As is often the case, film lovers in the San Francisco area have tough choices to make the weekend of July 20-22, 2018 as Charlie Chaplin Days celebrate its second weekend in Niles, California.
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 […]
By Gary Meyer I have attended dozens of film festivals from the biggies like Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Venice, SXSW and Sundance to more intimate gatherings of movies and their makers from Telluride high in the Colorado Mountains, Morelia in Mexico’s Michoacán to Devour! In tiny Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Most screen new movies with occasional restorations […]
by David Cairns Splat! Custard pies made the news last summer, as a long-lost Laurel & Hardy film, the aptly-named The Battle of the Century (1927), was rediscovered. Containing the legendary double-act’s most extensive pie fight, the movie has been seen only in severely truncated form in recent decades, and the rescued footage is a […]
by Mike Kaplan (This is the introduction to Mike Kaplan’s book on movie posters with stunning examples. For more details, and to sample the book’s elegant design, visit the website.) Maybe I was born with a poster gene. As a child in Providence, R.I., I’d remove the full-page theater ads announcing a new play or […]
BAM/PFA’s Final Film Programs (for now) As Berkeley’s invaluable PFA Theater prepares to move into the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2016, their ever ambitious programming will continue through August 2 before closing for several months.