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Hearts in San Francisco 2016 - AT&T Park

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation announces ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ artists (#HeartsInSF)

One of the city's most beloved traditions continues. San Francisco General Hospital Foundation today announced it has selected artists for its upcoming "Hearts in San Francisco" public art series (full list below). Established in 2004, the initiative will culminate in an auction (February 2017) with proceeds benefiting the Zuckerberg San...

Coppola’s classic movie wine labels – kitsch or cool?

Coppola Winery revealed three new wine labels today. Granted, not especially remarkable news. This happens all the time. Wineries partner with an artist and produce something intriguing, something artful and colorful designed to grab our attention. But what made this email stand-out from the pack is that the labels feature...

A Grand Finale for the Merolini

San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program is one of the most prestigious training programs in the world for young singers. Its participants can already boast of long singing resumes and top awards, and its alumni include superstars like Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, and Thomas Hampson. The extraordinary talent displayed at...

BTS Hollywood: ‘Ben Hur’ director used Blackmagic cameras to shoot action sequences

Once again, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera (the new tiny one) has found its way on to the set of a major Hollywood production. Hold your thoughts for a moment on the idea -- the idea! -- of a Ben-Hur remake. Keep holding that hold. Keep on. And, for now...
Kim Basinger - You Can Leave Your Hat On

Finding inspiration in ‘9 1/2 Weeks’ for making short films

One of my favorite past-times when it comes to video production is to look for inspiration in various places (art, cartoons, video games, movies, etc.). This time I find it in a little known film from the 1980s starring two of the era's biggest stars. 9 1/2 Weeks (imdb) may well...
Writer-director Werner Herzog

Film School MasterClass Review: Werner Herzog teaches filmmaking

"Capture the moment." One of this online film school's final suggestions is simple enough. But when it's delivered by none other than legendary director and documentarian extraordinaire Werner Herzog the advice may well have been hand-delivered from the heavens. Maybe it's the charismatic German accent? The passion in the eyes, the face?...
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MVFF Closing Night Film: Interracial couple sentenced to prison in ‘Loving’

Film festival season will soon be here, and news and details have begun to emerge about one of our favorites, the Mill Valley Film Festival. Today organizers announced that Jeff Nichol's Loving (Focus Features) will close out the 39th edition of MVFF. Stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are scheduled to attend....
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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke reveals filmmaking secrets (Video)

When it comes to Catherine Hardwicke one word comes to mind: hustle. As I discovered when I met the energetic director at the Mill Valley Film Festival you can't help but come away from a Harwicke encounter without being inspired. And educated. It was while filming the seminal skateboarding and surf...
Abduction From Seraglio - Festival Opera Review

Star Trek meets Mozart at Festival Opera

Comic operas are rarely hilarious. A good Fledermaus or Barber of Seville might get you chuckling on occasion, but it won’t have you holding your head in your hands fighting bursts of uncontrollable laughter. Normally, The Abduction from the Seraglio wouldn’t either, but Josh Shaw’s libretto and staging, which...
Neither Heaven Nor Earth - Film Review

Haunting “Neither Heaven Nor Earth” not to be missed

While on a mission in Afghanistan, a French captain's men begin to disappear. Clément Cogitore's war mystery features a thoughtful script, and brilliant performance by Jeremie Renier.