Here's a throwback for you: when you search for Castro Theatre on Google Maps, SFIFF54 is on the marquee! Accompanying the fun find is John Waters Birthday Weekend and a special feature of Black Swan.
By Jim CummingsIn 2011, a speaker at a reputable film festival said to an audience of filmmakers, “the best part about making movies today is that anyone can make movies, and the worst part is also that anyone can make movies.” I turned to inspect the audience because I wondered, as I do still, to whom he was speaking? How could it ever be good for artisans that everyone can make art?
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.Read More
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.
Sweet snap from the West Coast visit of legendary editor Sam Pollard! Mr. 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!
Mashable just released an exclusive video of George Lucas explaining his proposal for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in the Presidio. We advocate that it is an amazing vision for art experience and education as well as extremely important space for our cultural history here in the Bay Area.Read More