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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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Calendar, Night&Day Eastern Stars

Eastern Stars

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival doesn’t mess around when it comes to opening-night parties. After the world premiere of White Frog, travel by Zipcar to the Asian Art Museum for food and music amid the exhibit on…
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Film, A Chinese factory reborn as condo heaven in <i>24 City</i>

A Chinese factory reborn as condo heaven in 24 City

Jia Zhangke is one of the world's preeminent filmmakers, an essentially contemplative director whose considerable talent is further amplified by the significance of his material — namely, everyday life in the most dynamic economy on Earth. Jia's last feature, Still…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Hollywood Big Shot Who's Not George Lucas or Francis Ford Coppola

San Francisco's certainly got its fair share of Hollywood notables. But filmmaker and editor Ruby Yang has avoided the spotlight, even as her projects have become box office hits. Yang, who just relocated her offices to the film incubator in…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Living in OblivionConsider the typical filmmaker's confusion: The only way to get a movie made is through unwavering persistence, and a worthwhile movie requires steadfast adherence to a consistent vision. But you're buffeted by contradictory advice, pressures to compromise, and…
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