Dawson City: A Hidden Treasure Trove in an Artic Swimming Pool

C+ Film history documentary Directed by Bill Morrison In 1978, Michael Gates of Dawson City stumbled on a huge collection of 35mm nitrate film, buried in a former swimming pool below a torn-down ice rink. The once-thriving Yukon mining town sits less than 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The film stock was much … Continue reading Dawson City: A Hidden Treasure Trove in an Artic Swimming Pool

Spellbound in Darkness: Thursday and Friday at the Silent Film Festival

I can't possibly cover the San Francisco Silent Film Festival the way I do the San Francisco International Fest, reporting every morning on what I saw the previous day. SFSFF is too compact and concentrated for that. Most days, it starts at 10:00am and ends around 11:00pm. Breaks can be short. I have a long … Continue reading Spellbound in Darkness: Thursday and Friday at the Silent Film Festival

What’s Screening: June 2 – 8

Russian revolutionaries, sexy Indians, mixed-race couples, Japanese writers, French samurais, an Iranian vampire, and a whole lot of silent movies grace Bay Area screens this week. Festivals The San Francisco Silent Film Festival continues through Sunday DocFest continues through this week and beyond Promising events Bringing a black boyfriend home double bill: Guess Who's Coming … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 2 – 8

Why Silents Are Golden: This Year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival

As regular readers know, I'm passionate about silent movies. Without the crutch of spoken words, a motion picture becomes pure cinema--reality on an entirely different plane. The actors can be fully unique, complex individuals (not that they always are) while remaining archetypes. Take Louise Brooks. In silent films, she's magical, mysterious, and the very embodiment … Continue reading Why Silents Are Golden: This Year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival

What’s Screening: April 20 -26

Both the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Tiburon International. Film Festival opened last night. I've placed festival entries at the bottom of this newsletter. B Attenberg, Elmwood and one of the Lee Theaters, opens Friday. You have to adjust yourself to the slow pace here. Writer/director Athina Rachel Tsangari examines the life and … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 20 -26