Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015: SF International Film Festival

Fifty-nine Women Directors at the 2015 SF International Film Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival is coming up.  We talk with program director Rachel Rosen and filmmaker Jenni Olson.

Listen now or Get MP3. 19:44 min

Rachel Rosen is the director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society. She was director of programming for Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival for eight years. Previously, Rosen was associate director of programming for the San Francisco International Film Festival where she programmed for seven years.  She has worked in various capacities for the New York Film Festival, New York’s Film Forum, and Tri-Star Pictures. A graduate of Stanford University’s Master of Arts program in Documentary Film, Rosen directed Serious Weather, a short documentary that was shown at the Vancouver and San Francisco International Film Festivals, and the British Short Film Festival. She is an occasional contributor on the subject of documentary film to Film Comment magazine.

Jenni Olson talks with Kate about her film, The Royal Road. A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.

The Royal Road, all programs and festival films: http://www.sffs.org/sfiff58/program

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