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San Francisco Film Society Boasts Four Award-Winning Films at Sundance 2013

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 29, 2013 at 12:05PM

The San Francisco Film Society had a good year at the Sundance Film Festival. Four of the films that received significant funding from the society's Filmmaker360 program went on to win awards at the fest, including Dramatic Grand Jury prize winner "Fruitvale" by Ryan Coogler.
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The San Francisco Film Society had a good year at the Sundance Film Festival. Four of the films that received significant funding from the society's Filmmaker360 program went on to win awards at the fest, including Dramatic Grand Jury prize winner "Fruitvale" by Ryan Coogler.

This marks the second year in a row that a 360-funded film has taken home Sundance's top award. Last year, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was the Grand Jury winner.

"Fruitvale" also won the Audience Award in the narrative category. Zachary Heinzerling won the Directing Award in the documentary category for "Cutie and the Boxer," and Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson's "American Promise" and Jacob Kornbluth's "Inequality for All" won Special Jury prizes, also in the documentary category.

SFFS executive director Ted Hope stated: "The success of these amazing films at Sundance proves definitively that there is a film renaissance happening right now in the Bay Area."

More info about the Filmmaker360 program is here.

This article is related to: News, Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, Fruitvale, News, Festivals, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.