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Philadelphia CineFest Announces Film Lineup, Award Recognition and Festival Highlights

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Boasting a wide-ranging slate of documentaries, features and shorts guaranteed to appeal to film-lovers. The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance is excited to announce the full film lineup for CineFest 2011 - running Thursday, April 7 - Thursday, April 14 - along with opening night highlights, special award recognition to famed horror film director John Carpenter and the reintroduction of Action Asia. As previously announced, this year's festival lineup is bookended by comedic films lauded by atte...

The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming

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Former Film Society Mainstay Returns to Help Lead Vastly Expanded and Enriched Organization As it Enters New Era of Growth The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming, effective August 10, 2009.    Photo by Jesse Grant / WireImage   "We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executiv...

Rachel Rosen new director of programming at San Francisco Fest

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Former Film Society Mainstay Returns to Help Lead Vastly Expanded and Enriched Organization As it Enters New Era of GrowthThe San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming, effective August 10, 2009. "We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director. "Her intelligence, flair for innovation and keen eye for exciti...

San Francisco Filmmaking Grant award winner

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San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today the winner and two honorable mentions for the initial $35,000 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant, given to a filmmaker for a narrative feature film, with a social justice theme, being made in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panelists, who reviewed 124 estimable submissions, are Linda Blackaby, director of programming, San Francisco Film Society; Jennifer Chaiken, partner, 72 Productions; Graham Leggat, executive director, San Fr...

Bruce Goldstein honored at at the 52nd San Francisco Fest

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Bruce Goldstein will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7). Named for the pioneering San Francisco art and repertory film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922 - 87), the award acknowledges an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public's knowledge and appreciation of world cinema. The Novikoff Award will be presented at An Afternoon with Bruce Goldstein on Sunday, May 3 at 5:00 pm at the Castro Theatre preceding...

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...

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...

The revolution, now playing (part 2)

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Over a month ago at the press conference kicking off SFIFF 49, Linda Blackaby announced the documentary line-up, adding that these selections were “often some of the most popular films in our festival.” The gifted director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society noted that a dozen of them would compete in the Golden Gate Awards, and 11 more filled the slate of nonfiction features representing 13 countries. There’s not an emperor penguin among them. Blackaby singled out titles dea...

New Italian Cinema week in San Francisco and more

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New Italian Cinema (Nov 13 – 20 at the AMC Kabuki 8 Theatres San Francisco), is an eight-day series dedicated to celebrating the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and bringing the country’s newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco, New York, Moscow and Amsterdam. This year’s selection runs the gamut from thriller to black comedy, delves into issues affecting young and old and explores issues such as corporate downsizing, illegal immigration and the plight of political priso...

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...

San Francisco Film Festival opening night

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47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15-29) April 15th is tax day. But all the stress of income tax preparations and payments evaporated when the rousing theme song from San Francisco, the 1936 movie starring Jeannette MacDonald and Clark Gable, blasted from the pipes of the Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Everyone in the 1400-seat movie palace clapped along. As Wu-Tang Clan producer and Kill Bill composer RZA proclaimed about the 1922 historic landmark: ...

San Francisco winning films travel to Cuban fest

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Well if you missed them last spring: here is another chance to view San Francisco award-winning films in Cuba.The 25th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana will present a selection of award-winning films from the 46th San Francisco International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba, December 2 -12, 2003.The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival Awards section of theHavana Film Festival will include LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, Golden Gate Award BestBay Area Documentary Feature;...

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