Michael Guillen

ROXIE / ATA: PLAYBACK: 2006-2010

Artists' Television Access (ATA) celebrates the first five years of the ATA Annual Film & Video Festival with a retrospective screening at the Roxie, Playback: 2006-2010, April 19th, 2011, a selection of local and international works, celebrating unconventional films that... More »
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DFF 2011: AND THE WINNERS ARE....

Thrush by Gabriel Bisset-Smith won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Disposable Film Festival (DFF), cleverly narrating a relationship from start to finish through sequences of photographs.  It reminded me of when Jack Kerouac wrote that a day would come... More »
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SFIFF54: Crossovers From ND/NF

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF54) arrives late in the film festival calendar year and arguments can be made pro and con about this timing; but, looking at the bright side, those of us who have had the good... More »
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SFIFF54 2011 Press Conference: Highlights

An invigorated Executive Director Graham Leggat welcomed the crowd to the Opening Press Conference for the 54th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF54), then proceeded to justifiably boast about the expansion of San Francisco Film Society (SFFS)... More »
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SFIAAFF 2011: BAY RONG (CLASH, 2009)--VCinema Podcast Interview With Johnny Tri Nguyen & Thanh Van "Veronica" Ngo

"The New Wave has been the template for so many emerging national cinemas. If you come from a country that has had, for instance, a fairly consistent film industry but of films that outside their own country nobody knows and... More »
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WONDERCON 2011: PRIEST (2011)

The resuscitation of the classic western genre seems to occur whenever it's fused with another genre, producing dissonant hybrids, intriguing for their anachronistic elements. These hybrids seem to negate the threat mumbled through clenched teeth that, "There's just not room... More »
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WONDERCON 2011: Jon Favreau on COWBOYS & ALIENS (2011)

WonderCon fans started lining up three hours in advance to insure entrance into the Esplanade Ballroom to catch their first glimpse of exclusive footage from Jon Favreau's anticipated summer blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens (2011), an imaginative hybrid of the classic... More »
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FEARLESS: INDEPENDENT CHINESE DOCUMENTARIES: Lineup

[Our thanks to Frako Loden for providing her lineup preview.] The 21st-century marriage of the digital revolution with China's bid for First World status and the resulting collateral damage, has been a boon for documentary filmgoers outside China. Cheap, portable... More »
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THE DISPOSABLE & THE DISCONTINUOUS: Interview With Stephen Parr

Stephen Parr is an archivist, imagemaker and writer as well as the director of Oddball Film + Video, a stock footage company based in San Francisco whose main business is licensing unusual stock footage to producers of feature films, documentaries,... More »
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SFIFF54: LATINBEAT

San Francisco's film snobs and film sluts have been abuzz all weekend privy to the advance announcement offered San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) members of this year's lineup for the 54th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF54).... More »
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HBO: MILDRED PIERCE (2011): Interview With Todd Haynes

Even as I sit in good fortune conversing with Todd Haynes in the Sundance Kabuki's green room, anticipating the special San Francisco premiere of the first two episodes of his HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011) co-presented with the San Francisco... More »
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CARANCHO SCAVENGES BAYSIDE

One of my favorite films from 2010 is the Argentine dark thriller Carancho (2010), for which I've already provided a critical overview, as well as an interview with the film's director Pablo Trapero. Strand Releasing has picked up Carancho for... More »
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SFIFF54: Press Releases

[Our thanks to Michael Hawley for reviewing SFIFF54's press releases.] While the full line-up for the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF54) won't be made public until next Tuesday, the press releases announcing this year's awards, special events and... More »
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THE DISPOSABLE & THE DISCONTINUOUS: A Conversation With Nathaniel Dorsky

At the San Francisco Cinematheque screening of the restored print of Nathaniel Dorsky's Hours For Jerome, Part 1&2 (1980-82), Dorsky attempted to describe what it was like for him in his early 20s when he arrived in New York in... More »
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THE DISPOSABLE & THE DISCONTINUOUS: A Historical (Premodern / Postmodern) Note

"It's not easy to see things in the middle, rather than looking down on them from above or up at them from below, or from left to right or right to left: try it, you'll see that everything changes."--Gilles Deleuze... More »
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FIRST PERSON RURAL: THE NEW NONFICTION: Lisandro Alonso On LA LIBERTAD

"Film must provide audiences the opportunity to discover questions."--Lisandro Alonso. When I interviewed programmer Diana Sanchez at the 2010 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), she admitted--within the parameters of curatorial taste--her fascination with the appearance of a... More »
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THE DISPOSABLE & THE DISCONTINUOUS: Interview With Jonathan Rosenbaum

In his essay "The 21st-Century Cinephile" for Filmkrant's dossier on "slow criticism", Girish Shambu proposed an acknowledged dialectic between long (i.e., slow) and short (i.e., fast) forms of criticism, in an admirable effort to locate value in their symbiotic relation.... More »
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THE DISPOSABLE & THE DISCONTINUOUS: 2011 DFF: Interview With Carlton Evans

"The only real important filmmakers at the moment are the thousand and thousand YouTube providers."--Heddy Honigmann, in a Facebook entry dated Wednesday, March 12, 2011. With my preview entry of the 2011 Disposable Film Festival (DFF), I've launched a series... More »
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THE DISPOSABLE & THE DISCONTINUOUS: BAY AREA FILM CULTURE IN TRANSITION: 2011 DISPOSABLE FILM FESTIVAL (DFF)

Get ready to throw it away or throw it out there! San Francisco's unique Disposable Film Festival (DFF) was created in 2007 by Eric Slatkin and Carlton Evans to celebrate the artistic potential of disposable video: short films made on... More »
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"THE POLITICS & POETICS OF OBSOLESCENCE": THE MUBI INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS ELSAESSER

My thanks to Danny Kasman at MUBI for publishing my brunch conversation with Thomas Elsaesser, recently conducted inbetween panels at the UC Berkeley international symposium on silent cinema--Cinema Across Media: The 1920s. Equal thanks to Laura Horak and Althea Wasow... More »
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