Hailed by organizers as a “Best Bet” for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, sci-fi stunner Advantageous may just be the festival’s most uncommon example of art imitating life. Born in Berkeley to Chinese-Malaysian and Vietnamese parents, San Francisco filmmaker Jennifer Phang’s much-anticipated feature explores extreme sacrifices made by parents for their children, albeit set in a haunting dystopia 25 years in the future.
As usual, the lineup for this year's Mill Valley Film Festival is a cinematic feast for Bay Area cinephiles that lasts from October 3 to the 13th. From festival favorites to local up-and-coming filmmakers, the festival has a lot to choose from and if you can watch all films, then you probably manage your time better than me. If you aren't able to binge on all the movies, then here are 12 must-sees.
One can't help but feel a bit sorry for the adorable otters that emblazon Frameline37's promo materials: They've been upstaged. The beloved fest, which opened last night, can only have one mascot--James Brougton, a figure so large and jubilant that he manages to eclipse all of the festival's many, many characters.
A slick blend of art and genre cinema with a distinctly European feel, Simon Killer caught my attention when I first saw it last year at AFI Fest, after which I named it one of my most anticipated releases of the year. In the intervening time between then and its release this weekend, Killer has had a rough go of it.
Having only experienced Tradition on a weekend evening when mobility is nigh impossible through the twenty-somethings mobbing both sides of elaborately recesses bar trenches, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be in for when I visited GM Claire Sprouse there for this weekend’s picks and drinks.