What’s Screening: September 30–October 6

The Berkeley Video and Film Festival opens Friday and runs through Sunday. The much bigger Mill Valley Film Festival opens Thursday. A The Mill and the Cross, Embarcadero, Shattuck, opens Friday. Painting with the wide palette that 21st century cinema allows, Lech Majewski creates a masterwork about Bruegel creating one of his masterworks, The Way … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 30–October 6

Mill Valley Film Festival Preview

Here’s a quick preview of two films I’ve been able to preview for the Mill Valley Film Festival: B- Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, Sequoia, Saturday, October 8, 4:00; Rafael, Monday, October 10, 9:00. Sarah, a young, very pregnant technology geek (Anna Margaret Hollyman), sets out to find her estranged, irresponsible living-off-the-grid mother. Sarah’s unique personality … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival Preview

Once in a Lifetime at ACT

Why would a movie blog cover a piece of live theater? When the play is about the movies. Last night, my wife and I attended a preview performance of the American Conservatory Theater’s new production of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman ’s 1930 Broadway hit, Once in a Lifetime. A broad farce about Hollywood, … Continue reading Once in a Lifetime at ACT

Vitaphone Shorts at the PFA

Last night I attended the screening of ten Vitaphone shorts at the Pacific Film Archive. It was part of their current UCLA Festival of Preservation series. Vitaphone was Warner Brother's early talking film technology, synchronizing image on film with sound on phonograph discs. The system was used for features—the best known being The Jazz Singer—but … Continue reading Vitaphone Shorts at the PFA

What’s Screening: September 23 – 29

The Irish Film Festival, the Latino Film Festival, and Hong Kong Cinema all continue through Sunday. B+ Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Embarcadero, Shattuck, Piedmont, opens Friday. The nature of the civil rights movement changed dramatically in the mid-to-late 1960’s, and this American/Swedish documentary tracks the black power movement from Stokely Carmichael’s heyday until heroin ravaged … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 23 – 29

The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975

B+ Documentary Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson The nature of the civil rights movement changed dramatically in the mid-to-late 1960’s, abandoning non-violence and attacking the heart of the American government. This American/Swedish documentary tracks the Black Power movement from Stokely Carmichael’s 1967 heyday until heroin ravaged Harlem in 1975. The picture starts out by explaining … Continue reading The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975