The 4th annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (a.k.a. SF IndieFest) will take place January 31-February 10, 2002 at the Castro Theatre, the Roxie Cinema and other venues around the Bay. This year the festival will be larger than ever, and for the first time will include independent films from around the world, as well as the best independent work from North America.
Confirmed titles include: ^ The Bay Area premiere of EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED by local filmmakers Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle. This apocalyptic tale takes place ten years after a devastating plague reduces the population of the greater Bay area to 186. Variety declares that “EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED continually tickles the mind while leaving a heavy lump in the chest,” while the Hollywood Reporter calls it a “superbly executed, surprisingly ambitious film.”
Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, WE SOLD OUR SOULS FOR ROCK Å’N ROLL is the latest from indie legend Penelope Spheeris. Over two years in the making, this is an amazing chronicle of the travelling musical carnival known as Ozzfest. Warning – this film will be presented with the volume turned to 11.
The work of award-winning animator Bill Plympton returns to IndieFest with the West Coast premiere of MUTANT ALIENS, his third feature film. It will be presented with a new “plymptoon” called EAT, which premiered at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival.
Acclaimed actress Sarah Polley (NO SUCH THING, GO, THE SWEET HEREAFTER, eXistenZ) is scheduled to attend the Festival with I SHOUT LOVE, a 37 minute film she wrote and directed at Norman JewisonÂ¹s Canadian Film Centre.
Other Bay area premieres include the notorious (and disturbing) methamphetamine fueled horror film COOKERS; Ilya ChaikenÂ¹s feature debut MARGARITA HAPPY HOUR, an authentic portrait of young mothers outgrowing their youth-only subculture that Indiewire describes as “the best film to come out of New YorkÂ¹s East Village filmmaking community.”; and LISTEN WITH PAIN: EINSTUERZENDE NEUBAUTEN a documentary by German director Christian Beetz about the 20-year history of the avant-garde industrial band.
The films at the 4th San Francisco Independent Film Festival are chosen by a committee of film festival veterans headed by Bruce Fletcher, former Director of Programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival. Other members of the Programming Committee include Doug Jones, former Programmer for the San Francisco International Film Festival, Allen White, journalist and screenwriter; Henry Rosenthal, local film producer and SF IndieFest Board member, as well as Jeff Ross, Director of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.
Get more details from the San Francisco Independent Film Festival web site.
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