Film Features

Vortex room

Sci-fi puzzler 'Coherence' raises the bar for high-concept, low-budget filmmaking

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Anxious art

Striking 'Masterpieces of Polish Cinema' at the PFA -- with a strange Jerry Garcia(!) twist

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arts@sfbg.com

FILM Poland had not been a major hub of film production in the early decades of the medium, and its industry stabilized without getting very interesting in the years after World War II, when a Soviet-backed Stalinist regime founded state-controlled Film Polski. This shotgun wedding of art and bureaucracy wasn't ideally conducive to creative expression, however. By the mid-1950s younger filmmakers, many graduates from the recently founded National Film School in Lodz, agitated for more independence — which, surprisingly, they won.Read more »

Tropical impressions

A few picks from YBCA's New Filipino Cinema 2014

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FILM We're neck-deep in local film festival season right now — which, yeah, is kind of 12 months out of the year around here, but the SF Silent Film and Green Film festivals just ended, DocFest is underway, and Frameline starts June 19 — but there are plenty of reasons to carve out time for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' outstanding New Filipino Cinema mini-fest this weekend.Read more »

Vinegar and salt

It's a good time to be a fan of vintage exploitation cinema

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Eternal beauty

SF Silent Film Festival unearths treasures and curiosities

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New direction

SF Film Society head Noah Cowan settles into the job — and eagerly awaits his first SFIFF

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cheryl@sfbg.com

SFIFF First things first: Brand-new San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Noah Cowan's two favorite movies are 1942 Preston Sturges screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story and 1974 disaster drama The Towering Inferno. Appropriately, our first meeting takes place in downtown San Francisco, where that fictional world's tallest building (containing Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, and O.J. Simpson, among others) went up in flames.Read more »

Shooting straight

An actor prepares for several comebacks in 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me'

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Telling tales

Diverse stories take to the screen in CAAMFest's documentary competition

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Women with movie cameras

Cheers to CAAMFest's crop of female Asian American film directors

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arts@sfbg.com

CAAMFEST A beautiful butch moviemaker with a penchant for Peking opera divas. A dogged indie documentarian willing to stalk her prey, be it politically radical or the hard-partying dead. These are but a few of the unusual suspects caught in the viewfinders of CAAMFest 2014's Asian and Asian American female directors.Read more »

Goldies 2014 Film: Malic Amalya

A filmmaker who strives for both academic and artistic excellence

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GOLDIES If you want to see a filmmaker light up brighter than a brand-new projector bulb, ask him about his camera.Read more »