54th San Francisco International Film Festival 21 April - 5 May 2011

Tributes

Big awards, big talents, big statements.

 

Midnight Awards
Saturday, April 23, 10:30 pm
W San Francisco
181 Third Street (at Howard)
$40 Midnight Club members, $45 members, $50 general

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The Midnight Awards honor a dynamic young American actor and actress who have made outstanding contributions to independent and mainstream cinema. The Midnight Awards take the shape of a late-night talk show featuring a special guest host who will interview the two young actors, show film clips of their work and present their awards. This year's recipients are Clifton Collins, Jr. and Zoe Saldana.

 

State of Cinema Address: Christine Vachon
Sunday, April 24, 9:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore)
$15 members, $20 general

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One of indie film's most formidable and well-respected figures, Vachon's take on the State of Cinema promises to enlighten and provoke. Vachon discusses her remarkable career as a producer of films such as Kids, I Shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Boys Don't Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Cairo Time (SFIFF 2010), as well as all of Todd Haynes's films and the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce.

 

An Evening with Oliver Stone
Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore)
$20 members, $25 general

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The Film Society presents the Founder's Directing Award to Oliver Stone, three-time Oscar winner for Best Director for Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989), and for Best Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express (1978). Stone will be honored with an onstage interview about his extensive directing career, and a selection of clips from his films will be followed by a screening of Salvador.

 

An Evening with Terence Stamp
Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm
Castro Theater
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore)
$20 members, $25 general

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Iconic actor Terence Stamp, recipient of the Peter J. Owens at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival, has created memorable onscreen characters with a remarkable blend of élan, intensity and charisma for nearly fifty years. Stamp will be honored with an onstage interview about his extensive acting career, and a selection of clips from his films will be followed by a screening of one of his signature works: Federico Fellini's phantasmagoric masterpiece Toby Dammit.

 

An Afternoon with Frank Pierson
Saturday, April 30, 12:30 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore)
$15 members, $20 general

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The Film Society presents the Kanbar Award to Frank Pierson, the voice behind some of the most enduring films in the canon of American cinema, including Cool Hand Luke and Dog Day Afternoon. Join the Festival in honoring Pierson with an onstage interview prior to a screening of the iconic 1975 film that won him an Academy Award, Dog Day Afternoon.

 

An Afternoon with Matthew Barney
Saturday, April 30, 5:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore)
$20 members, $25 general

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This year's Persistence of Vision Award recipient, multimedia artist Matthew Barney, joins the Festival for an onstage interview followed by a screening of Drawing Restraint 17, the latest installment in his monumental Drawing Restraint series.

 

An Afternoon with Serge Bromberg
Sunday, May 1, 5:00 pm
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street (near Market)
$15 members, $20 general

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This special program, entitled Retour de Flamme: Rare and Restored Films in 3-D and hosted by 2011 Novikoff Award recipient Serge Bromberg, presents some of the earliest examples of 3-D motion pictures—as well as some contemporary gems—with gifted raconteur Bromberg himself providing a delightful piano accompaniment. In addition to the 3-D work of the Lumière Brothers other rarities by Georges Méliès, Norman McLaren, Charley Bowers, Chuck Jones and the Disney Studios are included.