We launched our A2E (Artist To Entrepreneur) program at the San Francisco Film Society with OnRamp (The Direct Distribution Lab). This is a pilot lab of a pilot program designed to give filmmakers the necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve a sustainable creative life amidst this changing paradigm.Read More
Make Your Own Fest
Yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle Datebook featured some familiar faces with a double feature on the San Francisco Film Society. Executive Director Ted Hope made the cover(!) and Filmmaker360 Director Michele Turnure-Salleo talked about helping great films get made.
Also, make sure not to miss the bonus 16 capsules full of exciting SFIFF films and events! See you at Opening Night this Thrsday!
The Spring SFFS/KRF Grant winners have been announced! SFFS, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, is giving away serious money once again, continuing the rapid growth as a prolific funding source in indie cinema—past winners include Beasts of the Southern Wild and Fruitvale Station! Eight filmmaking teams were granted funding a total of $340,000 in funding—the largest amount disbursed to date—to help with their next stage of production, from screenwriting to post. Congratulations to the following filmmakers! We look forward to viewing their work!Read More
The San Francisco Film Society spent an afternoon with Lance Edmands and
Kyle Martin, director and producer of Bluebird - the latest in a long
line of FABULOUS films supported by the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant -
before they left for their world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival this
week! See sffs.org/filmmaker360 for more details.
Spring 2013 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant Winners will be announced tomorrow!
We caught up with Destin Daniel Cretton, who is riding high from his recent sweep at SXSW -- his world premiere of Short Term 12 won both 2013 Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award for Narrative Feature competition! Short Term 12 was a 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant winner for postproduction. The video features an insightful interview with Destin about his filmmaking background and creative process, and includes behind-the-scenes footage from the film!
A film by Patrick Trefz for the San Francisco Film Society
Edited by Rosendo Ayala
We're are getting so antsy to see the premieres of these five films that the San Francisco Film Society has supported through Filmmaker360
grants and fiscal sponsorship at Sundance 2013's U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions! For those who will be making the snowy trek and for those of us who won't, watch interviews and previews below.
directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $25,000 for postproduction
This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.
CUTIE AND THE BOXER
directed by Zachary Heinzerling
2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $50,000 for postproduction
candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of
famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to
shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an
identity of her own.
is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who
crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last
day of 2008.
INEQUALITY FOR ALL
directed by Jacob Kornbluth
Currently enrolled in SFFS Project Development program
In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic-policy expert Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality, and addresses the question of what effects this increasing gap has on our economy and our democracy.
directed by Shaul Schwarz
2012 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $20,000 for postproduction
An examination of Mexican drug cartels’ influence in pop culture on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War.
By now, you've probably heard—the official selections are in for Sundance 2013's U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions. Among them are five films that the Film Society has supported through grants and fiscal sponsorships as they've developed into feature-length, fully-formed films:Read More
Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director, Filmmaker360
It's clear when you meet Ryan Coogler that he is something special.
I met Ryan in January 2012 at Sundance Film Festival. Soon after the festival, we met again back in San Francisco and began talking about living in the Bay Area, filmmaking and his film, Fruitvale, which follows the true story of Oscar Grant, who was killed in a police shooting in Oakland on New Year’s Eve 2008.
He shared his script with me and it was clear that he was a natural fit for our recently launched Off the Page program, where we bring actors to the Bay Area to workshop scripts with writer/directors involved with us in various ways. Ryan had actors Melonie Diaz and Michael B. Jordan attached and it looked likely that they were going to start shooting in July. We thought it would be an incredible experience for them all to get to know one another in the Bay Area where the film would be shot, and to meet Oscar Grant’s family prior to beginning production.
Ryan was already a finalist for the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant, but it was during the months leading up to and during Off the Page that we really got to know him, his producing team (Nina Yang, Sev Ohanian and Gerard McMurray) and his project. He had recently graduated from USC and had returned to the Bay Area determined to make films here. We introduced him to Bay Area crew and then in late spring 2012 awarded him a $100,000 SFFS/KRF grant for production. The grant review panel was incredibly moved by this very timely and poignant story of Oscar Grant, and its exploration of the contemporary issue of the police shooting and killing of young unarmed African American men. And while we are committed to working with filmmakers from all over the country, finding someone local who so perfectly fit our mandate to support filmmakers and films that uplift the Bay Area professionally and economically . . . was like hitting the jackpot.
But to be honest, a big reason the film was funded is because we were so taken by Ryan as an individual. He is talented, passionate, creative, collaborative and yet very humble . . . Every interaction with Ryan has been a pleasure. He is the heart and soul of his film and that really came out in the way we’ve worked together this past year. Hard to believe it’s only been a year.
I wonder who I’ll meet next year . . .
Ryan Coogler is currently a finalist for the Fall 2012 SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant. Winners will be announced in early December.