Film Festival

The 39th annual Frameline Film Festival, which features films and shorts about the LGBTQ experience, starts tomorrow in San Francisco.

One short film, The Typist, reaches back 60 years to tell the story of Otto Bremerman, a closeted gay Navy man who served as an office clerk during the Korean War. He was responsible for typing up dishonorable discharges of colleagues outed for being gay. Filmmaker Kristine Stolakis discovered Bremerman’s story in the oral history archives at the San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society. She joined KALW’s Audrey Dilling in our studio to talk about the process of bringing an audio story to life on the screen.

San Francisco Himalayan Film Festival

When the San Francisco Himalayan Film Festival kicks off Friday at the 9th Street Independent Film Center, many of those profiled on screen will still be coping with disaster. On Saturday, a catastrophic magnitude 7.9 earthquake rocked Nepal, more than 4,600 people dead and 9,000 injured, including a small handful of visitors from the Bay Area who were trekking up Mount Everest. Casualties continue to mount. Nearly ten million people have been impacted – more than a third of the country – and large sections of the capital, Kathmandu, are in ruins.



On the October 30th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with filmmakers featured in the upcoming American Indian Film Festival. How can culture be a tool of healing for people forced to give up ancestral lands and move onto smaller reservations challenged by poverty? We'll also talk about the uses and mis-uses of Native culture in today's society, including the prevalent use of people as mascots for schools and football teams. What are the consequences of cultural appropriation? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

In  Marin County the  Mill Valley Film Fest  is underway. It opens Thursday October 2, and this week we're featuring some of the many local documentary makers in this year’s program.

Today, we explore the film FREE, which follows young dance students at Destiny Arts in Oakland as they navigate harsh realities like abuse, violence, suicide attempts, and absent parents, all while preparing for a big dance performance that compels them to express their innermost fears. Director Suzanne Lafetra came to the studio, to talk about the film. A note to our listeners, this interview contains a description rape.

The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival will screen over 40 films from more than a dozen countries beginning this week.  Executive Director Ana Blanco stopped by KALW to give us a preview of this year’s program.

"When I go to the ocean now I realize, that what might be happening to us here locally, is probably happening to somebody else halfway around the world as well."

A Big Screen Must See

Jan 15, 2014

Satyajit Ray is India’s most acclaimed filmmaker.  But from Friday, January 17th, film lovers in the Bay Area will be able to see something people in India don’t really get to experience anymore. The films of Ray, restored and cleaned, on the big screen.

The Pacific Film Archive will screen the films of Satyajit Ray starting Jan. 17th.

  Another Hole in the Head is the most popular indie horror and sci-fi film fest in San Francisco and it is marking its tenth year this month by expanding its usual two-week run to three with more locations, more movies, and more local filmmakers. George Kaskanlian spoke with KALW’s Ashleyanne Krigbaum about what creeps you’re in for this year.