The address will headline the fest's live and onstage program of events, including music performances, multi-media presentations and audience participatory activities.
Soderbergh's recent retirement from big-screen filmmaking (his made-for-TV "Behind the Candelabra" hits HBO on May 26) should provide some provocative fodder for his thoughts on the current state of film, and its intersection with culture and society. He has cited the "tyranny of narrative feature filmmaking" in the past, a bold if understandable statement from a filmmaker with more than 25 films on his resume (2013's "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones and Channing Tatum, is his 27th feature).
San Francisco Film Society executive director Ted Hope states: "His keen awareness of the current moment in the development of this art form makes him particularly well suited to deliver the Festival's State of Cinema Address, especially considering his apparent intention to retire from filmmaking. Who better to point the way forward than this artist whose career has embodied the spirit of independence from the very beginning?"