Fascinating memorabilia from 132 years of the Bay Area’s film history comes to the Old Mint this week in “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: San Francisco and the Movies.”
The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society made great efforts to pull together reels, photographs, posters, vintage cameras and props — many from private collections — for a brief exhibit period, just nine days. Read More
The fourth annual Mostly British Film Festival gets rolling today, with neonoir dramas, an apocalyptic romance, a horror thriller, a dark sex comedy and documentaries new, old and very old on the bill. A wealth of English, Scottish, Irish and Australian styles, stories and talent is covered in 28 films screening over eight days. Read More
Writer-director Rowan Joffe engages in some provocative switcheroos in “Brighton Rock,” his adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel.
Greene’s story, about an amoral teenaged gangster and the waitress for whom he harbors a sociopathic mixture of tenderness and contempt, took place in the English seaside town of the 1930s. Read More
Camille Verboort, the director of the San Francisco-based Three-Minute Picture Show, since 2002 has dedicated her time to giving aspiring filmmakers that push to make short movies. The nonprofit will hold its mock Oscar San Francisco screenings Aug. 27. For more information, check out threeminutepictureshow.com. Read More
He’s a mild-mannered everyman, a divorcé patiently working off a hefty home loan at the local Walmart knockoff. He’s too polite to complain when his supervisors coldly send him packing after years of tireless service. Even then he can barely conceal the spring in his step, the warmth in his smile. Read More
Jake Gyllenhaal is no stranger to working with mad scientists — or at least mad science. A decade ago he played schizophrenic teen Donnie Darko in Richard Kelly’s memorably offbeat feature about wormholes, time travel, a diabolical rabbit and an impending apocalypse.
Now Gyllenhaal, 30, is back on semi-familiar ground, playing an Air Force colonel badly wounded in the Middle East but kept alive as the guinea pig in a top-secret government experiment. Read More
Film enthusiast Halfdan Hussey is the co-founder of Silicon Valley’s Cinequest — www.cinequest.org. Now in its 21st year, the festival features films, panels and events. It runs through Sunday in the South Bay. What excites you most about this year’s festival? I think that it’s gotten so big. Last year we had 85,000 people. Read More
David Weissman is the San Francisco-based director of “We Were Here,” a documentary that details the impact of AIDS in The City in the 1980s through the stories of five people. The movie, which had a good showing at Sundance, will open at the Castro Theatre on Friday.Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life? Read More
As Bay Meadows was facing the end of its 75-year run in 2008, Jon Rubin felt a call to action.
“We’ve got to get some film before this goes down,” Rubin recalled telling San Mateo County Historical Association officials.
Documenting the final months of the longest continually operated thoroughbred race track in California, the filmmaker parsed 100 hours of footage into his one-hour documentary “The Last Train from Bay Meadows.” Read More