Author Archive

Review: Resurface (Izenberg & Padula, 2016)

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In one scene from the documentary short Resurface, Marine Corps veteran Bobby Lane empties a gallon-sized Ziploc of prescription drugs into a large porcelain candy bowl. If Lane hadn’t mentioned that they were… Continue reading

Review: Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong, 2015) – SFIFF 2016

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If I had realized before I had begun the film that its director had made Hill of Freedom (which screened at last year’s SFIFF), I wouldn’t have watched it. As it was, I recognized… Continue reading

SFIFF 2016 Recap – Part 2, Documentary Features

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Of the documentary features I screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year, Weiner, Life, Animated, and Author: The JT LeRoy Story float to the top of my list–Weiner for deepening,… Continue reading

SFIFF 2016 Festival Recap – Part 1, Narrative Features

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  The 59th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival is now over, and what a festival it was! With 60 narrative features, 37 documentary features, and 74 short films shown over a span of… Continue reading

Review: Peter and the Farm (Stone, 2016) – SFIFF 2016

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Peter Dunning–farmer, artist, poet–owns and operates Vermont’s Mile Hill Farm, a nearly two-hour drive from Burlington, the state’s largest city. Vermont, which produced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is the second least populous… Continue reading

Review: Suite Armoricaine (Breton, 2015) – SFIFF 2016 Preview

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A suite, in musical terms, is an ordered set of instrumental pieces, often thematically or tonally linked. Though Pascale Breton‘s sophomore feature, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Locarno, is named after the popular bawdy… Continue reading

Looking Ahead: SFIFF 2016

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The 59th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival is just around the corner! Opening Night, on Thursday, April 21st (just two short days from now), launches two weeks of Bay Area movie heaven.… Continue reading

Review: Tyrus (Tom, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016

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Director Pamela Tom‘s love letter to accomplished Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong was the Opening Night film at CAAMfest this year. The documentary, which premiered at Telluride and garnered audience awards at the Hawaii… Continue reading

Review: Grass (Chopra, 2016) – CAAMFest 2016

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Cam (Emily Chang) and Jinky (Pia Shah, former CAAM Media Fund Director) are in a park. And, for the course of the hour-long movie, they never leave that park. They have a backpack… Continue reading

Review: The Kids (Yu, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016

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As a new parent, I often wonder what it would have been like to have had my first baby at a younger age, when I was more energetic and my body more resilient.… Continue reading