Don’t mistake the Cinema By The Bay Film Festival simply as a platform for any budding local filmmaker with a camera to get their movie screened. This festival’s curators pride themselves on featuring only the best that the Bay Area has to offer. Last year I was turned onto great works of cinema such as Fanny, Annie and Danny and Rivers of A Lost Coast. For those of you who are eager to support the local film making scene and haven’t seen those films yet, see them!
As far as this year’s program is concerned, which takes place November 3rd through November 6th at SFFS/New People Cinema, I’m looking forward to the following: First off, there’s The Bat with Ava Mendoza, which features a live performance accompaniment from accomplished musician Ava Mendoza to the 1926 silent film, The Bat. Then there’s the short program highlighting the history and best of Canyon Cinema, Essential SF: Canyon Cinema. That program looks to be a great introduction into an important part of Bay Area cinema. But what I am looking most forward to is seeing the celebration of visionaries and contributors to the local cinematic community, Allie Light, Irving Saraf, Joshua Grannell (Peaches Christ), and Karen Larsen.
As always, check back with us the week leading up to this event for interviews and our take on which films we feel should be seen and which films would be better left alone.
Schedule and ticket info after the jump