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Culture, The Exhibitionist Norman Lear Brings 'All Lives Matter' message to SF Jewish Film Festival

Norman Lear Brings 'All Lives Matter' message to SF Jewish Film Festival

When Norman Lear wrote contentious episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times and The Jeffersons that dealt with war, procreative liberty, poverty, racism and feminism, he expected flack from the networks. What Lear never…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Pie Fights and Trapeze Lust at the SF Silent Film Festival

Pie Fights and Trapeze Lust at the SF Silent Film Festival

Take a break from the Bernie vs. Hillary battle and step back in time 100 years, to an era when the idea of a woman governor, much less a woman president, was the subject of futuristic fiction.  Just in time…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mid-Century Eclectic: Cinema Classics From the '40s, '50s, and '60s at Roxie

Mid-Century Eclectic: Cinema Classics From the '40s, '50s, and '60s at Roxie

A Sunday evening screening of the classic chiller The Bad Seed (1956) will serve as the centerpiece for Mid-Century Eclectic, a festival of art house classics playing at the Roxie, May 13-16 Patty McCormack, who scored an Oscar nomination as the film's 9-year-old serial…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nine Picks for Great Flicks at the 2016 SF International Film Festival

Nine Picks for Great Flicks at the 2016 SF International Film Festival

The release of the San Francisco International Film Festival schedule is like Christmas morning to Bay Area movie buffs, and the SF Film Society just dropped the full schedule for its annual two-week smorgasbord of international films and indie flicks.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF IndieFest- Films, Music and Parties, Parties, Parties

SF IndieFest- Films, Music and Parties, Parties, Parties

Jeff Ross, the founder of the SF IndieFest, likes parties. A lot. So along with the shorts, features and international films at part of the festival from Feb. 11-25, there will also be opening and closing night parties (at…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist HUMP!, Dan Savage's Homemade Porn Festival, Returns to S.F. Next Week

HUMP!, Dan Savage's Homemade Porn Festival, Returns to S.F. Next Week

Can you believe that Savage Love has been running — in SF Weekly and many other places — for 20 years now? It seems like only yesterday the world was asking such sweetly naive questions about human sexuality, like "While going down…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Meet Ms. Noir City 14, Aja De Coudreaux

Meet Ms. Noir City 14, Aja De Coudreaux

Women have always played an important role in the dark, tortured world of film noir, portraying femme fatales, damsels in distress and sly murderesses with tragic flaws. Taking the lead from the silver screen performances of Barbara Stanwyck, Joan…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Silents, Please!: See Five Silent Films at the Castro This Saturday

Silents, Please!: See Five Silent Films at the Castro This Saturday

The Silent Era has long since ceded ground to deafening blockbusters full of jump cuts and lens flare, but the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents will put the Star Wars fever on hold this Saturday,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Transgender Film Festival Celebrates Its 14th Year

Transgender Film Festival Celebrates Its 14th Year

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival returns for its 14th consecutive year. The festival will run from Nov. 12-15 at the venerable Roxie Theater, and will include a special screening of Major!, a documentary about the life and work of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Surface: Gay Youth Drama Premieres at Frameline

The Surface: Gay Youth Drama Premieres at Frameline

Michael Saul's The Surface will premiere at Frameline on Saturday night. The reflective film screens at the Castro Theater at 6 p.m. A slow-moving character study about one man's journey of self-discovery, The Surface is a throwback to the kinds…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Quiet, Please: SF Silent Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Quiet, Please: SF Silent Festival Celebrates 20 Years

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Castro Theater next weekend with an expanded program that adds an additional full day to the event. Twenty years ago, who would have thought that a small…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tiny Dance Film Festival Lets Artists Share Big Dreams

Tiny Dance Film Festival Lets Artists Share Big Dreams

April 24-25 brings the return of the third annual Tiny Dance Film Festival, a growing festival of short dance flicks curated by detour dance's Kat Cole and Eric Garcia. This year's program brings a healthy selection of local artistry…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFIFF Opens with Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs Documentary

SFIFF Opens with Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs Documentary

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine was chosen to open the San Francisco International Film Festival this year for a lot of reasons – besides be ing a great film – says Noah Cowan, the executive director of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist City Planning and Cinema Meet at the SF Urban Film Festival

City Planning and Cinema Meet at the SF Urban Film Festival

Urban planning is not meant to be arousing. Very few people are going to drop $12 at the theaters to watch a movie about public parks or the urban canyon effect, especially if there is no sex to see.  Still,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Good Ol' Freda</em>, The Story of the Woman Behind the Beatles' Fans

Good Ol' Freda, The Story of the Woman Behind the Beatles' Fans

The San Francisco International Film Festival is underway, and while we recently offered our 10 Must See-Films, those certainly aren't the only 10 movies you should see. Indeed, if that list had gone up to 11 -- and, really, shouldn't…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>What Maisie Knew</em> Kicks Off SF International Film Festival

What Maisie Knew Kicks Off SF International Film Festival

The 56th annual San Francisco International Film Festival kicked off last night at the Castro Theater, screening What Maisie Knew to a packed house of well-coiffed cinephiles clamoring for buttered popcorn and a plush seat beneath the silver screen. As…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Steven Soderbergh to Discuss the "State of the Cinema" at S.F. International Film Festival

Steven Soderbergh to Discuss the "State of the Cinema" at S.F. International Film Festival

Director Steven Soderbergh's much-discussed retirement from directing feature films notwithstanding, there is quite possibly no better filmmaker to assess the current status of the filmmaking arts, as Soderbergh will do this Saturday at the San Francisco International Film Festival's State…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist USF's Human Rights Film Festival is Free in More Ways Than One

USF's Human Rights Film Festival is Free in More Ways Than One

The Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco is the 11th annual event, and like previous years, the lineup is sure to galvanize audiences with a mixture of shorts and features that span the globe. Shorts…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist East by Northwest: CAAMFest Begins

East by Northwest: CAAMFest Begins

Marking a transition from what was formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, this year the Center for Asian American Media introduces CAAMFest, an 11-day smorgasbord of music, food, digital media -- and film -- featuring the work…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Linsanity</em> Shows a Rarely Seen Side of Basketball Star Jeremy Lin

Linsanity Shows a Rarely Seen Side of Basketball Star Jeremy Lin

In the opening minutes of Evan Jackson Leong's documentary, Linsanity, basketball star Jeremy Lin remembers security guards stopping him when he was walking into the players' entrance at Madison Square Garden, not recognizing he was on the team. "That scene…
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