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 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.
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.
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.
Steve Morgan, Mattie Morgan
David Cohen, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Geoff Callan
Liam Mayclem, Willie Garson
Dahi Donnelly, Andrea Minoo
International Film Fest and was held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.
Scott Owens, Dana Shapiro, Gary Shapiro
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.