Make way for SFFILM, the Mother of all Film Festivals, the longest-running in the Americas. Happy 60th anniversary to you, San Francisco Film Festival.
Clear your calendar, all of it, April 5 – 19. Your body and soul recharging station beckons with nearly 200 films, Spotlight on Argentina, live music, dancing, talks, master classes, field trips, special appearances, surprise guests, free screenings, world premieres, awards, tributes, and the best people watching this side of Burning Man.
“ONLY IN SAN FRANCISCO”:
THX live score by Asian Dub Foundation
Citizen Kane with William R. Hearst III (people are flying in for this)
Disposable Film Festival shares it’s 10th anniversary with the iPhone
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl 20th anniversary screening
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous a transgender YouTube success story
Long Strange Trip hurry before the Dead Heads buy up all the tickets
The Great Blondino and Other Delights from the avant-guard collection of Canyon Cinema, happy 50th
I Love Dick made you look. Two episodes from this new tv series, starring Kevin Bacon
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Shah Rukh Khan
Catharine Clark Gallery
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Whose Streets a free outdoor screening on the aftermath of Fergusson
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press a cautionary tale. Gawker editor AJ Daulerio, one of Donald Trump’s “enemy of the state”.
Speaking of free press, stay after the April screening, listen to representatives of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
18 Black Girls/Boys Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and Are Thus Spiritual Machines A live, interactive program of music and dance, exploring various narratives of black youth.
OPENING NIGHT FILM:
Here’s a comedy, equal parts warm and neurotic, befitting the ’90s New York setting. We meet a NYC dysfunctional family that grows closer when long-buried infidelities come to light across generations. Comedian Jenny Slate in person, also starring John Turturro, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass, Finn Wittrock
OPENING NIGHT PARTY:
The Regency Center, 9pm – on
Patti Cake$ The big hit of this year’s Sundance Film Festival about a 23 year old woman dreaming of Hip-Hop stardom
CLOSING NIGHT FILM:
The Green Fog, A San Francisco Fantasia, live music by Kronos Quartet
CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA:
Party like it’s 2017 at Mezzanine.
Art builds community, SFFILM assembles the pieces.