See More SFIFF: Big Sur, God Loves Uganda, and Let the Fire Burn

See More SFIFF: Big Sur, God Loves Uganda, and Let the Fire Burn

Now screening in Bay Area theaters: Michael Polish's film adaption of Jack Kerouac's Big Sur; investigative documentary on American Evangelism and homophobic practices God Loves Uganda; and penetrating archival documentary Let the Fire Burn .

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From the Archives: Opening Reception for Pamela Gentile's SFIFF Photo Exhibit

From the Archives: Opening Reception for Pamela Gentile's SFIFF Photo Exhibit

Come celebrate the amazing photographer behind documenting most of our festival history at the opening reception for Pamela Gentile's Photos from the Archives: San Francisco International Film Festival, Thursday October 17, 6:30–8:30 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas!

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RIP Ray Dolby, Pioneering Sound Engineer

Ray Dolby (1933-2013) at the San Francisco Film Society Awards Night, May 7, 2013. Recipient of the inaugural Gearge Gund III Award for lifetime achievement in cinema.  PHOTO: Pamela Gentile

Ray Dolby (1933-2013) at the San Francisco Film Society Awards Night, May 7, 2013. Recipient of the inaugural Gearge Gund III Award for lifetime achievement in cinema.  PHOTO: Pamela Gentile

When I think of movies, the Dolby logo comes up in front of my face, but what is unique about him is that he took what was everyday in film - sound - and made it extraordinary.
— Ted Hope, SF Film Society Executive Director

SFIFF56 State of Cinema Address: Steven Soderbergh

Photos by Pamela Gentile, courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society

What I LOVED was that he gave an overview on how an organization (he said a hypothetical half a billion dollar funded studio) could develop and support filmmakers to create Cinema over their careers. An organization that was not driven by decision-makers that don’t know or care much about film. An organization that could track and identify talent and give them a place to work. This, in my opinion, is exactly what the San Francisco Film Society has been doing the last half decade. (DISCLOSURE: I am, of course, biased since I have received fifty thousand dollars in grants over the last three years, seek regular advice and counsel from SFFS staff, and go to lots of free events that have made me a better filmmaker.) I am not alone, there is a whole group of us who are either from the Bay, or have been attracted here by the film community and the resources of the SFFS. Our scripts, films, post costs are getting funded by the organization. They are giving us free office space, a staggering amount of year round programming and exhibition and an incredible international festival.
— Eric Escobar for Pro Video Coalition

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Some Love from the SFIFF Archives

Over the years of SFIFF we've seen many forms of love, and we would love to share them with you. Scroll over the images for captions.

Free to Stream: Dozens of Rare Agnès Varda Shorts

Doc Alliance Films launched a new project The Greats of World Documentary Film with a retrospective of 17 documentary films by Agnès Varda.  Varda is no stranger to SFFS, having five films in SFIFF throughout the years.  These shorts are FREE to stream until February 17!  We agree with our source tipper, Director of Finance Keith Cowling, this is "pretty cool."

Director Agnes Varda (Vagabond) at the 29th San Francisco International Film Festival, March 29, 1986. Photo by Pamela Gentile

Director Agnes Varda (Vagabond) at the 29th San Francisco International Film Festival, March 29, 1986. Photo by Pamela Gentile