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Soderbergh to Give State of Cinema Address at San Francisco International Film Festival 2013

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2013 at 12:50PM

Brainy Steven Soderbergh, who has earned stripes as both indie and studio director, will deliver the 10th annual "State of Cinema" address at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29. The festival runs April 25 thru May 9. This should prove more than informative.
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Steven Soderbergh.
Steven Soderbergh.

Brainy Steven Soderbergh, who has earned stripes as both indie and studio director, will deliver the 10th annual "State of Cinema" address at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29. The festival runs April 25 thru May 9. This should prove more than informative.

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?"

Brilliant get.

This article is related to: Festivals, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, San Francisco Film Society, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Soderbergh, 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.