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San Francisco International Film Festival

To Hype or Not to Hype: That Is the Question

George Heymont | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Bloggers, filmmakers, and arts administrators are all faced with the challenge of capturing people's attention. Depending on their respective budgets and the nature of the project they are promoting, various approaches can be pursued.

Silence Is Not Always Golden

George Heymont | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A charming six-minute short film by Chaitanya Gopinath titled Lunch with Yoshi (which was screened during the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival) follows a blind woman around Bangkok as she shops, rides the city's mass transit, and prepares lunch for a visiting friend.

Offering Solace to Strangers in Strange Lands

George Heymont | Posted 06.24.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Finding ways to communicate certain types of anguish to an audience is a constant challenge for playwrights and screenwriters.

For Those With Absolutely No Interest in Pirates

George Heymont | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Faced with so many fairy tales that have become cultural landmarks, Diane Sampson (who wrote the book and lyrics for Sleeping Cutie) decided to set the tone from the beginning with an opening number entitled "What This Isn't."

Through A Lens, Darkly

George Heymont | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Have you ever sat through a full-length feature that could have ended several times? Or been trimmed by at least 20 minutes? If so, you might find a treasure trove of cinema in the recent crop of short films, including some that were chosen for the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Let There Be Light

George Heymont | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Few artists paint from the perspective that "You're only as big as the canvas that's facing you." Sculpted by the father-and-son team of Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the few exceptions to the rule.

Joy to the World!

George Heymont | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

What if you want something more substantial than a glorified commercial to tickle your fancy? What if you're craving something more satisfying than a severely overpriced bucket of popcorn?

SF International Film Festival Award Night Gets Glamorous

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 07.04.2014 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

San Francisco's main thoroughfare was transformed into the corner of Hollywood and 'Vine Ness' when the San Francisco International Film Festival celebrated its own awards season at the Regency Center.

Caught Off Guard

George Heymont | Posted 02.20.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It doesn't happen often, but on those rare and blessed occasions when it does, oddball works of art give a person multiple reasons to be grateful. These are situations in which one's expectations (large or small) are completely upended.

Doing It for the Children

George Heymont | Posted 11.23.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

So far this year, HBO has screened two films of social significance which deserve the public's attention. One will, of course, be an easier sell to audiences because of its high quotient of celebrity content. The other begs to tell a far more riveting story.

Caught in a Chaotic Cultural Ethos

George Heymont | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

No matter what hot button one chooses to examine, the ability to view a situation with the clinical objectivity made possible by the passage of time can offer a sharpened sense of clarity and reason.

The Power of Three

George Heymont | Posted 09.26.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

There is something magical about the power of three. Is it because of the geometrical sturdiness of a triangle? The ability of one person to pick up a story thread while the other two fade into the background? Or is it just a factor of good marketing?

Teachable Moments

George Heymont | Posted 09.05.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Sometimes bad parenting kills people. No amount of input from a teacher can save a child who has not yet even learned how to read. Nor can it always prevent a child from being harmed by his parents' hyperreligiosity, laziness, substance abuse, tendency to commit acts of domestic violence and/or gun fetish.

Taking Responsibility For Our Own Decisions

George Heymont | Posted 08.22.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Tall As The Baobab Tree focuses on two young Senegalese women, Coumba and her 11-year-old sister, Debo, who are the first generation to leave their family's remote village in order to attend school in a nearby city.

PHOTOS: Ten Highlights From San Francisco's Biggest Week In Film

The Contra Costa Times | RANDY MYERS | Posted 06.23.2013 | San Francisco

Pick a movie, any movie. That's my advice for truly surrendering yourself to the San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off its 56th year...

SF's Biggest Moment In Film Is Almost Here

Posted 06.08.2013 | San Francisco

San Francisco has served as the setting for a number of iconic films, and once a year, it pays tribute to cinematic greats in a different way. The ...

Suicidal Farmers on Film

George Heymont | Posted 11.26.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

At the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival, a series of films documented foreign farmers driven to suicide by their failure to pay off their debts. Watching wealthy Americans handle debt only reaffirms the rigged system.

The Rich Live Different Lives From the Rest of Us

George Heymont | Posted 11.10.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Starring Freida Pinto as a poor, young Indian woman working at a hotel whose physical beauty catches the eye of the spoiled, wealthy son of an Indian businessman, Trishna rests on a painful foundation of rigid caste distinctions, male privilege, and the limited opportunities.

Accentuate the Positive

George Heymont | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

A collection of shorts from this year's San Francisco International Film Festival demonstrates what can happen when people steer their thoughts in a positive, rather than negative direction.

Guilty Pleasures

George Heymont | Posted 09.28.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-07-29-heymont.jpg Has YouTube become the new porn?

Living Life on Their Own Terms

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Most people recall the phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as they celebrate Independence Day. Some, however, think of what individual freedom means when it comes to defying the expectations of others.

Sing For Your Supper

George Heymont | Posted 08.31.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

What happens to children who have figured out that nothing can stop them from making music for the sheer fun of it? In 2001, a group of Swedish musicians produced a deliciously droll short film entitled Music For One Apartment and Six Drummers.

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

George Heymont | Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

During the recent San Francisco International Film Festival, two animated shorts stood so far above the others in terms of imagination, structure, and artistic brilliance that I was left speechless by their cinematic beauty.

Fighting Back Against the Bullies

George Heymont | Posted 05.13.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Despite the tendency of many Americans to think that the whole world revolves around them, the phenomenon of bullying takes place in any society where power games lead to one person attempting to dominate another.

Around the World in Weighty Ways

George Heymont | Posted 07.10.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-05-10-Screenshot20120510at9.10.08AM.jpgIsamu Hirabayashi's animation short 663114 puts a fascinating twist on the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, the tsunami and the core meltdown at the nuclear plant.