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This weekend brings not just Mother’s Day, but National Garden Day, too! Find out some ways to celebrate them both – and where you can exercise your mind and body – in this week’s Arts/Culture/Weekend!

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I’ve always been intrigued by the short features that are nominated for Academy Awards every year. Everybody (who watches movies) is familiar with the best picture nominees, the best actors, actresses, and directors. But only recently have I become aware that the shorts that win the same awards are available to be seen as well.


This weekend marks the Arab Film Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, with 40 films showing this year from all over the Arab world.

The Palestinian short film Private Sun deals with the ironic reality of being Vitamin D deficient in a sun-drenched country like Palestine. It’s increasingly a problem among the country’s women, many of whom cover their bodies in public.

Imagine you can witness the most beautiful, and most disturbing, sights in the world. Riding a hot air balloon over exquisite Burmese temples; descending into poisonous sulfur mines in Java; meeting robot clones in Japan; exploring factory farms in China. These are some of the images of Samsara: a new feature film from Emeryville director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson now showing in Berkeley and San Francisco.

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More of a police presence and better police community relations are good ways to prevent violence, but a group of young men in Oakland are trying a different approach. They call themselves "Warriors for Peace,” and they are part of a violence prevention program that equips and trains teens to make films about Oakland. The hope is that from behind a lens, they will see their city, and themselves, a little differently. 

While The Birds and Vertigo may be some of the more obvious classic films featuring the Bay Area, a new exhibit showing at the Old Mint building in San Francisco is exploring the obvious, the not so obvious, and the downright obscure. The exhibit is entitled "The Stuff that Dreams are made of: San Francisco and the Movies," and it shows scripts, collectibles, artwork and posters from films shot in San Francisco. One room is dedicated to movie posters from classic Noir films related to the City by the Bay.

D Street Media's CEO Dexter Davis: How does an openly gay African-American man become a film mogul? He acted like one. Hear Marilyn Pittman's interview with D Street Media CEO Dexter Davis. His global film production and distribution company includes productions in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.

Making "Reel" Change with Independent Film

Mar 13, 2012
San Francisco International Film Festival
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San Francisco has more film festivals than any other city in the country besides New York. In fact, the oldest film festival still running anywhere in the Americas is the San Francisco International Film festival - started in 1957. But San Francisco is also know as a progressive, activist city. Is there a connection between San Francisco’s activism and its love for independent cinema? What makes film such a powerful tool? And when art combines with public policy, do filmmakers have a responsibility more in line with journalists than artists?

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Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Ryan Balboa Be Bop Band

 

No, jazz legend Coleman Hawkins is not from the Bay Area, and he’s not back from the dead. But you’ll learn about him, and other jazz greats, in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “A Great Day in Harlem,” which you can see at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco on Sunday (January 29).

The program also includes live jazz from Jimmy Ryan’s Balboa Be-Bop Band, both before the film, and then again after.

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