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Culture, The Exhibitionist CAAMFest Brings Asian American Storytelling to the Bay Area

CAAMFest Brings Asian American Storytelling to the Bay Area

With our current fractious political environment, the Executive Director for the Center for Asian American Media Steven Gong says festivals like CAAMFest offer the hope of people embracing otherness through food, music and movies. “They have the power to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Raw, Funny, and Infuriating: Rene Russo and Oliver Platt in <i>Frank and Cindy</i>

Raw, Funny, and Infuriating: Rene Russo and Oliver Platt in Frank and Cindy

G. J. Echternkamp never wanted to be the guy who made movies about his family. But, really, he had such great material it was hard to resist. His stepfather, Frank, had been part of the '80s band OXO, which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF IndieFest- Films, Music and Parties, Parties, Parties

SF IndieFest- Films, Music and Parties, Parties, Parties

Jeff Ross, the founder of the SF IndieFest, likes parties. A lot. So along with the shorts, features and international films at part of the festival from Feb. 11-25, there will also be opening and closing night parties (at…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist CAAMfest Comes to Town with Movies, Food, Music, and Culture

CAAMfest Comes to Town with Movies, Food, Music, and Culture

The Center for Asian American Media presents CAAMfest, the largest festival of Asian American movies in North America, with two weeks of food, music and films, films, films. There will be (deep breath) more than 100 movies from…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Donut Mess with Crazy: San Jose Donut Shop Featured in Mental Health Documentary

Donut Mess with Crazy: San Jose Donut Shop Featured in Mental Health Documentary

In 2009 Psycho Donuts was at the center of a controversy around the fact that, well, it runs a donut shop featuring donuts named after mental illnesses, servers styled as asylum nurses, and a padded cell. So it's not a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Health Care on Human Terms: Oakland's Highland Hospital in <i>The Waiting Room</i>

Health Care on Human Terms: Oakland's Highland Hospital in The Waiting Room

Medical professionals at Oakland's Highland Hospital emergency department see about 80,000 patients a year. The hospital also has northern Alameda County's main trauma center, so during the year, more than 2,200 severely injured patients go there, whether they have health…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Asian American Film Festival: Joan Chen, Interactive Events, Politics, Open Relationships

Asian American Film Festival: Joan Chen, Interactive Events, Politics, Open Relationships

Christine Kwon is managing director for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, which starts tonight (Thursday) and continues through March 18. The opening night movie, White Frog, is about a boy with Asperger's syndrome starring the San Francisco…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jeff Ross Says SF Indiefest Couldn't Happen in Any Other City But San Francisco

Jeff Ross Says SF Indiefest Couldn't Happen in Any Other City But San Francisco

Jeff Ross founded the San Francisco Independent Film Festival 14 years ago as a way to give his friend Rand Alexander a place in town to show his movie Caged. What started as a four-day event now lasts two weeks.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Vengeance Reigns in Fuller Double-Feature: <em>House of Bamboo</em> and <i>Underworld U.S.A.</i>

Vengeance Reigns in Fuller Double-Feature: House of Bamboo and Underworld U.S.A.

Two of Samuel Fuller's best are screening tonight (Wednesday) on a double-bill at the Castro as part of Noir City X, the 10th annual San Francisco film noir festival. This is a rare chance to see two of Fuller's more…
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Independent Filmmaking in the South Bay -- Who Knew?

Not many people think of the stretch of suburbia between I-280 and U.S. 101 as a hub of underground cinematic activity, but there is a film festival to prove us wrong. Hosted by an all-volunteer run organization called South Bay…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Animation Has Grown -- and Grown Up

Animation Has Grown -- and Grown Up

Animation used to be the province of the fantastic and the impossible: dancing hippos, futuristic planets, talking rabbits, and psychedelic forests. We're still inundated with anthropomorphized animals and (less grating and more gratifying) worlds too imaginative and expensive to…
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3rd i Brings South Asian Controversy, Eye Candy -- and Boxing Ladies -- to S.F.

The 3rd i San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival is in its ninth year. It includes a documentary about the ascent of a Bollywood star, a film on sarod master Ali Akbar Khan whose famous school is located…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>What Happened Here?</i> Is Little More Than an Intellectual Crush on Leon Trotsky

What Happened Here? Is Little More Than an Intellectual Crush on Leon Trotsky

Few things are more complicated than the history of the Soviet Union. So it should come as no surprise that Rob Nilsson's film about Leon Trotsky -- Russian revolutionary and founder of the Red Army -- is not quite up…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Silent Film Festval: Resurrecting <i>Napoleon</i>, Fiercely Debating Modern Musical Scores

S.F. Silent Film Festval: Resurrecting Napoleon, Fiercely Debating Modern Musical Scores

The 16th San Francisco Silent Film Festival reached a triumphant conclusion Sunday after four full days of nonspeaking - but not mute - cinema at the Castro. Founded in 1994 by a small band of enthusiasts, the "SF Squared" Festival,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Film Society Executive Director Graham Leggat Steps Down

S.F. Film Society Executive Director Graham Leggat Steps Down

San Francisco Film Society executive director Graham Leggat has stepped down after almost six years because of health-related issues, the organization announced today. Leggat led the film society as it expanded from being the producer of the annual S.F. International…
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Local Filmmakers Feed at the Udder of
a Scary Cow (Film Festival)

Aspiring young directors have a choice these days: drop a serious wad on film school, or put the dough into making a feature, where they get a real-world, sink-or-swim education. Scary Cow, our town's pioneering filmmaking co-op, offers a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Opening Night at LGBT Film Festival Frameline35 Feels Like Coming Home

Opening Night at LGBT Film Festival Frameline35 Feels Like Coming Home

At some film festivals, people talk to you only because they want to steal the seat next to you or think you might be able to get them into the afterparty. Frameline35 is different. Opening night of the San Francisco…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Krackoon</i> Is Just What It Sounds Like -- a Killer Raccoon on Crack

Krackoon Is Just What It Sounds Like -- a Killer Raccoon on Crack

This description immediately sold us: "A raccoon mistakenly snacks on crack cocaine. He sets out to exact revenge on the developers and politicians responsible for destroying his home in the Bronx." That's so many levels of WTF. A raccoon just…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Photos: Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival Opens with <i>Love for $ale</i>

Photos: Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival Opens with Love for $ale

The San Francisco Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival opened with a gender-bending bang Friday night at the Roxie Theater in the form of Love for $ale: A Sweet Talking ~ Street Walking Burlesque Cabaret. It was hosted by adult…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>American Teacher</i> Premieres Tuesday in S.F.

American Teacher Premieres Tuesday in S.F.

The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come…
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