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Solid Lineup of Indie Movies at This Weekend's Brainwash Movie Festival

Head to Oakland this weekend for yet another Bay Area summer film festival: the 15th annual Brainwash Movie Festival, this year at the American Steel Building (1960 Mandela Parkway). The selected twenty-three short films will be shown in two screenings, one on Friday and one on Saturday, starting around 9pm each night. Awards ceremony happens at the end of Program 2 on Saturday. Brainwash doesn't include synopses for the films, but below are four, two from each program, that look interesting:

 

 

Program 1 (Friday)

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.

"Sid and Nancy" at the Tenderloin's Cafe Royale

It's time for the July installment of the Incredibly Strange Picture Show, a near-monthly free movie night at the Tenderloin's cozy Cafe Royale (Wed 7/15, 8p). This month features "Sid and Nancy," the sometimes loved, sometimes reviled 1986 pseudo-biopic about Sex Pistols frontman Sid Vicious and his sordid relationship with Nancy Spungen. The movie has it all: junkie romance, drugs, violence, self-destruction, great music, and Gary Oldman in the role of Sid Vicious.

My Funny Valentino

 

For a self-described “gay man who is not interested in fashion,” Vanity Fair editor and scribe Matt Tyrnauer certainly nailed his mark on the catwalk with his first (and, yes, very fashionable) documentary film, Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Don't Be Scared

The SF Film Society U.S. premiere of Robert Mailer Anderson's

Days before Halloween, the U.S. premiere of Pig Hunt (created by director Jim Isaac, co-writers Robert Mailer Anderson and his cousin, Zack Anderson, executive producer Nicola Miner) received its SF Film Society debut at the Clay Theatre.

WildAid Celebrates Bo Derek’s Work with Peter Knights

On Thursday, June 26, guests joined Laney and Pasha Thornton at their San Francisco home to toast actress Bo Derek and celebrate her work with Peter Knights of WildAid. The celebrity-endorsed Bay Area nonprofit is dedicated to protecting endangered species in developing countries and ending the illegal wildlife trade.


Lydia Mondavi, Gillian Shenon


Steve Morgan, Mattie Morgan

VIP Pink Party at Mecca

Pride 2008 started off with a bang at the VIP Pink Party at Mecca on Wednesday, June 25. The fabulous kick-off party and red carpet event featured complimentary cocktails and nibbles courtesy of Mecca and also doubled as a fundraiser for The Pursuit of Equality, a film by director Geoff Callan.


David Cohen, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Geoff Callan


John Marez, Julie Candace

SKYY Vodka Hosts <i>SATC</i> Charity Screening

On Wednesday, May 28 SKYY Vodka hosted an advanced screening of the highly anticipated Sex and the City feature film at the Sundance Kabuki. The screening, which commenced with a VIP cocktail reception, benefited the SF AIDS Foundation and STOP AIDS Project and featured an up close and personal post-film Q&A session with actor Willie Garson.


Liam Mayclem, Willie Garson


Dahi Donnelly, Andrea Minoo

San Francisco Film Society Gala Fundraiser

On Thursday, May 1 the San Francisco Film Society honored guests Mike Leigh, Maria Bello and Robert Towne at the Gala Fundraiser for the SFFS Education Program. The Gala was part of the 51st International SF
International Film Fest and was held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.


Maria Bello


Scott Owens, Dana Shapiro, Gary Shapiro

7 Questions with Oscar-Nominee Marion Cotillard


photo courtesy of Picture House Inc.

French actress Marion Cotillard is not a household name … yet. But her Oscar-nominated performance in La Vie En Rose, playing the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf, is nothing short of brilliant. She deserves to take home the Oscar, and then the whole world will know of this bright, young acting talent.

I met the delightful French actress for 7 questions for 7x7.

Enjoy!
Liam
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