Most creative talents have a professional bag of tricks they like to employ in the course of creating art. From alliteration to asymmetry, from pointilism to pizzicato, these gimmicks help startle an audience and add to an artist's personal style.
The parade of film festivals through San Francisco's arts calender offers a constant source of entertainment. But if I had to choose one, my favorite would undoubtedly be the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
One of the great things about being a film geek in Kansas City is that we are in throwing distance of a pair of two wonderful festivals that celebrate terrific movies from the past and first-rate documentaries.