CAAMfest preview

I've screened four features - two narratives and two documentaries - that will screen next month at CAAMFest. Unlike my recommendations for the Mostly British Film Festival, these are all new movies that haven't yet been shown commercially in the Bay Area. B+ The Tiger Hunter This well-made fish-out-of-water comedy stars Danny Pudi of Community … Continue reading CAAMfest preview

CAAMFest: Asian-American films take center stage in mid-March

On Thursday, the Center for Asian American Media announced the lineup for this year's CAAMFest. From March 9 through March 19, the festival will screen over 50 feature films - ten of them world premieres - plus shorts, live concerts, and parties. CAAMFest starts at the on March 9 at the Castro with The Tiger … Continue reading CAAMFest: Asian-American films take center stage in mid-March

Indiefest preview

I've now screened another three films that will play at Indiefest. You'll find two more in my original Indiefest report. Here's what I thought about the new three: B+ Superpowerless The plot sounds like a promising farce: A superhero, suffering a mid-life crisis, loses his superpowers. But Duane Andersen turned it into a surprisingly effective … Continue reading Indiefest preview

IndieFest brings films you’ll probably never see again

IndieFest is a difficult film festival to categorize. It doesn't focus on an identifiable group of people, such as the Jewish Film Festival or Frameline. It doesn't stick to one genre, such as noir or horror. And it doesn't get the potential art house hits that San Francisco International and Mill Valley enjoy. Instead, IndieFest … Continue reading IndieFest brings films you’ll probably never see again

2017’s first film festivals

I'm pretty sure the Bay Area won't see any more film festivals this year. December is generally a festival-free month. But come January and February, we'll see plenty of festivals. Here are four that have already announced their line-ups: For Your Consideration January 6 - 12 Rafael Not every subtitled movie can qualify for the … Continue reading 2017’s first film festivals