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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.

  • Events

    Essential SF: Nov. 6

    Nov 6, 2011

    Essential SF shines a light on the Bay Area’s legendary, idiosyncratic and multifaceted contributions to the filmmaking world at SF Film Society | New People Cinema, 7:00 pm. An outgrowth of SF360.org’s Essential SF column, the event this year also pays tribute to the half-decade-plus SF360.org project.

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    Essential SF: Nov. 6

    Nov 6, 2011

    Essential SF shines a light on the Bay Area’s legendary, idiosyncratic and multifaceted contributions to the filmmaking world at SF Film Society | New People Cinema, 7:00 pm. An outgrowth of SF360.org’s Essential SF column, the event this year also pays tribute to the half-decade-plus SF360.org project.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Nov. 6

    Nov 6, 2011

    Essential SF shines a light on the Bay Area’s legendary, idiosyncratic and multifaceted contributions to the filmmaking world at SF Film Society | New People Cinema, 7:00 pm. An outgrowth of SF360.org’s Essential SF column, the event this year also pays tribute to the half-decade-plus SF360.org project.

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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.

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    Essential SF: Susan Gerhard

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 2, 2011

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

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Susan Gerhard

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 2, 2011

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

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Susan Gerhard

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Nov 2, 2011

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

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    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

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

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

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

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

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

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    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

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

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

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

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Michael Fox
    Oct 31, 2011

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

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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.’

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    Essential SF: Canyon Cinema

    Michael Fox
    Oct 26, 2011

    For 50 years, Canyon Cinema has provided crucial support for a fertile avant-garde film scene.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Canyon Cinema

    Michael Fox
    Oct 26, 2011

    For 50 years, Canyon Cinema has provided crucial support for a fertile avant-garde film scene.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Canyon Cinema

    Michael Fox
    Oct 26, 2011

    For 50 years, Canyon Cinema has provided crucial support for a fertile avant-garde film scene.

  • October 28, 2011

    Essential SF: Canyon Cinema

    Michael Fox
    Oct 26, 2011

    For 50 years, Canyon Cinema has provided crucial support for a fertile avant-garde film scene.

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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.

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    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

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

  • October 28, 2011

    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Signs of the Times

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 24, 2011

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

  • Festivals

    Children’s Film Festival Moves in and out of Shadows

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 20, 2011

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

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    Children’s Film Festival Moves in and out of Shadows

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 20, 2011

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

  • October 20, 2011

    Children’s Film Festival Moves in and out of Shadows

    Adam Hartzell
    Oct 20, 2011

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

  • 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.

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    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • October 20, 2011

    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • November 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • October 20, 2011

    Essential SF: Irving Saraf and Allie Light

    Michael Fox
    Oct 19, 2011

    Saraf and Light's work is marked by an unwavering appreciation for underdogs and outsiders.

  • 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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    Where Are their Stories?

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Oct 17, 2011

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

  • October 20, 2011

    Where Are their Stories?

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Oct 17, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    Where Are their Stories?

    Johnny Ray Huston
    Oct 17, 2011

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

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    Kelly, Pickert Interpret ‘Cherokee’ Words

    Michael Fox
    Oct 12, 2011

    A film on Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller bucks biopic formula and concentrates on a pivotal moment in the leader's life.

  • In Production

    Kelly, Pickert Interpret ‘Cherokee’ Words

    Michael Fox
    Oct 12, 2011

    A film on Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller bucks biopic formula and concentrates on a pivotal moment in the leader's life.

  • October 14, 2011

    Kelly, Pickert Interpret ‘Cherokee’ Words

    Michael Fox
    Oct 12, 2011

    A film on Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller bucks biopic formula and concentrates on a pivotal moment in the leader's life.

  • Funding

    GOT Low Budgets, High Production Values?

    Adrianne Anderson
    Oct 11, 2011

    San Rafael’s Indigo Films makes fascinating crime fare for cable on a DIY-sized budget.

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    GOT Low Budgets, High Production Values?

    Adrianne Anderson
    Oct 11, 2011

    San Rafael’s Indigo Films makes fascinating crime fare for cable on a DIY-sized budget.

  • October 14, 2011

    GOT Low Budgets, High Production Values?

    Adrianne Anderson
    Oct 11, 2011

    San Rafael’s Indigo Films makes fascinating crime fare for cable on a DIY-sized budget.

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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.

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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.

  • Home

    ‘New Environmentalists’ Salutes Gutsy Grassroots Guerillas

    Michael Fox
    Oct 7, 2011

    Goldman Prize-winning environmentalists' work highlighted in short-form pieces by Parrinello, Antonelli and Dusenbery.

  • In Production

    ‘New Environmentalists’ Salutes Gutsy Grassroots Guerillas

    Michael Fox
    Oct 7, 2011

    Goldman Prize-winning environmentalists' work highlighted in short-form pieces by Parrinello, Antonelli and Dusenbery.

  • October 14, 2011

    ‘New Environmentalists’ Salutes Gutsy Grassroots Guerillas

    Michael Fox
    Oct 7, 2011

    Goldman Prize-winning environmentalists' work highlighted in short-form pieces by Parrinello, Antonelli and Dusenbery.

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley Brings Oscar Contenders Close to Home

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 6, 2011

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

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    Mill Valley Brings Oscar Contenders Close to Home

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 6, 2011

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

  • October 6, 2011

    Mill Valley Brings Oscar Contenders Close to Home

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 6, 2011

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

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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.'

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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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    Weimberg, Ryan Pick Berkeley ‘Brain’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 21, 2011

    Two Berkeley filmmakers tap vitality of 84-year-old neuroscientist Dr. Marian Diamond.

  • In Production

    Weimberg, Ryan Pick Berkeley ‘Brain’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 21, 2011

    Two Berkeley filmmakers tap vitality of 84-year-old neuroscientist Dr. Marian Diamond.

  • september 22 2011

    Weimberg, Ryan Pick Berkeley ‘Brain’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 21, 2011

    Two Berkeley filmmakers tap vitality of 84-year-old neuroscientist Dr. Marian Diamond.

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    Weimberg, Ryan Pick Berkeley ‘Brain’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 21, 2011

    Two Berkeley filmmakers tap vitality of 84-year-old neuroscientist Dr. Marian Diamond.

  • In Production

    Weimberg, Ryan Pick Berkeley ‘Brain’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 21, 2011

    Two Berkeley filmmakers tap vitality of 84-year-old neuroscientist Dr. Marian Diamond.

  • september 22 2011

    Weimberg, Ryan Pick Berkeley ‘Brain’

    Michael Fox
    Sep 21, 2011

    Two Berkeley filmmakers tap vitality of 84-year-old neuroscientist Dr. Marian Diamond.

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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

    Trashed: Two Films About Garbage

    Sep 15, 2011

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

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley Announces Titles in 34th

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 14, 2011

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

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    Mill Valley Announces Titles in 34th

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 14, 2011

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

  • September 15, 2011

    Mill Valley Announces Titles in 34th

    Jackson Scarlett
    Sep 14, 2011

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

  • 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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    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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    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.

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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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    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.

  • August 25, 2011

    PFA Animates with Bay Area Works

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Aug 24, 2011

    SF State professor Karl Cohen’s animation collection investigates the nature of pictorial movement itself.

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    PFA Animates with Bay Area Works

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Aug 24, 2011

    SF State professor Karl Cohen’s animation collection investigates the nature of pictorial movement itself.

  • Reviews

    PFA Animates with Bay Area Works

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Aug 24, 2011

    SF State professor Karl Cohen’s animation collection investigates the nature of pictorial movement itself.

  • August 25, 2011

    PFA Animates with Bay Area Works

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Aug 24, 2011

    SF State professor Karl Cohen’s animation collection investigates the nature of pictorial movement itself.

  • Home

    PFA Animates with Bay Area Works

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Aug 24, 2011

    SF State professor Karl Cohen’s animation collection investigates the nature of pictorial movement itself.

  • Reviews

    PFA Animates with Bay Area Works

    Jonathan Kiefer
    Aug 24, 2011

    SF State professor Karl Cohen’s animation collection investigates the nature of pictorial movement itself.

  • 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.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • November 24, 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • August 25, 2011

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • Home

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • November 24, 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    Essential SF: Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Stephanie Rosenbaum
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • August 25, 2011

    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.

  • 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.

  • Home

    San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gates

    SF360 Staff
    Aug 20, 2011

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

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gates

    SF360 Staff
    Aug 20, 2011

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

  • Home

    'Vigilante, Vigilante' Opens Can of Worms

    Michael Fox
    Aug 18, 2011

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

  • News & Blogs

    'Vigilante, Vigilante' Opens Can of Worms

    Michael Fox
    Aug 18, 2011

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

  • Home

    'Vigilante, Vigilante' Opens Can of Worms

    Michael Fox
    Aug 18, 2011

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

  • News & Blogs

    'Vigilante, Vigilante' Opens Can of Worms

    Michael Fox
    Aug 18, 2011

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

  • 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

    Pagnol's Foodie Oeuvre Appreciated in East Bay

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 11, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive serves a full course of films by Marcel Pagnol.

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    Pagnol's Foodie Oeuvre Appreciated in East Bay

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 11, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive serves a full course of films by Marcel Pagnol.

  • Reviews

    Pagnol's Foodie Oeuvre Appreciated in East Bay

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 11, 2011

    Pacific Film Archive serves a full course of films by Marcel Pagnol.

  • August 11, 2011

    Field Shoots ‘MLK in Palestine’ on the Fly

    Michael Fox
    Aug 10, 2011

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

  • Home

    Field Shoots ‘MLK in Palestine’ on the Fly

    Michael Fox
    Aug 10, 2011

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

  • In Production

    Field Shoots ‘MLK in Palestine’ on the Fly

    Michael Fox
    Aug 10, 2011

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

  • August 11, 2011

    'Between Two Worlds' Places Politics of Speech in Spotlight

    B. Ruby Rich
    Aug 5, 2011

    Filmmakers take personal approach to Jewish cultural debates.

  • Home

    '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.

  • August 4, 2011

    Minott Tracks ‘Illness’ to Guam

    Michael Fox
    Aug 3, 2011

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

  • Home

    Minott Tracks ‘Illness’ to Guam

    Michael Fox
    Aug 3, 2011

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

  • In Production

    Minott Tracks ‘Illness’ to Guam

    Michael Fox
    Aug 3, 2011

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

  • August 4, 2011

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

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

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

  • Home

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

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

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

  • Reviews

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

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

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

  • August 4, 2011

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

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

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

  • Home

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

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

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

  • Reviews

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

    Jackson Scarlett
    Aug 2, 2011

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

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • Home

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

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

  • In Depth

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

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

  • July 28, 2011

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

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

  • Home

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

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

  • In Depth

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

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

  • July 28, 2011

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2011

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

  • Home

    Notes on Leveraging the Big Bash Climax

    Karen Everett
    Jul 27, 2011

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

  • July 28, 2011

    Notes on Leveraging the Big Bash Climax

    Karen Everett
    Jul 27, 2011

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

  • Story Structure

    Notes on Leveraging the Big Bash Climax

    Karen Everett
    Jul 27, 2011

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

  • Festivals

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

  • Home

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

  • July 28, 2011

    Voices Converge at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2011

    SFJFF covers broad geographic, political terrain.

  • July 19, 2011

    Last Showing: 'Harold and Maude'

    Jul 22, 2011

    SF institution The Red Vic Movie House celebrates both its anniversary and its closure with screenings of house favorite 'Harold and Maude'—perhaps the quintessential quirky romantic comedy. Those who haven't seen 'Harold and Maude' since its release will delight to revisit its many Bay Area locations and Cat Stevens soundtrack. Red Vic promises a "special birthday treat" for Monday's attendees. More info redvicmoviehouse.com

  • 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

    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

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 20, 2011

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

  • In Depth

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 20, 2011

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

  • July 21, 2011

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 20, 2011

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

  • Home

    Avoiding Turbulence Leads to Plot Trouble

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2011

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

  • July 21, 2011

    Avoiding Turbulence Leads to Plot Trouble

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2011

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

  • Screenwriting

    Avoiding Turbulence Leads to Plot Trouble

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2011

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

  • Home

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

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

  • July 21, 2011

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

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

  • Home

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

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

  • July 21, 2011

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Rapaport Brings Depth to Tribe Called Quest Doc

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 15, 2011

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

  • Home

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 13, 2011

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

  • In Depth

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 13, 2011

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

  • July 14, 2011

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 13, 2011

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

  • Home

    Torres Story Gains Focus

    Kim Nunley
    Jul 11, 2011

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

  • July 14, 2011

    Torres Story Gains Focus

    Kim Nunley
    Jul 11, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Torres Story Gains Focus

    Kim Nunley
    Jul 11, 2011

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

  • Home

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

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

  • In Depth

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

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

  • July 7, 2011

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

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

  • Home

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

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

  • In Depth

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

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

  • July 7, 2011

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

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2011

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

  • Home

    Roko Belic Charts Path to ‘Happy’

    Susan Gerhard
    Jul 6, 2011

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

  • July 7, 2011

    Roko Belic Charts Path to ‘Happy’

    Susan Gerhard
    Jul 6, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Roko Belic Charts Path to ‘Happy’

    Susan Gerhard
    Jul 6, 2011

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

  • Home

    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

    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.

  • Home

    Vintage Kinski Uncorked at YBCA

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 17, 2011

    YBCA digs a delightfully disturbing live Kinski document from the archives.

  • Reviews

    Vintage Kinski Uncorked at YBCA

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 17, 2011

    YBCA digs a delightfully disturbing live Kinski document from the archives.

  • Festivals

    Frameline35 Opens, Features Wildly Diverse Program

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 16, 2011

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

  • Home

    Frameline35 Opens, Features Wildly Diverse Program

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 16, 2011

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

  • June 16, 2011

    Frameline35 Opens, Features Wildly Diverse Program

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 16, 2011

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

  • Home

    Dutch Director's Obsession Leads to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 15, 2011

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

  • In Production

    Dutch Director's Obsession Leads to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 15, 2011

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

  • June 16, 2011

    Dutch Director's Obsession Leads to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 15, 2011

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

  • Home

    We Want Answers

    Karen Everett
    Jun 14, 2011

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

  • June 16, 2011

    We Want Answers

    Karen Everett
    Jun 14, 2011

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

  • Story Structure

    We Want Answers

    Karen Everett
    Jun 14, 2011

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

  • Home

    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.

  • June 7, 2011

    ‘The Hush’

    Jun 11, 2011

    The Historic Bal Theatre brings us a screening of Bay Area filmmaker Vincent Cortez’s latest feature, ‘The Hush,’ a 2011 Oakland International Film Festival selection and LA Festival honorable mention. The film is a locally shot supernatural film noir piece that has a hitman looking for redemption. More at mitchellstreetpictures.com.

  • June 9, 2011

    ‘The Hush’

    Jun 11, 2011

    The Historic Bal Theatre brings us a screening of Bay Area filmmaker Vincent Cortez’s latest feature, ‘The Hush,’ a 2011 Oakland International Film Festival selection and LA Festival honorable mention. The film is a locally shot supernatural film noir piece that has a hitman looking for redemption. More at mitchellstreetpictures.com.

  • 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

    Richardson Wraps Circus ‘Net’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 7, 2011

    A filmmaker finds the rigors of circus life match the rigors of growing up in poverty in Brazil.

  • In Production

    Richardson Wraps Circus ‘Net’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 7, 2011

    A filmmaker finds the rigors of circus life match the rigors of growing up in poverty in Brazil.

  • June 9, 2011

    Richardson Wraps Circus ‘Net’

    Michael Fox
    Jun 7, 2011

    A filmmaker finds the rigors of circus life match the rigors of growing up in poverty in Brazil.

  • First Person

    Production Values: Michael Whalen

    Adrianne Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011

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

  • Home

    Production Values: Michael Whalen

    Adrianne Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011

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

  • June 9, 2011

    Production Values: Michael Whalen

    Adrianne Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011

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

  • Festivals

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

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

  • Home

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

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

  • June 2, 2011

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

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

  • June 9, 2011

    Another Hole in the Head Scares Up New Round

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 2, 2011

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

  • Home

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

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

  • In Production

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

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

  • June 2, 2011

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

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

  • Home

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

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

  • In Production

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

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

  • June 2, 2011

    ‘Kiss the Cook’ Sparks Weidlinger’s Appetite

    Michael Fox
    Jun 1, 2011

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

  • Home

    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.

  • Home

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

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

  • May 26, 2011

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Topp Twins Agitate, Yodel, Entertain

    Adam Hartzell
    May 23, 2011

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

  • Home

    On Kickstarting a Campaign to Bring Back the Parkway

    Kim Nunley
    May 20, 2011

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

  • May 26, 2011

    On Kickstarting a Campaign to Bring Back the Parkway

    Kim Nunley
    May 20, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    On Kickstarting a Campaign to Bring Back the Parkway

    Kim Nunley
    May 20, 2011

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

  • Home

    Antonelli Contrasts Africa’s ‘Killing Seasons’

    Michael Fox
    May 18, 2011

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

  • May 19, 2011

    Antonelli Contrasts Africa’s ‘Killing Seasons’

    Michael Fox
    May 18, 2011

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

  • Home

    New Approaches Embolden Doc Genre

    Karen Everett
    May 17, 2011

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

  • May 19, 2011

    New Approaches Embolden Doc Genre

    Karen Everett
    May 17, 2011

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

  • Story Structure

    New Approaches Embolden Doc Genre

    Karen Everett
    May 17, 2011

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

  • Home

    Lost Legends Haunt Roxie's Latest Noir Series

    Matt Sussman
    May 13, 2011

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

  • May 19, 2011

    Lost Legends Haunt Roxie's Latest Noir Series

    Matt Sussman
    May 13, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    Lost Legends Haunt Roxie's Latest Noir Series

    Matt Sussman
    May 13, 2011

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

  • Home

    Gifts My Mother Gave Me

    Michael Guillen
    May 8, 2011

    Filmmakers, critics and fans celebrate their mothers’ unique, eccentric, foundational contributions to their movie-loving lives.

  • May 12, 2011

    Gifts My Mother Gave Me

    Michael Guillen
    May 8, 2011

    Filmmakers, critics and fans celebrate their mothers’ unique, eccentric, foundational contributions to their movie-loving lives.

  • Q & A

    Gifts My Mother Gave Me

    Michael Guillen
    May 8, 2011

    Filmmakers, critics and fans celebrate their mothers’ unique, eccentric, foundational contributions to their movie-loving lives.

  • Home

    Gifts My Mother Gave Me

    Michael Guillen
    May 8, 2011

    Filmmakers, critics and fans celebrate their mothers’ unique, eccentric, foundational contributions to their movie-loving lives.

  • May 12, 2011

    Gifts My Mother Gave Me

    Michael Guillen
    May 8, 2011

    Filmmakers, critics and fans celebrate their mothers’ unique, eccentric, foundational contributions to their movie-loving lives.

  • Q & A

    Gifts My Mother Gave Me

    Michael Guillen
    May 8, 2011

    Filmmakers, critics and fans celebrate their mothers’ unique, eccentric, foundational contributions to their movie-loving lives.

  • 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...

  • Home

    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.’

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • April 28, 2011

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

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

  • Festivals

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

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

  • Home

    SFIFF54 Embraces Barney's Unique POV

    Carmen Winant
    Apr 30, 2011

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

  • Festivals

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Apr 29, 2011

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

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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.

  • 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 26, 2011

    SFIFF: ‘Better This World’

    Apr 26, 2011

    Bay Area directors are high profile in the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival; catch them in person this week. Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega appear Tuesday with Bradley Crowder, a principal of ‘Better This World,’ a documentary that traces the paths of activists deemed the "Texas Two." The film plays at Pacific Film Archive on April 26 and Sundance Kubaki Cinemas on April 29. 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.

  • Home

    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 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.

  • Home

    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

    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.

  • Home

    Production Values: Debbie Brubaker

    Adrianne Anderson
    Apr 19, 2011

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

  • 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 14, 2011

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

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

  • Home

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

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

  • April 14, 2011

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

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

  • Home

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    'Sleeping Ember' Reignites

    Matt Sussman
    Apr 14, 2011

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

  • April 14, 2011

    Film Globally, Screen Locally

    Michael Fox
    Apr 13, 2011

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

  • Home

    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

    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.

  • Home

    Film Globally, Screen Locally

    Michael Fox
    Apr 13, 2011

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

  • In Production

    Film Globally, Screen Locally

    Michael Fox
    Apr 13, 2011

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

  • April 14, 2011

    The Art of the Steal

    George Rush
    Apr 12, 2011

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

  • Home

    The Art of the Steal

    George Rush
    Apr 12, 2011

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

  • Legal

    The Art of the Steal

    George Rush
    Apr 12, 2011

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

  • April 14, 2011

    Journalist-Activist Chakarova Exposes ‘Price of Sex’

    Michael Fox
    Apr 11, 2011

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

  • Home

    Journalist-Activist Chakarova Exposes ‘Price of Sex’

    Michael Fox
    Apr 11, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    Journalist-Activist Chakarova Exposes ‘Price of Sex’

    Michael Fox
    Apr 11, 2011

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

  • 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.'

  • Home

    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 5, 2011

    An Evening with Les Blank

    Apr 7, 2011

    Award-winning Bay Area director Les Blank introduces his 1969 short film, ‘The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins,’ and his 1979 project, ‘Always for Pleasure,’ which play at Red Vic Movie House. Viewers receive rice and beans made with Les’ special recipe. More at redvicmoviehouse.com.

  • April 7, 2011

    Juelich Rides ‘Neon’ Roller Coaster

    Michael Fox
    Apr 6, 2011

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

  • Home

    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.

  • 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

    Good’s ‘Vigilante’ Tags Graffiti Showdown

    Michael Fox
    Mar 30, 2011

    A nonfiction tagging doc takes a novel approach, looking at those who erase graffiti as opposed to those who make it.

  • Home

    Good’s ‘Vigilante’ Tags Graffiti Showdown

    Michael Fox
    Mar 30, 2011

    A nonfiction tagging doc takes a novel approach, looking at those who erase graffiti as opposed to those who make it.

  • In Production

    Good’s ‘Vigilante’ Tags Graffiti Showdown

    Michael Fox
    Mar 30, 2011

    A nonfiction tagging doc takes a novel approach, looking at those who erase graffiti as opposed to those who make it.

  • 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.

  • Home

    SFFS Announces 2011 SF International Film Festival Titles, Events

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 29, 2011

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

  • 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.

  • Home

    SFFS Announces 2011 SF International Film Festival Titles, Events

    Susan Gerhard
    Mar 29, 2011

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

  • Home

    Jay Rosenblatt Talks ‘Darkness’

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 24, 2011

    Rosenblatt’s meditative essay on the difficult subject of suicide finds its way to HBO. Narrative films may occasionally conjure the shock of a suicide—last year’s The Father of My Children is a fine example—but it’s the nature of character dramas to keep pace with the living rather than meditate in the shadow of loss. In his most recent lyrical essay-film, The Darkness of Day, local filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt creates such a meditative space, intertwining different stories and perspectives of suicide: near and far, first-person and third, male and female, young and old, anonymous and notable. Rosenblatt cues the multiple narratives to a poetic stream of found...

  • March 24, 2011

    Jay Rosenblatt Talks ‘Darkness’

    Max Goldberg
    Mar 24, 2011

    Rosenblatt’s meditative essay on the difficult subject of suicide finds its way to HBO. Narrative films may occasionally conjure the shock of a suicide—last year’s The Father of My Children is a fine example—but it’s the nature of character dramas to keep pace with the living rather than meditate in the shadow of loss. In his most recent lyrical essay-film, The Darkness of Day, local filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt creates such a meditative space, intertwining different stories and perspectives of suicide: near and far, first-person and third, male and female, young and old, anonymous and notable. Rosenblatt cues the multiple narratives to a poetic stream of found...

  • 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.

  • Home

    Kiarostami’s Enigmatic ‘Copy’ Fascinates

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 18, 2011

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

  • March 24, 2011

    Kiarostami’s Enigmatic ‘Copy’ Fascinates

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 18, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    Kiarostami’s Enigmatic ‘Copy’ Fascinates

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 18, 2011

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

  • Home

    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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    Nonfiction's Future Lies in Optimism

    Karen Everett
    Mar 15, 2011

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

  • March 17, 2011

    Nonfiction's Future Lies in Optimism

    Karen Everett
    Mar 15, 2011

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

  • Story Structure

    Nonfiction's Future Lies in Optimism

    Karen Everett
    Mar 15, 2011

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

  • Home

    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...

  • Home

    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

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

  • In Production

    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

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

  • March 10, 2011

    Wolos’s ‘Trattoria’ Serves Up Spicy Comedy

    Michael Fox
    Mar 9, 2011

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

  • Home

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • Home

    Ehrlich Clicks with Icelandic ‘Mouse’

    Michael Fox
    Mar 2, 2011

    After her own Assange story broke big, a Bay Area filmmaker followed another lead...to Iceland.

  • In Production

    Ehrlich Clicks with Icelandic ‘Mouse’

    Michael Fox
    Mar 2, 2011

    After her own Assange story broke big, a Bay Area filmmaker followed another lead...to Iceland.

  • March 3, 2011

    Ehrlich Clicks with Icelandic ‘Mouse’

    Michael Fox
    Mar 2, 2011

    After her own Assange story broke big, a Bay Area filmmaker followed another lead...to Iceland.

  • News & Blogs

    LA Times: "Oscars: 'Inside Job' Wins for Documentary Feature"

    Feb 27, 2011

    LA Times Blogs: "Inside Job” won the Oscar for documentary feature at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. “Inside Job” is an exploration of the causes and corollaries of the 2008 financial crisis. The award goes to Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs." More at latimesblogs.latimes.com. And from SF360.org: Bay Area-based Ferguson's speech began with a statement of fact, "After financial fraud not a single financial executive has gone to jail," before thanking his colleagues.

  • February 24, 2011

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

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

  • Home

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Nakadate’s Fever Dreams Heat the Screen

    Sean Uyehara
    Feb 23, 2011

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

  • February 24, 2011

    'We Were Here' Wrings Hope from the AIDS Crisis

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 22, 2011

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

  • Home

    'We Were Here' Wrings Hope from the AIDS Crisis

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 22, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    'We Were Here' Wrings Hope from the AIDS Crisis

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 22, 2011

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

  • February 24, 2011

    Mitchell Block Brings Oscar Attention to Vets

    Jessica Sapick
    Feb 21, 2011

    Producer and teacher Mitchell Block talks about the making of great films, including the Oscar-nominated 'Poster Girl.'

  • Home

    Mitchell Block Brings Oscar Attention to Vets

    Jessica Sapick
    Feb 21, 2011

    Producer and teacher Mitchell Block talks about the making of great films, including the Oscar-nominated 'Poster Girl.'

  • Q & A

    Mitchell Block Brings Oscar Attention to Vets

    Jessica Sapick
    Feb 21, 2011

    Producer and teacher Mitchell Block talks about the making of great films, including the Oscar-nominated 'Poster Girl.'

  • February 17, 2011

    Noise Pop 2011's Film Series Rawks

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2011

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

  • Festivals

    Noise Pop 2011's Film Series Rawks

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2011

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

  • Home

    Noise Pop 2011's Film Series Rawks

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2011

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

  • February 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

    Mostly British Looks Beyond Speechifying Kings

    Michael Fox
    Feb 7, 2011

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

  • Festivals

    Mostly British Looks Beyond Speechifying Kings

    Michael Fox
    Feb 7, 2011

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

  • Home

    Mostly British Looks Beyond Speechifying Kings

    Michael Fox
    Feb 7, 2011

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

  • February 10, 2011

    SFFS Screen Returns with New Suleiman

    Max Goldberg
    Feb 4, 2011

    Elia Suleiman’s 'The Time That Remains' recalls his parents’ Nazareth.

  • Home

    SFFS Screen Returns with New Suleiman

    Max Goldberg
    Feb 4, 2011

    Elia Suleiman’s 'The Time That Remains' recalls his parents’ Nazareth.

  • Reviews

    SFFS Screen Returns with New Suleiman

    Max Goldberg
    Feb 4, 2011

    Elia Suleiman’s 'The Time That Remains' recalls his parents’ Nazareth.

  • 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.

  • Feb 3 2011

    Schneider-Jarmel Clan Take ‘Balz’ to Cuba

    Michael Fox
    Feb 2, 2011

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

  • Home

    Schneider-Jarmel Clan Take ‘Balz’ to Cuba

    Michael Fox
    Feb 2, 2011

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

  • In Production

    Schneider-Jarmel Clan Take ‘Balz’ to Cuba

    Michael Fox
    Feb 2, 2011

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

  • Feb 3 2011

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

    Karen Everett
    Feb 1, 2011

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

  • Home

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

    Karen Everett
    Feb 1, 2011

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

  • Story Structure

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

    Karen Everett
    Feb 1, 2011

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

  • January 27, 2011

    SF360 Live at Sundance: Strange and Charmed Visions

    SFFS Staff
    Jan 25, 2011

    Sean Uyehara: "If you wanted, you could say that Calvin Lee Reeder channels the love child of Dario Argento and Maya Deren..."

  • January 31, 2011

    SF360 Live at Sundance: Strange and Charmed Visions

    SFFS Staff
    Jan 25, 2011

    Sean Uyehara: "If you wanted, you could say that Calvin Lee Reeder channels the love child of Dario Argento and Maya Deren..."

  • News & Blogs

    SF360 Live at Sundance: Strange and Charmed Visions

    SFFS Staff
    Jan 25, 2011

    Sean Uyehara: "If you wanted, you could say that Calvin Lee Reeder channels the love child of Dario Argento and Maya Deren..."

  • Home

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • January 27, 2011

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • Q & A

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • Home

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • January 27, 2011

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • Q & A

    Red Lantern Meetup Reels in Film Fans

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 24, 2011

    The Red Lantern Meetup group brings Asian film fans together.

  • Home

    Temporary Insanity Takes Hold at Noir City

    Max Goldberg
    Jan 21, 2011

    Noir City 9's "madness" theme means a few more gothic titles and a fresh context to appreciate noir’s signature motifs.

  • January 27, 2011

    Temporary Insanity Takes Hold at Noir City

    Max Goldberg
    Jan 21, 2011

    Noir City 9's "madness" theme means a few more gothic titles and a fresh context to appreciate noir’s signature motifs.

  • Reviews

    Temporary Insanity Takes Hold at Noir City

    Max Goldberg
    Jan 21, 2011

    Noir City 9's "madness" theme means a few more gothic titles and a fresh context to appreciate noir’s signature motifs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Home

    Alexander Excavates Educational Film Treasures

    Michael Fox
    Jan 18, 2011

    Geoff Alexander opens a window into the 20th century with a book about films for/from the classroom.

  • January 20, 2011

    Alexander Excavates Educational Film Treasures

    Michael Fox
    Jan 18, 2011

    Geoff Alexander opens a window into the 20th century with a book about films for/from the classroom.

  • Q & A

    Alexander Excavates Educational Film Treasures

    Michael Fox
    Jan 18, 2011

    Geoff Alexander opens a window into the 20th century with a book about films for/from the classroom.

  • Home

    Patrick Marks Takes a Green Eye to Noir

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 17, 2011

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

  • January 20, 2011

    Patrick Marks Takes a Green Eye to Noir

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 17, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    Patrick Marks Takes a Green Eye to Noir

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 17, 2011

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

  • Home

    'Somewhere' Seizes on Discontent

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 14, 2011

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

  • January 20, 2011

    'Somewhere' Seizes on Discontent

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 14, 2011

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

  • Reviews

    'Somewhere' Seizes on Discontent

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 14, 2011

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

  • Home

    Nanstad Tracks Down 'Sisters' Act

    Michael Fox
    Jan 12, 2011

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

  • In Production

    Nanstad Tracks Down 'Sisters' Act

    Michael Fox
    Jan 12, 2011

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

  • January 13, 2011

    Nanstad Tracks Down 'Sisters' Act

    Michael Fox
    Jan 12, 2011

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

  • Home

    VCinema Podcast Finds Its Audience

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 10, 2011

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

  • January 13, 2011

    VCinema Podcast Finds Its Audience

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 10, 2011

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

  • Q & A

    VCinema Podcast Finds Its Audience

    Adam Hartzell
    Jan 10, 2011

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

  • Home

    Politics, Sacrifice Define 'Bhutto,' Director

    Michael Fox
    Jan 5, 2011

    Director Duane Baughman's day job in direct mail/political consulting brought him unbelievable access to Benazir Bhutto.

  • In Production

    Politics, Sacrifice Define 'Bhutto,' Director

    Michael Fox
    Jan 5, 2011

    Director Duane Baughman's day job in direct mail/political consulting brought him unbelievable access to Benazir Bhutto.

  • January 6, 2010

    Politics, Sacrifice Define 'Bhutto,' Director

    Michael Fox
    Jan 5, 2011

    Director Duane Baughman's day job in direct mail/political consulting brought him unbelievable access to Benazir Bhutto.

  • 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 28, 2010

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • Home

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • January 6, 2010

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • Reviews

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • December 28, 2010

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • Home

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • January 6, 2010

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • Reviews

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

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

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

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

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

  • Home

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

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

  • Reviews

    Film 2010: Top Tens

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 23, 2010

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

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: YouTube, WeTube

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 22, 2010

    Is this what we talk about when we talk about YouTube?

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: YouTube, WeTube

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 22, 2010

    Is this what we talk about when we talk about YouTube?

  • Home

    Film 2010: YouTube, WeTube

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 22, 2010

    Is this what we talk about when we talk about YouTube?

  • Reviews

    Film 2010: YouTube, WeTube

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 22, 2010

    Is this what we talk about when we talk about YouTube?

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: We’re Not Here to Make Friends

    Hannah Eaves
    Dec 21, 2010

    'The Social Network' debate offered a moral for all of us: If you don't like this digital revolution, build one of your own.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: We’re Not Here to Make Friends

    Hannah Eaves
    Dec 21, 2010

    'The Social Network' debate offered a moral for all of us: If you don't like this digital revolution, build one of your own.

  • Digital

    Film 2010: We’re Not Here to Make Friends

    Hannah Eaves
    Dec 21, 2010

    'The Social Network' debate offered a moral for all of us: If you don't like this digital revolution, build one of your own.

  • Home

    Film 2010: We’re Not Here to Make Friends

    Hannah Eaves
    Dec 21, 2010

    'The Social Network' debate offered a moral for all of us: If you don't like this digital revolution, build one of your own.

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

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

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

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

  • Home

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

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

  • In Depth

    Film 2010: Think Globally, View Locally

    Adam Hartzell
    Dec 20, 2010

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

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • Home

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • In Production

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • December 23, 2010

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • December 28, 2010

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • Home

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • In Production

    Film 2010: The Year in Quotes

    Michael Fox
    Dec 17, 2010

    Outspoken and rarely understated, Bay Area filmmakers took center stage in 2010.

  • December 14, 2010

    'Ghost Bird' with Scott Crocker in Person

    Dec 16, 2010

    Bay Area filmmaker Scott Crocker joins the hunt for the extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and captures a bizarre story about myth, nature and economics in the process. Crocker appears in person at the Smith Rafael Film Center and Roxie Theater this week. More at roxie.com and cafilm.org.

  • December 16, 2010

    John Waters, New Leadership Renew Roxie

    Robert Avila
    Dec 15, 2010

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

  • Home

    John Waters, New Leadership Renew Roxie

    Robert Avila
    Dec 15, 2010

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

  • News & Blogs

    John Waters, New Leadership Renew Roxie

    Robert Avila
    Dec 15, 2010

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

  • 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 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 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

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

    Sara Dosa
    Dec 9, 2010

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

  • Home

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

    Sara Dosa
    Dec 9, 2010

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

  • Reviews

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

    Sara Dosa
    Dec 9, 2010

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

  • December 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 9, 2010

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

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

  • Home

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

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

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

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

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Anne McGuire

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 6, 2010

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

  • December 2, 2010

    'The Sound of Music' Offers Simpler Times, Strange Complications

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 3, 2010

    'The Sound of Music' stretches its music empire into a new century with popular sing-alongs and a new home-entertainment release. When we look back at the 1960s, the phenomenon that was—and still somewhat is—The Sound of Music seems like an anomaly. But at the time it was more like the solid rock of reassuring constancy that masses clung to as waters of bewildering change rose all around them, a three-hour oasis of clean living and cheerful melody that wouldn't go away—no matter how many antiwar protesting, unisex...

  • Home

    'The Sound of Music' Offers Simpler Times, Strange Complications

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 3, 2010

    'The Sound of Music' stretches its music empire into a new century with popular sing-alongs and a new home-entertainment release. When we look back at the 1960s, the phenomenon that was—and still somewhat is—The Sound of Music seems like an anomaly. But at the time it was more like the solid rock of reassuring constancy that masses clung to as waters of bewildering change rose all around them, a three-hour oasis of clean living and cheerful melody that wouldn't go away—no matter how many antiwar protesting, unisex...

  • December 2, 2010

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • Home

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • January 31, 2011

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • News & Blogs

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • December 2, 2010

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • Home

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • January 31, 2011

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • News & Blogs

    Sundance Announces Films in Competition

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 2, 2010

    Sundance announces its competition class of 2011, which includes Bay Area projects by Tiffany Shlain, Yoav Potash, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and David Weissman.

  • November 30, 2010

    Maya Rudolph in Conversation with Paul Lancour

    Dec 1, 2010

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

  • December 2, 2010

    De Michiel and Constantinou Offer Food for Thought

    Michael Fox
    Dec 1, 2010

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

  • Home

    De Michiel and Constantinou Offer Food for Thought

    Michael Fox
    Dec 1, 2010

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

  • In Production

    De Michiel and Constantinou Offer Food for Thought

    Michael Fox
    Dec 1, 2010

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

  • News & Blogs

    Criterioncast: Oscar Documentary Shortlist with Trailers

    Nov 30, 2010

    Bay Area filmmaker Charles Ferguson's 'Inside Job' was among the 15 documentaries on the Academy Awards shortlist. Joshua Brunsting at Criterioncast offers the full roundup with trailers. More at criterioncast.com.

  • December 2, 2010

    Writing Screenplays Is not Painting by Numbers

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Nov 30, 2010

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

  • Home

    Writing Screenplays Is not Painting by Numbers

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Nov 30, 2010

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

  • Screenwriting

    Writing Screenplays Is not Painting by Numbers

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Nov 30, 2010

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

  • Funding

    Going Guerrilla with Zombies

    Holly Million
    Nov 23, 2010

    Horror legend George Romero offers fundraising advice to first-timers: "Just make the movie. Don’t worry about the money."

  • Home

    Going Guerrilla with Zombies

    Holly Million
    Nov 23, 2010

    Horror legend George Romero offers fundraising advice to first-timers: "Just make the movie. Don’t worry about the money."

  • November 24, 2010

    Going Guerrilla with Zombies

    Holly Million
    Nov 23, 2010

    Horror legend George Romero offers fundraising advice to first-timers: "Just make the movie. Don’t worry about the money."

  • November 16, 2010

    Nora Ephron in Conversation with Paul Lancour

    Nov 22, 2010

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

  • Home

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

    Steve Anker
    Nov 19, 2010

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

  • In Depth

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

    Steve Anker
    Nov 19, 2010

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

  • November 24, 2010

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

    Steve Anker
    Nov 19, 2010

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

  • November 16, 2010

    ‘Kamui Gaiden’

    Nov 19, 2010

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

  • 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

    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

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

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

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

  • Home

    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

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

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Marlon Riggs

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 15, 2010

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

  • Home

    Manning’s ‘Al Capp’ Sketches Grandpa

    Michael Fox
    Nov 10, 2010

    Caitlin Manning takes a look at her cartoon-artist grandfather's life and legacy.

  • In Production

    Manning’s ‘Al Capp’ Sketches Grandpa

    Michael Fox
    Nov 10, 2010

    Caitlin Manning takes a look at her cartoon-artist grandfather's life and legacy.

  • November 11, 2010

    Manning’s ‘Al Capp’ Sketches Grandpa

    Michael Fox
    Nov 10, 2010

    Caitlin Manning takes a look at her cartoon-artist grandfather's life and legacy.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Cinema by the Bay/Essential SF

    Nov 5, 2010

    Now in its second year, SFFS's Cinema by the Bay brings Bay Area films and filmmakers to Mission venues the Roxie Theater, the Lab and Southern Exposure. As part of the festivities, SF360 Presents Essential SF November 8, featuring a hard-core handful of the Bay Area's vital filmmakers and institutions. Look for more on the shows at sffs.org.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    The View from Here

    Michael Fox
    Nov 4, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society's Cinema by the Bay festival puts the focus on locals.

  • Home

    The View from Here

    Michael Fox
    Nov 4, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society's Cinema by the Bay festival puts the focus on locals.

  • November 4, 2010

    The View from Here

    Michael Fox
    Nov 4, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society's Cinema by the Bay festival puts the focus on locals.

  • Festivals

    The View from Here

    Michael Fox
    Nov 4, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society's Cinema by the Bay festival puts the focus on locals.

  • Home

    The View from Here

    Michael Fox
    Nov 4, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society's Cinema by the Bay festival puts the focus on locals.

  • November 4, 2010

    The View from Here

    Michael Fox
    Nov 4, 2010

    San Francisco Film Society's Cinema by the Bay festival puts the focus on locals.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

  • Home

    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

  • November 3 2010

    Essential SF: Gail Silva

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2010

    Former Film Arts Foundation head Gail Silva continues to catalyze the film community. It would be a simple matter to collect testimonies to Gail Silva’s extraordinary impact and influence on the Bay Area film community—and beyond—from the countless artists and novices she has counseled, coached, prodded and pushed in the last 30-plus years and counting. But an extensive public appreciation already exists, you see, in the hundreds and hundreds of films, long and short, that prominently acknowledged her contribution in the end credits. The longtime executive director of Film Arts Foundation (of blessed memory) and creative and strategic consultant for a host of individual clients, Silva is deservedly included in the inaugural class of Essential SF honorees.

  • Home

    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.

  • Home

    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.

  • Festivals

    Marquee Names Light Up French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 28, 2010

    The latest finds from France's national cinema play in an SFFS showcase.

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    Marquee Names Light Up French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 28, 2010

    The latest finds from France's national cinema play in an SFFS showcase.

  • October 28, 2010

    Marquee Names Light Up French Cinema Now

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 28, 2010

    The latest finds from France's national cinema play in an SFFS showcase.

  • News & Blogs

    SF Chronicle: 'Rainin Foundation selects 10 finalists'

    Oct 27, 2010

    "Ten Bay Area filmmakers got good news this month when the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced that they had narrowed their choices to a short list of contenders competing for $225,000 in cash," writes Hugh Hart. "The awards will go toward funding projects that explore civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity. Winners will be named in November." More at SFGate.

  • Home

    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.'

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • 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.'

  • Festivals

    'Masquerades' Opens Arab Film Festival

    Robert Avila
    Oct 14, 2010

    Appearances deceive in Lyès Salem’s 'Masquerades,' at the Arab Film Festival.

  • Home

    'Masquerades' Opens Arab Film Festival

    Robert Avila
    Oct 14, 2010

    Appearances deceive in Lyès Salem’s 'Masquerades,' at the Arab Film Festival.

  • October 14, 2010

    'Masquerades' Opens Arab Film Festival

    Robert Avila
    Oct 14, 2010

    Appearances deceive in Lyès Salem’s 'Masquerades,' at the Arab Film Festival.

  • Home

    'Better This World' Takes a Look at Criminal Injustice

    Michael Fox
    Oct 13, 2010

    Two filmmakers examine the justice system in the U.S. post-Sept. 11.

  • October 14, 2010

    'Better This World' Takes a Look at Criminal Injustice

    Michael Fox
    Oct 13, 2010

    Two filmmakers examine the justice system in the U.S. post-Sept. 11.

  • 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

    Savoring Fishbone in its Third Insane Decade

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 8, 2010

    A film about the legendary band Fishbone brings California's past 25 years into close relief.

  • October 14, 2010

    Savoring Fishbone in its Third Insane Decade

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 8, 2010

    A film about the legendary band Fishbone brings California's past 25 years into close relief.

  • Q & A

    Savoring Fishbone in its Third Insane Decade

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 8, 2010

    A film about the legendary band Fishbone brings California's past 25 years into close relief.

  • October 5, 2010

    Judd Apatow in Conversation with Dave Eggers

    Oct 7, 2010

    The preeminent voice of mainstream American comedy struggled long and hard as a standup before successes '40 Year Old Virgin,' 'Knocked Up' and 'Funny People.' Writer, producer and director Judd Apatow sits down to discuss his life and work with Bay Area author and screenwriter Dave Eggers at the Herbst.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter,' 'Paulina,' 'First Person Plural'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 6, 2010

    The Bay Area's best first-person documentaries take us through a lens, darkly.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter,' 'Paulina,' 'First Person Plural'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 6, 2010

    The Bay Area's best first-person documentaries take us through a lens, darkly.

  • October 7, 2010

    Essential SF: 'Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter,' 'Paulina,' 'First Person Plural'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 6, 2010

    The Bay Area's best first-person documentaries take us through a lens, darkly.

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • Home

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • October 7, 2010

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • Home

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • October 7, 2010

    Mill Valley's 33rd Launches

    Sura Wood
    Oct 5, 2010

    Mill Valley brings an eclectic collection of indies and world cinema to audiences.

  • Home

    'Left in the Dark' Savors the Bay Area's Cinema Past, Present

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 4, 2010

    Photo/essay book 'Left in the Dark' offers a way in—and out of—San Francisco cinema's rich, gritty, glamorous past.

  • October 7, 2010

    'Left in the Dark' Savors the Bay Area's Cinema Past, Present

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 4, 2010

    Photo/essay book 'Left in the Dark' offers a way in—and out of—San Francisco cinema's rich, gritty, glamorous past.

  • Q & A

    'Left in the Dark' Savors the Bay Area's Cinema Past, Present

    Susan Gerhard
    Oct 4, 2010

    Photo/essay book 'Left in the Dark' offers a way in—and out of—San Francisco cinema's rich, gritty, glamorous past.

  • 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.

  • Home

    Rwanda Moves Forward in New Documentary

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 30, 2010

    The latest Deborah Scranton film takes another look at the Rwandan genocide.

  • Q & A

    Rwanda Moves Forward in New Documentary

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 30, 2010

    The latest Deborah Scranton film takes another look at the Rwandan genocide.

  • September 30, 2010

    Rwanda Moves Forward in New Documentary

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 30, 2010

    The latest Deborah Scranton film takes another look at the Rwandan genocide.

  • September 21, 2010

    Distro 2010: Distribution for Independent Filmmakers Today

    Sep 29, 2010

    This Bay Area Video Coalition panel includes representatives from Microcinema International and Filmmakers Collaborative discussing the many emerging choices independent filmmakers have for releasing their films.

  • september 29, 2010

    Distro 2010: Distribution for Independent Filmmakers Today

    Sep 29, 2010

    This Bay Area Video Coalition panel includes representatives from Microcinema International and Filmmakers Collaborative discussing the many emerging choices independent filmmakers have for releasing their films.

  • Home

    Local Filmmakers Pour into Mill Valley

    Michael Fox
    Sep 29, 2010

    Bay Area filmmakers find a platform at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • In Production

    Local Filmmakers Pour into Mill Valley

    Michael Fox
    Sep 29, 2010

    Bay Area filmmakers find a platform at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • September 30, 2010

    Local Filmmakers Pour into Mill Valley

    Michael Fox
    Sep 29, 2010

    Bay Area filmmakers find a platform at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Chan Is Missing,' 'Thousand Pieces of Gold,' 'Heat and Sunlight'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2010

    San Francisco narrative filmmakers offer nuanced visions of their city.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Chan Is Missing,' 'Thousand Pieces of Gold,' 'Heat and Sunlight'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2010

    San Francisco narrative filmmakers offer nuanced visions of their city.

  • September 30, 2010

    Essential SF: 'Chan Is Missing,' 'Thousand Pieces of Gold,' 'Heat and Sunlight'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 28, 2010

    San Francisco narrative filmmakers offer nuanced visions of their city.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Home

    Irving Glides from Parrots to Pelicans

    Michael Fox
    Sep 22, 2010

    Judy Irving goes from parrots to pelicans with her new documentary.

  • September 23, 2010

    Irving Glides from Parrots to Pelicans

    Michael Fox
    Sep 22, 2010

    Judy Irving goes from parrots to pelicans with her new documentary.

  • Home

    Altman Versus the World

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 20, 2010

    A series at the Roxie mines the fault lines in Robert Altman's varied oeuvre.

  • Reviews

    Altman Versus the World

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 20, 2010

    A series at the Roxie mines the fault lines in Robert Altman's varied oeuvre.

  • September 23, 2010

    Altman Versus the World

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 20, 2010

    A series at the Roxie mines the fault lines in Robert Altman's varied oeuvre.

  • 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

    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

    Canada.com: 'How Facebook Got Involved in Human Rights'

    Sep 15, 2010

    A Bay Area filmmaker's trip to Africa cemented her "bond with Facebook and created a new way for human rights activists to spread the word--while promoting the social networking site's month-old streaming video channel," writes Alex Ben Block. More at Canada.com.

  • 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.

  • Digital

    Online Film Contests: Friend or Foe?

    Hannah Eaves
    Sep 14, 2010

    Contemplating the pros and cons of entering online film contests.

  • Home

    Online Film Contests: Friend or Foe?

    Hannah Eaves
    Sep 14, 2010

    Contemplating the pros and cons of entering online film contests.

  • September 16, 2010

    Online Film Contests: Friend or Foe?

    Hannah Eaves
    Sep 14, 2010

    Contemplating the pros and cons of entering online film contests.

  • 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.

  • Home

    'Them Greeks' Tests Independent Digital Production Model

    Jessica Sapick
    Sep 7, 2010

    An animator collaborates over the ether to bring 'Them Greeks....!' to life.

  • Q & A

    'Them Greeks' Tests Independent Digital Production Model

    Jessica Sapick
    Sep 7, 2010

    An animator collaborates over the ether to bring 'Them Greeks....!' to life.

  • September 9 2010

    'Them Greeks' Tests Independent Digital Production Model

    Jessica Sapick
    Sep 7, 2010

    An animator collaborates over the ether to bring 'Them Greeks....!' to life.

  • Festivals

    Telluride Unveils 37th Film Festival

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 3, 2010

    Surprising themes and high profile documentaries are among the highlights of the Telluride 2010 lineup.

  • Home

    Telluride Unveils 37th Film Festival

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 3, 2010

    Surprising themes and high profile documentaries are among the highlights of the Telluride 2010 lineup.

  • September 9 2010

    Telluride Unveils 37th Film Festival

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Sep 3, 2010

    Surprising themes and high profile documentaries are among the highlights of the Telluride 2010 lineup.

  • Home

    The Price of Fame

    George Rush
    Aug 31, 2010

    When filming a public figure, the rights to privacy as well as publicity need to be considered.

  • Legal

    The Price of Fame

    George Rush
    Aug 31, 2010

    When filming a public figure, the rights to privacy as well as publicity need to be considered.

  • September 2, 2010

    The Price of Fame

    George Rush
    Aug 31, 2010

    When filming a public figure, the rights to privacy as well as publicity need to be considered.

  • Home

    Bar-Lev on the True 'Tillman Story'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 30, 2010

    Amir Bar-Lev follows a family's continuing fight in 'The Tillman Story.'

  • Q & A

    Bar-Lev on the True 'Tillman Story'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 30, 2010

    Amir Bar-Lev follows a family's continuing fight in 'The Tillman Story.'

  • September 2, 2010

    Bar-Lev on the True 'Tillman Story'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 30, 2010

    Amir Bar-Lev follows a family's continuing fight in 'The Tillman Story.'

  • Home

    Two Zimbalists and 'Two Escobars'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 27, 2010

    The stories of an assassinated soccer star and the nation's most notorious criminal merge in a portrait of '80s-'90s Colombia.

  • Reviews

    Two Zimbalists and 'Two Escobars'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 27, 2010

    The stories of an assassinated soccer star and the nation's most notorious criminal merge in a portrait of '80s-'90s Colombia.

  • September 2, 2010

    Two Zimbalists and 'Two Escobars'

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 27, 2010

    The stories of an assassinated soccer star and the nation's most notorious criminal merge in a portrait of '80s-'90s Colombia.

  • August 26 ,2010

    A Vampire Weekend at YBCA

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 26, 2010

    Three vampire films capture more than the imagination. That the vogue for vampire melodramas may have run its course is clear enough from the appearance of Vampires Suck (in theaters as of this writing, though not likely much past it) and the news that the American redo of the 2008 Swedish indie hit, Let the Right One In, will be titled "Let Me In." Just like that, a lovely slice of pop-baroque gets reprocessed as a pathetic whine. No matter: as long there is cinema, the vampire will reemerge. Ever since the twin pinnacles of Nosferatu (1922) and Vampyr (1932), in which two of early cinema’s. . .

  • Home

    A Vampire Weekend at YBCA

    Max Goldberg
    Aug 26, 2010

    Three vampire films capture more than the imagination. That the vogue for vampire melodramas may have run its course is clear enough from the appearance of Vampires Suck (in theaters as of this writing, though not likely much past it) and the news that the American redo of the 2008 Swedish indie hit, Let the Right One In, will be titled "Let Me In." Just like that, a lovely slice of pop-baroque gets reprocessed as a pathetic whine. No matter: as long there is cinema, the vampire will reemerge. Ever since the twin pinnacles of Nosferatu (1922) and Vampyr (1932), in which two of early cinema’s. . .

  • August 26 ,2010

    Medina Stokes SF-set ‘Furnace’

    Michael Fox
    Aug 25, 2010

    Dolissa Medina uncovers more ashes in a new, historical piece on San Francisco and its many great fires.

  • Home

    Medina Stokes SF-set ‘Furnace’

    Michael Fox
    Aug 25, 2010

    Dolissa Medina uncovers more ashes in a new, historical piece on San Francisco and its many great fires.

  • In Production

    Medina Stokes SF-set ‘Furnace’

    Michael Fox
    Aug 25, 2010

    Dolissa Medina uncovers more ashes in a new, historical piece on San Francisco and its many great fires.

  • August 17, 2010

    'Everything Strange and New' Director in Person

    Aug 22, 2010

    Bay Area filmmaker Frazer Bradshaw appears in person at the Smith Rafael Film Center to present and discuss a screening of 'Everything Strange and New,' a contemporary meditation on adulthood in our uncertain times.

  • August 17, 2010

    Junichi Suzuki's War Documentaries

    Aug 17, 2010

    'Live with Honor, Die with Dignity' and 'Toyo's Camera,' two films by Bay Area filmmaker Junichi Suzuki that look at the war at home and abroad for Japanese Americans during WWII, play three final days August 17-19 at Viz Cinema.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 08-05-2010

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • Festivals

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • Home

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • 08-05-2010

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • Festivals

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • Home

    Looking to the Skies for Cinema

    Gianmaria Franchini
    Aug 5, 2010

    Think summer's almost over? In the Bay Area, think again: Outdoor screenings are just getting started.

  • 08-05-2010

    Subtext: Catching the Drift Beneath the Dialogue

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Aug 3, 2010

    Memorable lines of dialogue are like the tips of icebergs, floating above vast, submerged mountains of character history, and more.

  • Home

    Subtext: Catching the Drift Beneath the Dialogue

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Aug 3, 2010

    Memorable lines of dialogue are like the tips of icebergs, floating above vast, submerged mountains of character history, and more.

  • Screenwriting

    Subtext: Catching the Drift Beneath the Dialogue

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Aug 3, 2010

    Memorable lines of dialogue are like the tips of icebergs, floating above vast, submerged mountains of character history, and more.

  • News & Blogs

    KTVU.com: 'Moneyball' Draws Extra Crowds, Revenue

    Aug 2, 2010

    Shooting for Moneyball, with Brad Pitt playing the part of thrifty Oakland Athletic's owner Billy Beane, has drawn thousands of Bay Area residents for extra roles and provided a source of revenue for Oakland. More at KTVU.com.

  • 08-05-2010

    'Winnebago Man' Hits the Road

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 2, 2010

    Director Ben Steinbauer and Bay Area-based producer Malcolm Pullinger talk about anger, RVs, and "going viral" with their new film.

  • Home

    'Winnebago Man' Hits the Road

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 2, 2010

    Director Ben Steinbauer and Bay Area-based producer Malcolm Pullinger talk about anger, RVs, and "going viral" with their new film.

  • Q & A

    'Winnebago Man' Hits the Road

    Susan Gerhard
    Aug 2, 2010

    Director Ben Steinbauer and Bay Area-based producer Malcolm Pullinger talk about anger, RVs, and "going viral" with their new film.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Brother Outsider,' 'Weather Underground'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2010

    Three Bay Area documentaries correct the historical record.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Brother Outsider,' 'Weather Underground'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2010

    Three Bay Area documentaries correct the historical record.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Brother Outsider,' 'Weather Underground'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2010

    Three Bay Area documentaries correct the historical record.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Berkeley in the Sixties,' 'Brother Outsider,' 'Weather Underground'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 28, 2010

    Three Bay Area documentaries correct the historical record.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Crumb,' 'Cockettes'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 23, 2010

    Three films document essential chunks of San Francisco's tragic and mythic past, told in empathetic but non-hagiographic testimony.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Crumb,' 'Cockettes'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 23, 2010

    Three films document essential chunks of San Francisco's tragic and mythic past, told in empathetic but non-hagiographic testimony.

  • Home

    Essential SF: 'Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Crumb,' 'Cockettes'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 23, 2010

    Three films document essential chunks of San Francisco's tragic and mythic past, told in empathetic but non-hagiographic testimony.

  • In Depth

    Essential SF: 'Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Crumb,' 'Cockettes'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 23, 2010

    Three films document essential chunks of San Francisco's tragic and mythic past, told in empathetic but non-hagiographic testimony.

  • 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.

  • Home

    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.

  • Home

    Koons Garcia Runs Fingers Through 'Soil'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 14, 2010

    Deborah Koons Garcia's latest film explores the mystery and complexities of one of the earth's most valuable resources.

  • In Production

    Koons Garcia Runs Fingers Through 'Soil'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 14, 2010

    Deborah Koons Garcia's latest film explores the mystery and complexities of one of the earth's most valuable resources.

  • Home

    Charlotte Buchen, Wheels Turning

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 12, 2010

    Charlotte Buchen’s Bay Area Street Portraits take us on a ride with the everyday bicycling citizen of Berkeley and Oakland.

  • Home

    Charlotte Buchen, Wheels Turning

    Adam Hartzell
    Jul 12, 2010

    Charlotte Buchen’s Bay Area Street Portraits take us on a ride with the everyday bicycling citizen of Berkeley and Oakland.

  • Home

    Perkins Places 'Trust' in Convicts and Parolees

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2010

    Tamara Perkins' The Trust is intended to provide a rare lens into the lives of incarcerated men and their families.

  • In Production

    Perkins Places 'Trust' in Convicts and Parolees

    Michael Fox
    Jul 7, 2010

    Tamara Perkins' The Trust is intended to provide a rare lens into the lives of incarcerated men and their families.

  • Home

    Crafting Motifs in Documentary Films

    Karen Everett
    Jul 6, 2010

    Choosing and implementing the right motif can help convey a narrative documentary's theme.

    Now…what exactly is a motif? And why would you want to edit one into a documentary film?
    During one of my recent group coaching calls, we addressed these questions. . . .

  • Home

    Media Pulse: A Crude Interpretation of the Law

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jul 1, 2010

    Jennifer Preissel examines the film and the court case that could redefine a journalist’s protection under First Amendment rights.

  • In Depth

    Media Pulse: A Crude Interpretation of the Law

    Jennifer Preissel
    Jul 1, 2010

    Jennifer Preissel examines the film and the court case that could redefine a journalist’s protection under First Amendment rights.

  • Home

    Guevara-Flanagan Soars with 'Wonder Woman'

    Michael Fox
    Jun 30, 2010

    East Bay filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan muscles her way through her new documentary feature, The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman.

  • In Production

    Guevara-Flanagan Soars with 'Wonder Woman'

    Michael Fox
    Jun 30, 2010

    East Bay filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan muscles her way through her new documentary feature, The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • First Person

    Fast-Track Filmmaking with the 48 Hour Film Project

    Ryan Riddle
    Jun 14, 2010

    Making a film called Stagecoach in the Sky as part of the 48 Hour Film Project requires planning, as well as a flying boat.

  • News & Blogs

    San Francisco Habitue John Waters Offers Role Models

    Michael Fox
    Jun 10, 2010

    With a new book, gallery exhibition, appearances on local radio and stages, John Waters is quickly becoming a Bay Area fixture, a welcome addition to the film and cultural landscape.

  • In Production

    Koppelman Maps International Cybercrime, Cuban Opera

    Michael Fox
    Jun 9, 2010

    Charles Koppelman's documentary in progress, Zero Day, exposes each of three threats to the Internet: cybercrime, cyberespionage and cyberwarfare.

  • Q & A

    Bowden Exposes San Francisco in Full Picture

    Michael Fox
    Jun 7, 2010

    San Francisco filmmaker Jon Bowden brings a second comic feature, The Full Picture, to screens.

  • Reviews

    Field's Anti-Apartheid Series Returns to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 4, 2010

    By any measure, the long-awaited release of Have You Heard from Johannesburg? shapes up to be one of the major documentary events of 2010.

  • Reviews

    Field's Anti-Apartheid Series Returns to Bay Area

    Michael Fox
    Jun 4, 2010

    By any measure, the long-awaited release of Have You Heard from Johannesburg? shapes up to be one of the major documentary events of 2010.

  • Story Structure

    Thinking Like a Screenwriter for your Documentary

    Karen Everett
    May 31, 2010

    Moving past genre distinctions may help some filmmakers find the best dramatic arc and the most powerful truths.

  • Reviews

    Merchant-Ivory: A Look Back

    Dennis Harvey
    May 27, 2010

    A literary adaptation filled with first-class actors in sumptuous settings, City doesn't fall too far from the familiar Merchant-Ivory tree.

  • Reviews

    Merchant-Ivory: A Look Back

    Dennis Harvey
    May 27, 2010

    A literary adaptation filled with first-class actors in sumptuous settings, City doesn't fall too far from the familiar Merchant-Ivory tree.

  • 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).

  • Reviews

    Stevenson's Oddball Scandinavian Cinema

    Dennis Harvey
    May 21, 2010

    Former San Franciscan Jack Stevenson returns from Denmark to promote the U.S. publication of Scandinavian Blue: The Erotic Cinema of Sweden and Denmark in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Q & A

    Poitras's Unexpected Path to 'The Oath'

    Jessica Sapick
    May 16, 2010

    Laura Poitras speaks during SFIFF53 about the process of creating The Oath from the stories of Osama Bin Laden's former bodyguard and driver.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    Ideas that Last at the Disposable Film Festival

    Adam Hartzell
    May 11, 2010

    I sat down for a chat with Festival Director and cofounder Carlton Evans, Art Director Rebecca Bortman, and Jessica Meek, project coordinator for a fest sponsor.

  • Funding

    A Short Guide to Funding Short Narratives

    Holly Million
    May 11, 2010

    If you re making a short narrative, foundations give you no respect. Financiers turn a cold shoulder. Government grantors snort. And festivals slot your film Sunday at midnight.

  • Reviews

    Conner Forever Moving Forward

    Dennis Harvey
    May 10, 2010

    Bruce Conner, the sculptor, painter, photographer and filmmaker who loomed large in the Bay Area's shifting avant-garde currents for 50 years, resurfaces with Three Screen Ray.

  • Reviews

    Conner Forever Moving Forward

    Dennis Harvey
    May 10, 2010

    Bruce Conner, the sculptor, painter, photographer and filmmaker who loomed large in the Bay Area's shifting avant-garde currents for 50 years, resurfaces with Three Screen Ray.

  • News & Blogs

    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: 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: 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.

  • Festivals

    SFIFF53 Reports: James Schamus, Roger Ebert and the Writing Life

    Dennis Harvey
    May 3, 2010

    Few would argue that a good movie often starts with a good story. Yet it has been the screenwriter s lot to be underappreciated.

  • In Depth

    Dialogues: Gary Snyder on Art, Anarchy and the Environment

    Robert Avila
    May 3, 2010

    Poet, essayist, environmentalist, Buddhist, public intellectual and teacher Gary Snyder speaks on life and the making of 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • Q & A

    Dialogues: Gary Snyder on Art, Anarchy and the Environment

    Robert Avila
    May 3, 2010

    Poet, essayist, environmentalist, Buddhist, public intellectual and teacher Gary Snyder speaks on life and the making of 'The Practice of the Wild.'

  • 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 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

    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.

  • Legal

    Do You Pass the Test?

    George Rush
    Apr 26, 2010

    You are awesome. Spectacular, incredible, interesting, accomplished and generally just way awesome. Everyone wants to hear every possible thing there is to know about you.

  • 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.

  • 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.'

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Rajendra Serber's Confident Steps into Film

    Michael Fox
    Apr 13, 2010

    From Michael Powell to Carlos Saura to Sally Potter, a stratum of directors has progressively reimagined the relationship between dance and film.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Living on Default line in Bakalian Doc

    Michael Fox
    Apr 6, 2010

    The new law reforming the Federal student loan program will save billions and help millions. But it won t make Serge Bakalian s debt expos‚ superfluous.

  • In Production

    Living on Default line in Bakalian Doc

    Michael Fox
    Apr 6, 2010

    The new law reforming the Federal student loan program will save billions and help millions. But it won t make Serge Bakalian s debt expos‚ superfluous.

  • Story Structure

    The Empathetic Storyteller

    Karen Everett
    Apr 6, 2010

    Beware of Save the Day My Way Syndrome. Now, learn from your mistakes.

  • Q & A

    Rosen's Insights into 53rd San Francisco International

    Michael Fox
    Apr 5, 2010

    With opening night approaching, Rachel Rosen talked about her L.A. Rolodex, the function of festivals in a broadband world and her favorites in the festival.

  • Reviews

    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.

  • 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.

  • Digital

    Sights and Sounds of South by Southwest

    Hannah Eaves
    Mar 24, 2010

    Tens of thousands of artists, aficionados and businesspeople flock to Austin for a festival that is part online conference, part film festival, and more than part music.

  • In Production

    Riffe's Raw Milk Germ

    Michael Fox
    Mar 23, 2010

    There's so much about this product called milk that we think we know everything about, declares Jed Riffe with his usual blend of enthusiasm and amazement.

  • Screenwriting

    Childhood's Richness on Film

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Mar 23, 2010

    When a child assumes center stage on film, the potential for both thematic richness and unexpected plot directions increases exponentially.

  • Q & A

    Karim Ahmad on ITVS's Forward-Thinking FUTURESTATES

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 21, 2010

    Think of U.S. public television and science fiction or any type of fiction doesn't spring to mind. ITVS aims to change that perception with a series of mini-features.

  • Festivals

    SF International Asian American Film Festival's Archival Tour

    Adam Hartzell
    Mar 19, 2010

    A theme that emerged in this year s SFIAFF was the importance of archives in the film world.

  • 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

    '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.

  • 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.

  • Q & A

    'Village' a New Look at New Orleans

    Judy Stone
    Mar 10, 2010

    S. Leo Chiang knew what it was like to be an outsider in the U.S., so the rebellion of Vietnamese residents in New Orleans was an ideal subject.

  • 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

    West with 'Sweetgrass'

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 9, 2010

    There will probably never be a theatrical release for James Benning's landscape movies. Amazingly, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor have scored distribution and made a splash.

  • Reviews

    Pixar's Latest Oscar High

    Michael Fox
    Mar 8, 2010

    Cementing its status as the preeminent animation company of the 00s, Pixar won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature for the third time in seven years.

  • Reviews

    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

    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.

  • Funding

    Do Ask, Do Tell

    Holly Million
    Mar 1, 2010

    I've asked people for all kinds of money for all kinds of reasons. Whether I'm asking for $1,000 or $100,000, I've found some key concepts rule.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Cohen and Lipman's Recovering Friend in Forest

    Michael Fox
    Feb 23, 2010

    Injured in a crash on the Golden Gate Bridge, Dr. Grace Dammann spent 45 days in a coma and 13 months in the hospital.

  • Festivals

    Cinequest at 20

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 21, 2010

    Wasn't it just yesterday that Cinequest was the scrappy upstart amongst Bay Area festivals? Apparently not: San Jose's annual cinematic blowout is entering its third decade.

  • Festivals

    Cinequest at 20

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 21, 2010

    Wasn't it just yesterday that Cinequest was the scrappy upstart amongst Bay Area festivals? Apparently not: San Jose's annual cinematic blowout is entering its third decade.

  • Reviews

    Freak Flag Flying at YBCA

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2010

    YBCA has sustained a major place in S.F.'s cultural landscape without receiving the due it would have had its mission been narrower and more easily defined.

  • Reviews

    Freak Flag Flying at YBCA

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 17, 2010

    YBCA has sustained a major place in S.F.'s cultural landscape without receiving the due it would have had its mission been narrower and more easily defined.

  • Reviews

    As Oscars Approach, Winners Still Up in the Air

    Dennis Harvey
    Feb 16, 2010

    Last month's nominations announcement was anticipated with unusual interest, largely because the Academy reverted to ten Best Picture nominees, a practice abandoned in 1943.

  • Q & A

    Ehrlich, Goldsmith on Pentagon Papers

    Michael Fox
    Feb 14, 2010

    The Oscar nomination for The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is a validation of the doc's right-now relevance.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Wendy Slick's 'Virtuoso' Turn

    Michael Fox
    Feb 9, 2010

    Olga Samaroff, the path-breaking 20th-century concert pianist, critic and teacher, was born Lucy Hickenlooper in San Antonio, Texas. That's right, she reinvented herself.

  • Story Structure

    Best Length for Documentary Films

    Karen Everett
    Feb 9, 2010

    How long should your documentary be? If your audience begins to glaze over or feel restless, you've lost the opportunity to leave them wanting more.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    SF Indiefest at Twelve

    Matt Sussman
    Feb 4, 2010

    It s a strange time for independent film, with scaled-back specialty divisions and online self-distribution, but SF Indiefest remains a champion of the unsung and un-buzzable.

  • Reviews

    Pacific Film Archive's Young Filmmakers on Big Screen

    Jane Riccobono
    Feb 3, 2010

    In the YouTube-Facebook-viral video era, it's hard to remember the time when youth-made media was rare.

  • Reviews

    Pacific Film Archive's Young Filmmakers on Big Screen

    Jane Riccobono
    Feb 3, 2010

    In the YouTube-Facebook-viral video era, it's hard to remember the time when youth-made media was rare.

  • Reviews

    Bay Area's Strong Presence at 82nd Oscars

    Susan Gerhard
    Feb 3, 2010

    Films with Bay Area connections featured prominently in the 82nd Academy Award nominations announced yesterday.

  • 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: Jennie-Marie Adler

    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: Ilya Tovbis

    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.

  • Reviews

    'Fish Tank's Essex truth

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 28, 2010

    Writer-director Andrea Arnold created a stir with her first feature Red Road, but her new film is arguably an even stronger work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Q & A

    Stephen Talbot's World Music

    Ryan Prendiville
    Jan 24, 2010

    Stephen Talbot left PBS s Frontline World to create and develop original media properties, including a globe-trotting TV series about world music.

  • Q & A

    Butchers Chop Shop at Sundance

    Glen Helfand
    Jan 21, 2010

    The Butcher Brothers The Violent Kind is a nightmare-with-bikers-in-the-woods fantasy shot in Petaluma and Cotati, and it fits their collaborative moniker.

  • Q & A

    Butchers Chop Shop at Sundance

    Glen Helfand
    Jan 21, 2010

    The Butcher Brothers The Violent Kind is a nightmare-with-bikers-in-the-woods fantasy shot in Petaluma and Cotati, and it fits their collaborative moniker.

  • Festivals

    Darkness Of Noir City On Castro Screen

    Dennis Harvey
    Jan 20, 2010

    In late January, many tune their radar to the snowy, showy glare of Sundance. With Noir City here, the stay-at-homes are the luckier ones.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Connie Field's Magnum Opus on Anti-Apartheid Movement

    Michael Fox
    Jan 12, 2010

    By any measure, the long-awaited release of Have You Heard from Johannesburg? shapes up to be one of the major documentary events of 2010.

  • Funding

    Road-Tested Rules For Bang-up Fundraising Events

    Holly Million
    Jan 12, 2010

    Seems like every filmmaker I know is ready to party! Everyone s throwing fundraising events for their films. So many babes in the party-planning woods.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Q & A

    Animal-Rescue Mine In Katrina's Emotional Aftermath

    Michael Fox
    Jan 7, 2010

    Geralyn Pezanoski s doc about the separation and occasional reunion of pets and owners in post-Katrina New Orleans beat the shelf-life odds.

  • In Production

    Nani Walker's 'Other Nature' At 15,000 Feet

    Michael Fox
    Jan 5, 2010

    Nani Sahra Walker went to Nepal for seven months, and returned with a one-hour documentary. OK, a rough cut. No big deal? Enlightenment guaranteed, indeed.

  • In Production

    Nani Walker's 'Other Nature' At 15,000 Feet

    Michael Fox
    Jan 5, 2010

    Nani Sahra Walker went to Nepal for seven months, and returned with a one-hour documentary. OK, a rough cut. No big deal? Enlightenment guaranteed, indeed.

  • Q & A

    George Csicsery's Hard Problems

    Michael Fox
    Jan 4, 2010

    With more than 25 documentaries to his credit, many on mathematicians and scientists, George Csicsery is arguably the most prolific filmmaker in the Bay Area.

  • Q & A

    George Csicsery's Hard Problems

    Michael Fox
    Jan 4, 2010

    With more than 25 documentaries to his credit, many on mathematicians and scientists, George Csicsery is arguably the most prolific filmmaker in the Bay Area.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Thoughts On the Aughts: Best/Worst Trends

    Susan Gerard
    Dec 31, 2009

    While the U.S. moved from rebuilding decimated skyscrapers to the rebuilding of an entire economy, film moved from the multiplex to the mailbox to the mobile.

  • Reviews

    Thoughts On the Aughts: Best/Worst Trends

    Susan Gerard
    Dec 31, 2009

    While the U.S. moved from rebuilding decimated skyscrapers to the rebuilding of an entire economy, film moved from the multiplex to the mailbox to the mobile.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Top 10s of the 2000s

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 30, 2009

    Not surprisingly, Bay Area critics, fans, exhibitors and filmmakers did not arrive at a consensus on the best films of the decade.

  • Reviews

    Top 10s of the 2000s

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 30, 2009

    Not surprisingly, Bay Area critics, fans, exhibitors and filmmakers did not arrive at a consensus on the best films of the decade.

  • Reviews

    Top 10s of 2009: Insiders and Fans

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 29, 2009

    It was a big year for 3D, but Bay Area critics and film-industry folk found many other dimensions in the cinema of 2009.

  • Reviews

    Top 10s of 2009: Insiders and Fans

    Susan Gerhard
    Dec 29, 2009

    It was a big year for 3D, but Bay Area critics and film-industry folk found many other dimensions in the cinema of 2009.

  • Reviews

    3D Reloaded: Where Does 3D Go From Here?

    Sean Uyehara
    Dec 27, 2009

    The release of Avatar puts a fitting capstone on a frenzied campaign by studios to reintroduce stereoscopic 3-D to audiences in 2009.

  • Reviews

    After Sept. 11, 2001, A Decade Found Its Way

    B. Ruby Rich
    Dec 23, 2009

    On Sept. 13, 2001, I stood in a Toronto park and spoke to Canadian television: Movies wouldn't be the same. I was wrong.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Filmmakers Stuff 'Bag!' With Self-Distribution Dreams

    Michael Fox
    Dec 15, 2009

    Filmmakers Justine Jacob And Alex da Silva release the documentary Ready, Set, Bag!, which follows competitive grocery baggers from across the country.

  • 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."

  • Reviews

    Holiday Film Preview, Part II

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 11, 2009

    Dennis Harvey weighs in on the upcoming films of the holiday season.

  • Festivals

    Wintering with the SF Silent Film Festival

    Dennis Harvey
    Dec 9, 2009

    Highlights from the 2009 San Francisco Silent Film Festival winter event.

  • 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.

  • Digital

    Coming Around to 'Convergence'

    Hannah Eaves
    Dec 7, 2009

    The 6th Screen: Hannah Eaves compiles some questions about "convergence", the increasingly popular practice of combining television and computer usage.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Workin' It: 'La Danse" and "Everything Strange and New'

    Michael Fox
    Dec 4, 2009

    Frederick Wiseman documents the frantic routine of choreographers for the Paris Opera Ballet as Frazer Bradshaw gives a more familiar portrayal of workplace satisfaction.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Antonelli's 'Crossing Over' and Cooke's Soulful Genius

    Michael Fox
    Dec 1, 2009

    Marin County filmmaker John Antonelli talks about his documentary on influential late singer-songwriter Sam Cooke for PBS's "American Masters" series.

  • 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

    Feast Your Eyes: A Holiday Film Preview

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 25, 2009

    Dennis Harvey weighs in on the upcoming films of the holiday season.

  • Reviews

    Feast Your Eyes: A Holiday Film Preview

    Dennis Harvey
    Nov 25, 2009

    Dennis Harvey weighs in on the upcoming films of the holiday season.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Daven Gee Docs on the New American Family

    Michael Fox
    Nov 17, 2009

    Two films from Oakland filmmakers, Dhana & Indra and Family 2469, illuminate the changing face of the country as the 21st Century unfolds.

  • Reviews

    Daven Gee Docs on the New American Family

    Michael Fox
    Nov 17, 2009

    Two films from Oakland filmmakers, Dhana & Indra and Family 2469, illuminate the changing face of the country as the 21st Century unfolds.

  • Screenwriting

    Carmen Madden on Watching People, Writing Characters

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Nov 16, 2009

    Writer/director Carmen Madden's writing reflects just how intimately she comes to see and know a screenplay's world and the characters that inhabit it.

  • Reviews

    On the Road Before 'The Recess Ends'

    Michael Fox
    Nov 10, 2009

    Shot in depressed burgs and 'burbs across the country, this documentary looks at the U.S. at its lowest economic ebb in generations.

  • Funding

    How to Entice and Reward Potential Donors

    Holly Million
    Nov 10, 2009

    Here are a few ways to both entice and reward your donors, as well as some tips for thanking them when all's said and done.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Marissa Aroy Unearths Forgotten California history

    Michael Fox
    Nov 3, 2009

    Aroy's film excavates the history and contributions of Filipino farmworkers in the Golden State since the 1920s.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Don't Criticize it: 'Holding On to Jah'

    Michael Fox
    Oct 28, 2009

    It’s hard to imagine a venue where the new documentary Holding On to Jah will sound better than it did at Mezzanine last Wednesday night.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Live from Mill Valley: Woody Harrelson and Uma Thurman

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 19, 2009

    At their respective festival tributes, the actors gave entertaining and revealing onstage interviews.

  • Q & A

    Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze and 'Wild Things'

    Michael Read
    Oct 19, 2009

    Where the Wild Things Are is directed by Spike Jonze from a screenplay by Jonze and Bay Area–based writer Dave Eggers, based on the classic 1963 picture book by Maurice Sendak.

  • Q & A

    Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze and 'Wild Things'

    Michael Read
    Oct 19, 2009

    Where the Wild Things Are is directed by Spike Jonze from a screenplay by Jonze and Bay Area–based writer Dave Eggers, based on the classic 1963 picture book by Maurice Sendak.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Christopher Upham Back to 'Dakto,' Vietnam

    Michael Fox
    Oct 13, 2009

    The writer has had ample opportunity in the last 40 years to come to terms with his stint as an ambulance driver and medic.

  • Screenwriting

    The Importance of Supporting Characters

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Oct 13, 2009

    Beyond Words: The people who back up the main character are often key sources of revelation, unmasking aspects of personality, motivation and backstory.

  • Q & A

    Pamela Jean Smith Brings Home Movies to Big Screen

    Max Goldberg
    Oct 12, 2009

    Though often made for private reasons, home movies are treasure troves of culture ephemera and social history.

  • Festivals

    Mill Valley Film Festival's 32nd

    Dennis Harvey
    Oct 9, 2009

    The program offers a surprisingly potent mainstream industry presence, with tributes to A-list types more frequently seen at the multiplex than at the art house.

  • First Person

    A Fat Line Between Love and Hate

    David Munro
    Oct 6, 2009

    First Person: How can people respond in diametric and, at times, vitriolic opposition to the same film? Mine.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Digital

    TechCrunch 50: Clicker and AnyClip

    Hannah Eaves
    Sep 28, 2009

    AnyClip and Clicker are standouts at TechCrunch's annual conference, where startups a chance to pitch to expert judges and investors.

  • Q & A

    The Impact of Joe Berlinger's 'Crude'

    Susan Gerhard
    Sep 25, 2009

    Joe Berlinger speaks about the making of an environmental disaster in the Amazon, as seen in his new film, Crude.

  • In Production

    Simon and Gosling Play Strachwitz's Tunes

    Michael Fox
    Sep 23, 2009

    Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling's documentary-in-progress, tentatively titled No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records, pays tribute to an underappreciated artist.

  • In Production

    Simon and Gosling Play Strachwitz's Tunes

    Michael Fox
    Sep 23, 2009

    Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling's documentary-in-progress, tentatively titled No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records, pays tribute to an underappreciated artist.

  • Story Structure

    Organizing your bins effectively

    Karen Everett
    Sep 22, 2009

    The Edit Room: Learning how to organize saves you time and money in the editing process; a walk-through just how to do it.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    Toronto International Film Festival 2009

    B. Ruby Rich
    Sep 19, 2009

    The Toronto International Film Festival has always allowed a generosity of pursuits to co-exist, rewarding the adventurous and satiating the lazy, all without judgment.

  • Q & A

    Lucrecia Martel and "The Headless Woman"

    Gail Spilsbury
    Sep 18, 2009

    To viewers of Lucrecia Martel's earlier work, The Headless Woman is the crowning achievement; the filmmaker speaks about her vision of the world.

  • Reviews

    Columbia Pictures' noir lights at the Roxie

    Dennis Harvey
    Sep 17, 2009

    The Roxie's Best of Columbia Noir seroes features great films capitalizing on a simple formula: a girl, a guy and a gun.

  • In Production

    Telles charts 'Storm' of Mexican Revolution

    Michael Fox
    Sep 15, 2009

    Ray Telles's ambitious two-hour film, The Storm that Swept Mexico, with a budget north of $1.2 million, reaches out to the world.

  • Funding

    Writing a Kick-Ass Funding Proposal

    Holly Million
    Sep 14, 2009

    Fear-Free Fundraising: Notes on assembling the basic ingredients for a great foundation funding proposal.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Foraging for 'Swamp Cabbage'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2009

    Miami-born Julia Kahn offers strange revelations about the South in the long-gestating, cliche-crunching documentary Swamp Cabbage.

  • In Production

    Foraging for 'Swamp Cabbage'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 8, 2009

    Miami-born Julia Kahn offers strange revelations about the South in the long-gestating, cliche-crunching documentary Swamp Cabbage.

  • In Production

    War Vets as Stars in 'Common Sky'

    Michael Fox
    Sep 1, 2009

    Five years ago, Common Sky director Kathy Carlson committed herself to the task of bridging the gulf between those who've fought in battle and the rest of us.

  • First Person

    E-news You Can Use

    Michael Fox
    Sep 1, 2009

    The rapid adoption of e-newsletters by documentary filmmakers is the latest example of resourcefulness and efficiency among contemporary independents.

  • First Person

    E-news You Can Use

    Michael Fox
    Sep 1, 2009

    The rapid adoption of e-newsletters by documentary filmmakers is the latest example of resourcefulness and efficiency among contemporary independents.

  • In Production

    Hess, Janos and the Volunteers of America

    Michael Fox
    Aug 25, 2009

    With in-process Volunteer Nation: Stories of Service, veteran producer-directors Ben Hess and Dan Janos are mobilizing the millennials.

  • Screenwriting

    Understanding Backstory

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Aug 25, 2009

    Behind any narrative for the screen is the story that came before it—the life that shaped the central character, who arrives fully formed as your story opens

  • Q & A

    Bob Goldthwait, Fate and 'World's Greatest Dad'

    Dennis Harvey
    Aug 23, 2009

    Bay Area favorite Bob Goldthwait, whose pop culture moment seemed to expire in the mid '80s, returns with comedic vengeance via World's Greatest Dad.

  • In Production

    Pete Nicks Impatient in 'Waiting Room'

    Michael Fox
    Aug 18, 2009

    East Bay documentary producer Pete Nicks places interactive storytelling booths in hospital waiting rooms.

  • In Production

    Dina Ciraulo's 'Opal'

    Michael Fox
    Aug 11, 2009

    Dina Ciraulo's debut feature reconsiders the curious case of nature writer Opal Whiteley, who burst to prominence—and controversy— in the 1920s.

  • Q & A

    Seiji Horibuchi on VIZ Cinema

    Michael Fox
    Aug 8, 2009

    Seiji Horibuchi, founder and chairman of VIZ Media, speaks about VIZ Cinema, a built-from-scratch venue located in the New People building in Japantown.

  • Q & A

    Swedish Muckrakers Enlist Local Help

    Michael Fox
    Aug 4, 2009

    Oakland attorney Richard Lee speaks on the legal case surrounding the Swedish filmmakers of the hot-button documentary Bananas!.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Digital

    Free and Open: Video's Cambrian Explosion

    Hannah Eaves
    Jul 27, 2009

    The Sixth Screen: Veteran journalists and filmmakers alike are polishing up their resumes, contemplating the hospitality industry, and wondering: Who stole my career?

  • Q & A

    Shelley Diekman Reflects on Well-Spent life

    Hilary Hart
    Jul 27, 2009

    Newly-retired Pacific Film Archive publicist Shelley Diekman discusses her cinephile tastes, her past and her future.

  • Q & A

    Shelley Diekman Reflects on Well-Spent life

    Hilary Hart
    Jul 27, 2009

    Newly-retired Pacific Film Archive publicist Shelley Diekman discusses her cinephile tastes, her past and her future.

  • Reviews

    Social Justice and the S.F. Jewish Film Festival

    Michael Fox
    Jul 22, 2009

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival arrives with an expansive program spotlighting the Jewish tradition of social justice and human rights.

  • Reviews

    'Why Isn't Chris von Sneidern Famous?'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 21, 2009

    A revealing portrait of veteran local singer-songwriter-guitarist with a cult following investigates existential questions about fame with respect, empathy and self-reflection.

  • Q & A

    Berkeley-based writer Barry Gifford's wild screen-rides

    Sura Wood
    Jul 19, 2009

    A peripatetic childhood laid fertile ground for the heated imagination of Berkeley-based author Barry Gifford, who has written Wild at Heart and Lost Highway.

  • Q & A

    Britta Sjogren and "Women's Film"

    Max Goldberg
    Jul 16, 2009

    Sjogren threads her vexations with feminist film theory into a study of sound and voice in "women's film" touchstones like Letter from an Unknown Woman.

  • In Production

    J.P. Allen and the Landscape of Love

    Michael Fox
    Jul 14, 2009

    J.P. Allen and Janis DeLucia Allen's latest imagining, Sex and Imagining, is a two-character piece thick with dialogue and psychological undercurrents.

  • Funding

    Are Your "Friends" Worthless?

    Holly Million
    Jul 13, 2009

    Fear-Free Fundraising: Are Your "Friends" Worthless?

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    SF Silent Film Festival

    Dennis Harvey
    Jul 9, 2009

    Douglas Fairbanks in The Gaucho is one of the many highlights on screen during the three-day San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

  • 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.

  • Screenwriting

    Beyond Words: Comedy That Sticks

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Jul 7, 2009

    What's the key to writing comedy that sticks with us, despite perhaps an overblown story line or how lost and low-down the characters seem at the time?

  • Q & A

    Kutner and Goldstein on 'The Snake'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 6, 2009

    Adam Goldstein and Eric Kutner discuss their debut, The Snake, an unapologetically impertinent, made-in-S.F, comedy that marks its creators as resourceful wiseguys.

  • In Production

    The horror, the horror: 'Tweaker With an Axe'

    Michael Fox
    Jul 1, 2009

    An interview with Flynn Witmeyer about his debut feature Tweaker With an Axe, and the desire to make genre films—horror or sci-fi or fantasy—that incorporate gay and lesbian characters.

  • 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.

  • Festivals

    Frameline33: Icons and Unsung Heroes

    Matt Sussman
    Jun 25, 2009

    A festival full of drama finds no more emotional screening than the homophobia-in-sports double bill of Training Rules and Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial.

  • In Production

    Tejada-Flores on "Road" for a Change

    Michael Fox
    Jun 23, 2009

    When Rick Tejada-Flores decided to explore his family's checkered Bolivian past, he accepted that he had to be a character.

  • Reviews

    Frameline33: Youth in Revolt

    Lynn Rapoport
    Jun 22, 2009

    In this year's Frameline Fest, as so often in life, it's all about the one(s) that got away.

  • 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

    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.

  • Festivals

    Frameline33: Something Old, Something New

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 17, 2009

    A dose of self-affirmation arrives with Frameline33 (or, if you prefer, the multiple-breath-intake-requiring San Francisco International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Film Festival.)

  • In Production

    'All About Evil'-doer Joshua Grannell in post

    Michael Fox
    Jun 17, 2009

    Blood-soaked, darkly comic All About Evil has writer-director Joshua Grannell and editor Rick LeCompte on an express-train schedule rare for an independent feature.

  • Popular

    'All About Evil'-doer Joshua Grannell in post

    Michael Fox
    Jun 17, 2009

    Blood-soaked, darkly comic All About Evil has writer-director Joshua Grannell and editor Rick LeCompte on an express-train schedule rare for an independent feature.

  • Legal

    Facing the Music (Rights)

    George Rush
    Jun 16, 2009

    Avoiding Disaster: Clearing music is one of those horrible, arduous, frustrating tasks that needs to be done in order to show or sell a film.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Marco Ferreri's Anarchic Filmmaking

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 12, 2009

    Wild man of Italian cinema, Marco Ferreri left many films in need of rediscovery (or simply discovery) since his death in 1997.

  • In Production

    Nutritious eating on the cheap for Potash film

    Michael Fox
    Jun 9, 2009

    Like most social-issue documentaries, Food Stamped sprang from an activist impulse for Shira and Yoav Potash.

  • Funding

    "Just Make Them Love It"

    Holly Million
    Jun 8, 2009

    Make them love it. Make? Oh, words of dread! How do you MAKE somebody love your film?

  • Q & A

    Weimberg/Ryan on Conflict and Conscience

    Sura Wood
    Jun 7, 2009

    Berkeley-based filmmaking team Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan speak about social justice as a career and their film Soldiers of Conscience.

  • Festivals

    Another Hole in the Head

    Dennis Harvey
    Jun 4, 2009

    At a film festival called Another Hole in the Head, dedicated to sci-fi, horror and fantasy, catastrophic carnage meets comedy more often than not.

  • 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

    Lawrence Jordan: to Infinity and Beyond

    Sean Uyehara
    Jun 1, 2009

    Leading light of avant-garde cinema Lawrence Jordan speaks on the occasion of his Gallery Extraña show and his 75th birthday.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    'A Wake for Analog'

    Jonathan Kiefer
    May 21, 2009

    A Wake for Analog honors analog experimental films like Patrolling the Ether, Bassline Baseline and Zuse Strip.

  • In Production

    'In-World War:' Brant Smith's Directorial Debut

    Michael Fox
    May 20, 2009

    Michael Fox reviews Brant Smith's In-World War, a dark sci-fi comedy about a beta tester trapped in a futuristic war on terror.

  • Screenwriting

    The Hero, Deconstructed

    Lisa Rosenberg
    May 18, 2009

    Beyond Words: Linda Rosenberg explores the transformation of the contemporary film hero in Doubt and In Bruges.

  • 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.

  • In Production

    Recession-Proof Theaters, to a Point

    Michael Fox
    May 14, 2009

    Arthouse theaters like The Roxie, Red Vic and The Balboa resist the economic downturn and adjust calendars to meet audience demands.

  • In Production

    Kaufman and Snitow: New Jewish Identity

    Michael Fox
    May 12, 2009

    Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow explore the customs and modernity of the next generation of Jews in their documentary Dis-Continuity.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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

  • 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: 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: Movie-Scribe Meltdown

    David Winks Gray
    May 2, 2009

    SF360.org interviews film critics about the changing landscape of film criticism. A panel discussion and screening of For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism will take place on Sunday, May 3, at 6 p.m.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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: 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: 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.

  • Legal

    Risky (Film) Business - What (Not) to Do

    George Rush
    Apr 21, 2009

    Avoiding Disaster: George Rush advises on how to secure funding for your film and protect yourself along the way.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Screenwriting

    Character, Stripped to the Bone

    Lisa Rosenberg
    Apr 7, 2009

    Chop Shop, and Frozen River, present challenges in the building of character: attention to details of behavior and shifts in the character's world signal a hero's journey both profound and deeply internal.

  • 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

    Beloved publicist Bill McLeod dies

    Apr 4, 2009

    William W. (Bill) McLeod, 59, one of the Bay Area's most respected film publicists died at his home on March 29th, 2009.

  • 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.

  • Reviews

    Back to Nature with Ben Rivers

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 27, 2009

    Ben Rivers makes his Bay Area debut this week presenting in person two programs, both providing a slightly dislocative experience at once tranquil and sinister.

  • Reviews

    Back to Nature with Ben Rivers

    Dennis Harvey
    Mar 27, 2009

    Ben Rivers makes his Bay Area debut this week presenting in person two programs, both providing a slightly dislocative experience at once tranquil and sinister.

  • 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

  • Story Structure

    How to Rate Your Doc's Story Potential

    Karen Everett
    Mar 24, 2009

    A mini-tutorial on story structure: in a character-driven documentary there are a few simple questions you have to answer in order to vet your story potential.

  • 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 t