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Calendar, Night&Day Local Heroes

Local Heroes

Every fall for more than 20 years, the Film Arts Foundation showcased the best new work by Bay Area filmmakers in one ferociously crammed weekend. The venerable organization fell on hard times last year, alas, and bequeathed many of its…
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Calendar, Night&Day Film Arts' Finals

Film Arts' Finals

For more than two decades San Francisco's Film Arts Foundation has helped local cinéastes complete their dreams by offering classes, technical support, and aid in winning grants. Then, once a year, FAF screens a week's worth of the results at…
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Film, Reel World

Freedom on My Mind

After 23 years at the wheel, Gail Silva has relinquished the day-to-day responsibility of overseeing the nonprofit Film Arts Foundation. In her tailored new role -- which comes with the title of president -- the beloved champion of Bay Area…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Reel World

One Man's Trash

Reefer Madness "I've read so many film books, and every one of those books has two to five pages of stuff that was worth reading," declares the Werepad's Jacques Boyreau. "Hopefully, we gave you those pages and left out…
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Film, Reel World

Half the Kingdom

Half the Kingdom When the 22nd S.F. Jewish Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night (see Night & Day), longtime director Janis Plotkin will make a surprise announcement: She's stepping down at the end of the year. Her timing gives the…
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Film, Reel World

It Should Happen to You

Once upon a time, writers wrote and directors directed. Then Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder breached the barricades, and the writer/ director was born. S.F. novelist Noah Hawley (A Conspiracy of Thin Men) is the latest scribe to follow that…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

In 1998, when Olu Dara released his succulent debut album In the World: From Natchez to New York, he was best known as a jazzman who lent his trumpet and cornet to the likes of Sam Rivers and Henry Threadgill,…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Sidewalk StoriesEverybody's favorite dreadhead, Brien Burroughs, is prepping to shoot a follow-up to Suckerfish, the droll stroll through S.F. pet shops Burroughs improvised from a rough outline with a gaggle of local comics. "We don't really know what the film…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Tell the Truth and RunVeronica Selver shot her initial footage of KPFA on the Air back in 1991, long before the station (founded by poets and pacifists in 1949) became an emblem of late-century Berkeley activism. She was a listener…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

High Plains DrifterBillionaire George released the home-video versions of Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace last week in both pan-and-scan and (for a few dollars more) letterboxed versions. If presentation is so important to Lucas -- remember how…
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Film,

Reel World

Lost in America These are prosperous times for our funkiest art houses, with hit revivals like Nights of Cabiria and Touch of Evil at the Castro and a steady stream of quirky first-run engagements at the Roxie and Lumiere. And…
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Film,

Reel World

Money Talks "They were the last clean pair of pants in my closet," protested S.F. International Film Festival Artistic Director Peter Scarlet, spotted sporting a pair of Dockers Khakis. The telltale logo on Scarlet's hip -- matching the one on…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

"Lust for Life" This month's screening from the Film Arts Foundation is a program of love- and/or lust-oriented shorts. There are two obvious standouts in the latter category, both employing formal techniques to defamiliarize overly common images -- something that…
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Film,

Dark Sun

The 11th annual rite of passage for every local film/videomaker -- aka the Film Arts Festival -- arrives in S.F. Wednesday, Nov. 1, with Berkeley-based independent filmmaker Paul Budnitz's 93 Million Miles From the Sun (Castro Theater, 7:30 p.m.). Shot…
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