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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: 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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    Essential SF: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2011

    With riveting characters, cascading revelations and momentous breakthroughs, Epstein and Friedman’s work paved the way for contemporary documentary practice.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2011

    With riveting characters, cascading revelations and momentous breakthroughs, Epstein and Friedman’s work paved the way for contemporary documentary practice.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2011

    With riveting characters, cascading revelations and momentous breakthroughs, Epstein and Friedman’s work paved the way for contemporary documentary practice.

  • 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.

  • Deadlines

    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.

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    Joshua Moore, on Location

    Michael Fox
    Oct 28, 2011

    Filmmaker and programmer Moore talks process, offers perspective on his debut feature and Cinema by the Bay opener, ‘I Think It’s Raining.’

  • October 28, 2011

    Joshua Moore, on Location

    Michael Fox
    Oct 28, 2011

    Filmmaker and programmer Moore talks process, offers perspective on his debut feature and Cinema by the Bay opener, ‘I Think It’s Raining.’

  • Q & A

    Joshua Moore, on Location

    Michael Fox
    Oct 28, 2011

    Filmmaker and programmer Moore talks process, offers perspective on his debut feature and Cinema by the Bay opener, ‘I Think It’s Raining.’

  • 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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    Under the Spell of French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 25, 2011

    Love permeates SFFS's francophone film series.

  • October 28, 2011

    Under the Spell of French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 25, 2011

    Love permeates SFFS's francophone film series.

  • Reviews

    Under the Spell of French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 25, 2011

    Love permeates SFFS's francophone film series.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Events

    Mexico Rising: The Films of Nicolás Pereda

    Oct 20, 2011

    YBCA screens five films by 27-year old Mexican auteur Nicolás Pereda in this lauded retrospective, justifiably making its San Francisco debut after playing earlier this year to acclaim in points east. Deadpan comedy 'Juntos' plays Thursday. More info ybca.org.

  • 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?

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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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    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.

  • Events

    'American Teacher'

    Oct 7, 2011

    The Matt Damon-narrated SFIFF hit 'American Teacher' follows the lives of a few edu-system stars, one based in San Francisco, forced by low wages and crumbling job security to reconsider their chosen profession. Filmmaker Vanessa Roth and producers Dave Eggers and Nînive Calegari will be present for Q&A following Friday's screening; special reception Tuesday, October 11. More info at roxie.com.

  • October 4 2011

    'American Teacher'

    Oct 7, 2011

    The Matt Damon-narrated SFIFF hit 'American Teacher' follows the lives of a few edu-system stars, one based in San Francisco, forced by low wages and crumbling job security to reconsider their chosen profession. Filmmaker Vanessa Roth and producers Dave Eggers and Nînive Calegari will be present for Q&A following Friday's screening; special reception Tuesday, October 11. More info at roxie.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

    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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    Turturro Makes a Case for 'Passione'

    Max Goldberg
    Sep 29, 2011

    John Turturro shares his passion for the Neapolitan songbook.

  • Reviews

    Turturro Makes a Case for 'Passione'

    Max Goldberg
    Sep 29, 2011

    John Turturro shares his passion for the Neapolitan songbook.

  • September 29 2011

    Turturro Makes a Case for 'Passione'

    Max Goldberg
    Sep 29, 2011

    John Turturro shares his passion for the Neapolitan songbook.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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

    San Francisco Irish Film Festival

    Sep 22, 2011

    Founded in 2003, The San Francisco Irish Film Festival opens this Thursday at the Roxie. Highlights include Colm Meany's turn in the charming 'Parked,' a closing night screening of 'Once' follow-up 'Swell Season,' and revival screenings of 'In the Name of The Father' and 2008 Cannes Golden Camera winner 'Hunger.' More info sfirishfilm.com.

  • September 20, 2011

    San Francisco Irish Film Festival

    Sep 22, 2011

    Founded in 2003, The San Francisco Irish Film Festival opens this Thursday at the Roxie. Highlights include Colm Meany's turn in the charming 'Parked,' a closing night screening of 'Once' follow-up 'Swell Season,' and revival screenings of 'In the Name of The Father' and 2008 Cannes Golden Camera winner 'Hunger.' More info sfirishfilm.com.

  • News & Blogs

    Below the Line: "SPY Delivers Visual Effects, DI and Stereo Conversion for Coppola's 'Twixt' "

    Sep 22, 2011

    "San Francisco-based visual effects and post house SPY, a FotoKem company, recently contributed hundreds of visual effects shots, the digital intermediate and 3D conversion services for Francis Ford Coppola’s latest feature film, Twixt," reports Below the Line. More at btlnews.com.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • News & Blogs

    SFFS Announces Winners of Documentary Film Fund Awards

    Sep 21, 2011

    Press release: The San Francisco Film Society today announced the three winners of the inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants. The Fund was created to support the postproduction of singular feature-length nonfiction film work that is distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Each year from 2011 to 2013, a total of $100,000 will be disbursed to further new work by documentary filmmakers nationwide. Winners are: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, An American Promise, $25,000; Priya Desai and Ann Kim, Match +, $25,000; Zachary Heinzerling, Cutie & the Boxe, $50,000. For more information go to: sffs.org/filmmaker-services.

  • September 13 2011

    Donizetti's 'Elixir of Love,' the Movie

    Sep 17, 2011

    The San Francisco Opera & CFI Education co-present a one-hour kid-friendly version of the famous opera at the Smith Rafael Film Center, along with educational take-home materials and an introduction by SF Opera staff. Free this Saturday, more info cafilm.org.

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    Tiffany Shlain Connects the Dots

    Michael Read
    Sep 16, 2011

    With 'Connected,' Tiffany Shlain weaves hope into a high risk story.

  • January 27, 2011

    Tiffany Shlain Connects the Dots

    Michael Read
    Sep 16, 2011

    With 'Connected,' Tiffany Shlain weaves hope into a high risk story.

  • January 31, 2011

    Tiffany Shlain Connects the Dots

    Michael Read
    Sep 16, 2011

    With 'Connected,' Tiffany Shlain weaves hope into a high risk story.

  • Q & A

    Tiffany Shlain Connects the Dots

    Michael Read
    Sep 16, 2011

    With 'Connected,' Tiffany Shlain weaves hope into a high risk story.

  • September 13 2011

    Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival 2011

    Sep 13, 2011

    The Cine+Mas 2011 San Francisco Latino Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday with a screening of 'Being: Cafe´ Tacvba' at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema and screens through next week at venues throughout the Bay Area. The festival offers a number of new works by Latino directors based locally and internationally. More info and kickoff RSVP at sflatinofilmfestival.com.

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    Iranian Teenage Love Sparks ‘Circumstance’

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 10, 2011

    Director, producer speak of challenges, inspirations behind a story of the urban Iranian underground.

  • Q & A

    Iranian Teenage Love Sparks ‘Circumstance’

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 10, 2011

    Director, producer speak of challenges, inspirations behind a story of the urban Iranian underground.

  • September 15, 2011

    Iranian Teenage Love Sparks ‘Circumstance’

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 10, 2011

    Director, producer speak of challenges, inspirations behind a story of the urban Iranian underground.

  • Sep 6 2011

    'Puzzle'

    Sep 9, 2011

    Week two of San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema features Argentinian Natalia Smirnoff’s first feature, a delicate character portrait in which a middle-aged housewife, cherished by her husband and two sons but nevertheless taken for granted, discovers an aptitude for jigsaw puzzles. More at sffs.org.

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    ‘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.

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    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...

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    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...

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    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.'

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    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.

  • August 30, 2011

    'Film Socialisme'

    Sep 2, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema sets sail with Jean-Luc Godard's 2010 provocation, 'Film Socialisme.' As Robert Avila writes in SF360.org later this week, the "playful, somber meditation on where history has brought us is brimming with ideas and aesthetic pleasures." Screenings begin September 2. More info on the new SFFS venue at Post Street (between Webster and Buchanan) in sffs.org.

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    Jean-Luc Godard Sets Course for Adventure

    Robert Avila
    Sep 1, 2011

    The first feature to play SFFS | New People Cinema, Godard's ‘Film Socialisme’ is both poetic rumination and urgent intervention.

  • Reviews

    Jean-Luc Godard Sets Course for Adventure

    Robert Avila
    Sep 1, 2011

    The first feature to play SFFS | New People Cinema, Godard's ‘Film Socialisme’ is both poetic rumination and urgent intervention.

  • September 1, 2011

    Jean-Luc Godard Sets Course for Adventure

    Robert Avila
    Sep 1, 2011

    The first feature to play SFFS | New People Cinema, Godard's ‘Film Socialisme’ is both poetic rumination and urgent intervention.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Graham Leggat and a Film Society Transformed

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 26, 2011

    Leggat’s eventful six-year tenure with the San Francisco Film Society changed an institution as well as the filmmaking landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • In Depth

    Graham Leggat and a Film Society Transformed

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 26, 2011

    Leggat’s eventful six-year tenure with the San Francisco Film Society changed an institution as well as the filmmaking landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • September 1, 2011

    Graham Leggat and a Film Society Transformed

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 26, 2011

    Leggat’s eventful six-year tenure with the San Francisco Film Society changed an institution as well as the filmmaking landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.

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    Graham Leggat and a Film Society Transformed

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 26, 2011

    Leggat’s eventful six-year tenure with the San Francisco Film Society changed an institution as well as the filmmaking landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • In Depth

    Graham Leggat and a Film Society Transformed

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 26, 2011

    Leggat’s eventful six-year tenure with the San Francisco Film Society changed an institution as well as the filmmaking landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • September 1, 2011

    Graham Leggat and a Film Society Transformed

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 26, 2011

    Leggat’s eventful six-year tenure with the San Francisco Film Society changed an institution as well as the filmmaking landscape in the Bay Area and beyond.

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    Graham Leggat, 1960-2011

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 25, 2011

    Graham Leggat (b. March 12, 1960), executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51.

  • News & Blogs

    Graham Leggat, 1960-2011

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 25, 2011

    Graham Leggat (b. March 12, 1960), executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51.

  • September 1, 2011

    Graham Leggat, 1960-2011

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 25, 2011

    Graham Leggat (b. March 12, 1960), executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51.

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    Graham Leggat, 1960-2011

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 25, 2011

    Graham Leggat (b. March 12, 1960), executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51.

  • News & Blogs

    Graham Leggat, 1960-2011

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 25, 2011

    Graham Leggat (b. March 12, 1960), executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51.

  • September 1, 2011

    Graham Leggat, 1960-2011

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 25, 2011

    Graham Leggat (b. March 12, 1960), executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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

    Susannah Greason Robbins on Growing the City’s Film Industry

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 22, 2011

    The San Francisco’s Film Commission's executive director offers notes on new incentives for production in the city.

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    Susannah Greason Robbins on Growing the City’s Film Industry

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 22, 2011

    The San Francisco’s Film Commission's executive director offers notes on new incentives for production in the city.

  • Q & A

    Susannah Greason Robbins on Growing the City’s Film Industry

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 22, 2011

    The San Francisco’s Film Commission's executive director offers notes on new incentives for production in the city.

  • 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.

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    '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 18, 2011

    ‘Dawn’ Salutes Lost Girls, Sainted Sister

    Michael Fox
    Aug 17, 2011

    A collaborative project recounts the life and work of a German-born nun located outside Nairobi and the Sudanese Lost Girls she helped find.

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    ‘Dawn’ Salutes Lost Girls, Sainted Sister

    Michael Fox
    Aug 17, 2011

    A collaborative project recounts the life and work of a German-born nun located outside Nairobi and the Sudanese Lost Girls she helped find.

  • In Production

    ‘Dawn’ Salutes Lost Girls, Sainted Sister

    Michael Fox
    Aug 17, 2011

    A collaborative project recounts the life and work of a German-born nun located outside Nairobi and the Sudanese Lost Girls she helped find.

  • News & Blogs

    SFFS Announces Winners of Spring 2011 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants

    Aug 15, 2011

    The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the five winners and two honorable mentions of the fifth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants. The grants are awarded twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. Between 2009 and 2013 the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants will award nearly $2.5 million, including a total of $788,000 already awarded in the first five grant rounds.

    Carlton Evans and Matthew Lessner (Ross), $50,000 for screenwriting; Aurora Guerrero (Mosquita y Mari), $88,000 for postproduction; Adam Keker (National Park), $35,000 for screenwriting; Timothy Kelly (The Cherokee Word for Water), $75,000 for production; Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of a Southern Wild), $55,000 for postproduction. Honorable Mentions went to: John Dilly (Rubbish), development and Ian Olds (The Western Habit), screenwriting. More at sffs.org.

  • August 18, 2011

    Teens Tackle Production at SFFS Young Filmmakers Camp

    Kim Nunley
    Aug 12, 2011

    The second year of the Film Society's movie-making summer camp puts youth on location.

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    Teens Tackle Production at SFFS Young Filmmakers Camp

    Kim Nunley
    Aug 12, 2011

    The second year of the Film Society's movie-making summer camp puts youth on location.

  • News & Blogs

    Teens Tackle Production at SFFS Young Filmmakers Camp

    Kim Nunley
    Aug 12, 2011

    The second year of the Film Society's movie-making summer camp puts youth on location.

  • 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.’

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    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 11, 2011

    'Between Two Worlds' Places Politics of Speech in Spotlight

    B. Ruby Rich
    Aug 5, 2011

    Filmmakers take personal approach to Jewish cultural debates.

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    'Between Two Worlds' Places Politics of Speech in Spotlight

    B. Ruby Rich
    Aug 5, 2011

    Filmmakers take personal approach to Jewish cultural debates.

  • In Depth

    'Between Two Worlds' Places Politics of Speech in Spotlight

    B. Ruby Rich
    Aug 5, 2011

    Filmmakers take personal approach to Jewish cultural debates.

  • 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.

  • July 26, 2011

    SFJFF Opens in Berkeley

    Aug 1, 2011

    The 31st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, world's largest showcase of Jewish films, continues this week, opening at Berkeley's Roda Theatre on Saturday with a screening of historical drama 'Sarah's Key' starring Kristin Scott Thomas. The festival screens at a number of Bay Area venues. More info at sfjff.org.

  • August 4, 2011

    Yoav Potash Takes 'Crime's' Case to Larger Audience

    Judy Stone
    Aug 1, 2011

    Deborah Peagler's case in 'Crime After Crime' gets its time in court and on screen, with moving results.

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    Yoav Potash Takes 'Crime's' Case to Larger Audience

    Judy Stone
    Aug 1, 2011

    Deborah Peagler's case in 'Crime After Crime' gets its time in court and on screen, with moving results.

  • Q & A

    Yoav Potash Takes 'Crime's' Case to Larger Audience

    Judy Stone
    Aug 1, 2011

    Deborah Peagler's case in 'Crime After Crime' gets its time in court and on screen, with moving results.

  • 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.

  • 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.’

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    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.’

  • Festivals

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

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    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.

  • Festivals

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

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    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.

  • July 19, 2011

    San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Jul 21, 2011

    The 31st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the world's largest showcase of Jewish film, opens at the Castro Theatre on Thursday with Israeli drama 'Mabul' (The Flood, nominated for six of Israel's 'Oscars'), and runs through August 8 at a number of Bay Area venues. An Opening Night bash follows at the Swedish American Hall. More info sfjff.org.

  • 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

    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.

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    '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.

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    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

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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

    'The Virgin Machine'

    Jun 30, 2011

    A German romance writer is transplanted to San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, where she attends an all-girl strip show and is initiated into local lesbian culture in this racey, vintage, "sex positive" indie. More at sfmoma.org.

  • Festivals

    Critic's Notebook: Frameline at 35 Still Finds Youth a Focus

    Matt Sussman
    Jun 25, 2011

    It gets better: Frameline35 offers a strong selection of work about youth.

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    Critic's Notebook: Frameline at 35 Still Finds Youth a Focus

    Matt Sussman
    Jun 25, 2011

    It gets better: Frameline35 offers a strong selection of work about youth.

  • June 30, 2011

    Critic's Notebook: Frameline at 35 Still Finds Youth a Focus

    Matt Sussman
    Jun 25, 2011

    It gets better: Frameline35 offers a strong selection of work about youth.

  • 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...

  • 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...

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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

    Lewis Rides Herd on Lusty ‘Longhorns’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 13, 2011

    An SF Chronicle editor speaks about his third feature, a Texas-set sex comedy making its debut at Frameline35.

  • June 16, 2011

    Lewis Rides Herd on Lusty ‘Longhorns’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 13, 2011

    An SF Chronicle editor speaks about his third feature, a Texas-set sex comedy making its debut at Frameline35.

  • Q & A

    Lewis Rides Herd on Lusty ‘Longhorns’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 13, 2011

    An SF Chronicle editor speaks about his third feature, a Texas-set sex comedy making its debut at Frameline35.

  • Home

    Lewis Rides Herd on Lusty ‘Longhorns’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 13, 2011

    An SF Chronicle editor speaks about his third feature, a Texas-set sex comedy making its debut at Frameline35.

  • June 16, 2011

    Lewis Rides Herd on Lusty ‘Longhorns’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 13, 2011

    An SF Chronicle editor speaks about his third feature, a Texas-set sex comedy making its debut at Frameline35.

  • Q & A

    Lewis Rides Herd on Lusty ‘Longhorns’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 13, 2011

    An SF Chronicle editor speaks about his third feature, a Texas-set sex comedy making its debut at Frameline35.

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    Celebrating a Reel Education

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 9, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society commemorates 20 years of education programs in 2011. Since 1991, the San Francisco Film Society has been educating youth in film, but it’s not all elementary, or middle, or high school-oriented: What began as a K–12 Schools at the Festival program that brought students and international cinema together has, 20 years later, grown into year-round educational programming that serves not just under-18s, but lifelong learners, professional and novice filmmakers and university students.

  • June 9, 2011

    Celebrating a Reel Education

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 9, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society commemorates 20 years of education programs in 2011. Since 1991, the San Francisco Film Society has been educating youth in film, but it’s not all elementary, or middle, or high school-oriented: What began as a K–12 Schools at the Festival program that brought students and international cinema together has, 20 years later, grown into year-round educational programming that serves not just under-18s, but lifelong learners, professional and novice filmmakers and university students.

  • News & Blogs

    Celebrating a Reel Education

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 9, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society commemorates 20 years of education programs in 2011. Since 1991, the San Francisco Film Society has been educating youth in film, but it’s not all elementary, or middle, or high school-oriented: What began as a K–12 Schools at the Festival program that brought students and international cinema together has, 20 years later, grown into year-round educational programming that serves not just under-18s, but lifelong learners, professional and novice filmmakers and university students.

  • Home

    Celebrating a Reel Education

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 9, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society commemorates 20 years of education programs in 2011. Since 1991, the San Francisco Film Society has been educating youth in film, but it’s not all elementary, or middle, or high school-oriented: What began as a K–12 Schools at the Festival program that brought students and international cinema together has, 20 years later, grown into year-round educational programming that serves not just under-18s, but lifelong learners, professional and novice filmmakers and university students.

  • June 9, 2011

    Celebrating a Reel Education

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 9, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society commemorates 20 years of education programs in 2011. Since 1991, the San Francisco Film Society has been educating youth in film, but it’s not all elementary, or middle, or high school-oriented: What began as a K–12 Schools at the Festival program that brought students and international cinema together has, 20 years later, grown into year-round educational programming that serves not just under-18s, but lifelong learners, professional and novice filmmakers and university students.

  • News & Blogs

    Celebrating a Reel Education

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 9, 2011

    San Francisco Film Society commemorates 20 years of education programs in 2011. Since 1991, the San Francisco Film Society has been educating youth in film, but it’s not all elementary, or middle, or high school-oriented: What began as a K–12 Schools at the Festival program that brought students and international cinema together has, 20 years later, grown into year-round educational programming that serves not just under-18s, but lifelong learners, professional and novice filmmakers and university students.

  • 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.

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    New Era Takes Hold at the Roxie

    Michael Guillén
    May 31, 2011

    The Roxie's new leaders offer notes on their unique vision for the rep house.

  • June 2, 2011

    New Era Takes Hold at the Roxie

    Michael Guillén
    May 31, 2011

    The Roxie's new leaders offer notes on their unique vision for the rep house.

  • Q & A

    New Era Takes Hold at the Roxie

    Michael Guillén
    May 31, 2011

    The Roxie's new leaders offer notes on their unique vision for the rep house.

  • Festivals

    Frameline Announces Titles in 2011 Festival

    Susan Gerhard/Michael Fox
    May 25, 2011

    Margaret Cho, transgender cinema are highlights of 2011 LGBT festival.

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    Frameline Announces Titles in 2011 Festival

    Susan Gerhard/Michael Fox
    May 25, 2011

    Margaret Cho, transgender cinema are highlights of 2011 LGBT festival.

  • May 26, 2011

    Frameline Announces Titles in 2011 Festival

    Susan Gerhard/Michael Fox
    May 25, 2011

    Margaret Cho, transgender cinema are highlights of 2011 LGBT festival.

  • Festivals

    Frameline Announces Titles in 2011 Festival

    Susan Gerhard/Michael Fox
    May 25, 2011

    Margaret Cho, transgender cinema are highlights of 2011 LGBT festival.

  • Home

    Frameline Announces Titles in 2011 Festival

    Susan Gerhard/Michael Fox
    May 25, 2011

    Margaret Cho, transgender cinema are highlights of 2011 LGBT festival.

  • May 26, 2011

    Frameline Announces Titles in 2011 Festival

    Susan Gerhard/Michael Fox
    May 25, 2011

    Margaret Cho, transgender cinema are highlights of 2011 LGBT festival.

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    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.

  • May 17, 2011

    City College of San Francisco City Shorts Film Festival

    May 19, 2011

    City College of San Francisco offers a best-of program in the one day, student-run City Shorts Film Festival. The festival is free to the public. More at cityshorts.tumblr.com.

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    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.

  • May 10, 2011

    ‘The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry

    May 13, 2011

    The San Francisco premier of ‘The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry,' Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala’s documentary presenting the life of the Jamaican musician, plays at Red Vic Movie House. More at redvicmoviehouse.com.

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    We Are All Made of Stars in Patrico Guzmán's Universe

    B. Ruby Rich
    May 12, 2011

    'Nostalgia for the Light' may be the most optimistic film in Guzmán's oeuvre, but he still knows how to make us cry, mourn and remember.

  • May 12, 2011

    We Are All Made of Stars in Patrico Guzmán's Universe

    B. Ruby Rich
    May 12, 2011

    'Nostalgia for the Light' may be the most optimistic film in Guzmán's oeuvre, but he still knows how to make us cry, mourn and remember.

  • Reviews

    We Are All Made of Stars in Patrico Guzmán's Universe

    B. Ruby Rich
    May 12, 2011

    'Nostalgia for the Light' may be the most optimistic film in Guzmán's oeuvre, but he still knows how to make us cry, mourn and remember.

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    'Meek's Cutoff' a Minimalist Masterpiece

    Michael Read
    May 7, 2011

    Kelly Reichardt creates a moving meditation on open space with 'Meek's Cutoff.'

  • May 12, 2011

    'Meek's Cutoff' a Minimalist Masterpiece

    Michael Read
    May 7, 2011

    Kelly Reichardt creates a moving meditation on open space with 'Meek's Cutoff.'

  • Reviews

    'Meek's Cutoff' a Minimalist Masterpiece

    Michael Read
    May 7, 2011

    Kelly Reichardt creates a moving meditation on open space with 'Meek's Cutoff.'

  • May 3, 2011

    ‘These Amazing Shadows’

    May 6, 2011

    Opening weekend of ‘These Amazing Shadows,’ a docu on American movies, features Q&As with its Bay Area filmmakers, as well as other local figures, including SF Chron critic Mick LaSalle, SF Public Defender (and filmmaker) Jeff Adachi and cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw. More at theseamazingshadows.com.

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    SFIFF54 Golden Gate Award Winners Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2011

    Cash prizes, recognition showered on the winning filmmakers of 2011 San Francisco International. The San Francisco International Film Festival presented its 2011 Golden Gate Awards to filmmakers Wednesday night at Temple Nightclub/Prana Restaurant. Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway's Better This World won both Documentary Feature and Bay Area Documentary awards. Yoav Potash's Crime After Crime received the Investigative Documentary prize. Park Jung-bum's The Journals of Musan won the New Directors award. A complete list...

  • May 5, 2011

    SFIFF54 Golden Gate Award Winners Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2011

    Cash prizes, recognition showered on the winning filmmakers of 2011 San Francisco International. The San Francisco International Film Festival presented its 2011 Golden Gate Awards to filmmakers Wednesday night at Temple Nightclub/Prana Restaurant. Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway's Better This World won both Documentary Feature and Bay Area Documentary awards. Yoav Potash's Crime After Crime received the Investigative Documentary prize. Park Jung-bum's The Journals of Musan won the New Directors award. A complete list...

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    SFIFF54 Golden Gate Award Winners Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2011

    Cash prizes, recognition showered on the winning filmmakers of 2011 San Francisco International. The San Francisco International Film Festival presented its 2011 Golden Gate Awards to filmmakers Wednesday night at Temple Nightclub/Prana Restaurant. Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway's Better This World won both Documentary Feature and Bay Area Documentary awards. Yoav Potash's Crime After Crime received the Investigative Documentary prize. Park Jung-bum's The Journals of Musan won the New Directors award. A complete list...

  • May 5, 2011

    SFIFF54 Golden Gate Award Winners Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2011

    Cash prizes, recognition showered on the winning filmmakers of 2011 San Francisco International. The San Francisco International Film Festival presented its 2011 Golden Gate Awards to filmmakers Wednesday night at Temple Nightclub/Prana Restaurant. Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway's Better This World won both Documentary Feature and Bay Area Documentary awards. Yoav Potash's Crime After Crime received the Investigative Documentary prize. Park Jung-bum's The Journals of Musan won the New Directors award. A complete list...

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    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.’

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    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.’

  • Home

    Frank Pierson, 'These Amazing Shadows' Offer Inspiration

    Michael Fox
    May 3, 2011

    Screenwriter Frank Pierson talks production at SFIFF54; Bay Area-made 'These Amazing Shadows' screens after the Festival closes.

  • In Production

    Frank Pierson, 'These Amazing Shadows' Offer Inspiration

    Michael Fox
    May 3, 2011

    Screenwriter Frank Pierson talks production at SFIFF54; Bay Area-made 'These Amazing Shadows' screens after the Festival closes.

  • May 5, 2011

    Frank Pierson, 'These Amazing Shadows' Offer Inspiration

    Michael Fox
    May 3, 2011

    Screenwriter Frank Pierson talks production at SFIFF54; Bay Area-made 'These Amazing Shadows' screens after the Festival closes.

  • May 3, 2011

    SFIFF: ‘American Teacher’/20 Years of Schools at the Festival

    May 3, 2011

    SFFS's Schools at the Festival toasts its 20 years with clips, stories, tributes, food and drink (5:00 pm), followed by a special Teacher Appreciation Night screening of ‘American Teacher’ (6:30 pm), a documentary exploring the frustrating realities facing public school teachers, with special guests in attendance. More at fest11.sffs.org.

  • Festivals

    Unrestrained at SFIFF54, Barney Offers Live Insight

    Robert Avila
    May 2, 2011

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • April 26, 2011

    SFIFF: ‘The Selling’

    Apr 29, 2011

    San Francisco director Emily Lou attends the screening of her comedic horror film, ‘The Selling,’ which tells the story of a real estate agent who struggles to sell a haunted house. Film plays at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. More at fest11.sffs.org.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    Stone not Cold in Castro Conversation

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 28, 2011

    Oliver Stone reflects on his own heated past, and the world’s, as he accepts the Founder’s Directing Award onstage at the Castro Theatre during SFIFF54.

  • Home

    Stone not Cold in Castro Conversation

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 28, 2011

    Oliver Stone reflects on his own heated past, and the world’s, as he accepts the Founder’s Directing Award onstage at the Castro Theatre during SFIFF54.

  • May 5, 2011

    Stone not Cold in Castro Conversation

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 28, 2011

    Oliver Stone reflects on his own heated past, and the world’s, as he accepts the Founder’s Directing Award onstage at the Castro Theatre during SFIFF54.

  • Festivals

    Stone not Cold in Castro Conversation

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 28, 2011

    Oliver Stone reflects on his own heated past, and the world’s, as he accepts the Founder’s Directing Award onstage at the Castro Theatre during SFIFF54.

  • Home

    Stone not Cold in Castro Conversation

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 28, 2011

    Oliver Stone reflects on his own heated past, and the world’s, as he accepts the Founder’s Directing Award onstage at the Castro Theatre during SFIFF54.

  • May 5, 2011

    Stone not Cold in Castro Conversation

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 28, 2011

    Oliver Stone reflects on his own heated past, and the world’s, as he accepts the Founder’s Directing Award onstage at the Castro Theatre during SFIFF54.

  • 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

    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.

  • News & Blogs

    SFIFF Joins Festival Scope

    Apr 25, 2011

    Press release: The San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) announced that the Festival has been invited to join Festival Scope, a new Internet platform that allows programming of selected film festivals to be viewed online by film professionals around the world. More at sffs.org.

  • 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.

  • Home

    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

    Explosive Actors, Anecdotes Light Up SFIFF54’s Midnight Awards

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 24, 2011

    Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins, Jr., share candid thoughts with a raucous audience.

  • Festivals

    Explosive Actors, Anecdotes Light Up SFIFF54’s Midnight Awards

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 24, 2011

    Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins, Jr., share candid thoughts with a raucous audience.

  • Home

    Explosive Actors, Anecdotes Light Up SFIFF54’s Midnight Awards

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 24, 2011

    Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins, Jr., share candid thoughts with a raucous audience.

  • April 28, 2011

    Explosive Actors, Anecdotes Light Up SFIFF54’s Midnight Awards

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 24, 2011

    Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins, Jr., share candid thoughts with a raucous audience.

  • Festivals

    Explosive Actors, Anecdotes Light Up SFIFF54’s Midnight Awards

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 24, 2011

    Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins, Jr., share candid thoughts with a raucous audience.

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    Explosive Actors, Anecdotes Light Up SFIFF54’s Midnight Awards

    Kim Nunley
    Apr 24, 2011

    Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins, Jr., share candid thoughts with a raucous audience.

  • 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's Midnight Awards

    Apr 23, 2011

    The San Francisco International's Midnight Awards at the W hotel honor Zoe Saldana and Clifton Collins, Jr., with a spirited talk-show style discussion featuring the inimitable Beth Lisick, actress, author and Porchlight Storytelling Series co-host. More at fest.sffs.org.

  • 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.

  • 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: ‘Miss Representation’

    Apr 22, 2011

    ‘Miss Representation,’ former San Francisco Mayoral First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom's documentary examining the impact of media on the self-image of female teenagers, screens Friday, with the filmmaker herself in town. 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.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco Film Society Announces New $300,000 Documentary Film Fund

    Apr 22, 2011

    Press Release: The San Francisco Film Society announced the new SFFS Documentary Film Fund, which over the next three years will disburse a series of annual grants totaling $300,000 to support feature-length documentaries in postproduction. The SFFS Documentary Film Fund is created to support singular nonfiction film work that is distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. The first grant cycle application period opens June 17; the first winners will be announced September 30. More at sffs.org.

  • april 22 2011

    SFIFF54 Finds Life Among the Ruins

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 21, 2011

    As the San Francisco International Film Festival opens, key films consider the value of place.

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    SFIFF54 Finds Life Among the Ruins

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 21, 2011

    As the San Francisco International Film Festival opens, key films consider the value of place.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF54 Finds Life Among the Ruins

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 21, 2011

    As the San Francisco International Film Festival opens, key films consider the value of place.

  • 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 22 2011

    SFIFF54 Finds Life Among the Ruins

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 21, 2011

    As the San Francisco International Film Festival opens, key films consider the value of place.

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    SFIFF54 Finds Life Among the Ruins

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 21, 2011

    As the San Francisco International Film Festival opens, key films consider the value of place.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF54 Finds Life Among the Ruins

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 21, 2011

    As the San Francisco International Film Festival opens, key films consider the value of place.

  • april 22 2011

    Looking for the Moral with Bill Nichols

    Michael Fox
    Apr 20, 2011

    Social-justice filmmaking gets discussed in a Bill Nichols'-moderated salon during SFIFF.

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    Looking for the Moral with Bill Nichols

    Michael Fox
    Apr 20, 2011

    Social-justice filmmaking gets discussed in a Bill Nichols'-moderated salon during SFIFF.

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    Looking for the Moral with Bill Nichols

    Michael Fox
    Apr 20, 2011

    Social-justice filmmaking gets discussed in a Bill Nichols'-moderated salon during SFIFF.

  • 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.

  • News & Blogs

    SFIFF Presents Midnight Award to Clifton Collins, Jr., Zoe Saldana

    Apr 16, 2011

    The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) announced that Clifton Collins Jr. will be honored at the fourth Midnight Awards, 10:30 pm, Saturday, April 23 at the W San Francisco. The Midnight Awards takes the form of a late night talk show, hosted by Beth Lisick, New York Times best-selling author and coorganizer of the Porchlight Storytelling Series, with live musical accompaniment by the Darren Johnston Trio. Lisick will interview Collins and his previously announced Midnight Award corecipient Zoe Saldana. Clips of their work will be shown prior to the presentation of the awards. More at 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.

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    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 12, 2011

    'Circo'

    Apr 15, 2011

    Director Aaron Schock speaks at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre San Francisco and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley following select opening weekend showings of his new film, ‘Circo,’ which tells the story of a family’s financial and emotional battles as they struggle to successfully run a circus in Mexico. More at landmarktheatres.com.

  • April 12, 2011

    ‘Bullitt’ and ‘Freebie and the Bean’ Double Feature

    Apr 15, 2011

    Castro Theatre hosts a double feature of cop films set in San Francisco, beginning with Peter Yates’ 1968 ‘Bullitt,’ which features Steve McQueen, and Richard Rush’s 1974 ‘Freebie and the Bean,’ featuring James Caan and Alan Arkin. More at castrotheatre.com.

  • April 12, 2011

    ‘Henry’s Crime’

    Apr 15, 2011

    Keanu Reeves, James Caan and Vera Farmiga star in Malcolm Venvile’s ‘Henry’s Crime,’ which opens at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and other Bay Area theaters. The film was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. More at landmarktheatres.com.

  • 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.

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    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

    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

    Getting Behind 'Bill Cunningham'

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 8, 2011

    Richard Press and Philip Gefter pay tribute to a worker's devotion in making 'Bill Cunningham New York.'

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    Getting Behind 'Bill Cunningham'

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 8, 2011

    Richard Press and Philip Gefter pay tribute to a worker's devotion in making 'Bill Cunningham New York.'

  • Q & A

    Getting Behind 'Bill Cunningham'

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 8, 2011

    Richard Press and Philip Gefter pay tribute to a worker's devotion in making 'Bill Cunningham New York.'

  • 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.

  • News & Blogs

    54th San Francisco International Film Festival Will Present Founder’s Directing Award to Oliver Stone

    Apr 7, 2011

    Press release: The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club. The Film Society’s Youth Education program will be the beneficiary of the fundraiser honoring Stone. The soon-to-be-announced recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting and Frank Pierson, recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting will also be honored. More at sffs.org.

  • April 7, 2011

    Juelich Rides ‘Neon’ Roller Coaster

    Michael Fox
    Apr 6, 2011

    Jennifer Juelich uses California carnivals as atmosphere for her DIY drama.

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    Juelich Rides ‘Neon’ Roller Coaster

    Michael Fox
    Apr 6, 2011

    Jennifer Juelich uses California carnivals as atmosphere for her DIY drama.

  • In Production

    Juelich Rides ‘Neon’ Roller Coaster

    Michael Fox
    Apr 6, 2011

    Jennifer Juelich uses California carnivals as atmosphere for her DIY drama.

  • April 5, 2011

    The 7th Annual San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

    Apr 6, 2011

    The 7th Annual San Francisco Women’s Film Festival opens with ‘Grace, Milly, Lucy… Child Soldiers’ and runs five days, with shows and events at the Roxie Theater, Ninth Street Independent Film Center and Mission Workshop. More at roxie.com and womensfilminstitute.com.

  • 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

  • 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

    SFFS Announces 2011 SF International Film Festival Titles, Events

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 29, 2011

    SF International's 54th wide-ranging program is announced.

  • Festivals

    SFFS Announces 2011 SF International Film Festival Titles, Events

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 29, 2011

    SF International's 54th wide-ranging program is announced.

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    SFFS Announces 2011 SF International Film Festival Titles, Events

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 29, 2011

    SF International's 54th wide-ranging program is announced.

  • Home

    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.

  • 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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    Seely Treks Long Distances for Shorts

    Michael Fox
    Mar 16, 2011

    Long story short: A filmmaker finds the right length for his South American health doc.

  • In Production

    Seely Treks Long Distances for Shorts

    Michael Fox
    Mar 16, 2011

    Long story short: A filmmaker finds the right length for his South American health doc.

  • March 17, 2011

    Seely Treks Long Distances for Shorts

    Michael Fox
    Mar 16, 2011

    Long story short: A filmmaker finds the right length for his South American health doc.

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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.

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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.

  • March 8, 2011

    SF Int'l Asian American Film Festival

    Mar 11, 2011

    San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival begins March 10 and runs for 11 days, celebrating Opening Night at the Castro Theatre with Andy De Emmony’s 2009 ‘West Is West,’ the sequel to the successful 1999 ‘East Is East.’ About 120 films will play at a variety of venues around San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. More at festival.asianamericanmedia.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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    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.

  • March 1, 2011

    Balboa Birthday Bash: Rare Valentino

    Mar 6, 2011

    The Balboa Theatre celebrates its 81st year with a rare early film of Rudolph Valentino, ‘Moran of the Lady Letty,’ lensed here in San Francisco and Tiburon. The evening includes short-subject films, live accompaniment and performance, your own take on Jazz Age attire, and, of course, birthday cake. More at balboamovies.com.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    Hope Springs Eternal at Green Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Mar 3, 2011

    An environmental film festival with exceptional flair enters the San Francisco scene.

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    Hope Springs Eternal at Green Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Mar 3, 2011

    An environmental film festival with exceptional flair enters the San Francisco scene.

  • March 3, 2011

    Hope Springs Eternal at Green Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Mar 3, 2011

    An environmental film festival with exceptional flair enters the San Francisco scene.

  • March 1, 2011

    San Francisco Green Film Festival

    Mar 3, 2011

    San Francisco's first ever Green Film Festival takes off with a collection that includes Werner Herzog's 'Happy,' Patrick Rouxel's 'Green' and Fredrik Gertten’s 'Bananas!*' More at sfgreenfilmfest.org.

  • March 1, 2011

    Ido Haar in Person for Q&A following 'Melting Siberia'

    Mar 2, 2011

    Ido Haar continues his two-week residency with the San Francisco Film Society; he appears in person for a Q&A following the screening of ‘Melting Siberia,’ which will play at New People. A reception with Haar will follow at Viz Cinema Café. More at sffs.org.

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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

    'We Were Here'

    Feb 25, 2011

    Castro Theatre hosts seven days of ‘We Were Here,’ David Weissman's documentary examining the initial arrival of AIDS in San Francisco and its subsequent influence the community. Opening night features a VIP reception prior to and a Q&A with director David Weissman following the screening. More at castrotheatre.com.

  • News & Blogs

    SFGate: Philip Kaufman’s 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' Looks for Extras in San Francisco

    Feb 23, 2011

    Reports SFGate: “The HBO production ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn,’ starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen and being filmed almost entirely in San Francisco, needs some local extras. But the open call only welcomes 18- to 40-year-old, Spanish-looking, English-speaking men with fair to medium complexions, dark hair, eyes and lean physiques.” Open calls take place through Sunday, February 27 12:30 to 4:00 pm at Beau Bonneau Casting. More at sfgate.com and beaubonneaucasting.com.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Indiefest Announces Audience Award Winners

    Feb 23, 2011

    Press Release: The Audience Award winners for the 13th San Francisco Independent Film Festival include ‘Kaboom,’ named as Best Narrative Feature, ‘Bathing and the Single Girl’ for Best Narrative Short, ‘Free Radicals’ for Best Documentary, ‘Burning Wigs of Sedition’ for Best Music Video and ‘Mars’ for Best Animated Film. More at sfindie.com.

  • 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.

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    '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 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.

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    '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

    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.

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    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.

  • February 8, 2011

    San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event

    Feb 12, 2011

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival's Winter Event, a one-day affair to showcase silent films, returns to the Castro. Features include Charlie Chaplin shorts, Marcel L’Herbier’s 1928 ‘L’Argent’ and King Vidor’s 1926 ‘La Boheme,' each accompanied with live music. More at silentfilm.org and castrotheatre.com.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • January 25, 2011

    Herzog in Focus

    Jan 31, 2011

    The Roxie Theater and San Francisco Film Society present ‘Herzog In Focus,’ a class taught by Bill Nichols, which analyzes the work of German filmmaker Werner Herzog. More at roxie.com and sffs.org.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • First Person

    American Doc Showcase Visits Angola

    Xandra Castleton
    Jan 11, 2011

    A filmmaker’s trip to Luanda with a State Department program brings insight on the growth of a young national cinema.

  • Home

    American Doc Showcase Visits Angola

    Xandra Castleton
    Jan 11, 2011

    A filmmaker’s trip to Luanda with a State Department program brings insight on the growth of a young national cinema.

  • January 13, 2011

    American Doc Showcase Visits Angola

    Xandra Castleton
    Jan 11, 2011

    A filmmaker’s trip to Luanda with a State Department program brings insight on the growth of a young national cinema.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • News & Blogs

    SFFS Announces Winner of Screenwriting Grant

    Dec 20, 2010

    Press release: The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Eric Escobar has been selected to receive this year's SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant for the continuing development of his script, East County. The $15,000 grant is given to support the work of a mid-career American screenwriter. More at SFFS.

  • 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 16, 2010

    Film 2010: 'Social Network' Tops S.F. Film Critics Circle Awards

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 14, 2010

    San Francisco Film Critics Circle winners for 2010 included 'Social Network,' 'Black Swan,' 'The Tillman Story' and Elliot Lavine.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: 'Social Network' Tops S.F. Film Critics Circle Awards

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 14, 2010

    San Francisco Film Critics Circle winners for 2010 included 'Social Network,' 'Black Swan,' 'The Tillman Story' and Elliot Lavine.

  • Home

    Film 2010: 'Social Network' Tops S.F. Film Critics Circle Awards

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 14, 2010

    San Francisco Film Critics Circle winners for 2010 included 'Social Network,' 'Black Swan,' 'The Tillman Story' and Elliot Lavine.

  • News & Blogs

    Film 2010: 'Social Network' Tops S.F. Film Critics Circle Awards

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 14, 2010

    San Francisco Film Critics Circle winners for 2010 included 'Social Network,' 'Black Swan,' 'The Tillman Story' and Elliot Lavine.

  • December 14, 2010

    SFFS Special Presentation: Sir Arne’s Treasure with the Mountain Goats in Solo Performance

    Dec 14, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society presents the world premiere of John Darnielle’s score to Mauritz Stiller’s silent masterpiece ‘Sir Arne’s Treasure.’ The celebrated singer-songwriter plays live at the Castro Theatre to accompany the film. More at sffs.org.

  • December 7, 2010

    SFFS Special Presentation: Sir Arne’s Treasure with the Mountain Goats in Solo Performance

    Dec 14, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society presents the world premiere of John Darnielle’s score to Mauritz Stiller’s silent masterpiece ‘Sir Arne’s Treasure.’ The celebrated singer-songwriter plays live at the Castro Theatre to accompany the film. More at sffs.org.

  • December 16, 2010

    'Ghost Bird' Returns to Roost

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 13, 2010

    The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker may have disappeared for good, but a film about its possible rebirth persists against all odds.

  • Home

    'Ghost Bird' Returns to Roost

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 13, 2010

    The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker may have disappeared for good, but a film about its possible rebirth persists against all odds.

  • Q & A

    'Ghost Bird' Returns to Roost

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 13, 2010

    The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker may have disappeared for good, but a film about its possible rebirth persists against all odds.

  • December 7, 2010

    'Remembering Playland' with Tom Wyrsch in Person

    Dec 12, 2010

    Bay Area filmmaker Tom Wyrsch examines the history of San Francisco’s one-time seaside amusement park, Playland, whose origins dated back nearly a century before being torn down in 1972. Wyrsch appears in person at the Smith Rafael Film Center. More at cafilm.org.

  • December 9, 2010

    Lukitsch Pedals into the ‘Gap’

    Michael Fox
    Dec 8, 2010

    Laura Lukitsch's new project asks whether we can replace car culture with biking, public transportation and high-speed rail.

  • Home

    Lukitsch Pedals into the ‘Gap’

    Michael Fox
    Dec 8, 2010

    Laura Lukitsch's new project asks whether we can replace car culture with biking, public transportation and high-speed rail.

  • In Production

    Lukitsch Pedals into the ‘Gap’

    Michael Fox
    Dec 8, 2010

    Laura Lukitsch's new project asks whether we can replace car culture with biking, public transportation and high-speed rail.

  • 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.

  • News & Blogs

    SFFS/KRF Announce Fall 2010 Grant Recipients

    Dec 6, 2010

    Press release: The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the five winners of the fourth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants: Debbie Brubaker, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christopher Mason Johnson, Mike Ott and Morgan Wise. The grants are given twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. More at sffs.org.

  • 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

    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.'

  • Home

    Farley Frames Barrish, Candlestick Point

    Michael Fox
    Nov 17, 2010

    A longtime friendship grows into a film.

  • In Production

    Farley Frames Barrish, Candlestick Point

    Michael Fox
    Nov 17, 2010

    A longtime friendship grows into a film.

  • November 18, 2010

    Farley Frames Barrish, Candlestick Point

    Michael Fox
    Nov 17, 2010

    A longtime friendship grows into a film.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • Festivals

    New to SFIAF: Online Screening Room

    Andrew Provost
    Nov 13, 2010

    SFIAF's Online Screening Room gives the festival's animation another dimension.

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    New to SFIAF: Online Screening Room

    Andrew Provost
    Nov 13, 2010

    SFIAF's Online Screening Room gives the festival's animation another dimension.

  • November 18, 2010

    New to SFIAF: Online Screening Room

    Andrew Provost
    Nov 13, 2010

    SFIAF's Online Screening Room gives the festival's animation another dimension.

  • Festivals

    New to SFIAF: Online Screening Room

    Andrew Provost
    Nov 13, 2010

    SFIAF's Online Screening Room gives the festival's animation another dimension.

  • Home

    New to SFIAF: Online Screening Room

    Andrew Provost
    Nov 13, 2010

    SFIAF's Online Screening Room gives the festival's animation another dimension.

  • November 18, 2010

    New to SFIAF: Online Screening Room

    Andrew Provost
    Nov 13, 2010

    SFIAF's Online Screening Room gives the festival's animation another dimension.

  • 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.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists for SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

    Nov 11, 2010

    Press release: The San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. Finalists are Topaz Adizes, Eric Escobar, Brent Hoff, Roja Gashtili, Maryam Keshavarz, Beverly Kopf and Bobbi Birleffi, Paul Lobo Portuges, David Munro, Jennifer Phang and Dominac Mah. Honorable mention went to Richard Strasser. More at sffs.org.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • November 2, 2010

    Ed Burns Master Class and ‘Nice Guy Johnny’

    Nov 4, 2010

    The Roxie Theater hosts a San Francisco Film Society special presentation: Hollywood 2.0 is a discussion with Ed Burns on the making, marketing and distributing of his new film, ‘Nice Guy Johnny,’ which screens after the event. More at sffs.org.

  • November 2, 2010

    3rd I South Asian Film Festival

    Nov 3, 2010

    The latest cinema from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, U.K. and USA comprise the 8th annual 3rd I San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond. Opening night plays at VIZ Cinema before festival moves to the Brava Theater, and concludes at the Castro. Browse the films at thirdi.org.

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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

    'Left in the Dark' Photographer and Essayists in Person

    Oct 30, 2010

    Celebrations of photographer R.A. McBride’s and Julie Lindow's elegiac ‘Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres,' which features photographs cinemas of the past and present matched with scholarly essays on local industry themes, continue. Pacific Film Archive hosts a slide show presentation by McBride and readings by writers including Lindow, Katherine Petrin, Melinda Stone. More at bampfa.berkeley.edu.

  • 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.

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    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.'

  • 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.'

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • Home

    Charles Ferguson Solves ‘Inside Job’

    Michael Fox
    Oct 18, 2010

    Charles Ferguson offers intel on the world financial crisis with 'Inside Job.'

  • October 21, 2010

    Charles Ferguson Solves ‘Inside Job’

    Michael Fox
    Oct 18, 2010

    Charles Ferguson offers intel on the world financial crisis with 'Inside Job.'

  • Q & A

    Charles Ferguson Solves ‘Inside Job’

    Michael Fox
    Oct 18, 2010

    Charles Ferguson offers intel on the world financial crisis with 'Inside Job.'

  • October 12, 2010

    Tough Guys: Images of Jewish Gangsters in Film

    Oct 17, 2010

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival offer plenty to chew on in the series Tough Guys: Images of Jewish Gangsters in Film. Mervyn LeRoys’ ‘Little Caesar’ has Edward G. Robinson as an Italian gangster in a breakout performance. The series plays through the month of October. More at ybca.org.

  • Festivals

    SF Docfest Still Stranger than Fiction

    Matt Sussman
    Oct 15, 2010

    A critic offers not-to-be-missed entries in the ninth annual SF Docfest.

  • Home

    SF Docfest Still Stranger than Fiction

    Matt Sussman
    Oct 15, 2010

    A critic offers not-to-be-missed entries in the ninth annual SF Docfest.

  • October 21, 2010

    SF Docfest Still Stranger than Fiction

    Matt Sussman
    Oct 15, 2010

    A critic offers not-to-be-missed entries in the ninth annual SF Docfest.

  • October 12, 2010

    'Eatrip'

    Oct 15, 2010

    VIZ Cinema celebrates World Food Day with a screening of Yuri Yomura’s ‘Eatrip,’ a Japanese documentary exploring the detailed splendors of food preparation and, of course, consumption. A live broadcast connects Tokyo and San Francisco audiences as they say “Itadakimasu” ("I humbly receive") in unison to kick off the event. Audience members also receive an onigiri rice ball and complementary drink.

  • 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.

  • 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

    'Ferlinghetti'

    Oct 3, 2010

    Photographer Christopher Felver's documentary on the San Francisco poet and publisher played at the 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival and gets another date to capture the current 'Howl' fever. It plays at the Smith Rafael Film Center.

  • 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.

  • September 21, 2010

    Tom Shepard's 'Whiz Kids'

    Sep 25, 2010

    San Francisco producer and director Tom Shepard, along with New York filmmakers Tina DiFeliciantonio and Jane C. Wagner, present their new documentary, 'Whiz Kids,' about ambitious teenagers who compete in the Intel Science Talent Search, in person at the Balboa Theatre.

  • 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

    A 'Howl' Exclusive

    Sep 24, 2010

    'Howl' filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will host a Q&A and present the San Francisco opening of their new film at the Sundance Kabuki.

  • September 21, 2010

    NY/SF International Children's Film Festival

    Sep 24, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society and the New York International Children's Film Festival offer three days of films for kids, teens and their families, from 'Turtle—the Incredible Journey' (pictured) to Santosh Sivan's Kashmir story, 'Tahaan,' to shorts and animated films, kicking off Friday, September 24, with a kid-friendly opening night party at the Punch Line Comedy Club.

  • 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.

  • Home

    'Howl' Revisits Key Literary Chapter in SF History

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 23, 2010

    Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman offer insight into the making of 'Howl,' a movie about a poem and a time.

  • September 23, 2010

    'Howl' Revisits Key Literary Chapter in SF History

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 23, 2010

    Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman offer insight into the making of 'Howl,' a movie about a poem and a time.

  • September 21, 2010

    SF Irish Film Festival

    Sep 23, 2010

    The San Francisco Irish Film Festival offers Roxie audiences three days of contemporary Irish cinema, including features, documentaries and short films paired with free pints of Irish cider. Closing night film 'His & Hers' won the Cinematography Award at Sundance 2010.

  • Home

    Lixin Fan's 'Train' Arrives

    Michael Fox
    Sep 20, 2010

    The creator of award-winning documentary 'Last Train Home' speaks about the new China.

  • Q & A

    Lixin Fan's 'Train' Arrives

    Michael Fox
    Sep 20, 2010

    The creator of award-winning documentary 'Last Train Home' speaks about the new China.

  • September 23, 2010

    Lixin Fan's 'Train' Arrives

    Michael Fox
    Sep 20, 2010

    The creator of award-winning documentary 'Last Train Home' speaks about the new China.

  • September 14, 2010

    San Francisco Latino Film Festival

    Sep 20, 2010

    The San Francisco Latino Film Festival, which runs through September 26, kicks off this week with a screening of director Javier Fuentes-Léon's 'Contracorriente' at the Roxie.

  • 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.'

  • 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.

  • 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

    Infinite City: Cinema City

    Sep 9, 2010

    SFMOMA has mapped out a set of unique events in conjunction the upcoming release of Rebecca Solnit's new book, 'Infinite City: a San Francisco Atlas.' Thursday, September 9, 'Housing Shadows and Projecting Fog' screens Christian Bruno's work-in-progress film about the Strand movie theater as well as Andy Black and Sam Green's atmospheric 'Fog City.' Saturday, September 11, a Film Crawl through a variety of San Francisco moviehouses—from the Balboa (where Ernie Gehr's 'Cotton Candy,' right, plays at noon) to the Roxie—offers an historic tour of the city's cinema history. More at SFMOMA: http://www.sfmoma.org/events/1722.

  • Home

    Mallimson surveys 'Edge of the Wild' on San Bruno Mountain

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2010

    A filmmaker shows environmentalists who are changing the way we as Americans relate to nature.

  • In Production

    Mallimson surveys 'Edge of the Wild' on San Bruno Mountain

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2010

    A filmmaker shows environmentalists who are changing the way we as Americans relate to nature.

  • September 9 2010

    Mallimson surveys 'Edge of the Wild' on San Bruno Mountain

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2010

    A filmmaker shows environmentalists who are changing the way we as Americans relate to nature.

  • August 24, 2010

    One Last Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Aug 28, 2010

    The San Francisco movie theater landmark Clay Theatre hosts one last screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show along with the Bawdy Caste before closing its doors for good this weekend.

  • 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.

  • August 24, 2010

    'Micmacs' at the Red Vic

    Aug 25, 2010

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet's San Francisco International Film Festival opening night film, an arms-trade satire, plays at the Red Vic this week. It's a visually intoxicating story of a man who finds acceptance with a group of creative, scrap-heap dwelling misfits.

  • 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 26 ,2010

    'Army of Crime' Revisits the Not-Always French Resistance

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 20, 2010

    'Army of Crime’s' portraits in heroism remain admirably restrained, unlike so many Resistance fantasies.

  • Home

    'Army of Crime' Revisits the Not-Always French Resistance

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 20, 2010

    'Army of Crime’s' portraits in heroism remain admirably restrained, unlike so many Resistance fantasies.

  • Reviews

    'Army of Crime' Revisits the Not-Always French Resistance

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 20, 2010

    'Army of Crime’s' portraits in heroism remain admirably restrained, unlike so many Resistance fantasies.

  • 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 19 2010

    Maoz Speaks of the Limits of Language in 'Lebanon'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 16, 2010

    The Lebanon War of 1982 informs Samuel Maoz's 'Lebanon.'

  • Home

    Maoz Speaks of the Limits of Language in 'Lebanon'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 16, 2010

    The Lebanon War of 1982 informs Samuel Maoz's 'Lebanon.'

  • Q & A

    Maoz Speaks of the Limits of Language in 'Lebanon'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 16, 2010

    The Lebanon War of 1982 informs Samuel Maoz's 'Lebanon.'

  • August 19 2010

    Maoz Speaks of the Limits of Language in 'Lebanon'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 16, 2010

    The Lebanon War of 1982 informs Samuel Maoz's 'Lebanon.'

  • Home

    Maoz Speaks of the Limits of Language in 'Lebanon'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 16, 2010

    The Lebanon War of 1982 informs Samuel Maoz's 'Lebanon.'

  • Q & A

    Maoz Speaks of the Limits of Language in 'Lebanon'

    Jessica Sapick
    Aug 16, 2010

    The Lebanon War of 1982 informs Samuel Maoz's 'Lebanon.'

  • August 19 2010

    Back with a 'Vengeance'

    Matt Sussman
    Aug 13, 2010

    Johnnie To delivers on his trademark themes with 'Vengeance.'

  • Home

    Back with a 'Vengeance'

    Matt Sussman
    Aug 13, 2010

    Johnnie To delivers on his trademark themes with 'Vengeance.'

  • Reviews

    Back with a 'Vengeance'

    Matt Sussman
    Aug 13, 2010

    Johnnie To delivers on his trademark themes with 'Vengeance.'

  • August 19 2010

    Back with a 'Vengeance'

    Matt Sussman
    Aug 13, 2010

    Johnnie To delivers on his trademark themes with 'Vengeance.'

  • Home

    Back with a 'Vengeance'

    Matt Sussman
    Aug 13, 2010

    Johnnie To delivers on his trademark themes with 'Vengeance.'

  • Reviews

    Back with a 'Vengeance'

    Matt Sussman
    Aug 13, 2010

    Johnnie To delivers on his trademark themes with 'Vengeance.'

  • 08-12-10

    Sausalito Film Festival Views New Horizons

    Adam Hartzell
    Aug 12, 2010

    Run, walk, bike, or bus to Sausalito for a festival filled with environmental (and other) surprises. The Sausalito Film Festival at Cavallo Point offers an impressive natural/urban backdrop to complement the worlds on view inside its theaters. Situated in the less-crowded film festival calendar space of August, it offers residents of the Bay Area ample room for their eyes to roam, with gorgeous vistas to greet those coming and going from its two restored theaters, the Mission Blue and Callippe. (Cavallo Point, a backdrop for the 22nd century in Star Trek: Enterprise, also provides a view of the San Francisco that will never get old.)

  • Home

    Sausalito Film Festival Views New Horizons

    Adam Hartzell
    Aug 12, 2010

    Run, walk, bike, or bus to Sausalito for a festival filled with environmental (and other) surprises. The Sausalito Film Festival at Cavallo Point offers an impressive natural/urban backdrop to complement the worlds on view inside its theaters. Situated in the less-crowded film festival calendar space of August, it offers residents of the Bay Area ample room for their eyes to roam, with gorgeous vistas to greet those coming and going from its two restored theaters, the Mission Blue and Callippe. (Cavallo Point, a backdrop for the 22nd century in Star Trek: Enterprise, also provides a view of the San Francisco that will never get old.)

  • August 10 2010

    'Madame Butterfly' in High-Def

    Aug 12, 2010

    As a final curtain call for the summer-long Grand Opera Cinema Series, the California Film Institute and San Francisco opera present a chance to see an encore high -definition recording of Madame Butterfly at the Rafael Film Center on August 12-14.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    SF Jewish Film Festival Lights 30 Candles

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2010

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival finds fans beyond its identity-based target audience with a wide array of international films and topics.

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    SF Jewish Film Festival Lights 30 Candles

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2010

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival finds fans beyond its identity-based target audience with a wide array of international films and topics.

  • 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

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival Speaks Volumes

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 15, 2010

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival offers its now expected collection of rare finds, live music and early film amazements

  • Festivals

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival Speaks Volumes

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 15, 2010

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival offers its now expected collection of rare finds, live music and early film amazements

  • Home

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival Speaks Volumes

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 15, 2010

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival offers its now expected collection of rare finds, live music and early film amazements

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    Frameline34, a Festival Refreshed

    Matt Sussman
    Jun 25, 2010

    Critical consensus on Frameline34 marks it a good year. The audience wanted something different, and the festival has largely obliged.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    Frameline34 Focuses on Warhol and Worlds of LGBT Cinema

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 17, 2010

    Frameline34 takes a fresh look at Andy Warhol's world while offering a view to the world of international LGBT cinema 2010.

  • Q & A

    On the Road with 'Joan,' Stern and Sundberg Talk Big Picture

    Michael Fox
    Jun 14, 2010

    The makers of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work speak about their latest, as well as the state of documentary filmmaking.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • News & Blogs

    Festivals from Cannes to Marfa, San Francisco Filmmakers Reporting

    Emile Bokaer, Cynthia Mitchell
    May 21, 2010

    Bay Area filmmakers report back from film festivals far (Cannes) and wide (Marfa).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Griffin and Jordan Getting Nails Done

    Michael Fox
    May 12, 2010

    Today s fun fact: San Francisco has more nail salons per capita than any city in the country.

  • 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

    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

    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: Golden Gate Awards and Juried Prizes/Grants Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2010

    Cash prizes totaling nearly $300,000 for filmmakers highlighted the San Francisco International Film Festival s Golden Gate Awards Wednesday night.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: Golden Gate Awards and Juried Prizes/Grants Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2010

    Cash prizes totaling nearly $300,000 for filmmakers highlighted the San Francisco International Film Festival s Golden Gate Awards Wednesday night.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: War Stories

    Matt Sussman
    May 5, 2010

    Films about our species enduring capacity to be inhumane toward its own are perennials at festivals, and will be so as long as wars are waged.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: War Stories

    Matt Sussman
    May 5, 2010

    Films about our species enduring capacity to be inhumane toward its own are perennials at festivals, and will be so as long as wars are waged.

  • 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.

  • Q & A

    Behind the Music with 'Simonal'

    Julia Barbosa
    May 3, 2010

    The documentary Simonal: No One Knows How Tough it Was explores the polemic surrounding a man considered by many to be the greatest singer in Brazilian history.

  • Q & A

    Behind the Music with 'Simonal'

    Julia Barbosa
    May 3, 2010

    The documentary Simonal: No One Knows How Tough it Was explores the polemic surrounding a man considered by many to be the greatest singer in Brazilian history.

  • 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.'

  • 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.'

  • Q & A

    New York-set Charlie Barker's Big S.F. Break

    Michael Fox
    May 2, 2010

    Along with selfless sacrifices and random luck, low-budget independent films often depend on the timely intervention of an angel.

  • Q & A

    New York-set Charlie Barker's Big S.F. Break

    Michael Fox
    May 2, 2010

    Along with selfless sacrifices and random luck, low-budget independent films often depend on the timely intervention of an angel.

  • 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: 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 Reports: California Dreamin' at Film Society Awards Night

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 30, 2010

    San Francisco itself took a lead role at Film Society Awards Night, the dinner and awards program benefiting the Film Society s year-round Youth Education initiative.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53 Reports: California Dreamin' at Film Society Awards Night

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 30, 2010

    San Francisco itself took a lead role at Film Society Awards Night, the dinner and awards program benefiting the Film Society s year-round Youth Education initiative.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53: 'At the Movies' with Roger Ebert

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 30, 2010

    You know someone is well liked when they re used as the standard by which you fall short.

  • 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: 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

    Local Filmmakers In SFIFF Spotlight

    Michael Fox
    Apr 27, 2010

    Leland Orser saw his first movie at the Alexandria, and Joshua Grannell initially established himself as a S.F. character via his alter ego Peaches Christ.

  • Festivals

    Local Filmmakers In SFIFF Spotlight

    Michael Fox
    Apr 27, 2010

    Leland Orser saw his first movie at the Alexandria, and Joshua Grannell initially established himself as a S.F. character via his alter ego Peaches Christ.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Q & A

    Hernandez's Guilty Verdict

    Michael Fox
    Apr 26, 2010

    If there's a sure-fire crowd-pleaser in this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, it s Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith's Presumed Guilty.

  • Q & A

    Hernandez's Guilty Verdict

    Michael Fox
    Apr 26, 2010

    If there's a sure-fire crowd-pleaser in this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, it s Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith's Presumed Guilty.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF s Porchlight On For Guests

    Michael Fox
    Apr 24, 2010

    Ch‚ Sandoval of Chile, Kaspar Astrup Schroder of Denmark, Pedro Gonzal‚z-Rubio of Mexico, John Herschend and Claudia Gonson don t have much in common except stories to tell.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF s Porchlight On For Guests

    Michael Fox
    Apr 24, 2010

    Ch‚ Sandoval of Chile, Kaspar Astrup Schroder of Denmark, Pedro Gonzal‚z-Rubio of Mexico, John Herschend and Claudia Gonson don t have much in common except stories to tell.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53 Reports: The Butcher Block; Opening Night

    SF360
    Apr 24, 2010

    To be from the Bay Area and called The Butcher Brothers might mean you get mixed up with purveyors of grass fed meats.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    'It Came from Kuchar,' 'La Mission' in Theatres

    sf360
    Apr 16, 2010

    Bay Area-made and Mission-inspired, Peter Bratt's La Mission joins Jennifer Kroot's wild and woolly It Came from Kuchar in Bay Area theaters this week.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Can-Can Do: Silent Shooting at the Victoria

    Jane Riccobono
    Apr 13, 2010

    The Victoria Theater is shut up tight, with no sign of life. After a few raps on the door, a woman peeks out and leads me inside.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Streetfilms' Two-Wheeled Revolution

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 31, 2010

    Pedestrians have always propelled cinema narratives, but the bicycle has rarely had a starring role.

  • In Production

    Nuclear Family Secrets in Silvia's Atomic Mom

    Michael Fox
    Mar 30, 2010

    One of the oldest points of contention in documentary is whether the camera s presence alters the subject s behavior.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Q & A

    Borshay Liem's Double Exposure of Korean Adoptions

    Michael Fox
    Mar 12, 2010

    Deann Borshay Liem's 1999 doc First Person Plural recounted her experience as an orphaned Korean adoptee raised in an East Bay suburb.

  • Festivals

    28th SF Int'l Asian American Film Festival

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 10, 2010

    The Center for Asian American Media, formerly known as NAATA and founded to nurture Asian American filmmakers as well as counter ethnic stereotypes, has accomplished that and more.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    San Francisco Cinematheque's Spring Action

    Max Goldberg
    Feb 10, 2010

    The spring edition of the Cinematheque calendar is making the rounds, and my copy is dog-eared with wishful thinking. Grab your datebook for a rundown.

  • Q & A

    Scott MacDonald on Art in Cinema at SFMoMA

    Max Goldberg
    Feb 7, 2010

    The film historian looks back at Frank Stauffacher's seminal mid-century series, which hatched a Bay Area avant-garde.

  • Festivals

    Mostly British and Very Entertaining

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 4, 2010

    Tragically underrepresented in the Bay Area's densely packed world of globally oriented film festivals is the land(s) of our erstwhile colonial rulers!

  • Festivals

    Words from Sundance Staffers: Michael Lyons

    Hilary Hart
    Jan 28, 2010

    Hilary Hart, who annually holds down the late-night shift at the Egyptian at Sundance, offers interviews with fellow workers at the festival.

  • Festivals

    Words from Sundance Staffers: Jon Ho

    Hilary Hart
    Jan 28, 2010

    Hilary Hart, who annually holds down the late-night shift at the Egyptian at Sundance, offers interviews with fellow workers at the festival.

  • Festivals

    Words from Sundance Staffers: Krissy Bailey

    Hilary Hart
    Jan 27, 2010

    Hilary Hart, who annually holds down the late-night shift at the Egyptian at Sundance, offers interviews with fellow workers at the festival.

  • Reviews

    The Greatest Finds of My Generation

    Susan Gerhard
    Jan 26, 2010

    The harsh glare of the spotlight that brought Howl mixed reviews from critics on opening night of Sundance had melted into a warm glow by Saturday.

  • Festivals

    Words from Sundance Staffers: Landon Zakheim

    Hilary Hart
    Jan 21, 2010

    Hilary Hart, who annually holds down the late-night shift at the Egyptian at Sundance, offers interviews with fellow workers at the festival.

  • In Production

    Joe Graham's Soulful 'Strapped'

    Michael Fox
    Jan 19, 2010

    "I wish gay cinema would die", Joe Graham declares. It s not queer movies the San Francisco filmmaker hates, but categories and pigeonholing.

  • Q & A

    Michael House's Translation of Tati at YBCA

    Michael Guillen
    Jan 17, 2010

    Riding the crest of the Tati tsunami hitting our shores is The Magnificent Tati by Michael House, who lived in S.F. for 12 years before moving to Paris.

  • Q & A

    Steven Severin On His Silent Spring

    Michael Read
    Jan 8, 2010

    Once known primarily as the co-founder and bassist of the influential punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees, Steven Severin now follows his muse in many directions.

  • Q & A

    Steven Severin On His Silent Spring

    Michael Read
    Jan 8, 2010

    Once known primarily as the co-founder and bassist of the influential punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees, Steven Severin now follows his muse in many directions.

  • Q & A

    Jennifer Phang On Half-Life and Identity

    Judy Stone
    Jan 8, 2010

    Jennifer Phang has experienced more than enough culture shocks in her life to empathize with the identity challenges of the characters in her debut feature.

  • Reviews

    Citizen Critics' New Outlets, Challenges in 2009

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 2, 2010

    The silver lining to a decade that saw traditional critics in conventional media dwindle? The explosion of socially networked citizen critics.

  • Story Structure

    Best Practices For Naming Sequences

    Karen Everett
    Dec 30, 2009

    For handy access to your most valuable footage, here s a method of organizing sequences.

  • In Production

    Bay Area Narrative Filmmakers Thriving in Doc Capital

    Michael Fox
    Dec 23, 2009

    Michael Fox shows independent filmmakers who are thriving in the Bay Area.

  • Q & A

    David Thomson Revisits 'Psycho's' Critical Moment

    Michael Fox
    Dec 14, 2009

    David Thomson's new book commemorates the golden anniversary of Hitchcock's "Psycho."

  • In Production

    Legal Eagle Eye Kristine Enea Zooms 'Off the Grid'

    Michael Fox
    Dec 8, 2009

    Kristine Enea's documentary shows The EcoCenter, a San Francisco environmental educational facility that treats and recycles wastewater and generates its own solar power.

  • In Production

    Legal Eagle Eye Kristine Enea Zooms 'Off the Grid'

    Michael Fox
    Dec 8, 2009

    Kristine Enea's documentary shows The EcoCenter, a San Francisco environmental educational facility that treats and recycles wastewater and generates its own solar power.

  • Q & A

    Catherine Galasso's 'Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice'

    Michael Fox
    Dec 7, 2009

    Catherine Galasso talks about her performance piece Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice, which features dance, theater and projected video.

  • Story Structure

    Sequence Names

    Karen Everett
    Dec 1, 2009

    The Edit Room: Karen Everett shares tips on how to track multiple versions of Final Cut Pro projects and sequences.

  • Q & A

    David Sherman and Wasteland Utopias

    Michael Fox
    Nov 30, 2009

    In town for the premiere of Wasteland Utopias, the artist, curator and administrative director of Canyon Cinema gives us the scoop on Wilhelm Reich and other shadowy figures.

  • Reviews

    New Social Issue Dramas from Rainin Grant-Winners

    Michael Fox
    Nov 24, 2009

    The scoop on the projects of the inaugural class for the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, which support lively, intelligent social-issue narrative films.

  • Festivals

    New Italian Cinema's Fact, Fiction, Fascination

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 12, 2009

    The 13th New Italian Cinema festival finds the political and personal mixing more frequently than you'd find in any assortment of U.S. narrative films.

  • Festivals

    New Italian Cinema's Fact, Fiction, Fascination

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 12, 2009

    The 13th New Italian Cinema festival finds the political and personal mixing more frequently than you'd find in any assortment of U.S. narrative films.

  • Q & A

    Russell Merritt at the SF International Animation Festival

    Sura Wood
    Nov 9, 2009

    A conversation on Walt Disney's Alice Comedies with a lively raconteur and Professor of Film Studies at UC Berkeley.

  • Q & A

    Russell Merritt at the SF International Animation Festival

    Sura Wood
    Nov 9, 2009

    A conversation on Walt Disney's Alice Comedies with a lively raconteur and Professor of Film Studies at UC Berkeley.

  • Festivals

    A Tour Through the 2009 Taiwan Film Days

    Adam Hartzell
    Nov 5, 2009

    For three days, the SFFS offers a chance to see contemporary Taiwanese cinema beyond the work of the usual Taiwanese film masters.

  • Festivals

    A Tour Through the 2009 Taiwan Film Days

    Adam Hartzell
    Nov 5, 2009

    For three days, the SFFS offers a chance to see contemporary Taiwanese cinema beyond the work of the usual Taiwanese film masters.

  • Q & A

    Parker and di Napoli on Parody and High Art

    Adam Hartzell
    Nov 1, 2009

    Bay Area locals Jonathan Parker and Catherine di Napoli discuss (Untitled), a hilarious romp through the world of conceptual art and atonal music.

  • Q & A

    Parker and di Napoli on Parody and High Art

    Adam Hartzell
    Nov 1, 2009

    Bay Area locals Jonathan Parker and Catherine di Napoli discuss (Untitled), a hilarious romp through the world of conceptual art and atonal music.

  • Festivals

    French Cinema Now—and then

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 29, 2009

    Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows is being revived as part of San Francisco Film Society’s second annual French Cinema Now festival, which runs the week of October 29 through November 4 at the city’s Clay Theatre.

  • Q & A

    Robert Mailer Anderson on Mendo Madness of 'Pig Hunt'

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 26, 2009

    After ripping it up at various genre fests, the Bay Area indie horror flick settles in for a theatrical run at the Red Vic.

  • Q & A

    'Sorry, Thanks' Lavishes Love on the Mission

    Michael Fox
    Oct 24, 2009

    From the steep slope of 22nd Street down to La Taqueria, from the Attic to Boogaloos, this droll feature showcases the Mission to glowing advantage.

  • Reviews

    Remembering Chick Strand

    Max Goldberg
    Oct 23, 2009

    Chick Strand, a crucial pioneer of West Coast experimental cinema, died July 11 at 78.

  • Festivals

    SFFS's Debut Cinema by the Bay

    Robert Avila
    Oct 22, 2009

    A new, four-day showcase of local filmmaking doubles as a forum for the region's influence as subject and setting for filmmakers beyond the bay.

  • Festivals

    SFFS's Debut Cinema by the Bay

    Robert Avila
    Oct 22, 2009

    A new, four-day showcase of local filmmaking doubles as a forum for the region's influence as subject and setting for filmmakers beyond the bay.

  • In Production

    Anne, Anne, Anne: McGuire Comes Alive

    Michael Fox
    Oct 20, 2009

    Anne McGuire finds the beauty in the strange, and the strangeness in the beautiful. That's not perversity, people; that's poetry.

  • In Production

    Anne, Anne, Anne: McGuire Comes Alive

    Michael Fox
    Oct 20, 2009

    Anne McGuire finds the beauty in the strange, and the strangeness in the beautiful. That's not perversity, people; that's poetry.

  • Festivals

    What's up, DocFest?

    Robert Avila
    Oct 14, 2009

    Fans of the San Francisco festival, now in its eighth year, have developed a well-honed appreciation for the eccentric.

  • Reviews

    San Francisco Cinematheque Fall Program Underway

    Max Goldberg
    Oct 3, 2009

    A year after Jonathan Marlow took the helm as executive director, the organization is showing fresh signs of life.

  • Reviews

    Heddy Honigmann and the Art of Interview

    Max Goldberg
    Oct 2, 2009

    With the Netherlands-based filmmaker's latest portrait in resilience, Oblivion, opening Friday, it's a good time to celebrate one of documentary's most engaging storytellers.

  • Reviews

    Heddy Honigmann and the Art of Interview

    Max Goldberg
    Oct 2, 2009

    With the Netherlands-based filmmaker's latest portrait in resilience, Oblivion, opening Friday, it's a good time to celebrate one of documentary's most engaging storytellers.

  • In Production

    Montalbano's "The Recondite Heart"

    Michael Fox
    Sep 29, 2009

    East Bay filmmaker Miles Montalbano is in preproduction on dark coming-of-age story The Recondite Heart, his followup to his lauded debut, Revolution Summer.

  • Q & A

    Franny Armstrong's S.O.S. to the World

    Sean Uyehara
    Sep 19, 2009

    Franny Armstrong talks about the moral imperative of her films, the importance of Hopenhagen, and the unexpected magnitude of her success.

  • Q & A

    Franny Armstrong's S.O.S. to the World

    Sean Uyehara
    Sep 19, 2009

    Franny Armstrong talks about the moral imperative of her films, the importance of Hopenhagen, and the unexpected magnitude of her success.

  • Q & A

    Cory McAbee and 'Stingray Sam'

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 13, 2009

    High-concept cabaret-act favorite in the Bay Area who sidelines as a filmmaker, Cory McAbee (The American Astronaut) speaks about his latest, Stingray Sam.

  • Reviews

    William Klein's Restless Mind

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 9, 2009

    The movies of William Klein are suffused with the same impudence, social commentary and aesthetic surprise found in his photos.

  • Q & A

    Ellen Schneider's Active Voice

    Michael Fox
    Aug 31, 2009

    Ellen Schneider speaks on the impact of social-issue documentaries and her San Francisco-based strategic communications company Active Voice.

  • Q & A

    Ellen Schneider's Active Voice

    Michael Fox
    Aug 31, 2009

    Ellen Schneider speaks on the impact of social-issue documentaries and her San Francisco-based strategic communications company Active Voice.

  • Reviews

    Kim Longinotto and Women Make Movies Film Festival

    Adam Hartzell
    Aug 27, 2009

    A mini-retrospective of the work of Kim Longinotto plays during the Women Make Movies Film Festival at the Roxie.

  • Q & A

    How Scary Cow co-op is making indie filmmaking in SF a little less frightening

    Elizabeth Rader
    Aug 2, 2009

    Jager McConnell speaks about Scary Cow, a filmmakers' co-op that offers experience, people, money and equipment to aspiring filmmakers with ideas to burn.

  • Reviews

    'Lion's Den' and '24 City'

    Susan Gerhard
    Jul 31, 2009

    Veteran filmmakers Pablo Trapero and Jia Zhang-ke complicate their genres with Lion's Den and 24 City.

  • Reviews

    'Howl' is Poetry in Post

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2009

    Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman combine live-action period drama and animation in retelling of Ginsburg's Howl

  • Reviews

    Whip-smart, Witty 'In the Loop'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 23, 2009

    Director Armando Iannucci's razor-sharp satire is about how the politics of spin can determine critical decisions on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Q & A

    Anita Monga and the SF Silent Film Festival

    Sura Wood
    Jul 11, 2009

    During her tenure at the venerable Castro Theatre, film programmer Anita Monga made her mark shepherding the venue to international prominence.

  • In Production

    Weissman's 'Heartbreak and Heroism'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2009

    David Weissman speaks on his new project, Heartbreak and Heroism, revisiting the early years of the AIDS outbreak in San Francisco.

  • Story Structure

    Story Structures that Funders Love

    Karen Everett
    Jun 29, 2009

    The Edit Room: I decided to set my New Doc Editing research team on a mission to find out what structural models are getting funded these days.

  • Q & A

    Richard Levien, from 'Immersion' to 'La Migra'

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 29, 2009

    New Zealand transplant Richard Levien, a longstanding fixture of the San Francisco indie film community, breaks out of the editing room with Immersion.

  • Q & A

    Richard Levien, from 'Immersion' to 'La Migra'

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jun 29, 2009

    New Zealand transplant Richard Levien, a longstanding fixture of the San Francisco indie film community, breaks out of the editing room with Immersion.

  • Q & A

    Cronenwett's 'Maggots and Men' at Frameline

    Michael Fox
    Jun 20, 2009

    A case could be made that Cary Cronenwett's Maggots and Men isn't just the most unique work in Frameline33, but of any festival all year.

  • Q & A

    Tom Shepard's 'Whiz Kids' Blinding with Science

    Michael Fox
    Jun 14, 2009

    Tom Shepard revisits the overachieving, hyper-ambitious world of science-obsessed high school seniors in his new film, Whiz Kids.

  • Q & A

    Miller Brothers Touch Home at AT&T Park

    Michael Fox
    Jun 2, 2009

    The Miller brothers take their memoir-release to the local ballpark.

  • Q & A

    Miller Brothers Touch Home at AT&T Park

    Michael Fox
    Jun 2, 2009

    The Miller brothers take their memoir-release to the local ballpark.

  • In Production

    Dinner and a Movie Discussion: Igor Sinyak

    Michael Fox
    May 24, 2009

    Michael Fox interviews Igor Sinyak, founder of Subtitles & Subtleties, about his dinner and a movie discussion forum.

  • Festivals

    Bruce Goldstein: From NY to SF to 'Con'

    Judy Stone
    May 17, 2009

    Bruce Goldstein recalls his adventures in film land as he prepares to host the Con Film Festival at the Film Forum in New York.

  • Festivals

    Bruce Goldstein: From NY to SF to 'Con'

    Judy Stone
    May 17, 2009

    Bruce Goldstein recalls his adventures in film land as he prepares to host the Con Film Festival at the Film Forum in New York.

  • Reviews

    Elliot Lavine: 'I Wake Up Dreaming'

    Sura Wood
    May 11, 2009

    Elliot Lavine, a Bay Area film scene fixture, returns to The Roxie to curate I Wake Up Dreaming: The Haunted World of the B Film Noir, a series of 28 lowdown and tawdry films.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Keeping Scores

    Marc Capelle
    May 11, 2009

    Marc Capelle's ode to Westerns and Buddy films as well as noteworthy festival scores.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Golden Gate Awards Uncorked, SFFS/KRF Grant Winner Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 7, 2009

    SFIFF handed out approximately $100,000 and announced the winner San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant during its Golden Gate Awards.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Golden Gate Awards Uncorked, SFFS/KRF Grant Winner Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    May 7, 2009

    SFIFF handed out approximately $100,000 and announced the winner San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant during its Golden Gate Awards.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Dinosaurs, Disease, and Delirium

    Robert Avila
    May 7, 2009

    The Lost World, the 1925 silent fantasy

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Planet Armstrong

    Lynn Rapoport
    May 6, 2009

    Franny Armstrong's The Age of Stupid is a documentary encased like a time capsule inside a fictive but science-based, frighteningly possible future

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Planet Armstrong

    Lynn Rapoport
    May 6, 2009

    Franny Armstrong's The Age of Stupid is a documentary encased like a time capsule inside a fictive but science-based, frighteningly possible future

  • Story Structure

    Crafting an Elegant Essay Documentary

    Karen Everett
    May 4, 2009

    The Edit Room: How do you keep your audience engaged rather than putting them to sleep?

  • Festivals

    Local Makers Line Up Next Shot after SFIFF

    Michael Fox
    May 4, 2009

    The 2009 SFIFF has been a launching pad for the numerous Bay Area filmmaker

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Cataloguing California

    Jennifer Preissel
    May 4, 2009

    California Company Town, blends the sights and sounds of the state's economically depressed towns, industrial wastelands and failed utopian communities.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Coppola & Lucas at the Castro

    Dennis Harvey
    May 3, 2009

    An Evening with Francis Ford Coppola & Friends honored Coppola with the Founder Directing Award and included a moderated discussion with editing/sound design genius Walter Murch, director Carroll Ballard, scenarist-turned-director Matthew Robbins, and George Lucas.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Wilkerson's Proving Strong

    David Winks Gray
    May 2, 2009

    On May Day Eve, Travis Wilkerson performed Proving Ground, probably the first multimedia Leninist rant to have ever graced the Sundance Kabuki.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Wilkerson's Proving Strong

    David Winks Gray
    May 2, 2009

    On May Day Eve, Travis Wilkerson performed Proving Ground, probably the first multimedia Leninist rant to have ever graced the Sundance Kabuki.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Five Reasons why SF Loves Coppola

    Justin Juul
    May 1, 2009

    The San Francisco Film Society awarded Francis Ford Coppola the Founder & Directing Award this week. Justin Juul offers us five reasons why San Francisco loves Coppola.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Five Reasons why SF Loves Coppola

    Justin Juul
    May 1, 2009

    The San Francisco Film Society awarded Francis Ford Coppola the Founder & Directing Award this week. Justin Juul offers us five reasons why San Francisco loves Coppola.

  • Reviews

    Film Society Awards: Ballard, Coppola, Redford and Toback

    Susan Gerhard
    May 1, 2009

    The San Francisco Film Society honored Francis Ford Coppola, Carroll Ballard, Robert Redford and James Toback. Coppola surprised the audience by turning over the Founder's Directing Award he received to longtime colleague Carroll Ballard.

  • Reviews

    Film Society Awards: Ballard, Coppola, Redford and Toback

    Susan Gerhard
    May 1, 2009

    The San Francisco Film Society honored Francis Ford Coppola, Carroll Ballard, Robert Redford and James Toback. Coppola surprised the audience by turning over the Founder's Directing Award he received to longtime colleague Carroll Ballard.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West'

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 30, 2009

    Once Upon a Time in the West is grand, cynical, lavish and above all huge, Sergio Leone's penchant for the iconically gargantuan (perhaps at the willing expense of relatable human detail) expressed in ultimate form.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Robert Redford Accepts Owens Award

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 29, 2009

    Robert Redford braves the public and accepts the San Francisco International Film Festival's Peter J. Owens Award.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Portillo's 'Al Más Allá'

    David Winks Gray
    Apr 29, 2009

    Lourdes Portillo's partly autobiographical documentary Al Más Allá draws a laugh from the San Francisco International Film Festival crowd.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Robert Redford Accepts Owens Award

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 29, 2009

    Robert Redford braves the public and accepts the San Francisco International Film Festival's Peter J. Owens Award.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Portillo's 'Al Más Allá'

    David Winks Gray
    Apr 29, 2009

    Lourdes Portillo's partly autobiographical documentary Al Más Allá draws a laugh from the San Francisco International Film Festival crowd.

  • In Production

    SFIFF52: 'The Professionals' Unites Filmmakers

    Michael Fox
    Apr 28, 2009

    The Professionals an ambitious array of panels, case studies and discussions, makes its debut as a forum for encouraging Bay Area moviemakers to engage with guests and colleagues.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Mission, Midnight and Under the Influence

    Marc Capelle
    Apr 28, 2009

    Marc Capelle meets and greets with actress Gena Rowlands, composer Bo Harwood and other film mavens and mavericks at a post-screening party for Cassavette's A Woman Under the Influence and the Mission Awards

  • In Production

    SFIFF52: 'The Professionals' Unites Filmmakers

    Michael Fox
    Apr 28, 2009

    The Professionals an ambitious array of panels, case studies and discussions, makes its debut as a forum for encouraging Bay Area moviemakers to engage with guests and colleagues.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52 Blogs: Mission, Midnight and Under the Influence

    Marc Capelle
    Apr 28, 2009

    Marc Capelle meets and greets with actress Gena Rowlands, composer Bo Harwood and other film mavens and mavericks at a post-screening party for Cassavette's A Woman Under the Influence and the Mission Awards

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Lourdes Portillo, Persistence of Vision Award Recipient

    Robert Avila
    Apr 27, 2009

    The San Francisco-based and internationally acclaimed documentarian Lourdes Portillo speaks about her work; she wins the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival Persistence of Vision Award.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Lourdes Portillo, Persistence of Vision Award Recipient

    Robert Avila
    Apr 27, 2009

    The San Francisco-based and internationally acclaimed documentarian Lourdes Portillo speaks about her work; she wins the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival Persistence of Vision Award.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Chris Felver's "Ferlinghetti" Captures an Icon

    David Winks Gray
    Apr 26, 2009

    Chris Felver traces the life of antiauthoritarian Lawrence Ferlinghetti, owner of City Lights Books, from his days as a Navy serviceman in World War II through the landmark First Amendment trial in Ferlinghetti.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Yun Suh's "City of Borders"

    David Winks Gray
    Apr 26, 2009

    City of Borders, the debut film by Bay Area filmmaker Yun Suh, follows several Palestinian characters seeking refuge at a gay bar. The film testifies to the intolerance that members of the LGBTQ community face in addition to all of the other walls, physical and social, separating people in the region.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Yun Suh's "City of Borders"

    David Winks Gray
    Apr 26, 2009

    City of Borders, the debut film by Bay Area filmmaker Yun Suh, follows several Palestinian characters seeking refuge at a gay bar. The film testifies to the intolerance that members of the LGBTQ community face in addition to all of the other walls, physical and social, separating people in the region.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Jarmel and Schneider's "Speaking in Tongues"

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 25, 2009

    Jarmel and Schneider's Speaking in Tongues follows the stories of four public school children studying Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish along with their English.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Jarmel and Schneider's "Speaking in Tongues"

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 25, 2009

    Jarmel and Schneider's Speaking in Tongues follows the stories of four public school children studying Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish along with their English.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: "Lightness of Being" – Eight Wry Films

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 24, 2009

    The eight films in the San Francisco International Film Festival's Lightness of Being spotlight are Laila's Birthday, Small Crime, Mid-August Lunch, Every Little Step, (Untitled), In the Loop, Our Beloved Month of August and Still Walking.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: "Lightness of Being" – Eight Wry Films

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 24, 2009

    The eight films in the San Francisco International Film Festival's Lightness of Being spotlight are Laila's Birthday, Small Crime, Mid-August Lunch, Every Little Step, (Untitled), In the Loop, Our Beloved Month of August and Still Walking.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Peter Bratt's "La Mission"

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 23, 2009

    Peter Bratt's La Mission focuses on conflict within a family and a neighborhood, exploring what happens when a single father named Che learns a secret about his son that tests his love for his family and his community's love for him.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Peter Bratt's "La Mission"

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 23, 2009

    Peter Bratt's La Mission focuses on conflict within a family and a neighborhood, exploring what happens when a single father named Che learns a secret about his son that tests his love for his family and his community's love for him.

  • In Production

    SFIFF52: New Narrative Trend for Bay Area Cinema

    Michael Fox
    Apr 21, 2009

    Four independent narratives - La Mission, My Suicide, Everything Strange and New and (Untitled) - are adding to the Bay Area's repertoire, historically regarded as a breeding ground for documentary filmmakers.

  • In Production

    SFIFF52: New Narrative Trend for Bay Area Cinema

    Michael Fox
    Apr 21, 2009

    Four independent narratives - La Mission, My Suicide, Everything Strange and New and (Untitled) - are adding to the Bay Area's repertoire, historically regarded as a breeding ground for documentary filmmakers.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Jim Granato's "D tour"

    Dan Cowles
    Apr 19, 2009

    Local filmmaker Jim Granato, whose movie D tour follows the band Rogue Wave and its ailing drummer Pat Spurgeon, on tour and on dialysis, is competing for the San Francisco International Film Festival's Golden Gate Award in Documentary.

  • Reviews

    SFIFF52: Jim Granato's "D tour"

    Dan Cowles
    Apr 19, 2009

    Local filmmaker Jim Granato, whose movie D tour follows the band Rogue Wave and its ailing drummer Pat Spurgeon, on tour and on dialysis, is competing for the San Francisco International Film Festival's Golden Gate Award in Documentary.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Wisdom of the Underages

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Apr 16, 2009

    Where would cinema be without good, old-fashioned youthfulness? Hence: Youth Bring the Truth, a showcase for promising pre-adult media-makers including several local teenagers from this year's San Francisco International Film Festival.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Wisdom of the Underages

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Apr 16, 2009

    Where would cinema be without good, old-fashioned youthfulness? Hence: Youth Bring the Truth, a showcase for promising pre-adult media-makers including several local teenagers from this year's San Francisco International Film Festival.

  • In Production

    Holtzman: Psychedelic Cambodian Rock in 'Dengue Fever'

    Michael Fox
    Apr 15, 2009

    Zac Holtzman scores The Lost World with Dengue Fever, creating a sound that has been described as a psychedelic version of vintage Cambodian rock'n'roll, fueled by Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol's vocal stylings and Ethan Holtzman's organ and accordion shadings.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF52: Light and Saraf's 'Empress Hotel'

    David Winks Gray
    Apr 13, 2009

    Local filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf's latest film Empress Hotel delves into the lives of the residents at the titular building, a Tenderloin housing facility for the recently homeless. The film makes visible an area many city dwellers may only experience in the fringe of their consciousness and provides insight into the lives of the residents within.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF52: Light and Saraf's 'Empress Hotel'

    David Winks Gray
    Apr 13, 2009

    Local filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf's latest film Empress Hotel delves into the lives of the residents at the titular building, a Tenderloin housing facility for the recently homeless. The film makes visible an area many city dwellers may only experience in the fringe of their consciousness and provides insight into the lives of the residents within.

  • Reviews

    Walsh sets off on Rainer's parade

    Michael Fox
    Apr 9, 2009

    Bringing Rainer's work to a larger audience: Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, a feature-length documentary about the choreographer and experimental filmmaker.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and a 'New Muslim Cool'

    Sura Wood
    Apr 6, 2009

    Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's documentary, New Muslim Cool, focuses on Hamza Perez, a Catholic hip hop artist, who converted to Islam; whose life is now a crucible of disparate urban influences.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF52: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and a 'New Muslim Cool'

    Sura Wood
    Apr 6, 2009

    Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's documentary, New Muslim Cool, focuses on Hamza Perez, a Catholic hip hop artist, who converted to Islam; whose life is now a crucible of disparate urban influences.

  • Reviews

    Box set "Treasures" unearths buried avant-garde

    Michael Fox
    Apr 2, 2009

    National Film Preservation Foundation, Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986, is a splendid package of 26 films, drawn from New York and San Francisco.

  • Festivals

    SF International Film Festival Lineup

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 31, 2009

    The two weeks of programs offers 151 films from 55 countries, awards and prices, and a wide array of San Francisco talent, from legendary names to the fledgling artists.

  • Q & A

    Michael Jacobs 'Audience of One' at the Roxie

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 30, 2009

    Michael Jacobs talks about his documentary, which follows Pentecostal Pastor Richard Gazowsky engaged in the creation of an ambitious, multi-million dollar sci-fi-feature on God.

  • Q & A

    Michael Jacobs 'Audience of One' at the Roxie

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 30, 2009

    Michael Jacobs talks about his documentary, which follows Pentecostal Pastor Richard Gazowsky engaged in the creation of an ambitious, multi-million dollar sci-fi-feature on God.

  • Reviews

    William Kentridge at SFMOMA

    Robert Avila
    Mar 25, 2009

    The films of William Kentridge make up a significant and absorbing part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art enthralling survey of recent work by the acclaimed South African artist

  • Reviews

    William Kentridge at SFMOMA

    Robert Avila
    Mar 25, 2009

    The films of William Kentridge make up a significant and absorbing part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art enthralling survey of recent work by the acclaimed South African artist

  • In Production

    Kitchell on Another Hot Topic with Environmental Movement Doc

    Michael Fox
    Mar 24, 2009

    Mark Kitchell current project is an ambitious summation of the environmental movement, from the protests of the 1960s, the '70s focus on pollution, the Greenpeace campaigns and the global climate change.

  • Q & A

    Livin' la Vida Arnold with Lyndall Grant

    Justin Juul
    Mar 23, 2009

    When a challenge turns into opportunity: the Bay Area professional tribute artist talks about how he managed to leverage his striking similarity to Arnold Schwarzenegger into a successful acting career.

  • Festivals

    Connecting Here and There at the 27th SFIAAFF

    Matt Sussman
    Mar 20, 2009

    This year, the festival feels like it has truly arrived as an internationally recognized platform for cross-Pacific cinematic exchange, in this disparate cross-section of films from home, abroad and places in between.

  • Festivals

    Politics Get Personal in 'Project Kashmir'

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Mar 19, 2009

    Co-directors Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel, two American friends with family ties to opposite sides of the conflict, went to Kashmir together to see what they could learn–and what the rest of us could.

  • Festivals

    SXSW: From the Producer's Chair

    Holly Million
    Mar 17, 2009

    Holly Million reviews some of the documentaries shown at this year's festival: It Came >From Kuchar, MIne and Motherland.

  • Q & A

    The Buzz on H.P. Mendoza's 'Fruit Fly'

    Sura Wood
    Mar 9, 2009

    H.P. Mendoza talks about being a filmmaker in the Bay Area and the opening of his last musical, where he is both director and composer of the film 19 original songs.

  • Q & A

    'Medicine for Melancholy' in the City it Re-discovered

    Michael Fox
    Mar 5, 2009

    Barry Jenkins talks abut his background, making movies in San Francisco and the issues of black identity, assimilation and gentrification, which are at the heart of his film.

  • Q & A

    'Medicine for Melancholy' in the City it Re-discovered

    Michael Fox
    Mar 5, 2009

    Barry Jenkins talks abut his background, making movies in San Francisco and the issues of black identity, assimilation and gentrification, which are at the heart of his film.

  • Legal

    'Medicine for Melancholy' and the Art of DIY Legal Agreements

    George Rush
    Mar 3, 2009

    For many narrative filmmakers, hiring a lawyer is either an afterthought or not a financial reality, but moving forward with a film without considering legal is a huge mistake.

  • Reviews

    Epps Unearths Buried Alcatraz History

    Michael Fox
    Feb 23, 2009

    The Black Rock focuses on the African American prisoners and guards who lived on the island when it was a federal penitentiary.

  • Reviews

    Chantal Akerman's Everyday, and More, at SFMOMA

    Glen Helfand
    Feb 13, 2009

    With films that focus a patient eye on common human conditions, Belgian-born auteur Chantal Akerman is a formalist with heart–and global interests.

  • Festivals

    San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Feb 12, 2009

    The S.F. Silent Film Festival's Winter Event allows you to spend hours in the dark with the madcap movie entertainments of 80-plus years ago.

  • Reviews

    'Strand' Follows Thread to Rep Cinema's Glory Days

    Michael Fox
    Feb 3, 2009

    In Strand: A Natural History of Cinema, Christian Bruno pays homage to the pivotal and shifting role of movie theaters in San Francisco's cultural life.

  • Q & A

    SF Cinematheque: New Year, New Direction

    Susan Gerhard
    Feb 2, 2009

    SF360.org joined in on a conversation about Cinematheque's past and present when Steven Jenkins lunched with Jonathan Marlow at Caffe Centro.

  • Reviews

    Warhol's Screen Tests Get Dean & Britta Treatment

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 2, 2009

    13 Most BeautifulÉSongs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests offers a cherry-picking of the famous Warhol reels accompanied by live original-soundtracking.

  • News & Blogs

    Remembering Ave Montague

    Tim Etheridge
    Jan 31, 2009

    On January 24 the San Francisco film and arts community lost Ave Montague, who was well known for her hard work, creativity and passion for the arts.

  • News & Blogs

    Social Justice Filmmaking Grants Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    Jan 28, 2009

    Grants totaling $3 million for narrative feature films made in the Bay Area will be distributed by the SFFS and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

  • News & Blogs

    Social Justice Filmmaking Grants Announced

    Susan Gerhard
    Jan 28, 2009

    Grants totaling $3 million for narrative feature films made in the Bay Area will be distributed by the SFFS and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

  • In Production

    Veteran Berkeley Filmmaker's Baseball Doc

    Michael Fox
    Jan 28, 2009

    While ballplayers were relaxing in the off-season, Eugene Corr plowed ahead with his baseball documentary From Ghost Town to Havana.

  • Reviews

    Sundance '09: Award-Winners, Bloggers, and More

    Susan Gerhard
    Jan 26, 2009

    Susie Gerhard gives an overview of a festival moving back to the basics of art-making.

  • In Production

    A Composer Almost Ready for His Close-Up

    Michael Fox
    Jan 23, 2009

    Michael Fox looks behind the scenes of a film on the maverick Seattle composer-performer-inventor Trimpin.

  • First Person

    Funder as Supplicant

    John R. Killacky
    Jan 20, 2009

    First-Person: A program officer at the San Francisco Foundation has a sobering experience making a documentary.

  • Q & A

    Eddie Muller and Noir City

    Sura Wood
    Jan 18, 2009

    SF360.org spoke with Eddie Muller, who launched Noir City, an annual noir festival that has attracted an avid following in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • In Production

    'Tongues' Cracks the Language Barrier

    Michael Fox
    Jan 13, 2009

    The forthcoming film Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse local public-school students enrolled in language-immersion programs.

  • Reviews

    Autobio-Animation and the Horrors of War

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 6, 2009

    Waltz with Bashir is another animated feature that embraces a more grown-up story and audience than anything in the long history of "cartoons."

  • Reviews

    Autobio-Animation and the Horrors of War

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 6, 2009

    Waltz with Bashir is another animated feature that embraces a more grown-up story and audience than anything in the long history of "cartoons."

  • Q & A

    Tom E. Brown on 'Pushing Dead' and Stayin' Alive

    Michael Fox
    Dec 23, 2008

    Tom E. Brown talks about producing and funding Pushing Dead, a film about an HIV-positive writer forced to give up his daily drug regimen.

  • Funding

    From Gauche to Great

    Holly Million
    Dec 16, 2008

    Fear-Free Fundraising: Holly Million on how donor cultivation can make you a successful film fundraiser.

  • News & Blogs

    Québec Film Week's Unprovincial Pleasures

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 10, 2008

    Québec's thriving regional cinema is showcased in San Francisco Film Society's latest mini-festival addition to the annual Bay Area movie calendar.

  • News & Blogs

    Québec Film Week's Unprovincial Pleasures

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 10, 2008

    Québec's thriving regional cinema is showcased in San Francisco Film Society's latest mini-festival addition to the annual Bay Area movie calendar.

  • Q & A

    New at Frameline: K.C. Price

    Michael Fox
    Dec 8, 2008

    Frameline's new executive director discusses his non-profit background and graduate school pipe dream of being a novelist.

  • Q & A

    New at Frameline: K.C. Price

    Michael Fox
    Dec 8, 2008

    Frameline's new executive director discusses his non-profit background and graduate school pipe dream of being a novelist.

  • Q & A

    Sragow on 'An American Movie Master'

    Michael Fox
    Nov 30, 2008

    Former San Francisco Examiner film critic Michael Sragow talks about his newly released book Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master.

  • In Production

    Kroot's Planet Kuchar

    Michael Fox
    Nov 25, 2008

    Bay Area filmmaker Jennifer Kroot talks about her inspiration to make a documentary on legendary, underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar.

  • In Production

    Kroot's Planet Kuchar

    Michael Fox
    Nov 25, 2008

    Bay Area filmmaker Jennifer Kroot talks about her inspiration to make a documentary on legendary, underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar.

  • Q & A

    Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black on 'Milk'

    Michael Fox
    Nov 23, 2008

    Michael Fox chats with Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on the eve of Milk's much-anticipated theatrical release.

  • Festivals

    Sean Uyehara On the S.F. International Animation Festival

    Michael Guillen
    Nov 10, 2008

    If, in the ol' days, they were called "'toons," these days, some heavy-duty words are required to express the strength and breadth of contemporary animation.

  • Festivals

    Sean Uyehara On the S.F. International Animation Festival

    Michael Guillen
    Nov 10, 2008

    If, in the ol' days, they were called "'toons," these days, some heavy-duty words are required to express the strength and breadth of contemporary animation.

  • Reviews

    SF360 Film+Club: 'Silver Jew'

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 5, 2008

    Michael Tully's 51-minute documentary Silver Jew proves semi-revealing as it records the Jews' tour dates in the Holy Land itself.

  • Q & A

    David Thomson and 1,000 Unusual Suspects

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2008

    Film historian and essayist David Thomson talks to SF360 about his new book, Have You Seen . . . ? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films.

  • Reviews

    'Secrecy' Up For Debate

    Robert Avila
    Oct 22, 2008

    Robb Moss and Peter Galison's deliberative, atmospheric and engrossing documentary, Secrecy, puts democratic transparency to the test.

  • Reviews

    'Secrecy' Up For Debate

    Robert Avila
    Oct 22, 2008

    Robb Moss and Peter Galison's deliberative, atmospheric and engrossing documentary, Secrecy, puts democratic transparency to the test.

  • Festivals

    12th Arab Film Festival

    Robert Avila
    Oct 20, 2008

    In its 12th season, the country's first and largest independent exhibitor of Arab cinema has gotten to be one of the bigger small fests in the Bay Area.

  • Q & A

    Lance Hammer on Beauty and 'Ballast'

    Michael Guillen
    Oct 17, 2008

    Hammer discusses his debut feature premiered at Sundance to resounding critical fanfare, winning prizes for best director and cinematography.

  • In Production

    Making 'Howl' and 'Babnik'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 14, 2008

    Epstein and Friedman bring a poem to the screen, while a South Bay director goes Russian.

  • Legal

    Notes on Digital Distribution

    George Rush
    Oct 8, 2008

    Avoiding Disaster: George Rush offers tips on bridging the worlds of creativity and business.

  • Festivals

    SFFS's Inaugural French Cinema Now

    Max Goldberg
    Oct 7, 2008

    The SFFS has added a Gallic counterpart to its long-running New Italian Cinema series.

  • Festivals

    SFFS's Inaugural French Cinema Now

    Max Goldberg
    Oct 7, 2008

    The SFFS has added a Gallic counterpart to its long-running New Italian Cinema series.

  • Q & A

    Jack Stevenson on 'The Superstars Next Door'

    Matt Sussman
    Oct 6, 2008

    Freelance curator and film fanatic Jack Stevenson brings grainy reels documenting live, nude girls to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

  • Q & A

    James Savoca's 'Around June' Casts Spell Around Potrero Hill

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2008

    It used to be standard for San Francisco to be portrayed in movies as a magical, mythical, and slightly mysterious catalyst for transformation.

  • Festivals

    7th SF DocFest Program

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 25, 2008

    The seventh San Francisco International Documentary Film Festival has the potential to be every bit as raucous as the other festivals under the organization's umbrella.

  • In Production

    Mendocino's Swine Country

    Michael Fox
    Sep 17, 2008

    "Horror films can hold a lot of crazy ideas and political ideas and no one blinks," says Pig Hunt writer and producer Robert Mailer Anderson, "and that serves our purposes."

  • Reviews

    The Cosmic Dance-Floor of Arthur Russell

    Amy Taubin
    Sep 16, 2008

    Matt Wolf's biodoc is a remarkably affecting portrait that's a remembrance for those who knew the composer/vocalist/cellist and an introduction for potential fans.

  • Q & A

    Ariella Ben-Dov's Madcat Archives

    Matt Sussman
    Sep 14, 2008

    What do women want to watch? With Diane English’s recent unfunny and product placement-filled re-make of The Women hitting theaters last week, Hollywood’s answer, predictably, is more of the same.

  • Reviews

    Chris Marker Comes Home, At Last

    Michael Fox
    Sep 1, 2008

    I confess that for a long while I had the misperception, based on almost no exposure to his work, that French essayist Chris Marker made dense, dry films steeped in political theory and inaccessible to anyone but a narrow strata of irrelevant European intellectuals.

  • Q & A

    Rob Nilsson on Himself

    Rob Nilsson
    Aug 27, 2008

    SF360.org asked this veteran indie auteur for his thoughts, which he gamely and intelligently offers here.

  • News & Blogs

    Second Stage of Film Arts Foundation's Legacy of Advocacy

    Michael Fox
    Aug 20, 2008

    Film Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by 15 independent filmmakers in 1976, joins forces with SFFS.

  • Q & A

    Stephen Olsson and Link TV

    Michael Fox
    Aug 17, 2008

    SF360.org talks to the senior director of original programming at Link TV, which provides an antidote to the standard television news mix.

  • Q & A

    Parvez Sharma and 'A Jihad for Love'

    Judy Stone
    Aug 14, 2008

    Sharma might never have made his film had he not felt guilty about causing unhappiness to his dying mother by telling her he was homosexual.

  • Q & A

    Exhuming History with "The Judge and the General"

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 11, 2008

    SF360.org asked Bay Area filmmaker Elizabeth Farnsworth about her film, which follows Judge Juan Guzmán as he investigates General Pinochet's crimes.

  • Q & A

    Exhuming History with "The Judge and the General"

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 11, 2008

    SF360.org asked Bay Area filmmaker Elizabeth Farnsworth about her film, which follows Judge Juan Guzmán as he investigates General Pinochet's crimes.

  • Reviews

    Vertigo's 50th Anniversary

    Miguel Pendás
    Aug 8, 2008

    Not many movies call for a celebration of their anniversaries, but one exception is what many have called 'the ultimate San Francisco film.'

  • Reviews

    Not About Royalty

    Michael Fox
    Aug 6, 2008

    Empress Hotel looks at residents of a hotel turned homeless people's residence through San Francisco's Access to Housing program.

  • Q & A

    Canyon Cinema's Dominic Angerame

    Erika Young
    Aug 4, 2008

    A conversation with the executive director of an experimental/avant-garde film distribution company, who both runs a profitable business and creates dynamic art.

  • Reviews

    Jacques Nolot and 'Before I Forget'

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 31, 2008

    Dyspeptic rather than tragic, Jacques Nolot's Before I Forget may be the best gay feel-bad movie ever.

  • Reviews

    'The Exiles,' a Return Engagement

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 30, 2008

    A film from 1961, The Exiles is a long-in-making unvarnished look at 12 hours in the lives of a group of American Indians who have come to Los Angeles.

  • Q & A

    Muayad Alayan, Christian Bruno

    Robert Avila
    Jul 29, 2008

    Muayad Alayan, a 24-year-old filmmaker from the only remaining Arab neighborhood in West Jerusalem, speaks about the making of Lesh Sabreen?.

  • Q & A

    Riffling through '1000 Journals' with Someguy

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2008

    Andrea Kreuzhage speaks about her documentary, 1000 Journals, which raises a host of fascinating questions about creativity, collaboration, community, and communication.

  • Q & A

    Riffling through '1000 Journals' with Someguy

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2008

    Andrea Kreuzhage speaks about her documentary, 1000 Journals, which raises a host of fascinating questions about creativity, collaboration, community, and communication.

  • Festivals

    The 28th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Lynn Rapoport
    Jul 23, 2008

    The 60th birthday of Israel is recognized in the festival via a slew of films examining the country from various perspectives, films that fight over how to tell the story.

  • In Production

    Beard world and Swenson's Salton Sea

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2008

    The first of SF360.org's In Production columns looks at two works-in-progress: Laura Lukitsch's film about beards and Lise Swenson's Salton Sea pic.

  • Q & A

    S.F. Jewish Film Festival's Stein and Fishman

    Michael Fox
    Jul 21, 2008

    Programmers for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Peter Stein and Nancy Fishman, speak about never taking the path of least resistance.

  • Reviews

    The Mystical and Everyday in 'A Listener's Tale'

    Max Goldberg
    Jul 15, 2008

    A Listener's Tale is a lovely if unclassifiable mixture of ethnography and poetic reverie which screened at last winter's Rotterdam Film Festival.

  • Q & A

    Catherine Breillat's 'The Last Mistress'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 14, 2008

    French author and director Catherine Breillat speaks about the fierce passion play of her latest, The Last Mistress.

  • Q & A

    Catherine Breillat's 'The Last Mistress'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 14, 2008

    French author and director Catherine Breillat speaks about the fierce passion play of her latest, The Last Mistress.

  • Festivals

    The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

    Mary B. Scott
    Jul 9, 2008

    Back at the Castro this weekend for the 13th year, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents a variety of titillating titles.

  • News & Blogs

    In Memoriam: Bruce Conner (1933-2008)

    Steve Seid
    Jul 8, 2008

    Bruce Conner, the great, irascible, and ever-evolving San Francisco-based artist known for his assemblages, films, drawings, and interdisciplinary works, passed away on July 7, 2008.

  • Q & A

    SFFS Screen's 'Hank and Mike'

    Pam Grady
    Jul 3, 2008

    Thomas Michael remembers well the birth of Hank and Mike, the titular blue-collar Easter bunnies in director Matthiew Klinck's absurdist workplace comedy.

  • Festivals

    Frameline's New Lesson Plan

    Lynn Rapoport
    Jul 1, 2008

    Critic's notebook: Marriage changes everything at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

  • Q & A

    Alex Gibney on Going 'Gonzo'

    Cathleen Rountree
    Jun 30, 2008

    SF360.org sits down with director Alex Gibney, whose film, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson played at the 51st SFIFF.

  • Reviews

    New Rohmer on SFFS Screen

    Max Goldberg
    Jun 24, 2008

    Eric Rohmer's latest "moral tale," The Romance of Astrea and Cèladon, filled with evanescent beauty, plays as part of SFFS Screen.

  • Reviews

    Hong Sang Soo on the SFFS Screen

    Adam Hartzell
    Jun 18, 2008

    Woman on the Beach is a wonderful introduction to South Korean director Hong Sang Soo's films, in large part due to its subtle comedy.

  • Q & A

    Strand's Marcus Hu and Frameline's Michael Lumpkin

    Marcus Hu
    Jun 16, 2008

    Strand Releasing President Marcus Hu speaks with Frameline Artistic Director Lumpkin about Frameline, queer cinema and the future of this niche festival.]

  • News & Blogs

    SFFS Screen at Sundance Kabuki

    Robert Avila
    Jun 12, 2008

    The SF Film Society is optimistic that its year-round screen at the Sundance Kabuki will contribute to the spectrum of films in Bay Area theaters.

  • News & Blogs

    SFFS Screen at Sundance Kabuki

    Robert Avila
    Jun 12, 2008

    The SF Film Society is optimistic that its year-round screen at the Sundance Kabuki will contribute to the spectrum of films in Bay Area theaters.

  • Q & A

    'Up the Yangtze' with Yung Chang

    Judy Stone
    Jun 6, 2008

    Filmmaker Yung Chang talks about 'Up the Yangtze,' his superb documentary that examines the surreal changes in China around the controversial Three Gorges Dam.

  • Q & A

    'Up the Yangtze' with Yung Chang

    Judy Stone
    Jun 6, 2008

    Filmmaker Yung Chang talks about 'Up the Yangtze,' his superb documentary that examines the surreal changes in China around the controversial Three Gorges Dam.

  • Reviews

    San Francisco Black Film Festival's 10th

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 4, 2008

    In 2008 the San Francisco Black Film Festival marks its 10th anniversary with the most expansive program yet, flagging the theme "10 Years, 10 Days, 100 Films."

  • Festivals

    SFIAF: 'Mordake' and Week Two -- Reviewed, Previewed

    Robert Avila
    May 28, 2008

    Composer Erling Wold's solo chamber opera enjoys a thrillingly intimate world premiere this week under the banner of the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

  • Festivals

    S.F. International Arts Festival

    Robert Avila
    May 23, 2008

    In addition to bringing a host of worldwide performers to the Bay Area for the first time, the San Francisco International Arts Festival (May 2-June 8), now in its fifth year, has become an indispensable showcase for collaborative work by leading Bay Area artists and their peers across all manner of geographical, cultural and disciplinary borders. The more than 40 performances in this year’s lineup, taking place at 14 separate venues across the city and in Berkeley, span the worlds of dance, music, opera, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary work. The following four highlights are all hybrid productions with strong film and/or video components.

  • Festivals

    Frameline's 32nd SFLGBT Festival Program

    Susan Gerhard
    May 20, 2008

    The historic Castro Theatre, its marquee recently revamped for the Milk biopic shoot, hosted Frameline's announcement of its 2008 festival.

  • Q & A

    The Doctor and the Documentarian Behind "The English Surgeon"

    Jennifer Preissel
    May 19, 2008

    When The English Surgeon had its U.S. premiere at the SFIFF this month, Geoffrey Smith and Henry Marsh received a standing ovation.

  • Reviews

    Finding Warren Sonbert

    Max Goldberg
    May 14, 2008

    Unlike most experimental filmmakers, Sonbert's collected works have had the benefit of full retrospectives at major museums (SFMOMA, NYMOMA, Guggenheim) and a strong preservation effort.

  • Q & A

    Q&A: Alex Rivera, 'Sleep Dealer'

    Michael Guillen
    May 14, 2008

    Rivera's debut centers on a young man grappling with a technological future in which neural implants, telerobotics and ubiquitous computing serve a global economy.

  • Festivals

    "Standard Operating Procedure" and the Stories We Tell

    Staff
    May 9, 2008

    Joan Didion famously said, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." We've internalized the American narrative of Abu Ghraib and accepted its implications.

  • Festivals

    In Other Words: Pacific Whims

    Laura Irvine
    May 8, 2008

    As an Asian film fan, it's a miracle I keep my day job at this time of year.

  • Festivals

    In Other Words: States of Cinema, Music and Mind

    Eve O'Neill
    May 8, 2008

    "There are no movies without music," Kevin Kelly asserted last Saturday in his State of Cinema address.

  • Festivals

    SF International's Golden Gate Awards: Alive and Cooking

    Susan Gerhard
    May 8, 2008

    Food scents and film sensibilities mingled in a pungent party atmosphere at the California Culinary Academy.

  • Festivals

    SF International's Golden Gate Awards: Alive and Cooking

    Susan Gerhard
    May 8, 2008

    Food scents and film sensibilities mingled in a pungent party atmosphere at the California Culinary Academy.

  • Festivals

    Capelle on Composers: Day Three

    Staff
    May 8, 2008

    The final installment in the San Francisco composer and musician's blog from the 2008 SFIFF.

  • Festivals

    Capelle on Composers: Back to Back

    Marc Capelle
    May 7, 2008

    Back to music.

    I have some friends that were in a Sub Pop band that pre-dated Nirvana. They were known as the Dwarves. Their music is and was a snotty suburban unholy mixture of the Sonics, the Orlons, the Stooges and a vat of amphetamines. Their record covers usually featured midgets and half-naked woman covered in either blood or some sort of Nestle syrup of some sort. Here is one of their lines.

    [Editor’s note: For the San Francisco International’s 51st edition, SF360.org has asked Bay Area musician/composer/cineaste Marc Capelle to blog his thoughts on movies, music, and the films showing in the Festival. This is the third of three installments.]

  • Q & A

    Gibney Going "Gonzo," Part Two

    Cathleen Rountree
    May 7, 2008

    The second installment of Alex Gibney's interview about Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which closes the San Francisco International Film Festival.

  • Q & A

    Gibney Going "Gonzo," Part Two

    Cathleen Rountree
    May 7, 2008

    The second installment of Alex Gibney's interview about Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which closes the San Francisco International Film Festival.

  • Festivals

    Cinemania at the SF International

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2008

    The Jules Feiffer quote at the bottom of festival superfan Sue Jean Halvorsen's email reads, "Movies are better than real life."

  • Festivals

    Cinemania at the SF International

    Susan Gerhard
    May 5, 2008

    The Jules Feiffer quote at the bottom of festival superfan Sue Jean Halvorsen's email reads, "Movies are better than real life."

  • Q & A

    'Shampoo.' Rinse. Repeat.

    Judy Stone
    May 4, 2008

    Warren Beatty on the sexual and political message of Shampoo and a new film in the works about romantic revolutionary journalist John Reed.

  • Festivals

    Nights on the Towne: Film Society Awards Night

    Susan Gerhard
    May 4, 2008

    You know a festival is working its way into your brain when, in a landscape of intersecting ideas, you begin to witness the collisions.

  • Festivals

    Capelle on Composers: Day Two

    Staff
    May 2, 2008

    Errol Morris has a giant brain. Anybody who wants to argue against that thesis does not have a giant brain. So let's move on.

  • Festivals

    In Other Words: Standard Operating Procedure

    Staff
    Apr 30, 2008

    Joan Didion famously said, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." We have internalized the narrative of Abu Ghraib and accepted its implications.

  • Festivals

    Capelle and Composers: Day One

    Staff
    Apr 30, 2008

    Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is a very close-quartered and loving documentary, a year in the life of the composer.

  • Festivals

    Capelle and Composers: Day One

    Staff
    Apr 30, 2008

    Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is a very close-quartered and loving documentary, a year in the life of the composer.

  • Festivals

    Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy World

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 29, 2008

    SF Film Society’s Founder’s Directing Award winner Mike Leigh's work has created a distinctive insider’s portrait of working-to-middle class English life.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: Katherin McInnis Cues the Carnival Music

    Jennifer Preissel
    Apr 28, 2008

    The longtime Bay Area resident, who recently relocated to Brooklyn, screens Woodward's Gardens in the shorts program "In A Lonely Place: New Experimental Cinema."

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: Katherin McInnis Cues the Carnival Music

    Jennifer Preissel
    Apr 28, 2008

    The longtime Bay Area resident, who recently relocated to Brooklyn, screens Woodward's Gardens in the shorts program "In A Lonely Place: New Experimental Cinema."

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: Barry Jenkins' San Francisco Story

    Michael Fox
    Apr 26, 2008

    Medicine for Melancholy is a graceful and poignant film about fleeting urban connections, black identity and invisibility, cultural adventures and this gentrified city's lost soul.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: Barry Jenkins' San Francisco Story

    Michael Fox
    Apr 26, 2008

    Medicine for Melancholy is a graceful and poignant film about fleeting urban connections, black identity and invisibility, cultural adventures and this gentrified city's lost soul.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: Eddie Muller's Muses

    Jennifer Preissel
    Apr 26, 2008

    A self-described "cultural archeologist," the noir expert's debut short, The Grand Inquisitor, pays homage to the Dashiell Hammett-style detective story.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: Eddie Muller's Muses

    Jennifer Preissel
    Apr 26, 2008

    A self-described "cultural archeologist," the noir expert's debut short, The Grand Inquisitor, pays homage to the Dashiell Hammett-style detective story.

  • Festivals

    I [heart] Jason Lee

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 25, 2008

    The star of My Name Is Earl is (alongside Grindhouse superstarlet Rose McGowan) the recipient of this year's SFIFF Midnight Award.

  • Festivals

    Asia Argento, In Full Flower

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 23, 2008

    Motherhood has supposedly had a slowing-down effect on Asia Argento, though at present evidence points rather wildly to the contrary. Not only does she star in this week’s San Francisco International Film Festival official opener, Catherine Breillat’s costume intrigue The Last Mistress, she also figures heavily in two other SFIFF features. Both are programmed in the culty "Late Show" section: Go Go Tales, Abel Ferrara’s most acclaimed film in years, and The Mother of Tears, a latest horror opus directed by her own fan-idolized gorehound dad Dario Argento. A couple weeks ago yet another vehicle opened commercially, Olivier Assayas’ Boarding Gate, which is entirely dominated by her feverish and highly physical performance.

    Conventional logic might suggest all this visibility means it’s "breakthrough" time for Asia Argento, that moment when an actor goes from being a familiar face to a marquee name that can singlehandedly draw folks into the multiplex, or at least the arthouse. (In Europe she’s already quite well-known.) But as her project choices among other things bear out, Argento probably isn’t very interested in becoming a "star" in the conventional sense. In fact, she seems the girl most likely to run from any such fate.

  • Festivals

    Asia Argento, In Full Flower

    Dennis Harvey
    Apr 23, 2008

    Motherhood has supposedly had a slowing-down effect on Asia Argento, though at present evidence points rather wildly to the contrary. Not only does she star in this week’s San Francisco International Film Festival official opener, Catherine Breillat’s costume intrigue The Last Mistress, she also figures heavily in two other SFIFF features. Both are programmed in the culty "Late Show" section: Go Go Tales, Abel Ferrara’s most acclaimed film in years, and The Mother of Tears, a latest horror opus directed by her own fan-idolized gorehound dad Dario Argento. A couple weeks ago yet another vehicle opened commercially, Olivier Assayas’ Boarding Gate, which is entirely dominated by her feverish and highly physical performance.

    Conventional logic might suggest all this visibility means it’s "breakthrough" time for Asia Argento, that moment when an actor goes from being a familiar face to a marquee name that can singlehandedly draw folks into the multiplex, or at least the arthouse. (In Europe she’s already quite well-known.) But as her project choices among other things bear out, Argento probably isn’t very interested in becoming a "star" in the conventional sense. In fact, she seems the girl most likely to run from any such fate.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: On the Breeding Behind "Evolution: The Musical!"

    Robert Avila
    Apr 22, 2008

    Think of it as The Sound of Music meets Quest for Fire, or Jesus Christ Superstar rocks Land of the Lost.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: California Newsreel at 40

    Erika Young
    Apr 21, 2008

    Founded in 1968, San Francisco-based Newsreel is the oldest nonprofit, social-issue documentary film center in the U.S.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: California Newsreel at 40

    Erika Young
    Apr 21, 2008

    Founded in 1968, San Francisco-based Newsreel is the oldest nonprofit, social-issue documentary film center in the U.S.

  • Q & A

    SFIFF51: Craig Baldwin Shoots the Moon, and the Desert

    Michael Fox
    Apr 18, 2008

    The Mission filmmaker has slaved in the underground for some three decades, a guide and shaman for other artists working on the fringes.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF51: The Miller Brothers on writing, pitching, acting, directing, and hitting one out of the ballpark

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 16, 2008

    Touching Home by Bay Area-raised identical twins Logan and Noah Miller is a largely autobiographical coming-of-age film that radiates sincerity.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF51: The Miller Brothers on writing, pitching, acting, directing, and hitting one out of the ballpark

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 16, 2008

    Touching Home by Bay Area-raised identical twins Logan and Noah Miller is a largely autobiographical coming-of-age film that radiates sincerity.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF51: Dawn Logsdon, on new hope in an old neighborhood, "Faubourg TremŽ"

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 15, 2008

    Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie dig through the rubble of Hurricane Katrina to tell the story of Faubourg TremŽ, which was home to African Americans and fertile ground for political activism, music and literary life.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF51: Dawn Logsdon, on new hope in an old neighborhood, "Faubourg TremŽ"

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 15, 2008

    Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie dig through the rubble of Hurricane Katrina to tell the story of Faubourg TremŽ, which was home to African Americans and fertile ground for political activism, music and literary life.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF51: Renee Tajima- Pe–a's trip down “Calavera Highway'

    Michael Fox
    Apr 15, 2008

    If making a movie about one’s family could be equated with a fire-walk in August, then making a documentary about one’s partner’s family might be akin to a midsummer sauna. Yet veteran L.A. filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pe–a (Who Killed Vincent Chin?) signed on to a road trip with her husband from L.A. to Washington state to Texas in search of "la verdad" about the father that abandoned Armando’s mother Rosa and his six brothers several decades ago. An intimate and elegantly crafted work of cinema verita, Calavera Highway encompasses universal familial tensions, Mexican-American identity, the responsibilities of fathers (and sons) and the psychic malleability of map-drawn borders.

    Tajima-Pe–a, who’s an associate professor at UC Santa Cruz, will receive the Golden Gate Award for long-form television documentary at the S.F. International Film Festival, where Calavera Highway screens three times in early May. Via email, she talked about searching for "Calaveras" hidden in closets and elsewhere.

  • Q & A

    Johnny Symons and "Ask Not"

    Michael Fox
    Apr 12, 2008

    East Bay filmmaker Johnny Symons' documentary "Ask Not" moves beyond stereotypes to examine what experience is really like for gays and lesbians in the military.

  • Reviews

    "Cachao: Uno Mas"

    Chuy Varela
    Apr 10, 2008

    Cachao: Uno Mas documents acclaimed bassist and cuban music innovator Israel "Cachao" Lopez's work and San Francisco concert at Bimbo's

  • Reviews

    "Cachao: Uno Mas"

    Chuy Varela
    Apr 10, 2008

    Cachao: Uno Mas documents acclaimed bassist and cuban music innovator Israel "Cachao" Lopez's work and San Francisco concert at Bimbo's

  • Q & A

    Thomas Beard exposes "Live Cinema"

    Michael Fox
    Apr 7, 2008

    Bodies of work have emerged from the intersections of performance, film and electronic art. Cinematograph 7ÑLive Cinema: A Contemporary Reader, edited by Thomas Beard's provides thoughtful writing on the subject.

  • Festivals

    Seven from the Sonoma Valley Film Festival

    Eve O'Neill
    Apr 4, 2008

    The Sonoma Valley Film Festival has gone to great lengths to enfold the event in its culinary surroundings. Complimentary food tastings will be offered before every single screening.

  • Festivals

    SF Int'l announces its 51st program and year-round screen

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 1, 2008

    The SFIFF announced its 2008 program and the June 13 launch of its year-round programming on one screen at the Sundance Kabuki

  • Festivals

    SF Int'l announces its 51st program and year-round screen

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 1, 2008

    The SFIFF announced its 2008 program and the June 13 launch of its year-round programming on one screen at the Sundance Kabuki

  • Q & A

    Jeff Nichols on "Shotgun Stories"

    Eve O'Neill
    Mar 31, 2008

    First-time writer/director Jeff Nichols discusses the inspiration behind Shotgun Stories, the initial hurdles in making the film, and the noble nature of his characters.

  • Reviews

    SFMOMA's "Nonwestern Westerns" Series

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 26, 2008

    A series of films at SFMOMA present an outsiders take on the outmoded American staple, the Western.

  • Festivals

    SFIAAFF's winners

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 21, 2008

    Two top winners at the SFIAAFF focused on breakadancing, an art form taken up with vengeance by Asians, with Koran teams a particularly dominant force.

  • Q & A

    SFIAAFF's Taro Goto, Moving On

    Sean Uyehara
    Mar 19, 2008

    Outgoing SFIAAFF's Associate Director reflects on what made him happy during his last year of work.

  • Festivals

    San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 18, 2008

    SFIAAFF has grown from a niche event to a major international festival - with more than enough voices to justify its unwieldy moniker.