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The highest profile film festivals around the world are huge with tens of thousands of people fighting to get in to see the movies. I’ve been to all of them and you can stand in line for hours in hopes of grabbing a seat. And then halfway through the movie you want to leave because it’s so terrible.
The beauty of festivals like the Mill Valley and San Francisco International Film Festivals is that the programming teams have been traveling to those other festivals to seek out the best from each of them and curate a terrific selection for you.
The director Denis Villeneuve asked three friends to make shorts that act as prologues to his new film, Blade Runner 2049. Each takes place in the years between Blade Runner (which was set on 2019) and the new movie.
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By Risa Nye
Labor Day weekend, 2017. Once again, into the San Juan mountains for several days of sitting in the dark watching movies. The 44th Telluride Film Festival began with the usual excitement and buzz, mixed with the uncertainty of what was to come. Some folks already had the inside scoop about screenings, but I went into my first movie with no prior knowledge—just the anticipation that this would be an experience unlike any other, including previous festivals at Telluride.
Instead of a traditional live action promotional short for the new season of the BBC’s GREAT BRTISH BAKE OFF, the producers have created a mind-boggling stop motion one- minute animation starring singing ingredients and baked goods. You will most likely be referring friends to see it.
by Gary Meyer
Medianoche is a type of sandwich that was created in Cuba and is popular in late night clubs, especially in Havana and Miami.
A handful of places in the San Francisco Bay Area make good Cubanos but when restaurant vets Madelyn Markoe (Tacolicious, Tres, Boxing Room) and Jessie Barker (Nopa, Tres) took their first trip to the island in 2015 they came back with a new appreciation of the culture, music and especially the cuisine.
The result, Media Noche opened in early 2017 and will also be making its Eat Drink SF debut. The annual food, wine and spirits event celebrates world class chefs and restaurants August 24-27 at Fort Mason. There are several “Grand Tastings” and Media Noche will be offering tastes of their deliciousness on Saturday night.