What’s Screening: July 29 – August 4

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival closed its San Francisco run at the Castro last night. It’s taking today (Friday) off, then opening Saturday at Berkeley’s Roda Theatre. Going from Yiddish to British, the From Britain with Love festival opens today at the Balboa. And the Castro is running a tribute to composer Max Steiner … Continue reading What’s Screening: July 29 – August 4

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

B+ Documentary Few filmmakers understood color as well as British cinematographer Jack Cardiff. And those who did understand have Cardiff to thank for it. Early in Craig McCall’s documentary, an aged Cardiff (he died in 2009 at the age of 94) describes his first interview with Technicolor, which had just opened a lab in England. … Continue reading Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Jewish Film Festival Report: Cemeteries and Gladiators

I attended two San Francisco Jewish Film Festival events at the Castro today. Here’s what I saw: C In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery The last thing you’d expect to find in Berlin is a Jewish cemetery that was consecrated in the 19th century. But Weissensee is just that—a final resting place that the … Continue reading Jewish Film Festival Report: Cemeteries and Gladiators