Saturday, August 13, Artists’ Television Access in conjunction with Cinema Speakeasy SF will be premier Anthony Ferraro’s new film The Writer.

Based on the novel Hunger by Knut Hamsun, the film follows a homeless writer in search of bettering his life and publishing his work. An encounter with a woman gives him new hope, but he finds it’s not so easy.

“The movie is about a man’s desire to pursue his art at any expense,” Ferraro says. “It turns out, mentally and physically, the expense is high.”

A former San Francisco local and Current TV employee, Ferraro was hit by the economic downturn in 2008, so while on unemployment he and some friends began production on the film in 2009 and finished post-production in LA in 2010.

As for how ATA and Cinema Speakeasy SF became involved with the screening, Ferraro says:

With so many DIY filmmakers like myself, film festivals have become a racket. The feeling is cold and exclusive. Many micro cinemas Like ATA and Cinema Speakeasy SF are warm and inviting. They actually watch the films and show them. We sent the film to many festivals and it is a big expense. You don’t hear from them for months and when you do its a form letter. ATA and Cinema Speakeasy SF got back to us in days and scheduled a screening within a month . It’s a beautiful thing.

He concluded, “It’s a movie made in SF by SF people and now supported by that same community.”

Saturday August 13, 2011


Artists’ Television Access

992 Valencia Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Tickets: $6 at the door

The Writer Trailer