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San Francisco International Film Fest Winners Include 'History of Fear,' 'Overnighters' and More

The San Francisco International Film Festival announced winners of the juried Golden Gate Award and New Directors Prize competitions Thursday evening, awarding nearly $40,000 in prizes to up-and-coming, as well as established, international filmmakers.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2014 3:05 PM
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Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Takes the Festival Tour (VIDEO)

Emma Roberts, Gia Coppola, Nat Wolff at the Apple Soho Store
On the first day of shooting Gia Coppola was feeling her nerves. "I was so eager to do it," she says. "It had fallen apart so many times, that it reached a point, on the first day of shooting, I didn't believe it. I had gone through all the emotions, believing it would fall apart again: 'Oh my god, I'm here and I don't know what to do.'"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 5, 2014 4:44 PM
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Things I Learned at the San Francisco Film Festival Awards, from Lasseter to Linklater

The Awards night at the 15-day San Francisco International Film Festival, the nation's oldest, in its 57th year, usually arrives about halfway through the marathon of screenings, Q & As, tributes and panels. On Thursday, San Francisco Film Society Awards went to Pixar chief John Lasseter, rewarded after decades of Bay Area stardom; Austin writer-director Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight"), who then screened his Sundance hit "Boyhood" to a standing ovation at the packed Castro Theatre on Friday night; screenwriter Steve Gaghan ("Syriana") and veteran actor Jeremy Irons.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2014 1:53 PM
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Alice Waters Throws Chez Panisse Feast for Sauper's SFIFF Film 'We Come as Friends'

The phone rings with an invite to a special dinner at Chez Panisse tonight. I'm on deadline, at home, hoping to finish a piece before I drive over to the first full day of the 57th Annual San Francisco Film Festival. I'm determined to make it in by the 3 p.m. screening of "We Come as Friends," by Hubert Sauper. Chef Alice Waters, it seems, met Sauper at the Berlin Film Festival in February, loved "We Come as Friends," and is hosting a dinner in his honor. "Yes, of course, thank you so much, I'll see you there."
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 1, 2014 6:22 AM
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The San Francisco International Film Festival Opens with 'Two Faces of January'

"The Two Faces of January" was a perfect opening night film. I love Patricia Highsmith and her malevolent worldview. Even if this wasn't Highsmith at her most iconic, the twisted and shifting allegiances among the sexy movie-star trio of Viggo Mortenson, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaacs, set against the seductive and glamourous locales of Greece and Turkey, kept me engaged and occasionally enthralled.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 29, 2014 4:38 PM
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SF Film Society Awards Funding to Nine Narrative Features from Travis Mathews, Kat Candler and More

The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation have unveiled the nine feature film projects that will receive a total of $300,000 in funding from their joint grant program. Several of these burgeoning filmmakers, from Travis Mathews to Ian Olds, already have considerable traction in the indie film scene.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2014 4:27 PM
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I Answer Questions About My New Book 'The $11 Billion Year'

My new book about the year 2012, "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," is in bookstores.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2014 5:36 PM
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Jeremy Irons to Receive San Francisco Film Fest's 2014 Excellence in Acting Award

Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off this week and running April 24 through May 8.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 2:58 PM
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Seven Films To See at the San Francisco International Film Fest; Noah Cowan Hosts First SFIFF Press Conference

At the San Francisco International Film Festival press conference, we gleaned intel on upcoming awardees Richard Linklater and Steve Gaghan, new Fest Executive Director Noah Cowan and a program of 168 films plus panels galore.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 1, 2014 9:25 PM
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WATCH: Dreamy New Trailer for Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto,' Starring James Franco and Emma Roberts

A new trailer has landed for first-time filmmaker Gia Coppola's darkly wistful new teen drama "Palo Alto," based on James Franco's book of short stories.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 1, 2014 4:13 PM
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