The Fourth Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival will kick off Thursday, January 31 with three programs at the Castro Theater and an Opening Night Gala at SomArts Gallery in SOMA.
January 31 – February 10 will be jam packed with great independent features, shorts, animation and documentaries from around the bay and around the world. The festival will take place at the Castro Theater, Roxie Cinema, New College Cinema, Studio Z, the Expression Center for New Media in Emeryville and wrap with encore screenings and the Closing Night Award Ceremony at the Parkway Speakeasy Cinema in Oakland. There are 99 films in this year’s program and many World and US Premieres.
In addition to showing indie films there will be rockin’ parties. The Opening Night Gala will feature complimentary food and drink, short film screenings, art by local artists and DJ sets from DJs Shane (Cloud Factory/DNA) and Amber (Sister SF/Epiphany/FnF). The party will run from 9PM-2AM.
The Friday Night After Party will directly follow the screening of SOUTHWEST 9, the lastest film by the makers of “Human Traffic.” As the film is set in the Brixton rave scene in London, we’re producing a rave of our own as the After Party at Studio Z (11th and Folsom). We’re calling the party Dark City: The Dark Side of Techno, Trance, Drum and Bass. Featuring eight hot DJs from the SF rave community: Shane (Cloud Factory/Epiphany), Amber (Sister SF/Epiphany/FnF), Terrac (Cloud Factory), Sir Nod (Cloud Factory/FnF), Jawa (BurningChrome), Fernando (Assimilate), Ritter Gluck (Infinite Kaos/Code), and R3 ACH (A.R.M./FnF).
Saturday Night we host an after party for “We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll” at the Werepad, 2430 Third Street. Frauline and the Gutterfags will be performing live and Howie Stanton from NYC Smoke will open. Visiting filmmaker Penelope Spheeris will be the guest of honor for this night at the Werepad. The Party starts at 9PM and goes till late.
The big event Monday night February 4th is an after party for Einsturzende Neubauten. Join some of the band’s biggest fans at their regular hang out spot, Death Guild, at 699 Market Street.
The San Francisco closing night party will take place at Studio Z on Thursday February 7. This is a free party open to everyone! Come down and celebrate independent film and alt culture with us. DJs tba. Sunday the 3rd, Tuesday the 5th and Wenesday the 6th you’ll be able to find filmmakers and filmlovers hanging out after the screenings at the Casanova Lounge, 527 Valencia at 16th, our official post screening neighborhood lounge.
Get more info, including a complete schedule of films and events, from the official San Francisco Independent Film Festival web site.
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