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  • Dead Presidents

    published July 18, 2001

    With its funding officially cut from the 2001-02 city budget, the nonprofit International Film Financing Conference (IFFCON) has been forced to... More >>

  • Reel Trash

    published July 11, 2001

    If your THC-inspired forays into cinema's bargain basement extend no further than Plan 9 From Outer Space and Pink Flamingos, you've... More >>

  • Reel World

    published July 11, 2001

    Pump Up the Volume After Groove pogoed out of the pack at Sundance 2000 -- even before Sony Pictures Classics dispatched the San... More >>

  • Reel World

    published July 4, 2001

    On the Town The Little Tramp fingers the brim of his bowler, coyly cocks his head, and mouths a question. "So you can see?" the intertitle... More >>

  • Postcards From America

    published June 27, 2001

    Gay and lesbian cinema is at a crossroads, hampered to some degree by its own success. A sizable urban queer audience now exists, ready to embrace... More >>

  • Dark Passage

    published June 20, 2001

    Dark Passage Derailed by his father's near-fatal heart attack, a young man checks out of his mundane life and into a downtown transient... More >>

  • Wagon Master

    published June 13, 2001

    Wagon Master John Ford directed more than 140 films and produced another 70; his place in movie history is secure. But the filmmaker's... More >>

  • Out and About

    published June 13, 2001

    As the opening credits of the acid-tinged, acid-tongued British TV series Metrosexuality zip by, a bevy of tattooed and pierced loonies in... More >>

  • Play Misty for Me

    published June 6, 2001

    With the subversive 1997 buddy movie Dream With the Fishes, Finn Taylor promoted himself from one-credit screenwriter (Pontiac Moon)... More >>

  • Reel World

    published May 30, 2001

    House of Games Now we know why Ted Nasser, whose family built the Castro Theater in 1922, was so reluctant to talk about Blumenfeld... More >>

  • Sex, Work, and Videotape

    published May 23, 2001

    Richard Nixon's ruthless special counsel, Charles Colson, had a sign above his desk with the mantra, "If you have them by the balls, their hearts... More >>

  • Reel World

    published May 23, 2001

    The Plow That Broke the Plains Some years ago, Gunnar Madsen -- Berkeley composer, record producer, and co-founder of the a cappella group... More >>

  • Reel World

    published May 16, 2001

    The Belly of an Architect Born in Point Reyes in 1896, Achilles G. Rizzoli labored for 40 years as an architectural draftsman on mundane... More >>

  • Picasso, Action Hero

    published May 9, 2001

    The impressionists were daring and whimsical, but they weren't especially popular in their day. Credit Pablo Picasso with blowing away painting's... More >>

  • Reel World

    published May 9, 2001

    What Dreams May Come While a tidal wave of applause is building for Pacific Data Images (PDI), DreamWorks' Palo Alto-based subsidiary, and... More >>

  • Reel World

    published May 2, 2001

    A Tale of Springtime It's a long way from being settled, but the folks who run the S.F. International Film Festival are mulling a calendar... More >>

  • Reel World

    published April 25, 2001

    Rock 'n' Roll High School "Dude, this is a movie about rock 'n' roll," proclaims Jon Moritsugu, his enthusiasm sparking the phone line from... More >>

  • Sacré bleu!

    published April 25, 2001

    Sobering news, friends: The war between the sexes has reached the land that invented romance (or at least the cinematic myth of it). French films... More >>

  • L.A. Confidential

    published April 18, 2001

    Apologies to Dr. Seuss, but what's with this town's celebrity-obsessed gossip columnists? Is our decision to live here validated in some way... More >>

  • Filmed on the Body

    published April 18, 2001

    Like life, good film festivals have a rather dull unifying force and lots of fascinating satellite themes. The 44th annual SFIFF is no... More >>

  • Dim Sum

    published April 11, 2001

    Wayne Wang breaks into laughter at the suggestion. "I am too nice a person to be making movies," the S.F.-based director readily admits.... More >>

  • Reel World

    published April 4, 2001

    Three Kings "Excuse my heavy breathing," says David Elton, on the phone from the L.A. neighborhood of Beverlywood. "I'm walking up a hill."... More >>

  • Reel World

    published March 28, 2001

    Short Cuts Andy Hill is boldly going where many men and women have gone before. He has one goal: "To bring the independent feature... More >>

  • Reel World

    published March 21, 2001

    East of Eden Some people get a spring cleaning bug, while others get the travel bug. Mill Valley Film Festival Director of Programming Zoe... More >>

  • Reel World

    published March 14, 2001

    Ride Lonesome He's got two new hips and a rasp in his voice, but Budd Boetticher's memory is flawless. The director is recalling a 1956... More >>

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