Jennifer Siebel Newsom — director, producer, screenwriter, actress, speaker, mother of three, and wife to Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom — was at 2015 Sundance Film Festival to promote The Mask You Live In, the follow up to Miss Representation. The filmmaker talks to us about her latest documentary, redefining society’s definition of masculinity, and how we as individuals can set in motion a more responsible way to determine a man's "manliness."
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.
It could be the way the letters of 'SANTA' conveniently rearrange to spell 'SATAN' at the hands of distracted preschoolers, or it could just be the tendency of the stressful season to pressurize folks (until they POP), but there's something uncanny about Christmas that inspires filmmakers to maim and murder en masse on the big screen.
If your idea of fun is sitting in a dark room with the sarcastic robots of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and whose isn't?), we've got the place for you. But the valiant souls with the microphones aren’t machines. Nor are they ornery old men best known for hurling verbal slurs at muppets. No, the voices of Bad Movie Night are alive, ready to heckle, and partially blocking your view of Megan Fox's cleavage.
Mercilessly lambasting recent blockbusters (next up is Eat, Pray, Love), Bad Movie Night is a haven for anyone who can’t keep quiet when filmmakers commit the heinous crime of putting sunglasses on a pig or thinking Megan Fox is a good idea. There’s an art to skewering movies so bad even the actors cringe - and the hosts of Bad Movie Night have been perfecting it for six years.
We're still sad that the Hunky Jesus Contest got rained out on Easter, but there's another Dolores Park tradition returning to make up for it: movie night. Starting tonight at dusk with the iconic '80s flick Back to the Future, join a mob of Mission moviegoers for a series of free screenings every second Thursday of the month through October. Bring a blanket, a friend and a few bucks for popcorn (or a Tamale Lady treat), and revel in the fact that you're not shelling out $10.50 for the newest Jennifer Aniston chick-flick. Extra points for arriving via floating skateboard or DeLorean.
Starting Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Park, doloresparkmovie.org
This Thursday, the 10-day long 13th annual Arab Film Festival will kick off with an opening night reception at the Castro Theatre, first with the Noor Awards at 6pm, followed by a special screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh at 7:30pm.
In the week that follows, films and tributes will take place in San Francisco (Oct. 15-18), San Jose (Oct. 17-18), Berkeley (Oct. 23-25) and Los Angeles (Oct. 23-25).
Take a break from your busy schedule, gather the girls and get your chick flick fix with this new romantic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart.
When a self-help author arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets the one person who might finally be able to help him help himself. But will two people who have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love another chance? As each struggles with the hurt of love and loss, they realize that in order to move forward, they need to let go of the past. And if they can, they’ll find that, sometimes, love happens when you least expect it.
The platonic ideal of the outdoor movie experience involves a balmy summer’s eve, a picnic blanket to stretch out upon, plus various picnic delicacies. The San Francisco reality of the open-air movie spectatorship is usually more like a freezing fog-filled night, a down sleeping bag to cuddle in and wine to keep you warm.
Even so, Film Night in the Park rakes in the crowds, the happy campers and the masses yearning to see movies in the great outdoors.