The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival opens April 25, offering up old favorites, new films from big names, and plenty of one-night-only events presenting unique meetings of past and future.
The eagerly-awaited (or much-dreaded) film version of 'On the Road' has finally hit theaters. The filmmakers take on their adaptation undaunted, approximating the energy, if not the spontaneity, of this archetypal adventure tale.
Five years, 25 countries, no story per se. Samsara, a continuation of Bay Area-based director-cinematographer Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magdison's 1992 film Baraka, is a non-narrative enterprise without actors or dialogue.
Every now and then San Francisco-born former U.S. Poet Laureate and literary award-magnet Robert Hass puts out a dense, delicious collection of essays. The new one, What Light Can Do, trades in all manner of illumination.
Local filmmaker George Csicsery screens his latest, Songs Along a Stony Road, which follows the exploits of an ethnomusicologist in Romania. The film screens on a double bill with Les Blank's Sprout Wings and Fly, a portrait of Appalachian fiddler Tommy Jarrell.
Glawogger has achieved international standing with a loose trilogy of documentaries about globalization and human labor. He returns to the Bay Area this week for two inevitably intense days of screening and conversation at the Pacific Film Archive.
The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, from the poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum, has the nerve not to be just another impersonal, theory-glazed boredom generator. Instead it's a zesty and deeply literate joy to read.
"The Aesthetic Movement" might not sound like much to us, but England may remember it as a spasm of the national soul, and a period in which the contradictory meanings of "Victorian" and "Avant-Garde" did indeed somehow co-exist.