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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'...

San Francisco International Animation Festival

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The San Francisco Film Society presents the fifth annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day celebration of the Bay Area's preeminence as a hub for one of the most creative forms in cinema, November 11 - 14 at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema. This year's International Animation Festival ranges from FX-based features to family-friendly cartoons and includes Hayao Miyazaki protégé Sunao Katabuchi's Mai Mai Miracle, the Decemberists-inspired Here Come the Waves...

Advice for Activist Filmmakers

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Many documentaries today address activist issues. Often after seeing such movies,audiences will ask, "What can we do?" Sunday October 18, closing day of the Mill Valley Film Festival, a panel called: Active Cinema: Strategies for Change addressed how to best inspire audiences to action. How do we help audiences connect the dots between the experience of watching the film and doing something? How can we inspire activism? The panelists discussed. "You can't just show them the film and leave," s...

Zoe Elton, Mill Valley Head of Programming Tells All

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I got to sit down with Zoe Elton, Director of Programming at The Mill Valley Film Festival 3 days before the close of this year's fest. She's been with the Festival since it's inception 32 years ago, when she sort of fell into the position at random. Previously she worked in England as a theatre director and writer. Check out our conversation below to see what she has to say about the video art community in the 80s, how documentary has changed, it feeling like a "vintage year" for film, and o...

Everything Strange and New in San Francisco

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Last night I watched 'Everything Strange and New' - showing one last time tomorrow- Saturday, May 2nd at the Kabuki cinema for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Two minutes in I wanted to skip back to the beginning because I was stopped in my tracks by the style of filmmaking. I wanted to watch it over so as to catch every detail. This is a BLEAK movie. And man, the filmmaking is incredible at illustrating bleakness. Eerily slow zooms and dolly shots (which my cinema major rom...

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

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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 unwavering quality are rare enough in ca...

Focus on Encyclopedia Pictura at SFIAFF

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This weekend at the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival, my eyes were opened to a new world! It is that of Encyclopedia Pictura. EP is an animating collective of three young men from Santa Cruz who are currently enjoying a lot of attention since their animation and production for Bjork's 'Wanderlust.' View here.-Darren Rabinovitch, Sean Hellfritsch, and Isaiah Saxon of EP, and Sean Uyehara, programmer of SFIAFF Encyclopedia Pictura are definitely on top of their game. As designer...

3rd san francisco international animation festival

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We will be reporting live from the festival Currently one of the most fertile, creative and productive forms in cinema and television, animation occupies a pressure point between artistic, experimental, commercial and industrial media. It ranges from the latest visual FX-based arthouse films to family-friendly cartoons. The four-day San Francisco International Animation Festival celebrates San Francisco’s preeminence as a hub for one of the most creative form...

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