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.Read More
by Ted Hope
Sometimes it serves us to let our dark paranoia run rampant. I have always had a love affair with conspiracy theories, but it is one of longing more than indulgence. If only governments and people in general cared enough about other people to actually strategize to the extent needed to control things to the level most conspiracy theories fantasize. But maybe instead of politics and community being the focus, the conspiracies exist in the pursuit of profit. Sometimes looking at the result of business structures as their intent instead of their coincidental effect sheds further light on a complicated situation.
We all know that there is a substantial flaw to our film infrastructure: artists and their supporters are not rewarded for the work they generate. I speak of this as a problem. If the industry actually tried to make sure that the people who made the work benefited from the work, we’d have more money in the system, and it would probably be smarter money (that knew enough to let the filmmakers have creative control — or at least more of it) at that. But all evidence points to the fact that the film industry wants to prevent creators from financially benefiting from their work. We can change that (and I am going to try), but that’s for another post about why I have chosen to work for a not-for-profit.Let’s let our dark side work for us for a moment: if the model is not broken, but actually works, what is it trying to do? Why would the film business not want creators to benefit?Read More
Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! Watching SFIFF alum Francis Ford Coppola’s amazing Captain EO in your honor today. Great use of 3D.