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Calendar, Night&Day Pusher Men

Pusher Men

Natalia Almada has some serious bragging rights. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship just a few weeks ago, the rising documentary filmmaker will have the word “genius” (as in “genius grant”) attached to her name in every article and film festival bio…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ten Years Gone

Ten Years Gone

When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center 10 years ago today, local artist Ben Wood had just started his first week of grad school at the S.F. Art Institute. That day’s events and their aftermath instilled in him…
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Film, Reel World

Barbarella

"We're the dolls in the doll house, and Jennifer is playing with us," actor Omewenne quipped on the set of Jennifer Kroot's dress-up sci-fi sendup, Sirens of the 23rd Century. Most of the cast -- who worked for love, not…
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Film, Reel World

Life and Nothing But

With Safe Conduct, a riveting, fact-based look at French filmmaking under the Occupation, director Bertrand Tavernier (A Sunday in the Country, Round Midnight) reaffirms his talent for bringing period pieces to vivid life. The secret, he explains (during a rare…
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Film, Reel World

Deep Westurn

Born in San Francisco to Swedish immigrants, Robert Nelson worked as a carpenter and taught high school before pursuing painting at the California School of Fine Arts (now the S.F. Art Institute) in the wide-open local art scene of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Girl on Film

Girl on Film

Performer, filmmaker, and visual artist Michelle Handelman may be remembered locally for BloodSisters, an award-winning documentary about the local lesbian S/M subculture that played at over 50 film festivals. But the movie wasn't exactly a blockbuster, so the S.F. Art…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

The Cup and the Lip"The other day, someone asked me, 'How do you define your territory?' I said, 'I work with anything that you can plug in.' In other words, I work with electricity." SFMOMA's new curator of media arts,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Collage Industry

Collage Industry

"I consider myself a maker of moving collages," Lawrence Jordan once told an interviewer, but this self-assessment is deceptive in stressing craft over art. In the early 1950s, Jordan (born in 1933) began his underground movie career with a series…
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