Tag Archives: film festivals

Almost Sunrise: A difficult but worthwhile documentary journey

On its face, Almost Sunrise, which is showing Saturday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Vogue Theater as part of SF DocFest, is a film about two veterans who trek from Milwaukee to Los Angeles to raise awareness about trauma in vets. But everyone stands to learn something from this film.   Make no mistake, the documentary by director...

Precita Eyes Muralists launch street art film fest

Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, a 40-year-old arts organization based in the Mission District, is celebrating its history and the culture of street art with a film festival exploring the mural art from. From sociopolitical commentary to biographical fiction, the five films in the program explore the stories and motivations behind murals. The festival will be held at the Grand Theater,...

‘True Conviction,’ doc on American justice system at Roxie tonight

With 166 people exonerated, 2016 set the record for Americans wrongly convicted of crimes that they did not commit. Mission-based filmmaker Jamie Meltzer masterfully puts three human faces to this statistic. Over the course of five years, Meltzer followed a trio of innocent ex cons on an often painful but liberating journey to reclaim their lives, capturing their triumphs and...

Returning in its 16th year, ‘SF DocFest’ is around the corner

From activism to the environment, from spirituality to Rock’n’Roll, this year’s repertoire of real life stories told in 55 features and 55 short films screening at the SF Documentary Film Festival is sure to pique a range of interests. On Wednesday morning, the festival’s organizers gave a sneak peek of some of the featured material at a press conference held...

Local activist, arrested more than 30 times, subject of mini-documentary

With a rap sheet that spans some three decades, one of the activists who famously hoisted a 75-foot “Resist” banner from a crane behind the White House last November is now the subject of a short documentary. The protest denouncing President Donald Trump’s policies made national headlines and landed Greenpeace activist Karen Topakian and a handful of others, including local...

Chicano International Film Festival visits 24th Street this weekend

A film festival highlighting Chicano work and perspectives in Los Angeles will have a sister event in the Mission District for the first time in its more than 20-year run, bringing a party, panelists, and a screening to 24th Street on April 8 and 9. Organizations all along 24th Street will host thematically fitting events for the festival all day on Saturday, like...

Indie Film Fest Returns to the Mission in February

The Roxie Theater, Brava Theater Center, and the Alamo Drafthouse will play host to dozens of unique films during the annual SF Independent Film Festival February 2-16. Films featured at the festival span genres from foreign to local, drama to comedy, documentary to forays into the bizarre – you can check out titles like “What’s Eating Zach Turnquist,” “Birdy Wouaf Wouaf,” “OMG, I’m...

Why the San Francisco International Film Fest Moved to the Mission

The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Castro Theater, but after the opening, the majority of the festival’s will be held in the Mission District for the first time ever. Mission Local spoke with SFIFF Executive Director Noah Cowan about the transition and what it will change. Mission Local: Was there a moment when someone said, hey,...

Food- and Farm-Themed Film Festival Coming to SF Mission This Weekend

The fourth annual Food and Farm Film Fest is coming to the Roxie Theater this weekend, courtesy of the Mission’s Bi-Rite Market and 18 Reasons, a nonprofit community cooking school that offers a variety of paid and free cooking and nutrition classes. Attendees will have their pick of 20 short and feature-length films ranging from documentary to narrative to animated, many of...

SF Latino Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

For ten days of Latino Heritage Month, the Latino Film Festival of San Francisco, presented by Cine+Más, will offer more than 40 feature-length and short films, both fiction and documentary. The films are produced in countries around the world, including the United States and Mexico, but they also come from as far away as Cuba, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic,...

LBGTQ Film Festival kicks off in the Mission

The 38th Annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Frameline Film Festival kicked off on June 19 and will continue through June 29 at the Roxie and Victoria theaters in the Mission District, among other citywide locations. For more information, visit El Tecolote’s full roundup of Latino films here.

The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival Ends This Weekend

The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival is going on now! Check out the schedule here. The festival wraps up Sunday with “Valley of Saints,” a Kashmiri eco-romance that follows a young proletarian boatman as he assists a Kashmiri-American woman in her scientific studies of beautiful Dal Lake. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award at this year’s...

Film Festival Sneak Peek Pt. 2

Here’s a trailer for one of the films we’ll be showing at our festival, an excerpt of a silent dance film produced by Greta Schoenberg. Join us this Saturday and you’ll also see a piece about Mission gangs, a story about a romantic puppet dumped by his human girlfriend, a profile of a DJ who works at one of SF’s independent radio stations, and...

Mission Loc@l Film Festival Sneak Peek

This video is a trailer for one of the films we’ll be showing at our festival. The film, by Octavio Raygoza, takes a close look at the Mission’s gangs. Join us this Saturday and you’ll also see a silent dance film, a story about a romantic puppet who gets dumped by his human girlfriend, a profile of a Mission DJ who...