SAN FRANCISCO FILM COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR SUNDANCE 2006
From the Office of San Francisco Film Society
January 6, 2006
Reception Provides Exclusive Preview of SF360 and Location:SF
San Francisco, CA - On Thursday, January 5 the San Francisco
Film Society, the San Francisco Film Commission and many of San
Francisco's premier companies and organizations joined forces
to provide an exclusive VIP preview of two exciting San Francisco-centric
initiatives set to premiere later this month at the 2006 Sundance
Film Festival. One hundred eighty of San Francisco's most prominent
supporters of the film industry gathered in the Sienna Penthouse
Suite of the Adagio Hotel to hear advance word on two projects
designed to celebrate, elevate and support the City's film industry.
SF360 is a multipart project of the San Francisco Film Society
and its partners, the goal of which is to strengthen and promote
the San Francisco film and media scene in all its various and
exciting forms. "The Bay Area film and media scene is unlike
that of any other city in the country," said Graham Leggat,
executive director of the Film Society. "The various citywide
initiatives under the Film Society's SF360 banner are designed
to showcase the depth, breadth and singularity of this vibrant
film and media community." SF360 will be announced in full
on Sunday, January 22, 4:30-7 pm, at the VW Lounge, 301 Main Street,
Park City, Utah.
Location:SF is a dazzling showcase of San Francisco-based companies
and organizations uniting to support the local film industry.
Actor Peter Coyote voiced his support of the project saying, "I
think Location:SF, as a grassroots adjunct to the San Francisco
Film Commission, is practical, useful and overdue. There is much
in the way of outreach and support that can only be accomplished
by such a partnership between informed citizens and interested
local businesses. I'm pleased to be a part of San Francisco's
efforts to capture today's spotlight on the business of filmmaking."
Location:SF premieres on opening night of the 2006 Sundance Film
January 5 event sponsors included San Francisco Magazine, Bientot
Magazine, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Distillery 209 Gin, Hangar 1 Vodka,
International Short Film Association, Joie de Vivre Hotel Group,
Otis Lounge, Planet° Magazine, San Francisco Convention &
Visitors Bureau, Splendora.com, Stella Artois beer, TIMBUK2, Cortez,
Sparkie Brown "Hollywood", Universal Records and the
Law Offices of Christopher Nunes.
The San Francisco Film Society embraces the art and innovation
of the world's most imaginative storytellers, who use the moving
image to educate, entertain and enrich the audiences of the world.
The flagship program of the Film Society is the San Francisco
International Film Festival, the first and longest-running film
festival in the Americas, founded in 1957.
Since 1957 the San Francisco International Film Festival has
brought the finest in world cinema to Bay Area audiences and played
a leading role in enriching and expanding Northern California's
film culture. The Festival sprung from and compliments the uniquely
diverse and open-minded cultural climate of San Francisco, making
it an exemplary milieu for the premieres of international films.
In 2005 some 250 filmmakers, talent, producers, and industry representatives
presented their work to 77,000 film fans, distributors and industry
professionals; in all 185 films, including 47 world, international,
North American and U.S. premieres, debuted to SFIFF audiences.
Guests who have recently attended the San Francisco International
Film Festival include Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, Aidan
Quinn, Alan Rudolph, Annette Bening, Arnaud Desplechin, Benjamin
Bratt, Charlotte Rampling, Chris Cooper, Claire Denis, Clint Eastwood,
Costa-Gavras, Courteney Cox, Cyd Charisse, Daniel Craig, Danny
DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Dermot Mulroney, Dustin Hoffman, Esther
Williams, Ethan Hawke, Faith Hubley, Fernando Birri, Francis Ford
Coppola, Gary Ross, George Lucas, Hanif Kureishi, Helen Mirren,
Jacques Rozier, Jeff Bridges, Jim Jarmusch, Joan Allen, Jon Else,
Kenneth Anger, Kevin Spacey, Kim Ki-Duk, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Lily
Tomlin, Lucrecia Martel, Manny Farber, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin
Van Peebles, Metallica, Milos Forman, Miranda July, Morgan Spurlock,
Paolo Cherchi Usai, Pat O'Neill, Patrice Chereau, Patricia Clarkson,
Paul Haggis, Peter Coyote, Peter Sarsgaard, Rita Moreno, Robert
Altman, Robin Williams, Robin Wright Penn, Roger Michell, Sally
Potter, Saul Zaentz, Sean Penn, Stockard Channing, Susan Sontag,
the Talking Heads, Taylor Hackford, The RZA, Todd Solondz, Tom
Waits, Treat Williams, Warren Beatty, Wayne Wang, Winona Ryder,
Zhang Yimou and numerous others.