Archive for November, 2014

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Glen Campbell May Forget Nowadays, But We Won’t

Who could have imagined watching a documentary about the mental decline of an Alzheimer’s sufferer could be sad, empowering, and joyous in equal measure?  Yet that’s the effect those with a heart will have after seeing James Keach’s moving documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which is currently on its last showings at the AMC Metreon 16. […]

Dubbed Anime And "Rocks In My Pockets"
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Dubbed Anime And “Rocks In My Pockets”

Watching badly dubbed American anime taught me one truth about voice work in English-language animation.  Good voice work gives life to the hand-drawn characters seen onscreen.  Bad voice work undercuts the power found in the moving drawings and objects. Signe Baumane’s voice work on her animated film “Rocks In My Pockets” unfortunately falls into the […]

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Last Chances & Second Chances (11/12/14)

Last Chances Foreign and indie films closing out their theatrical screenings on Thursday. Balboa Theatre:  Pelican Dreams Opera Plaza Cinemas: Keep On Keepin’ On, Plot For Peace, Pride Roxie Theatre: 21 Years: Richard Linklater Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley):  Kill The Messenger, Tale of the Princess Kaguya Second Chances Foreign and indie films getting second run screenings this week. […]

Film Festival-palooza Weekend: Dance, French Cinema, and Transgender Festivals
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Film Festival-palooza Weekend: Dance, French Cinema, and Transgender Festivals

Has anyone ever expected a weekend where there were six film festivals happening around San Francisco?  That rare occurrence happens this weekend as the city plays host to half-a-dozen differently-themed film festivals. 39th American Indian Film Festival This is the final weekend for this year’s American Indian Film Festival.  Don’t sweat it if you missed […]

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How Economics Encourage Indie Film Sameness

Ever wonder why it seems that independent films nowadays seem to feature primarily character-based stories or aren’t the breeding grounds for Jean-Luc Godard’s successors?  Ted Hope posted a dozen thoughts on the subject here.  A couple of points are worth emphasizing: 6. To maximize revenues, films must play well on all screens, including small mobile devices, encouraging […]

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A Welcome Mat Made Of Film Frames

Welcome to Art Film Bay Area, whatever reason brought you here.   The collapse of the San Francisco Bay Guardian left you without a central location for finding out about foreign and independent films screening in the S.F. Bay Area,  Watching La Dolce Vita or Blue Is The Warmest Color left you with a hunger to find […]