By Gary Meyer One of the challenges for any film festival is finding the perfect opening night movie. A curator wants a terrific movie first but also it must be a crowd pleaser— Not too experimental or heavily political. You don’t want to alienate the opening night audience who may not be as adventurous as […]
by Gary Meyer Movie theaters used to show two feature-length movies plus a cartoon, newsreel and novelty or comedy short plus coming attractions. Some big city cinemas, known as “grind houses,” might show three or four films in a day around the clock.
by Gary Meyer The range of experiences we can expect at the 37th CAAMFEST can always be expected to be full of surprises. While the Center for Asian American Media presents stories for audiences all over the country their focus is bringing the best to the San Francisco Bay Area audiences who respond with enthusiasm […]
by Gary Meyer Of the many film festivals I enjoy each year, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is certainly one of my favorites. I love the fact that the Festival Directors, Anita Monga and Stacey Wisnia, curate my experience. There is only one film playing at a time and all are at the mighty […]
by Gary Meyer Despite the silver screen temptations of a Film Festival one must get outside, take a walk, breathe the air and see some related sights. Bring your jacket because it is, after all, the unpredictable summer in San Francisco. Mark Twain may not have really said “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in […]
by Gary Meyer ON THE TOWN, ROYAL WEDDING, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, FUNNY FACE, THE PAJAMA GAME, INDISCREET, DAMN YANKEES, CHARADE, ARABESQUE, TWO FOR THE ROAD and BEDAZZLED. All winners in our book. Hollywood’s elite agree. And yet the man who directed them all, Stanley Donen never […]