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Tim Cawley’s “From Nothing, Something: A Documentary on the Creative Process”

SaraQuinthree-stars15With a seemingly simple no frills flip of the wrist, director Tim Cawley has tossed his filmmaking hat into the world of documentaries with a movie about, well, I believe the title says it all.

So, how does one actually go about exploring the anatomy of the creative process? I’m sure there are many ways to do this, Cawley however opts for a methodically direct approach. And although not very cinematic, the effectiveness of its straightforward presentation provided me with more than enough umph to overlook those usual elements that I tend to seek in what I deem to be rewarding cinema. The reward in this movie didn’t present itself to me in the form of impressive lighting, creative camera work, a mind-blowing score, or any other devices from a the documentarian’s toolkit, but rather it came to me immediately after the movie ended when I was struck with the same inspiring urges felt by the film’s subjects, at which point I immediately headed off to the music studio to work on songs with my band, Vulgar Trade (Click here to listen to three of our songs for free). Tell me a review on a movie about the creative process isn’t the perfect opportunity to shamelessly plug my musical creative outlet. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, on with the review. Read More…

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This Summer Cool Off With The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival

Summer only officially begun today (June 21st), but as we all know, here in San Francisco that means break out the wind breakers and prepare for the cold.  So, what better way to get in from the cold than to attend the 6th annual Frozen Film Festival at the Roxie Theatre.  This year the festival features films regarding hip-hop, fixed gear biking, mathematics, surfing, eroticism, and much much more.  Click on the jump for the entire schedule and ticket info.  See you there. Read More…

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival Has Arrived

Summer only officially begun last week, but as we all know, here in San Francisco that means break out the wind breakers and prepare for the cold.  So, what better way to get in from the cold than to attend the 5th annual Frozen Film Festival at the Roxie Theatre.

For two straight days, July 2nd and July 3rd, The Roxieplays host to a mix of eclectic films from local filmmakers throughout the Bay Area.  This year’s lineup will feature subjects such as dumpster diving, graffiti, vinyl figure collecting, Harvey Milk, global warming, surfing, skateboarding, animation, medical marijuana, breast cancer and the Bay Area prison system.  With a lineup like that, I challenge you to find something that doesn’t interest you about this place you call home, assuming of course that you do call the Bay Area home.

All the information, including movie times and brief descriptions of the films can be found at the San Francisco Film Festival home page.

So pack up some hearty soup and some hot coffee and come chill out at the Frozen Festival.

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