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Most Memorable Shorts: SF Int'l Animation Festival 2010

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What follows are the short films from this weekend's San Francisco International Animation Festival that in my opinion were most fantastic and that I think in one way or another stick with me forever. I Forgive You (Pierre Mousquet, Cauwe Jerome, Belgium 2009)Played as part of the Best of Annecy Program. An animation style reminiscent of The Simpsons. Two wrestlers fight, plot turns unexpectedly and the result is hilarious. San Francisco crowd chuckled with glee. Jean-Francois (Tom Haugomat, Bru...

Mai Mai Miracle at the SF Intl' Animation Festival

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Since I'm a fan of Spirited Away, I was looking forward to seeing Mai Mai Miracle at the San Francisco International Animation Festival this morning.  Mai Mai Miracle is directed by Sunao Katabuchi, who is a protege of Hayao Miyazaki's and worked as his assistant director on Kiki's Delivery Service.  Miyazaki, who has received much critical acclaim for at least a dozen films and is considered the Walt Disney of Japan, is one of the few Anime directors who has managed to make films that hav...

Heart Breaking and Beautiful: Anita Killi's Angry Man

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What is it about animation that can capture emotion and feeling so well?  It probably has a lot to do with the subjectivity.  Because so much attention to detail is paid by the creator to every single frame in animation, there's a lot of room for the animator to display the kind of feeling she means to and the world we see on screen ends up being the animator's brain poured out into their craft.  As opposed to other mediums which are limited by available actors and sets, etc., animation is li...

Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized at San Francisco Intl' Animation Festival

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Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized, a 4 part visual representation of the Decemberists' 2009 album The Hazards of Love was meant to only be a one-time show- a backdrop for a performance of the album played live start-to-finish in LA. The result was so well received the film is now being shown in festivals. Last night it opened the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival, which runs until Sunday. Guilherme Marconde and Andrezza Valentin, husband and wife team who w...

Heart Breaking and Beautiful: Anita Killi's Angry Man

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Showing at San Francisco animation Film Festival 2010What is it about animation that can capture emotion and feeling so well? I suppose it's just the theme I have been talking about: subjectivity. Because so much attention to detail is paid by the creator to every single frame in animation, there's a lot of room for her/him to display the kind of feeling she/he means to and the world we see on screen ends up being the animator's brain poured out into an animation. Whatever the case, Angry Man...

The Hazards of Love Visualized at San Francisco Intl' Animation Festival

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Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized, a 4 part visual representation of the Decemberists' 2009 album The Hazards of Love was meant to only be a one-time show- a backdrop for a performance of the album played live start-to-finish in LA. The result was so well received the film is now being shown in festivals. Last night it opened the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival, which runs until Sunday. Guilherme Marconde and Andrezza Valentin, husband and wife team who work...

Fifth Annual San Francisco International Animation Film Festival Promises Excellence (As Usual)

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Today is a very exciting day!  The San Francisco International Film Festival begins, it runs  November 11–14, 2010.This year is the fifth annual.  Last year I had to miss it, but two years ago I met Gene Dietch and pondered the differences between hand drawn animation and digital, talked with Nina Paley about children's animation, and was introduced to the mind-blowing world of Encyclopedia Pictura, among other things.  That year I also interviewed founder Sean Uyehara about animation...(...

Finalists of the SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

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Nine Finalists for $15,000 Award to be Given to Support the Work of a Mid-Career American ScreenwriterThe San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project exp...

San Francisco Animation Film Fest kicks off

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Fifth Annual San Francisco International Animation Film Festival Promises Excellence (As Usual) It runs November 11-14Tomorrow is a very exciting day! The San Francisco International Film Festival begins. This year is the fifth annual. Last year I had to miss it, but two years ago I met Gene Dietch and pondered the differences between hand drawn animation and digital, talked with Nina Paley about children's animation, and was introduced to the mind-blowing world of Encyclopedia Pictura, among...

AFM day 6-7 interviews

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AFM Day 6-7: DEPARTED's Producer, TROMA Drama, "Chick Flicks Grow Up" & LITTLE OBAMA Sits Out First a quick snapshot into the doing at the American Film Market on Day 6 -7. On deck today is DREAMAGO "Speed Dating" Pitch Session with 25 industry heavies, from J Todd Harris ofBranded Pictures Entertainment (The Kids are Alright, Bottle Shock); Stephen Nemeth-Rhino Films (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Dogtown and Z Boys); Gerd Koelchin (Black Dahlia, The Matador), Jeremy Wall (The Objective, Rese...

Experimental Forum at Thessaloniki 51

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51st THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010 For the 51st edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), the Experimental Forum, placing emphasis on experimental and avant-garde film, presents a variety of film programs and parallel events. The sections of this year’s Forum, programmed by Vassilis Bourikas and totaling approximately 70 films (mostly shorts and medium-length) are: AMANTES SUNT AMENTESThe Amantes Sunt Amentes (Lovers are Lunatics) program ...

NEWSLETTER N° 483: November 4, 2010

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EROS Film Fest sends a message: It Gets Better

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12th Annual EROS Film Festival Sends a Message: It Gets BetterAs our nation cries out in grief and disbelief at the recent tragedies surrounding gay youth in America, the question that begs an urgent answer is: how do we prevent this from happening again and again? The answer is simple: support, support, support. Support takes many forms – from reaching out on a personal level to gay and lesbian youth in our lives to mentoring an at risk youth we’ve never met to linking ourselves and othe...

NEWSLETTER N° 482: October 28, 2010

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San Francisco Ocean Film Festival will go for 8

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8th Annual Festival to be Held March 9-13, 2011 The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival will run the eighth annual festival, March 9-13, 2011. Presented by Aquarium of the Bay and The Bay Institute and NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries, the Festival will again take place adjacent to the Aquarium’s entrance at Theatre 39 on PIER 39.With a reputation as the largest and most diverse festival of its kind, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival features documentaries, animations, narratives and ot...

NEWSLETTER N° 481: October 22, 2010

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Robert Epstein will be our guest and a doc jury chairman

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One of the special guest at the 18th Edition of Plus Camerimage 2010 will be an internationally acclaimed non-fiction filmmaker, director, producer, writer and editor Robert P. Epstein. He will also serve as the Jury Chairman of the Short Documentary Films Competition “World of Images - Images of The World", held under the patronage of Discovery Networks Central Europe. Robert Epstein The organizers of Plus Camerimage will present a retrospective review o...

Once Mars Is Colonized

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
une fois mars colonisée, nous devons aller sur Alpha du Centaure. - Ray Bradbury Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

“TEENAGERS” Wins Accolade Competition 2010

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"TEENAGERS" Wins Accolade Competition 2010 The feature "Teenagers" of the Productions Forever (Paul Verhoeven, France) has won a prestigious Golden Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition (La Jolla, California). This award was given for the exceptional quality and the convincing solutions to social issues about young people: violence, delinquency, suicide, terrorism, homophobia, etc.   The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and ...

San Francisco International Animation Festival

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The San Francisco Film Society presents the fifth annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day celebration of the Bay Area's preeminence as a hub for one of the most creative forms in cinema, November 11 - 14 at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema. This year's International Animation Festival ranges from FX-based features to family-friendly cartoons and includes Hayao Miyazaki protégé Sunao Katabuchi's Mai Mai Miracle, the Decemberists-inspired Here Come the Waves...

Hereafter," Clint Eastwood's latest film in release stars Cécile de France

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Oscar® winner Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting," "Invictus") stars in "Hereafter," directed by Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby," "Unforgiven") from a screenplay by two time Oscar® nominee Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen"). "Hereafter" tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cecile de Fr...

Tito

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Director: Alejandro Ramirez & Xavier Cortez.
Tito is a mentally ill youngster who enjoys life and contributes to society but has a dark past and even a darker future. Confusion, anger and sorrow take over after he meets a stranger on the street. Shocking & unexpected consequences will follow to the end.

The International Experimental Cinema Exposition

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The International Experimental Cinema Exposition will open October 26, 2010 7:00 PM at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI (Free Admission)   Join us at The Union Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 2010 edition of TIE, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition on Tuesday, October 26 with an all-new, original program highlighting the work of internationally renowned artists' experimental films in 35mm, 16...

NEWSLETTER N° 479: October 7, 2010

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Finalists for the fourth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants

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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the ten finalists for the fourth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of up to a total of $225,000, to be given to one or more feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. Additionally, the grants support films that have a significant economic or professional imp...
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