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.
In the latest installment of the Cathers show (does it ever end?), SFFS's Director of Operations Sarah Cathers discusses making your workspace a place you like to be. (Using her own office as an example, of course.) Roll over for her commentary!
Before Louis C.K. became a household name, he wrote and directed what is arguably one of the most underrated films of all time. We are excited to announce that we'll be co-presenting this rarely exhibited, highly divisive comedy spectacular at the glorious Castro Theater in conjunction with SF Sketchfest this February 8th at 10pm.
We hope that you'll join us and our friends at Sketchfest and enjoy An Evening with Pootie, featuring a special appearance by Pootie Tang himself. See the video below for our reaction when the co-presentation was solidified. Sa da tay!
Ray Liotta wants to know what the f#@! you're looking at in this photo from a 1988 SFFS members screening of Dominic & Eugene.
What else do you need to know? Turn up the volume and enjoy!
- Tommy (SFIFF55)
- Buster Keaton Shorts w/ TuneYards (SFIFF55)
- Lola Versus (SFIFF55)
- Sound of Noise (Film Society Cinema)
- The Intouchables (SFIFF55)
- Roadie (Film Society Cinema)
- House of Pleasures (Film Society Cinema)
- Catechism Cataclysm (Film Society Cinema)
by Sean Uyehara
1. Most confusing thing you can say to other human beings: 2012 was awesome!
2. The craziest news story this year: Giant meningitis-causing snail invasion in Florida.
3. Two fantastic TV shows that premiered in 2012: I’ll break my own rule right away by mentioning two things by name. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Key and Peele. Bell, with “Laughter Against the Machine” allied with the Occupy movement in 2011, which one would think leads to mainstream career suicide. Instead, it (and many other activities) helped to propel Bell to a TV deal backed by Chris Rock. Plus, the show is smart and insightful. Something good happened in the world! I don’t know much about the origins of Key and Peele (Mad TV?), but that show is often terrifically funny.Read More
by Rachel Rosen
5/3: Hometown Heroes, Part II
Journey’s Arnel Pineda gave us a little a cappella treat to ring out the festival.
Rachel Rosen is Director of Programming at the Film Society.
by Sarah Cathers
Are you bummed out we're all still alive? Us too. We were hoping you'd all be gone by now. Our post-apocalyptic optimist and resident pentagrandma Sarah Cathers has compiled a seven film conceptual conspiracy compendium for you to unravel as we wait for the next acapulcopacalipstick. (Pro tip: play this blog post backwards for hidden messages!)
Altered States (1980) dir. Ken Russell
This movie is for those that want to transcend but can’t wait for that pesky little baktun to turn. Of course, William Hurt was going through the act of DE-evolution to become one with the light, but the Mayan calendar is cyclical isn’t it? So rewinding or fast-forwarding, you can probably still reach the same place. Are we not men?
Assessment: Not QUITE the Age of Aquarius, but switching from human matter to conscious light is nothing to OHM at.
Transformation Rating: Drugs
Ancient Aliens Scale: ∞
Holy Mountain (1973) dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
Like 42 films in one, you think you are going to trip your balls off, but shit gets real narrative and you realize you are getting a little lesson regarding your assumptions of the higher plane.
Assessment: This movie ends up being for those people at NASA who made that video set to air on 12/22/2012, poo-pooing that the world hasn’t ended and you need to chill out. Let Jodorwsky and NASA call the WAHmbulance for you.
Transformation Rating: Religion. No, Tarot. No, Science, No, MOVIES!
Ancient Aliens Scale: 0
Unarius: The Arrival (1969) Unarius Academy of Science
Well, this is billed as an educational video so I guess it pretty much speaks for itself. The Universal Articulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science, ummm, Foundation was created by some fucking Californians who told everyone they were archangels that went on clairvoyant poetic journeys into past lives and aliens that were somehow tied together. They promised alien landings but haven’t delivered. Yet.
Assessment: Could very well end up welcoming our space brothers today so they can answers all of life’s big questions for us. Maybe we can ask Zan why he was such a dick.
Transformation Rating: Cult
Ancient Aliens Scale: 7.5
Zardoz (1974) dir. John Boorman
Shows just how boring immortality and enlightenment can be until a sexy savage shows up on the scene to shake things up a bit in his notoriously revealing adult diaper. The Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death tag line shows how post-apocalyptic this truly is. Zed (not to be confused with Zan) gets transported by a giant replica of Klaus Kinksi’s head to go on a journey to see the man behind the curtain.
Assessment: After all this enlightenment we have been trying to attain, the coolest thing to do is just grow old and die. Being an alien is too safe these days.
Transformation Rating: Future Aliens
Ancient Aliens Scale: 4
Xanadu (1980) dir. Robert Greenwald
Listen, if everyone is going around linking mythologies: gods, aliens and ancient civilizations, then lets get Xanadu in on this shit. I mean, with all of this talk of ancient civilizations having sex with gods to produce the human race that thusly invents calendars and language (thanks to their alien/god overlords/buddies) it’s surprising that it took until 1980 for anyone to make a proper roller skating love story musical on the subject.
Assessment: Human time is still utterly confusing to the gods. No amount of calendars can help them figure it out. But one Olympian muse sets out to change all that.
Transformation Rating: Will she or wont she?
Ancient Aliens Scale: 5
Stargate (1994) dir. Roland Emmerich
A portal is found in Egypt (which is really just the poor man's Yucatan) that basically turns the concept of God on its head and shows that they were a bunch of sneaky aliens POSING as gods so they could have sex with our women and set up an illicit slave trade wormhole.
Assessment: Late breaking knowledge of alien interference from the past bums everyone out when they realize there is no such thing as God and Ra is just another shitty human, but in space.
Transformation Rating: More human than human
Ancient Aliens Scale: 9
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) dir. Steven Spielberg
Precedes the Ancient Aliens meme by 2 years and basically scooped the HISTORY CHANNEL by making an action-adventure movie based on the fiction of Zecariah Sitchin. They do one better by adding the search for a goddamn psychic alien crystal skull.
Assessment: This movie has EVERYTHING: Soviet era Russkies, “Warehouse 51,” Peruvian rainforests with tiny mad tribesmen, long abandoned cities, temples that turn into spaceships. Why this movie wasn’t released today is BEYOND ME.
Transformation Rating: Wet Dream
Ancient Aliens Scale: 100
Sarah Cathers is Director of Operations at the San Francisco Film Society. She is FORBIDDEN from choosing the movies we exhibit. If you're cool with typos, check out her blog at ilovemyfuckingcat.com.