Another big film festival on the way. IndieFest (AKA, The Tenth Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival) opens February 7 and plays through the 20th. Venues include the Castro, the Roxie, and the Victoria Theater. It starts on Thursday the 7th at the Castro (all festivals start on a Thursday night at the Castro…it’s the … Continue reading IndieFest

PFA Weekend

I made it to the Pacific Film Archive twice this weekend. That's two nights, two series openings, two screenings, three features, two shorts, and two masterpieces (one of them a short). The Medieval Remake series opened Friday night with Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev. That's the feature-length masterpiece of the weekend, and at 205 minutes, it's … Continue reading PFA Weekend

Recommendations and Warnings From Persia to New York

Persepolis, Rafael, Embarcadero, Shattuck, opens Friday. Can one call a 95-minute, low-budget, animated film an epic? I think this one qualifies. It may also qualify as a masterpiece. It's certainly an excellent and an important movie. Iranian/French cartoonist Marjane Satrapi based Persepolis on her own autobiographical graphic novels (Vincent Paronnaud shares screenwriting and directing credits). … Continue reading Recommendations and Warnings From Persia to New York