On Bay Area Screens: SFFS-Supported Fruitvale Station

On Bay Area Screens: SFFS-Supported Fruitvale Station

Anticipation has risen to a fever pitch with Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station finally opening in Bay Area theaters this Friday! The Film Society has had the great honor of bearing witness to and supporting the development of this award-winning film from its earliest stages to its completion and we are all immensely proud of Ryan. 

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Non-linear: The New Advocacy Storytelling Model

Non-linear: The New Advocacy Storytelling Model

By Andrew Zinnes

One of the frustrating issues with documentary film is that the medium is finite.
You have eighty minutes max to get your story/messages out and generally the latter comes in small doses so as not to turn off the lay viewer. Troubling – especially when you have a complex subject matter that deserves greater attention in order to explain a situation properly.

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On the Scene: Sam Pollard

SFFS FilmHouse coordinator Trinity West and editor Sam Pollard, June, 28, 2013.  Photo by Hilary Hart.

SFFS FilmHouse coordinator Trinity West and editor Sam Pollard, June, 28, 2013.  Photo by Hilary Hart.

You got to cut the way you feel it.
— Sam Pollard

Sweet snap from the West Coast visit of legendary editor Sam PollardMr. Pollard led an in-depth discussion on documentary editing at our FilmHouse.  He sure impressed many with his keen sense of storytelling and motivation for editors.  Thank you, Sam!

Felicity Price on Wish You Were Here

Felicity Price on Wish You Were Here

I remember reading someplace that a good story often just falls into your lap fully formed. Now I don’t want to speculate over whether my story is a good one or not, that conjecture is now in the capable hands of film going audiences everywhere, so you can make your own decision, but that’s how it came to me – fully formed. However it still took four years to shape into a script that anyone was willing to finance.

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