11 items from 2010
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Screenings will take place at the Castro Theatre, Roxie Film Center and the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood.
The fest will include an Andy Warhol retrospective of films, curated by Yale professor Ronald Gregg.
The fest will also spotlight queer films from across Latin America. »
After a run that saw more than half of its 97 screenings sell out, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival named its jury and audience award winners earlier this week. Twenty-five thousand people, including over 200 filmmakers, actors, and industry guests attended this year's festival. The fest was bookended by Aasif Mandvi and David Kaplan's romantic comedy "Today's Special" and Arvin Chen's "Au Revoir Taipei." Quentin Lee's "The People »
San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that acclaimed film editor and sound designer Walter Murch will deliver the annual State of Cinema Address at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas Sunday, April 25 at 4:00 pm.
Murch's address, "Three Fathers of Cinema: Beethoven, Flaubert, Edison," will contemplate what would have happened if motion pictures had been invented in 1789. He will present various theories on the evolution of filmmaking, investigating the cultural origins of cinema in the 19th century and the implications for the future of cinema in the 21st century.
"We are thrilled to have Walter Murch deliver our State of Cinema Address at the Festival this year," said Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society. "His extensive contributions to filmmaking and the pioneering steps he has taken in the field provide him with »
"I wish Francis 'Oggs' Cruz, Richard Bolisay, and Dodo Dayao would get space in the broadsheets, because they're far more interesting than anyone writing there regularly."--Alexis Tioseco, "Wishful Thinking for Philippine Cinema"
Lessons From the School of Inattention has long been one of my favorite blogs to explore for commentary on national cinemas. Lawyer-critic Francis "Oggs" Cruz has been administering the site since 2006--after shifting away from his previous site Repository of Ideas--and offers a helpful index of all the Filipino films he's reviewed. I'm grateful for his swift willingness to respond by email to a batch of questions related to this year's edition of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
[Our thanks to Michael Hawley for offering this entry to the Twitch readership.]
The 28th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Sfiaaff) kicks off tomorrow night, March 11 and continues throughout the Bay Area until March 21. I've already posted an overview of the line-up and capsule write-ups of some documentary features. Below are capsule write-ups of 10 narrative features you'll find in the festival, more or less in order of most favorite to least. All were seen on DVD screener, except where noted.
Before finding words to describe my pleasure in viewing my first Lino Brocka film You Have Been Weighed and Found Wanting (1974), I'd like to render a few comments on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Sfiaaff) and this year's focus on Filipino and Filipino American Cinema. When Festival Director Chi-hui Yang first mentioned to me that the festival hoped to build connections with the Bay Area's Filipino American community by "bringing them into the festival", I was impressed with Caam's strategic outreach to the second largest community in the Bay Area after the Chinese; but, I was also slightly confused because I had long imagined the Filipino community as being more of a Latino community by way of shared colonial histories and a Catholic substratum. In retrospect, I realized this understanding had been shaped by a 1994 Mexican Museum exhibit "Paraiso Abierto a Todos" curated by Enrique Chagoya, and »
[Our thanks to Michael Hawley for contributing his preview to the Twitch readership.]
Of the five documentaries I previewed on DVD screener for this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Sfiaaff), my favorite is one doc-purists might disavow. Indeed, when Variety reviewed Uruphong Raksasad's Agrarian Utopia last year they tagged it a narrative feature, while Sfiaaff is showing it under their Documentary Showcase banner. Whatever. Lyrical, advocative and exquisitely shot, this portrait of rice farmers in Northern Thailand shouldn't be missed.
I am pleased to announce the publication of Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities, edited by Dina Iordanova with Ruby Cheung, published by University of St. Andrews Film Studies in conjunction with their Dynamics of World Cinema project. The book is the second in the series; the first volume, the Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit, was published in 2009. I'm pleased--not only because I was invited to contribute my essay "Diasporas by the Bay: Two Asian Film Festivals in San Francisco"--but, primarily, because my essay promotes two of my favorite film festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area: the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the 3rd i Film Festival.
Chinese Director Lu Chuan’s third feature film, City of Life and Death will be one of the film to be featured at the San Francisco International Asian American Film festival this coming March. City of Life and Death was released in 2009 and it is about the aftermath of 2nd Sino-Japanese War (also known as the “The Rape of Nanking”). The movie stars Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Fan Wei and Hideo Nakaizumi. It stirs controversy upon its released in Mainland China due to the plot sympathetic portrayal of a Japanese soldier named Kadokawa.Despite criticism, the film was a success. It was also shown at the San Sebastian film festival and won the top prize in 2009. »
You can rest assured that--if it's a genre film--it's most likely been covered by the Twitch team from the moment a glimmer of malice appeared in the filmmaker's eye. Such is certainly the case with Joko Anwar's The Forbidden Door (2009) [site], the midnight screening offered in the International Showcase of this year's edition of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Sfiaaff).
[Some of you might have noticed the banner ads here on Twitch for San Francisco's International Asian American Film Festival and our thanks go out to Michael Hawley for providing the Twitch readership a preview of the upcoming line-up.]
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (Sfiaaff) unveiled the line-up for its 28th annual event last week, during a press conference at Viz Cinema. The snazzy, state-of-the-art subterranean Japantown theater that opened last summer will serve as a supplemental venue for this year's fest. Festival Director Chi-hui Yang, Assistant Director Vicci Ho and Program Manager Christine Kwon took turns spotlighting the impressive roster of 109 films--44 of them narrative and documentary features--as well as some of the special events celebrating the 30th anniversary of Caam (Center for Asian American Media). Sadly, this will be Yang's 10th and final year as director, but it's fun to see him go out with a starring role in this year's festival trailer.
11 items from 2010
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