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50th Anniversary of San Francisco Mime Troupe at Mill Valley Fest

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Since I call myself "interested in theatre" and I lived in San Francisco for four years,it's probably some sort of sin that I had never heard of the San Francisco Mime Troupe before Friday. When I sawthe Mill Valley Film Festival was having an event: Troupers: 50 Years of the San Francisco Mime Troupe I was intrigued, but also sincerely thought I was infor a night of miming- in my mind silent acting. The illustrious Peter Coyote introduced the event by reading a section from his book, Sleeping...

The San Francisco Film Festivals dates set for 2010

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF53 (April 22 - May 6, 2010). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. The primary deadline is Friday, November 6; the final deadline is Friday, December 4; and the final deadline for documentary features ...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

Call for Entries: 4th Annual ATA Film & Video Festival

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Artists' Television Access invites experimental film and video makers to submit their work (20 minutes or less) to its 4th Annual ATA Film and Video Festival. Video, Super 8 and 16 mm animation, documentary, narrative, abstract, found footage based and other works will be accepted. The ATA Film and Video Festival is committed to showcasing films and videos that use an unconventional stylistic and technical approach and bring up subjects or concepts that not only entertain, but also pro...

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of over 55,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area.

2009 CALL FOR ENTRIES | San Francisco Ocean Film Festival | February 19-22, 2009

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2009 CALL FOR ENTRIES 6th San Francisco Ocean Film Festival February 19-22, 2009 Swimmers braving the waters of the North Pole. Sea birds returning from extinction in Bermuda. Sailors navigating a home-made boat across the Atlantic. Eco-savvy fishermen protecting their reef in Papua New Guinea. Ocean lovers of all species find a second home on both sides of the screen at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival (SFOFF), the first, largest, and most influential showcase of its kind in North Americ...

Think Pink: Gay And Lesbian Film Season in the US

 by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Circuit Editor Friday, June 5-----While June is still celebrated as “gay pride month” in North America, the LGBT (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender for you neophytes) film calendar actually has become a year-round phenomenon, making every season a new reason to think pink. In all, there are close to 100 separate LGBT film festivals in the U.S. and Canada. The most well-known take place in such gay meccas as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco...

San Francisco Black Film Festival

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the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) celebrates its ten year anniversary from June 4-8 and June 11-15, 2008. Befitting its milestone status, the theme of this year’s festival is “10 Years, 10 Days, 100 Films” as the SFBFF spans the globe with works from Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. Festival venues include the former Social Security office at 1402 Fillmore Street, 1300 on Fillmore at 1300 Fillmore Street, the African American Arts and Culture Complex at ...

San Francisco Film Society wrapped

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 51st San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24 - May 8) with 292 screenings, 150 filmmaker guests and more than 70 industry guests from 16 countries in attendance, with an estimated 80,000 filmgoers celebrating the best cinema from around the world. The Festival sold out 94 screenings during its 15-day run, illustrating the demand for the unique programming that the Film Society brings to the Bay Area and setting the stage for the San Francisc...

Vanity Fair's publisher about his sponsorship of SFIFF51.

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Edward Menicheschi, Vanity Fair vice president and publisher says, "The partnership with the San Francisco Film Society is an important opportunity for us. Not only are we collaborating with one of the most renowned film organizations in the world during its showcase event, but we are able to bring our own charitable initiative, Vanity Fair Reel Relief, to life through the lens of the Festival to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It's an alliance that is truly innovative...

San Francisco IFF 51

51st SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL : APRIL 24 – MAY 8, 2008177 Films200 Filmmakers and Industry Guests Expected49 Countries Represented67 Narrative Features27 Documentary Features83 Shorts8 World Premieres3 International Premieres7 North American Premieres6 U.S. Premieres33 West Coast Premieres39 Women Directors38 LanguagesAWARDS/PRIZES/ADDRESSFounder’s Directing Award – Mike LeighPeter J. Owens Awa

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival program

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Jan. 23, 2008 Swimmers braving the waters of the North Pole, sea birds coming back from extinction in Bermuda and eco-savvy fishermen in Papua New Guinea are just a few of the stars gracing the giant screen when the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival (SFOFF) 2008 (http://www.oceanfilmfest.org) returns to the Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason Center Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2008. Now in its fifth year, SFOFF is the largest film festival of its kind in North America. SFOFF 2008 will screen more than four-dozen...

The San Francisco International Film Festival Turns Golden

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Opening on April 26 with Emanuele Crialese’s GOLDEN DOOR, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to celebrate its 15-day golden anniversary in high style. The 50th edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas boasts an ambitious program of films and special events in the City by the Bay until the curtains close on May 10 with Olivier Dahan’s biopic of Edith Piaf, LA VIE EN ROSE. “It’s quite an auspicious moment for us,” announced Graham Leggat, Executiv...

The San Francisco International Film Festival Turns Golden

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Opening on April 26 with Emanuele Crialese’s GOLDEN DOOR, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to celebrate its 15-day golden anniversary in high style. The 50th edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas boasts an ambitious program of films and special events in the City by the Bay until the curtains close on May 10 with Olivier Dahan’s biopic of Edith Piaf, LA VIE EN ROSE. “It’s quite an auspicious moment for us,” announced Graham Leggat, Executiv...

San Francisco Festival’s Golden Gate Awards

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The parking was impossible. But the weather gloriously balmy by the bay for the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Awards held this evening in the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center. Appropriately, the Golden Gate Bridge itself could be glimpsed in the distance from the lobby windows. During the cocktail reception, Richard Hershowitz, director of the Virginia Film Festival and Skyy Prize juror, joked about giving the new San Francisco Film Society executive director his s...

SanFrancisco launches SF360.org

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Susan Gerhard Will Edit Online Magazine Devoted to Daily Year-Round Coverage of Thriving San Francisco Film and Media Scene San Francisco, CA ‹ Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, and Brian Clark, cofounder and managing member of indieWIRE, the leading online publication dedicated to American and international independent film, announced today that Susan Gerhard has come on board as the editor and bureau chief of SF360.org. The new copublished site, dedicated t...

Indiewire and San Francisco Fest team up for an online publication

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Graham Leggat, new executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running festival in the Americas, and Brian Clark, co-founder and managing member of indieWIRE, the leading online publication dedicated to American and international independent film, today announced a strategic partnership that launches a new co-published site, SF360.org, dedicated to daily coverage and social network support of the vibrant SF film an...

Graham Leggat new San Francisco fest Executive Director

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SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY NAMES GRAHAM LEGGAT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR San Francisco, CA ­ The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Graham Leggat as Executive Director, effective October 17, 2005.³We¹re delighted that Graham is taking the helm at the Film Society,² said George Gund III, chairman of the Film Society¹s board of directors. ³His admirable breadth and depth of experience at major New York film organizations that have many elements and goals in common with the Film...

San Francisco Film Festival Offers Something for Everyone

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48th Annual San Francisco Film Festival Offers Something for EveryoneJudging from the level of activity it is apparent that the San Francisco Film Festival was celebrating its 48th Anniversary with the array of panels, seminars, films, and parties that were offered this year. The attendance hit record levels coming in at a monstrous 77,000 a 5% increase over last year. In just over two week’s time, thousands of festival attendees packed into theaters that screened 185 films from 48 countries....

San Francisco Festival Plethora of Events and Artists.

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San Francisco International Film Festival Opens With a Plethora of Events and Artists.San Francisco may be well known for its landmarks, but this week the historic sites are being upstaged by a whirlwind of activities, films, and well known artists. The Festival runs from April 21- May 5th and boasts 185 films from 49 countries, including 14 world premieres. There are several special presentations and parties planned during the festival from opening night to closing night, one of which took plac...

Widen your focus at San Francisco International Film Fest

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48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) Widen your focus. That’s the tagline of the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival, whose curtains opened at the Castro Theatre on Thursday night, April 21. North America’s oldest film festival is “dedicated to forging a relationship between cultures and countries,” stated Roxanne Messina Captor, San Francisco Film Society Executive Director and recent recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des L...

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...

International Buddhist Film Festival

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First San Francisco Bay Area Festival: 28 January-13 February 2005Three Cities, Seventeen Days, Fifty Events.Rare Tornatore Work Starring Roman Polanski and Gerard Depardieu One of Fifteen Premieres; David O. Russell's Huckabees Infomercial Debuts; Films from Twelve Countries.After sold-out events in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) will present its first San Francisco Bay Area festival January 28, 2005 through February 13, 2005. Over fi...

Rose Troche gets her 2004 Frameline Award

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On Friday night, Rose Troche ascended the stage to accept the 2004 Frameline Award from queer movie historian and filmmaker Jenni Olson before a 10th Anniversary screening of GO FISH. Troche, who made the stage holding a sign reading "Justice for Gwen," in honor the slain transgender teen Gwen Araujo, held her chest as she told the enthusiastic Frameline28 audience that she really felt her heart in San Francisco and that the Castro was a magic place for her. Congratulations Rose!After the Fram...

Frameline28 program

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Frameline28 program highlights. Highlights this year include:•10 World Premieres: including Hellbent, Shiner, The Truth or Consequences of Delmas Howe, Beaver Run Café, Freedom to Marry, Lesbian Centennial Project, RTFM, Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm, Hearts Cracked Open, and Just(ly) Married. In addition, there are several North American, US, and West Coast premieres.•Special sidebars on films about gay marriage and the rise in gay black cinema.•Big Nights include Touch of P...

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