From the Archive: 2014 Oscar Nominees at SFIFF

From the Archive: 2014 Oscar Nominees at SFIFF

Four SFIFF alumni are nominated for this year's Oscars. Four of them - Morgan Neville, Joshua Oppenheimer, Richard Linklater, and Zachary Heinzerling - brought their currently nominated films to the 56th SFIFF last year. Try to spot them at the awards on Sunday!

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From the Archive: Oscar Winners at SFIFF

From the Archive: Oscar Winners at SFIFF

Oscar-winning actors, actresses, directors, writers, and producers have graced the San Francisco International Film Festival many times in years past. Quite a few of them picked up SFFIF's own awards while here, including the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting, the Akira Kurosawa Award in directing, and the Founder's Directing Award. Let's take a trip down a red-carpet-lined memory lane.

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Screenings for Schools: Fruitvale Station

Screenings for Schools: Fruitvale Station

Last week, SFFS Education hosted six free screenings of Fruitvale Station—with director Ryan Coogler and other special guests in attendance—for a combined audience of just over 2,000 teachers and students in San Francisco and Berkeley, including four theater screenings, one school screening, and one visit to the SF Juvenile Justice Center.

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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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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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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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A Story from Behind the Scenes: Short Term 12

A Story from Behind the Scenes: Short Term 12

by Team Short Term 12

Making an independent film is no easy task. It is truly a never-ending process, one that takes you through the highest of highs and sometimes the lowest of lows. The only way to make it through, alive (and a little sane) is with the helping hand of friends, family, and sometimes the kindness of strangers. For us, our kind stranger was the San Francisco Film Society, who over the course of time has become a very close friend.

 

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Young Filmmakers Camp Featured in SF Chronicle

Liiy Cunningham, center, pictures a shot with Daryl Fallon, left, and Meave Cunningham, right, during a day of shooting their films for the San Francisco Film Society's Young Filmmakers Camp at the University High School in San Francisco, Calif. on July 17, 2013. Photo: Ian C. Bates, The Chronicle

Liiy Cunningham, center, pictures a shot with Daryl Fallon, left, and Meave Cunningham, right, during a day of shooting their films for the San Francisco Film Society's Young Filmmakers Camp at the University High School in San Francisco, Calif. on July 17, 2013. Photo: Ian C. Bates, The Chronicle

The main reason I went to camp was to learn about the other fields of filmmaking. The first week was fun and informative. The second week was super rushed, like I would imagine on future film sets. It literally took a whole day to shoot 45 minutes. And we used five minutes.
— Spencer Collantes, 13