In a recent interview, a filmmaker whose work I respect a great deal floated the unpopular idea that the European "art film" is so shopworn as to have finally become a cliché.
Get a sneak peak of seven indie gems screening in San Francisco over the weekend and into the week.
San Francisco's Asian American Film Festival has always been one those events that seems to beg (and reward) the application of a good metaphor, and there's an analogy to be made somewhere that speaks to the fact that as other festivals have begun to age out, the 31-year-old fest has managed to retain a youthful glow.
For two weeks (March 8th-18th), a strange sort of gravity created by SXSW brings Texas and San Francisco a whole lot closer. We lose some of our best musicians, filmmakers and party people (with expense accounts, naturally) to a head-spinning array of screenings, parties, and–if they play their cards right–some of the best barbecue they'll ever have.
1) Trance Cinema Live–An Evening of Ritual and Ecstatic States
Oddball Film + Video once again lives up to its name with this pairing of music and film. The archive presents a series of ethnographic documents of trance rituals used by various cultures around the world (sample activity: Women dance ecstatically while men climb a ladder of knives), matching some shorts with music by Jakarta-based musician and sound designer Iman Fattah. Gamelan fans rejoice!
The Oscars are this Sunday. We won't bore you with our predictions–some of the movies nominated will, invariably, win. If you care about these sorts of things, we heartily recommend The Roxie's annual Oscars get together, but do come stocked: After those first hors d'oeuvres get passed around it's a free-for-all! If you're in the mood to catch up on the nominated films, trek out to Balboa Theatre's Oscar triple feature, otherwise get weird and stay that way with this weekend's picks:
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