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The 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: A Religious Experience

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has an enthusiastic and loyal audience, some of whom see every single film on offer, made possible because the festival unspools, mostly, in one theater at a time.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 21, 2014 10:30 AM
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Chicago Wins Bid for Billion-Dollar George Lucas Museum

It's official: Chicago has beat out San Francisco and Los Angeles to be the site of an interactive museum that will house "Star Wars" creator George Lucas's sizable collection of art and moviemaking mementoes.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 25, 2014 12:08 PM
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Where Will George Lucas Build His Museum?

Hot topic: the ultimate location of the Lucas Museum. Where will it end up?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2014 6:01 AM
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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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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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