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Werner Herzog in 3D: Cave of Forgotten Dreams at SFIFF54

I have been delaying it long enough, it's time to write about experiencing Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams Monday night. Not that I have much to say besides SEE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Let the film envelop you and enjoy the ride. I won't be a fool and spoil for you or try describe the near out of body experience in too many words. Here are just a few thoughts: As she introduced the film festival programmer Rachel Rosen said, "This film reminds us how extraordinarily wonderful...

Children of the Princess of Cleves at SFIFF54

Yesterday at the San Francisco International I saw the North American premiere of documentary Children of the Princess of Cleves, by French neuroscientist turned filmmaker Regis Sauder.  Cleves portrays students of a high school literature class in Marseilles who are reading and studying the 17th century French novel La Princesse de Cleves. The first thing I like about this documentary is how relatable it is: most of us can remember back to highschool required reading. We follo...

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

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 ...


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...

Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola to be Honored Live at SFIFF

  Robert Redford will be honored in San Francisco tomorrow night as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival.   Redford will be receiving the Peter J. Owens award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations Peter J. Owens (1936-91), this award honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The San Francisco Film Society notes about Redford... Such intention of purpose and unwave...

State of Cinema Address in San Francisco

Sunday morning in San Francisco, Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired magazine, delivered the State of Cinema address. Kelly has worked in digital technology since his founding role with The Well, in 1985, one of the first "true" online communtities. So he had a lot to say about what the future, inevitably and obviously digital all the way, will look like for motion pictures. He opened his talk with a little factoid about life today: the amount of screens everywhere. "Anywhe...

SFIFF: 1000 Journals

 Documentary 1000 Journals showed at the San Francisco International Film Festival this week.  Director Andrea Kreuzhage and also the main subject of the film, Someguy, were in attendance for a Q and A after a screening Wednesday.  1000 Journals is the directing debut for Kreuzhage, who has worked in the film industry since 1986 with companies Beyond Films and Sony Classics, on films like Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Bookies (2003), to name a few. In the summer of 2000, a man living in San Fr...

What's up at the SFIFF , May 3rd

 Here's what's going on at the San francisco International Film festival today, May 3rd.  The "scoop do jour"- Visit for links and more. Video Scoop The latest video edition of Scoop du Jour features scenes from Film Society Awards Night with honorees and guests in attendance, plus an interview with filmmaker Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg) about his foray into “docu-fantasia.” Who’s in Town? Arriving today are directors Peter Galison (Secrecy), Lance Ham...

SFIFF "Scoop du Jour" Friday May 2

courtesy of Video Scoop The video edition of Scoop features interviews with Mike Leigh, director Ted Thomas (Walt & El Grupo), and director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy). Who’s in Town? Arriving today are directors Patricio Lanfranco (The Judge and the General), Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), Mahmoud al Massad (Recycle), Jirí Menzel (I Served the King of England) and Robb Moss (Secrecy); subject Juan Guzmán (The Judge and the General); and jurors Florence Alm...

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 13

Interviews with past SFIFF festival director's Claude Jarman and Peter Scarlett, board chair George Gund and festival photographer, Pamela Gentile.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 12

Danish filmmaker, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer talks about the making of her documentary, The Monastery.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 11

Dorka Keehn interviews Bay Area documentary filmmaker, Michael Jacobs,  the director of Audience of One.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 10

Dorka Keehn interviews Todd Trainer and Susan Dynner, the director and producer of Punks Not Dead.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 9

George Lucas, Spike Lee, Peter Morgan and more fabulous Festival guests walk the red carpet at Film Society Awards Night.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 8

Documentary filmmakers Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht speak about their latest film, All in This Tea and Video Scoop commentator, Dorka Keehn interviews Cyrus Frisch, director of Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me It Would Get this Bad in Afghanistan.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop - Day 7

Actor Danny Glover speaks about the Festival entry, Bamako.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop, Day 6

The sixth edition of video Scoop du Jour features Festival 's Mel Novikoff Award recipient, film preservationist, Kevin Brownlow.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop, Day 5

The fifth edition of video Scoop du Jour features legendary editor, Walter Murch and the filmmakers behind the documentary, Murch, David and Edie Ichioka.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop, Day 4

The fourth edition of video Scoop du Jour, features the Castro screening of Fog City Mavericks, with guests Nancy Pelosi, George Lucas and more.

SFIFF 50th Video Scoop, Day 3

The third edition of video Scoop du Jour features Rosario Dawson and Sam Rockwell at the Midnight Awards ceremony, and the Stella Artois Late Show lounge.


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