With the tragedy of an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay and the mundanity of seasonal rain dampening spirits, views of the brighter side of life may have become occluded this past weekend. And perhaps that’s why filmgoers flocked to the darkness of movie theaters to experience the pleasures of irreality. The SF International Animation Festival — in its second year — experienced a major bounce, with a number of sold-out shows in its venue at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. Said SFIAF/SFFS programmer Sean Uyehara, “I am so grateful that people came out to support the fest, because then we can continue to present this kind of work.” Newly joined-at-the-hip The Fifth 2007 San Francisco Korean American Film Festival and the 10th 2007 San Francisco Asian Film Festival opened at the Castro Theatre and continued at the 4 Star. And while the Latino International Film Festival and American Indian Film Festival entered their second weeks, the San Francisco Film Society brought out its New Italian Cinema showcase, with filmmakers and producers live and in-person from across the Atlantic. Look for more coverage of the weekend festivals in SF360.org’s “SEEN” section as the week continues.
“The Pixar Story” director Leslie Iwerks, here with animator Pete Docter — featured in the film — and SF International Animation programmer Sean Uyehara, take in the scene, crowds, and love at Gallery One post-screening at the Embarcadero.
The legendary Saul Zaentz, supporter of so many fantasies, enjoyed the SFIAF opening night scene with Chika Kujiraoka and SFFS Board energizer Melanie Blum.
The audience Q&A post-screening brought many questions from would-be/could-be animators, and an interesting question from a veteran animator, Steve Segal (“Toy Story”) about the WGA strike, which apparently does not affect animation writers, who are exempt….
Accompanied by a program of solar system shorts, Travis Wilkerson’s 2003 look at ruthless union-busting and the rise and fall of Butte, Montana, offers eerie resonance.
Mill Valley amps up the star wattage in its annual mix of local, international titles.
Audience-engaging stories in a variety of genres highlight SFFS's inaugural Hong Kong Cinema weekend.
Berkeley-programmed Festival is a favorite for cinephiles; features Caetano Veloso as 2011 Guest Director.
The first feature to play SFFS | New People Cinema, Godard's ‘Film Socialisme’ is both poetic rumination and urgent intervention.
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.
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.
SF State professor Karl Cohen’s animation collection investigates the nature of pictorial movement itself.