Steven Soderbergh - The State of Cinema Video & Transcript

Steven Soderbergh - The State of Cinema Video & Transcript

Due to unprecedented demand, Steven Soderbergh has given The San Francisco Film Society permission to release this video that was recorded initially only for archival purposes. The full transcript is also provided.

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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


Eric Escobar is a previous SFFS/KRF Fillmmaking grant winner for his current project One Good Thing.  Learn more about his current project here.

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Flashback Friday: State of Cinema by Tilda Swinton

The San Francisco International Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary of the State of Cinema Address this year with Steven Soderbergh. The Festival has had many talented speakers including: author Jonathan Lethem, film producer Christine Vachon, film editor Walter Murch, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, Wired publisher Kevin Kelly, writer/directore Brad Bird, cultural commentator B. Ruby Rich, longtime editor of the influential French film magazine Positif Michel Ciment and actress Tilda Swinton.

Here are a few highlights from the magnificent Tilda Swinton's speech when she delivered the annual State of Cinema address at the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival in 2006.

SFIFF56 In-Depth: Live & Onstage

We just announced that Steven Soderbergh, one of the world’s most celebrated figures in contemporary filmmaking, will deliver the tenth annual State of Cinema Address at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival. The State of Cinema will headline the Festival’s Live & Onstage program of unique one-time-only events featuring elements of live music, multimedia presentations and audience participation - read what we have lined up below:

State of Cinema Address by Steven Soderbergh
Saturday April 27, 1:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

On the 10th anniversary of SFIFF’s annual State of Cinema Address, we are excited to present iconoclast and (currently designated) filmmaker Steven Soderbergh as he discusses the intersecting worlds of contemporary cinema, culture and society. Always riveting and defying expectation, Soderbergh doubtlessly will clarify and challenge one’s current views on where cinema is going and what it should be.

$20 for SFFS members - On sale today! Not a member? Join here.
$25 for the general public - Box office opens March 15.


Show or Tell
Friday April 26, 9:15 pm
New People Cinema

Bay Area artists and visiting filmmakers of SFIFF present their passions, experiences, relationships and obsessions with the moving image. This will be a true variety show with music, an illustrated lecture, surprises and a behind-the-scenes story or two. The show will include musician/cinephile Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), writer/editor/designer Eli Horowitz (former McSweeney’s managing editor), artist/filmmaker Lucy Raven (RP31, China Town) and musician/activist Boots Riley (The Coup) and others to be announced. (Photo by Tommy Lau.)


Inside the Drunken Mind of Derek Waters
Saturday April 27, 9:15 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Friend of the Festival, writer-producer-actor-comedian, hyphenate Derek Waters (A Drunken Evening with Derek Waters SFIFF 2010, Only the Young SFIFF 2012) will be on stage presenting a program whose origins are best described as welling from deep inside Waters’ mind. Waters will share his personal discoveries of media from around the world, plus we get a peek at his new Drunk History television show for Comedy Central.


No More Road Trips?
Sunday May 5, 4:30 pm
Castro Theatre

Founder of the Prelinger Archives, Rick Prelinger brings us No More Road Trips?, a dream ride through 20th-century America made entirely from home movies that asks whether we’ve reached the end of the open road. The soundtrack for this fully participatory film is created by audiences at each screening.

Waxworks with Mike Patton, Scott Amendola, Matthias Bossi and William Winant
Tuesday May 7, 8:30 pm
Castro Theatre

As has become a tradition at SFIFF, we again unite vital contemporary musicians with classic silent film. Mike Patton and three percussionists—Scott Amendola, Matthias Bossi and William Winant—team to create an original score for the classic German expressionist film Waxworks (1924) that they will present in a live world premiere.

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