SF IndieFest Comes Of Age!
This year, SF IndieFest celebrates La Quinceañera! It’s our 15th birthday and we will fiesta with films, parties, premieres, guests, and you!
The festival lineup includes a series of films with a coming-of-age theme, starting with our Opening Night Film, the US Premiere of Michel Gondry’s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) new film THE WE AND THE I, presented at Brava Theater. Quinceañera festivities to follow with DJs, live music, an open bar and, of course, birthday cake!
Other films throughout the festival that focus on youth and life changes include FUNERAL KINGS, I DECLARE WAR, THE STORY OF LUKE, and the shorts program INNOCENCE BURSTING.
As the festival comes of age, this year we also visit various ages through film. The 1970s are represented thematically in BERBERIAN SOUND SYSTEM and ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP. Our House of Psychotic Women sidebar (celebrating a new film book by that name by IndieFest programmer Kier-la Janisse) includes archival presentations of TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN and BORN INNOCENT (the latter at a special Vortex Room presentation).
We move into the 80s with two films that hark back to the glorious age of late night VHS: MANBORG and VIDEO DIARY OF A LOST GIRL. And this year our annual Valentine’s Day sing-a-long party expands to two programs: the breakup-song bonanza, 80’s POWER BALLAD SING-A-LONG is now preceded by a pro-love SUPER SECRET SING-A-LONG show, a film from 1984 about a troubled musician and his attempts to hold on to his band and his lady love. Can you guess which one we’re talking about?
IndieFest alumnus Greg Hatanaka (Mad Cowgirl, ’06) brings us into the 90s with BLUE DREAM, plus, we present THE BIG LEBOWSKI on 35mm as a midnight show at the Roxie, part of the 10th Annual Big Lebowski Party that kicks off right around the corner at 518 Valencia earlier that night.
The biggest event of the 00s is looked at from another angle in the World Premiere documentary FACELESS, while the porn industry’s meatgrinder is the subject of INSIDE LARA ROXX. We slide into present day with two powerful films, highly-reviewed THE REVISIONAIRIES, and the poetic Mexican film DAYS OF GRACE, this year’s Centerpiece Film.
Four films in the festival envision tomorrow. A tomorrow either comic (THE GHASTLY LOVES OF JOHNNY X, MANBORG, GHOSTS WITH SHIT JOBS, IT’S A DISASTER) or dire (ANTIVIRAL).
Wrap things up with our closing night film, Joe Swanberg’s ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY, which kicks off a whole weekend of Swanberg at the Roxie immediately following the festival.
Must-not-miss Festival parties include our returning pre-fest kick off event SUPER BOWL: MEN IN TIGHTS where our local comic geniuses provide commentary to the big game live at the Roxie. MISSION B.A.G. (Bad Art Gallery) returns to the 518 Valencia gallery with a pub quiz, a game show, a DJ party and the presentation by DC Shorts fest director Jon Gann and his new book BEHIND THE SCREENS: PROGRAMMERS REVEAL HOW FILM FESTIVALS REALLY WORK. And finally, the big news: the SF IndieFest ROLLER DISCO PARTY moves to a new home! Now conveniently located at the fabulous Women’s Building Auditorium at 18th and Valencia!
WIth so many parties, and so many films, it makes you wonder, is this a film festival with parties or a two week party with films?
Come down to IndieFest’s quinceañera to find out!