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San Francisco Film Society Reveals 11 Documentary Film Fund Finalists

The San Francisco Film Society revealed today their 11 finalists for the 2014 Documentary Film Fund awards totaling over $75,000. The fund supports feature-length documentaries currently in post-production, and finalists were culled from over 200 applications. Previous Film Fund winners include Oscar-nominee Zachary Heinzerling ("Cutie and the Boxer") and Shaul Schwarz ("Narco Cultura").
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 6, 2014 3:08 PM
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Why Indie Producer Ted Hope Is Taking Over as Fandor CEO

Having run the San Francisco Film Society as executive director for a year, indie producer Ted Hope is sticking with San Francisco. And despite recent protestations to the contrary, producing a few films is still in his future. But as of January 30 his main gig is CEO of Fandor, the curated online service for independent and international films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2014 2:01 PM
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San Francisco Film Society Awards Four Local Residency FIlmmaking Grants

The San Francisco Film Society is giving four indie filmmakers free production space to make their films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 18, 2013 4:32 PM
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San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Award $425,000 in Filmmaking Grants -- Winners Announced

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF), have announced the projects that will receive a total of $425,000 in funding--the largest amount disbursed to date--in the latest round of Filmmaking Grants. Nine filmmaking teams were granted funding to help with their next stage of production, from screenwriting to post. Full list of recipients below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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San Francisco Film Society Announces Hearst Grant and Djerassi Residency Screenwriting Winners

A couple of announcements on the screenwriting grants front today from the San Francisco Film Society. Alistair Banks Griffin has won the $15,000 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant to develop his screenplay for “Snow the Jones,” and Lea Nakonechny was awarded the Djerassi Residency Award, which provides a one-month all-expenses-paid writer's retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains to work on her script “A Sweeter World.” More info on the two winners, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2013 11:32 AM
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Ted Hope Talks Exit from San Francisco Film Society, Schamus, and Indie Film's Future

Ted Hope is more fast-moving whip-smart entrepreneur than arts administrator. He believed that he could move the needle farther at the well-funded 57-year-old organization than he could. The SFFS was seeking to find a replacement for Bingham Ray, who had died shortly after taking the executive director job, and liked what they were hearing from Hope, a veteran indie film producer with a zeal for moving the independent film community toward new digital models.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 7:07 PM
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San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announce 14 Finalists for Filmmaking Grants

The San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation have selected 14 finalists for the latest round of SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants.More than $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature films at any stage of production. List of finalists below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:43 PM
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San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of the 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of its 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund, totaling $100,000 in awards, which support feature-length documentaries in post-production. Winners below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 2:30 PM
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33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Life and Films Through a Jew(ish) Lens

Film festivals are just about perpetual temptations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The discerning filmgoer here has to pick and choose her obsessions. One of mine is the well-programmed, easily-accessible San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, running July 25 through August 12, whose 33rd annual program was just announced at its ritually haimishe press conference (Bagels n'schmear! Strong coffee! And fresh plums just plucked from one of the festival employee's tree!).
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 27, 2013 11:39 AM
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BFI's 'Hitchcock 9,' the Master of Suspense's Earliest Surviving Works, Kicks Off Its Stateside Tour UPDATED

Hitchcock fans rejoice. The BFI has kicked off its stateside national tour of "The Hitchcock 9," a program of Alfred Hitchcock's nine earliest surviving works, all in newly restored 35mm prints. It launches at the Castro Theatre (June 14-16) for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and will make its way to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (June 18), then to LACMA (June 27 - July 13) and BAMcinématek in Brooklyn (June 29 - July 5).
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 14, 2013 12:10 PM
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