Independent Film

Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
Dakota Johnson stars in SUSPIRIA Photo: Sandro Kopp/Amazon Studios

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...
City of the Sun / Mzis qalaqi

‘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...
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.