"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, Filmmaker360Read More
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.
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.
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
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!
RZA and Jim Jarmusch in front of the Castro Theatre, about to screen Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes at SFIFF47 in 2004. Photo by Pamela Gentile.
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.
directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
2011 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $25,000 for postproduction
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
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.
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
directed by Jacob Kornbluth
Currently enrolled in SFFS Project Development program
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.
directed by Shaul Schwarz
2012 SFFS Documentary Film Fund grant winner: $20,000 for postproduction
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.