Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

“TO BE TAKEI” Opens at Our Sundance Kabuki Theatres in Japantown August 22nd

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I haven’t seen this one, but you might want to:

“TO BE TAKEI” (90 minutes)
Directed by Jennifer Kroot
Co-directed and edited by Bill Weber

Opens August 22
Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco

Additional information is available at: http://tobetakei.com/

A documentary portrait of famed Japanese American actor, and LGBT activist George Takei, TO BE TAKEI is an Amplify/Variance Films and Starz Digital Media release, runs for 90 minutes, is in English, and is not yet MPAA rated.  

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans and his activism of LGBT rights. TO BE TAKEI takes viewers on George and his husband Brad’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

TO BE TAKEI premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In June of this year, the film screened as the Centerpiece Documentary at Frameline38, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Additionally, George Takei was awarded the Frameline Award for his achievements in the media arts, as well as his unparalleled activism and community service.

About the Director Jennifer M. Kroot   
Jennifer Kroot directed the documentary feature IT CAME FROM KUCHAR about the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. Jennifer also wrote, directed and starred in the gender bending, sci-fi, narrative feature SIRENS OF THE 23RD CENTURY. She has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Frameline, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Kroot lives in San Francisco and studied film at The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), where she now teaches film. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and Denver University.

About the Editor/Co-director Bill Weber   
Bill Weber is a San Francisco based documentary editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature THE COCKETTES, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Bill co-directed and edited the documentary feature WE WERE HERE, which played at the 2011 Sundance and Berlinale festivals. Bill recently edited THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, which premiered in 2013 at the Telluride Film Festival and the Oscar nominated documentary short film, THE FINAL INCH. He also edited the award winning documentaries LAST LETTERS HOME and THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT amongst other projects.

When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near Grant

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Thusly. Strike a pose, mate: 

Click to expand, Gov’ner. Right!

Of course this shot was from back in the day, from back before the Black Paint Attack of 2013, which damaged the appearance of the famously peaceful heart doctor.

But a genuine 2010 Banksy is a genuine 2010 Banksy, right? So check it out the next time you’re on Eddy Grant Avenue – it’s electric!

Here’s your Map, from all the way back in 2011. Can you spot the Banksy

Sure you can!

OMG, Yosemite is 150 Years Old – See “YOSEMITE, A GATHERING OF SPIRIT” Film at the Cal Academy Feb 15-16

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

All the deets below.

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, for the Spirit of Yosemite Festival and catch a special screening of Ken Burns’ Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit. Screenings at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater. The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-story rainforest, all under one living roof. New and ongoing exhibits and programs offer visitors of all ages fun, engaging opportunities to explore the natural world. All exhibits are included with Academy admission. For tickets visit calacademy.org

Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This act, the first time a government set aside land for public use and enjoyment, gave birth to the national park idea. Yosemite Conservancy partnered with renowned filmmakers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to bring this amazing time in America’s conservation history to life.

You Gotta Go See “The Armstrong Lie,” the Lance-Armstrong-Is-A-Liar Film – It’s Riveting

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it was mesmerizing seeing this jackass up on the big screen, spinning away on clear (and yet not so clear) old-school analog* film.

And he’s still lying about his more recent issues, having to do with the statue of militations. So his big Oprah confession was a lie as well? News to me.

Anyway, this one will stay with you.

Current sked below.

*I think they went with digital for other parts of this movie

601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
2:40‎  ‎5:00‎  ‎7:20pm‎

 

1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
‎6:45‎  ‎9:15pm‎

 

Oh, It’s On! PBS vs. Pro Football – “League of Denial: NFL Concussion Crisis” – October 17th in Oakland

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Just released – get your free tickets (or RSVP or whatever) now:

“The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? In a special two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries. Join KQED for a screening of the much-anticipated special FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, followed by a panel discussion with Bay Area experts and former National Football League players.

 RSVP TODAY!: https://kqedleagueofdenial.eventbrite.com

League of Denial: NFL Concussion Crisis
Screening and Panel Discussion 
Thursday, October 17
6-9pm
Kaiser Center Auditorium
300 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA  

Watch the trailer: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/

Make a stand

Before you fall

Your country needs you

To play football

The Second-Best Bay Area-Related Press Release of 2012: Elisabeth Thieriot Manages to “Survive” “False Accusations”

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Remember this bit from earlier in the month?

Area Whacko Elisabeth Thieriot Hosted a Mayan Spiritual Leader in Tiburon and She Wants You To Know ALL About It

Well, she’s back.

But first, a little background. It seems the world will end on December 21, 2012:

The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on 21 December 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship. A New Age interpretation of this transition is that this date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the 2012 date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earth’s collision with an object such as a black hole, a passing asteroid, or a planet called “Nibiru“.

OK fine.

Area whacko Elisabeth Thieriot is working on, in her words, “saving humanity” so you gots to listen to her.

(Especially when UHF Channel 36 cuts into a Friends rerun on a Sunday afternoon.)

Deets below.

And please remember, you only have 144 days left before you’re going to have to KYAG:

“It’s A Red Carpet Life…” Features Exclusive Interviews on “Decoding B’aqtun” - Host interviews Head Elder of the Mayan Council and film executive producer & financier Elisabeth Thieriot

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2012 — MBL Media Productions, an Emmy Award-winning, full-service film and video production company, is proud to announce the premiere of “It’s A Red Carpet Life…The Mayan Prophecy,” where host Marybeth La Motte will discuss the concept and production process behind the filming of “Decoding B’aqtun.” The documentary, filmed in Guatemala in April 2012, uncovers rarely seen Mayan artifacts from the sites of Tikal and Quirigua, Guatemala.

In the episode airing this Sunday, July 29, at 5:25pm PDT on KICU TV36 (directly after “FRIENDS”), La Motte interviews the Head Elder of the Mayan Council, Apolinario Chile Pixtun, and Elisabeth Thieriot, President, Elicosma Productions and also the film’s financier and executive producer. “We encourage viewers to tune in and find out about ‘Decoding B’aqtun,’” La Motte shares. “The unique opportunity to learn more about the Mayan calendar and culture has been a rewarding experience for our team and we can’t wait to share the insight with our audience.”

In his interview with La Motte, Pixtun explains why the Mayan culture designed its calendar thousands of years ago and how it holds true today. He also recaps the development of a substantial friendship with Thieriot and his respect for her concentrated effort in the face of adversity throughout production.

In the second half of the interview, Thieriot explains the Mayan prophecies of 2012, clarifies what society has achieved in the last 5000 years, and gives a sneak peek into what the movie discloses about the Mayan calendar. She also candidly discusses production hurdles and surviving false accusations and blackmail from a previous film’s production in Mexico.

For more information on “It’s A Red Carpet Life…,” please visit: www.redcarpetsf.com, or call MBL Media

Productions at (415) 297-3221, or email redcarpetsf@mblproductions.com.

About “It’s A Red Carpet Life…”

“It’s A Red Carpet Life…” is the most recent addition to the KICU network’s primetime entertainment and news lineup. Pioneered by Marybeth La Motte, host of “Red Carpet Bay Area” and founder of MBL Media Productions, the five-minute spotlight is shined on select individuals during brief interviews where a wide variety of topics are discussed. Whether it’s the mysteries of the Mayans, luxurious getaways, business tips, or even advice for marketing oneself in front of the camera, “It’s A Red Carpet Life…” covers all of the San Francisco Bay Area’s latest entertainment news.

About MBL Media Productions

MBL Media Productions is an Emmy Award winning, full-service film and video production company specializing in the unique needs of events, the fashion and luxury sectors. Host Marybeth La Motte capturing interviews of runway shows and special events, and integrates clients’ editorial material into enticing online and television formats.

SOURCE  MBL Media Productions

MBL Media Productions

CONTACT: MBL Media Productions, +1-415-297-3221redcarpetsf@mblproductions.com

Web Site: http://www.redcarpetsf.com

Again, OK fine.

“Too late,” the prophets cry
The island’s sinking, let’s take to the sky

Wow: Vogue Magazine on What Former First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom was Doing Four Years Ago, Back in 2007

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Here’s the latest from Vogue (which of course has nothing, nothing at all to do with anything even possibly connected with “overt sexualization,” oh no).

Leave us remember 2007:

“Four years ago, when Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a onetime businesswoman and actress, decided she wanted to have a baby with her husband, Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco,* she looked at the world into which she would be bringing a daughter and saw a bleak picture. Around her, a tabloid culture in which women were prized for cattiness and overt sexualization was thriving, and in the political realm, things didn’t look much better.”

All right, but ’round about the same time, I seem to recall somebody going on about how “the woman is the culprit” and that same somebody calling writer and fellow “girl” Heather Maddan a liar.

Photo: Girls Club Entertainment

OK fine.

Thanks for your insights, Vogue!

* And current Lt. Governor, don’t forget.

The 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Award Winners – “On Tour” Tonight at the Castro

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Well it’s Closing Night already at our 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, so they’ll have a ton of films in the Japantown area and, at the big Castro Theatre, they’ll have On Tour, an “unsentimental homage to the burlesque show.”

Check it out.

“Closing Night
Attend this fabulous new film and enjoy a Closing Night party with special guests to celebrate the wrap of another great Festival. Mix and mingle with a movie-loving crowd at the Closing Night party at the legendary party space the Factory. Dance the night away to music inspired by the Closing Night film and indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. You must be 21+ to attend the party.

Acclaimed French actor Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this unsentimental homage to the burlesque show and outsized female personalities barely contained by the proscenium stage. This chatty, bawdy entertainment reminds us that women have real bodies—and they want to run the show. All the women in On Tour—winner of last year’s jury award for Best Director and FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival—are authentic American performers of what is dubbed the New Burlesque. Their acts are not only comic, theatric and erotic but also hypnotic, draped knowingly in feather boas, in a wink to audiences who think they’re watching just a striptease.

Keeping the acts and the narrative flowing is the troupe’s manager, Joachim (played by Amalric, in a performance that recalls his lovable alienated misfits in Arnaud Desplechin’s films). A former French TV producer who left France for the United States after some untold disgraces, Joachim has found renewed purpose with a bevy of burlesque queens. He accompanies them to France for a tour of the countryside that will be either a journey of redemption or an utter failure. For the sassy brassy ladies, it’s a different story. They’ve been promised Paris, but they are willing to give their all in the seedy theaters Joachim books for them in backwater towns along France’s west coast. They are pros after all and, in the end, the show must go on. —Beverly Berning”

All right, see you there!

And here are your winners, announced yesterday. Congratulations!

Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature Winners

Investigative Documentary Feature: 

Crime After Crime, Yoav Potash (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $25,000 cash prize

Documentary Feature: 

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $20,000 cash prize

Bay Area Documentary Feature: 

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $15,000 cash prize and $2000 laboratory services from EFILM Digital Laboratories.

 

New Directors Award: 

The Journals of Musan, Park Jung-bum (South Korea 2010)

· Winner receives $15,000 cash prize

 

FIPRESCI Prize: 

The Salesman, Sébastien Pilote (Canada 2011)

 

Golden Gate Award Short Film Winners

Narrative Short: Blokes, Marialy Rivas (Chile 2010)

· Winner receives $5,000 cash prize

Documentary Short: Into the Middle of Nowhere, Anna Frances Ewert (Scotland, England 2010)

· Winner receives $5,000 cash prize

Animated Short: The External World, David O’Reilly (Ireland 2010)

· Winner receives $2,000 cash prize and Maya animation software provided by Auto Desk

Bay Area Short, First Prize: Tourist Trap, Skye Thorstenson (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $2,000 cash prize

Bay Area Short, Second Prize: Young Dracula, Alfred Seccombe (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

New Visions: Lost Lake, Zackary Drucker (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize and 1,000 feet of Kodak film stock

Work for Kids and Families: Specky Four Eyes, Jean-Claude Rozec (France 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

Youth Work: Z-Man, Nat Talbot (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

Youth Work Honorable Mention: The Snowman Kelly Wilson, Neil Wrischnik (USA 2010)

Youth Work Honorable Mention: The Math Test, Sam Rubin (USA 2010)

 

Doc Airing on KRCB Dec. 12th: “Finding Face: The Tat Marina Story” – Unsolved Acid Attack Case from Cambodia

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This documentary about an unsolved crime in Cambodia is airing in the Bay Area Sunday night. Deets below.

Finding Face to air in San Francisco

Shoppers and vendors swarmed around Tat Marina as strangers beat her to the ground in a crowded Phnom Penh marketplace. She felt as if her assailants had dowsed her head with water, but as the liquid they had thrown settled, it began to rapidly burn the flesh off her face. The substance was actually nitric acid, a highly corrosive chemical oxidizer. Within minutes, Marina’sface had melted.

Portland filmmakers Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan of SpinFilm portray this episode in their recent documentary Finding Face, an emotionally loaded manifesto in which victims to speak out against acid violence. The film conveys the emerging worldwide prevalence of this type of cruelty through Marina’s narration of her gruesome recovery.

Marina’s attack was an act of revenge.  She was only 16 at the time, and had become romantically involved with Svay Sitha, the powerful Undersecretary of State in Cambodia. His wife, Khoun Sophal, discovered the affair and perpetrated the assault. The documentary details the resulting fracturing of Marina’s family across national borders, as well as her family members’ disparate responses to the fact that Marina’s attackers have never been arrested and there has never been justice in her case.

Finding Face will air on KRCB December 12th at 10:30pm.

Filmmakers Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan premiered the film at the Festival du Film et Forum International Sur les Droits Humains, in Geneva in 2009. The film recently won Best Documentary Feature at the prestigious San Diego Asian Film Festival.

To watch the film trailer, visit findingface.org.

“China Underground” Film Series Runs Dec. 3-5 at VIZ Cinema – “Unauthorized, Uncensored, Independent”

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Here’s the contention:

“Independent documentaries are the only free media existing in mainland China today.”

Do y0u buy that? Well, see for yourself at China Underground from December 3-5  at VIZ Cinema on Post Street in the New People Building.

All the deets:

VIZ CINEMA SPOTLIGHTS NEW CHINESE FILM MOVEMENT IN CHINA UNDERGROUND OPENING IN DECEMBER

7 Films Over 3 Days Offer a View of China as Never Seen Before

San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2010 – VIZ Cinema and NEW PEOPLE, in association with dGenerate Films, are proud to present a fascinating series focusing on a new vanguard of Chinese independent filmmakers, whose innovative uses of digital filmmaking deliver provocative insights into the world’s largest nation. The China Underground film series opens Friday, December 3rd and runs through Sunday, December 5th. Tickets and complete details are available at: www.vizcinema.com.

All of the documentary films to be shown at the festival were made outside the official Chinese film system – unauthorized, uncensored, and totally independent. These groundbreaking films introduce a new generation of filmmakers who represent the future of Chinese cinema, using new technology to present a vision of China as never seen before. A wide variety of controversial topics and issues like homosexuality, the role of women in society, the forced relocation of citizens which preceded the 2008 Beijing Olympics, drug use, and the inner workings of Chinese law enforcement, are examined in unflinching detail in these seven films.

China Underground opens Friday December 3rd with the premiere of Queer China, “Comrade” China at 7:00pm. The screening will include a Q&A session with several guest speakers and an after-party that will immediately follow. The remaining films will be screened throughout the weekend.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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