In Focus: Elena Greenlee and her Dark Forest

In Focus: Elena Greenlee and her Dark Forest

An active member of the SF Film Society community, Elena Greenlee has been working to develop a screenplay for her film Dark Forest, which follows a hipster millennial—equally versed in neuroscience and party drugs—who steps out of her depth into the complex world of Amazonian shamanism.

Venture from our FilmHouse space to the Amazon with this hugely talented young filmmaker.
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A Conversation with Silas Howard

A Conversation with Silas Howard

Last fall, filmmakers Silas Howard and Antonia Crane won $35K from us for The Lusty, a film on the first exotic dancers' union. Since then, Howard has been, well, busy. (He's directed Transparent, made music videos for Peaches and scored a Guggenheim Fellowship, to name but a few things.) We caught up with him—and stole a few words from Crane, too—about The Lusty and indie filmmaking on the whole.

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Meet 2016 Djerassi Residency / SFFS Screenwriting Fellow Dash Shaw

Meet 2016 Djerassi Residency / SFFS Screenwriting Fellow Dash Shaw

Animator Dash Shaw has been awarded our 2016 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship to work on his film The Cryptozoo Debut.

"This movie is partly an ode to psychedelic underground comic books, which were born in San Francisco, so I couldn't be more excited to storyboard it in the Bay Area." 
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Theme-Spotting: Music in Film at SFIFF

Theme-Spotting: Music in Film at SFIFF

At this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, we are thrilled to screen a wealth of stellar new movies that explore the crucial role of music in film and in our lives.

We've rounded up the movies that speak to the cultural and personal importance of music at this year's Festival.
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A Q&A with Cinema by the Bay Filmmakers

A Q&A with Cinema by the Bay Filmmakers

Our Cinema By the Bay spotlight highlights exceptional new work that was either made by local filmmakers or features the Bay Area. This year the Festival will screen 13 shorts and eight feature-length films.

We checked in with six local filmmakers to learn more about their connections to the Bay Area.
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An Aardman Aappreciation

An Aardman Aappreciation

"Someday I will succeed in driving them out of business. Until then, I will be first in line for whatever they do next."

We're honoring beloved animation studio Aardman at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. Join us and studio co-founder Peter Lord May 1 at the Castro Theatre, and, until then, enjoy this reflection from Pixar's Pete Docter.

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