Continuing its fall line up of mini-festivals, the San Francisco Film Society will next feature Cinema by the Bay. Running November 9-11, the series highlights new and established filmmakers from the local area.

Cinema by the Bay opens with Trattoria.


Now in it’s fourth year, the Cinema by the Bay series is about looking at the medium of film through the eyes of filmmakers who are from, or currently live, in the Bay Area. Some films explore San Francisco and it’s surrounding areas, while others travel the world through the eyes of a Bay Area native. More importantly, the series provides an in-depth look into the local film culture—its present and its future.

Kicking off the series on November 9 is the debut film from Jason Wolos, Trattoria, about a man’s attempt to get his new restaurant off the ground when his estranged son suddenly comes into the picture. Offering a family drama wrapped into the foodie culture of the Bay Area, Wolos is expected to be in attendance and the festival’s opening night party will follow at Yoshi’s San Francisco.

Other highlights include Casablanca Mon Amour, with director John Slattery expected to appear at the November 10 screening, which chronicles the journey of two Morrocan college students as they journey into the Sahara desert while exploring how Morroco has been portrayed in Hollywood films. The documentary film Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is a window into the life of Jason Becker, a musician who was poised for stardom as guitarist for David Lee Roth in the 80s when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and given three to five years to live. There is even a work-in-progress screening of The Revolutionary Optimists from Maren Grainger-Monsen and Nicole Newnham about an Indian man named Amlan Ganguly and the children he helps over the course of three years. The series will close with another debut film, CXL, from local San Franciscan Sean Gillane about one writer’s frustration with the trajectory of his life and the woman he meets who attempts to change it.

The series also offers non-film events such as A Conversation with Lucy Gray, the San Francisco-based artist who will be on hand to discuss her work and career, as well as Moving Image at the End of the World: Shorts from Headlands Center for the Arts, featuring a number of short films made by the artistic coalition.

For more information and tickets go to San Francisco Film Society’s official Cinema by the Bay website here.