This year marks the 7th anniversary of the SF Shorts Film Fest–but you won't see that anywhere on their calendar, program, or in their literature. Like the films within, the festival is almost mercilessly direct in its presentation, from the jaunty pink poster of a cute charicature atop film cannisters apparently planning his suicide (pictographically reminding us that "life is short"), to the unvarnished program listings that cut directly to the films, dispensing with the now-ubiquitous art world priming of "programmer's notes" or "curator's statement."
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It's not a big news week here in San Francisco: The Guardian is writing about weed again, and the Weekly's cover story is about a disaster that happened in 1900. With everyone's eyes still rolling from Outside Lands and the weather moving from cloudy to …partly cloudy, who can blame you for wanting to take it easy? Unfortunately, movie distribs are also taking it easy and the new releases really aren't much to look at. As Colonel Kurtz might have said: When the dominating culture doesn't satisfy, the best thing to do is go native. Here are 7 films worth catching in the smaller rooms around town during this mini-movie-drought.
Yesterday the San Francisco Film Society broke some incredibly exciting news, announcing that indie bigwig Ted Hope would be stepping up to the plate as the new executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.
Let me offer this analogy for those to whom the impact of this isn't immediately apparent (or who don't spend as much time scrutinizing film credits as I do):
It's famously said that "truth is stranger than fiction," but if the reflux of utterly expected 'reality' TV available at any given time is any indication, most producers have forgotten that wisdom at this point. Even in film, the prospect of a fine documentary has become almost haunted by the specter of activism, a hidden (and often not-so-hidden) agenda that propels funding as well viewership, but ultimately has very little to do with the craft of filmmaking as such.
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