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.
Wherein 7x7 meets a member of the local film scene and asks them the immortal question: What are you working on?
San Francisco's Asian American Film Festival has always been one those events that seems to beg (and reward) the application of a good metaphor, and there's an analogy to be made somewhere that speaks to the fact that as other festivals have begun to age out, the 31-year-old fest has managed to retain a youthful glow.
1) Trance Cinema Live–An Evening of Ritual and Ecstatic States
Oddball Film + Video once again lives up to its name with this pairing of music and film. The archive presents a series of ethnographic documents of trance rituals used by various cultures around the world (sample activity: Women dance ecstatically while men climb a ladder of knives), matching some shorts with music by Jakarta-based musician and sound designer Iman Fattah. Gamelan fans rejoice!
SF Indiefest, the biggest little film festival San Francisco has to offer, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year. Calling it their "Quinceañera" in festival literature, the crown jewel of local impresario Jeff Ross' ever-expanding roster marks the occasion with the usual slate of heavy partying and one of its strongest festival lineups in years.