In Focus: Elena Greenlee and her Dark Forest

In Focus: Elena Greenlee and her Dark Forest

An active member of the SF Film Society community, Elena Greenlee has been working to develop a screenplay for her film Dark Forest, which follows a hipster millennial—equally versed in neuroscience and party drugs—who steps out of her depth into the complex world of Amazonian shamanism.

Venture from our FilmHouse space to the Amazon with this hugely talented young filmmaker.
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A Conversation with Silas Howard

A Conversation with Silas Howard

Last fall, filmmakers Silas Howard and Antonia Crane won $35K from us for The Lusty, a film on the first exotic dancers' union. Since then, Howard has been, well, busy. (He's directed Transparent, made music videos for Peaches and scored a Guggenheim Fellowship, to name but a few things.) We caught up with him—and stole a few words from Crane, too—about The Lusty and indie filmmaking on the whole.

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SFFS at the 2015 Spirit Awards

SFFS at the 2015 Spirit Awards

We are so excited to see a slew of SFFS-supported films and SF International Film Festival vets nominated for Film Independent Spirit Awards! Among them are five films that the Film Society has supported through Filmmaker360 grants and services.

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Talent Watch: Fall 2014 SFFS / KRF Grant Finalists

Talent Watch: Fall 2014 SFFS / KRF Grant Finalists
We are particularly excited by the increasingly international pool of applicants for our flagship grant program, and by the fact that more than half of our finalists in this round are women.

Announcing the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant finalists and their projects!

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In Focus: Tom Gilroy on Our Lady of the Snow

In Focus: Tom Gilroy on Our Lady of the Snow
Foundations that recognize the cultural necessity of supporting an artist’s vision often get the ball rolling and enable you to get started and create the work that you end up providing to your 'curators' further down the line.

Filmmaker Tom Gilroy shares his spiritual inspiration for his latest feature project Our Lady of the Snow, and his personal experience in navigating the new waters of independent filmmaking and grant-giving organizations.

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In Focus: Mohamed Diab on Clash

In Focus: Mohamed Diab on Clash
Making a film like this back home is a big risk, especially when there is a possibility that a higher authority could stop the film. I needed this kind of support to kickstart the project and to show financiers that there will be international interest and support for this project.

Egyptian writer/director Mohamed Diab shares the politically charged inspiration for his latest feature project Clash, and reflects on his current status as a "revolutionary" filmmaker.

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In Focus: Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider on Havana Curveball

In Focus: Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider on Havana Curveball

Havana Curveball directors Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider share their SFIFF Schools at the Festival screening experience and the resounding impact of their son's Bar Mitzvah service project. Don't miss its World Premiere at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!

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