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    Film, Zoom Lens Big-name premieres and local documentaries shine at this year's event

    Big-name premieres and local documentaries shine at this year's event

    The doughty Mill Valley Film Festival , about to commence its 28th installment, plays second string to nobody. Big-name premieres and tributes alternate with little films you may not get to see anywhere else. A particular joy not to be…
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    Seven films from six different Central and South American countries rotate for a week as part of the Latinbeat Film Festival , which originated at the Film Society at Lincoln Center and is circulating nationally for the first time. Alex…
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    Film, Zoom Lens S.F. Jewish Film Festival

    S.F. Jewish Film Festival

    This year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the 25th, presenting more than 50 films at four locations starting this week. Art and politics entwine in all films, but particularly here, as Israeli, American, and other nationalities screen the past…
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    A wave of fatalistic crime sagas crossed with cynical love stories flooded B-movie houses in the late 1940s and '50s, offering a pointed rebuttal to the cherished myth of the postwar economic miracle -- namely, that a rising tide lifts…
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    The 27th Mill Valley Film Festival is, as always, the little film festival that can, an ambitious schedule in a modest setting. Its heralded releases include Bill Condon's Kinsey, an intelligent movie about the life of the pioneer sex researcher…
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    Myth, legend, and certain Iranian films aside, women in the Arab world are not strictly confined to medieval existences; indeed, several of the features screening in the eighth annual Cinemayaat, the Arab Film Festival star women wearing European fashions, with…
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    The fourth annual "Neo-Eiga" series achieves a spectrum of tastes, genres, and ideologies that makes it the local Asian -- and not just Japanese -- film event of the year. Eight movies, made (with one notable exception) between 2002 and…
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    "We're all blunderers," declares a Palestinian passenger on a West Bank shuttle van, punctuating her disgust with a wave of the hand. Her sweeping indictment, recorded in Hany Abu-Assad's terrific quasi-documentary Ford Transit, includes everyday people on both sides along…
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    Every year San Francisco is host to roughly 6 gazillion film festivals (and counting). So it's logical to assume that, for survival's sake, each has become more parochial. Indeed, the first annual Festival of Animated Short Films About Washing Machines…
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    As long as there are independent film festivals, there will be independent films about how goddamn hard it is to make it in the film business. Our sixth IndieFest opens accordingly with Break a Leg, whose title isn't the cleverest…
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    For a (relatively) small-scale, hands-on, audience-friendly film festival, Mill Valley 's eclectic mix of indie features, foreign fare, shorts, documentaries, and personal appearances has a surprisingly high profile. This Thursday's opening night includes Out of Time (with Denzel Washington), Sundance…
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    Screening 35 recent films and eight revivals, the Four Star Theatre's seventh annual Asian Film Festival has grown immensely from previous years. I considered taking a sublet near Clement and 23rd Avenue so that I could walk to see the…
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    True independent film -- not the middle-of-the-road Indiewood crap but transgressive, taboo-busting movies inspired by John Waters, George A. Romero, and Errol Morris -- has always sprung from youth culture. Hence the obsessions with horror, sex, and music (with a…
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    Film, Zoom Lens The Sixth Annual Latino Film Festival

    The Sixth Annual Latino Film Festival

    When the Jews were expelled from Spain during the Inquisition (on the eve of Columbus' 1492 journey to the New World), many escaped to Latin America. The fate of these Sephardim is the subject of three documentaries, all with English…
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    The chic riffraff sipping merlot in Ralph Lauren corduroys are an essential part of the Mill Valley Film Festival ambience. Then again, so are social-issues films from the U.K., no-frills stories from Iran, and soulful documentaries from around the U.S.…
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    The Japanese silent cinema was never silent. You can hear the speaking proof of this fact at the Pacific Film Archive this month: Sawato Midori, Japan's sole remaining active benshi, or silent-film narrator, accompanies a wide program at the Berkeley…
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    The annual Berlin & Beyond Festival of new German-language films offers 21 programs over seven days at the Castro. Highlights include in-person appearances by the directors of many of these movies, plus a restored print of G.W. Pabst's silent classic…
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    Thanks to Four Star owner Frank Lee's fifth annual Asian Film Festival, you can fill your August moviegoing calendar with 25 recent works from the major film-producing countries of Asia, among them rare entries from Singapore and Vietnam, selected revivals…
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    The Jewish Film Festival has always been uncommonly enthusiastic about younger filmmakers, recognizing that even their occasionally fumbling explorations of contemporary Jewish life are nonetheless essential to furthering a post-Holocaust, post-Zionist identity. As a side benefit, plenty of Gen Next…
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    Film, Zoom Lens Highlights of film events for the week of April 11, 2001

    Highlights of film events for the week of April 11, 2001

    Now that the seats have been ripped out of the sadly defunct UC Theater, there's pressure on a dwindling number of venues to carry on the tradition of independent film exhibition in Berkeley. The Fine Arts Cinema, boasting Keith Arnold's…
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    As it approaches its third decade of existence, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival seems to have turned a corner: This year, the selections present more action than passivity, more doing and becoming than had been and been…
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    In one of the more notable cultural gestures of the century, Europe exported armies of artists, mostly from Germany and Austria, to reshape and redefine Hollywood during the 1920s and '30s. Many decades later, America returned the favor by replacing…
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    Like gargantuan, top-heavy balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, this season's "family-oriented" Hollywood holiday films take a couple of lovely children's classics and inflate them out of all scale and proportion. During the long weekend some damn relative is…
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    Revenge of the Latinas Latina Film Festival would be a better name for this year's wealth of outstanding women's performances. Not counting the festival's "Women and Film" conference and the "Sex, Women, and Shorts" program, the features alone boast a…
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    The Bay Area's most political film fest marks its 20th anniversary at a peculiarly untethered moment in the Jewish saga: The Holocaust is fading into the past as the survivors' club dwindles, while the state of Israel -- the other…
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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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