'A Single Life' short from the Animated Shorts Program.

‘A Single Life’ short from the Animated Shorts Program.

SFIFF58 is underway, and we’re here to bring you all the goodies! Here’s a quick look at a few selections from three of the MANY amazing shorts programs, all of which are worth checking out at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7):

Shorts 6: Youth Works
April 25, 11:00am – Tickets & Info
Created by amazing young talent, this collection of narrative, documentary, and animated films is astounding and just a taste of the strong pool of future filmmakers we can expect to see more of down the line.

Kers
(Alexia Salingaros, USA 2014, 5 min)

KERS

KERS

Steadily shot and succinctly edited, Kers is a quick portrait of a female graffiti artist. Challenging the notions of gender roles and respected art forms, the subject reveals the struggles and lifestyle her passion has created for herself.

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Polaris was a fake band that comprised of real musicians in the 90’s kids show, The Adventures Of Pete & Pete. Now, 19 years after the show’s cancellation, we have the first vinyl pressing of the shows’ soundtrack, and they are also doing their first full scale US tour! They will be coming to The Chapel on April 24th. Tickets are available here!

We had a chance to ask 10 questions to Muggy Polaris (Mark Mulcahy), Harris Polaris (Scott Boutier), and Jersey Polaris (Dave McCaffrey). Here’s what these guys had to say!

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58SFIFF

Spinning Platters continues its coverage of the upcoming 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) with a spotlight on four more films. The Festival opens next Thursday, April 23rd, and runs until May 7th.  Tickets and more information can be found here.

Today’s post looks at one film from the Masters section and three from the Global Visions section. Keep checking back for more coverage throughout the Fest!

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The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival

 

Welcome film lovers and moviegoers to the Spinning Platters coverage of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF). Bookmark this site because we’ll be bringing you tons of SFIFF coverage: previews, film spotlights, interviews, and special events coverage. Per usual, our spotlights will cover the films that you’re already excited to see, as well as many titles that you haven’t heard of. SFIFF program notes and tickets are available here.

We’ll be continuing our coverage this week and throughout the Festival. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the special events in store and then five of the festival films:

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The ruins of San Francisco's City Hall after the 1906 earthquake.

Tonight in Oakland, the earth will shake, the sky will burn, and San Francisco will be brought to the ground.

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Film Review: 5 to 7

by Carrie Kahn on April 10, 2015

Dull picture chronicles boring affair

Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe) and Brian (Anton Yelchin) wonder what they possibly could do in a hotel room between the hours of 5 and 7.

According to writer/director Victor Levin’s new film, a “5 to 7” relationship among the French refers to an extramarital affair, fully sanctioned by all involved parties, that may or may not take place during those appointed hours, but is termed thusly regardless. In Levin’s new film named for that expression, though, the affair that is the film’s subject does indeed mostly take place during those evening hours. The participants are 24-year-old aspiring New York writer Brian (Anton Yelchin, best known as the Star Trek reboot’s young Chekov) and the beautiful, older, married Frenchwoman Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe, Skyfall). At least these two get to have a few hours of fun; the viewers of this hokey mess aren’t quite as lucky.

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Film Review: The Longest Ride

April 10, 2015
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A Nicholas Sparks adaptation done right, with all the flaws and annoyances of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. The newest adaptation of a sappy romantic Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride, is exactly that — sappy and romantic, and formulaic with a preposterous twist added in for preposterous effect. The story about a young beautiful art lover (Britt Robertson, Dan […]

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Show Review: TV On The Radio, Nostalghia at The Fox Theater – Oakland, 3/31/15

April 8, 2015

TV On The Radio are at an interesting point in their career. The band’s age is such that they are no longer actively buzzed about, yet they don’t stay far enough removed from the music scene to ever be experiencing a “comeback.” A lot of bands can become a little lazy at this point, opting […]

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Film Review: Furious 7

April 3, 2015
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The seven things you want and need to know about Furious 7 before you go see it. Sometimes you’ll hear people talk about a movie as being review-proof. This is one of those times. There’s nothing anyone could do or say to keep you away from Furious 7 if it’s something you already want to […]

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Film Review: While We’re Young

April 3, 2015
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It’s Gen X versus the hipsters in Baumbach’s uneven new film Writer/director Noah Baumbach, who is 45, and whose girlfriend and frequent muse Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) is 31, obviously knows a thing or two about Gen X/millennial conflict, and it’s hard not to wonder how much his real life experiences shaped While We’re Young, […]

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