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Film review: Transformers - Dark of the Moon (3D)

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Transformers - Dark of the Moon (3D) Starring  Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Turturro,Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson,Frances McDormand,Patrick Dempsey,John Malkovich,  Ken Jeong, Alan Tudyk,Julie White, Kevin Dunn  + voices of Leonard Nimoy & Hugo Weaving Director: Michael Bay   Shia LaBeouf and John Turturro who could easily pass off  for father and son return as sweet Sam Witwicky and secret agent Simmons in the third edition of the toy inspired shapes...

Christine Vachon: The State of Cinema is...Not Necessarily Taking Place in a Cinema

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Last night, closing out day 4 of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Christine Vachon of Killer Films delivered the State of Cinema Address. Christine has personally produced over 60 films, including I'm Not There, Boys Don't Cry, One Hour Photo, and the 2010 HBO mini series Mildred Pierce. The annual Address is billed as assessment of cinema + culture + society. Here's a little summary. The style of the talk was the type where Vachon would ask a question, sort of state that she ...

Christine Vachon: The State of Cinema is...Not Necessarily Taking Place in a Cinema

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Last night, closing out day 4 of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Christine Vachon of Killer Films delivered the State of Cinema Address. Christine has personally produced over 60 films, including I'm Not There, Boys Don't Cry, One Hour Photo, and the 2010 HBO mini series Mildred Pierce. The annual Address is billed as assessment of cinema + culture + society. Here's a little summary. The style of the talk was the type where Vachon would ask a question, sort of state that she didn'...

Au Revoir Rhiannon Hobbins…

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This month we say au revoir to Rhiannon Hobbins, ÉCU’s Festival Manager for the past four years. Rhiannon was the ultimate resource for all that is ÉCU but she is moving on to her next adventure back in her home country of Australia. It’s hard to express how much she will be missed but her influence will be everlasting as the festival builds upon the fabulous foundations that she put in place. So, without further ado Rhiannon tells us in her own words how the last four years...

Interview with San Francsco Int’l Animation Fest Programmer Sean Uyehara

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Sean Uyehara, who has been with the San Francisco Film Society for 5 years, offers an academic perspective on film and animation.Lis: How did your interest in animation begin?Sean: I'm interested in movies...and one thing about animation that I think is especially interesting is the way that it implies the relationship of the production world of film to an audience.  One thing I'm interested in about movies in general is not only how they create meaning, but how they create authority.  There a...

Interview with San Francsco Int’l Animation Fest Programmer

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Interview with San Francsco Int’l Animation Fest Programmer Sean Uyehara Sean Uyehara, who has been with the San Francisco Film Society for 5 years, offers an academic perspective on film and animation.Lis: How did your interest in animation begin?Sean: I'm interested in movies...and one thing about animation that I think is especially interesting is the way that it implies the relationship of the production world of film to an audience. One thing I'm interested in about movies in general is ...

The Kindness of Alessandro Parrello

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  Today, I present Mr. Alessandro Parrello who plays Giovanni Allegretti in the much anticipated directorial debut of Deborah Hadfield in The Kindness of Strangers (2010). Alessandro Parrello is the Italian acting sensation who is about to explode! Ale takes time out of his Italian holiday to speak about his burgeoning film career.     ME: Hey, Ale, thanks for trekking down the mountains of Abruzzo with all the horses and cows to be here. Ale is a veritable Ital...

Fight or Flight, a new film by George Mendeluk

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From the director of Desperate Escape (2009) and Riddles of the Sphinx (2008) George Mendeluk is here to present to us his latest film Fight or Flight (2010) in an exclusive one-to-one dialogue about his soon to be released film.ME: So, George, can you tell us all about Fight or Flight? What is it about in sum and what can you tell us at this point to whet our appetite for your next opus?  GEORGE: Fight or Flight is a science fiction action film about a terrorist organization who explode a bomb...

Chris D'Arienzo and Barry Munday

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see film trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mNCIFBH0Ys Chris D'Arienzo was unable to make it to the first AIFF but his film was and indeed proved a hit among viewers.After the festival, I contacted my talented writer friend and asked him if he'd answer a few questions for me about the experience of making hisfirst feature film. Ironically, I had asked to interview him 3 months before the festival for a research project I was doing for University ofLondon but he was too busy s...

Interview with Chris D'Arienzo on his film Barry Munday

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Chris D'Arienzo was unable to make it to the first AIFF but his film was and indeed proved a hit among viewers. After the festival, I contacted my talented writer friend and asked him if he'd answer a few questions for me about the experience of making his first feature film. Ironically, I had asked to interview him 3 months before the festival for a research project I was doing for University of London but he was too busy so I wrote about David Lynch instead. Chris m...

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