Bringing It Back Home

Stag directed by Max Sylvester

Cinema By The Bay introduces a new wave of Bay Area filmmakers to local audiences; Fandor’s Liz Ogilvie takes a peek at this year’s program.

The San Francisco Film Society has presented a smorgasbord of international cinema over the past few months with programs featuring films from Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan and their European sister city Zurich. To cap their fall season, they’re bringing their programming back home with a wide selection of films from the talented pool of Bay Area filmmakers. The fifth edition of the Film Society’s annual Cinema by the Bay festival runs from November 22-24 at San Francisco’s beloved Roxie Theatre.

“The Film Society’s mission starts with local audiences and local filmmakers,” said Ted Hope, Executive Director, SFFS. “Nowhere is this so focused than in our celebration of Bay Area film culture, Cinema By The Bay. From Edward Muybridge to the Fog City Mavericks to the new Bay Area Film Renaissance led by the likes of Ryan Coogler and Aurora Guerrero, the Bay is about innovation, creativity, inspiration, and collaboration, and this three-day festival highlights this unique vision and takes it out to the rest of the world.”

Holy Ghost People directed by Mitchell Altieri

Opening night thrills: Holy Ghost People directed by Mitchell Altieri. Image courtesy of San Francisco Film Society.

Following in the tradition of the Bay Area’s reputation for cinematic creativity and diversity, the Opening Night kicks off with Mitchell Altieri’s gothic drama Holy Ghost People followed by a reception for attendees (sponsored by yours truly, Fandor). The program also includes award-winning documentaries by Berry Minott and Banker White, off-beat narrative features including new work from Britta Sjogren and Zoran Lisinac, short films by San Francisco State University alumni, and the fifth annual presentation of Essential SF, which honors the people, institutions and films that define the Bay Area film scene.

For the full program and to order tickets visit the San Francisco Film Society’s website. Use the promotion code FAN13 to save $2 off of a regular screening ticket price and $5 off of the opening night film and party package!

*Top photo: film still from “Stag” directed by Max Sylvester, playing in The SF State of Cinema shorts program. Image courtesy of San Francisco Film Society.

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