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Culture, The Exhibitionist Filmmaker360: How SFIFF Supports Local Talent

Filmmaker360: How SFIFF Supports Local Talent

Noah Cowan has been with the San Francisco Film Society for two years. He thinks this year’s festival is heading in exactly the right direction. And he’s eager to give credit for that to others. “I think that my…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFIFF, Week One: 10 to Catch

SFIFF, Week One: 10 to Catch

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy (4/24) Here’s a winning declaration of documentary principles, in which the late Les Blank and the late Richard Leacock hang out, eat well, and exemplify a wonderfully stubborn will…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Stand Up Planet</i> Wants to Change the World -- One Joke at a Time

Stand Up Planet Wants to Change the World -- One Joke at a Time

Hasan Minhaj wants everyone to see the documentary, Stand Up Planet, which features an in-depth look at comics in South Africa and India, but his reasons for wanting the public to see it have nothing to do with his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Independent Boyhood

Independent Boyhood

The San Francisco International Film Festival has been with Richard Linklater from the beginning. When Slacker screened in 1991, its triumph — from a former oil-rig worker in Texas, no less — heralded a new era for independent film.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Films About Aging, For All Ages

Films About Aging, For All Ages

It'll happen to you, if you're lucky: You'll be in the shower, and you'll notice a liver spot on the back of your hand where there wasn't one before. It's just another sign that you're getting older, and considering…
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Calendar, Night&Day Genre-Bender

Genre-Bender

Peaches has made a career out of fucking with genre and with gender for more than 10 years now. She does cock-rock as easily as electro-pop, and she’s been known to rock a pretty impressive cock or two as part…
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Calendar, Night&Day Films From The Diaspota

Films From The Diaspota

The San Francisco International Film Festival may get most of the ink, but it isn’t the only world-spanning film festival happening this weekend, as the Roxie hosts the second biennial San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pretty in Pink (and Crimson)

Pretty in Pink (and Crimson)

For most of us insecure (that is, normal) adolescents, Prom Night meant Prom Nightmare. A minefield of potential humiliation, it began weeks in advance with the dreaded question of who to ask (or be asked by), involved a significant cash…
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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 French Film Sans Subtitles Causes Exodus

French Film Sans Subtitles Causes Exodus

At a Tuesday night San Francisco International Film Festival screening of Intouchables, the projectionist found an apropos time to stop the film. Just as protagonist Driss was corralled by cops after a bout of Steve McQueen-like driving and exclaimed "Merde!"…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings April 25-May 1, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Not Free, Not Dead: The Psychedelic End: Nightmare City presents a series of local shorts paying homage to Bay Area counterculture. Thu., April 26, 8 p.m. $6. Not Free, Not Dead: The Psychedelic End: Video program featuring…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Alps</i> Is Like Prostitution for the Grieving

Alps Is Like Prostitution for the Grieving

A great thing about film festivals is seeing films before their wider release, and in new and intimate settings. Over the weekend we screened Giorgos Lanthimos' film Alps, the follow-up to the strange yet much-loved Dogtooth, in the San Francisco…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review 4/23/2012: tUnE-yArDs Gives New Life to Silent Buster Keaton Shorts at the Castro Theatre

Live Review 4/23/2012: tUnE-yArDs Gives New Life to Silent Buster Keaton Shorts at the Castro Theatre

tUnE-yArDs Monday, April 23, 2012 The Castro Theatre Better than: Silent films without a score (and tUnE-yArDs without a guitarist). "You get to look at our behinds," tUnE-yArDs frontwoman Merrill Garbus said as the five musicians onstage turned their…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address

Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address

At last year's San Francisco International Film Festival, indie producer and invited speaker Christine Vachon embarrassed her hosts with a sloppy and unprepared "State of Cinema" report. To erase the lingering memory of that lowbrow disaster, organizers lured another New…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Three Films Not to Miss at the Upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival

Three Films Not to Miss at the Upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival

Let it be known: A torrent of incredible films approaches the city in the coming days starting tomorrow (Thursday) in the form of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the biggest of the year in a city that already has…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Terence Stamp Entertains Castro Crowd with Tales from <i>Priscilla</i>, Other Films

Terence Stamp Entertains Castro Crowd with Tales from Priscilla, Other Films

Like a latter-day Superman supervillain General Zod, British actor Terence Stamp materialized Friday evening at the Castro Theatre, special guest star in the ongoing flow of San Francisco International Film Festival special events. You perhaps know him from the frail…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Oliver Stone Gets Political -- and Light-Hearted -- During Film Festival Interview

Oliver Stone Gets Political -- and Light-Hearted -- During Film Festival Interview

Say what you will about Oliver Stone, he's a heck of a good sport. The recipient of this year's Founder's Directing Award from the S.F. International Film Festival was feted last night in the big house at the Sundance Kabuki…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Christine Vachon Is Short on Insight, Inspiration in 2011 State of Cinema Address

Christine Vachon Is Short on Insight, Inspiration in 2011 State of Cinema Address

A few years ago, Christine Vachon says, she visited a psychic. Baffled by what the cards spread before her indicated, the spiritualist asked, "Are you a general in the Army? You're moving great groups of people from one place to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What to See at the S.F. International Film Festival

What to See at the S.F. International Film Festival

Here's the first thing you should know after hearing that the San Francisco International Film Festival announced its full program this morning: Even hardcore film buffs and multilingual critics have a tough time handicapping the lineup at a large festival.…
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