San Francisco Film Festival opens with Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’ at Castro, runs through April 23

Join us for a very special onstage tribute and conversation with acclaimed actor Laura Linney, in which she will go in-depth on her career and process.

SFFilm Festival has opened its annual two-week run in the Bay area, showcasing films in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. As always, the Festival will be a dazzling experience.

More than 160 films from 52 nations will be featured. The work of more than 70 women directors is included.

Among expected guests are 300 filmmakers and industry guests.

What We Left Unfinished
‘What We Left Unfinished’. Afghanistan Documentary directed by Mariam Ghani.

On opening night Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was shown at the Castro Theatre. This Netflix series is the long-awaited follow-up to the original television series. Cast and crew in attendance included author Armistead Maupin and film star Laura Linney.  Of course there was an opening-night party later, at the Regency ballroom.

Tonight, on April 11th, Laura Linney will be honored at SFMOMA, followed by a screening of The Savages, for which Linney received an Academy Award nomination (2007). She also appeared in the original Tales of the City (1993) and in Mystic River (2003).

On April 13th Oakland artist and activist Boots Riley returns to the SFFilm Festival to give a “State of Cinema” address at the Victoria Theatre. Last year his first feature film was introduced – Sorry to Bother You – which went on to critical acclaim.

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April 10-23, 2019

SFFILM schedule screenings San Francisco

62nd Festival runs April 10–23 at the Castro Theatre, SFMOMA, the Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Dolby Cinema, the Roxie Theater, the Victoria Theatre, BAMPFA, and the Grand Lake Theatre

Onstage Tribute Conversations:

Laura Dern - Onstage tribute and conversation at San Francisco Film Festival

  • Laura Dern
  • Claire Denis
  • Laura Linney
  • John C. Reilly

2019 SFFILM Festival by the Numbers:

  • 163 Films
  • 46 Narrative Features
  • 40 Documentary Features
  • 4 New Vision Features
  • 3 Episodic Programs
  • 70 Shorts
  • 52 Countries Represented
  • 36 Languages
  • 12 World Premieres
  • 5 North American Premieres
  • 1 US Premiere
  • 72 Women Directors (including co-directors)

On April 15th at the Victoria Theatre, Kahlil Joseph will join the Festival for a presentation of short films and videos, art, and conversation. He is a recent Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts (2018) and a visiting artist at Stanford University. Joseph was co-director of Beyonce’s Lemonade album (2016).

Visit the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) web site for a complete schedule of film showings and guest appearances over the next two weeks.  Most venues are reachable via public transit. Many film showings sell out quickly.

Stark Insider hopes to see you at the festival!

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