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'Secret Diaries' to kick off Frameline34

James Kent’s "The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister" will open Frameline34, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, which runs from June 17-27.

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.
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Sf Asian-American Ff Names "Lemon Lima" and "Mommy" Best Films

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 ...
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Walter Murch to Deliver State of Cinema Address at 53rd Sfiff

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
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SFIAAFF28 2010: Filipino Cinema: A Few Questions for Francis "Oggs" Cruz

"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.

 
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SFIAAFF28 2010: Narrative Features Preview

[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.

 
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SFIAAFF28 2010: Filipino Cinema & "Imagined Communities"

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
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Sfiaaff '10: The Housemaid

by Adam Hartzell

Before the Korean New Wave (represented by such international film festival faves as Lee Chang-dong, Hong Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk) and long before homegrown productions like Shiri, Oldboy, and The Host began dominating the Seoul box office, there was a "Golden Age" of South Korean cinema, and the landmark that started that cine-luminous era was the late Kim Ki-young's The Housemaid (1960, a/k/a Hanyo). Bay Area audiences will finally have a chance to view this classic in the type of venue it was meant to be screened in, The Castro Theatre, on March 14, as part of the 28th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Thanks to the committed restoration efforts of the Korean Film Archives, with support from the World Cinema Foundation, we will get to see it in a print closer to the state of its initial premiere screening.

Kim Ki-young's directorial debut, The
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Sfiaaff Ticket Giveaway! Short Film Series: "What We Talk About When We..."

Now in its 28th year, GreenCine is proud to be a sponsor of the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films. Since 1982, the Sfiaaff has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. To kick off this first week of events, GreenCine and The Center for Asian American Media (Caam) are offering 10 lucky winners tickets to What We Talk About When We, a short film series taking place Sunday, March 14th at the Landmark Clay Theater in San Francisco.

In this series, "four of the most talented contemporary filmmakers in Asia, and the world— Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Sang-soo and Tsai Ming-liang—share their unique visions of love and remembrance."
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SFIAAFF28 2010: A Preview of Five Documentaries

[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.
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Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals And Imagined Communities

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.

 
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Controversial movie ‘City of Life and Death’ to be screened at the Sfiaaff

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.
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12 Indian films to form part of San Francisco International Film Festival

Nevada (Us), Feb 22 – Twelve Indian or India related films will form part of ‘28th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival’ (Sfiaaff) to be held from March 11 to 21.

It will include: Today’s Special (David Kaplan), Love Aaj Kal (Imtiaz Ali), Cooking With Stella (Dilip Mehta), Diana (Aleem Khan), Scene 32 (Shambhavi Kaul), Talentime (Yasmin Ahmad), and Flying (Kirthi Nath). In addition, following Indian or India related shorts will participate: Narmeen (Dipti Gogna), Clap Clap (Tanuj Chopra),.
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SFIAAFF28: The Forbidden Door (Pintu Terlarang, 2009): The Twitch Round-up

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).

 
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SFIAAFF28: 2010 Line-Up Preview

[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.

 
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Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

[Our thanks to Peter Galvin for offering his review for the Twitch readership.]

How strange it must have been to be tasked with adapting Wes Anderson's eccentric and idiosyncratic live-action style to the animation required for Fantastic Mr. Fox. Mark Gustafson was the brave soul who took on that task when Henry Selick left the project to animate Coraline. During a Q&A session following the San Francisco International Animation Festival screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Animation Director Gustafson recalled how Anderson's unyielding dedication to his vision for the film made him very uncomfortable as a professional animator. Though out of his element, Anderson never allowed the once-accepted boundaries of stop-motion animation to compromise his vision. It's a good thing too, as it's Anderson's background in live-action film that most likely makes Fantastic Mr. Fox feel so different from other popular animated fare.
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San Francisco Snags World's First Airport Carbon Kiosks

San Francisco mayor and California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is attempting to jack up his eco-cred in a slightly controversial way by announcing the world's first airport carbon offset kiosk at San Francisco International Aiport. The Climate Passport Program kiosk will allow travelers to calculate the carbon impact of their flights and purchase offsets accordingly.

The kiosks offsets, provided by carbon firm 3Degrees, come from a forest management program in Mendocino County. The Garcia River Forest is continually being supplied with new Redwood and Douglas Fir trees that absorb and store carbon dioxide. A slice of the kiosk's offset sales also go to the San Francisco Carbon Fund, which works on local carbon reduction projects like a publicly-owned biofuel filling station.

newsletterPromo("Ethonomics", "right"); The airport kiosk may help raise awareness of air travel's carbon cost, but how much of an impact can it actually make? Most travelers are already
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Interview: Film Director Jeremy Kruse on the Screening of ‘Flüffenhaus’

Chicago – Jeremy Kruse is a major part of Chicago’s vibrant film scene. The actor and writer has made a big splash with his short films, and now directs Emily Skyle’s “Fluffenhaus: The Comeback of a Pop Icon,” with an screening here September 17th.

Kruse, a Chicago area native, studied acting at New York University and focused primarily on film performance and creation. He came back here after a stint in Los Angeles, to focus on his craft and develop projects of interest in an environment where he has a sense of familiarity.

It was his recent short, ‘Anti Narrative Number 4.’ an award-winning and hilarious meditation on fame and self consciousness, that caught the attention of screenwriter Emily Skyle. She recognized that his directorial sensibility would be perfect for her pop music satire, “Fluffenhaus, The Comeback of a Pop Icon.”

Jeremy Kruse and friend during the filming of ‘Fluffenhaus:
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4th Annual Sf Shorts Brings Love and Hard Edges Together

A mouse who wants to fly like a bird. An athlete uniting the spirits of a Jamaican neighborhood. A father inviting his daughter in running away from his marriage. Your mouth as it consumes all your wants and needs. These are just some of the subjects being explored by the short films presented at this year’s San Francisco International Festival of Short Films.

With over 60 films and music videos from 19 countries, they are a diverse range of films telling universal stories in live-action, computer animation, stop-motion, documentary and experimental methods.

From the 9th to 12th of September, the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco plays host to four nights of short films as gathered and programmed by documentary filmmaker James Kenney.

Without favoring any one over the other, the four-day festival mixes all styles and genres in their six programs, categorizing them into themes instead of aesthetics. With any one program,
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