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    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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    Ace in the HoleThe Chronicle's long-standing -- though selectively observed -- policy is to review every film that opens for a week or longer. In recent years, however, as a new wave of revivals and restorations of vintage movies has…
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    A Simple PlanIt'll be easier than usual to find a seat in your favorite cafe this Friday, Jan. 14, as local filmmakers crowd into Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for Open Day of the seventh annual International Film Financing…
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    Another Day in ParadiseThe Pacific Film Archive can be a schlep for San Franciscans, to put it mildly. So one of the most heartening developments for S.F. residents in 1999 was the "importation" of the PFA's Max Ophuls series by…
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    Land and Freedom"Things here are fairly unorthodox," says the Red Vic Movie House's Dennis Conroy, with a certain degree of understatement. For starters, it's increasingly rare to operate a single-screen neighborhood theater. But as a "worker owned and operated" collective…
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    Zan BokoFrom its cluttered, no-frills offices overlooking the grimy corner of Ninth Street and Market, California Newsreel single-handedly flies the flag(s) of African cinema in this country. Now in its 32nd year of "socially engaged film distribution" (to quote from…
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    Freedom on My MindIt barely qualifies as news that the sprawling Sundance Film Festival lineup features a clutch of new films by local artists. The Bay Area is exceedingly well-represented every January at Park City, especially in the documentary category.…
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    La Regle de JeuThis has been a year of nonstop ecstasy for Francophile cinemaphiles, as the PFA, Castro, and S.F. Film Society mounted one transcendent retrospective after another: Robert Bresson, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Becker, Max Ophuls. (Fans of new French…
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    Eyes Wide Shut I called Philip Kaufman's office and, lo and behold, Northern California's greatest (and shiest) filmmaker answered the phone himself. Back only a few days from London, where he just finished shooting Quills with Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet,…
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    Point BlankPersonal to independent filmmakers: There is an upside to financing your movie with your credit cards. Consider Evan Aaronson's bizarre 1997 "vacation" in Peru after he'd finished shooting Baggage with M. Emmet Walsh and Mariette Hartley. A couple of…
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    The TinglerIt's not quite as mammoth a job as hoisting the big top when the clowns and carnies and elephants come to town, but the Castro is upgrading for the upcoming 3-D revival of Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder.…
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    Floating CloudsFrom Canyon Cinema to Strand Releasing (now based in L.A.) to Roxie Releasing to the now-defunct Tara Releasing to Turbulent Arts, San Francisco has long been a breeding ground for fledgling distributors. Each of these companies found a niche…
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    Tin CupPumpkins are everywhere, children are chattering about their costumes, and the Sundance Watch has begun. When we checked in with San Francisco producer/directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Suture) last spring, they were bound for Baton Rouge to oversee…
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    The KidWriter-director-actor-producer-editor Eli Rudnick hops on and off a bench,surveying the empty seats in the cozy new cinema on Sherman Street. Our conversation ranges from the false security of conformity to wipes and mattes to Taxi Driver. "I like being…
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    Kitten With a Whip Before Jack Stevenson got married and moved to Denmark in 1993, the author (Desperate Visions: Camp America) and film collector obliged this town's once-healthy appetite for kink with regular shows at the Roxie, the Other Cinema,…
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    Best BoyBay Area documentary filmmakers are a socially conscious lot who, by and large, treat serious subjects extremely seriously. So the most unexpected aspect of This Is the Life, George Spies and Andrew Black's slice-of-life portrait of two developmentally disabled…
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    The Big Picture George Lucas isn't the only big-name Bay Area moviemaker heading to the Presidio. The San Francisco Film Center, envisioned as a hub for the local feature film community, is rushing toward completion of its first stage, with…
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    Black to the Promised Land Central Marin may be the Bay Area's most privileged enclave, but the Mill Valley Film Festival can't be accused of pandering to the prosperous. This year's fest, slated for Oct. 7 through 17, features the…
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    Rachel&185;s DaughtersWhen last we checked in with Doug Wolens, the S.F. lawyer-turned-filmmaker was traipsing around the country with his Amsterdam stoner travelogue, Weed. The 1997 documentary ultimately played in 43 cities and proved a major self-distribution success; as you&185;d expect,…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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