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San Francisco Fest:: Eimbcke, a New Mexican Talent To Watch

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With all the headlines emerging from Mexico about drug cartels and gang wars, the zeitgeist culture of America's neighbor to the south is undeniably dramatic and more than a bit terrifying. Out of this cultural conflict often emerges great art and artists, and Mexico has been for the past decade a prime resource of exceptional film talent. Add to the list that includes Del Toro, Cuaron and Innaritu, the name of writer/director Fernando Eimbcke, whose film LAKE TAHOE is premiering at the San Fran...

Double Woods Honored In San Francisco

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  Actors Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood (no relation) have been chosen to receive this year’s Midnight Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival tomorrow evening. The Awards have been designed to honor a dynamic young American actor and actress who have made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema. The Awards ceremony and after-hours cocktail reception is one of the Festival’s hottest tickets. This year, the actors will be interviewed in a rel...

A New Mexican Talent To Watch

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  With all the headlines emerging from Mexico about drug cartels and gang wars, the zeitgeist culture of America's neighbor to the south is undeniably dramatic and more than a bit terrifying. Out of this cultural conflict often emerges great art and artists, and Mexico has been for the past decade a prime resource of exceptional film talent. Add to the list that includes Del Toro, Cuaron and Innaritu, the name of writer/director Fernando Eimbcke, whose film LAKE TAHOE is premiering at t...

Robert Redford To Receive Owens Award in San Francisco

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Robert Redford has won many hats in his nearly 50 year career: leading man, Oscar-winning director (ORDINARY PEOPLE), social activist and founder of the Sundance Film Institute. However, it is his acting that will be honored next week at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where he will receive the Peter J. Owens Award at the Festival’s Tribute Gala. In addition, the notoriously publicity-shy Redford will appear at a public onstage tribute at the Castro Theatre in a program that wil...

Robert Redford To Receive Owens Award

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  Robert Redford has won many hats in his nearly 50 year career: leading man, Oscar-winning director (ORDINARY PEOPLE), social activist and founder of the Sundance Film Institute. However, it is his acting that will be honored next week at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where he will receive the Peter J. Owens Award at the Festival’s Tribute Gala. In addition, the notoriously publicity-shy Redford will appear at a public onstage tribute at the Castro Theatre in a ...

Celebrating North America's Oldest Film Festival

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  San Francisco, April 17----- While it is common these days for every city, resort and college town to have its own international film festival, it is San Francisco, the glittering city in North California, that can make the singular claim of having hosted North America’s first on-going film festival event. Launched in December 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival was the first event to offer a mix of international cinema, the first stirring of th...

Celebrating North America's Oldest Film Festival

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While it is common these days for every city, resort and college town to have its own international film festival, it is San Francisco, the glittering city in North California, that can make the singular claim of having hosted North America’s first on-going film festival event. Launched in December 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival was the first event to offer a mix of international cinema, the first stirring of the American Independent movement and a smattering of serious-mi...

Trembling Before G_d by Sandi Dubowski

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Synopsis Sandi DuBowski's documentary Trembling before G-D is about gays and Lesbians who are either Orthodox or Hasidic Jews. And while there is no shortage of documentaries about gay and lesbian human beings in all sorts of situations and communities, not many of them are as nervy or as revealing as this one. DirectorSandi Simcha DuBowski (Director, Producer) is a filmmaker and writer based in New York. DuBowski is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation's 1999 Film/Video/Multime...

IFFS panel on Festival ticketing in Vegas this tuesday

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The Fest Summit has programmed this first Panel on Festival ticketing "Unlock Your Festivals Ticketing Potential" (tuesday 1:45pm- 2:45pm) The panel will provide a comparison of ticketing and pass models addressing pros and cons along with companies to consider working with. Hear what models are appropriate for your festival, printing issues, day of sale issues and more. Moderator: Bruno Chatelin, COO, Filmfestivals.com Some of the following questions will be answer...

IFFS panel on Festival ticketing Tuesday December 9, 2008

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The Fest Summit has programmed this first Panel on Festival ticketing "Unlock Your Festivals Ticketing Potential"  (tuesday 1:45pm- 2:45pm) The panel will provide a comparison of ticketing and pass models addressing pros and cons along with companies to consider working with. Hear what models are appropriate for your festival, printing issues, day of sale issues and more. Moderator: Bruno Chatelin, COO, Filmfestivals.com Some of the following questions wi...

IFFS panel on Festival ticketing

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1:45pm- 2:45pm Unlock Your Festivals Ticketing Potential This panel will provide a comparison of ticketing and pass models addressing pros and cons along with companies to consider working with. Hear what models are appropriate for your festival, printing issues, day of sale issues and more. Moderator: Bruno Chatelin, COO, Filmfestivals.com Some of the following questions will be answered by our esteemed panelists/ Which percentage of ticketing is achieved online I...

Vancouver International Film Festival wrapped

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The 27th Vancouver International Film Festival, which concluded its 16-day run on October 10, is pleased to announce the films that were top favourites and runners-up in the public voting for VIFF's audience awards. The winners of all awards, audience and juried, were announced prior to the closing gala film; all awards are recapped here.Festival Director Alan Franey also advised that the number of admissions was 142,425, down slightly from last year. He said, "It was a festival of riches that h...

Vancouver International Film Festival hands out 11 awards

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The 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run today with the closing gala screening of Laurent Cantet's film THE CLASS (Entre les murs) in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. The Closing Gala was presented by Desjardins Financial Security.The winners of five juried awards and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; a sixth juried award was announced previously. More award details and the attendance tally will be released...

VIFF 2008 Dragons & Tigers Award Winners

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For the 15th year running, the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema to a new director from the Asia-Pacific region is given to a creative and innovative film, made early in the director's career, which has not yet won significant international recognition. Once again we are grateful to Brad Birarda for continuing to sponsor this $10,000 award, and the series as a whole.The distinguished jury for the 2008 award comprised: Mr ICHIYAMA Shozo, artistic director of the Tokyo FilmEx festival and pr...

Medicine For Melancholy Screens As IFP Opener

Tuesday, September 16------The American indie festival hit Medicine For Melancholy by director Barry Jenkins, kicked off the festivities at a gala screening held last night for the opening of the Independent Film Week, hosted by the Independent Feature Project (IFP).The San Francisco-based film stars Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins as  two African-American twenty-somethings dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco. The film earned raves at SXSW, Los...

Arnaud Desplechin wil open French Cinema Now in SF

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The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now (October 8 - 12, Landmark's Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore at Clay), an inaugural festival dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary French cinema. The latest expansion in the Film Society's year-round programming, this new addition to the fall schedule focuses on bringing the most significant new work from one of the w...

Vancouver Film Festival reveals line up of 47 features

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Festival Director Alan Franey and programmers Tony Rayns and Shelly Kraicer today announced that the 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will feature a total of 47 features, 5 mid-length films and 23 shorts in the Festival's cornerstone Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program. Again presented this year thanks to the generous support of Brad Birarda, the Dragons & Tigers program is one of the pre-eminent showcases of East Asian films in the world. The series will feature ...

1000 Journals in San Francisco

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The 1000 Journals Project was started in San Francisco, in the summer of 2000, eight years ago. And now we're coming back to San Francisco, after our wonderful run at the San Francisco International Film Festival, to show the film for a week at the Roxie Theater. This is quite a milestone in the life of the documentary: our first theatrical booking, with hopefully more to come across the country.If you live in San Francisco, please come and join us at the Roxie, and bring your friends. If you kn...

SFIFF: 1000 Journals

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 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

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 Here's what's going on at the San francisco International Film festival today, May 3rd.  The "scoop do jour"- Visit http://fest08.sffs.org/news/ 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...

UK Director Mike Leigh To Be Honored In San Francisco

 Wednesday, March 19------Acclaimed UK director Mike Leigh will be honored with inaugural Founder's Directing Award at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival (24 April-8 May). The Founder's Award will be presented to Leigh at the Film Society Awards Night, the annual benefit gala, on Thursday, 1 May at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Founder's Directing Award is presented each year to one of the masters of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, who founded the San ...

Directing Award at the San Francisco Fest for Mike Leigh

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The San Francisco Film Society announces that Mike Leigh will be presented with the inaugural Founder's Directing Award at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8). The Founder's Award will be presented to Leigh at Film Society Awards Night, the annual benefit gala, on Thursday, May 1 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Founder's Directing Award is presented each year to one of the masters of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, who founded the San F...

San Francisco Film Society Elects New Board Members

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The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Carla Emil, James H. Herbert II, Celeste Meier and Suzie Reider to its board of directors as it continues to expand its annual calendar of film programs, including the acclaimed SFFS Education Program, and prepares to present the 51st edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas. The four new SFFS board members bring a wealth of experience from their professional and philant...

Buzz Begins At The Burns

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 Wednesday, October 17---------In this busy theatrical film season, as many as a dozen films premiere every Friday at local multiplexes. Many films that would benefit from a slow build up and the essential qualities of  "word of mouth" fail to ignite fire on their intial weekend openings and often disappear without a trace in a scant week or two. In the ferocious environment of theatrical distribution, if one's opening weekend is below expectations, the results can be disasterous. Di...

A look back at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival

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In 2007, the San Francisco International Film Festival became the first film festival in the Americas to turn 50. We recognized this historic milestone in style by screening 120 unique programs of the finest in international cinema, playing host to more than 80,000 film lovers and hundreds of filmmakers, journalists and film industry professionals, throwing sensational parties, launching new digital initiatives like International Online, celebrating Bay Area film culture, showcasing new technolo...

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