A Great Scholar and a Very Bad Mom: Saturday at SFFILM Festival

Like many film festivals, SFFILM creates a different trailer every year, which screens at the beginning of each show. Most years, I'm deeply bored of the trailer well before the end of the festival. Not this year. A snappy, exciting montage set to an infectious beat, this year's trailer is short and fun, and has … Continue reading A Great Scholar and a Very Bad Mom: Saturday at SFFILM Festival

2 Judges (both women) and a reluctant Buddhist: Friday at SFFILM Festival

I should explain why some of my reviews are constricted to 75 words or less. Every festival that shows new films sends a Hold Review List to press covering the event. The movies on this list either have an American distributor or are negotiating with one. The distributers don't want long reviews published too soon, … Continue reading 2 Judges (both women) and a reluctant Buddhist: Friday at SFFILM Festival

Revolution in Serbia & Exploitation in America: My Thursday at SFFILM Festival

I saw two films yesterday at the San Francisco International Film Festival, also known as the SFFILM Festival. Both were worth seeing. The Other Side of Everything I'm generally suspicious of documentaries about the filmmaker…or the filmmaker's family. But this one worked. Srbijanka Turajlic, the director's mother and the subject of the film, is a … Continue reading Revolution in Serbia & Exploitation in America: My Thursday at SFFILM Festival

International Shorts & Mismatched Music: Wednesday at SFFILM Fest

I hope you noticed that I didn't publish a San Francisco International Film Festival report yesterday. I took Tuesday off, so I had nothing to write about on Wednesday. But what did I see on Wednesday? Unlike every other day at the SFFILM Festival, I did not see a single new feature. Instead, I saw … Continue reading International Shorts & Mismatched Music: Wednesday at SFFILM Fest

A Hard-Working African & a Dying Photographer: Saturday at SFFILM Festival

Finally, a day without rain. Even better, a day with two very films. Makala I kept my review of this film to a maximum of 75 words on the Festival's request. Whatever others say, this is not a documentary. But it's a very good film. Makala lives with his family in an isolated hut. But … Continue reading A Hard-Working African & a Dying Photographer: Saturday at SFFILM Festival

Corruption in Iran & Slavery in Ghana: Friday at SFFilm Fest

After such a disappointing Thursday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, I had a great Friday. I saw two movies, and both were excellent. But outside of the theaters, it was awfully wet. When people tell you that rain is the perfect weather for a film festival, don't believe them. It's horrible. You must … Continue reading Corruption in Iran & Slavery in Ghana: Friday at SFFilm Fest