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January 27 at 11:00am

Sundance Proves A Filmmaking Renaissance Is Happening In The Bay Area

What would Variety, Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, The Wrap, MovieCityNews, Filmmaker Magazine & Deadline report if a single film company took the following awards at Sundance this year?

  1. Narrative Grand Jury Prize
  2. Audience Award For Narrative Film
  3. Best Directing of a Narrative Film
  4. Best Directing of a Documentary Film
  5. Special Jury Award For Documentary Film #1
  6. Special Jury Award For Documentary Film #2

I can’t help but think they would announce the arrival of a powerhouse.

Well, allow me the pleasure of breaking such an announcement. [...]


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January 13 at 11:00am

Indie Films Are Our Best Ambassadors To The World

“Indie films are our best ambassadors to the world. They show the diversity of who we are and they travel without passports. If people were only forced to observe commercial cinema, they would think we all wore superhero costumes and carried assault rifles. These movies speak to our more expansive nature.”

So ends the article The Wrap released on Wednesday regarding the wonderful news that The San Francisco Film Society’s funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation for artist grants shall go on indefinitely.  And yes that’s my quote — but I am sort of paraphrasing my wife’s grandfather, the producer Walter Wanger.

Read the whole article here.  It’s pretty great news: ”This funding will allow filmmakers to afford to take creative risk away from day to day commercial concerns”.  But is that initial quote that keeps coming back to me.

Yesterday, [...]


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