What becomes a legend most? Sure, movies last forever (well, depending on the storage medium), but the promise of immortality is cold comfort. A tribute and a party in the here and now thats more like it. Essential SF salutes the initial class inducted into the pantheon of Bay Area film legends. The eclectic roster boasts the marvelously prolific documentary maker Les Blank (Always for Pleasure); the godmother of the Bay Area indie film community, Gail Silva; the late African-American poet-iconoclast Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied); art-tech provocateur Lynn Hershman Leeson (Teknolust); archivist and collector Rick Prelinger; and video artist Anne McGuire. Essential SF doubles as as the wrap-up party of the second annual Cinema by the Bay festival of local narratives, docs, and shorts, as well as part of the S.F. Film Societys bimonthly Film Arts Forum series of networking panels and symposiums. The potential future legends on display in Cinema by the Bay (which runs Nov. 5-8) include Chris Brown (Fanny, Annie, and Danny), Alejandro Adams (Babnik), Emiko Omori (Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World), and Nina Gilden Seavey (4th & Goal). Catch 'em while theyre young and mortal.
Mon., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., 2010