What to see at SF Indiefest (virtual, of course)

SF Indiefest is sort of like the Mill Valley Film Festival, except that none of these films will ever be nominated for Best Picture. Few stars will walk down the red carpet. SF Indiefest focuses on films that will almost certainly not become famous. This festival opened last Thursday. Sorry about that. I've been busy. … Continue reading What to see at SF Indiefest (virtual, of course)

The Jewish Soul: Yiddish Cinema on Blu-ray

In the 1930s, small studios in Warsaw and New York made low-budget movies for an international market of not-quite-assimilated Jews. These films were mostly in Yiddish. Production costs were low, and the movies tried to have everything. Most of these pictures contain comedy, drama, and people breaking out in song. They were often about young … Continue reading The Jewish Soul: Yiddish Cinema on Blu-ray

More Mill Valley Movies: New Orleans, Laurel Canyon, & the Chicago 7

Since the drive-in experience, I've been watching Mill Valley Film Festival movies from the comfort of my couch. So far, I've seen two musical documentaries and two films about the 1960s - and I only saw three movies. A Take Me to the River New Orleans Here's one documentary that will make you tap your … Continue reading More Mill Valley Movies: New Orleans, Laurel Canyon, & the Chicago 7

Bad technical start at Mill Valley Film Festival…and 2 movies

I have written and lectured on how to enjoy streaming video. Yet trying to watch my first films at this year's virtual Mill Valley Film Festival turned into an annoying problem. But it had a happy ending…sort of. According to the festival's FAQ, Mill Valley supports three different device types for sending streaming video from … Continue reading Bad technical start at Mill Valley Film Festival…and 2 movies

Cinegogue Summer Days: The pandemic version of the SF Jewish Film Festival

If this were a normal year, I'd be writing about an 18-day San Francisco Jewish Film Festival taking place in five theaters around the Bay Area. Instead, thanks to the pandemic, I'm writing about a four-day festival that will run mostly in our own homes. I say mostly because opening night will take place at … Continue reading Cinegogue Summer Days: The pandemic version of the SF Jewish Film Festival