by Michael Fox The popularity peak presently enjoyed by documentaries and reflected in the ongoing success of SF DocFest (opening June 5 and continuing through June 19 in San Francisco and Oakland) owes a great deal to a pair of galactic mainstream-media shifts over the last two decades: Hollywood lost interest in depicting the reality-based […]
by Michael Fox Set in Poland in the early 1960s and shot in a 1.37 aspect ratio, Ida (2013) is high-grade catnip for aficionados of vintage black-and-white Eastern European cinema. The latest film by Pavel Pawlikowski, one of the most astute and insightful observers of human nature working in movies today, is the furthest thing […]
We went through hundreds of photos and want to share some candids from the first half of the Festival. Karan Kendrick, Jamie Foxx | photo credit: Bill Johnston, Jr.
By Meredith Brody Bay Area cinephiles rejoice! Your first crack at the marquee titles you’ve been hearing about for months, since Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Telluride, Venice, and Toronto, is nigh – they’re coming to a film festival near you! The Mill Valley Film Festival, taking place in a number of theaters in Mill Valley, San […]
by Gary Meyer Magic and “live” ghosts, goblins and other creatures of the night go back a long way. What we refer to as “augmented reality” today is hundreds of years old. In 1584 Reginald Scot wrote in his study to debunk beliefs in witchcraft, magic and other superstitions, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, that people […]
by Randy Myers PARK CITY, Utah – Small in scale but large in ambition, the upstart film festival Slamdance once again rolled into this snowy city to celebrate the work of talented, scrappy, first-time filmmakers.