Lucifer Rising As an antidote to election-year complacency, here comes homoerotic shit-stirrer Kenneth Anger. The legendary avant-garde filmmaker screens his viscerally poetic work on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. when he receives the Phelan Art Award in film at the S.F. Art Institute. Then next year, when our collective D.C. hangover kicks in, Anger returns to pick up the S.F. International Film Festival's Persistence of Vision Award, given for lifetime achievement by a filmmaker working outside the mainstream. Meanwhile, Fantoma Films, the local company that has earned praise for its high-quality DVD transfers, is preparing a three-volume limited collector's edition of Anger's work; the first volume is due out in early 2001.
Going Places For medical reasons, James Yee has been forced to relinquish his post as the visionary executive director of the S.F.-based Independent Television Service (ITVS), funder of some of public TV's most compelling programs. The service is currently interviewing candidates for his replacement. ... Corey Eubanks, publicist extraordinaire for the media arts groups at 346 Ninth St. and their redoubtable film festivals (Asian American, Lesbian & Gay, Jewish, Film Arts), departs Dec. 1 for L.A. to work for Strand Releasing, the respected boutique distributor of edgy gay and foreign films. ... George Armitage (Grosse Pointe Blank) has signed on to direct IPO, based on Po Bronson's original screenplay. The film goes before the cameras early next year in S.F. and Manhattan. ... In a late addition to the Roxie calendar, East Bay filmmaker and Yugoslav expat Svetlana Cvetko screens her unflinchingly personal short, No War, before each showing of John Huston-War Stories Nov. 14-16. Says Cvetko about her return to Bosnia to make the film, "The only way I could deal with the reality of war was by putting a camera between myself and the violence and the suffering I was seeing."