One of the shames of the decline in film school attendance is that fewer of tomorrow’s filmmakers — j/k, most film school graduates don’t go on to make movies — are less likely to be made to sit down and watch Dziga Vertov’s groundbreaking 1929 silent experimental film, The Man with a Movie Camera. But week two of the San Francisco International Film Festival offers the perfect way to see it: at the Castro, with a live score by music ensemble DeVotchKa. Sure to send climate change-denying snowflakes running to their safe space is David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg’s documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy, as the bow-tied man of science examines our damaged planet, the creationists who stick their heads in the warming sand, and his own unexpected level of fame.
As well it should be, the Closing Night extravaganza is a real corker: The Green Fog, in which The Forbidden Room director Guy Maddin (!) remakes Vertigo as a collage (!!) with a score by the Kronos Quartet (!!!). Thankfully, the day officially designated Closing Night is in fact the fourth-to-last night of the Festival, and one of the very last films scheduled for Closing Night (Actual) is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry, the second in his planned, five-film autobiographical series after 2013’s The Dance of Reality.
60th San Francisco International Film Festival, Week Two
Now playing at the Castro Theater, the Vogue Theatre, Proxy SF, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Dolby Cinema, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, the Roxie Theater, the Victoria Theater, and the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission.