Sunday, April 22, 2007

JAVA STUDIOS goes to San Francisco International Film Festival

Java Studios goes to the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival!
I am persoanlly attending the festival and will be providing dispatches direct from San Francisco. Spreading the cinematic net from Key West to the West Coast, and at arguably the most vibrant film culture community in the land. The first U.S. film festival to note a 50th anniversary, it is a watershed event that celebrates a rich history and a 2007 roster of films unmatched in the world. Stay tuned for an on-the-scene look and a front row seat.

From April 26 to May 10, the San Francisco International Film Festival will become the first film festival in the Americas to turn 50. This historic milestone will be recognized in style by screening 120 unique programs of the finest in international cinema, playing host to more than 80,000 film lovers and hundreds of filmmaker, journalists and film industry professionals, throwing sensational parties, launching new digital initiatives like International Online, celebrating Bay Area film culture, showcasing new technologies and, all in all, having a blast.
SFIFF 50 will open at the Castro Theatre with Golden Door, a stunning cinematic achievement by Italian director Emanuele Crialese (Respiro, SFIFF 2003). This thoroughly contemporary epic follows a colorful family from a remote Sicilian village as they prepare for and finally embark upon a journey to America in 1913. Charlotte Gainsbourg leads a brilliant cast in this whole new variation on the period coming-to-America genre.
A few days later, SFIFF 50 will present the world premiere of Gary Leva’s Fog City Mavericks, a celebratory documentary tracing the San Francisco Bay Area’s remarkable filmmaking history. Featuring clips from classic films and interviews with local luminaries such as George Lucas, Clint Eastwood, Francis Ford Coppola, Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Philip Kaufman and Walter Murch, this wonderful documentary will be introduced by a star-studded group of mavericks who also will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.
Stay tuned!

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