Double Dare’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

    Surprising characters, narratives emerge in Jamie Meltzer and Amanda Micheli’s portraits of unlikely artists.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: ‘Off the Charts,’ ‘Double Dare’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

    Surprising characters, narratives emerge in Jamie Meltzer and Amanda Micheli’s portraits of unlikely artists.

  • July 7, 2011

    Essential SF: ‘Off the Charts,’ ‘Double Dare’

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

    Surprising characters, narratives emerge in Jamie Meltzer and Amanda Micheli’s portraits of unlikely artists.

  • Home

    Roko Belic Charts Path to ‘Happy’

    Susan Gerhard
    Jul 6, 2011

    A former Bay Area filmmaker travels the world in search of the secrets of contentment.

  • July 7, 2011

    Roko Belic Charts Path to ‘Happy’

    Susan Gerhard
    Jul 6, 2011

    A former Bay Area filmmaker travels the world in search of the secrets of contentment.

  • Q & A

    Roko Belic Charts Path to ‘Happy’

    Susan Gerhard
    Jul 6, 2011

    A former Bay Area filmmaker travels the world in search of the secrets of contentment.

  • Home

    Graham Leggat Steps Down as Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

    Jul 5, 2011

    Film Society’s leader for more than five years resigns due to health issues.

  • July 7, 2011

    Graham Leggat Steps Down as Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

    Jul 5, 2011

    Film Society’s leader for more than five years resigns due to health issues.

  • News & Blogs

    Graham Leggat Steps Down as Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

    Jul 5, 2011

    Film Society’s leader for more than five years resigns due to health issues.

  • Festivals

    Silverdocs 2011: A Festival with Legs

    Sara Dosa
    Jul 1, 2011

    A film festival and conference offered audiences and makers opportunities to move forward.

  • Home

    Silverdocs 2011: A Festival with Legs

    Sara Dosa
    Jul 1, 2011

    A film festival and conference offered audiences and makers opportunities to move forward.

  • July 7, 2011

    Silverdocs 2011: A Festival with Legs

    Sara Dosa
    Jul 1, 2011

    A film festival and conference offered audiences and makers opportunities to move forward.

  • News & Blogs

    Ninth Street Announces Incubator Participants

    Jul 1, 2011

    Press release: The Ninth Street Independent Film Center announced today five new participants for the Center's Media Arts Incubator Program for 2011-2012. "This is a great group of participants," says Skye Christensen, Executive Director of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. "Each brings a very dynamic project to the Program, and we're really looking forward to what they'll accomplish during their time here." Ninth Street’s Media Arts Incubator Program is designed to nurture socially relevant independent media projects at Ninth Street Independent Film Center. The Incubator Program supports independent filmmakers, start-up film festivals and small media nonprofits through access to workspace and shared resources, such as cross-promotional opportunities, co-productions, affordable meeting or exhibition space and community connections with established media arts partners (Center for Asian American Media, Frameline, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and others). Participants are: Rachel Caplan (CEO) and Daniela Rible (Deputy Director) of the annual SF Green Film Festival; Jennifer Tipton and Cary McQueen Morrow, the directors of Art with Impact, which is a platform for the creation of new media on critical social issues; David Evan Harris, Executive Director of the Global Lives Project, a media arts nonprofit that seeks to collaboratively build a video library of human life experience; Scarlett Shepard is Executive Director of the SF Women’s Film Festival; and J.R. Flemming, director and producer of Guarding Dogs, which is a documentary film with a crowd-sourcing model currently in production that makes the case for adopting a dog instead breeding/buying.

  • June 28, 2011

    'Cultures of Resistance'

    Jun 30, 2011

    Award-winning 2010 doc 'Cultures of Resistance' captures the ways artists, musicians and other cultural producers create political change through art, from Iran to China to other points worldwide. The event features a live interview with director Iara Lee via Skype after screening; ticket sales benefit clean water efforts for children in Gaza. Plays at Berkeley City College. More at mecaforpeace.org.

  • Home

    Dues and Taxes Paid, Kornbluth Brothers Shoot for Glory

    Michael Fox
    Jun 29, 2011

    Jakob Kornbluth hopes to turn another of brother Josh’s monologues, ‘Love & Taxes,’ into celluloid gold.

  • In Production

    Dues and Taxes Paid, Kornbluth Brothers Shoot for Glory

    Michael Fox
    Jun 29, 2011

    Jakob Kornbluth hopes to turn another of brother Josh’s monologues, ‘Love & Taxes,’ into celluloid gold.

  • June 30, 2011

    Dues and Taxes Paid, Kornbluth Brothers Shoot for Glory

    Michael Fox
    Jun 29, 2011

    Jakob Kornbluth hopes to turn another of brother Josh’s monologues, ‘Love & Taxes,’ into celluloid gold.

  • June 21, 2011

    'Forgetting Dad'

    Jun 27, 2011

    Rick Minnick, oldest son a middle-aged father of five who started a new life after suffering from amnesia, returns to California in an attempt to discover the truth behind his father's disappearance in this haunting doc. Minnick and some film subjects will be present for Q&A at both screenings. More at redvic.com.

  • Home

    Hong Takes New Tack with 'Oki's Movie'

    Adam Hartzell
    Jun 24, 2011

    Hong Sang-soo's latest leaves us with an awkward ambivalence that resonates long after the film is finished.

  • June 23 2011

    Hong Takes New Tack with 'Oki's Movie'

    Adam Hartzell
    Jun 24, 2011

    Hong Sang-soo's latest leaves us with an awkward ambivalence that resonates long after the film is finished.

  • Reviews

    Hong Takes New Tack with 'Oki's Movie'

    Adam Hartzell
    Jun 24, 2011

    Hong Sang-soo's latest leaves us with an awkward ambivalence that resonates long after the film is finished.

  • Home

    Hong Takes New Tack with 'Oki's Movie'

    Adam Hartzell
    Jun 24, 2011

    Hong Sang-soo's latest leaves us with an awkward ambivalence that resonates long after the film is finished.

  • June 23 2011

    Hong Takes New Tack with 'Oki's Movie'

    Adam Hartzell
    Jun 24, 2011

    Hong Sang-soo's latest leaves us with an awkward ambivalence that resonates long after the film is finished.

  • Reviews

    Hong Takes New Tack with 'Oki's Movie'

    Adam Hartzell
    Jun 24, 2011

    Hong Sang-soo's latest leaves us with an awkward ambivalence that resonates long after the film is finished.

  • Home

    SF Film Society Signs Lease on New Theatrical Home

    Jun 23, 2011

    SFFS to offer daily, year-round programming, classes and events in dedicated state-of-the-art theater for the first time in its 54-year history. The San Francisco Film Society and New People today announced significant news for Bay Area filmgoers: the signing of a lease that brings the Film Society’s exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs and events to one primary theater on a daily, year-round basis, beginning in September. The San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema opens its doors in September in the state-of-the art...

  • June 23 2011

    SF Film Society Signs Lease on New Theatrical Home

    Jun 23, 2011

    SFFS to offer daily, year-round programming, classes and events in dedicated state-of-the-art theater for the first time in its 54-year history. The San Francisco Film Society and New People today announced significant news for Bay Area filmgoers: the signing of a lease that brings the Film Society’s exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs and events to one primary theater on a daily, year-round basis, beginning in September. The San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema opens its doors in September in the state-of-the art...

  • June 23, 2011

    SF Film Society Signs Lease on New Theatrical Home

    Jun 23, 2011

    SFFS to offer daily, year-round programming, classes and events in dedicated state-of-the-art theater for the first time in its 54-year history. The San Francisco Film Society and New People today announced significant news for Bay Area filmgoers: the signing of a lease that brings the Film Society’s exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs and events to one primary theater on a daily, year-round basis, beginning in September. The San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema opens its doors in September in the state-of-the art...

  • June 21, 2011

    'Oki's Movie'

    Jun 23, 2011

    Prolific producer, art-house fave and proponent of "radical banality" Hong Sang-Soo juxtaposes moments from a young woman's relationships with two men, a year apart, in the formalist comedy/romance ‘Oki's Movie.’ Screens at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. More at ybca.org.

  • June 21, 2011

    'The Cove' Benefit Screening

    Jun 23, 2011

    Louie Psihoyos' and Roc O'Barry's immersive, award-winning eco-doc 'The Cove' screens with a live performance by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and post-film discussion with both directors at the Smith Rafael. Ticket sales benefit the Earth Island Institute and Save Japan Dolphins. More at cafilm.org.

  • Home

    A City’s Smutty History, Embraced

    Julia Barbosa
    Jun 21, 2011

    Stabile film at Frameline, Tribeca and, soon, YBCA, looks at San Francisco’s sex-film history.

  • June 23 2011

    A City’s Smutty History, Embraced

    Julia Barbosa
    Jun 21, 2011

    Stabile film at Frameline, Tribeca and, soon, YBCA, looks at San Francisco’s sex-film history.

  • June 23, 2011

    A City’s Smutty History, Embraced

    Julia Barbosa
    Jun 21, 2011

    Stabile film at Frameline, Tribeca and, soon, YBCA, looks at San Francisco’s sex-film history.

  • Q & A

    A City’s Smutty History, Embraced

    Julia Barbosa
    Jun 21, 2011

    Stabile film at Frameline, Tribeca and, soon, YBCA, looks at San Francisco’s sex-film history.

  • June 14, 2011

    'Sweetgrass' and Live Sheep

    Jun 19, 2011

    Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash's beautiful 'Sweetgrass' plays during a special event at the Oakland Museum, 1:00 pm, and features a live appearance by the starring species: sheep, who will be sheared by farmer Joe Sanchez, as part of Felt. More at museumca.org.

  • Festivals

    Frameline35 Opens, Features Wildly Diverse Program

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 16, 2011

    The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival delivers internationally as well as locally made films of every identity and genre stripe.

  • Home

    Frameline35 Opens, Features Wildly Diverse Program

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 16, 2011

    The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival delivers internationally as well as locally made films of every identity and genre stripe.

  • June 16, 2011

    Frameline35 Opens, Features Wildly Diverse Program

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 16, 2011

    The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival delivers internationally as well as locally made films of every identity and genre stripe.

  • Home

    Dutch Director's Obsession Leads to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 15, 2011

    One film was not enough to quench Frans Weisz’s fascination with Nazi-era artist Charlotte Salomon.

  • In Production

    Dutch Director's Obsession Leads to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 15, 2011

    One film was not enough to quench Frans Weisz’s fascination with Nazi-era artist Charlotte Salomon.

  • June 16, 2011

    Dutch Director's Obsession Leads to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 15, 2011

    One film was not enough to quench Frans Weisz’s fascination with Nazi-era artist Charlotte Salomon.

  • Home

    We Want Answers

    Karen Everett
    Jun 14, 2011

    Asking the right questions is an art; a consultant speaks on how to conduct documentary interviews that will help structure your film.

  • June 16, 2011

    We Want Answers

    Karen Everett
    Jun 14, 2011

    Asking the right questions is an art; a consultant speaks on how to conduct documentary interviews that will help structure your film.

  • Story Structure

    We Want Answers

    Karen Everett
    Jun 14, 2011

    Asking the right questions is an art; a consultant speaks on how to conduct documentary interviews that will help structure your film.

  • Home

    Soap-Operatic 'Bride Flight' Is an Entertaining Ride

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 10, 2011

    An historical-romantic novel in screen form, 'Bride Flight' offers all the pleasures (some guilty ones) of a film made half a century ago.

  • June 16, 2011

    Soap-Operatic 'Bride Flight' Is an Entertaining Ride

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 10, 2011

    An historical-romantic novel in screen form, 'Bride Flight' offers all the pleasures (some guilty ones) of a film made half a century ago.

  • Reviews

    Soap-Operatic 'Bride Flight' Is an Entertaining Ride

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 10, 2011

    An historical-romantic novel in screen form, 'Bride Flight' offers all the pleasures (some guilty ones) of a film made half a century ago.

  • June 7, 2011

    Cult of the Kuchars

    Jun 10, 2011

    Throughout the month of June, Pacific Film Archive features a half century of alternately feverish, dark, confessional, parodic work from filmmaker brothers George and Mike Kuchar, starting with their 1965 feature, ‘Sins of the Fleshapoids,’ at which Mike Kuchar appears in person. More at bampfa.berkeley.edu.

  • June 7, 2011

    Arthur Penn, a Liberal Helping

    Jun 10, 2011

    Arthur Penn is the focus of a monthlong series at Pacific Film Archive, beginning with 1958’s Gore Vidal-written revisionist Western, ‘The Left Handed Gun,’ which features Paul Newman. More at bampfa.berkeley.edu.

  • June 7, 2011

    ‘My Heart Is an Idiot’

    Jun 10, 2011

    David Meiklejohn’s first feature-length documentary, ‘My Heart Is An Idiot,’ which follows Davy Rothbart as he travels and receives love-life advice from those he encounters, plays at Roxie Theater. Zooey Deschanel, Ira Glass, Newt Gingrich and Davy’s mom are among those contributing thoughts. More at roxie.com.

  • June 9, 2011

    ‘My Heart Is an Idiot’

    Jun 10, 2011

    David Meiklejohn’s first feature-length documentary, ‘My Heart Is An Idiot,’ which follows Davy Rothbart as he travels and receives love-life advice from those he encounters, plays at Roxie Theater. Zooey Deschanel, Ira Glass, Newt Gingrich and Davy’s mom are among those contributing thoughts. More at roxie.com.

  • June 7, 2011

    ‘Bride Flight’

    Jun 10, 2011

    Ben Sombogaart’s ‘Bride Flight’ opens at Smith Rafael Film Center. The Dutch feature pursues drama in the stories of three women taking a plane flight to meet their awaiting fiancés. More at cafilm.org.

  • News & Blogs

    Fandor Partners with Microcinema International and Kino Lorber

    Jun 7, 2011

    Press release: Fandor, a new on-demand provider of independent films, along with distributors Kino Lorber and Microcinema International, today announced it is pioneering the coordinated theatrical and digital premier, a first for the industry. The first film to be released under the coordinated theatrical and digital premier paradigm will be the June 15 re-release of 'David Holzman's Diary.' More at microcinema.com and fandor.com.

  • First Person

    Production Values: Michael Whalen

    Adrianne Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011

    Whalen speaks from experience on the importance of story and drama in nonfiction filmmaking.

  • Home

    Production Values: Michael Whalen

    Adrianne Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011

    Whalen speaks from experience on the importance of story and drama in nonfiction filmmaking.

  • June 9, 2011

    Production Values: Michael Whalen

    Adrianne Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011

    Whalen speaks from experience on the importance of story and drama in nonfiction filmmaking.

  • Home

    'Blank City' Looks Back at Underground 'B' Heyday

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 3, 2011

    A documentary digs into New York's 'No Wave' movement that briefly flourished in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

  • June 9, 2011

    'Blank City' Looks Back at Underground 'B' Heyday

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 3, 2011

    A documentary digs into New York's 'No Wave' movement that briefly flourished in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

  • Reviews

    'Blank City' Looks Back at Underground 'B' Heyday

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 3, 2011

    A documentary digs into New York's 'No Wave' movement that briefly flourished in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

  • Festivals

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

    The adventure of Another Hole in the Head Film Festival requires you risk seeing the occasional dud to seek out the gems.

  • Home

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

    The adventure of Another Hole in the Head Film Festival requires you risk seeing the occasional dud to seek out the gems.

  • June 2, 2011

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

    The adventure of Another Hole in the Head Film Festival requires you risk seeing the occasional dud to seek out the gems.

  • June 9, 2011

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

    The adventure of Another Hole in the Head Film Festival requires you risk seeing the occasional dud to seek out the gems.

  • May 31, 2011

    ‘The Best & The Brightest’

    Jun 2, 2011

    Josh Shelov’s comedy ‘The Best & The Brightest’ plays at Roxie Theater before its wide release this summer. The film features Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville as yuppies from New York fighting to get their daughter into an elitist private kindergarten. More at roxie.com.

  • Home

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

    Tom Weidlinger creates a cooking show that offers surprises for the slow-foodie.

  • In Production

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

    Tom Weidlinger creates a cooking show that offers surprises for the slow-foodie.

  • June 2, 2011

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

    Tom Weidlinger creates a cooking show that offers surprises for the slow-foodie.

  • May 24, 2011

    ‘Kamikaze Girls’

    May 29, 2011

    Viz Cinema at New People hosts their third fundraiser event, presenting the Japanese film ‘Kamikaze Girls.’ Proceeds benefit Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Funds. More at newpeopleworld.com.

  • Home

    'Into Eternity' Ponders a Present-Day Paradox

    Susan Gerhard
    May 27, 2011

    Danish filmmaker/artist Michael Madsen turns questions around a European nuclear-waste project into an operatic doc.

  • June 2, 2011

    'Into Eternity' Ponders a Present-Day Paradox

    Susan Gerhard
    May 27, 2011

    Danish filmmaker/artist Michael Madsen turns questions around a European nuclear-waste project into an operatic doc.

  • Reviews

    'Into Eternity' Ponders a Present-Day Paradox

    Susan Gerhard
    May 27, 2011

    Danish filmmaker/artist Michael Madsen turns questions around a European nuclear-waste project into an operatic doc.

  • Home

    'Into Eternity' Ponders a Present-Day Paradox

    Susan Gerhard
    May 27, 2011

    Danish filmmaker/artist Michael Madsen turns questions around a European nuclear-waste project into an operatic doc.

  • June 2, 2011

    'Into Eternity' Ponders a Present-Day Paradox

    Susan Gerhard
    May 27, 2011

    Danish filmmaker/artist Michael Madsen turns questions around a European nuclear-waste project into an operatic doc.

  • Reviews

    'Into Eternity' Ponders a Present-Day Paradox

    Susan Gerhard
    May 27, 2011

    Danish filmmaker/artist Michael Madsen turns questions around a European nuclear-waste project into an operatic doc.

  • Home

    Patrick Raises Child ‘Booksellers’

    Michael Fox
    May 24, 2011

    S. Smith Patrick shares purpose with the children she films.

  • In Production

    Patrick Raises Child ‘Booksellers’

    Michael Fox
    May 24, 2011

    S. Smith Patrick shares purpose with the children she films.

  • May 26, 2011

    Patrick Raises Child ‘Booksellers’

    Michael Fox
    May 24, 2011

    S. Smith Patrick shares purpose with the children she films.

  • Home

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

    Leanne Pooley's Topp Twins documentary views world politics through the prism of two eccentric lesbian performers from New Zealand.

  • May 26, 2011

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

    Leanne Pooley's Topp Twins documentary views world politics through the prism of two eccentric lesbian performers from New Zealand.

  • Q & A

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

    Leanne Pooley's Topp Twins documentary views world politics through the prism of two eccentric lesbian performers from New Zealand.

  • Home

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

    Leanne Pooley's Topp Twins documentary views world politics through the prism of two eccentric lesbian performers from New Zealand.

  • May 26, 2011

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

    Leanne Pooley's Topp Twins documentary views world politics through the prism of two eccentric lesbian performers from New Zealand.

  • Q & A

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

    Leanne Pooley's Topp Twins documentary views world politics through the prism of two eccentric lesbian performers from New Zealand.

  • Home

    On Kickstarting a Campaign to Bring Back the Parkway

    Kim Nunley
    May 20, 2011

    A local fan of a local cinema has big dreams for his favorite, now-defunct East Bay movie-theater.

  • May 26, 2011

    On Kickstarting a Campaign to Bring Back the Parkway

    Kim Nunley
    May 20, 2011

    A local fan of a local cinema has big dreams for his favorite, now-defunct East Bay movie-theater.

  • Q & A

    On Kickstarting a Campaign to Bring Back the Parkway

    Kim Nunley
    May 20, 2011

    A local fan of a local cinema has big dreams for his favorite, now-defunct East Bay movie-theater.

  • Home

    YBCA Revisits Vintage Erotica

    Dennis Harvey
    May 19, 2011

    YBCA uncorks another era's eros.

  • May 19, 2011

    YBCA Revisits Vintage Erotica

    Dennis Harvey
    May 19, 2011

    YBCA uncorks another era's eros.

  • Reviews

    YBCA Revisits Vintage Erotica

    Dennis Harvey
    May 19, 2011

    YBCA uncorks another era's eros.

  • May 24, 2011

    The Art of ‘Howl’ at the Cartoon Art Museum

    May 19, 2011

    The vivid mindscapes of Allen Ginsberg's poems come to radical life in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's James Franco-fied 'Howl' via the art of Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker. The Cartoon Art Museum showcases 'The Art of Howl,' with Drooker's work, storyboards, photos and multimedia. More at cartoonart.org.

  • Home

    YBCA Revisits Vintage Erotica

    Dennis Harvey
    May 19, 2011

    YBCA uncorks another era's eros.

  • May 19, 2011

    YBCA Revisits Vintage Erotica

    Dennis Harvey
    May 19, 2011

    YBCA uncorks another era's eros.

  • Reviews

    YBCA Revisits Vintage Erotica

    Dennis Harvey
    May 19, 2011

    YBCA uncorks another era's eros.

  • Home

    Antonelli Contrasts Africa’s ‘Killing Seasons’

    Michael Fox
    May 18, 2011

    John Antonelli finds good news, bad news and plenty of drama in African environmental stories.

  • May 19, 2011

    Antonelli Contrasts Africa’s ‘Killing Seasons’

    Michael Fox
    May 18, 2011

    John Antonelli finds good news, bad news and plenty of drama in African environmental stories.

  • Home

    New Approaches Embolden Doc Genre

    Karen Everett
    May 17, 2011

    Nonfiction filmmakers are re-engaging audiences with an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on creative narrative strategy.

  • May 19, 2011

    New Approaches Embolden Doc Genre

    Karen Everett
    May 17, 2011

    Nonfiction filmmakers are re-engaging audiences with an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on creative narrative strategy.

  • Story Structure

    New Approaches Embolden Doc Genre

    Karen Everett
    May 17, 2011

    Nonfiction filmmakers are re-engaging audiences with an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on creative narrative strategy.

  • Home

    Park Jung-bum Offers Notes on his Unique POV

    Adam Hartzell
    May 16, 2011

    The director of South Korean film 'The Journals of Musan,' a prize winner at SFIFF54, speaks about bringing cinematic light to social darkness.

  • May 19, 2011

    Park Jung-bum Offers Notes on his Unique POV

    Adam Hartzell
    May 16, 2011

    The director of South Korean film 'The Journals of Musan,' a prize winner at SFIFF54, speaks about bringing cinematic light to social darkness.

  • Q & A

    Park Jung-bum Offers Notes on his Unique POV

    Adam Hartzell
    May 16, 2011

    The director of South Korean film 'The Journals of Musan,' a prize winner at SFIFF54, speaks about bringing cinematic light to social darkness.

  • Home

    Park Jung-bum Offers Notes on his Unique POV

    Adam Hartzell
    May 16, 2011

    The director of South Korean film 'The Journals of Musan,' a prize winner at SFIFF54, speaks about bringing cinematic light to social darkness.

  • May 19, 2011

    Park Jung-bum Offers Notes on his Unique POV

    Adam Hartzell
    May 16, 2011

    The director of South Korean film 'The Journals of Musan,' a prize winner at SFIFF54, speaks about bringing cinematic light to social darkness.

  • Q & A

    Park Jung-bum Offers Notes on his Unique POV

    Adam Hartzell
    May 16, 2011

    The director of South Korean film 'The Journals of Musan,' a prize winner at SFIFF54, speaks about bringing cinematic light to social darkness.

  • Home

    Lost Legends Haunt Roxie's Latest Noir Series

    Matt Sussman
    May 13, 2011

    The devil is in the details of I Wake Up Screaming, the Roxie's annual two-week spring celebration of noir's shadiest titles.

  • May 19, 2011

    Lost Legends Haunt Roxie's Latest Noir Series

    Matt Sussman
    May 13, 2011

    The devil is in the details of I Wake Up Screaming, the Roxie's annual two-week spring celebration of noir's shadiest titles.

  • Reviews

    Lost Legends Haunt Roxie's Latest Noir Series

    Matt Sussman
    May 13, 2011

    The devil is in the details of I Wake Up Screaming, the Roxie's annual two-week spring celebration of noir's shadiest titles.

  • May 10, 2011

    Legacy Film Festival on Aging

    May 13, 2011

    Viz Cinema at New People hosts the Legacy Film Festival on Aging, offering three days of shorts and features from around the world that deal with the difficulties and appreciation of growing older. The program begins with ‘Ruth Awasa: Roots of an Artist,’ a documentary about the famous artist, with director Bob Toy and Ruth’s children in attendance for a Q&A following the screening. More at newpeopleworld.com.

  • May 10, 2011

    ‘COINTELPRO 101’

    May 12, 2011

    Director Claude Marks participates in a discussion following the screening of his film, ‘COINTELPRO 101,’ which presents the history and impact of the FBI Counter Intelligence Program. More at redvicmoviehouse.com.

  • Home

    Devor Mulls Odd Journey of Sara Jane Moore

    Michael Fox
    May 11, 2011

    'Zoo' director Robinson Devor uncovers the strange history behind the Gerald Ford assassination attempt in ’70s San Francisco.

  • In Production

    Devor Mulls Odd Journey of Sara Jane Moore

    Michael Fox
    May 11, 2011

    'Zoo' director Robinson Devor uncovers the strange history behind the Gerald Ford assassination attempt in ’70s San Francisco.

  • May 12, 2011

    Devor Mulls Odd Journey of Sara Jane Moore

    Michael Fox
    May 11, 2011

    'Zoo' director Robinson Devor uncovers the strange history behind the Gerald Ford assassination attempt in ’70s San Francisco.

  • Home

    Bold Moves, Peril Define Great Third Acts

    Lisa Rosenberg
    May 10, 2011

    The best advice for creating the perfect Act III? Surprise yourself.

  • May 12, 2011

    Bold Moves, Peril Define Great Third Acts

    Lisa Rosenberg
    May 10, 2011

    The best advice for creating the perfect Act III? Surprise yourself.

  • Screenwriting

    Bold Moves, Peril Define Great Third Acts

    Lisa Rosenberg
    May 10, 2011

    The best advice for creating the perfect Act III? Surprise yourself.

  • May 3, 2011

    SFIFF54 Closing Night

    May 5, 2011

    Castro Theatre hosts the final evening of SFIFF54, which features Mathieu Amalric’s ‘On Tour,’ a film that tells the story of a has-been French TV producer who stages his comeback with burlesque performers. A party follows at The Factory. More at fest11.sffs.org.

  • Home

    SFIFF Brings in Burlesque as Closer

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    May 4, 2011

    Cabaret New Burlesque gets the French art-house treatment with ‘On Tour.’

  • May 5, 2011

    SFIFF Brings in Burlesque as Closer

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    May 4, 2011

    Cabaret New Burlesque gets the French art-house treatment with ‘On Tour.’

  • Reviews

    SFIFF Brings in Burlesque as Closer

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    May 4, 2011

    Cabaret New Burlesque gets the French art-house treatment with ‘On Tour.’

  • May 3, 2011

    ‘William Burroughs: A Man Within’

    May 3, 2011

    Red Vic Movie House presents ‘William Burroughs: A Man Within,’ a documentary that offers a look into the life of one of the first writers to address queer and drag culture in the '50s. Director Yony Leyser participates in a Q&A following select showings. More at redvicmoviehouse.com.

  • Festivals

    Unrestrained at SFIFF54, Barney Offers Live Insight

    Robert Avila
    May 2, 2011

    Matthew Barney talks art, sports and spectacle at the Sundance Kabuki.

  • Home

    Unrestrained at SFIFF54, Barney Offers Live Insight

    Robert Avila
    May 2, 2011

    Matthew Barney talks art, sports and spectacle at the Sundance Kabuki.

  • May 5, 2011

    Unrestrained at SFIFF54, Barney Offers Live Insight

    Robert Avila
    May 2, 2011

    Matthew Barney talks art, sports and spectacle at the Sundance Kabuki.

  • Festivals

    Unrestrained at SFIFF54, Barney Offers Live Insight

    Robert Avila
    May 2, 2011

    Matthew Barney talks art, sports and spectacle at the Sundance Kabuki.

  • Home

    Unrestrained at SFIFF54, Barney Offers Live Insight

    Robert Avila
    May 2, 2011

    Matthew Barney talks art, sports and spectacle at the Sundance Kabuki.

  • May 5, 2011

    Unrestrained at SFIFF54, Barney Offers Live Insight

    Robert Avila
    May 2, 2011

    Matthew Barney talks art, sports and spectacle at the Sundance Kabuki.

  • Festivals

    Snapshots Reveal Personal Side of SFIFF54

    Michael Read, editor
    May 1, 2011

    Writers for the Festival’s daily ‘Scoop’ capture live director-audience interactions.

  • Home

    Snapshots Reveal Personal Side of SFIFF54

    Michael Read, editor
    May 1, 2011

    Writers for the Festival’s daily ‘Scoop’ capture live director-audience interactions.

  • May 5, 2011

    Snapshots Reveal Personal Side of SFIFF54

    Michael Read, editor
    May 1, 2011

    Writers for the Festival’s daily ‘Scoop’ capture live director-audience interactions.

  • April 28, 2011

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

    In a quarter century of filmmaking feats, persistence and vision are defining qualities for Matthew Barney.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

    In a quarter century of filmmaking feats, persistence and vision are defining qualities for Matthew Barney.

  • Home

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

    In a quarter century of filmmaking feats, persistence and vision are defining qualities for Matthew Barney.

  • April 26, 2011

    SFIFF Centerpiece: ‘Terri’

    Apr 30, 2011

    San Francisco International Film Festival’s 2011 Centerpiece selection, ‘Terri,’ featuring John C. Reilly as a vice principle who befriends an insecure junior high student, plays at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas with director Azazel Jacobs and actor Jacob Wysocki in attendance. The evening’s after party is at Clift's Velvet Room. More at fest11.sffs.org.

  • April 28, 2011

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

    In a quarter century of filmmaking feats, persistence and vision are defining qualities for Matthew Barney.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

    In a quarter century of filmmaking feats, persistence and vision are defining qualities for Matthew Barney.

  • Home

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

    In a quarter century of filmmaking feats, persistence and vision are defining qualities for Matthew Barney.

  • Festivals

    Film Society Awards Night Shines Light on ’70s, City

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 29, 2011

    Beginnings, endings and the dazzling cinema in between honored in SFFS's annual awards show.

  • Home

    Film Society Awards Night Shines Light on ’70s, City

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 29, 2011

    Beginnings, endings and the dazzling cinema in between honored in SFFS's annual awards show.

  • May 5, 2011

    Film Society Awards Night Shines Light on ’70s, City

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 29, 2011

    Beginnings, endings and the dazzling cinema in between honored in SFFS's annual awards show.

  • April 28, 2011

    Bay Area Doc-makers of SFIFF54 Map Future

    Michael Fox
    Apr 27, 2011

    The region's nonfiction filmmakers consider next steps after their SFIFF debuts.

  • Home

    Bay Area Doc-makers of SFIFF54 Map Future

    Michael Fox
    Apr 27, 2011

    The region's nonfiction filmmakers consider next steps after their SFIFF debuts.

  • In Production

    Bay Area Doc-makers of SFIFF54 Map Future

    Michael Fox
    Apr 27, 2011

    The region's nonfiction filmmakers consider next steps after their SFIFF debuts.

  • April 28, 2011

    Tindersticks Fuel the Claire Denis Film Fire

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 26, 2011

    A soundtrack staple in the Denis oeuvre, Tindersticks play their beautifully brooding music live to clips at SFIFF54.

  • Festivals

    Tindersticks Fuel the Claire Denis Film Fire

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 26, 2011

    A soundtrack staple in the Denis oeuvre, Tindersticks play their beautifully brooding music live to clips at SFIFF54.

  • Home

    Tindersticks Fuel the Claire Denis Film Fire

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 26, 2011

    A soundtrack staple in the Denis oeuvre, Tindersticks play their beautifully brooding music live to clips at SFIFF54.

  • April 28, 2011

    Terence Stamp Honored with Owens Award

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 25, 2011

    Terence Stamp has treated acting not as a job, but as a restless quest for new frontiers.

  • Festivals

    Terence Stamp Honored with Owens Award

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 25, 2011

    Terence Stamp has treated acting not as a job, but as a restless quest for new frontiers.

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    Terence Stamp Honored with Owens Award

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 25, 2011

    Terence Stamp has treated acting not as a job, but as a restless quest for new frontiers.

  • April 28, 2011

    SFIFF54's 'Beginners' Brings Surprises

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 23, 2011

    Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor lit up the Castro on San Francisco International's opening night.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF54's 'Beginners' Brings Surprises

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 23, 2011

    Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor lit up the Castro on San Francisco International's opening night.

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    SFIFF54's 'Beginners' Brings Surprises

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 23, 2011

    Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor lit up the Castro on San Francisco International's opening night.

  • April 19, 2011

    SFIFF: '!Women art Revolution'

    Apr 23, 2011

    Lynn Hershman Leeson's decades-in-the-making documentary about women artists taking on the establishment debuts at the festival Saturday, April 23, with a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art screening, and plays again Monday, April 25, at the Pacific Film Archive. More at fest11.sffs.org.

  • News & Blogs

    Terence Stamp to Receive Peter J. Owens Award at 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

    Apr 22, 2011

    Press release: The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Terence Stamp will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The Owens Award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations and Film Society board member, honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The award will be presented to Stamp at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club. More at fest11.sffs.org.

  • April 19, 2011

    San Francisco International Opens

    Apr 21, 2011

    The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival opens with a film about fresh starts, in the form of a 75-year-old living life romantically, possibly for the first time, in Mike Mills' 'Beginners.' One can't go wrong with a cast featuring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent. Better: Mills and McGregor are present. A party follows at Terra Gallery. More at fest.sffs.org.

  • April 19, 2011

    Road to Hollywood Tour: ‘Elmer Gantry’

    Apr 20, 2011

    In celebration of the upcoming Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood, Castro Theatre participates in the one-night nationwide Road to Hollywood Tour with a free screening of ‘Elmer Gantry.’ Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz and Academy Award winner Shirley Jones are present. Tickets are acquired through tcm.com/roadtohollywood. More at castrotheatre.com.

  • April 19, 2011

    ATA Film & Video Festival

    Apr 20, 2011

    Roxie Theater hosts Playback: ATA Film & Video Festival 2006-2010, a one-day event that showcases a selection of short films from the experimental media arts gallery. More at roxie.com.

  • News & Blogs

    indieWIRE: "'Restrepo' Filmmaker Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya"

    Apr 20, 2011

    Reports Peter Knegt: "Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington has been killed in Libya, it is being reported by Vanity Fair (where Hetherington worked as a contributing photographer)." More at indieWIRE.com.

  • april 22 2011

    Production Values: Debbie Brubaker

    Adrianne Anderson
    Apr 19, 2011

    A veteran producer talks about the art, craft and industry behind her work.

  • First Person

    Production Values: Debbie Brubaker

    Adrianne Anderson
    Apr 19, 2011

    A veteran producer talks about the art, craft and industry behind her work.

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    Production Values: Debbie Brubaker

    Adrianne Anderson
    Apr 19, 2011

    A veteran producer talks about the art, craft and industry behind her work.

  • april 22 2011

    On Producing Killer Films

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 18, 2011

    Christine Vachon examines her varied indie successes while offering notes on the world of change engulfing cinema.

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    On Producing Killer Films

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 18, 2011

    Christine Vachon examines her varied indie successes while offering notes on the world of change engulfing cinema.

  • Q & A

    On Producing Killer Films

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 18, 2011

    Christine Vachon examines her varied indie successes while offering notes on the world of change engulfing cinema.

  • April 12, 2011

    Afterimage: The Films of Patricio Guzmán

    Apr 16, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive's Patricio Guzmán series continues with ‘The Pinochet Case’ and ‘Chile, Obstinate Memory.’ Later this month, Guzman's latest, a poignant and provocative reflection called 'Nostalgia for the Light,' closes the collection and screens as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival, April 26 and 28. More at bampfa.berkeley.edu and fest11.sffs.org.

  • april 22 2011

    Swimming in the Deep End of San Francisco International Film Festival

    Max Goldberg
    Apr 15, 2011

    Films in the 54th SFIFF immerse viewers in distant times, unique places.

  • Festivals

    Swimming in the Deep End of San Francisco International Film Festival

    Max Goldberg
    Apr 15, 2011

    Films in the 54th SFIFF immerse viewers in distant times, unique places.

  • Home

    Swimming in the Deep End of San Francisco International Film Festival

    Max Goldberg
    Apr 15, 2011

    Films in the 54th SFIFF immerse viewers in distant times, unique places.

  • Reviews

    Swimming in the Deep End of San Francisco International Film Festival

    Max Goldberg
    Apr 15, 2011

    Films in the 54th SFIFF immerse viewers in distant times, unique places.

  • April 14, 2011

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

    A grad student brings a rare screening of silent classic 'Braza Dormida' to the PFA, with live jazz accompaniment.

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    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

    A grad student brings a rare screening of silent classic 'Braza Dormida' to the PFA, with live jazz accompaniment.

  • Q & A

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

    A grad student brings a rare screening of silent classic 'Braza Dormida' to the PFA, with live jazz accompaniment.

  • April 14, 2011

    Film Globally, Screen Locally

    Michael Fox
    Apr 13, 2011

    Local filmmakers reflect on the opportunities presented by screenings at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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    Film Globally, Screen Locally

    Michael Fox
    Apr 13, 2011

    Local filmmakers reflect on the opportunities presented by screenings at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

  • In Production

    Film Globally, Screen Locally

    Michael Fox
    Apr 13, 2011

    Local filmmakers reflect on the opportunities presented by screenings at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

  • April 14, 2011

    The Art of the Steal

    George Rush
    Apr 12, 2011

    Whether in the foreground or background of your narrative feature, pieces of art require copyright consideration.

  • Home

    The Art of the Steal

    George Rush
    Apr 12, 2011

    Whether in the foreground or background of your narrative feature, pieces of art require copyright consideration.

  • Legal

    The Art of the Steal

    George Rush
    Apr 12, 2011

    Whether in the foreground or background of your narrative feature, pieces of art require copyright consideration.

  • April 14, 2011

    Journalist-Activist Chakarova Exposes ‘Price of Sex’

    Michael Fox
    Apr 11, 2011

    Mimi Chakarova gains a new perspective on journalism as well as international crime in investigating 'The Price of Sex.'

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    Journalist-Activist Chakarova Exposes ‘Price of Sex’

    Michael Fox
    Apr 11, 2011

    Mimi Chakarova gains a new perspective on journalism as well as international crime in investigating 'The Price of Sex.'

  • Reviews

    Journalist-Activist Chakarova Exposes ‘Price of Sex’

    Michael Fox
    Apr 11, 2011

    Mimi Chakarova gains a new perspective on journalism as well as international crime in investigating 'The Price of Sex.'

  • News & Blogs

    Current TV Launches 'The Current Cause' for Filmmakers

    Apr 8, 2011

    Press release: Current TV is launching a new pro-social program, called 'The Current Cause,' which invites both amateur and professional filmmakers to create promotional spots focusing on pro-social themes and organizations. The program focuses on a different theme every quarter, beginning with a sustainability-themed "Earth Fights Back" initiative to commemorate Earth Day 2011. More at current.com/cause.

  • April 7, 2011

    The Power of ‘Poetry’

    Adam Hartzell
    Apr 7, 2011

    A South Korean gem, Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Poetry’ inspires.

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    The Power of ‘Poetry’

    Adam Hartzell
    Apr 7, 2011

    A South Korean gem, Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Poetry’ inspires.

  • Reviews

    The Power of ‘Poetry’

    Adam Hartzell
    Apr 7, 2011

    A South Korean gem, Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Poetry’ inspires.

  • April 7, 2011

    The Power of ‘Poetry’

    Adam Hartzell
    Apr 7, 2011

    A South Korean gem, Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Poetry’ inspires.

  • Home

    The Power of ‘Poetry’

    Adam Hartzell
    Apr 7, 2011

    A South Korean gem, Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Poetry’ inspires.

  • Reviews

    The Power of ‘Poetry’

    Adam Hartzell
    Apr 7, 2011

    A South Korean gem, Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Poetry’ inspires.

  • April 5, 2011

    Fearless: Independent Chinese Documentaries

    Apr 7, 2011

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts hosts and dGenerate Films and Fandor present ‘Fearless: Independent Chinese Documentaries,’ which features six independent Chinese political docs; continuing this week with 'Tape' (April 7), 'Ghost Town' (April 10) and '1428' (pictured, April 14). More at ybca.org.

  • April 5, 2011

    ‘Maestra’

    Apr 7, 2011

    Mission Cultural Center presents Catherine Murphy’s ‘Maestra,’ a 30-minute documentary that follows female literacy workers in Cuba. Murphy and former literacy campaign teacher Norma Guillard participate in a Q&A with film critic B. Ruby Rich following the film. More at missionculturalcenter.org.

  • April 7, 2011

    Uncomplicating the Casting Process

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 5, 2011

    Hester Schell’s ‘Casting Revealed’ helps filmmakers hire quality actors.

  • First Person

    Uncomplicating the Casting Process

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 5, 2011

    Hester Schell’s ‘Casting Revealed’ helps filmmakers hire quality actors.

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    Uncomplicating the Casting Process

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 5, 2011

    Hester Schell’s ‘Casting Revealed’ helps filmmakers hire quality actors.

  • March 29 2011

    SFFS Film Arts Forum: Beyond Film School

    Apr 4, 2011

    Tiffany Shlain keynotes a discussion of education and opportunity, while panelists Mark Decena, Rob Epstein, Barry Jenkins, Lexi Leban and Jenni Olson share their experiences and stories of how they’ve sustained their careers over time. It begins at 7:30 pm at the Lab. More at sffs.org.

  • News & Blogs

    IndieWIRE: "Meet the San Francisco International Film Fest Programmers (In Their Own Words)"

    Apr 2, 2011

    IndieWIRE reports: "With the sheer number of arts-related events in San Francisco, one might mistake the city as one of America’s largest metropolises, but in fact it’s California’s fourth largest city. San Francisco has however had a long tradition of embracing arts on the cusp, reflecting its vibrant and diverse citizens." More at indieWIRE.com.

  • April 7, 2011

    Ozon's 'Trophy Wife' Is a Winner

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 1, 2011

    Ozon's Deneuve vehicle, filled with comedy and politics, travels well.

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    Ozon's 'Trophy Wife' Is a Winner

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 1, 2011

    Ozon's Deneuve vehicle, filled with comedy and politics, travels well.

  • Reviews

    Ozon's 'Trophy Wife' Is a Winner

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 1, 2011

    Ozon's Deneuve vehicle, filled with comedy and politics, travels well.

  • 03.31.11

    SFMOMA's Muybridge Experiments with Time, Space

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 31, 2011

    SFMOMA's Eadweard Muybridge exhibit is essential viewing for Bay Area film lovers. More than 150 years after Eadweard Muybridge set up shop on Montgomery Street, San Francisco Museum Modern Art is featuring a splendid retrospective of the photographer’s work just a few blocks away. A tireless self-promoter with chutzpah enough to adapt “Helios” as a nom de plume early in his career (this after already having left “Muggeridge” behind in England), Muybridge would surely have been pleased by this showcase. From A Trip Down Market Street

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    SFMOMA's Muybridge Experiments with Time, Space

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 31, 2011

    SFMOMA's Eadweard Muybridge exhibit is essential viewing for Bay Area film lovers. More than 150 years after Eadweard Muybridge set up shop on Montgomery Street, San Francisco Museum Modern Art is featuring a splendid retrospective of the photographer’s work just a few blocks away. A tireless self-promoter with chutzpah enough to adapt “Helios” as a nom de plume early in his career (this after already having left “Muggeridge” behind in England), Muybridge would surely have been pleased by this showcase. From A Trip Down Market Street

  • March 29 2011

    Patricia Woodbridge on Art Direction

    Mar 31, 2011

    Behind the Scenes: Art director Patricia Woodbridge introduces ‘I Am Legend’ at Pacific Film Archive with a formal discussion of her work on that film and others on March 31. SFFS hosts Woodbridge at Ninth Street Independent Film Center for a Master Class on April 2, and then she returns to PFA to informally present ‘Shutter Island,’ on April 3. More at bampfa.berkeley.edu and sffs.org.

  • 03.31.11

    SFMOMA's Muybridge Experiments with Time, Space

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 31, 2011

    SFMOMA's Eadweard Muybridge exhibit is essential viewing for Bay Area film lovers. More than 150 years after Eadweard Muybridge set up shop on Montgomery Street, San Francisco Museum Modern Art is featuring a splendid retrospective of the photographer’s work just a few blocks away. A tireless self-promoter with chutzpah enough to adapt “Helios” as a nom de plume early in his career (this after already having left “Muggeridge” behind in England), Muybridge would surely have been pleased by this showcase. From A Trip Down Market Street

  • Home

    SFMOMA's Muybridge Experiments with Time, Space

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 31, 2011

    SFMOMA's Eadweard Muybridge exhibit is essential viewing for Bay Area film lovers. More than 150 years after Eadweard Muybridge set up shop on Montgomery Street, San Francisco Museum Modern Art is featuring a splendid retrospective of the photographer’s work just a few blocks away. A tireless self-promoter with chutzpah enough to adapt “Helios” as a nom de plume early in his career (this after already having left “Muggeridge” behind in England), Muybridge would surely have been pleased by this showcase. From A Trip Down Market Street

  • 03.31.11

    Haynes Reaches Mainstream with Thoroughly Modern ‘Mildred’

    Michael Fox
    Mar 27, 2011

    Todd Haynes talks melodrama, movies, TV, the Great Depression and personal motivation.

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    Haynes Reaches Mainstream with Thoroughly Modern ‘Mildred’

    Michael Fox
    Mar 27, 2011

    Todd Haynes talks melodrama, movies, TV, the Great Depression and personal motivation.

  • Q & A

    Haynes Reaches Mainstream with Thoroughly Modern ‘Mildred’

    Michael Fox
    Mar 27, 2011

    Todd Haynes talks melodrama, movies, TV, the Great Depression and personal motivation.

  • March 22, 2011

    'Hula Girls'

    Mar 26, 2011

    New People at Viz Cinema hosts three showings of ‘Hula Girls,’ a 2006 film based in the recently devastated Fukushima, Japan. Showings are free, but donations of $10, which will go directly to Japanese earthquake relief funds, are requested. More at newpeopleworld.com.

  • March 22, 2011

    'Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?'

    Mar 25, 2011

    Director Taggart Siegel participates in a Q&A at Roxie Theater following the evening showings on March 25, 27 and 28 of his recent documentary, ‘Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?,’ which examines the recent global disappearance of bees. More at roxie.com.

  • March 22, 2011

    'Voces Inocentes'

    Mar 24, 2011

    Screenwriter Oscar Torres appears in person at Mission Cultural Center to talk following his award winning film ‘Voces Inocentes,’ based on Torres’ real-life tale of growing up and avoiding mandatory army recruitment in San Salvador. More at missionculturalcenter.org.

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    Merk Mixes ‘Cocktails’ for Television

    Michael Fox
    Mar 23, 2011

    Ron Merk sends a San Francisco-set series into the ring.

  • In Production

    Merk Mixes ‘Cocktails’ for Television

    Michael Fox
    Mar 23, 2011

    Ron Merk sends a San Francisco-set series into the ring.

  • March 24, 2011

    Merk Mixes ‘Cocktails’ for Television

    Michael Fox
    Mar 23, 2011

    Ron Merk sends a San Francisco-set series into the ring.

  • First Person

    Filmmakers Bring Stories to New Platforms

    Erica Marcus
    Mar 22, 2011

    The Media that Matters Conference showcased innovative formats and powerful storytelling.

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    Filmmakers Bring Stories to New Platforms

    Erica Marcus
    Mar 22, 2011

    The Media that Matters Conference showcased innovative formats and powerful storytelling.

  • March 24, 2011

    Filmmakers Bring Stories to New Platforms

    Erica Marcus
    Mar 22, 2011

    The Media that Matters Conference showcased innovative formats and powerful storytelling.

  • Home

    Kiarostami’s Enigmatic ‘Copy’ Fascinates

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 18, 2011

    Kiarostami’s ‘Certified Copy’ is a puzzling provocation that gets better with multiple viewings.

  • March 24, 2011

    Kiarostami’s Enigmatic ‘Copy’ Fascinates

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 18, 2011

    Kiarostami’s ‘Certified Copy’ is a puzzling provocation that gets better with multiple viewings.

  • Reviews

    Kiarostami’s Enigmatic ‘Copy’ Fascinates

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 18, 2011

    Kiarostami’s ‘Certified Copy’ is a puzzling provocation that gets better with multiple viewings.

  • March 15, 2011

    ‘Heartbeats'

    Mar 18, 2011

    Xavier Dolan’s ‘Heartbeats,’ the 2010 Winner of Un Certain Regard Youth Prize at Cannes International Film Festival, opens at Landmark Theatres in San Francisco and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas. The film follows two best friends and their attempt to attain the affection of a charming man they’ve just met. More at landmarktheatres.com.

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    YBCA Brings Attention to Embattled Iranian Artists

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 17, 2011

    YBCA rallies behind Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof with its ‘Iran Beyond Censorship’ series.

  • March 17, 2011

    YBCA Brings Attention to Embattled Iranian Artists

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 17, 2011

    YBCA rallies behind Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof with its ‘Iran Beyond Censorship’ series.

  • Reviews

    YBCA Brings Attention to Embattled Iranian Artists

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 17, 2011

    YBCA rallies behind Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof with its ‘Iran Beyond Censorship’ series.

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    Nonfiction's Future Lies in Optimism

    Karen Everett
    Mar 15, 2011

    A new crop of filmmakers are building audiences by showing nonfiction doesn’t have to be depressing to reveal hard truths.

  • March 17, 2011

    Nonfiction's Future Lies in Optimism

    Karen Everett
    Mar 15, 2011

    A new crop of filmmakers are building audiences by showing nonfiction doesn’t have to be depressing to reveal hard truths.

  • Story Structure

    Nonfiction's Future Lies in Optimism

    Karen Everett
    Mar 15, 2011

    A new crop of filmmakers are building audiences by showing nonfiction doesn’t have to be depressing to reveal hard truths.

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    SFIAAFF'S Closer Goh Nakamura Talks Music, Movies

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 14, 2011

    'Surrogate Valentine's' Goh Nakamura offers his fans some sugar as his starring role closes SFIAAFF 2011.

  • March 17, 2011

    SFIAAFF'S Closer Goh Nakamura Talks Music, Movies

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 14, 2011

    'Surrogate Valentine's' Goh Nakamura offers his fans some sugar as his starring role closes SFIAAFF 2011.

  • Q & A

    SFIAAFF'S Closer Goh Nakamura Talks Music, Movies

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 14, 2011

    'Surrogate Valentine's' Goh Nakamura offers his fans some sugar as his starring role closes SFIAAFF 2011.

  • Home

    SFIAAFF'S Closer Goh Nakamura Talks Music, Movies

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 14, 2011

    'Surrogate Valentine's' Goh Nakamura offers his fans some sugar as his starring role closes SFIAAFF 2011.

  • March 17, 2011

    SFIAAFF'S Closer Goh Nakamura Talks Music, Movies

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 14, 2011

    'Surrogate Valentine's' Goh Nakamura offers his fans some sugar as his starring role closes SFIAAFF 2011.

  • Q & A

    SFIAAFF'S Closer Goh Nakamura Talks Music, Movies

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 14, 2011

    'Surrogate Valentine's' Goh Nakamura offers his fans some sugar as his starring role closes SFIAAFF 2011.

  • March 8, 2011

    Oscar-winners Discuss Effects and Music in 'Tarzan Finds a Son!'

    Mar 13, 2011

    Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt reveal the special effects used in 1939s ‘Tarzan Finds a Son!’ and present live audio demonstrations. The event takes place at Smith Rafael Film Center and is presented by Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More at cafilm.org.

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    SFIAAFF Brings 'Light,' Captures Attention

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 10, 2011

    At nearly 30, SF Int’l Asian American Film Festival fulfills a multifacted programming mission. The 29th edition of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival stretches across the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Berkeley to San Jose March 10–20, bringing “Stories to Light” as the Center for Asian American Media's new tagline says. Indeed, both the stories and their potential audiences would be left in the dark without the solid efforts of new festival steward Misashi Niwano and Christine Kwon (festival director and managing director, respectively). In a city privileged with a vast...

  • March 10, 2011

    SFIAAFF Brings 'Light,' Captures Attention

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 10, 2011

    At nearly 30, SF Int’l Asian American Film Festival fulfills a multifacted programming mission. The 29th edition of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival stretches across the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Berkeley to San Jose March 10–20, bringing “Stories to Light” as the Center for Asian American Media's new tagline says. Indeed, both the stories and their potential audiences would be left in the dark without the solid efforts of new festival steward Misashi Niwano and Christine Kwon (festival director and managing director, respectively). In a city privileged with a vast...

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    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

    Jason Wolos builds a drama about family and food with a few key ingredients.

  • In Production

    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

    Jason Wolos builds a drama about family and food with a few key ingredients.

  • March 10, 2011

    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

    Jason Wolos builds a drama about family and food with a few key ingredients.

  • March 8, 2011

    Images of Nature, or The Nature of the Image: Canadian Artists at Work

    Mar 9, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive offers the latest in their Alternative Visions series with Images of Nature, or The Nature of the Image: Canadian Artists at Work, which explores the techniques and strategies utilized by four decades of Canadian short films as they showcase images of nature and Canadian landscapes. More at bampfa.berkeley.edu.

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    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

    Jason Wolos builds a drama about family and food with a few key ingredients.

  • In Production

    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

    Jason Wolos builds a drama about family and food with a few key ingredients.

  • March 10, 2011

    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

    Jason Wolos builds a drama about family and food with a few key ingredients.

  • Home

    What you Need to Know to License Music for Film

    George Rush
    Mar 8, 2011

    Breaking down the common licensing terms.

  • Legal

    What you Need to Know to License Music for Film

    George Rush
    Mar 8, 2011

    Breaking down the common licensing terms.

  • March 10, 2011

    What you Need to Know to License Music for Film

    George Rush
    Mar 8, 2011

    Breaking down the common licensing terms.

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    SFIAFF Director Primed for Debut

    Michael Fox
    Mar 7, 2011

    Masashi Niwano, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival's new director, speaks about bringing new worlds to this world cinema event.

  • March 10, 2011

    SFIAFF Director Primed for Debut

    Michael Fox
    Mar 7, 2011

    Masashi Niwano, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival's new director, speaks about bringing new worlds to this world cinema event.

  • Q & A

    SFIAFF Director Primed for Debut

    Michael Fox
    Mar 7, 2011

    Masashi Niwano, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival's new director, speaks about bringing new worlds to this world cinema event.

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    'Boonmee's' Magic Lights Up SFFS Screen

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 4, 2011

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns to the jungle, and full-on magic realism, with 'Uncle Boonmee.'

  • March 10, 2011

    'Boonmee's' Magic Lights Up SFFS Screen

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 4, 2011

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns to the jungle, and full-on magic realism, with 'Uncle Boonmee.'

  • March 3, 2011

    'Boonmee's' Magic Lights Up SFFS Screen

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 4, 2011

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns to the jungle, and full-on magic realism, with 'Uncle Boonmee.'

  • Reviews

    'Boonmee's' Magic Lights Up SFFS Screen

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 4, 2011

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns to the jungle, and full-on magic realism, with 'Uncle Boonmee.'

  • March 1, 2011

    'Exposed on Film'

    Mar 4, 2011

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Castro Theatre present ‘Exposed on Film,’ a three-day series featuring films that explore the themes presented in the concurrent San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, including Warhol's 'The Nude Restaurant,' Antonioni's 'Blow Up' and David Lynch's 'Lost Highway.' More at castrotheatre.com and sfmoma.org.

  • News & Blogs

    SFIFF54 Announces Documentaries in Golden Gate Awards, Films in New Directors Competition

    Mar 4, 2011

    Press release: The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) today announced its documentaries in competition for the Golden Gate Awards and films in competition for the New Directors Prize. The International will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. Sixty thousand dollars will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,000) and Bay Area documentary feature ($15,000). The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Seventeen countries contributed to the production of the 11 films in this year's competition. Click through for titles or visit sffs.org.

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    Poetry in Motion: Working in Action

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Mar 1, 2011

    Build an action picture with a poor script? At your own risk.

  • March 3, 2011

    Poetry in Motion: Working in Action

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Mar 1, 2011

    Build an action picture with a poor script? At your own risk.

  • Screenwriting

    Poetry in Motion: Working in Action

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Mar 1, 2011

    Build an action picture with a poor script? At your own risk.

  • News & Blogs

    Reuters: "'Toy Story 3' Wins Oscar for Animated Feature"

    Feb 27, 2011

    Reuters: "'Toy Story 3' won the Oscar for animated feature on Sunday, becoming the fourth Pixar release to win the category in as many years." More at reuters.com.

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    Ido Haar Seeks Justice, Searches Soul

    Judy Stone
    Feb 26, 2011

    SFFS Artist in Residence speaks on cities, Siberia, family and life in the Middle East.

  • March 3, 2011

    Ido Haar Seeks Justice, Searches Soul

    Judy Stone
    Feb 26, 2011

    SFFS Artist in Residence speaks on cities, Siberia, family and life in the Middle East.

  • Q & A

    Ido Haar Seeks Justice, Searches Soul

    Judy Stone
    Feb 26, 2011

    SFFS Artist in Residence speaks on cities, Siberia, family and life in the Middle East.

  • February 22, 2011

    SFFS KinoTek: Laurel Nakadate Double Feature

    Feb 24, 2011

    As part of Laurel Nakadate: Fever Dreams, photographer and filmmaker Nakadate appears in person at the Roxie Theater for a Q&A following a double-feature of her transfixing, transforming feature-length films, including 2010's 'The Wolf Knife' and 2009's 'Stay the Same Never Change.' More, including info on Nakadate work on display in the Mission, at sffs.org.

  • February 24, 2011

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

    Filmmaker/photographer Laurel Nakadate talks about acting, power and identity.

  • Home

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

    Filmmaker/photographer Laurel Nakadate talks about acting, power and identity.

  • Q & A

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

    Filmmaker/photographer Laurel Nakadate talks about acting, power and identity.

  • February 24, 2011

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

    Filmmaker/photographer Laurel Nakadate talks about acting, power and identity.

  • Home

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

    Filmmaker/photographer Laurel Nakadate talks about acting, power and identity.

  • Q & A

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

    Filmmaker/photographer Laurel Nakadate talks about acting, power and identity.

  • February 22, 2011

    Noise Pop Film Series

    Feb 22, 2011

    A festival whose curation was called "stupefyingly good" by Dennis Harvey in SF360.org last week, the Noise Pop Film Series complements the live music it's meant to accompany as the likes of Feist, Devendra Banhart and Tom Ze cross the screen. More at 2011.noisepop.com/film.

  • February 24, 2011

    'We Were Here' Wrings Hope from the AIDS Crisis

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 22, 2011

    Weissman and Weber's 'We Were Here' pulls a surprising degree of hope and inspiration out of the AIDS tragedy.

  • Home

    'We Were Here' Wrings Hope from the AIDS Crisis

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 22, 2011

    Weissman and Weber's 'We Were Here' pulls a surprising degree of hope and inspiration out of the AIDS tragedy.

  • Reviews

    'We Were Here' Wrings Hope from the AIDS Crisis

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 22, 2011

    Weissman and Weber's 'We Were Here' pulls a surprising degree of hope and inspiration out of the AIDS tragedy.

  • February 17, 2011

    Noise Pop 2011's Film Series Rawks

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2011

    Noise Pop brings the noise as well as great filmmaking to its annual music-and-movie event.

  • Festivals

    Noise Pop 2011's Film Series Rawks

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2011

    Noise Pop brings the noise as well as great filmmaking to its annual music-and-movie event.

  • Home

    Noise Pop 2011's Film Series Rawks

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2011

    Noise Pop brings the noise as well as great filmmaking to its annual music-and-movie event.

  • February 17, 2011

    On the Making of 'Crooked Beauty'

    Ken Paul Rosenthal
    Feb 15, 2011

    A filmmaker delves deep into the process of embodying 'madness' in movie form.

  • First Person

    On the Making of 'Crooked Beauty'

    Ken Paul Rosenthal
    Feb 15, 2011

    A filmmaker delves deep into the process of embodying 'madness' in movie form.

  • Home

    On the Making of 'Crooked Beauty'

    Ken Paul Rosenthal
    Feb 15, 2011

    A filmmaker delves deep into the process of embodying 'madness' in movie form.

  • News & Blogs

    Variety: "Roadside, Participant on 'Circumstance'"

    Feb 15, 2011

    Variety: "Marking another acquisition partnership coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, Roadside Attractions will team with Participant Media," handling U.S. theatrical distribution rights of writer and director Maryam Keshavarz's Iranian drama 'Circumstance.' More at variety.com.

  • February 17, 2011

    Stone Tour Cultivates the City

    Susan Gerhard
    Feb 14, 2011

    Film professor and farmer Melinda Stone tours San Francisco community centers with film and food for thought.

  • Home

    Stone Tour Cultivates the City

    Susan Gerhard
    Feb 14, 2011

    Film professor and farmer Melinda Stone tours San Francisco community centers with film and food for thought.

  • Q & A

    Stone Tour Cultivates the City

    Susan Gerhard
    Feb 14, 2011

    Film professor and farmer Melinda Stone tours San Francisco community centers with film and food for thought.

  • Home

    'Come Undone' Disrupts Domesticity

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 11, 2011

    Neither tragedy nor grand romance, 'Come Undone' captures an evocative everyday mess.

  • Reviews

    'Come Undone' Disrupts Domesticity

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 11, 2011

    Neither tragedy nor grand romance, 'Come Undone' captures an evocative everyday mess.

  • February 10, 2011

    Silent Film Festival Is in the Money

    Michael Fox
    Feb 10, 2011

    SF Silent Film Festival's Winter Event offers financial dramas that speak volumes.

  • Festivals

    Silent Film Festival Is in the Money

    Michael Fox
    Feb 10, 2011

    SF Silent Film Festival's Winter Event offers financial dramas that speak volumes.

  • Home

    Silent Film Festival Is in the Money

    Michael Fox
    Feb 10, 2011

    SF Silent Film Festival's Winter Event offers financial dramas that speak volumes.

  • February 10, 2011

    Scary Cow Stampede Continues Apace

    Michael Fox
    Feb 9, 2011

    Scary Cow matches makers with crews, and, every quarter, finds audiences for both.

  • Home

    Scary Cow Stampede Continues Apace

    Michael Fox
    Feb 9, 2011

    Scary Cow matches makers with crews, and, every quarter, finds audiences for both.

  • In Production

    Scary Cow Stampede Continues Apace

    Michael Fox
    Feb 9, 2011

    Scary Cow matches makers with crews, and, every quarter, finds audiences for both.

  • February 10, 2011

    Im Sang-soo Re-hires a Troubling 'Housemaid'

    Adam Hartzell
    Feb 8, 2011

    A South Korean classic is re-envisioned.

  • Home

    Im Sang-soo Re-hires a Troubling 'Housemaid'

    Adam Hartzell
    Feb 8, 2011

    A South Korean classic is re-envisioned.

  • Reviews

    Im Sang-soo Re-hires a Troubling 'Housemaid'

    Adam Hartzell
    Feb 8, 2011

    A South Korean classic is re-envisioned.

  • February 10, 2011

    Mostly British Looks Beyond Speechifying Kings

    Michael Fox
    Feb 7, 2011

    Australian films comprise fully a third of the Mostly British Film Festival lineup.

  • Festivals

    Mostly British Looks Beyond Speechifying Kings

    Michael Fox
    Feb 7, 2011

    Australian films comprise fully a third of the Mostly British Film Festival lineup.

  • Home

    Mostly British Looks Beyond Speechifying Kings

    Michael Fox
    Feb 7, 2011

    Australian films comprise fully a third of the Mostly British Film Festival lineup.

  • Feb 3 2011

    Eclectic Expectations Met at SF Indiefest

    Matt Sussman
    Feb 3, 2011

    SF Indiefest brings drama, doc, fact, fiction and physique into its annual showcase.

  • Festivals

    Eclectic Expectations Met at SF Indiefest

    Matt Sussman
    Feb 3, 2011

    SF Indiefest brings drama, doc, fact, fiction and physique into its annual showcase.

  • Home

    Eclectic Expectations Met at SF Indiefest

    Matt Sussman
    Feb 3, 2011

    SF Indiefest brings drama, doc, fact, fiction and physique into its annual showcase.

  • February 1, 2011

    SF Indiefest

    Feb 3, 2011

    Roxie Theater hosts the 13th SF Indiefest, which presents 15 raucous days of both feature and short independent films. Opening Night features Gregg Araki’s ‘Kaboom,’ with an afterparty at CELLspace and live music. More at sfindie.com.

  • Feb 3 2011

    Schneider-Jarmel Clan Take ‘Balz’ to Cuba

    Michael Fox
    Feb 2, 2011

    Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider follow 'Speaking in Tongues' with a doc that talks baseball.

  • Home

    Schneider-Jarmel Clan Take ‘Balz’ to Cuba

    Michael Fox
    Feb 2, 2011

    Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider follow 'Speaking in Tongues' with a doc that talks baseball.

  • In Production

    Schneider-Jarmel Clan Take ‘Balz’ to Cuba

    Michael Fox
    Feb 2, 2011

    Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider follow 'Speaking in Tongues' with a doc that talks baseball.

  • Feb 3 2011

    How to Fix Your Documentary's Structural Problems, Part Two

    Karen Everett
    Feb 1, 2011

    An expert offers advice on solving the issues rough-cut screenings raise.

  • Home

    How to Fix Your Documentary's Structural Problems, Part Two

    Karen Everett
    Feb 1, 2011

    An expert offers advice on solving the issues rough-cut screenings raise.

  • Story Structure

    How to Fix Your Documentary's Structural Problems, Part Two

    Karen Everett
    Feb 1, 2011

    An expert offers advice on solving the issues rough-cut screenings raise.

  • News & Blogs

    indieWIRE: "OWN Buys Another Sundance Title for the Doc Club"

    Jan 31, 2011

    Reports indieWIRE: "Oprah Winfrey Network has added another member to its Documentary Film Club with Yoav Potash’s “Crime After Crime,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition." More at indiewire.com.

  • January 25, 2011

    By, For and About George Kuchar

    Jan 28, 2011

    The Roxie showcases filmmaker and educator George Kuchar with ‘By, For and About George Kuchar,’ including a Frankenstein series recently completed with his San Francisco Art Institute students, a selection of his shorts and Jennifer Kroot’s 2009 documentary, ‘It Came From Kuchar.’ More at roxie.com.

  • January 25, 2011

    African Film Festival 2011

    Jan 27, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive Theater hosts the African Film Festival 2011, presenting popular documentary and narrative films from eight African countries. The festival begins with Remi Vaughan-Richards’ 2010 ‘One Small Step.’

  • Home

    Olsson Feels ‘Soldier’s Heart’ Beat

    Michael Fox
    Jan 26, 2011

    Stephen Olsson looks into novel methods of treating PTSD in 'A Soldier’s Heart and the Long Road Home.'

  • In Production

    Olsson Feels ‘Soldier’s Heart’ Beat

    Michael Fox
    Jan 26, 2011

    Stephen Olsson looks into novel methods of treating PTSD in 'A Soldier’s Heart and the Long Road Home.'

  • January 27, 2011

    Olsson Feels ‘Soldier’s Heart’ Beat

    Michael Fox
    Jan 26, 2011

    Stephen Olsson looks into novel methods of treating PTSD in 'A Soldier’s Heart and the Long Road Home.'

  • January 25, 2011

    Final Week of Noir City

    Jan 25, 2011

    The final week of Noir City plays at Castro Theatre. Two Film Noir features play nightly through January 30, ending with 1952’s ‘Angel Face’ and 1948’s ‘The Hunted.’ More at castrotheatre.com.

  • Home

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • January 27, 2011

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • Q & A

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • January 18, 2011

    Radical Light: Post-Conceptual Performance

    Jan 23, 2011

    Jordan Biren, Tony Labat and Anne McGuire appear in person for the Radical Light program Post-Conceptual Performance: Video, 1977 to 1997, which looks at the artist's body as the medium in works by Biren, McGuire, Labat, Leslie Singer, Doug Hall and Cecilia Dougherty. More at press.bampfa.berkeley.edu/radical.

  • Home

    Costa's 'Ne change rien' Captures Singer's Dreaminess, Rigor

    Sara Dosa
    Jan 20, 2011

    A Portuguese filmmaker builds a rich visual landscape from French singer Jeanne Balibar's vocal practice.

  • January 20, 2011

    Costa's 'Ne change rien' Captures Singer's Dreaminess, Rigor

    Sara Dosa
    Jan 20, 2011

    A Portuguese filmmaker builds a rich visual landscape from French singer Jeanne Balibar's vocal practice.

  • Reviews

    Costa's 'Ne change rien' Captures Singer's Dreaminess, Rigor

    Sara Dosa
    Jan 20, 2011

    A Portuguese filmmaker builds a rich visual landscape from French singer Jeanne Balibar's vocal practice.

  • January 18, 2011

    'Ne change rien'

    Jan 20, 2011

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts offers the latest by Pedro Costa, what they call a "ravishing, entrancing study of light, shadow and voice" from the Portuguese filmmaker. More at ybca.org.

  • Home

    Bay Area Doc Makers Breathe Deep Before Sundance Debuts

    Michael Fox
    Jan 19, 2011

    Filmmakers make plans, stay calm, hone their messages for Park City audiences in days before festival opens.

  • In Production

    Bay Area Doc Makers Breathe Deep Before Sundance Debuts

    Michael Fox
    Jan 19, 2011

    Filmmakers make plans, stay calm, hone their messages for Park City audiences in days before festival opens.

  • January 20, 2011

    Bay Area Doc Makers Breathe Deep Before Sundance Debuts

    Michael Fox
    Jan 19, 2011

    Filmmakers make plans, stay calm, hone their messages for Park City audiences in days before festival opens.

  • January 31, 2011

    Bay Area Doc Makers Breathe Deep Before Sundance Debuts

    Michael Fox
    Jan 19, 2011

    Filmmakers make plans, stay calm, hone their messages for Park City audiences in days before festival opens.

  • January 18, 2011

    'Beauty and the Beast' with Lecture

    Jan 19, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive Theater and UC Berkeley’s Department of Film and Media present Jean Cocteau’s 1946 ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ A lecture by Professor Russell Merritt follows. More at bampfa.berkeley.edu.

  • News & Blogs

    BAVC Wins MacArthur Grant

    Jan 19, 2011

    SF Chronicle: "It was creative projects like 'The Revolutionary Optimists'," writes Benny Evangelista, "that helped the nonprofit San Francisco organization, which advocates social change through the integration fo storytelling with the latest media technologies, win a $1 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation." More at sfgate.com.

  • News & Blogs

    SFFS Presents Fever Dreams: Laurel Nakadate

    Jan 19, 2011

    Press release: The San Francisco Film Society will present Fever Dreams: Laurel Nakadate, a multiplatform presentation of the work of American multimedia artist Laurel Nakadate, February 23–March 2. Fever Dreams kicks off KinoTek 2011–12, an eclectic series of programs dedicated to cross-platform and emergent media, supported by a two-year, $80,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. More at sffs.org.

  • January 18, 2011

    'Genghis Blues'

    Jan 18, 2011

    Roxie Theater presents ‘Genghis Blues,’ Roko Belic’s 1999 Oscar nominated Best Documentary feature about the unlikely throat-singing champion Paul Pena. Current throat-singing artist Kongar-Ol Ondar attends and performs following the feature. More at roxie.com.

  • Home

    Patrick Marks Takes a Green Eye to Noir

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 17, 2011

    Notable Noir City enthusiast Patrick Marks, owner of the Green Arcade, offers thoughts on the genre as well as festival's 2011 selections.

  • January 20, 2011

    Patrick Marks Takes a Green Eye to Noir

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 17, 2011

    Notable Noir City enthusiast Patrick Marks, owner of the Green Arcade, offers thoughts on the genre as well as festival's 2011 selections.

  • Q & A

    Patrick Marks Takes a Green Eye to Noir

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 17, 2011

    Notable Noir City enthusiast Patrick Marks, owner of the Green Arcade, offers thoughts on the genre as well as festival's 2011 selections.

  • Home

    'Somewhere' Seizes on Discontent

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 14, 2011

    Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' nails the spiritual erosion of constant, effortless indulgence.

  • January 20, 2011

    'Somewhere' Seizes on Discontent

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 14, 2011

    Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' nails the spiritual erosion of constant, effortless indulgence.

  • Reviews

    'Somewhere' Seizes on Discontent

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 14, 2011

    Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' nails the spiritual erosion of constant, effortless indulgence.

  • January 11, 2010

    German Gems Film Festival

    Jan 14, 2011

    Castro Theatre hosts the German Gems Film Festival, a three day event showcasing recent German features, shorts and documentaries. It begins on Friday with ‘Mahler On The Couch,' a feature directed by father and son team Percy and Felix Adlon, with an Opening Night after party following. More at castrotheatre.com.

  • Home

    German Gems Program Shines

    Michael Fox
    Jan 13, 2011

    The German Gems series moves beyond Berlin in bringing attention to worthy new work out of Germany.

  • January 13, 2011

    German Gems Program Shines

    Michael Fox
    Jan 13, 2011

    The German Gems series moves beyond Berlin in bringing attention to worthy new work out of Germany.

  • Reviews

    German Gems Program Shines

    Michael Fox
    Jan 13, 2011

    The German Gems series moves beyond Berlin in bringing attention to worthy new work out of Germany.

  • Home

    Nanstad Tracks Down 'Sisters' Act

    Michael Fox
    Jan 12, 2011

    Rachel Nanstad finds a unique American story in the Reed Sisters' musical act.

  • In Production

    Nanstad Tracks Down 'Sisters' Act

    Michael Fox
    Jan 12, 2011

    Rachel Nanstad finds a unique American story in the Reed Sisters' musical act.

  • January 13, 2011

    Nanstad Tracks Down 'Sisters' Act

    Michael Fox
    Jan 12, 2011

    Rachel Nanstad finds a unique American story in the Reed Sisters' musical act.

  • Home

    VCinema Podcast Finds Its Audience

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 10, 2011

    An Asian cinema talk-radio show broadcasts from San Mateo to the world.

  • January 13, 2011

    VCinema Podcast Finds Its Audience

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 10, 2011

    An Asian cinema talk-radio show broadcasts from San Mateo to the world.

  • Q & A

    VCinema Podcast Finds Its Audience

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 10, 2011

    An Asian cinema talk-radio show broadcasts from San Mateo to the world.

  • January 4, 2010

    Hitchcock Double Features

    Jan 8, 2011

    The Castro Theatre hosts six days of double features from the unsurpassed master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. The series starts with two of the finest films from Hitchcock’s late British period, ‘The Lady Vanishes’ and ‘The 39 Steps.’ More at castrotheatre.com.

  • January 4, 2010

    ‘In It For the Money’

    Jan 8, 2011

    The Film on Film Foundation and Oddball Film and Video offer a little financial advice to start the new year with their program of 16mm ’70s-era shorts, ‘In It For the Money: Short Films You Can Take to the Bank.’ The program plays at 8:00 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St. More at filmonfilm.org and oddballfilm.com.

  • Home

    De Oliveira's 'Angelica' Balming, Enlivening

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 7, 2011

    'The Strange Case of Angelica' finds Manoel de Oliveira, at 102 years old, in fine form.

  • January 13, 2011

    De Oliveira's 'Angelica' Balming, Enlivening

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 7, 2011

    'The Strange Case of Angelica' finds Manoel de Oliveira, at 102 years old, in fine form.

  • Reviews

    De Oliveira's 'Angelica' Balming, Enlivening

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 7, 2011

    'The Strange Case of Angelica' finds Manoel de Oliveira, at 102 years old, in fine form.

  • January 4, 2010

    'Bhutto' with Duane Baughman in Person

    Jan 7, 2011

    The life story of Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto, the first ever female leader in a Muslim nation, is examined in ‘Bhutto,’ which plays at the Smith Rafael, Clay and Shattuck, with in person filmmaker appearances at select screenings over the weekend. More at caflim.org and landmarktheatres.com.

  • January 4, 2010

    'Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer'

    Jan 5, 2011

    The Rec Vic hosts a second run of Alex Gibney’s ‘Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,’ which chronicles the accomplishments and scandals surrounding the once popular New York politician. More at redvicmoviehouse.com.

  • Home

    How to Fix Your Documentary's Structural Problems, Part One

    Karen Everett
    Jan 4, 2011

    Rough-cut screenings can help you identify problems areas of your film—if you know how to listen.

  • January 6, 2010

    How to Fix Your Documentary's Structural Problems, Part One

    Karen Everett
    Jan 4, 2011

    Rough-cut screenings can help you identify problems areas of your film—if you know how to listen.

  • Story Structure

    How to Fix Your Documentary's Structural Problems, Part One

    Karen Everett
    Jan 4, 2011

    Rough-cut screenings can help you identify problems areas of your film—if you know how to listen.

  • Home

    Rudolf Frieling Looks to Technologies New, Old for SFMOMA's Screens

    Michael Fox
    Jan 3, 2011

    SFMOMA's Rudolf Frieling talks about media arts, chance encounters and low/high-tech transformations.

  • January 6, 2010

    Rudolf Frieling Looks to Technologies New, Old for SFMOMA's Screens

    Michael Fox
    Jan 3, 2011

    SFMOMA's Rudolf Frieling talks about media arts, chance encounters and low/high-tech transformations.

  • Q & A

    Rudolf Frieling Looks to Technologies New, Old for SFMOMA's Screens

    Michael Fox
    Jan 3, 2011

    SFMOMA's Rudolf Frieling talks about media arts, chance encounters and low/high-tech transformations.

  • Home

    Rudolf Frieling Looks to Technologies New, Old for SFMOMA's Screens

    Michael Fox
    Jan 3, 2011

    SFMOMA's Rudolf Frieling talks about media arts, chance encounters and low/high-tech transformations.

  • January 6, 2010

    Rudolf Frieling Looks to Technologies New, Old for SFMOMA's Screens

    Michael Fox
    Jan 3, 2011

    SFMOMA's Rudolf Frieling talks about media arts, chance encounters and low/high-tech transformations.

  • Q & A

    Rudolf Frieling Looks to Technologies New, Old for SFMOMA's Screens

    Michael Fox
    Jan 3, 2011

    SFMOMA's Rudolf Frieling talks about media arts, chance encounters and low/high-tech transformations.

  • December 21, 2010

    'Rabbit Hole'

    Dec 30, 2010

    David Lindsay-Abaire adapts his Pulitzer Prize-winning play for the big screen in director John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Rabbit Hole,’ the story of a husband and wife struggling to gain control over their lives after a devastating accident. More at landmarktheatres.com.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: Moments, Trends, Docs and the Best of the Bay Area

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

    The Bay Area film community sounds off on the best/worst trends, times, docs and Bay Area-made films of 2010.

  • Home

    Film 2010: Moments, Trends, Docs and the Best of the Bay Area

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

    The Bay Area film community sounds off on the best/worst trends, times, docs and Bay Area-made films of 2010.

  • January 6, 2010

    Film 2010: Moments, Trends, Docs and the Best of the Bay Area

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

    The Bay Area film community sounds off on the best/worst trends, times, docs and Bay Area-made films of 2010.

  • Reviews

    Film 2010: Moments, Trends, Docs and the Best of the Bay Area

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

    The Bay Area film community sounds off on the best/worst trends, times, docs and Bay Area-made films of 2010.

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

    Film fans and makers agree to disagree on the best films of 2010 in SF360.org's annual Year in Film poll.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

    Film fans and makers agree to disagree on the best films of 2010 in SF360.org's annual Year in Film poll.

  • Home

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

    Film fans and makers agree to disagree on the best films of 2010 in SF360.org's annual Year in Film poll.

  • Reviews

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

    Film fans and makers agree to disagree on the best films of 2010 in SF360.org's annual Year in Film poll.

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • Home

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • In Depth

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • Home

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • In Depth

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

    Why one local cineaste has made a resolution to support his local theater, the Bridge.

  • December 16, 2010

    Film 2010: Big Pictures Light up the Small Screen

    Michael Fox
    Dec 16, 2010

    Perhaps it's OK to bring art film home for the holidays with sophisticated collections of DVDs and must-buy film books.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: Big Pictures Light up the Small Screen

    Michael Fox
    Dec 16, 2010

    Perhaps it's OK to bring art film home for the holidays with sophisticated collections of DVDs and must-buy film books.

  • Home

    Film 2010: Big Pictures Light up the Small Screen

    Michael Fox
    Dec 16, 2010

    Perhaps it's OK to bring art film home for the holidays with sophisticated collections of DVDs and must-buy film books.

  • Reviews

    Film 2010: Big Pictures Light up the Small Screen

    Michael Fox
    Dec 16, 2010

    Perhaps it's OK to bring art film home for the holidays with sophisticated collections of DVDs and must-buy film books.

  • December 16, 2010

    John Waters, New Leadership Renew Roxie

    Robert Avila
    Dec 15, 2010

    Waters’ live Christmas show at the Roxie raised money for San Francisco’s oldest continuously operating theater as it moves full-steam into its second century.

  • Home

    John Waters, New Leadership Renew Roxie

    Robert Avila
    Dec 15, 2010

    Waters’ live Christmas show at the Roxie raised money for San Francisco’s oldest continuously operating theater as it moves full-steam into its second century.

  • News & Blogs

    John Waters, New Leadership Renew Roxie

    Robert Avila
    Dec 15, 2010

    Waters’ live Christmas show at the Roxie raised money for San Francisco’s oldest continuously operating theater as it moves full-steam into its second century.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'SF panel woos film crews with discounts'

    Dec 15, 2010

    SF Chronicle: "To attract more motion pictures and commercials to shoot in the city, the Film Commission today launched the Scene in San Francisco Vendor Discount Program offering participating productions discounts at businesses from restaurants and hotels to fitness clubs and entertainment venues." More at SFGate.

  • December 9, 2010

    Stiller's 'Sir Arne's Treasure' Brought Back to Life, Musically

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 10, 2010

    The Mountain Goats offer an original score for Mauritz Stiller's rambunctious adventure-turned tragedy/morality tale of 1919.

  • Home

    Stiller's 'Sir Arne's Treasure' Brought Back to Life, Musically

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 10, 2010

    The Mountain Goats offer an original score for Mauritz Stiller's rambunctious adventure-turned tragedy/morality tale of 1919.

  • Reviews

    Stiller's 'Sir Arne's Treasure' Brought Back to Life, Musically

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 10, 2010

    The Mountain Goats offer an original score for Mauritz Stiller's rambunctious adventure-turned tragedy/morality tale of 1919.

  • December 9, 2010

    Stanford's MFA Doc Program Teaches Cardinal Rules, and How to Break Them

    Sara Dosa
    Dec 9, 2010

    A night with Stanford’s Doc Film MFAs offers insight into a storied program.

  • Home

    Stanford's MFA Doc Program Teaches Cardinal Rules, and How to Break Them

    Sara Dosa
    Dec 9, 2010

    A night with Stanford’s Doc Film MFAs offers insight into a storied program.

  • Reviews

    Stanford's MFA Doc Program Teaches Cardinal Rules, and How to Break Them

    Sara Dosa
    Dec 9, 2010

    A night with Stanford’s Doc Film MFAs offers insight into a storied program.

  • December 7, 2010

    'Pixar: 25 Years of Animation' Exhibition

    Dec 8, 2010

    This popular Oakland Museum of California exhibition is an all encompassing look at the world’s leading animation studio and includes artwork from 'Ratatouille', 'Wall E', 'Up' and 'Toy Story 3.' More at museumca.org

  • December 9, 2010

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

    San Francisco has not quite been the same since it began experiencing the cinema/performance antics of an uncontainable Anne McGuire.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

    San Francisco has not quite been the same since it began experiencing the cinema/performance antics of an uncontainable Anne McGuire.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

    San Francisco has not quite been the same since it began experiencing the cinema/performance antics of an uncontainable Anne McGuire.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

    San Francisco has not quite been the same since it began experiencing the cinema/performance antics of an uncontainable Anne McGuire.

  • December 2, 2010

    De Michiel and Constantinou Offer Food for Thought

    Michael Fox
    Dec 1, 2010

    Filmmakers with deep roots in Bay Area cinema enter the brave new world of Web broadcasting with a series on food education for children.

  • Home

    De Michiel and Constantinou Offer Food for Thought

    Michael Fox
    Dec 1, 2010

    Filmmakers with deep roots in Bay Area cinema enter the brave new world of Web broadcasting with a series on food education for children.

  • In Production

    De Michiel and Constantinou Offer Food for Thought

    Michael Fox
    Dec 1, 2010

    Filmmakers with deep roots in Bay Area cinema enter the brave new world of Web broadcasting with a series on food education for children.

  • November 30, 2010

    Maya Rudolph in Conversation with Paul Lancour

    Dec 1, 2010

    The former Saturday Night Live player was an essential element to some of the most memorable moments in the show’s recent history. In 2009 the actress displayed her versatility in the Sam Mendes-directed ‘Away We Go,’ costarring with John Krasinski. Maya Rudolph discusses her career as a comedienne with Bay Area broadcasting veteran Paul Lancour at Herbst Theater. More at cityarts.net.

  • December 2, 2010

    Writing Screenplays Is not Painting by Numbers

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Nov 30, 2010

    When structuring a screenplay, sometimes you need to leave the "advice" behind.

  • Home

    Writing Screenplays Is not Painting by Numbers

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Nov 30, 2010

    When structuring a screenplay, sometimes you need to leave the "advice" behind.

  • Screenwriting

    Writing Screenplays Is not Painting by Numbers

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Nov 30, 2010

    When structuring a screenplay, sometimes you need to leave the "advice" behind.

  • December 2, 2010

    Malmberg Builds a Following with 'Marwencol'

    Jessica Sapick
    Nov 29, 2010

    A first-team non-fiction feature filmmaker hits it big with miniatures story.

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    Malmberg Builds a Following with 'Marwencol'

    Jessica Sapick
    Nov 29, 2010

    A first-team non-fiction feature filmmaker hits it big with miniatures story.

  • Q & A

    Malmberg Builds a Following with 'Marwencol'

    Jessica Sapick
    Nov 29, 2010

    A first-team non-fiction feature filmmaker hits it big with miniatures story.

  • December 2, 2010

    Malmberg Builds a Following with 'Marwencol'

    Jessica Sapick
    Nov 29, 2010

    A first-team non-fiction feature filmmaker hits it big with miniatures story.

  • Home

    Malmberg Builds a Following with 'Marwencol'

    Jessica Sapick
    Nov 29, 2010

    A first-team non-fiction feature filmmaker hits it big with miniatures story.

  • Q & A

    Malmberg Builds a Following with 'Marwencol'

    Jessica Sapick
    Nov 29, 2010

    A first-team non-fiction feature filmmaker hits it big with miniatures story.

  • Home

    Season's Screenings Bring out Best Films of the Year

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 24, 2010

    The year closes with six weeks of strong foreign and arthouse awards-seekers as well as solid franchise holiday entertainments.

  • November 24, 2010

    Season's Screenings Bring out Best Films of the Year

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 24, 2010

    The year closes with six weeks of strong foreign and arthouse awards-seekers as well as solid franchise holiday entertainments.

  • Reviews

    Season's Screenings Bring out Best Films of the Year

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 24, 2010

    The year closes with six weeks of strong foreign and arthouse awards-seekers as well as solid franchise holiday entertainments.

  • November 16, 2010

    Nora Ephron in Conversation with Paul Lancour

    Nov 22, 2010

    The mutli-talented Nora Ephron is credited to some of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time and recently won praise for last year’s ‘Julie and Julia.’ The journalist/screenwriter/director/author discusses life and her latest book, ‘I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections’ with Bay Area broadcasting veteran Paul Lancour. More at cityarts.net.

  • Home

    Radical Light: 'A Haven for Radical Art and Experimental Film and Video'

    Steve Anker
    Nov 19, 2010

    Pacific Film Archive offers the second of three excerpts from its monumental work, 'Radical Light.'

  • In Depth

    Radical Light: 'A Haven for Radical Art and Experimental Film and Video'

    Steve Anker
    Nov 19, 2010

    Pacific Film Archive offers the second of three excerpts from its monumental work, 'Radical Light.'

  • November 24, 2010

    Radical Light: 'A Haven for Radical Art and Experimental Film and Video'

    Steve Anker
    Nov 19, 2010

    Pacific Film Archive offers the second of three excerpts from its monumental work, 'Radical Light.'

  • November 16, 2010

    ‘Kamui Gaiden’

    Nov 19, 2010

    The story of 17th-century ninja who makes the dangerous decision to run from his own clan, ‘Kamui Gaiden’ is one of Japan’s most expensive movies in history and brings Sampei Shirato’s celebrated '70s comic to the big screen as part of The Red Lantern: Bay Area Asian Cinephiles film series. More at newpeopleworld.com.

  • November 10, 2010

    New Italian Cinema

    Nov 17, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society celebrates Italy’s freshest film offerings in the New Italian Cinema series at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema. Films new and old from director Ferzan Ozpetek begin the weeklong festival, which focuses on a diverse group of work from some of Italy’s most gifted filmmakers, many appearing in person. Opening Night is Ozpetek’s most recent, ‘Loose Cannons,’ which precedes a party at Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery Street. More at sffs.org.

  • News & Blogs

    IndieWIRE: "'Zeitgeist Latches Onto a 'Revolution'"

    Nov 17, 2010

    "Following its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s '!Women Art Revolution' has been acquired by Zeitgeist Films for North American distribution," reports Nigel M. Smith. More at indiewire.com.

  • Home

    Copyright Crosses Borders

    George Rush
    Nov 16, 2010

    Laws and treaties protect artists' rights overseas and make the permissions-gathering process all the more important for filmmakers.

  • Legal

    Copyright Crosses Borders

    George Rush
    Nov 16, 2010

    Laws and treaties protect artists' rights overseas and make the permissions-gathering process all the more important for filmmakers.

  • November 18, 2010

    Copyright Crosses Borders

    George Rush
    Nov 16, 2010

    Laws and treaties protect artists' rights overseas and make the permissions-gathering process all the more important for filmmakers.

  • November 16, 2010

    ‘Life During Wartime’

    Nov 16, 2010

    Writer-director Todd Solondz revisits familiar themes and characters in his latest offering, a sequel to 1998’s critically acclaimed ‘Happiness.’ In ‘Life During Wartime’ Solondz proves he is one dark comedy’s most serious players as he further dissects the struggles of the Jordan family. Plays at the Red Vic on $7 night. More at redvicmoviehouse.com.

  • November 16, 2010

    New Italian Cinema

    Nov 16, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society’s New Italian Cinema series wraps up this week at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema. Upcoming films include Giuseppe Capatondi’s thriller ‘The Double Hour’ and Luis Prieto’s heartfelt drama, ‘I Am Glad You Are Here’ (pictured). The Closing Night film is Paolo Virzì’s ‘The First Beautiful Thing’ with a reception at Fior d’Italia, 2237 Mason Street. More at sffs.org.

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    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

    From 'Tongues Untied' to 'Black Is.....Black Ain't,' Marlon Riggs' art was a series of radical acts that were both overdue and ahead of their time. Two decades ago, in post-Reagan America, the arts were under fire—one lit by a very particular religious right match. Feeling the heat was the National Endowment for the Arts, a then 25-year-old institution already pretty pitifully funded by comparison with most other developed nations’ governmental arts support. But the small portion of NEA grants that helped avant-garde or otherwise edgy art—as opposed to, say, the local Gilbert & Sullivan society or annual craft fair—provided plenty of opportunities...

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

    From 'Tongues Untied' to 'Black Is.....Black Ain't,' Marlon Riggs' art was a series of radical acts that were both overdue and ahead of their time. Two decades ago, in post-Reagan America, the arts were under fire—one lit by a very particular religious right match. Feeling the heat was the National Endowment for the Arts, a then 25-year-old institution already pretty pitifully funded by comparison with most other developed nations’ governmental arts support. But the small portion of NEA grants that helped avant-garde or otherwise edgy art—as opposed to, say, the local Gilbert & Sullivan society or annual craft fair—provided plenty of opportunities...

  • Home

    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

    From 'Tongues Untied' to 'Black Is.....Black Ain't,' Marlon Riggs' art was a series of radical acts that were both overdue and ahead of their time. Two decades ago, in post-Reagan America, the arts were under fire—one lit by a very particular religious right match. Feeling the heat was the National Endowment for the Arts, a then 25-year-old institution already pretty pitifully funded by comparison with most other developed nations’ governmental arts support. But the small portion of NEA grants that helped avant-garde or otherwise edgy art—as opposed to, say, the local Gilbert & Sullivan society or annual craft fair—provided plenty of opportunities...

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

    From 'Tongues Untied' to 'Black Is.....Black Ain't,' Marlon Riggs' art was a series of radical acts that were both overdue and ahead of their time. Two decades ago, in post-Reagan America, the arts were under fire—one lit by a very particular religious right match. Feeling the heat was the National Endowment for the Arts, a then 25-year-old institution already pretty pitifully funded by comparison with most other developed nations’ governmental arts support. But the small portion of NEA grants that helped avant-garde or otherwise edgy art—as opposed to, say, the local Gilbert & Sullivan society or annual craft fair—provided plenty of opportunities...

  • Festivals

    New Italian Cinema Puts Focus on Ferzan Ozpetek

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 14, 2010

    'When in Rome,' or outside it: NIC offers fresh voices, new locations.

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    New Italian Cinema Puts Focus on Ferzan Ozpetek

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 14, 2010

    'When in Rome,' or outside it: NIC offers fresh voices, new locations.

  • November 11, 2010

    New Italian Cinema Puts Focus on Ferzan Ozpetek

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 14, 2010

    'When in Rome,' or outside it: NIC offers fresh voices, new locations.

  • November 18, 2010

    New Italian Cinema Puts Focus on Ferzan Ozpetek

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 14, 2010

    'When in Rome,' or outside it: NIC offers fresh voices, new locations.

  • Home

    Semiconductor's Binary Opposition

    Sean Uyehara
    Nov 12, 2010

    San Francisco International Animation Festival: Semiconductor's Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt talk about their work in music, movies and animation. What do you call a duo that considers itself a trio? Or videomakers who call themselves sculptors? Semiconductor has been making video and installation work for over ten years. They consist of Joseph Gerhardt, Ruth Jarman and a computer. They create animations and present live music and visual shows. Everything they do is slightly inside out. The computer is more or less an antagonist in their midst. They haven’t quite broken up the band yet, because the....

  • November 11, 2010

    Semiconductor's Binary Opposition

    Sean Uyehara
    Nov 12, 2010

    San Francisco International Animation Festival: Semiconductor's Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt talk about their work in music, movies and animation. What do you call a duo that considers itself a trio? Or videomakers who call themselves sculptors? Semiconductor has been making video and installation work for over ten years. They consist of Joseph Gerhardt, Ruth Jarman and a computer. They create animations and present live music and visual shows. Everything they do is slightly inside out. The computer is more or less an antagonist in their midst. They haven’t quite broken up the band yet, because the....

  • November 10, 2010

    San Francisco International Animation Festival

    Nov 11, 2010

    Animated stories from around the world gather at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema for the fifth SFIAF. Six wide-ranging shorts programs as well as features like Brent Green’s ‘Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then’ and Sunao Katabuchi’s ‘Mai Mai Miracle’ take the screen. Four diverse animators interpret folk rock band The Decemberists’ 2009 concept album in ‘Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized,’ which opens the festival. Opening Night party follows the screening at La Mar Cebichería Peruana at Pier One and One-Half on the Embarcadero. More at sffs.org.

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    Manning’s ‘Al Capp’ Sketches Grandpa

    Michael Fox
    Nov 10, 2010

    Caitlin Manning takes a look at her cartoon-artist grandfather's life and legacy.

  • In Production

    Manning’s ‘Al Capp’ Sketches Grandpa

    Michael Fox
    Nov 10, 2010

    Caitlin Manning takes a look at her cartoon-artist grandfather's life and legacy.

  • November 11, 2010

    Manning’s ‘Al Capp’ Sketches Grandpa

    Michael Fox
    Nov 10, 2010

    Caitlin Manning takes a look at her cartoon-artist grandfather's life and legacy.

  • November 10, 2010

    Roman Polanski Shorts with Live Music by Sza/Za

    Nov 10, 2010

    Taking the legendary director of 'Rosemary's Baby,' 'Chinatown' and 'The Pianist' out of headlines and back to his filmmaking and geographic roots, this program pairs a live performance by Warsaw electro-acoustic duo Sza/Za with early Polanski shorts at Letterman Digital Arts Center’s Premier Theater. More at sffs.org.

  • November 10, 2010

    ‘Carlos’ continues at Kabuki

    Nov 10, 2010

    Olivier Assayas’s five-and-a-half hour masterpiece about Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal continues on SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. A 15-minute intermission divides the epic. More at sffs.org.

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    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

  • November 11, 2010

    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

  • November 11, 2010

    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Les Blank

    Michael Fox
    Nov 6, 2010

    Eat, dance, love: Les Blank brings nonfiction back to life in a long and storied career.

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    Assayas Recreates Revolution with 'Carlos'

    Max Goldberg
    Nov 5, 2010

    Olivier Assayas's 'Carlos' chases after a notorious phantom. Since premiering out of competition at Cannes, nearly all the write-ups of Olivier Assayas’s Carlos have located the film amidst the post–War on Terror flurry of dramatizations of the self-styled revolutionaries of the 1960s and ’70s (e.g. Che, United Red Army, The Baader Meinhof Complex and locally produced documentary The Weather Underground). This is as it should be: it’s often noted that Assayas wrote for Cahiers du Cinéma before he became a filmmaker, but more than his other movies Carlos works as criticism. In particular, it’s clear that Assayas is having....

  • November 4, 2010

    Assayas Recreates Revolution with 'Carlos'

    Max Goldberg
    Nov 5, 2010

    Olivier Assayas's 'Carlos' chases after a notorious phantom. Since premiering out of competition at Cannes, nearly all the write-ups of Olivier Assayas’s Carlos have located the film amidst the post–War on Terror flurry of dramatizations of the self-styled revolutionaries of the 1960s and ’70s (e.g. Che, United Red Army, The Baader Meinhof Complex and locally produced documentary The Weather Underground). This is as it should be: it’s often noted that Assayas wrote for Cahiers du Cinéma before he became a filmmaker, but more than his other movies Carlos works as criticism. In particular, it’s clear that Assayas is having....

  • November 4, 2010

    Essential SF

    Susan Gerhard, Editor
    Nov 5, 2010

    SF360.org profiles the 2011 roster of Essential SF, an ongoing compendium of the film community’s vital figures and institutions.

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    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

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    Essential SF: Rick Prelinger

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 2, 2010

    Rick Prelinger’s efforts at preserving ephemeral films have made him indispensable to the cinema of San Francisco—and the world.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Rick Prelinger

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 2, 2010

    Rick Prelinger’s efforts at preserving ephemeral films have made him indispensable to the cinema of San Francisco—and the world.

  • October 26, 2010

    Nicole Krauss in Conversation with Andrew Sean Greer

    Nov 1, 2010

    Poet turned novelist Nicole Krauss, whose international bestseller ‘The History of Love’ was optioned before completion as a project for Alfonso Cuaron to direct, discusses art and process with bestselling author Andrew Sean Greer. More at cityarts.net.

  • October 26, 2010

    'The Freebie'

    Oct 29, 2010

    Katie Aselton stars in her heartfelt and humorous directorial debut as one half of a married couple struggling with fading desire. They decide that a ‘freebie,’ a guilt-free night with a stranger, may serve as a sexual reawakening and help save their relationship. More at landmarktheatres.com.

  • Festivals

    Marquee Names Light Up French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 28, 2010

    The latest finds from France's national cinema play in an SFFS showcase.

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    Marquee Names Light Up French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 28, 2010

    The latest finds from France's national cinema play in an SFFS showcase.

  • October 28, 2010

    Marquee Names Light Up French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 28, 2010

    The latest finds from France's national cinema play in an SFFS showcase.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'Rainin Foundation selects 10 finalists'

    Oct 27, 2010

    "Ten Bay Area filmmakers got good news this month when the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced that they had narrowed their choices to a short list of contenders competing for $225,000 in cash," writes Hugh Hart. "The awards will go toward funding projects that explore civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity. Winners will be named in November." More at SFGate.

  • Home

    Film Arts: How Cinema Was Born by the Bay

    Margarita Landazuri
    Oct 26, 2010

    With Eadweard Muybridge's motion experiments and Niles Essanay's early productions, the San Francisco Bay Area brought the silent film to life.

  • In Depth

    Film Arts: How Cinema Was Born by the Bay

    Margarita Landazuri
    Oct 26, 2010

    With Eadweard Muybridge's motion experiments and Niles Essanay's early productions, the San Francisco Bay Area brought the silent film to life.

  • October 28, 2010

    Film Arts: How Cinema Was Born by the Bay

    Margarita Landazuri
    Oct 26, 2010

    With Eadweard Muybridge's motion experiments and Niles Essanay's early productions, the San Francisco Bay Area brought the silent film to life.

  • Home

    Mike Ott on the Guileless Filmmaking of 'Littlerock'

    Jessica Sapick
    Oct 25, 2010

    Mike Ott, now up for a Gotham Award, speaks on filmmaking process and his indie film 'Littlerock.'

  • October 28, 2010

    Mike Ott on the Guileless Filmmaking of 'Littlerock'

    Jessica Sapick
    Oct 25, 2010

    Mike Ott, now up for a Gotham Award, speaks on filmmaking process and his indie film 'Littlerock.'

  • Q & A

    Mike Ott on the Guileless Filmmaking of 'Littlerock'

    Jessica Sapick
    Oct 25, 2010

    Mike Ott, now up for a Gotham Award, speaks on filmmaking process and his indie film 'Littlerock.'

  • October 19, 2010

    'Straight Is the Way'

    Oct 24, 2010

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's series "Tough Guys: Images of Jewish Gangsters In Film" concludes with Paul Sloane's 'Straight Is the Way' at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Franchot Tone stars as the morally conflicted Benny Horowitz, an ex-con struggling to steer clear of old accomplices as he tries to make a fresh start in New York's Lower East Side. More at ybca.org.

  • Festivals

    Taiwan Film Days Returns

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 21, 2010

    New stories emerge from a storied cinema nation in the second year of the Taiwan Film Days showcase.

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    Taiwan Film Days Returns

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 21, 2010

    New stories emerge from a storied cinema nation in the second year of the Taiwan Film Days showcase.

  • October 21, 2010

    Taiwan Film Days Returns

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 21, 2010

    New stories emerge from a storied cinema nation in the second year of the Taiwan Film Days showcase.

  • First Person

    Pitchers Craft Hits at SFFS Film Arts Forum

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Oct 19, 2010

    At SFFS Film Arts Forum, experts offered live advice on how to pitch a film.

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    Pitchers Craft Hits at SFFS Film Arts Forum

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Oct 19, 2010

    At SFFS Film Arts Forum, experts offered live advice on how to pitch a film.

  • October 21, 2010

    Pitchers Craft Hits at SFFS Film Arts Forum

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Oct 19, 2010

    At SFFS Film Arts Forum, experts offered live advice on how to pitch a film.

  • October 12, 2010

    SF Docfest

    Oct 19, 2010

    SF Docfest continues through October 28 with its reliable blend of eccentricity and outrage. Films screening during week two include 'Trampoline' and 'Vanishing of the Bees.' More at sfindie.com.

  • October 19, 2010

    SF Docfest

    Oct 19, 2010

    SF Docfest continues through October 28 with its reliable blend of eccentricity and outrage. Films screening during week two include 'Trampoline' and 'Vanishing of the Bees.' More at sfindie.com.

  • Festivals

    'Masquerades' Opens Arab Film Festival

    Robert Avila
    Oct 14, 2010

    Appearances deceive in Lyès Salem’s 'Masquerades,' at the Arab Film Festival.

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    'Masquerades' Opens Arab Film Festival

    Robert Avila
    Oct 14, 2010

    Appearances deceive in Lyès Salem’s 'Masquerades,' at the Arab Film Festival.

  • October 14, 2010

    'Masquerades' Opens Arab Film Festival

    Robert Avila
    Oct 14, 2010

    Appearances deceive in Lyès Salem’s 'Masquerades,' at the Arab Film Festival.

  • Documentary

    Are You Expecting Your Producer to Save You?

    Fernanda Rossi
    Oct 12, 2010

    What to consider when you're considering hiring a producer.

  • Home

    Are You Expecting Your Producer to Save You?

    Fernanda Rossi
    Oct 12, 2010

    What to consider when you're considering hiring a producer.

  • October 14, 2010

    Are You Expecting Your Producer to Save You?

    Fernanda Rossi
    Oct 12, 2010

    What to consider when you're considering hiring a producer.

  • October 5, 2010

    'Left in the Dark' Book Party

    Oct 10, 2010

    Space Gallery hosts the official release of ‘Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres’ featuring over 50 full color photographs by R.A. McBride, who was granted access to many of the city’s vanished venues as well as its cinema survivors. Events continue all month, all over, from City Lights to Pacific Film Archive to the Exploratorium. More at leftinthedark.info.

  • Home

    Savoring Fishbone in its Third Insane Decade

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 8, 2010

    A film about the legendary band Fishbone brings California's past 25 years into close relief.

  • October 14, 2010

    Savoring Fishbone in its Third Insane Decade

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 8, 2010

    A film about the legendary band Fishbone brings California's past 25 years into close relief.

  • Q & A

    Savoring Fishbone in its Third Insane Decade

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 8, 2010

    A film about the legendary band Fishbone brings California's past 25 years into close relief.

  • October 5, 2010

    'Talking with Gods'

    Oct 8, 2010

    Peter Meaney’s thorough documentary focuses on the eccentric and prolific Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison, with insight from several of Morrison’s closest collaborators including Phil Jimenez, Frank Quitely, and Jill Thompson. ‘Talking With Gods’ plays at the Roxie Theater.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter,' 'Paulina,' 'First Person Plural'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 6, 2010

    The Bay Area's best first-person documentaries take us through a lens, darkly.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter,' 'Paulina,' 'First Person Plural'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 6, 2010

    The Bay Area's best first-person documentaries take us through a lens, darkly.

  • October 7, 2010

    Essential SF: 'Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter,' 'Paulina,' 'First Person Plural'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 6, 2010

    The Bay Area's best first-person documentaries take us through a lens, darkly.

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • Home

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • October 7, 2010

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • Home

    'Left in the Dark' Savors the Bay Area's Cinema Past, Present

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 4, 2010

    Photo/essay book 'Left in the Dark' offers a way in—and out of—San Francisco cinema's rich, gritty, glamorous past.

  • October 7, 2010

    'Left in the Dark' Savors the Bay Area's Cinema Past, Present

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 4, 2010

    Photo/essay book 'Left in the Dark' offers a way in—and out of—San Francisco cinema's rich, gritty, glamorous past.

  • Q & A

    'Left in the Dark' Savors the Bay Area's Cinema Past, Present

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 4, 2010

    Photo/essay book 'Left in the Dark' offers a way in—and out of—San Francisco cinema's rich, gritty, glamorous past.

  • september 29, 2010

    SFFS Film Arts Forum: Pitch Perfect

    Oct 4, 2010

    Learn to hone your movie pitch with help from industry professionals Jennifer Chaiken, Megan Gelstein and Jacob Kornbluth in this panel discussion at Mezzanine moderated by SFFS director of filmmaker services Michele Turnure-Salleo. Three lucky filmmakers will be pitching live; the "laptop shop" film-sharing continues after the program.

  • september 29, 2010

    'Sesame Street at 40: Milestones on the Street'

    Oct 1, 2010

    YBCA shows its programming breadth, moving from Charles Ludlam and Robert Gardner to this celebration of the iconic children's show as part of a series highlighting the legendary Jim Henson.

  • september 29, 2010

    'Fresh'

    Oct 1, 2010

    MacArthur "genius" grant recipient (2008) Will Allen is featured in this documentary about the building a healthier American food system, which also features 'Omnivore's Dilemma' author Michael Pollan. Director Ana Joanes will be present for an opening night Q&A at the San Francisco premiere of the film at the Red Vic Movie House.

  • Home

    Rwanda Moves Forward in New Documentary

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 30, 2010

    The latest Deborah Scranton film takes another look at the Rwandan genocide.

  • Q & A

    Rwanda Moves Forward in New Documentary

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 30, 2010

    The latest Deborah Scranton film takes another look at the Rwandan genocide.

  • September 30, 2010

    Rwanda Moves Forward in New Documentary

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 30, 2010

    The latest Deborah Scranton film takes another look at the Rwandan genocide.

  • september 29, 2010

    'Earth Made of Glass'

    Sep 30, 2010

    A special screening of Deborah Scranton'’s searing documentary about two Rwandan genocide survivors' quest for truth features a Phil Bronstein–moderated panel discussion with director Scranton; Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting; and Mathilde Mukantabana, president of Friends of Rwanda, at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema.

  • Home

    Local Filmmakers Pour into Mill Valley

    Michael Fox
    Sep 29, 2010

    Bay Area filmmakers find a platform at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • In Production

    Local Filmmakers Pour into Mill Valley

    Michael Fox
    Sep 29, 2010

    Bay Area filmmakers find a platform at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • September 30, 2010

    Local Filmmakers Pour into Mill Valley

    Michael Fox
    Sep 29, 2010

    Bay Area filmmakers find a platform at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Chan Is Missing,' 'Thousand Pieces of Gold,' 'Heat and Sunlight'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2010

    San Francisco narrative filmmakers offer nuanced visions of their city.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Chan Is Missing,' 'Thousand Pieces of Gold,' 'Heat and Sunlight'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2010

    San Francisco narrative filmmakers offer nuanced visions of their city.

  • September 30, 2010

    Essential SF: 'Chan Is Missing,' 'Thousand Pieces of Gold,' 'Heat and Sunlight'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2010

    San Francisco narrative filmmakers offer nuanced visions of their city.

  • Home

    Gardner's Global Views Unnerve at YBCA

    Sara Dosa
    Sep 26, 2010

    Three decades of Robert Gardner films scrutinize the human condition.

  • Reviews

    Gardner's Global Views Unnerve at YBCA

    Sara Dosa
    Sep 26, 2010

    Three decades of Robert Gardner films scrutinize the human condition.

  • September 30, 2010

    Gardner's Global Views Unnerve at YBCA

    Sara Dosa
    Sep 26, 2010

    Three decades of Robert Gardner films scrutinize the human condition.

  • Home

    Gardner's Global Views Unnerve at YBCA

    Sara Dosa
    Sep 26, 2010

    Three decades of Robert Gardner films scrutinize the human condition.

  • Reviews

    Gardner's Global Views Unnerve at YBCA

    Sara Dosa
    Sep 26, 2010

    Three decades of Robert Gardner films scrutinize the human condition.

  • September 30, 2010

    Gardner's Global Views Unnerve at YBCA

    Sara Dosa
    Sep 26, 2010

    Three decades of Robert Gardner films scrutinize the human condition.

  • Festivals

    A Children's Film Festival Finds Inspiration for All Ages

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 24, 2010

    The NY/SF International Children's Film Festival offers a mix of animation, live action, fantasy, entertainment and insight.

  • Home

    A Children's Film Festival Finds Inspiration for All Ages

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 24, 2010

    The NY/SF International Children's Film Festival offers a mix of animation, live action, fantasy, entertainment and insight.

  • September 30, 2010

    A Children's Film Festival Finds Inspiration for All Ages

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 24, 2010

    The NY/SF International Children's Film Festival offers a mix of animation, live action, fantasy, entertainment and insight.

  • September 21, 2010

    The Lost Films of Charles Ludlam

    Sep 24, 2010

    After seeing one of Charles Ludlam's early plays, theater critic Brendan Gill famously remarked, "This isn't farce. This isn't absurd. This is absolutely ridiculous!" Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents two of Ludlam's rarely seen films: a digitally remastered version of 'The Sorrows of Dolores' (September 24–25) and 'The Impostors' (September 26), where Ludlam stars as a gay magician.

  • Home

    Radical Light: 'Image Dissectors'

    Rebecca Solnit
    Sep 17, 2010

    Pacific Film Archive offers the first of three excerpts from its monumental new book, 'Radical Light.'

  • In Depth

    Radical Light: 'Image Dissectors'

    Rebecca Solnit
    Sep 17, 2010

    Pacific Film Archive offers the first of three excerpts from its monumental new book, 'Radical Light.'

  • September 23, 2010

    Radical Light: 'Image Dissectors'

    Rebecca Solnit
    Sep 17, 2010

    Pacific Film Archive offers the first of three excerpts from its monumental new book, 'Radical Light.'

  • September 14, 2010

    'The Parking Lot Movie'

    Sep 17, 2010

    There's no better better place to see 'The Parking Lot Movie,' about the physical-spiritual life of an attended lot, than in . . . a parking lot! ITVS offers this unique opportunity at the Good Hotel parking lot, Seventh and Minna, SF, at 7:00 pm, to celebrate the global Park(ing) Day (where metered spaces are turned into art worldwide) and to launch the ninth season of the Independent Lens series on PBS. Find out more at www.itvs.org.

  • September 14, 2010

    'A Brighter Summer Day'

    Sep 16, 2010

    Edward Yang died too soon, but his work remains: An uncut and newly restored version of Yang's intense and epic portrait of life in '60s Taiwan plays at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

  • Festivals

    Toronto's New Lightbox Offers Transcendence

    B. Ruby Rich
    Sep 16, 2010

    A festival transforms itself and transports audiences with a visionary new theater.

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    Toronto's New Lightbox Offers Transcendence

    B. Ruby Rich
    Sep 16, 2010

    A festival transforms itself and transports audiences with a visionary new theater.

  • September 16, 2010

    Toronto's New Lightbox Offers Transcendence

    B. Ruby Rich
    Sep 16, 2010

    A festival transforms itself and transports audiences with a visionary new theater.

  • Home

    Tushinski Brings San Francisco into 'Dirty Poole'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 15, 2010

    A filmmaker revisits '70s gay erotic life in the work of Wakefield Poole.

  • In Production

    Tushinski Brings San Francisco into 'Dirty Poole'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 15, 2010

    A filmmaker revisits '70s gay erotic life in the work of Wakefield Poole.

  • September 16, 2010

    Tushinski Brings San Francisco into 'Dirty Poole'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 15, 2010

    A filmmaker revisits '70s gay erotic life in the work of Wakefield Poole.

  • Home

    Innovative Characters, Concepts Inform New California Website

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 13, 2010

    A new film/photography website offers compelling characters, bold artistry and innovative storylines.

  • Q & A

    Innovative Characters, Concepts Inform New California Website

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 13, 2010

    A new film/photography website offers compelling characters, bold artistry and innovative storylines.

  • September 16, 2010

    Innovative Characters, Concepts Inform New California Website

    Adam Hartzell
    Sep 13, 2010

    A new film/photography website offers compelling characters, bold artistry and innovative storylines.

  • News & Blogs

    SFGate: 'New Director at Film Festival'

    Sep 13, 2010

    SF Chronicle: "Masashi Niwano, who most recently was executive director of the Austin Asian American Film Festival in Austin, Texas, has been named festival and exhibitions director for the San Francisco International Asian American Festival." More at SFGate.

  • September 7, 2010

    SFFS Screen: 'Change of Plans'

    Sep 10, 2010

    Danièle Thompson's film offers comedy from the lives of fortysomethings on a post-dinner party collision course.

  • Home

    'Change of Plans' Finds Humor in Mid-Life

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 9, 2010

    'Change of Plans' charts an eventful year in the lives of a dozen or so disparate Parisians.

  • Reviews

    'Change of Plans' Finds Humor in Mid-Life

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 9, 2010

    'Change of Plans' charts an eventful year in the lives of a dozen or so disparate Parisians.

  • September 16, 2010

    'Change of Plans' Finds Humor in Mid-Life

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 9, 2010

    'Change of Plans' charts an eventful year in the lives of a dozen or so disparate Parisians.

  • September 9 2010

    'Change of Plans' Finds Humor in Mid-Life

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 9, 2010

    'Change of Plans' charts an eventful year in the lives of a dozen or so disparate Parisians.

  • September 7, 2010

    'Portrait of Jason' Redux

    Sep 8, 2010

    Local digital media artist Tim Roseborough presents a feature-length video in homage to Shirley Clarke's 1967 documentary, 'Portrait of Jason,' one last time at Scenius Gallery on 18th Street.

  • Home

    'Them Greeks' Tests Independent Digital Production Model

    Jessica Sapick
    Sep 7, 2010

    An animator collaborates over the ether to bring 'Them Greeks....!' to life.

  • Q & A

    'Them Greeks' Tests Independent Digital Production Model

    Jessica Sapick
    Sep 7, 2010

    An animator collaborates over the ether to bring 'Them Greeks....!' to life.

  • September 9 2010

    'Them Greeks' Tests Independent Digital Production Model

    Jessica Sapick
    Sep 7, 2010

    An animator collaborates over the ether to bring 'Them Greeks....!' to life.

  • August 31, 2010

    'Handmade Nation' at YBCA

    Sep 5, 2010

    The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' design and architecture series, Something From Nothing, draws to a close with Faythe Levine's 'Handmade Nation,' a documentary about the politics, aesthetics, and ethos of D.I.Y craft in North America that played SF360 Film+Club this past year.

  • Festivals

    Telluride Unveils 37th Film Festival

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 3, 2010

    Surprising themes and high profile documentaries are among the highlights of the Telluride 2010 lineup.

  • Home

    Telluride Unveils 37th Film Festival

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 3, 2010

    Surprising themes and high profile documentaries are among the highlights of the Telluride 2010 lineup.

  • September 9 2010

    Telluride Unveils 37th Film Festival

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 3, 2010

    Surprising themes and high profile documentaries are among the highlights of the Telluride 2010 lineup.

  • Home

    A Family Implodes in Biting 'Dogtooth'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 3, 2010

    A Greek film incriminates the viewer.

  • Reviews

    A Family Implodes in Biting 'Dogtooth'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 3, 2010

    A Greek film incriminates the viewer.

  • Home

    'Sweet' Beat Drives Fruchtmans’ Rwanda Doc

    Michael Fox
    Sep 1, 2010

    Lisa Fruchtman moves from feature-film editing to documentary film directing with a hopeful story out of Rwanda.

  • In Production

    'Sweet' Beat Drives Fruchtmans’ Rwanda Doc

    Michael Fox
    Sep 1, 2010

    Lisa Fruchtman moves from feature-film editing to documentary film directing with a hopeful story out of Rwanda.

  • September 2, 2010

    'Sweet' Beat Drives Fruchtmans’ Rwanda Doc

    Michael Fox
    Sep 1, 2010

    Lisa Fruchtman moves from feature-film editing to documentary film directing with a hopeful story out of Rwanda.

  • Home

    The Price of Fame

    George Rush
    Aug 31, 2010

    When filming a public figure, the rights to privacy as well as publicity need to be considered.

  • Legal

    The Price of Fame

    George Rush
    Aug 31, 2010

    When filming a public figure, the rights to privacy as well as publicity need to be considered.

  • September 2, 2010

    The Price of Fame

    George Rush
    Aug 31, 2010

    When filming a public figure, the rights to privacy as well as publicity need to be considered.

  • Home

    Two Zimbalists and 'Two Escobars'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 27, 2010

    The stories of an assassinated soccer star and the nation's most notorious criminal merge in a portrait of '80s-'90s Colombia.

  • Reviews

    Two Zimbalists and 'Two Escobars'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 27, 2010

    The stories of an assassinated soccer star and the nation's most notorious criminal merge in a portrait of '80s-'90s Colombia.

  • September 2, 2010

    Two Zimbalists and 'Two Escobars'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 27, 2010

    The stories of an assassinated soccer star and the nation's most notorious criminal merge in a portrait of '80s-'90s Colombia.

  • August 24, 2010

    Rare Summer Vampires

    Aug 26, 2010

    Rare vampire films, including Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark and Carl Dreyer's unsettling Vampyr, come out of the dark for a weekend at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

  • August 26 ,2010

    A Vampire Weekend at YBCA

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 26, 2010

    Three vampire films capture more than the imagination. That the vogue for vampire melodramas may have run its course is clear enough from the appearance of Vampires Suck (in theaters as of this writing, though not likely much past it) and the news that the American redo of the 2008 Swedish indie hit, Let the Right One In, will be titled "Let Me In." Just like that, a lovely slice of pop-baroque gets reprocessed as a pathetic whine. No matter: as long there is cinema, the vampire will reemerge. Ever since the twin pinnacles of Nosferatu (1922) and Vampyr (1932), in which two of early cinema’s. . .

  • Home

    A Vampire Weekend at YBCA

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 26, 2010

    Three vampire films capture more than the imagination. That the vogue for vampire melodramas may have run its course is clear enough from the appearance of Vampires Suck (in theaters as of this writing, though not likely much past it) and the news that the American redo of the 2008 Swedish indie hit, Let the Right One In, will be titled "Let Me In." Just like that, a lovely slice of pop-baroque gets reprocessed as a pathetic whine. No matter: as long there is cinema, the vampire will reemerge. Ever since the twin pinnacles of Nosferatu (1922) and Vampyr (1932), in which two of early cinema’s. . .

  • August 26 ,2010

    Medina Stokes SF-set ‘Furnace’

    Michael Fox
    Aug 25, 2010

    Dolissa Medina uncovers more ashes in a new, historical piece on San Francisco and its many great fires.

  • Home

    Medina Stokes SF-set ‘Furnace’

    Michael Fox
    Aug 25, 2010

    Dolissa Medina uncovers more ashes in a new, historical piece on San Francisco and its many great fires.

  • In Production

    Medina Stokes SF-set ‘Furnace’

    Michael Fox
    Aug 25, 2010

    Dolissa Medina uncovers more ashes in a new, historical piece on San Francisco and its many great fires.

  • News & Blogs

    KQED Forum: 'Endangered Cinemas'

    Aug 25, 2010

    The Clay theater in San Francisco's Pacific Heights became the latest neighborhood movie theater to announce it would go dark. Wednesday's KQED Forum offered multiple takes on the fight to save the city's remaining historic single-screen theaters; listen to the podcast here.

  • August 26 ,2010

    Eat, Pray, Love, Direct

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 23, 2010

    Ruba Nadda speaks of sultry actors and tenacious directors in the making of 'Cairo Time.'

  • Home

    Eat, Pray, Love, Direct

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 23, 2010

    Ruba Nadda speaks of sultry actors and tenacious directors in the making of 'Cairo Time.'

  • Q & A

    Eat, Pray, Love, Direct

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 23, 2010

    Ruba Nadda speaks of sultry actors and tenacious directors in the making of 'Cairo Time.'

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'Clay Goes Dark'

    Aug 23, 2010

    SF Chronicle: "One of San Francisco's oldest movie houses plans to shut the lights for good this month. Landmark Theatres will walk away from the Clay on Sunday, leaving the Pacific Heights neighborhood without its single-screen theater. More at SFGate.

  • August 17, 2010

    'The Man Who Knew Too Much' at the Paramount

    Aug 20, 2010

    Jimmy Stewart becomes ensnared in a Moroccan-set assassination plot in 'The Man Who Knew Too Much.' One of Hitchcock's most suspenseful films, it screens at Oakland's gilded movie palace, the Paramount Theatre.

  • August 19 2010

    Of Longing and Laforgue

    Jenni Olson
    Aug 17, 2010

    A filmmaker offers a script excerpt in appreciation of Jules Laforgue on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

  • First Person

    Of Longing and Laforgue

    Jenni Olson
    Aug 17, 2010

    A filmmaker offers a script excerpt in appreciation of Jules Laforgue on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

  • Home

    Of Longing and Laforgue

    Jenni Olson
    Aug 17, 2010

    A filmmaker offers a script excerpt in appreciation of Jules Laforgue on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

  • August 10 2010

    Francesco Rosi: 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold'

    Aug 12, 2010

    Chronicle of a Death Foretold screens at the Pacific Film Archive as part of the Modernist Masters series on August 12. Gabriel García Marquez' novella, which unfolds around uncertain crimes of passion, is faithfully adapted by Francesco Rosi, who focuses on his own recurring theme, motives behind violence.

  • 08-12-10

    Kirschenbaum’s ‘Looking’ Provides Alzheimer’s Patient P.O.V.

    Michael Fox
    Aug 11, 2010

    Scott Kirschenbaum's 80-minute doc aims to convey the experience of Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view.

  • Home

    Kirschenbaum’s ‘Looking’ Provides Alzheimer’s Patient P.O.V.

    Michael Fox
    Aug 11, 2010

    Scott Kirschenbaum's 80-minute doc aims to convey the experience of Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view.

  • In Production

    Kirschenbaum’s ‘Looking’ Provides Alzheimer’s Patient P.O.V.

    Michael Fox
    Aug 11, 2010

    Scott Kirschenbaum's 80-minute doc aims to convey the experience of Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view.

  • August 10 2010

    'Fruit Fly' Director and Cast in Person

    Aug 11, 2010

    H.P. Mendoza (Colma: The Musical) has redirected his interests from the Peninsula to San Francisco with his latest, and we couldn't be happier: The cast from Fruit Fly, about a Filipina woman who arrives in the city and moves into a Mission District Artists’ commune, will be on stage for a Q & A at the Castro Theatre on Wednesday, August 11, at 8:30 p.m.

  • 08-12-10

    Overcoming Your Fear of Fundraising

    Holly Million
    Aug 10, 2010

    A few simple ideas can help nervous fundraisers take the leap.

  • Funding

    Overcoming Your Fear of Fundraising

    Holly Million
    Aug 10, 2010

    A few simple ideas can help nervous fundraisers take the leap.

  • 08-12-10

    Schneider and Zanuck on the Highs of 'Get Low'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 6, 2010

    Filmmakers working with Duvall, Murray and Spacek talk about humor, perseverance, and process.

  • Home

    Schneider and Zanuck on the Highs of 'Get Low'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 6, 2010

    Filmmakers working with Duvall, Murray and Spacek talk about humor, perseverance, and process.

  • Q & A

    Schneider and Zanuck on the Highs of 'Get Low'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 6, 2010

    Filmmakers working with Duvall, Murray and Spacek talk about humor, perseverance, and process.

  • 08-05-2010

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • Festivals

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • Home

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • 08-05-2010

    Media Pulse: The Closed Net Threat

    Sara Dosa
    Aug 4, 2010

    The looming prospect of a two-tiered internet may compromise the ability of independent filmmakers to fund, exhibit and distribute their films.

  • Home

    Media Pulse: The Closed Net Threat

    Sara Dosa
    Aug 4, 2010

    The looming prospect of a two-tiered internet may compromise the ability of independent filmmakers to fund, exhibit and distribute their films.

  • In Depth

    Media Pulse: The Closed Net Threat

    Sara Dosa
    Aug 4, 2010

    The looming prospect of a two-tiered internet may compromise the ability of independent filmmakers to fund, exhibit and distribute their films.

  • 08-05-2010

    Subtext: Catching the Drift Beneath the Dialogue

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Aug 3, 2010

    Memorable lines of dialogue are like the tips of icebergs, floating above vast, submerged mountains of character history, and more.

  • Home

    Subtext: Catching the Drift Beneath the Dialogue

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Aug 3, 2010

    Memorable lines of dialogue are like the tips of icebergs, floating above vast, submerged mountains of character history, and more.

  • Screenwriting

    Subtext: Catching the Drift Beneath the Dialogue

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Aug 3, 2010

    Memorable lines of dialogue are like the tips of icebergs, floating above vast, submerged mountains of character history, and more.

  • News & Blogs

    KTVU.com: 'Moneyball' Draws Extra Crowds, Revenue

    Aug 2, 2010

    Shooting for Moneyball, with Brad Pitt playing the part of thrifty Oakland Athletic's owner Billy Beane, has drawn thousands of Bay Area residents for extra roles and provided a source of revenue for Oakland. More at KTVU.com.

  • 08-05-2010

    Alamar Re-opens SFFS Screen

    Max Goldberg
    Jul 30, 2010

    The engrossing seascapes of 'Alamar' bring a deeper understanding of a father-son bond.

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    Alamar Re-opens SFFS Screen

    Max Goldberg
    Jul 30, 2010

    The engrossing seascapes of 'Alamar' bring a deeper understanding of a father-son bond.

  • Reviews

    Alamar Re-opens SFFS Screen

    Max Goldberg
    Jul 30, 2010

    The engrossing seascapes of 'Alamar' bring a deeper understanding of a father-son bond.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Brother Outsider,' 'Weather Underground'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2010

    Three Bay Area documentaries correct the historical record.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Brother Outsider,' 'Weather Underground'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2010

    Three Bay Area documentaries correct the historical record.

  • First Person

    Why Hire a Producer of Marketing, Distribution

    Jon Reiss
    Jul 27, 2010

    Every film needs one person devoted to the distribution and marketing of the film from the start, just as they have a line producer, assistant director, or editor.

  • Home

    Why Hire a Producer of Marketing, Distribution

    Jon Reiss
    Jul 27, 2010

    Every film needs one person devoted to the distribution and marketing of the film from the start, just as they have a line producer, assistant director, or editor.

  • Home

    Getting Down, Dirty with Bob Ray and Chad Holt

    Sean Uyehara
    Jul 26, 2010

    Bob Ray brings his Down & Dirty Austin Film Tour to the Bay Area. And you can't stop him.

  • Q & A

    Getting Down, Dirty with Bob Ray and Chad Holt

    Sean Uyehara
    Jul 26, 2010

    Bob Ray brings his Down & Dirty Austin Film Tour to the Bay Area. And you can't stop him.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Crumb,' 'Cockettes'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 23, 2010

    Three films document essential chunks of San Francisco's tragic and mythic past, told in empathetic but non-hagiographic testimony.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Crumb,' 'Cockettes'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 23, 2010

    Three films document essential chunks of San Francisco's tragic and mythic past, told in empathetic but non-hagiographic testimony.

  • 07-21-2010

    Wilson-Shepard Doc Blooms in AIDS Grove

    Michael Fox
    Jul 21, 2010

    Tom Shepard and Andy Abrahams Wilson are redefining activist filmmaking with educational films, such as their documentary on the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

  • Home

    Wilson-Shepard Doc Blooms in AIDS Grove

    Michael Fox
    Jul 21, 2010

    Tom Shepard and Andy Abrahams Wilson are redefining activist filmmaking with educational films, such as their documentary on the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

  • In Production

    Wilson-Shepard Doc Blooms in AIDS Grove

    Michael Fox
    Jul 21, 2010

    Tom Shepard and Andy Abrahams Wilson are redefining activist filmmaking with educational films, such as their documentary on the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

  • 07-21-2010

    A Need to Think Outside the Box (Office)

    Jon Reiss
    Jul 20, 2010

    The maker of Bomb It offers hard-won advice on the marketing of film in the 2010s.

  • First Person

    A Need to Think Outside the Box (Office)

    Jon Reiss
    Jul 20, 2010

    The maker of Bomb It offers hard-won advice on the marketing of film in the 2010s.

  • Home

    A Need to Think Outside the Box (Office)

    Jon Reiss
    Jul 20, 2010

    The maker of Bomb It offers hard-won advice on the marketing of film in the 2010s.

  • 07-21-2010

    Reeling in the Years with the Red Vic

    Michael Fox
    Jul 19, 2010

    Look back in (anything but) anger: Members of the Red Vic Collective wax nostalgic on wild times, amazing meals and surprise visits from the theater's biggest fan, Danny Glover.

  • Home

    Reeling in the Years with the Red Vic

    Michael Fox
    Jul 19, 2010

    Look back in (anything but) anger: Members of the Red Vic Collective wax nostalgic on wild times, amazing meals and surprise visits from the theater's biggest fan, Danny Glover.

  • Q & A

    Reeling in the Years with the Red Vic

    Michael Fox
    Jul 19, 2010

    Look back in (anything but) anger: Members of the Red Vic Collective wax nostalgic on wild times, amazing meals and surprise visits from the theater's biggest fan, Danny Glover.

  • 07-21-2010

    Lisa Cholodenko Makes High Art of Family Hijinx

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 16, 2010

    A festival and awards-buzz favorite since its January Sundance premiere, The Kids Are All Right has real depth and drama yet is largely comedic in tone.

  • Home

    Lisa Cholodenko Makes High Art of Family Hijinx

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 16, 2010

    A festival and awards-buzz favorite since its January Sundance premiere, The Kids Are All Right has real depth and drama yet is largely comedic in tone.

  • Reviews

    Lisa Cholodenko Makes High Art of Family Hijinx

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 16, 2010

    A festival and awards-buzz favorite since its January Sundance premiere, The Kids Are All Right has real depth and drama yet is largely comedic in tone.

  • Home

    Koons Garcia Runs Fingers Through 'Soil'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 14, 2010

    Deborah Koons Garcia's latest film explores the mystery and complexities of one of the earth's most valuable resources.

  • In Production

    Koons Garcia Runs Fingers Through 'Soil'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 14, 2010

    Deborah Koons Garcia's latest film explores the mystery and complexities of one of the earth's most valuable resources.

  • Home

    Charlotte Buchen, Wheels Turning

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 12, 2010

    Charlotte Buchen’s Bay Area Street Portraits take us on a ride with the everyday bicycling citizen of Berkeley and Oakland.

  • Home

    Charlotte Buchen, Wheels Turning

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 12, 2010

    Charlotte Buchen’s Bay Area Street Portraits take us on a ride with the everyday bicycling citizen of Berkeley and Oakland.

  • Home

    'Wild Grass' Finds Resnais Still Growing

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 9, 2010

    Resnais remains elusive and detached, his films beautiful abstracts of intellectual rather than emotional impact.

  • Reviews

    'Wild Grass' Finds Resnais Still Growing

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 9, 2010

    Resnais remains elusive and detached, his films beautiful abstracts of intellectual rather than emotional impact.

  • Home

    Perkins Places 'Trust' in Convicts and Parolees

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2010

    Tamara Perkins' The Trust is intended to provide a rare lens into the lives of incarcerated men and their families.

  • In Production

    Perkins Places 'Trust' in Convicts and Parolees

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2010

    Tamara Perkins' The Trust is intended to provide a rare lens into the lives of incarcerated men and their families.

  • Home

    Crafting Motifs in Documentary Films

    Karen Everett
    Jul 6, 2010

    Choosing and implementing the right motif can help convey a narrative documentary's theme.

    Now…what exactly is a motif? And why would you want to edit one into a documentary film?
    During one of my recent group coaching calls, we addressed these questions. . . .

  • Home

    Observing Ordinary People in 'Everyone Else'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 2, 2010

    Maren Ade’s second feature is striking for what it doesn't do as it follows ordinary lives through a failing relationship.

  • Reviews

    Observing Ordinary People in 'Everyone Else'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 2, 2010

    Maren Ade’s second feature is striking for what it doesn't do as it follows ordinary lives through a failing relationship.

  • Home

    Media Pulse: A Crude Interpretation of the Law

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jul 1, 2010

    Jennifer Preissel examines the film and the court case that could redefine a journalist’s protection under First Amendment rights.

  • In Depth

    Media Pulse: A Crude Interpretation of the Law

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jul 1, 2010

    Jennifer Preissel examines the film and the court case that could redefine a journalist’s protection under First Amendment rights.

  • Festivals

    Storylines of Silverdocs 2010

    Sara Dosa
    Jul 1, 2010

    Storytelling took center stage at the U.S.'s pre-eminent documentary film festival, Silverdocs, headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • Home

    Storylines of Silverdocs 2010

    Sara Dosa
    Jul 1, 2010

    Storytelling took center stage at the U.S.'s pre-eminent documentary film festival, Silverdocs, headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • Home

    Kore-eda Breathes Life into 'Air Doll'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 25, 2010

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's Air Doll is a conceptual gamble pulled off with a master’s grace and subtlety.

  • Reviews

    Kore-eda Breathes Life into 'Air Doll'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 25, 2010

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's Air Doll is a conceptual gamble pulled off with a master’s grace and subtlety.

  • Festivals

    Frameline's History Lessons

    Max Goldberg
    Jun 24, 2010

    Frameline34 brought together a wide array of programs following the retrospective impulse.

  • Q & A

    Polk Street Lures Boswell's 'Stranger'

    Michael Fox
    Jun 23, 2010

    Scott Boswell’s marvelous debut feature, The Stranger In Us, plays out on Polk Street and in the Tenderloin, far from the oft-photographed glamour spots of San Francisco.

  • Documentary

    The Story Beyond the Story

    Fernanda Rossi
    Jun 11, 2010

    Screens are getting smaller. From the cineplex to TV to the computer or iPhone screen, surfaces have shrunk but creativity and resourcefulness have expanded.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'Stanford Scholars up for Student Oscar'

    Jun 11, 2010

    Two graduate students at Stanford University have won an Academy Award for their latest documentary short, "Dreams Awake," about a campus custodian.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco Habitue John Waters Offers Role Models

    Michael Fox
    Jun 10, 2010

    With a new book, gallery exhibition, appearances on local radio and stages, John Waters is quickly becoming a Bay Area fixture, a welcome addition to the film and cultural landscape.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco Habitue John Waters Offers Role Models

    Michael Fox
    Jun 10, 2010

    With a new book, gallery exhibition, appearances on local radio and stages, John Waters is quickly becoming a Bay Area fixture, a welcome addition to the film and cultural landscape.

  • In Production

    Koppelman Maps International Cybercrime, Cuban Opera

    Michael Fox
    Jun 9, 2010

    Charles Koppelman's documentary in progress, Zero Day, exposes each of three threats to the Internet: cybercrime, cyberespionage and cyberwarfare.

  • Reviews

    Jordan's Magic Moments with Ondine

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 8, 2010

    Ondine finds Neil Jordan back on personal terra firma with a story (his own, in conception and screenplay) that sits exactly on the thin line separating reality and fantasy.

  • News & Blogs

    Studio B Films Wins Telly Awards

    Jun 8, 2010

    San Francisco-based video production company recognized for work for Adobe Systems and Izze Sparkling Juice.

  • Q & A

    Bowden Exposes San Francisco in Full Picture

    Michael Fox
    Jun 7, 2010

    San Francisco filmmaker Jon Bowden brings a second comic feature, The Full Picture, to screens.

  • Reviews

    Field's Anti-Apartheid Series Returns to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 4, 2010

    By any measure, the long-awaited release of Have You Heard from Johannesburg? shapes up to be one of the major documentary events of 2010.

  • In Production

    Breaux Leads Search Party Through Southwestern Country

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2010

    Maria Breaux, deep in the heart of production on Mother Country talks about politics, process and her existential road movie.

  • Story Structure

    Thinking Like a Screenwriter for your Documentary

    Karen Everett
    May 31, 2010

    Moving past genre distinctions may help some filmmakers find the best dramatic arc and the most powerful truths.

  • Reviews

    Looking for Comedy in Ken Loach's 'Eric'

    Dennis Harvey
    May 28, 2010

    It s not a laugh-out-loud film, but Looking for Eric can be considered a comedy…in comparison to just about any other Ken Loach movie you could name.

  • Reviews

    Merchant-Ivory: A Look Back

    Dennis Harvey
    May 27, 2010

    A literary adaptation filled with first-class actors in sumptuous settings, City doesn't fall too far from the familiar Merchant-Ivory tree.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'Frameline film festival to showcase 219 films'

    May 26, 2010

    Frameliine 34 presents a Beat movement mini-theme and 10 gay-themed films from South America.

  • In Production

    Omori, Hardy Conspire to Tattoo the World

    Michael Fox
    May 25, 2010

    Emiko Omori s upcoming documentary, Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World, a collaboration of sorts between the two artists, grew out of a friendship that dates to 1974.

  • Reviews

    Stevenson's Oddball Scandinavian Cinema

    Dennis Harvey
    May 21, 2010

    Former San Franciscan Jack Stevenson returns from Denmark to promote the U.S. publication of Scandinavian Blue: The Erotic Cinema of Sweden and Denmark in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Q & A

    Poitras's Unexpected Path to 'The Oath'

    Jessica Sapick
    May 16, 2010

    Laura Poitras speaks during SFIFF53 about the process of creating The Oath from the stories of Osama Bin Laden's former bodyguard and driver.

  • Reviews

    'Typeface' Makes Art of a Lost Craft

    Adam Hartzell
    May 14, 2010

    Gary Hustwit s Helvetica turned a font into a fascination, and Justine Nagan's Typeface takes the topic of type one step further by moving into the past.

  • Reviews

    'Typeface' Makes Art of a Lost Craft

    Adam Hartzell
    May 14, 2010

    Gary Hustwit s Helvetica turned a font into a fascination, and Justine Nagan's Typeface takes the topic of type one step further by moving into the past.

  • Reviews

    'Typeface' Makes Art of a Lost Craft

    Adam Hartzell
    May 14, 2010

    Gary Hustwit s Helvetica turned a font into a fascination, and Justine Nagan's Typeface takes the topic of type one step further by moving into the past.

  • Festivals

    Ideas that Last at the Disposable Film Festival

    Adam Hartzell
    May 11, 2010

    I sat down for a chat with Festival Director and cofounder Carlton Evans, Art Director Rebecca Bortman, and Jessica Meek, project coordinator for a fest sponsor.

  • Festivals

    Ideas that Last at the Disposable Film Festival

    Adam Hartzell
    May 11, 2010

    I sat down for a chat with Festival Director and cofounder Carlton Evans, Art Director Rebecca Bortman, and Jessica Meek, project coordinator for a fest sponsor.

  • Funding

    A Short Guide to Funding Short Narratives

    Holly Million
    May 11, 2010

    If you re making a short narrative, foundations give you no respect. Financiers turn a cold shoulder. Government grantors snort. And festivals slot your film Sunday at midnight.

  • Reviews

    Conner Forever Moving Forward

    Dennis Harvey
    May 10, 2010

    Bruce Conner, the sculptor, painter, photographer and filmmaker who loomed large in the Bay Area's shifting avant-garde currents for 50 years, resurfaces with Three Screen Ray.

  • Reviews

    Conner Forever Moving Forward

    Dennis Harvey
    May 10, 2010

    Bruce Conner, the sculptor, painter, photographer and filmmaker who loomed large in the Bay Area's shifting avant-garde currents for 50 years, resurfaces with Three Screen Ray.

  • News & Blogs

    New York Times: 'A Filmmaker’s Quest for Journalistic Protection'

    May 7, 2010

    Documentary film footage is caught in the middle of a court battle between Chevron and Ecuadorian plaintiffs over pollution of the Amazon rain forest.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'S.F. Film Festival Bestows Prizes'

    May 7, 2010

    Almost $300,000 was given out Wednesday night for awards and grants honoring documentary winners.

  • Festivals

    San Francisco International's Local Filmmakers Next Step

    Michael Fox
    May 6, 2010

    We caught up with several Bay Area makers, fresh off their high-energy screenings at SFIFF53 and primed to keep the momentum rolling.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53 Reports: Divine Madness at 'All About Evil' Premiere

    Dennis Harvey
    May 4, 2010

    Judging from Saturday night s festivities, half the capacity Castro Theatre audience had worked on or otherwise invested in Joshua Grannell a.k.a. Peaches Christ s debut feature.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53 Reports: James Schamus, Roger Ebert and the Writing Life

    Dennis Harvey
    May 3, 2010

    Few would argue that a good movie often starts with a good story. Yet it has been the screenwriter s lot to be underappreciated.

  • In Depth

    Dialogues: Gary Snyder on Art, Anarchy and the Environment

    Robert Avila
    May 3, 2010

    Poet, essayist, environmentalist, Buddhist, public intellectual and teacher Gary Snyder speaks on life and the making of 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • Q & A

    Dialogues: Gary Snyder on Art, Anarchy and the Environment

    Robert Avila
    May 3, 2010

    Poet, essayist, environmentalist, Buddhist, public intellectual and teacher Gary Snyder speaks on life and the making of 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: Women's Worlds

    Max Goldberg
    May 1, 2010

    Don t let Hollywood crow about The Hurt Locker and the year of the woman until more filmmakers of the sort featured at this year s festival benefit.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: The Art of Revival

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 29, 2010

    Through most of its history, the Festival has featured revivals of restored classics and little-known gems. This year s selections run an unusually wide gamut.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53 Reports: 'Utopia,' 'Morning'

    SF360
    Apr 27, 2010

    Live & Onstage thought globally and drafted locally with Sam Green and musician Dave Cerf s live Utopia in Four Movements, which never takes the exact same form.

  • Legal

    Do You Pass the Test?

    George Rush
    Apr 26, 2010

    You are awesome. Spectacular, incredible, interesting, accomplished and generally just way awesome. Everyone wants to hear every possible thing there is to know about you.

  • In Depth

    Dialogues: Jim Harrison on Poetry, Documentary

    Robert Avila
    Apr 23, 2010

    Writer Jim Harrison offers thoughts about his relationship to Gary Snyder and his contributions to 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • Q & A

    Dialogues: Jim Harrison on Poetry, Documentary

    Robert Avila
    Apr 23, 2010

    Writer Jim Harrison offers thoughts about his relationship to Gary Snyder and his contributions to 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • In Depth

    Dialogues: Jim Harrison on Poetry, Documentary

    Robert Avila
    Apr 23, 2010

    Writer Jim Harrison offers thoughts about his relationship to Gary Snyder and his contributions to 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • Q & A

    Dialogues: Jim Harrison on Poetry, Documentary

    Robert Avila
    Apr 23, 2010

    Writer Jim Harrison offers thoughts about his relationship to Gary Snyder and his contributions to 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • Reviews

    SFIFF53: Deft Dussollier In 'Micmacs,' 'Wild Grass'

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 21, 2010

    How many foreign stars do U.S. moviegoers know? Not many, alas. My favorite living French actor, André Dussollier, appears prominently in two high-profile festival films.

  • Reviews

    The Roxie's New Leadership

    Michael Fox
    Apr 21, 2010

    The Statton era has begun. Kate and Chris Statton have officially assumed the positions of co-executive directors of the venerable Mission District cinema.

  • Q & A

    'Utopia' in San Francisco

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 18, 2010

    I found Sam Green deep in preparation, but he found time to walk me through the greatest dreams and worst nightmares of the 20th century.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: Ephemeral Film and Music, Live & Onstage

    Marc Capelle
    Apr 14, 2010

    If you imagine the S.F. International Film Festival as an circus tent, with Opening and Closing nights the main supports, the other tent poles are interactive live experiences.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: Ephemeral Film and Music, Live & Onstage

    Marc Capelle
    Apr 14, 2010

    If you imagine the S.F. International Film Festival as an circus tent, with Opening and Closing nights the main supports, the other tent poles are interactive live experiences.

  • Q & A

    Christina Yao's solid Empire of Silver

    Michael Fox
    Apr 12, 2010

    First-time filmmaker Christina Yao is soft-spoken and exceedingly polite, but it s apparent that very little intimidates her.

  • Reviews

    Independent Inuit Films at YBCA

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 8, 2010

    Inuit peoples—the indigenous cultures rooted in Arctic regions from Alaska to Greenland—have an honored place in film history, dating to Flaherty's Nanook of the North.

  • In Production

    Living on Default line in Bakalian Doc

    Michael Fox
    Apr 6, 2010

    The new law reforming the Federal student loan program will save billions and help millions. But it won t make Serge Bakalian s debt expos‚ superfluous.

  • Story Structure

    The Empathetic Storyteller

    Karen Everett
    Apr 6, 2010

    Beware of Save the Day My Way Syndrome. Now, learn from your mistakes.

  • Q & A

    Rosen's Insights into 53rd San Francisco International

    Michael Fox
    Apr 5, 2010

    With opening night approaching, Rachel Rosen talked about her L.A. Rolodex, the function of festivals in a broadband world and her favorites in the festival.

  • Reviews

    Link TV's ViewChange Launch

    Jane Riccobono
    Apr 2, 2010

    ViewChange.org, a digital-media hub on global development, offers news about microeconomics and innovative web technology that enables users to contribute to the causes they re learning about.

  • Reviews

    Streetfilms' Two-Wheeled Revolution

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 31, 2010

    Pedestrians have always propelled cinema narratives, but the bicycle has rarely had a starring role.

  • Reviews

    Streetfilms' Two-Wheeled Revolution

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 31, 2010

    Pedestrians have always propelled cinema narratives, but the bicycle has rarely had a starring role.

  • Festivals

    San Francisco International Film Festival's 53rd Edition

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 30, 2010

    Director of Programming Rachel Rosen and programmers Rod Armstrong, Audrey Chang and Sean Uyehara shared thoughts on 177 films from 46 countries.

  • Reviews

    Green by Design: Purebred Productions

    Michael Behrens
    Mar 28, 2010

    San Francisco has a variety of excellent soundstages, but one is trying to save the earth.

  • Reviews

    Unresolved Conflict in 'American Radical,' 'Promised Lands'

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 25, 2010

    YBCA s month-long, six-part Human Rights and Film series closes with two documentaries on the Arab-Israeli conflict made 35 years apart.

  • Digital

    Sights and Sounds of South by Southwest

    Hannah Eaves
    Mar 24, 2010

    Tens of thousands of artists, aficionados and businesspeople flock to Austin for a festival that is part online conference, part film festival, and more than part music.

  • In Production

    Riffe's Raw Milk Germ

    Michael Fox
    Mar 23, 2010

    There's so much about this product called milk that we think we know everything about, declares Jed Riffe with his usual blend of enthusiasm and amazement.

  • Screenwriting

    Childhood's Richness on Film

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Mar 23, 2010

    When a child assumes center stage on film, the potential for both thematic richness and unexpected plot directions increases exponentially.

  • Q & A

    Karim Ahmad on ITVS's Forward-Thinking FUTURESTATES

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 21, 2010

    Think of U.S. public television and science fiction or any type of fiction doesn't spring to mind. ITVS aims to change that perception with a series of mini-features.

  • Festivals

    SF International Asian American Film Festival's Archival Tour

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 19, 2010

    A theme that emerged in this year s SFIAFF was the importance of archives in the film world.

  • Festivals

    SF International Asian American Film Festival's Archival Tour

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 19, 2010

    A theme that emerged in this year s SFIAFF was the importance of archives in the film world.

  • Reviews

    Bong Joon-ho's 'Mother' Pleases

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 18, 2010

    One of the heroes of South Korean cinema's recent renaissance wisely sticks to home terrain with his follow-up to The Host.

  • In Production

    Hiler and Brown's Visionary Music

    Michael Fox
    Mar 17, 2010

    The culture war is over, and the reactionaries have won. In this climate, Jerome Hiler and Owsley Brown III s Music Makes a City is a revelation,

  • Q & A

    'Lesh Sabreen?' On Red Vic Screen

    Robert Avila
    Mar 15, 2010

    Muayad Alayan, a 24-year-old filmmaker from the only remaining Arab neighborhood in West Jerusalem, was not even aware there was such a thing as Palestinian cinema until, as a teenager, he came to the Bay Area to visit his brother and sister.

  • Reviews

    West with 'Sweetgrass'

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 9, 2010

    There will probably never be a theatrical release for James Benning's landscape movies. Amazingly, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor have scored distribution and made a splash.

  • Reviews

    Pixar's Latest Oscar High

    Michael Fox
    Mar 8, 2010

    Cementing its status as the preeminent animation company of the 00s, Pixar won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature for the third time in seven years.

  • Reviews

    Hurt and Belief in 'The Yellow Handkerchief'

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 5, 2010

    William Hurt didn't fulfill the promise of major stardom in the 80s, but it's become clearer that he probably didn't want that.

  • Q & A

    Reed's Promise of Prodigal Sons

    Michael Fox
    Mar 3, 2010

    If Kimberly Reed took a not particularly unique path into filmmaking, she certainly took an interesting road out of it.

  • Q & A

    Reed's Promise of Prodigal Sons

    Michael Fox
    Mar 3, 2010

    If Kimberly Reed took a not particularly unique path into filmmaking, she certainly took an interesting road out of it.

  • In Production

    Laotian Tourists Focus Murray's Camera

    Michael Fox
    Mar 2, 2010

    When Laos revised its visa structure to allow visitors to stay for more than one week, Westerners with digital cameras surged over the border.

  • Q & A

    Sid Ganis on Hollywood South and North

    Michael Fox
    Feb 28, 2010

    From his modest start as a staff writer at 20th Century Fox, Sid Ganis has built an uncommonly long and successful career in Hollywood.

  • Festivals

    Cinequest at 20

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 21, 2010

    Wasn't it just yesterday that Cinequest was the scrappy upstart amongst Bay Area festivals? Apparently not: San Jose's annual cinematic blowout is entering its third decade.

  • Reviews

    Herzog's Unexpected 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done'

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 19, 2010

    With its comfortable suburban setting, flashback structure and mystery-suspense framework, My Son, My Son is, by Herzogian standards, almost mainstream-conventional. I said almost.

  • Reviews

    Freak Flag Flying at YBCA

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2010

    YBCA has sustained a major place in S.F.'s cultural landscape without receiving the due it would have had its mission been narrower and more easily defined.

  • Reviews

    Freak Flag Flying at YBCA

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2010

    YBCA has sustained a major place in S.F.'s cultural landscape without receiving the due it would have had its mission been narrower and more easily defined.

  • In Production

    Final Chapter in Kelly and Yamamoto's Art Trilogy

    Michael Fox
    Feb 16, 2010

    Transformation, of any kind, an ephemeral, elusive thing to capture on film. One advisor told Nancy Kelly she'd never do it. Difficult, sure, but impossible?

  • Reviews

    Buscemi in Fine, Droll Form in 'St. John of Las Vegas'

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 11, 2010

    Steve Buscemi is one of those actors people are instantly happy to see on screen, even if their recall stretches no farther than, Hey, it's that guy!

  • Reviews

    San Francisco Cinematheque's Spring Action

    Max Goldberg
    Feb 10, 2010

    The sprin