What’s Screening: October 31 – November 6

I just found out about the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, which has been running for almost two weeks and is still not over. Sorry about that. Here are some other current festivals: The American Indian Film Festival opens Saturday and runs through this week and beyond. The San Francisco Dance Film Festival starts its … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 31 – November 6

Four surprising facts from early film history

Historical reality has a way of conflicting with the what we all assume. Here are four totally surprising, unintuitive facts about the early days of cinema. Animation preceded live action The first moving images weren't photographed. They were drawn. Parlor toys such as the Zoetrope used multiple illustrations to create the illusion of movement--as cartoons … Continue reading Four surprising facts from early film history

What’s Screening: October 24 – 30

No festivals this week, but some good movies. And a lot of scary ones. I'm putting the Halloween movies--which make up the bulk of this newsletter--at the bottom. B+  2001: A Space Odyssey, Castro, Sunday and Monday. I used to worship Stanley Kubrick’s visualization of Arthur C. Clarke’s imagination, but it hasn’t aged all that … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 24 – 30

What’s Screening: October 17 – 23

The Bay Area ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival closes Sunday. The  Arab Film Festival continues through the end of this week. The Petaluma International Film Festival opens its three-day run today. And Bertolucci – A Film Series, takes up one glorious day on Saturday. Bertolucci – A Film Series, Castro, Saturday. Here's your chance to see … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 17 – 23