55th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 19-May 3, 2012

By Janine Gericke. This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) has an astounding lineup, including a wide array of narrative features, documentaries, short films, and special presentations. Special Events Two of the SFIFF’s former directors have passed away in the last year and, to honor them, two of this year’s tentpole events […]

Rob Byrne and the resurrection of Abel Gance’s Napoléon

By Michael T. Toole. For the last two weekends of March in Oakland’s Paramount Theater, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) presented Abel Gance’s, thrilling, sweeping epic, Napoléon (1927). This showcase had the air of a once in your lifetime happening, and for many of us that very well […]