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YBCA presents Thai Dreams: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Ultimate meditation

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.

On Location (or Not): Serendipity

Welcome to "On Location," a micro-feature taking you to little-known cinematic locations of SF and taking a look at the films shot in the city by the bay over the years.

Indie Picks: Bay Films and Events This Week

The Silence

Get a sneak peak of seven indie gems screening in San Francisco over the weekend and into the week.

Disposable Film Festival Brings Film to the People (And Dogs)

Disposable Film Festival

The Disposable Film Festival, which starts this evening, has staked its remarkably quick six-year success on an uncanny ability to pinpoint, predict, and prepare for the future of film.

Indie Picks: Seven Flicks Playing in the Bay This Week

 A scene from Marcel Sarmiento’s D is for Dogfight

Get a sneak peak of seven indie gems screening in San Francisco over the weekend and into the week.

CAAMFest Refocuses on Film, Food and Fraternity

Gamelan fans rejoice!

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.

Heating Up: SF Filmmakers Head to SXSW

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. 

On Location: Dragon Fight

Welcome to "On Location," a micro-feature taking you to little-known cinematic locations of SF and taking a look at the films shot in the city by the bay over the years.

Indie Theatre Roundup: Five Picks for the Upcoming Weekend

Still from Cate Shortland's Lore.

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!

Beat the Buzz: Five Oscar Alternatives

BOOM SHAKA-LAKA!

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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