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Published: 2007-11-19T11:35:28-08:00

 



On Vox: Documentary Oscar shortlist

2007-11-19T11:35:28-08:00

I'll update this with more info tonight. Five of these will be nominated on Jan. 22nd: "Autism: The Musical" "Body of War" "For the Bible Tells Me So" http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org "Lake of Fire" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_Fire_%28film%29 "Nanking" also see ted.aol.com/category.php?catID=359 "No End in...



On Vox: Three film festivals on Thursday

2007-10-18T13:40:29-07:00

The CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival opens at the Victoria tonight and continues through the 20th. The Arab Film Festival opens at the Clay and continues in several venues (including the Roxie) in the bay area through the 28th and then...



On Vox: Cheney's Law & Worldplay

2007-10-16T12:03:41-07:00

San Francisco Mime Troupe July 4th opening Frontline begins the fall season tonight with Cheney's Law. It expands on last year's The Dark Side (which is online), with a focus on Cheney's push to expand executive power and many would...



Welcome to Nollywood & the Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio

2007-10-09T10:09:51-07:00

There are a couple of special film events in San Francisco on Tuesday, October 9th (tonight). The Mill Valley Film Festival comes to the San Francisco Art Institute with a screening at 7:30 pm of Welcome to Nollywood. The documentary...



The Living Goddess

2007-10-05T11:21:44-07:00

Sajani self photo, originally uploaded by DarkFibre. I went to a sold out screening of The Living Goddess at DocFest. It will be shown again at 5 pm on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th at the Roxie. The...



On Vox: Rev Billy & Chicken John, the Tribe on iTunes

2007-10-02T14:08:36-07:00

Chicken John introducing Rev Billy at DocFest On Friday, DocFest opened at the Roxie. with What Would Jesus Buy? Chicken John introduced Rev. Billy before the Q&A. They'll be having a conversation at 8 pm on Tuesday, October 2nd (details)....



DocFest through October 10th

2007-09-28T16:33:12-07:00

SF DOCFEST poster, originally uploaded by DAVe Warnke. DocFest opens tonight with What Would Jesus Buy? with an appearance by Rev. Billy (former San Francisco resident Bill Talen) at the Roxie (where all the films will be shown this year)....



On Vox: Strange Culture in San Francisco, NYC

2007-09-24T14:08:41-07:00

Steve Kurtz Strange Culture is playing at the Roxie and the Rafael through Thursday, September 27th. It will be at the Cinema Village in New York from October 5th to 18th (check the website for other places it will be...



Anthony McCall's You and I, Horizontal at SFMOMA

2007-09-14T16:17:13-07:00

At Anthony McCall's You and I, Horizontal at SFMOMA I'll expand this later, but see Anthony McCall's You and I, Horizontal which is at SFMOMA through Septembrer 30th if you can. In Anthony McCall's You and I, Horizontal at SFMOMA...



iPhone test

2007-09-10T18:52:54-07:00

typepad has a new iPhone interface, so hopefully I'll be doing more mobile blogging (beyond 140 character twitter updates).



On Vox: The Devil Came on Horseback & more at the Roxie

2007-08-31T15:08:59-07:00

Gavin Newsom asking a question at the Devil Came on Horseback Last Friday, the Devil Came on Horseback opened at the Roxie (it continues through 9-13). San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom introduced the documentary on Darfur along with producer Jane...



On Vox: Films opening

2007-08-24T11:07:52-07:00

Norman Solomon, War Made Easy This is one of those weekend where it would be nice to be able to be in more than one place at a time. The Devil Came on Horseback Trailer The Devil Came on Horseback,...



On Vox: Watch Sean and Following Sean

2007-07-31T19:39:43-07:00

Malcolm Pullinger & Ralph Arlyck at Following Sean screening I first saw Ralph Arlyck's films in college, but I never saw his 1969 short film Sean (which is now online through 8-31-07). In Following Sean which airs on most PBS...



On Vox: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

2007-07-28T12:33:16-07:00

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival moves to Berkeley (til Aug 4) and Palo Alto (til Aug 2) Saturday, July 28th (today). It will then be in San Rafael Aug 4 - 6 and there...



Photographer Edward Burtynsky at SF premiere of Manufactured Landscapes Friday

2007-07-20T15:02:00-07:00

Manufactured Landscapes Manufactured Landscapes opens today (July 20th) in San Francisco and Berkeley. Photographer Edward Burtynsky will be at the 7:15 pm and 9:35 pm screenings at the Lumiere tonight. I'll write more about the film (it really should be...



San Francisco Silent Film Festival

2007-07-13T17:48:34-07:00

San Francisco Silent Film Festival This is one of the best years for silent film in San Francisco in a long time. One the highlights of the San Francisco International Film Festival was the live performance of Guy Maddin's Brand...



Gypsy Caravan

2007-07-06T10:50:09-07:00

Gypsy Caravan at SF Indiefest Gypsy Caravan director Jasmine Dellal will do a Q&A after the Saturday, July 7th 4:50 show at the Shattuck and the 7 pm show at the Lumiere. Voices of Roma will present live music and...



Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

2007-06-26T20:54:59-07:00

Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars & crew The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars airs on PBS tonight as part of POV. In San Francisco, it will be on KQED at 10 pm (check local listings - it may air another...



On Vox: Award-winning Frameline documentaries on cable Monday

2007-06-25T14:15:42-07:00

Red Without Blue Frameline closed Sunday night with the feminist fairy tale, the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, which was produced by Frameline Award winner Andrea Sperling (who was interviewed by SF360). The other award winners were announced, and two of...



Colma: the Musical opens in San Francisco

2007-06-22T13:40:24-07:00

The best musical (and one of the best movies) I saw last year, Colma: the Musical, opens Friday in San Francisco. There will be Q&As at the Embarcadero with director Richard Wong, screenwriter and star H.P. Mendoza, and other cast...



Frameline Festival's final days

2007-06-20T14:00:57-07:00

Frameline through Sunday Frameline continues through Sunday. There still are so many films to see. Here are a few. I'll write more about Red Without Blue when it airs on the Sundance Channel on Monday, June 25th, but there is...



Frontline: the Endgame in Iraq

2007-06-19T18:19:49-07:00

FRONTLINE | Endgame | June 19 @ pbs.org/frontline On the last episode of the Sopranos, Anthony, Jr. is watching a Frontline program on Iraq. Endgame will almost certainly not be the last time Frontline does a program on Iraq. But...



On Vox: Frameline through June 24th

2007-06-16T13:22:38-07:00

Frameline June 14 - 24 One night when I came out of the Castro during the San Francisco International Film Festival, the marquee had been changed in preparation to shoot the trailer for the Frameline festival (you can watch them...



On Vox: Brand Upon the Brain!

2007-06-16T11:54:09-07:00

Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain I heard several people say the best cinematic experience they've had in a long time was at the San Francisco International Film Festival live performance of Brand Upon the Brain (photos). The theatrical release...



On Vox: Two San Francisco documentaries Tuesday

2007-05-29T16:19:32-07:00

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill will air on many PBS stations tonight (check local listings) as part of Independent Lens. I first saw it during the 2004 San Francisco International Film Festival and when...



On Vox: Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep

2007-05-23T12:31:39-07:00

50th SF International Film Festival For 30 years, Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep was only rarely shown. Even after being named to the National Film Registry in 1990, it wasn't released theatrically or on video. As David Kehr wrote in...



The Rape of Europa

2007-05-18T16:54:14-07:00

Rape of Europa during SFIFF50 Screenings of The Rape of Europa were sold out during the San Francisco International Film Festival, but it opens tonight in San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Rafael. Co-directors Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen and Nicole Newnham,...



Frontline: When Kids Get Life on PBS

2007-05-08T16:42:58-07:00

FRONTLINE "When Kids Get Life" at pbs.org/frontline When Kids Get Life airs on most PBS stations on Tuesday as part of Frontline (it will also be online). Ofra Bikel's latest documentary looks at five of the 45 prisoners in Colorado...



Rob Nilsson films on Jaman through Thursday

2007-05-08T15:20:31-07:00

Graham Leggat - 50th San Francisco International Film Festival When Graham Leggat said (Enric has some video) at the press conference announcing the lineup for the 50 San Francisco International Film Festival that some films would be available on Jaman...



Centerpieces

2007-05-05T17:51:21-07:00

Isild Le Besco at SFIFF49 Last year's SFIFF Centerpiece film was Backstage (French site) which recently came out on DVD. Isild Le Besco (French site) played a teenager obsessed with a Madonna-like singer who has the chance to meet her...