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April 28, 2009

Live and Onstage Events, Animation, Technology Spotlight at SFIFF52

Filed under: Entertainment, Movies — hypeplug @ 5:36 am

San Francisco Film Society

In this issue…
PROVING GROUND
THE LOST WORLD WITH DENGUE FEVER
LIVE ACTION, ANIMATION & GRAPHICS
UP: SFFS BENEFIT SCREENING

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Dear Film Fan,

As someone who’s attended films with inventive and engaging uses of technologies (whether it be animation, live music or otherwise) presented by the San Francisco Film Society in the past, we thought you’d like to know about our Animation, Technology & Design spotlight at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival April 23-May 7.

Below are short descriptions of each film associated with this spotlight, along with a link for more information. To see all that SFIFF52 has to offer, visit fest09.sffs.org.
SFIFF52 creative
Thanks and see you at the Festival!

–SFFS

SFIFF52 creative PROVING GROUND
Live performance by filmmaker Travis Wilkerson and Los Duggans

An intense mixture of theater, punk show, political rally and film screening, this live performance features death-folk band Los Duggans backing filmmaker Travis Wilkerson’s radical agitation on American aerial bombing.

Wilkerson (An Injury to One, Who Killed Cock Robin?) mans the Kaptivator, a tiny box filled with images and video intended for use in dance clubs, which is stocked with visual evidence of the history of worldwide conflict and destruction, and Los Duggans provides the live soundtrack.

Read more about this truly one-of-a-kind, mind-bending thrill ride.


Buy tickets now or call 925-866-9559.



THE LOST WORLD WITH DENGUE FEVER
Tuesday, May 5 at 8:00 pm at the Castro Theatrelost_world-dengue

The great, genre-bending pop band Dengue Fever will perform the world premiere of their newly composed score for the first cinematic adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventure yarn The Lost World at the Castro Theatre as part of the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival.

Featuring amazing stop-motion sequences by animation pioneer Willis O’Brien, who later animated King Kong, and enlivened by outlandish costumes and sets, this dyno-dino epic was a smash hit upon its release in the mid-Roaring Twenties. An explorer’s journal points to the existence of dinosaurs in a far-flung locale, so reporter Edward Malone makes a deal with the robust Professor Challenger and joins a pseudo-scientific expedition to find the mythical monsters.

Dengue Fever‘s repertoire isn’t simply Cambodian music or a Cambodian/American hybrid. Bollywood glitz, psychedelic rock, spaghetti Western twang, klezmer, ska, funk and Ethiopian jazz all contribute to the band’s unique sound. Singer Ch’hom Nimol’s powerful singing voice, in Khmer and more recently also English, is a luminous vibrato that adds exotic ornamentations to her vocal lines and complements the band’s driving sound.

Buy tickets now or call 925-866-9559. For more information, visit fest09.sffs.org.


LIVE ACTION, ANIMATION
& GRAPHICS
immaculate_littledizzleFilms that incorporate engaging uses of technologies & frame-by-frame innovation

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
David Russo, USA (pictured)
This bittersweet fable about a ragtag bunch of janitors explores key issues including corporate malfeasance, the search for religion and, of course, male pregnancy. Hilarious and bizarre, the film surprises with its deeply felt affirmation of the miraculous.

The Age of Stupid
Franny Armstrong, England
An archivist (Pete Postlethwaite) on the dying planet Earth circa 2055 looks back at our species’ current reluctance to address climate change in this cautionary, pre-apocalyptic tale that blends verité storytelling, cutting-edge graphics and gallows humor.
thousand_pics
A Thousand Pictures
Shorts program (pictured)
Availing itself of various techniques, including hand-drawing, stop-motion and CGI, this animated shorts program goes to show that sometimes a word is worth a thousand pictures. (TRT 88 min)


SFFS BENEFIT SCREENING: DISNEY-PIXAR’S UP
Monday, May 11Up


The Film Society will present a special screening of Disney-Pixar’s Up on Monday, May 11 at 7:30 pm at Pixar Animation Studios. Read up on the film.

All tickets include a pre-screening reception at 6:30 pm. VIP tickets include reserved seating in the theater and a special pre-reception at 6:00 pm with a guided tour of the studio.

Tickets are on sale now for $100 for year-round Film Society members ($125 for non-members) and $250 VIP. Buy now or call 925-866-9559.

Note the film will not be shown in 3-D.

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