SFIFF: The Challenge of Film Festival Projection

The San Francisco International Film Festival presents as many as 26 features, talks, and short subject collections a day. How do they handle all those movies? Festival Technical Director Jeremy Stevermer was kind enough to sit down with me Thursday evening and explain how it’s done. I was particularly curious about the challenges of running … Continue reading SFIFF: The Challenge of Film Festival Projection

What’s Screening: April 30 – May 6

The San Francisco International Film Festival continues through Thursday, and dominates this newsletter. I’ll start with the non-festival recommendations and warnings. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Elmwood, Thursday, May 6, 7:15. I haven’t seen this (relatively) widely-released documentary, and therefore have no opinion on its quality. But I’d … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 30 – May 6

SFIFF State of Cinema Address: Walter Murch

I spent a wonderful 90 minutes Sunday at the San Francisco International Film Festival’s State of Cinema Address address. The speaker was film editor, sound designer, and general cinematic genius Walter Murch. He talked mostly about the birth of cinema, but not in the sense of Edison inventing it or Griffith turning it into an … Continue reading SFIFF State of Cinema Address: Walter Murch