Posts Tagged ‘film’

Real-Life Carl Fredricksen: This Homeowner on Oak Street Looks Like the Star of Pixar’s “Up” Film

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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Hunger Games, Frisco-Style, Dog Division – President Snow’s Granddaughter and Pooch Delight the Swells of the Capitol

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Oh, I meant Willie Brown’s granddaughter, seen at  the recent “Haute Dog” contest.

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Meanwhile, the canines of District 12 have nothing to eat…

If only Katniss Barbie could put an end to the Dog Hunger Games.

Actually IRL, part of the reason why we’re going to get the Central Subway to Nowhere in Chinatown and why we’re not going to get public power anytime soon is so that Willie L. Brown Jr. can pass along ever more riches to his progeny by the time he kicks off. It’s so that WB’s granddaughter (and not yours!) can be seen giving the money from AECOM and PG&E and all the others to a “worthy” charity.

You might think that that’s the hallmark of a healthy democracy

And you might favor naming a span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after him.

Or you might not.

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.

A Brief History of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.”

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man festival? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

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I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This big green thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater?”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued, due to what they called a “sneaker wave,” but really it was just kind of a regular wave

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And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Friday, January 23rd, 2014:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

Parkour, Frisco-Style – Are You Brave Enough to Jump from This Tower Crane to This Other Tower Crane?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

You could film a James Bond movie up on top of the tower cranes of San Fran these days.

See?

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I bet you could totally make that jump.

Totally.

OMG, It’s “Bike Parkour” on the Streets of San Francisco! A Quasi-Corporate, Quasi-Sanctioned Viral YouTube

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Not sure about all the legalities involved with the shooting of what amounts to a commercial for Ford Motor Company, but here it is.

Enjoy:

Bike Parkour -Streets of San Francisco!

ANONYMOUS the Movie Now Filming in Oakland

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Or at least that’s the code name.

On Claremont on the way to Rockridge, where I know people who got mugged the past month or two, just saying*

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*I’m just saying, what the Heck was that from KQED Pop about staying out of East Oakland and West Oakland? So, specific issues here: 1. What’s KQED Pop in the first place? Pop as in popular? Pop as in vapid content? Is it the online branch of KQED? IDK. It seems like a branch of a branch, designed to appeal to the Facebook Generation. And there’s some interaction with The Bold Italic website? Hardly surprising. Did KQED hire consultants to start this thing up? I wonder. 2. The commenters at KQED Pop are saying how the only safe places in Oakland are Piedmont and Rockridge and I’m thinking, yeah, well, Piedmont is a a special case (and it’s not really even in Oakland), and Rockridge, well, as stated, I know multiple people who’ve been mugged there the past couple of months, and sometimes that makes the news but most of the time the overwhelmed and dysfunctional OPD is not even interested in taking a report when you tell them there were no injuries. 3. So, you’re planning on leaving your editing job at the biggest(?) public broadcaster in the land and you(?) greenlight something that’s (obviously) going to piss people off? Connection? IDK. 4. Oh, you want advice from me on how to run your IDEO-designed site? All right, get rid of the very expensive clubhouse, for starters. Oh, and at some point, federal and state tax authorities will take a closer look at your numbers and they just might decide to disallow certain corporate deductions and credits and whathaveyou and then what will you be left with? Mmmmm

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

 

All Film Commissions are Worthless: “Mendocino County Film Commission’s Efforts Generate $3 Million for Mendocino County!”

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Greece had the 2004 Summer Olympics, San Francisco had the 2013 America’s Cup, and Mendocino has, what, Need for Speed, which is, what, a Fast and Furious ripoff?

Anyway, the multiplier effect is a lie, as always.

Enjoy:

“Mendocino County Film Commission’s Efforts Generate $3 Million for Mendocino County!

FORT BRAGG, Calif., Oct. 11, 2013 — “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul was just one person in the 160 person cast and crew which helped to boost the economy of rural Mendocino County earlier this year. Paul stars in the upcoming film produced by DreamWorks Pictures, NEED FOR SPEED, which filmed in Mendocino County and San Francisco before moving on to film in various locations across the country. 

NEED FOR SPEED is based on the popular Electronic Arts video game and marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes–one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Driving scenes showcased the spectacular Mendocino coastline, wine country and rolling hills, filmed in the county, thanks to the support of businesses, residents, county supervisors, cities and the Mendocino County Film Commission.

The direct spend in the county was about $3 million, which included $490,766.66 in lodging expenses alone! Catering, groceries, location fees, hardware, lumber supplies, office rental, equipment, supplies, local wages, local purchases, gasoline, city, county, other government permit fees, off duty personnel (police & fire) are examples of some of the expenditures.

According to the LAEDC (Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation) every dollar spent has a multiplier effect of 2.95. Which means each dollar spent on film production in California generates total output (business revenues) of $2.95 statewide, including the initial dollar.

Carmel Angelo, CEO for Mendocino County said, “Films like NEED FOR SPEED bring much needed revenue to Mendocino County. As Chief Executive Officer, I’m always looking for ways to improve the financial picture. Producing films here is one way to enhance our local economy.”

Mendocino County Film Commissioner Debra De Graw worked with Location Manager Patrick Mignano and Director Scott Waugh. The permit process alone began as early as August 2012 and involved liaising and problem solving with multiple government and film agencies.

Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chair, Dan Hamburg, said, “The Board of Supervisors strongly supports having the film industry at work here in Mendocino County.”

Release date for the film is scheduled for March 14, 2014.

SOURCE  Mendocino County Film Commission

Mendocino County Film Commission

CONTACT: Debra De Graw, 707-961-6302 / debra@filmmendocino.com

The Hollywood Set Descends Upon the Western Addition – What It’s Like Filming Alamo Square Atop a Tourist Bus

Friday, October 4th, 2013

You think you’re special, Angelenos?

You’re not special.

Anyway, nice headgear, Hollywood.

But remember, minimum wage in these parts is $10.55 an hour. (Sometimes you Hollywood people don’t understand that.)

All right, on with the show:

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Someday, I’ll wear noteworthy headgear and ride a tourist bus around town.

Someday.