Independent Film

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

Juicy romp ‘The Favourite’ should garner Oscar buzz for Emma Stone (Review)

The Favourite is a juicy and irreverent romp through the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714), with a focus on her years as a widow under the political influence of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough.Through the use of potent dramatic sketches and brilliant cinematography, director Yorgos...
Film Review: Superb documentary 'Perfect Note' profiles San Francisco's Café Jacqueline

Film Review: ‘Perfect Note’ tells uplifting story about San Francisco’s Café Jacqueline

Café Jacqueline, near the intersection of Grant and Union in San Francisco, has been a culinary legend for 27 years. This tiny restaurant in the heart of North Beach is the subject of a short documentary Perfect Note, Perfect Taste screened at the 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival.Chef Jacqueline grew...
Ask for Jane film review - Napa Valley Film Festival

‘Ask Jane’ a riveting independent film based on true events

Ask for Jane is a riveting independent film shown recently at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Written and directed by Rachel Carey and produced by Caroline Hirsch, the movie tells the story of a Chicago-based underground collective which provided pregnancy terminations for thousands of middle-class women in the late...
Green Book - Napa Valley Film Festival Fall arts preview

First Look Fall Arts: ‘Green Book’ to open Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov. 7 – 11)

Welcome to the eighth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (November 7 – 11), just 47 miles north of San Francisco. Less than a month after the devastating fires which swept across wine country, the Festival moves forward to create a memorable week of the best in cinematic storytelling.Of particular...
Film Review: 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' perfect for family holiday time

Film Review: ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ perfect for family holiday time

With drawbridges, castle moats, marching tin soldiers, fog, ravens, shooting stars, and a truly mesmerizing Mouse King, along with a mysterious godfather scientist wearing an eye patch, there is plenty to interest viewers of all ages.
op 10 Horror Films of All-Time

Top 10: Best horror movies of all-time

Okay, it's that time of year again.A well-received reboot of Halloween just arrived, with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising the iconic role that would forever cement her as the scream queen -- and, further, create a "last girl" with brains, her performance paving the way for many more strong female...
Film Review: 'Time for Ilhan' is about the village, building it, believing in it, sustaining it.

Film Review: ‘Time for Ilhan’ is about the village, building it, believing in it, sustaining it

Of the many fine documentaries featured in the 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival, Time for Ilhan stands out for its sheer excitement and joy as we watch an essentially shy refugee embark on an amazing journey from wife and mother to an elected official in the city of Minneapolis.Ilhan...
Green Book film award Mill Valley Film Festival

Comedy-drama ‘Green Book’ comes up big at Mill Valley Film Festival

Some indie film news out of San Francisco today. Peter Farrelly's Green Book has taken home the audience favorite award at the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF).Starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, Far from Men) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Crossing Over), the comedy-drama continues to...
The Whistleblower of My Lai - Film Review

Film Review: ‘Whistleblower of My Lai’ a memorable fusion of opera and documentary

Jeanne Powell reviews The Whistleblower of My Lai, an outstanding documentary from the 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival.Connie Field is the director of this remarkable fusion of opera and documentary about the massacre of 500 Vietnamese civilians by American troops in 1968, and the courage of one young helicopter...
BlacKkKlansman - Interview with director Spike Lee

Spike Lee and ‘Blackkklansman’: We cannot move forward until we can agree that the U.S. was built on genocide and robbery

Recently at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, celebrated film director Spike Lee made an appearance. Favorable word of mouth and substantial press reviews of his latest film, Blackkklansman guaranteed a good turnout for his interview and subsequent showing of the film, already released nationwide.The Castro Theatre is...