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7pm Thursday, meet Cheyenne Jackson -  in his own words, "AmFAR's bitch."  He's an award-winning Broadway actor, movie star, songwriter and singer who tonight and tomorrow sings classic film songs in “Hello Gorgeous!” Cheyenne Jackson Goes to the Movies with the San Francisco Symphony. On tonight's Out in the Bay, a sampling of his music -- including a short a cappella in-studio special just for us -- and he talks about his creative and activist passions.

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Oakland activist and filmmaker Sheri Shuster has been advocating against the sex trafficking of youth for more than a decade. Her new film, 'Child Sex Trafficking: A Story About Love,' exposes and explores the world of girl trafficking in Oakland through the story and activism of trafficking survivor Leah Albright-Byrd. 

Tonight is opening night at CAAMFest, the country's largest Asian American film festival.  The 11 day event showcases local and international films focusing on Asian food, music, and people. Festival director Masashi Niewano spoke with KALW's Melanie Young about this year's festival highlights.

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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."

It may have been passed over for an Oscar nomination, but the New York Times calls The Lunchbox a Bollywood anomaly - a  quiet movie of unexpressed anguish and yearning instead of movies that clutch viewers by the throat and assault them with glamour, pizazz and dancing.

But what’s really surprising about  The Lunchbox is it actually really made a splash in India with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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.

We’re used to making movies here in California, but there are still places in the world where that art form is rare. Like in Saudi Arabia, which recently submitted an entry to the Foreign Film category of the Academy Awards for the first time ever. 

I Love You Box

Sep 25, 2013
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Love in India is often over the top. In the weekly magazine Open I read about a 30-year old lawyer in the town of Patna. He leaves I love you notes for his girlfriend written in blood. But he doesn’t slit his wrists to do it because  he says one needs to be innovative, not stupid. So it’s a little surprising to find a Hindi film making a splash with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

Revolutionary Optimists

Jun 12, 2013
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Whenever I hear the words film, slum, Kolkata my heart sinks a little. Whether it’s an Oscar winning documentary or a feature film, it always feels a little queasy – the poor as the object of pity.

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