School Scene: Animator Jonathan Ng

School Scene: Animator Jonathan Ng

By Keith Zwolfer, SFFS Youth Education Manager

One of our many Youth Education programs brings visiting filmmakers into the classrooms - it is our crusade to inspire the next generation of mediamakers as well as cultivate lasting cinema appreciation. Last Thursday we had a classroom visit with Montreal animator Jonathan Ng and his short film Requiem for Romance.

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How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 2

How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 2

By Jacob Kornbluth

So there I was.  I had totally given up on my film career in LA, and gone to live in Berkeley, CA.  In trying to put together a fiction film, I had met Robert Reich and become friends with him.  Reich and I had started making short videos together, they were successful, and I had begun thinking about how to make a film about what had happened to the American economy and the Middle class.  But I had no idea where to start.

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Hong Kong Cinema: Kung-fu Gif-away

Hong Kong Cinema: Kung-fu Gif-away

With deep respect and in honor of Hong Kong Cinema's tribute to Lau Kar-leung (aka Liu Chia-liang), we're offering  two pairs of tickets (4 tickets total) to both The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin for Best Original Kung-fu Gif and one ticket to each (2 tickets total) for Best Found Kung-fu Gif!

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How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 1

How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 1

 By Jacob Kornbluth

My first documentary, Inequality For All, opens theatrically on September 27 in the top 25 markets.  This is an extraordinary release for a doc, and I couldn’t be any more proud of the film. 

As I go from film fest to film fest, people ask me all the time – when did you get the idea for the film?  The strange but true answer is this: I got the idea for the film when I gave up on the film industry. 

 

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See More SFIFF: Afternoon Delight, Good Ol' Freda and Populaire

See More SFIFF: Afternoon Delight, Good Ol' Freda and Populaire

Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight, produced by SFFS Board Member Jen Chaiken, Beatles documentary Good Ol' Freda, and SFIFF56 Audience Award winner Populaire are now screening in Bay Area theaters.

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RIP Ray Dolby, Pioneering Sound Engineer

Ray Dolby (1933-2013) at the San Francisco Film Society Awards Night, May 7, 2013. Recipient of the inaugural Gearge Gund III Award for lifetime achievement in cinema.  PHOTO: Pamela Gentile

Ray Dolby (1933-2013) at the San Francisco Film Society Awards Night, May 7, 2013. Recipient of the inaugural Gearge Gund III Award for lifetime achievement in cinema.  PHOTO: Pamela Gentile

When I think of movies, the Dolby logo comes up in front of my face, but what is unique about him is that he took what was everyday in film - sound - and made it extraordinary.
— Ted Hope, SF Film Society Executive Director

Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker: Tommy Oliver

Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker: Tommy Oliver

"We are so proud to support Tommy and his personal and very moving film, 1982.  I'm excited to follow his TIFF experience…His energy and enthusiasm is contagious and I know it will be a thrill seeing the premiere of his film unfold."  - Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director, Filmmaker360

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