2015 Oscars & Spirit Awards with SFFS

Over at the Film Society, we can't believe that it's already Oscar weekend! We are thrilled to have supported and brought to Bay Area audiences a number of films in contention for both Academy & Independent Spirit Awards. Below, find the complete list of all nominated films with ties to SFFS. Proud to have premiered many of these remarkable works in San Francisco over the past year.

Boyhood – SFIFF57 Founder's Directing Award; WINNER, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Supporting Female
In 2002, Richard Linklater started constructing a fictional story centered on a six-year-old boy named Ellar Coltrane. For 12 years, Linklater, Coltrane, actors Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette and several nonprofessionals got together to turn the “banal” moments of American adolescence—hanging out with friends, talking trash, working wage-slave jobs—into something transcendental.

The Dam Keeper – SFIFF57 alum; Nominated for 1 Academy Award
Set in a desolate future, one small town's survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change.

Dear White People – SFIFF57 Audience Award; WINNER, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
On the campus of Winchester University, a civil war is starting to erupt. Writer-director Justin Simien’s social satire delights in setting up recognizable stereotypes—the dogmatic activist, the bourgie buppie, the Afro homo boho and the crass white bro—and then knocking them down like bowling pins.

Finding Vivian Maier – Winter 2015 members-only screening; Nominated for 1 Academy Award
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century's greatest photographers.

The Kill Team – SFIFF56 alum; WINNER, Lenscrafter Truer Than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards
In this chilling documentary, Bay Area-based Dan Krauss explores the deeply disturbing story of U.S. soldiers, stationed in Afghanistan in 2009, who were convicted of murdering innocent civilians. Their motives, and the culture that enabled their crimes, are as complex as they are nightmarish.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter – SFIFF57 alum; WINNER, Piaget Producers Award (Chris Ohlson) at the Independent Spirit Awards
In Tokyo's social landscape, Kumiko is a misfit. With a ragged VHS dupe of the Coen brothers' classic Fargo and a believer's fervor, Kumiko will get herself to the impossibly distant, exotic land of North Dakota—barriers of language, money, and reality be damned.

The Last Season – SFIFF57 Best Bay Area Doc; Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit Award
Amid Central Oregon's wild mushroom hunting camps, the lives of Roger, former sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, and Kouy, former platoon leader of Cambodia's Khmer Freedom Fighters, intersect. In search of the elusive matsutake mushroom, the men journey into the memory of war and survival, revealing a story of family from an unexpected place.

Little Accidents – SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grantee; Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit Award
In a small American coal town, the disappearance of a boy draws a young miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive and a local 14-year-old together in a web of secrets.

Love Is Strange – SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grantee; Nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards
A multi-generational story of love and marriage, Love Is Strange depicts the delicate nature of any two people trying to build a long life together, and the possibility of love to grow deeper, and richer, with time.

Norte, The End of History – SFIFF57 alum; Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit Award
Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, art-house favorite Lav Diaz's latest epic explores the state of present-day rural Philippines to the 1890s Philippine Revolution against the Spanish. As one man is wrongfully imprisoned, the actual criminal thinks he's escaped scot-free.

Obvious Child – SFIFF57 alum; Nominated for 2 Independent Spirit Award
For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, becoming unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand forces her to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna's drunken hookup–and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment–turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

The One I Love – SFIFF57 alum; Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit Award
Longtime couple Ethan and Sophie are still in love, but a mean streak has started to color all of their interactions. A therapist suggests they spend a weekend at an idyllic country property with a 100% success rate at mending ailing relationships. Ethan and Sophie sign up and, almost immediately, are more affectionate than they’ve been in years. Something must be wrong here. 

Selma – Bay Area premiere by SFFS; WINNER, Academy Award for Best Original Song
Director Ava DuVernay's Selma tells the real story of the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the Civil Rights movement. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Tangerines – SFIFF57 alum; Nominated for 1 Academy Award
Georgian director Zaza Urushadze has crafted a gripping antiwar tale set during the brutal 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian war. Taking the viewpoint of one of the last remaining Estonians in the disputed Caucasus region, Tangerines observes the conflict from an orchard on a remote mountain.

Test – SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grantee; Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit Award
The year is 1985. The youngest, skinniest and most mocked member of San Francisco’s new contemporary ballet company begins a friendship with a brilliant dancer with a bad boy reputation in the same troupe. As lurid headlines threaten a gay quarantine, the two friends navigate a world full of risk that is also full of promise.

Two Days, One Night – 2014 Fall Season alum; Nominated for 1 Academy Award
The Dardennes brothers have created a humanist thriller that focuses on one woman’s quest to survive while grappling with humble dreams, the daily strains of the working class and the devastating effects of a downsized culture.

20,000 Days on Earth – SFIFF57 alum; Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit Award
Investigating musician/writer/poet Nick Cave’s history, psyche and creative path, 20,000 Days on Earth is a highly stylized biopic that presents a choreographed “day-in-the-life,” depicting Cave as an introspective, dark figure looking for inspiration amidst a brooding Brighton landscape. And, of course, the film features the chthonic music of Cave himself with the Bad Seeds.