Wednesday, April 26---With the Festival in full swing, presenting a disarmingly generous display of visual stimulation, it is important to note that there are several information seminars and book promotion events that provide food for thought in a salon-type environment that adds texture to the extensive film program. All events are free to the pubic and are positioned under a new umbrella entitled House 2, where filmmakers and festivalgoers are invited to drop in to discover the latest in art, media and technology from leading experts in these fields.
As part of its new SF360 initiatives, including the launch of the SF360.org website that will provide extensive coverage of film and new media events in the Bay area, the Festival is presenting several cutting-edge information panels that explore the newest trends in film and new media frontiers.
On Monday, the Festival held a press conference to give further details on the digital media events slated for October 11-15, 2006, including the new SFFS International Animation Festival and Market and the Digital Media Conference. This was immediately followed by a provocative panel, entitled SF Supercollider: Animation, Digital Media, Broadband and SFX, an exploration of Bay area innovations in visual media.
More events are planned for this coming weekend. On Saturday, April 29, a timely panel entitled The Revolution, Now Playing: Film as a Tool for Social and Political Change, examines how new technologies are enabling and empowering new variations in political and social organizing like flash mobs, blogs and issues-oriented DVD clubs. An energetic panel of activists and filmmakers will discuss current and future ways in which film and media can be used to effect meaningful social and political change.
On Sunday, April 30, the discussion turns to new platforms of media convergence in the panel discussion
Transformation Nation: New Leaders in Convergence Technology. With digital technology radically disrupting the way film and media is produced, distributed and consumed, new platforms of creating and delivering content are placing the means of production and distribution into more hands. Leading players from the worlds of entertainment and technology will discuss the potentials of these new platforms, which are creating new works and new audiences.
Also on Sunday, a panel entitled Adapting Literary Work for the Screen will explore the process of adapting literary work for the screen. Writer/director Bent Hamer and writer/producer Jim Stark, co-creators of the festival film FACTOTUM, will discuss the challenges of adapting the existential stories of poet provocateur Charles Bukowski, as well as writing roles for specific actors, working collaboratively and much more. The seminar is produced by 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative writing.
Several book signing and talks compliment the Festival offerings. Last Monday, writers Will Shank and Jim Van Buskirk presented their new tome, Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations, an exhaustive guide to locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area used in hundreds of classic (and not-so-classic) films and television series.
Next Monday, May 1, author and journalist Judy Stone will read from her latest book, Not Quite a Memoir: Of Films, Books, the World, a collection of her interviews with directors and writers, ranging from Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami to Zacharias Kunuk, the pioneer Inuit filmmaker.
On Tuesday, May 2, John Anderson, chief film critic at New York newspaper Newsday and Laura Kim, marketing guru at Warner Independent Pictures (MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK), will present their collaborative how-to book, I Wake Up Screening: What to Do Once You’ve Made That Movie. The book is a primer for emerging filmmakers on how to (and how not to) get their movies talked about, written about, sold and seen. The authors’ advice is supported by insightful interviews with more than 60 top industry insiders, all offering priceless behind-the-scenes tips and tricks.
Food for thought......