Eat, Drink, Watch: Food Films at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival

by Gary Meyer

The number of food films being made should not come as a surprise. PBS started the trend of cooking shows long ago and is still a leader in them, but now we have the Food Network, Cooking Channel, Food Matters TV and more offering 24 hours a day of programing about things to eat. Movies with food themes have spanned the history of cinema, but it wasn’t until Babette’s Feast , Like Water For Chocolate , Tampopo , Big Night  and others became box office successes that we started to see a genre develop. And the number of documentaries about food has exploded.  Continue reading

Festival Recap: The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival

by Tien-Tien L. Jong

With 168 total films, spanning 56 countries (and 40 languages), the 57th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8, 2014) was a truly “international” and diverse event. Here is a mini summary of my experience at the festival, with a list of my personal top five favorite new films that I discovered, and which I recommend keeping an eye out for at the multiplex, arthouse, or digital screening platform of your choice.  Continue reading