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San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor

San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor
While roaming festival reporter Meredith Brody missed Berlin this year, she's back on the case in San Francisco this week as the 54th film festival gets under way there. Can you tell she's also a food critic?The San Francisco Film Festival folks couldn’t have come up with a better opening night ploy if they’d plotted it.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 22, 2011 6:08 AM
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San Francisco Film Fest Preview: Christine Vachon's Keynote, Frank Pierson's Master Class

San Francisco Film Fest Preview: Christine Vachon's Keynote, Frank Pierson's Master Class
Meredith Brody will be covering the upcoming San Francisco International Film Fest from April 21 to May 5. Here's a preview of things to come: What wasn’t announced at the SFIFF 54 press conference – the names of the tributees for the Founder’s Directing Award and the Peter J. Owens award, aka the acting award – was almost as newsworthy as the many other highlights of the 15-day, 189-films-from-over-40 countries program, taking place April 21 – May 5 2011.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 4, 2011 8:35 AM
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SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson

SFIFF: Fest to Screen New Print of La Dolce Vita, Honor Dog Day Afternoon Screenwriter Pierson
A new print of Italian classic, La Dolce Vita, will screen at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival through the support of Gucci and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. The film, from director Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée, will screen at the Castro Theatre, May 1. More information is here and below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 9:30 AM
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SFIFF To Honor Serge Bromberg, Present His Retour de Flamme: Rare and Restored Films in 3-D

SFIFF To Honor Serge Bromberg, Present His Retour de Flamme: Rare and Restored Films in 3-D
The San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs April 21 - May 5, will present the Mel Novikoff Award to Serge Bromberg, in recognition of his invaluable contributions as cinematic enthusiast, collector, preservationist, exhibitor and programmer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 9, 2011 6:25 AM
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San Francisco International Film Fest Opens with Mike Mills' Beginners, with McGregor & Plummer

San Francisco International Film Fest Opens with Mike Mills' Beginners, with McGregor & Plummer
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival will open April 21 at the Castro Theatre with Beginners, from writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). The movie, which stars sexy couple Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Christopher Plummer in rare form as a gay man fighting against the dying of the light, played well at Toronto, where it was acquired by Focus Features. The festival, which usually draws an audience of over 75,000 people and gives out 15 jury awards, will feature 200 films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2011 7:30 AM
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SFIFF53 Day Eight: Walter Salles Redux, Linha de Passe, Chez Panisse

SFIFF53 Day Eight: Walter Salles Redux, Linha de Passe, Chez Panisse
Meredith Brody's Bay Area blitz continues with a problematically packed film schedule and a master class with Walter Salles. Awards, food, and Borges quotations follow:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 6, 2010 12:26 PM
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SFIFF Awards, Filmmaking Grants Announced

SFIFF Awards, Filmmaking Grants Announced
The 53rd SFIFF winners have been announced, along with the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker Grants.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 6, 2010 8:31 AM
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SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen

SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen
On her seventh day at SFIFF53, Meredith Brody practices premature cinematic ejaculation and admires Founders Directing Award-winner Walter Salles, who talks to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and shares research from his upcoming On the Road.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 5, 2010 1:18 AM
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Ebert Named Webby Person of the Year

Ebert Named Webby Person of the Year
The Webby Awards have named Roger Ebert their Person of the Year. The Webbys credit the Chicago Sun-Times film critic with raising the bar for the “level of poignancy, thoughtfulness and critique one can achieve on the web” and having an “unparalleled level of engagement with followers and fans.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2010 6:35 AM
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SFIFF 53 Day Five: The Way of Nature, Between Two Worlds, Morning, Wholphin Waters

SFIFF 53 Day Five: The Way of Nature, Between Two Worlds, Morning, Wholphin Waters
San Francisco's Meredith Brody reviews The Way of Nature, meets Leland Orser and goes Wholphin.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 2, 2010 6:46 AM
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