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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



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)


OMG, It’s Time for the Annual “Epidemic Film Festival” From the Academy of Art University! May 6-7 at the GGT

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

San Francisco’s Academy of Art University is crowing all about the:

“…upcoming annual Epidemic Film Festival (May 6 – 7), which will feature work from students in our School of Motion Pictures & Television. We are very proud of our students, and are excited to help them showcase their work to a broad and diverse audience.

The film festival is Friday, May 6, from 4–8 p.m. at the Golden Gate Theatre on 1 Taylor St. Industry panels are Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Academy’s Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post St.

Admission is free to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP at the following URL to get tickets:”

All the deets:

See you there!

First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is Going to Sundance – Her “Miss Representation” Film Just Picked for Utah Festival

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

From SFWIRE (home to “Super Important SF Stuff”) comes the news that San Francisco First lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be competing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

This little tidbit escaped notice from the person who wrote up this bit in yesterday’s Chronicle. Oh well.

Anyway, here’s a retread post about Jen’s documentary from last month. Enjoy:

Well, thanks to Steve Rhodes, we’ve learned that  Miss Representation, un film de Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is coming!

Check it.

Order the DVD or go to a screening if you want.


“About the Film

Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America’s most influential women in politics, news, and entertainment to give us an inside look at the media’s message. Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that women’s primary value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality—not in their capacity as leaders. Through the riveting perspectives of youth and the critical analysis of top scholars, Miss Representation will change the way you see media.

Featured in the Film

  1. •Caroline Heldman, PhD, Associate Professor Occidental College
  2. •Condoleezza Rice, PhD, Former United States Secretary of State
  3. •Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
  4. •Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers Union
  5. •Geena Davis, Actor & Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  6. •Gloria Steinem, Feminist Organizer & Writer
  7. •Jackson Katz, PhD, Author & Lecturer
  8. •Jane Fonda, Actor & Activist
  9. •Jean Kilbourne, EdD, Media Critic, Author & Lecturer
  10. •Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director of Women in Media and New
  11. •Katie Couric, Broadcast Journalist
  12. •Lisa Ling, Broadcast Journalist
  13. •M. Gigi Durham, Professor of Media Studies
  14. •Margaret Cho, Comedienne, Actor & Activist
  15. •Martha Lauzen, Executive Director of Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film
  16. •Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, United States Congress
  17. •Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media
  18. •Rachel Maddow, Broadcast Journalist & Host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show
  19. •Rosario Dawson, Actor & Activist
  20. •…among many other incredible women and men of all ages!


85 minutes

Order DVD

Coming soon.

Social Change Campaign

The distribution of the film will coincide with a social change campaign to re-envision women as leaders in society. Film proceeds will be donated to women’s leadership programs led by our partner organizations, which include Girls for A Change, Girls Inc., The International Museum of Women, Step Up Women’s Network, The Women’s Media Center, and The White House Project. The nation-wide, multi-generational effort will create an educational curriculum for middle and high school students and directed action to demand media responsibility. Donate to the campaign to help us achieve social change for women and girls.

Friday Nights at the de Young – Free Admission on September 17th to Honor Mexico’s Bicentennial

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Head on over to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park this Friday evening to get almost four hours worth of celebration for Mexico’s Bicentennial.

And it’s all free so you’ll also be able to stroll about  the permanent collection galleries at no charge during this special Friday Night at the de Young.

All the deets:

“On Friday, September 17, in celebration of Mexico’s Bicentennial, thede Young is offering free admission to the permanent collection galleries from 5–8:45 pm in conjunction with Friday Nights at the de Young.

In honor of the bicentennial, the de Young proudly presents an evening of film, fashion, dance and musicto celebrate Mexico’s artistic achievements. Activities include:

• Projections by artists Sergio de la Torre, Ana Labastida and Nora Enriquez
Short films from the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival
Fashion show presented by the Academy of Art University in collaboration with Irene Hernández of Chillin’ Productions
Smuin Ballet performance directed by Celia Fushille
• Music by Club Unicornio featuring Julio Morales y Juan Alvin and the world-renowned DJ Toy Selectah

The festivities are organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco”

Audiovisuals to set the ambience
6:30–8:30 p.m. Presented by artists Sergio de la Torre, Ana Labastida, and Nora Enriquez
Short films
6:30–8:30 p.m. Featured in the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival
Club Unicornio 
6:30–7:00 p.m. DJs Julio Morales y Juan Alvin mix obscure Latin American sights and sounds.
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. Presented by the Academy of Art University in collaboration with Irene Hernández
Smuin Ballet, directed by Celia Fushille
7:20 p.m. Dance performance honoring Mexico’s celebration
World-renowned DJ Toy Selectah
7:45–8:45 p.m. Music to turn the de Young into a typical night out in Mexico City
Hands-on art making for everyone, with Mademoiselle Kim
6:00–8:30 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial with your own Maya warrior headdress.
September Artists-in-Residence Kearny Street Workshop
1:00–8:30 p.m. Four interdisciplinary artists create original works in Transforming Fictions.

In celebration of the bicentennial of the independence of Mexico, the de Young Museum proudly presents an evening in honor of Mexico’s artistic creativity. This event is the culmination point of a year-round celebration program organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco.

The event will feature a combination of audiovisuals, short films, fashion, dance, and music that will bond with the museum’s permanent collection to create a unique art experience that will showcase modern Mexico.

To set the ambience, artists Sergio de la Torre (event curator), Ana Labastida, and Nora Enriquez will present a a retrospective of Mexico’s 200-year artistic evolution through a series of monumental projections all around the museum; the Koret Auditorium will feature a selection of short films from the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival, one of Mexico’s most important film festivals; the Academy of Art University, in collaboration with Irene Hernández (Chillin’ Productions), will present a fashion show inspired by Mexican culture; the Smuin Ballet, directed by Celia Fushille, will perform a show honoring Mexico’s celebration; and Club Unicornio (Julio Morales y Juan Alvin) and the world-renowned DJ Toy Selectah will be in charge of turning the museum into a typical night out in Mexico’s capital, Mexico City.

Read more about this event in the Press Release below.

Ticket Information

Free programs and admission

9/11 Truth Film Festival Coming to VIZ Cinema in Japantown September 10-12

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

VIZ Cinema in the New People Building at 1746 Post in Japantown will play host to a 9/11 Truth Film Festival.

9/11 Truth Film Festival        Friday, 9/10 – Sunday 9/12

Join VIZ Cinema for the 9/11 Truth Film Festival and delve into the investigations and efforts to uncover what really happened on September 11, 2001. Tickets are $10.00 for each film.

Opening Night: Double Feature with Q&A,           Friday, September 10th

9/11: Press For Truth (Q&A with filmmakers to follow)
(Directed by Ray Nowosielski, 2006, 75min, Digital, English Language)
The political becomes personal in 9/11: Press for Truth, which examines the World Trade Center attacks from the perspective of the families that lost loved ones.
(Directed by Brett Smith, 2010, 48 min, Digital, English Language)
Hypothesis is a short documentary on Dr. Steven Jones and his 9/11 research on the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7. The film tells Dr. Jones’ story in his own words and reflects the explosive controversy that ensued which resulted in everything from threats and bribes to academic suspension.

Double Feature of 9/11: Press For Truth and Hypothesis will also be screened on Sunday, September 12th. 

Zero: An investigation to 9/11,        Saturday, September 11th
(Directed by Francesco Tre, Franco Fracassi, 2007, 104min, Digital, Italian w/ English subtitles)
This feature documentary from Italian production company Telemaco explores the new scientific evidence and reveals dramatic new eyewitness testimony which directly conflicts with the U.S. Government’s account. Featuring presentations from intellectual heavy weights, Gore Vidal, and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, the film challenges many assumptions surrounding the attacks.

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup,  Saturday, September 11th
(Directed by Dylan Avery, 2009, 99min, Digital, English Language)
With the departure of the Bush Administration and the arrival of an era of transparency, new information has been disclosed that sheds more light on the events that took place before and after 9/11. Dramatically narrated by Daniel Sunjata of FX’s Rescue Me, and an outspoken advocate for the First Responders, Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup presents a wide array of evidence both known and unknown…until now.
War Promises,           Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th
(Edited by Frank Hofer, 2009, 75min, Digital, German with English Subtitles)
In German documentary War Promises, insiders and whistleblowers try to bring what they know about to the public, including Annie Machon, who was a spy with the British MI5, and Andreas von Bülow and Jürgen Elsässer, who possess enormous insider knowledge from their membership in the parliamentary committee supervising the secret services.
False Flag,     Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th
(Edited by Frank Hofer, 2007, 75min, Digital, German w/ English subtitles)
False Flag focuses on the inconsistencies in the official version of the events and the evidence that has been suppressed regarding 9/11. It also seeks to answer why we still know nothing about it and why we are being deceived – as well as in Europe.

(Hey, speaking of nutty conspiracy theories, did you know that Oliver Stone totally messed up his point about Lee Harvey Oswald (you know, that “patsy” who, on his own, also shot at other authority figures both before and after he killed JFK on his own) not having enough time to get off three shots? Well, take a look.)