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  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    published December 31, 2003

    The year in Bay Area film, which did not present many opportunities for jubilation, ended on a decidedly down note with the Dec. 5 passing of... More >>

  • City Hall

    published December 24, 2003

    It's not at the top of Mayor-elect Gavin Newsom's list, but expect major changes by next spring at the San Francisco Film Commission. For eight... More >>

  • Freedom on My Mind

    published December 17, 2003

    After 23 years at the wheel, Gail Silva has relinquished the day-to-day responsibility of overseeing the nonprofit Film Arts Foundation. In her... More >>

  • Mad as Hell

    published December 10, 2003

    The 1970s provided a bounty of movie catch phrases ("Make him an offer he can't refuse" and "May the Force be with you," most memorably) that... More >>

  • Choose Me

    published December 10, 2003

    In one of the more shocking developments of the year, local filmmakers were nearly shut out of competition slots at next month's Sundance Film... More >>

  • Continuum

    published December 3, 2003

    North Beach filmmaker Dominic Angerame recently bought a spiffy digital camcorder, but he's still committed to the tactile pleasures of exposing,... More >>

  • MonkeyBone

    published November 26, 2003

    "I call this his Fellini movie," says a chuckling Henry Selick, the Bay Area stop-motion animation wizard whose distinctive style elevated the... More >>

  • Triumph of the Will

    published November 19, 2003

    There's nobody more pretentious than a Hollywood director passing himself off as a "storyteller," but somehow avant-garde filmmakers are the ones... More >>

  • The Enforcer

    published November 12, 2003

    Sgt. George Carrington, the film production liaison in the SFPD's Police Law Enforcement Services unit for the last six-plus years, was anointed... More >>

  • The Defiant Ones

    published November 5, 2003

    "The thing that really drives me is I'm a very political beast and I have messages I want to get out to the world," says Lise Swenson, the Mission... More >>

  • The Entertainer

    published October 29, 2003

    When Frank Lee signed the risky deal last year to take over the Presidio Theater on Nov. 1, he sidestepped questions about whether he would divide... More >>

  • Dirty Dancing

    published October 22, 2003

    An empathetic portrait of four straight male strippers in Tampa, Adam Ballachey's American Dancer reveals the dark side to every guy's... More >>

  • The 400 Blows

    published October 15, 2003

    Documentary makers typically dream of the prestige and glory of a theatrical release, and happily "settle" for the wide reach of a TV broadcast.... More >>

  • Speed

    published October 8, 2003

    "We're still sort of formulating our team and our resources," says commercial producer Alisa Goldstone. "That's the whole gimmick -- you don't... More >>

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    published October 1, 2003

    "Nowadays we look at Coppola, Lucas and Phil Kaufman," Hitchcock biographer Patrick McGilligan writes in an e-mail, "and understand that they live... More >>

  • The Hours and Times

    published September 24, 2003

    Robert Hall's soft-spoken recollections of being abused as a boy and his gentle commitment to healing himself and others were powerful, but novice... More >>

  • No Shades of Gray

    published September 17, 2003

    For most of the 17 years that Sacha Parisot worked as a contract technical writer for Silicon Valley companies, he took film classes and made... More >>

  • On_Line

    published September 10, 2003

    Of the 23,000 new posts on www.craigslist.com on Aug. 4 -- a date the site's founder, Craig Newmark,... More >>

  • Time of the Gypsies

    published September 3, 2003

    Citing financial pressures stemming from the lame economy, the San Francisco Film Society -- nonprofit parent organization of the S.F.... More >>

  • The Bad Sleep Well

    published August 27, 2003

    Film buffs seeking a choice for governor beyond Schwarzenegger, porn actress Mary Carey, and Larry Flynt (The People vs. Larry Flynt) might... More >>

  • Out of the Fog

    published August 20, 2003

    Elliot Lavine, who emerged as one of the top rep programmers in the country during his 13-year tenure at the Roxie Cinema before stepping down... More >>

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth

    published August 13, 2003

    S.F. State film grad Bill Rose has built a solid career over the last 20 years producing and directing corporate videos, striving to make "mundane... More >>

  • Bound for Glory

    published August 6, 2003

    The introduction of yet another film festival in this town, especially one scheduled Oct. 23-25 at the height of the fest season, is guaranteed to... More >>

  • Time Out

    published July 30, 2003

    I got the "no longer in service" recording when I called Christopher E. Brown in April, and a more shocking response to my e-mail. "I am no longer... More >>

  • Bad Day at Black Rock

    published July 23, 2003

    Respect must be paid, as Willy Loman's wife said. When the Royal Theater closed on the last day of February 1998, the chances of it ever reopening... More >>

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