Independent Film

Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.

Director Terry Gilliam turns to crowdsourcing for movie poster votes

Terry Gilliam (Brazil) finally got his dream movie made. The director's infamous Quixote project had many well-reported starts and stops. But somehow, someway The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is here. Yes, it's a real movie. It screened at Cannes -- to mixed reactions, with most either loving it or...
Night Comes On - Film Review - San Francisco Film Festival

‘Night Comes On’ a somber, tender debut for director Jordana Spiro

Attending the San Francisco Film Festival is always an enjoyable experience, but the opportunity to discover talented new directors and writers is a separate delight and education. How child survivors cope with the trauma of family violence is as relevant today as ever, and makes for a wrenching but...
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What’s Happening: San Francisco Green Film Fest

Indie film fans, we've got an interesting event to check out. And all in the name of a great cause. Green Film Fest returns September 6 - 13, 2018, for a week of new environmental films, discussions, and special events that spark green ideas and connections. Organizers say this year’s festival...
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David Lynch’s 10 clues to unlocking ‘Mulholland Drive’ are real clues

"They're real." In the DVD edition of Mulholland Drive (2001) there's an insert. On it director David Lynch provides 10 clues to help us (attempt to) unlock the mystery of the film -- something that has become a bit of a favorite past time among his loyal, ever curious followers. According...
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On Saul Bass and the art of movie title sequences

If you enjoy the art that is movie title sequences then you likely already know Saul Bass. Before Bass, title sequences -- credits that typically appear before a movie begins -- were generally rote and simply relayed information about names of various people involved in the projects. Things like the...
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Francis Ford Coppola, Amber Tamblyn to headline David Lynch’s 2018 Festival of Disruption in Los Angeles

It's happening again. David Lynch has revealed the lineup for the next Festival of Disruption. Read on for the details here on Stark Insider. And don't forget: keep your eye on the donut not on the hole. Famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Amber Tamblyn are among those appearing on...
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Top 10 interesting things about new trailer for ‘Suspiria’ remake

The Suspiria remake is on the way. And today Amazon Studios has finally released a teaser trailer. See below for 90 seconds of delightful weirdness, moodiness and creepiness. Bring it! Suspiria (2018) is scheduled to hit theaters November 2. Jump down to see 10 things I noted about the...
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What to make of ‘Suspiria’ remake? First stills from Amazon Studios offer potential clues

What to make of the upcoming (November 2, 2018) Suspiria remake? Well, I guess you can at least be thankful it's not another overblown Hollywood blockbuster super hero movie. Then again, it is traversing hallowed ground. Though I'm intrigued by the prospect of a modernized version of Dario Argento's seminal...
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‘Tully’ Film Review: Charlize Theron delivers moving portrayal of overwhelmed mother

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFilm) continues to impress as it celebrates 56 years of presenting innovative documentaries and extraordinary films over a two-week period. As part of this annual celebration of film, Charlize Theron was honored at the Castro Theater before the showing of her new film, Tully....
Night Comes On - San Francisco International Film Festival

Navigating the trauma of foster care in ‘Night Comes On’

Directed by Jordana Spiro, Night Comes On had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. And it was also an official selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival. How child survivors cope with family violence and navigate the additional trauma of foster care is the subject of this...