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San Francisco Film Society Presents the 2011 New Italian Cinema Festival – Nov 13-20 at Embarcadero Ctr. Cinema

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

It’s back! It’s New Italian Cinema from the SFFS.

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“November 13–20, 2011
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema

Celebrating 15 years in San Francisco, New Italian Cinema 2011 offers Opening and Closing Night presentations with work by prominent Italian directors. A three-film tribute to Daniele Luchetti will open the Festival, followed by seven features by up-and-coming directors in the City of Florence competition. The films in this year’s program investigate topics including corporate malfeasance, office politics, rural life and war, as experienced by Italians from every walk of life. Closing Night offers the latest by one of Italy’s most respected filmmakers, Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam. A festive Closing Night reception at a nearby restaurantwill finish out the festival.

Download the program (PDF)
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The SFFS has tons of stuff like this going on all the time, year in and year out. Check it:

Anyway, here are two of the Italian films they have coming up and the rest you can see after the jump.

Ci vediamo al teatro! Perche no?

A Quiet Life

Claudio Cupellini
Buried secrets and a criminal past lead the proprietor of a swank hotel in Germany to desperate acts in this powerful drama from the director of Lessons in Chocolate (NIC 2008). When Diego and Eduardo, two young hotheads visiting from Italy on shady business, arrive at Rosario’s establishment, it is soon evident that they want more from him than just a place to lie low. The motivations behind their visit become increasingly fraught on all sides until the hotelier is forced to protect the new life he’s built—at all costs.  Read more…

Sunday, November 13, 1:00 pm; Friday, November 18, 6:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

The First Assignment

Giorgia Cecere
In 1950s Puglia, headstrong young Nena is sent to a mountain village many miles away for her first teacher placement. Unhappily leaving her wealthy boyfriend behind, she faces a scruffy set of undereducated pupils and a group of locals suspicious of outsiders. With a style that tells the story visually rather than verbally, this is a moving portrait of an independent woman attempting to overcome the restrictions places against her.  Read more…

Sunday November 13, 3:45 pm; Saturday November 19, 6:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Tonight Looks Like a Good Night for Film in the Fog: Free Outdoor Showing of Dark Passage in the Presidio

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Read all about it, below.

“DARK PASSAGE MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FILM IN THE FOG AT THE PRESIDIO - FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING OF CLASSIC 1947 BOGIE AND BACALL FILM-NOIR THRILLER

Presidio of San Francisco — Celebrate the 10TH anniversary of Film in the Fog when the Presidio Trust and the San Francisco Film Society present the film-noir thriller, Dark Passage starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Saturday, October 1 at 7pm on the lawn of the Main Post Theater, 99 Moraga Avenue in the Presidio. Admission is free.

Filmed almost entirely on location in San Francisco (including one remarkably tense scene on the Golden Gate Bridge), Delmer Daves’ gritty, 1947 classic tells the story of convicted murderer Vincent Parry (Bogart) who escapes from San Quentin in order to prove his innocence and is taken in by, and falls for, a sympathetic, young artist played by Bacall. The third of four films Bogart and Bacall made together, Dark Passage is most noted for its first third, which is shot entirely from Parry’s point of view. In fact Bogart is not seen on screen until roughly an hour into the movie.

Dark Passage begins at sunset (approximately 7:00pm). Pre-show entertainment begins at 5:00pm and includes live music from indie rockers Grass Widow and an animated classic. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and to arrive early to reserve a prime spot (and dress warmly, it’s not called Film in the Fog for nothing!). Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Presidio’s Kitchen 39 or bring a picnic. Free parking is available in the Main Parade lot.

For more information visit www.presidio.gov/calendar or www.sffs.org or call 415-561-5500.

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to celebrating film and the moving image in all its glorious forms. Its year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core areas: Celebrating Internationalism, Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Digital Media. The film society hosts the annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19-May 3, 2012), the longest running festival in the Americas; shows the best of world cinema on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; and publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, which features a broad array of news and features on Bay Area film and media. The Film Society’s acclaimed media literacy programs reach more than 8,000 students between the ages of 6-18 each year; and it provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through SFFS Filmmaker Services including FilmHouse Residencies, fiscal sponsorship, the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, the Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, the Hearst Screening Grant, the Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”

OMG, See Edward Burns, a Genuine Movie Star, at the Roxie Theatre November 4th! – A Master Class and “Nice Guy Johnny”

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Our San Francisco Film Society will present a preview Screening of Nice Guy Johnny and also a “Master Class” with director Edward Burns on November 4th 2010 at the Roxie Theater in the Mission District.

Here he is:

All the deets:

The San Francisco Film Society will present a special preview screening of Edward Burns’s new independent feature Nice Guy Johnny and Hollywood 2.0, Burns’s master class on his latest film, emerging technology and trends in independent filmmaking and distribution, ThursdayNovember 4 at the Roxie Theater.

3:00 pm Hollywood 2.0
This master class will focus on Burns’s new film Nice Guy Johnny, emerging trends in technology and the newest ways independent filmmakers create and distribute their films. The class will cover all aspects of the independent film value chain, with special emphasis on financing and distribution. Sunil Rajaraman from Scripped.com will facilitate this discussion-style class with Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, SFIFF 1995; She’s the OneSidewalks of New York, SFIFF 2001).

7:30 pm Nice Guy Johnny
Director in Person

Edward Burns (2010)
Sure, she can be a little overbearing sometimes, but Johnny Rizzo loves his fiancée Claire, and he made her a promise: By the time he’s 25, he’ll trade his current dream job as a sports talk radio host (even if it is the 2 a.m. slot) for something that’ll pay bigger bucks. And Johnny’s nothing if not a man of his word. Now he’s flying to New York to interview for some snoozeville job that Claire’s well-to-do dad set up. Enter Uncle Terry, a rascally womanizer bent on turning a day in the Hamptons into a final fling for his nephew. Nice guy Johnny’s not interested, of course, but then he meets the lovely Brooke. . . A master of the modern relationship dramedy, Edward Burns is once again in top form as a writer, director and wisecracking actor. His swaggering bartender Terry is the perfect foil to baby-faced Matt Bush’s (Adventureland) Johnny, and together they’re great at trading Burns’s characteristically sharp dialogue. More contrasts are mined with Anna Wood’s image-conscious Claire and Kerry Bische’s (Scrubs) Brooke, a blonde-haired and bright-eyed free spirit. Burns wraps a summery tone around Johnny’s real crisis: follow through with your promises, or follow your heart? —Nancy Schafer, Tribeca Film Festival.
Written by Edward Burns. Photographed by William Rexer. With Matt Bush, Kerry Bishe, Anna Wood, Edward Burns, Max Baker. 89 min.

Film $10.00 SFFS year-round members, $12.50 general, $11.00 students, seniors and persons with disabilities; master class $15.00 SFFS year-round members, $20.00 general.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit sffs.org.

The San Francisco Film Society Wants to “Save the Clay Theatre,” For Itself

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Well, it turns out that the San Francisco Film Society has a plan to Save the Clay Theatre. And why not?

Back in the day, they tried to take over the moribund Presidio Main Post Theatre (the one in the Presidio and not that other Presidio Theatre), but that didn’t work out. Or rather, it hasn’t yet worked out.

Anyway, read a letter from SFFS Executive Director Graham Leggat about what you can do to help, if you want.

All the deets, below.

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These kids from the Bawdy Caste will return for one last Rocky Horror at the Clay the night of August 29th, no matter what.

Via Ashley

Here it is:

DEAR CLAY THEATER SUPPORTER:

The San Francisco Film Society is one of the top twenty organizations of its kind in the world, one of the top ten in the United States, and oldest, biggest and most widely respected film exhibition organization in Northern California. Since 1957, the Film Society has been enriching the lives of Bay Area residents by presenting the best film and media from around the world, notably via the acclaimed San Francisco International Film Festival. The longest-running festival in the Americas, the International celebrated its golden anniversary in April 2007. During its first half-century, the Film Society has hosted more than 2,000 filmmakers and presented more than 6,500 films from 124 countries to audiences numbering more than two million people. It is beloved by its audiences and the international film industry alike. Its contributions to the cultural life of the Bay Area are immeasurable.

Now, as the Film Society begins its 54th year of operation, it is looking ahead to an even brighter future. In recent years the organization has launched many new activities, resulting in significant increases in membership, attendance, sponsorship and earned income. Its numbers are up across the board, in fact, and it is well on its way to establishing itself as a major cultural institution with a vibrant year-round presence. Central to this mission is the acquisition of a theater that the Film Society can call its home, one in which it can present many types of year-round programming in the areas of film exhibition, education, and filmmaker services.

Since December 2009, the Film Society has been in negotiations with the landlord of the Clay Theater, in an attempt to lease or purchase the building. So far these talks are at  an impasse over terms, but ultimately the Film Society hopes to bring the negotiations to a successful and swift conclusion, resulting in a longterm lease or ownership of the Clay. Once the Film Society has the theater, it intends to significantly upgrade the physical plant, which needs a good number of improvements, and reopen it as a revitalized cultural and community hub for the thriving Upper Fillmore business district.

With a half-century of film-exhibition experience under its belt, there is no doubt that the Film Society can make a success of running the Clay. The organization will program the same eclectic and popular mix of international, independent, and documentary films that have so engaged its diverse audiences. It will also program “Landmark”-type films, meaning first-run arthouse hits, as they become available, and will present a number of mini-festivals devoted to individual filmmakers and national cinemas. In all cases the Film Society will add value to these screenings, with panels, talks, and filmmakers in attendance.

So, we urge you, as someone who attends the Clay Theater, appreciates its role in your cultural life, and wants it to continue showing great films in our neighborhood, to ask the landlord to resume negotiations with the Film Society, to come to terms with the realities of today’s recessionary marketplace and real-estate values, and make it possible for the Film Society to operate and bring renewed energy to our beloved Clay Theater. 

When you send a letter to the Clay Theater landlord, please also email a copy of your letter to the San Francisco Film Society at: rsills@sffs.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Thank you for your efforts to make it possible to “Save the Clay”!  – Graham Leggat, Executive Director of the SFFS

Sample letter below.  Please send it to the Clay Theater’s landlord:

 

Balgobind Jaiswal c/o Blu, 2259 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California, 94115

DEAR MR. JAISWAL:

AS A CLAY THEATER  CUSTOMER, I WAS ALARMED TO HEAR THAT OUR BELOVED NEIGHBORHOOD THEATER IS TO CLOSE ON AUGUST 29.  I VALUE THE CLAY THEATER AS A UNIQUE AND IRREPLACEABLE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION AND WANT TO SEE IT CONTINUE TO PRESENT WONDERFUL FILMS IN A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD SETTING, AS IT HAS DONE FOR THE PAST 100 YEARS.  PLEASE RESUME NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE SFFS TO OPERATE AND BRING RENEWED ENERGY TO THE CLAY THEATER.  CLAY THEATER PATRONS AND ALL OF SAN FRANCISCO’S FILM COMMUNITY WOULD BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.  THANK YOU!

SIGNED______________________________________________________

PRINT NAME__________________________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS______________________________________________

TELEPHONE NUMBER_________________________________________

San Francisco Film Society Annouces Fall Season – NY/SF Kid’s Film Fest Starts Sept. 24

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

An incredible man will shrink for your pleasure up at the Presidio‘s Film in the Fog series come October 2, 2010. That’s just one of the events that the San Francisco Film Society has planned for you before year’s end.

“SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES EXPANDED SLATE FOR FALL SEASON 2010, LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 24 WITH NY/SF INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Six Festivals, Outdoor Screening, Pitch Forum, Polanski Shorts and the Mountain Goats Live Enrich the Bay Area Cinematic Calendar

San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society will present an ambitious, expanded Fall Season 2010, commencing September 24 with the inaugural NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival and closing December 14 with a newly commissioned score performance of Sir Arne’s Treasure with the Mountain Goats.
  
NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival
September 24 – 26
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
A celebration of diverse, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining films for kids ages 6-18 and their families
 
Film in the Fog: The Incredible Shrinking Man
October 2
Main Post Theater in the Presidio
Free family-friendly outdoor screening of a sci-fi classic
 
Film Arts Forum: Pitch Perfect
October 4
Mezzanine
A panel and networking event focusing on the mechanics of effective pitching for documentaries and narrative features
 
Taiwan Film Days
October 22 – 24
Viz Cinema
A showcase of the best contemporary Taiwanese cinema
 
French Cinema Now
October 28 – November 3
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
Significant new works from one of the world’s most renowned filmmaking countries

Sneak Preview: Nice Guy Johnny
November 4
Roxie Theater
Indie director Edward Burns presents his new film in person

Cinema by the Bay
November 5 – 8
Roxie Theater and the Lab
Celebrating the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking
 
Polanski + Sza/Za
November 10
Premier Theater at Letterman Digital Arts Center
Rarely seen early short films by the master director with live musical accompaniment by the Warsaw-based electro-acoustical duo Sza/Za
 
San Francisco International Animation Festival
November 11 – 14
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
The boldest and most exciting animated films from around the world
 
New Italian Cinema
November 14 – 21
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema 
Celebrating the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and its newest generation of filmmakers

Sir Arne’s Treasure with the Mountain Goats
December 14
Castro Theatre
Mauritz Stiller’s classic Swedish silent film with live music by one of indie rock’s most distinctive voices

San Francisco Film Society is a nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to celebrating the world of film and media in four core areas: Internationalism and Cross-Cultural Exchange, Educating and Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Media. Its activities are organized via three major program areas: Exhibition, Education and Filmmaker Services.
 
The Film Society shows the best of world cinema year-round on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; presents the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the SF International (April 21-May 5, 2011); and presents the San Francisco International Animation Festival, New Italian Cinema, Cinema by the Bay, Taiwan Film Days and French Cinema Now each fall. SFFS presents more than 300 days of programming each year, reaching a total audience of more than 100,000 people. Its acclaimed Youth Education program introduces international cinema and media literacy to more than 10,000 teachers and students annually.
 
SFFS publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, with broad-ranging news and features on Bay Area film culture and provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through Filmmaker Services, including FilmHouse Residencies, Fiscal Sponsorship, SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants, Hearst Screenwriting Grant, Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.”

53rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival – Full Lineup Announced Today

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival will show 177 films from April 22 to May 6, 2010 - it promises variety and substance. Today’s news:

1. “Opening Night begins at 7:00 pm at the historic Castro Theatre, where the curtain rises on Micmacs (France), the latest whimsical creation from the endlessly inventive director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amélie and City of Lost Children). A man who lost his father to a landmine and has a bullet lodged in his own skull seeks revenge against weapons manufacturers, enlisting an eccentric gang of junk dealers into his wacky scheme. After the screening, the Opening Night party kicks off at 9:30 pm in the historic Regency Center, where partygoers can explore two levels of Edwardian splendor while enjoying refreshing cocktails, international culinary delights and to live music.

Sean Uyehara, Rachel Rosen, Rod Armstrong, and Audreey Chang at today’s presser:

2. “The Festival’s Centerpiece screening, a not-to-be-missed date night showcasing the latest work from a celebrated new director, this year features the romantic film happythankyoumoreplease (USA) followed by a chic party at one of San Francisco’s hottest nightspots. Josh Radnor’s debut, an audience favorite at Sundance 2010, shirks the sex, drugs and rock and roll allure of Manhattan’s hipster stomping grounds for an old-fashioned dose of youthful optimism and social responsibility. happythankyoumoreplease will screen at 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 1 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, followed by the Centerpiece party at 9:00 pm at Manor West, located at 750 Harrison Street between Third and Fourth streets. Cool cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres will add up to one hot scene.

3. “The Festival’s Closing Night offers a rousing finale at 7 pm on Thursday, May 6, beginning with a screening of Joan Rivers—A Piece of Work (USA), Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s unvarnished portrait of the pioneer comedian. The film follows the one and only Rivers over the course of a year, revealing the complexities of an inveterate entertainer who continues to persevere despite what others may think of her. Rivers and codirector Stern are expected to attend. After the screening at 9:30 pm, the Closing Night party commences at 1015 Folsom, one of San Francisco’s most vibrant clubs, where partygoers will dance the night away to hipster beats and enjoy decadent bites and well-crafted cocktails.

That’s the big news. Ever more deets, after the jump

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Roger Ebert, Jason Reitman, and Terry Zwigoff to Appear at SFIFF – Castro Theatre, May 1st

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Mark your calendars now, ’cause Pulitzer Prize­-winning film critic Roger Ebert is coming to town during the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). 

Roger will be honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends on May 1st  at the Castro Theatre.

Get your tickets soon – this one will sell out despite the massiveness of the single-screen Castro.

Deets below, see you there!

ROGER EBERT WILL RECEIVE MEL NOVIKOFF AWARD AT THE 53RD SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Pulitzer Prize­-Winning Film Critic to Be Honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends May 1 at Castro Theatre

San Francisco, CA — Roger Ebert will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). The award, named for the pioneering San Francisco art and repertory film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922-87), acknowledges an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema. The Novikoff Award will be presented at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends, Saturday, May 1 at 5:30 pm at the Castro Theatre. Confirmed guests to date include directors Jason Reitman and Terry Zwigoff, with others to be announced soon.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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New Italian Cinema Begins Today and Ends Next Sunday with Vincere

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

New Italian Cinema from the San Francisco Film Society kicks off today and will run every day through Sunday, November 22 down at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema at Sacramento and Battery.

Things start off with Fortapàsc tonight and end with the intense Vincere (nobody doesn’t love this film) on Sunday, November 22. And they’ll have nine more movies in between, seven of which are up for the City of Florence Award, so check it out and get your tickets now. Plus, free four hour parking at any of the Embarcadero Center parking garages. Bonus!

Benito Mussolini’s squadristi are all over the place in Vincere, the film from Marco Bellocchio. (It turns out that Mussolini secretly got the equivalent of $10,000 a week (as a reporter!) from British MI-5 back in the day – that might have played a part in his political transformation, which features prominently in Vincere. Just saying. Anyway…)

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See you there!

November 15–22, 2009
Copresented with New Italian Cinema Events and the Italian Cultural Institute, New Italian Cinema celebrates the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and brings the country’s newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco. A prestigious jury selects the best Italian entries from the year’s major European film festivals to compete for the City of Florence Award. Attendees enjoy not only a vibrant cinema showcase, but an immersion into Italy’s rich and storied culture with directors present to illuminate their work in lively question-and-answer sessions.

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Free four-hour validated parking is available after 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and after 10:00 am Saturday & Sunday at any Embarcadero Center parking garage. With validation, reduced rates apply at all other times.