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2003 Stories by Michael Fox

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  • A Hard Day's Night

    published July 16, 2003

    Former S.F. International Film Festival programmer Doug Jones, the music-film maven who arranged Yo La Tengo's live accompaniment of Jean... More >>

  • Reefer Madness

    published July 9, 2003

    "I find starting new things more exciting than maintaining things that have been around for a while," confesses S.F. Indiefest founder Jeff Ross.... More >>

  • What Dreams May Come

    published July 2, 2003

    Oakland native Michael Goorjian -- Neve Campbell's love interest in Party of Five, for those of you still harboring a crush -- is in the... More >>

  • Boogie Nights

    published June 25, 2003

    The world premiere of This Girl's Life, an "intimate portrait of an international porn star as she muses on life, love and loss," was the... More >>

  • A Better Tomorrow

    published June 18, 2003

    "Our first title was "Yellow Fever,' but after the SARS epidemic hit we thought we should go with something less controversial," confides Gabriel... More >>

  • Barbarella

    published June 11, 2003

    "We're the dolls in the doll house, and Jennifer is playing with us," actor Omewenne quipped on the set of Jennifer Kroot's dress-up sci-fi... More >>

  • Fear Strikes Out

    published June 4, 2003

    Sooner or later, every documentary maker runs into a prickly, unhelpful subject. For Palo Alto artist and novice filmmaker John Cadigan, a... More >>

  • Running Around San Francisco for an Education

    published May 28, 2003

    How did the National Film Preservation Foundation, an affiliate of the Library of Congress' National Film Preservation Board, end up on the other... More >>

  • City of Hope

    published May 21, 2003

    Elephantine, debt-laden chains dominate motion picture exhibition, and their overriding cash needs wring every quarter -- and most of the fun --... More >>

  • The King of Comedy

    published May 14, 2003

    "It was like Bigfoot sightings," jokes filmmaker Brien Burroughs. The chef at the Slow Club, where the local director buys his morning brew, was... More >>

  • Of Mice and Men

    published May 7, 2003

    John Malkovich belongs to the most mistrusted and misunderstood genus in American movies: the intelligent actor. "It's not just that you're... More >>

  • A Sainted Devil

    published April 30, 2003

    Tuesday marks the 108th birthday of the immortal Rudolph Valentino, the Italian-born actor who brought sophisticated sexuality to the silent... More >>

  • Do the Right Thing

    published April 23, 2003

    Sometime between now and June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to reach decisions in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger,... More >>

  • Real to Reel

    published April 23, 2003

    Bus 174 (Brazil, 2002) This documentary of a Rio de Janeiro bus hijacking and its back story exposes a stinging irony: the... More >>

  • Journey Into Fear

    published April 16, 2003

    The day before he hopped a plane for the world premiere of Rob Nilsson's Attitude, screening as part of a tribute to the East Bay director... More >>

  • Beyond the Burka

    published April 16, 2003

    The view of life in the Middle East that the SFIFF provides year after year is disproportionately feminist and consistently surprising. What... More >>

  • Postcards From the Edge

    published April 9, 2003

    Ed Solomon, who grew up in Saratoga and San Jose, started out in show business as a college student writing jokes for comedians like Garry... More >>

  • Hearts and Minds

    published April 2, 2003

    No matter how it looked on television, Michael Moore's Academy Award denunciation of Bush and the war didn't surprise the fellow documentary... More >>

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    published March 26, 2003

    \What effect will protest marches and saturation TV coverage of the war in Iraq have on attendance at indie movie theaters? Dennis Conroy of the... More >>

  • Life and Nothing But

    published March 19, 2003

    With Safe Conduct, a riveting, fact-based look at French filmmaking under the Occupation, director Bertrand Tavernier (A Sunday in the... More >>

  • Long Night's Journey Into Day

    published March 12, 2003

    November marks the 25th anniversary of Jonestown, and you can bet the loft that the media -- yet again -- will make wide-eyed sport of the... More >>

  • First Person Plural

    published March 5, 2003

    The first-person documentary has erupted into a full-blown genre in the camcorder age, but not all home movies are art. In fact, most are a yawn,... More >>

  • Sold American

    published February 26, 2003

    When James Dean flipped up the collar on his red jacket in Rebel Without a Cause, would-be mutineers everywhere went shopping for an... More >>

  • Play It to the Bone

    published February 26, 2003

    Ron Shelton makes his movies with studio and foreign money, but his budgets are so tight -- notwithstanding successes like Bull Durham --... More >>

  • California Split

    published February 19, 2003

    Pat O'Neill, an L.A. avant-garde moviemaker famed for his painstakingly layered and surreal films, will receive the Golden Gate Persistence of... More >>

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