Independent Film

Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
Scary Mother Film SFFILM Golden Gate Award

SFFILM Golden Gate Award Winners: ‘Scary Mother’, ‘City of the Sun’, ‘Distant Barking of Dogs’ and more

Organizers of the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival have announced this year's winners. At an event held at The Lab, Golden Gate Awards (GGA) and $40,000 in prize money were handed out to filmmakers. Ana Urushadze won new directors award in the fiction category for Scary Mother. A special jury...
Blue Ruin - Cannes and Netflix

Netflix vs. Cannes is the tip of the disruption iceberg for re-defining TV and film

What is TV? It's 2018 and I'd say the term is pretty much antiquated. After all, juggernaut Netflix premiers big budget original films on its platform. Some people watch them on televisions. But many more watch them on laptops, smartphones and other streaming-compatible devices. So is it "TV" or a...
Charlize Theron

Actress Charlize Theron honored at San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM)

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, actress Charlize Theron was honored at the Castro Theater in San Francisco before the showing of her...
It's happening—Amy Poehler's directorial debut, Wine Country, is coming soon to Netflix! Starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and featuring Tina Fey. Get excited. Get real excited.

Road Trippin’: Amy Poehler to direct, star in ‘Wine Country’ set in Napa Valley

Poehler and friends descend upon Napa Valley to celebrate a birthday party.
Borg McEnroe - Opening night film at Sonoma International Film Festival

What’s Happening: Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

Say hello to Sonomawood! Wine country goes cinematic next week when the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) hits town. The 21st edition of the popular fest runs March 21-25, 2018. As you can imagine, adding the Sonoma backdrop and wines to an impressive list of films is a surefire formula for success. You...
Thoroughbreds - Film Review

‘Thoroughbreds’ an eye-catching film with haunting images (Review)

Cory Finley’s script, Lyle Vincent’s vivid cinematography and musical interludes chosen by Erik Friedlander combine to offer a witty but devastating portrait of upper-class suburban life where financial wealth outweighs other concerns.
Charlize Theron Atomic Blonde Tully San Francisco Film Festival Tribute

Indie Film: Charlize Theron to be honored at San Francisco Film Festival (SFFILM)

Actress Charlize Theron will  be honored at the upcoming San Francisco Film Festival (SFFILM). Organizers say the tribute will take place April 8, 2018 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The Atomic Blonde star and Academy Award winner will receive a special tribute with an onstage conversation followed by a...
Persona by Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman traveling retrospective celebrates famous Swedish director’s cinematic legacy

Ingmar Bergman is one of the 20th century greats. Ask just about any modern day filmmaker or aspiring student filmmaker, and, chances, are they'll cite at least one Bergman film as being hugely influential. In honor of the centennial of the art-house Swedish director's birth, Janus Films is doing us...

Stark Insider Interview: Director Petra Volpe, ‘The Divine Order’ and Suffrage

"God doesn’t want women to be in politics. God has created the world with clearly assigned roles and if we mix up that order it’s the apocalypse.”