A lot of film festivals arrive in the Bay Area in the coming weeks, and not all of them are in Mill Valley. Here are some others, listed chronologically:
Berkeley Video & Film Festival, September 26-28: This three-day festival of extremely independent fare has an interesting ticket policy. A $13 ticket buys you entry for an entire day. On Saturday, that’s from 1:00pm to nearly midnight…with, I’m glad to say, some modest intermissions. At the Shattuck.
Iranian Film Festival, September 27-28: A decade or so ago, Iranian films like Children of Heaven were an art-house rage, and deservedly so. Does Iran still make movies that good? You can find out this weekend when this brand new festival (“First Annual,” according to the announcement) plays at the San Francisco Art Institute.
French Cinema Now, October 8 – 12: The San Francisco Film Society presents five days of contemporary French cinema not released in this country. From their press release: “Covering a broad spectrum of subject matter and genres, the films in this series — ranging from a rowdy rural comedy to an intricate equine nonfiction feature to a tense science-fiction thriller — build a comprehensive picture of the current moment in French cinema.” At the Clay.
CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival, October 15-17: This three-day event at San Francisco’s Brava Theater includes “films, panel discussions, and related events.” And, I suspect, political agendas. As I write this, the schedule has not yet been posted.
Arab Film Festival, October 16-28: According to the press release, its 70 films include “the first film from Bahrain, a multi-layered Moroccan feature film about child labor, a Sundance award-winner that follows a kind airport janitor in Jordan, comedies and feature films about love and families facing challenges.” The movies screen at various locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, and (I know this one doesn’t count) Los Angeles. I’ll be able to preview and report on two films before the festival opens.
DocFest, October 17-November 6: IndieFest’s annual documentary festival used to follow the San Francisco International Film Festival; now it follows Mill Valley. It runs October 17 – 30 at the Roxie and October 31-November 7 at the Shattuck. I believe this is the festival’s first Berkeley run. I’m missing the press conference as I type this, and will fill you in when I have more information.