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Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

55th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped

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Rachel Rosen, director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society, Benoit Jacquot, director of FAREWELL, MY QUEEN, and Melanie Blum, SFFS interim executive director, arriving at Opening Night of the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 19, 2012.  Photo © Pamela Gentile, courtesy of San Francisco Film Society The longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Spe...

Benh Zeitlin to receive the inaugural Graham Leggat Award at SFIFF

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Benh Zeitlin, director of the highly imaginative and much acclaimed independent narrative feature Beasts of the Southern Wild, will be the recipient of the inaugural Graham Leggat Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3). The award will be presented to Zeitlin at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 26 at the historic Warfield Theatre. The Graham Leggat Award honors Leggat and the Film Society's suppo...

Kenneth Branagh will Receive Honor at Sann Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Warfield Theatre and Onstage Tribute at Castro Theatre San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Kenneth Branagh will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3). The FDA will be presented to Branagh at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 26 at the historic Warfield Theatre.   The Film Society and i...

San Francisco Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away while in Sundance

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  The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Bingham Ray Photo by Michael Rauner "The board of directors and staff of the Film Society are stunned and deeply saddened by the untimely death of our executive director Bingham Ray. We at the Film Society a...

Our dear colleague Graham Leggat passed away

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It is with deep sadness that we announce that Graham Leggat, beloved executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51. "For nearly six exciting and transformative years, Graham Leggat led the San Francisco Film Society with irrepressible determination, dash and design," said Pat McBaine, president of the Film Society's board of directors. "His vision, leadersh...

Paul Haggis honored at The San Francisco Fest

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PAUL HAGGIS TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL MAURICE KANBAR AWARD AT48th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALApril 21–May 5, 2005)Writer/Director/Producer to be Honored for Excellence in ScreenwritingThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Academy Award nominee Paul Haggis will be the recipient of the inaugural Maurice Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5, 2005). The award will be presented to Haggis at Film Soc...

Joan Allen will be honored at the 48th San Francisco Fest

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JOAN ALLEN TO RECEIVE PETER J. OWENS AWARD AT 48th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALActor to be Saluted for Brilliance, Independence and IntegrityThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Joan Allen will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5, 2005). The Owens Award, named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Film Society board member Peter J. Owens, honors an actor whose work ex...

Actor Chris Cooper to be honored at SFIFF

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CHRIS COOPER TO RECEIVE PETER J. OWENS AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALActor to be Saluted for Brilliance, Independence and Integrity The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Chris Cooper will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Owens Award, named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Festival board member Peter J. Owens, honors an actor whose work exempli...

Milos Forman honored at SFIFF this April

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MILOS FORMAN TO BE RECIPIENT OF FILM SOCIETY DIRECTING AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDirector, Producer, Writer in San Francisco April 22Milos Forman will receive the Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Award will be presented to Forman by Danny DeVito on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Film Society Awards Night at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The San Francisco Film Society wi...

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