I am worried that the film industry is poised to follow the music biz right down the tubes.
The MPAA has asked the FCC for permission to engage in "selective output control". You can read about at Public Knowledge here. It's a new issue to me, but it sounds very short sighted. I understand the desire to end piracy -- although I am a believer in bootlegging as a means of audience access -- but we should never do it in such a way that forces the consumer to throw out their entire home entertainment set up!
Mark Cuban has just jumped into the fray, urging the MPAA to spend the money where it will do good: promoting films, and not in ways that will alienate the consumer. Check out what he has to say on Blogmaverick.
SF Film Society Blog
#SFFSmembers: Join us and the The New York Times Film Club for a screening of #Race, a film on the incredible #JesseOwens and his journey to the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.
7:00 Wednesday, February 17 at AMC Van Ness. RSVP at sffs.org.
Yesss: SF IndieFest kicks off in just over a week! Fifteen days of new independent features from around the world (and around the Bay, too). See sfindie.com for details.
Pictured: Diamond Tongues, February 20 & 22 at the Roxie Theater.
Much of our recent educational programming has centered on social justice issues and activism in film. In the past few months, we've brought an array of filmmakers and their movies together with Bay Area school groups. Scoot over to blog.sffs.org to learn just what we've been up to.
Terry Zwigoff at #SFIFF 28 with swag from his film #LouieBluie. Excited to see him at Alamo Drafthouse this Wednesday with #Ghostworld. Photo by Bruce Forrester.
Pleased to announce the phenomenal films up for the latest round of SFFS / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants. Meet the fourteen narrative features in contention for $300,000 in funding and more at blog.sffs.org.
Pictured: Barry Jenkins, writer/director of #Moonlight.
Announcing our new Producer Fellows: Four indie filmmakers who will receive funding, residencies, unique networking opportunities and more. Head over to blog.sffs.org to meet this scrappy crew of creatives.
Pictured: Kyle Martin, a 2016 Fellow whose films include #TheGreatInvisible, #TinyFurniture and more.
Ryan Coogler is an incredibly talented and generous filmmaker. Pictured here at a Screenings for Schools event we programmed with his film #FruitvaleStation back in 2013.
Wishing his latest, #Creed, got a little more love from The Academy. Nonetheless, we of all orgs know that the #Oscars miss tons of amazing films each year. Catch a spotlight of Coogler's work at the Roxie Theater starting tomorrow.
Photo by Lizzy Brooks.
You may remember #TheDamKeeper from the 57th SFIFF, but we've been doing much work with the minds behind this Academy Award-nominated short since then. Head to blog.sffs.org to read about an educational program we designed in collaboration with the filmmakers from #TonkoHouse.
Parker Posey before presenting Richard Linklater with our directing award at #SFIFF 57.
Catch her TOMORROW at SF Sketchfest in conversation with the hilarious and multi-talented John Lurie (Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law and other Jarmusch gems). Photo by Pamela Gentile.
Mark yr brand new 2016 calendars: #SFIFF 59 runs April 21–May 5. Photo by Tommy Lau.