Gallery: The Inaugural Fall Celebration

Gallery: The Inaugural Fall Celebration

On Thursday, November 14 at The Battery, we rolled out the red carpet to honor creativity, innovation, collaboration, and inspiration in cinema at the Film Society's inaugural Fall Celebration!  

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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

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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17 Things About The Film Biz That Should Significantly Influence Your Behavior

17 Things About The Film Biz That Should Significantly Influence Your Behavior

We launched our A2E (Artist To Entrepreneur) program at the San Francisco Film Society with OnRamp (The Direct Distribution Lab).  This is a pilot lab of a pilot program designed to give filmmakers the necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve a sustainable creative life amidst this changing paradigm.

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Some Familiar Faces in the Chronicle

Yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle Datebook featured some familiar faces with a double feature on the San Francisco Film Society. Executive Director Ted Hope made the cover(!) and Filmmaker360 Director Michele Turnure-Salleo talked about helping great films get made.

Also, make sure not to miss the bonus 16 capsules full of exciting SFIFF films and events! See you at Opening Night this Thrsday!

A Toast to SFIFF56!

Yesterday we toasted to the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival with our Press Conference, Member's Night, and Festival website launch! Our trailer has gone public, film guides are out, and merchandise is in and on sale.  Hats off to our amazing staff, volunteers, members and supporters who made last night a blast!

12 Questions Toward The Future Of Film Festivals

12 Questions Toward The Future Of Film Festivals

by Ted Hope

On December 2, SFFS Executive Director Ted Hope gave the following keynote address at the International Film Festival Summit in Austin, Texas.

Thank you for inviting me into your community. I have been in the film business for close to 30 years now – but it is as if I lived on the other side of a wall from you. I had one vision of what it took to put on festivals, but that was just a pale shadow of the brutal reality I have come to face in my two months on the job at the San Francisco Film Society. It’s hard work running a film festival! If any of you have played my films over the years and I didn’t bestow flowers and thanks on you, please line up at the end of this talk and you can slap my hand, twice! I owe you guys!

I like to think the kind invite to speak today, though, is symbolic of us crashing down that wall, and the start of a new era – but then I have always been a tad grandiose… I mean, I did get drawn into this show business thing, after all.

Today, I think we all come for answers, but I have to warn you: my search for those answers has only led me to more questions. Those are the gifts I have to share after two months on the job as the Executive Director of The San Francisco Film Society. Questions that come from looking at our film culture and wondering how we can serve it best.

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