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Thursday, February 08, 2007

SF Indie Film Festival

If you're a Camera Crowd follower and have read my movie recommendations, you know very well I'm a big fan of foreign/independent movies. Good ones come out here and there, but the most unnoticed films where you have to dig really deep are the best ones. Well for two weeks in February, the San Francisco Indie Film Festival unleashes a line of fresh foreign and independent films for people like me to drool over. The films, long and short, can't get any more original and independent. Or can they....

This years lineup consists of over 90, (yeah 90!) full length and short films. Full and short length films ranging from animation to documentaries. And these films are spread out over 4 different venues over the Bay Area.

>>Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco
>>Roxie Cinemas, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco
>>Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street, San Francisco
>>Landmark’s California Theatre, 2113 Kitteridge Street, Berkeley

General tickets are 10 bucks a pop. But if you're hardcore fan and plan on seeing more than just one film, check out these discount passes.

>>The IndiePass = $195 >> (good for all films and parties) less than $5 per program and you get the front of the line.
>>5 Film Pass = $45
>>10 Film Pass =$80

As for my recommendations, with the help of a friend, I've narrowed it down to around 6 films. It'd be nice to check out all of them, but that's just impossible for me. I might've missed some good ones, so if you have any films in your To See List that I should check out, let me know.

Dante's Inferno

"a unique, subversive, darkly satirical update of the original 14th century literary classic. with paper puppets, "

Rock N Tokyo

"In today’s Tokyo you can find anything you can imagine—and at the same time get a new surprise on every corner. While most of Japanese society still preaches uniformity and order, there is an important underground world, where people lead a freer life. This is the Tokyo of “Rock N Tokyo."


"Alex, Tim, and Chris view the women in their lives through a computer screen or the lens of a camera-phone, struggling to balance their online fantasies and addictions with the demands of real life."

G.R.A.: Graffiti, Roman Art

"This energetic film documents a city-approved annual graffiti project in which hundreds of graffiti artists participate to make their mark on long stretches of designated walls."

Your Mommy Kills Animals

"A brilliant documentary shows how animal-rights activists may be killing free speech."

Mojave Phone Booth

"This is the story of four disparate people whose lives intersect at this mystical outpost. There is Beth (Annabeth Gish), a troubled woman facing dilemmas with her love life and a recurring, baffling crime; Mary, a young South African, who is contemplating selling her body for the funds to escape her dreadful existence; Alex, a woman who is losing her lover to the belief she is plagued by alien parasites; and Richard (Robert Romanus), driven to desperation, who happens upon the booth after his failed suicide attempt."

The film fest starts today and ends on the 20th, so if you live in the Bay Area or have enough money to fly to the Bay Area and want to see this films, get up and go!!!

More Info:

SF indiefest |everything you need to know is on the official website.

Tunes you can Listen to while checking out the flicks.

Double Feature | Camera Obscura

In The Cinema Alone | Memphis

postscript: Thanks to my friend Marina for helping me pick and shortening the list of flicks worth seeing.


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