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Filmgoers Get Ready: The SF International Film Festival Hits Screens Next Week

Local cinephiles, get on the edge of your fold-down seats! The 53rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival is set to flicker onto city screens on April 22, and it won't quit until May 6.

This Weekend: Japanese Artist Series Film Fest

Been looking for a reason to check out the New People arts center in Japantown? Stop by the complex’s underground Viz Cinema Mar. 6-9 for the Artist Series Festival Vol. 1, a collection of six films documenting contemporary artists living and working in Japan. Notables include painter Hisashi Tenmyouya, whose blending of traditional Japanese painting techniques (think gold leafing and cherry blossoms) with modern graphics (ala armored soccer players and robotic ninjas) have earned him the nickname Hip-Hop-Samurai. In addition to three U.S. premieres, three films will be returning due to popular demand, including Traveling with Yoshitomo Nara, an up-close look at the renowned modern artist’s world tour.

Hot & Bothered at the SF Independent Erotic Film Festival

Good Vibrations brings the San Francisco Independent Erotic Film Festival back for its fourth outing from September 12 through September 17. The festival starts this Saturday, September 12, with a sexy kick-off party at El Rio ($7, 9pm) featuring a screening of Courtney Trouble's Speakeasy and cigarette girls from Lusty Lady. For a trip through erotica's past, head to Amnesia on Sunday night where Dr. Carol Queen, Ph.D will host Blue Movie night, sharing clips from the 1920s through the 1960s from the Oddball Films archive. If you've always been curious about BDSM, check out Erin Palmquist's documentary BDSM: It's Not What You Think! at the Center for Sex and Culture on Tuesday at 7:30p. Wednesday evening brings a screening of the 1974 classic The Devil In Miss Jones at the Lumiere Theater followed by a Q&A with the film's star, Georgina Spelvin. All of the festival events lead up to the film competition at the Castro Theater on Thursday evening (screening at 8 pm).

Seven Day Film Festival: Indie Shorts in Seven Days

Seven days to make a festival-ready 7-15 minute short film, from conception to polished final product? Competitors in the first ever Seven Day Film Festival will do just this from August 2 through August 9, vying for the grand prize of $1000. Like  The 48 Hour Film Project, competitors will receive "secret constraints" on the first day of the filmmaking period to ensure they can't work on the film sooner. All entries will be shown over four public screenings at the festival, held August 22nd & 23rd at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

The Powder and The Glory: Beauty's Biggest Rivalry

Beauty industry pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden may have devoted their lives to making faces pretty, but the decades-long rivalry between the two icons is said to have been anything but.

The intense and, at times, bitter competition between the two women widely credited with launching the now $150 billion global health and beauty industry in New York during the first decade of the 20th century is the subject of documentary film The Powder & the Glory, screening Wednesday night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s year-round programming.

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