Welcome to the Art Film Bay Area blog.  All are welcome here: the former Bay Guardian readers seeking a new gathering place to sample new and forthcoming foreign and independent films; the newbies who have been moved by Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries” and are seeking more of the same; and even those who liked the adrenaline rush of a classic Jet Li martial arts film and wonder how other countries handle genre films.  Whatever your reason for coming here, it’s my hope that you will discover films from outside the Hollywood sphere that will expand your sense of what can be done with cinema.

For the newbies, “foreign film” refers to any film made outside the United States.  “Independent film” generally refers to American films made outside the Hollywood studio system, generally for less money than the typical Hollywood film but sometimes starring actors seen in more mainstream films.

Visitors to this site are not obligated to like every film mentioned on this blog.   Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” would not necessarily appeal to those who love Pier Paolo Pasolini’s adaptation of “The Decameron.”  The point is to take the films mentioned on this blog as markers for them to develop their individually expanded taste.

Those curious about my identity should know that I’m a cinephile whose taste was built over evenings spent at such places as the Roxie Theater, the Castro Theater, and even The Strand Theater in its repertory cinema days.  Currently, I review films for the Beyond Chron blog.

Whatever cinematic journeys this blog will lead you to take, it is my sincere hope that you will enjoy your trips.