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

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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RIP (Rest in Professionalism): SFFS Boy Wonder, Jay Wertzler

Five years of sparkling youth, karoke raps, and remarkable flashpants wisdom - damn how we will miss our Jaybird (aka Jay Wertzler)!  Flying away from the SFFS nest, but first making a detour to pick up Pootie Tang at the airport for next week's SF Sketchfest.  We appreciate all of you and know that your mark on us is for life.   Big up and warm those vocals for the next SFIFF talent show - sa da tay!

George Gund III (1937–2013)

Festival Preview: SFFS-Supported Films at Sundance 2013

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.

AMERICAN PROMISE

directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner:  $25,000 for postproduction

Sundance 2013, U.S. Documentary

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

Sundance 2013, U.S. Documentary

This 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.

FRUITVALE

directed by Ryan Coogler
Spring 2012 SFFS/KRF Grant winner: $100,000 for production
Fall 2012 SFFS/KRF Grant winner: $100,000 for postproduction
SFFS Off the Page script workshop, April 2012

Sundance 2013, U.S. Dramatic

Fruitvale 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

Transient

directed by Jacob Kornbluth
Currently enrolled in SFFS Project Development program

Sundance 2013, U.S. Documentary

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.

NARCO CULTURA

directed by Shaul Schwarz
2012 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $20,000 for postproduction

Sundance 2013, U.S. Documentary

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.