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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 Oddball Comedy Festival Doesn't Need a Laugh Track at the Shoreline

Oddball Comedy Festival Doesn't Need a Laugh Track at the Shoreline

Open-air amphitheaters and comedy usually don’t mix, but on Tuesday night in Mountain View, an impressive array of the best comics working today laid claim to the Shoreline’s stage. Now in its third year, Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival Returns Oct. 13

Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival Returns Oct. 13

In keeping with the tradition of October being the month where everything in San Francisco happens at once, Funny or Die will bring its third installment of the Oddball Comedy Festival to the Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 13. Building…
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Music, All Shook Down The Most Jaw-Dropping Quotes of Monday's 'Roast of Justin Bieber'

The Most Jaw-Dropping Quotes of Monday's 'Roast of Justin Bieber'

Last night, Comedy Central finally aired the much-hyped Roast of Justin Bieber. As we all know by now, roasts are an excuse for people to get together and say a bunch of (super-offensive, fucked up) shit to each other…
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Music, All Shook Down Iggy Doesn't Want a Grammy, Bjork Doesn't Want Spotify, and Antemasque Don't Want Their Onstage Kettle

Iggy Doesn't Want a Grammy, Bjork Doesn't Want Spotify, and Antemasque Don't Want Their Onstage Kettle

"I did not want to win that award. My speech would have been like, 'Fuck this. I don’t want it, take it. Get it away from me'. People already hate me enough. I do not need to be hated…
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Film, Feature SF Indiefest: Showing the Movies That Make America Gasp

SF Indiefest: Showing the Movies That Make America Gasp

"It's our quinceañera!" So says the program for the 15th annual SF Indiefest (or the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, if you're not into the whole brevity thing), and it can be such an awkward age. Indiefest can't yet vote…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day I'm the Knave, Man

I'm the Knave, Man

Early this year, the world slapped its head and said "Lebowski!" Technically it said "Bridges!" but many heard "Lebowski!" For Crazy Heart's Bad Blake had just enough of the Dude in him — drunk, charmingly drunk, periodically flummoxed — to…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Grind It Out With Pam

Grind It Out With Pam

Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson: Uncensored! (Paramount) This sucker's vulgar -- duh -- but not shocking in the least bit; Sarah Silverman swears, and Courtney Love drinks and smokes . . . who knew? That said, this roast ranks…
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Film, Reel World

Reefer Madness

"I find starting new things more exciting than maintaining things that have been around for a while," confesses S.F. Indiefest founder Jeff Ross. His latest (ad)venture is "Beyond the Valley of the Indiefest," a hybrid horror, sci-fi, and documentary festival…
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Film, Reel World

Paint Your Wagon

With movies like Coming to Light, Regret to Inform, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse to his credit, Todd Boekelheide is the composer of choice for Bay Area documentary makers. But he typically faces a major constraint: "The music…
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Film, Reel World

A Lion in Winter

A Lion in Winter Three years ago, the brand-new S.F. Independent Film Festival staked out a slot in early January, laying claim to the honorific title of First Bay Area Film Festival of the New Year. But when Sundance 2002…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

The Potted Psalm I hung up the phone and tipped my Panama in amazement to Jeff Ross, the founder of S.F. Indiefest. As if spearheading a weeklong annual film festival wasn't sufficiently daunting, Ross is expanding into video exhibition with…
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Independent Counsel

In spite of the proliferation of film festivals, major studios starting indie divisions, cable TV desperate for content, and cheap technology, many movies are DOA, unable to find a distributor or even a venue. As Jeff Ross, director of the…
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