San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Sunday at the Castro

Sunday was my first full day at this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. I saw three features: two documentaries and one narrative. They were all good, but none were excellent. This Is Personal Watching this documentary sometimes feels like experiencing all the horrors of the last three years all over again. But it also … Continue reading San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Sunday at the Castro

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, & Opening night at the Jewish Film Festival

In recent years I've had some bad experiences with San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opening nights - even when the movie was excellent. Long waits, late starts, longer introductions, and horribly uncomfortable seats in the Castro balcony. This year, I'm glad to say, everything went well. We got great seats in the 4th row (I … Continue reading Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, & Opening night at the Jewish Film Festival

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Preview: Part 1

Here's my first selection of films for this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, in order of quality. A American Factory One of the most technically accomplished, emotionally effective documentaries I've seen in a while. Fuyao, a car glass manufacturer from China, takes over a closed factory in Detroit, producing jobs and cultural conflicts. The … Continue reading San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Preview: Part 1