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A Piece of Francis Ford Coppola at FIFTY24SF

Film buffs, listen up. FIFTY24SF is working with the art department of Coppola's newest horror film, Twixt, to recreate a set inside the gallery. The installation, TWIXT sc. 83, reflects the film's DIY aesthetic but that's not to say that it's anything like crafty.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

With the 54th annual Film Festival now a fond memory, it is time to return our focus to the traditional fare currently playing around the city – not just the initial offerings of summer popcorn (Fast Five, Thor) and the indies, but, in this week's case, two of the most beloved American epics ever committed to film.

1. The Godfather: Parts I & II
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: May 8

Celebrated Filmmaker Walter Murch to Address State of Cinema at Festival

Three-time Oscar-winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch, who has frequently collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on movies including The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Godfather: Part III (1990), will address San Francisco Film Festival attendees tonight about the origins of cinema and the innovators, such as Thomas Edison and Beethoven, who helped shape its prehistory.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

With Frameline receding into the rearview and the Jewish Film Festival (July 23-Aug. 10) fast approaching, summer remains a busy time for Bay Area cinephiles. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at a San Francisco indie theater near you.

1. Jules and Jim
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: July 5-6

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See at Frameline 33 and Beyond

Frameline 33, San Francisco's International LGBT Film Festival, remains in full swing through Sunday, giving Bay Area moviegoers three more days to check out this year's featured selections before the closing-night bash at the Terra Gallery. Elsewhere, a pair of second-run favorites arrives at the Red Vic, while Tetro and Food, Inc. play on at the Embarcadero. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

Coppola Makes Welcome Comeback with 'Tetro'

Working from his first original script since 1974’s The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppola enjoys something of a creative reawakening with Tetro, his sprawling epic about fathers, sons and the deceptions that bind and divide them. After the middling disappointment of 2007’s Youth Without Youth, which found the director, now 70, grappling with notions of immortality in the context of a fatally flawed narrative, his latest represents a remarkable return, fired by Citizen Kane-size ambition.

Big Screen: SF Film Society Awards Gala

A blaze of flashbulbs lit up the St. Francis ballroom at the 52nd SF Film Society Awards Gala where high-wattage Hollywooders turned gala patrons into paparazzi.

The bad news? The ensuing rush to swarm honoree Robert Redford required hotel security to form a phalanx around the still-sexy septuagenarian star so he could safely return to his hotel room. Really, folks: we just don’t do that in EssEff.

SFIFF: Robert Redford on Twitter and 50 Years in the Biz

Apparently all celebs aren't following Ashton Kutcher's cue. "I'm not on Twitter. I like to spend a bit more time digesting," Robert Redford said Thursday at the 52nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival's Awards Night in the Westin St. Francis. Redford was the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award, which goes to an actor who "exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity," while fellow Bay Area resident Francis Ford Coppola was present and honored, as well, for receiving the Founder’s Directing Award. Yet despite his 50 years worth of work and recognition, Redford remains just as humble as the day he started. "I'm kind of shy of awards, it's never something that I take for granted" he confessed.

Makin' Change: North Beach Citizens


The spirit of Abbondanza filled hearts (and tummies) Sunday in the auditorium of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in North Beach at the North Beach Citizens dinner.

Now in its eighth year, the down-home event raises funds for this neighborhood homeless organization founded by film director Francis Ford Coppola.

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