In Focus: Tom Gilroy on Our Lady of the Snow

In Focus: Tom Gilroy on Our Lady of the Snow
Foundations that recognize the cultural necessity of supporting an artist’s vision often get the ball rolling and enable you to get started and create the work that you end up providing to your 'curators' further down the line.

Filmmaker Tom Gilroy shares his spiritual inspiration for his latest feature project Our Lady of the Snow, and his personal experience in navigating the new waters of independent filmmaking and grant-giving organizations.

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In Focus: Mohamed Diab on Clash

In Focus: Mohamed Diab on Clash
Making a film like this back home is a big risk, especially when there is a possibility that a higher authority could stop the film. I needed this kind of support to kickstart the project and to show financiers that there will be international interest and support for this project.

Egyptian writer/director Mohamed Diab shares the politically charged inspiration for his latest feature project Clash, and reflects on his current status as a "revolutionary" filmmaker.

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In Focus: Travis Mathews and Keith Wilson on Oscillate Wildy

In Focus: Travis Mathews and Keith Wilson on Oscillate Wildy
I think you have to imagine yourself as an entrepreneur as much as an artist. Even at the micro indie level, making a film is like starting a small business.

Travis Mathews, cowriter/director, and Keith Wilson, cowriter/producer, reflect on the early stages of their latest project Oscillate Wildly

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Talent Watch: Spring 2014 SFFS/KRF Grant Finalists

Talent Watch: Spring 2014 SFFS/KRF Grant Finalists

San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation just selected 15 projects for the latest round of SFFS / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant finalists. A total of  $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature films! Get to know the talented finalists and projects below and keep an out for the winners in late April. 

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In Focus: Ian Olds on The Fixer

In Focus: Ian Olds on The Fixer

For me personally, there haven't been any new technological developments or anything like that that have had as profound an impact on my process as simply collaborating with people over time and slowly building a body of meaningful work.

Ian Olds shares his inspiration, challenges, opportunities, and SFFS' impact on The Fixer recent SFFS / KRF grant-winning film project.

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In Focus: Joshua Tate on Love Land

In Focus: Joshua Tate on Love Land

My cousin has Down syndrome, and ensuring community integration and empowerment for her has always been a priority for my family. I've been chomping at the bit for years to make a movie that explored this world, its themes, and its questions.

Joshua Tate shares his inspiration, challenges, opportunities, and SFFS' impact on Love Land recent SFFS / KRF grant-winning film project.

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In Focus: Sara Colangelo on Little Accidents

In Focus: Sara Colangelo on Little Accidents

I was really influenced by movies like the The Last Picture Show, The Sweet Hereafter and Silkwood, and I liked the limitations and dramatic opportunities of being able to set a story in one insular place, where people are bound by geography, industry, friendship and family.

Sara Colangelo shares her inspiration, challenges, opportunities, and SFFS' impact on Little Accidents, recent SFFS / KRF grant-winning film project.

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