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June 25, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

In the last decade, the fight against breast cancer has commercially skyrocketed. Commercially. In the United States, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 23 seconds, and every 69 seconds, a person dies due to the disease (via Your Call). Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a documentary that deals with the ever-growing popularity of the “pink ribbon” and the stories and controversies behind it. The film is based on the book Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, by Queen’s Unviersity professor Samantha King.

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April 18, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

“Bully” granted PG-13 rating after making small cuts

After weeks of debate, The Weinstein Company made a compromise with the MPAA, in order to give their bullying documentary “Bully” a PG-13 rating, in order to let children see the important film. The film had been given an R rating for language, specifically six uses of the f-word. The film was released at first unrated, as The Weinstein Company refused to release it with the R rating, but now have agreed to minor cuts in order to achieve a PG-13. The most controversial scene was left intact, with it’s three uses of the word, while two uses in the backgrounds of other scenes and one use of the word toward the beginning were all removed. Typically any film with over one uses of the word is given an R rating, but the MPAA made what the film’s director called a “historic decision” by granting this film a PG-13. The film will be playing soon at the Rafael.


February 22, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

Release Date Set for Sundance Sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

This year the most talked about film at the Sundance Film Festival had
been practically unheard of, as was filmmaker Benh Zeitlin. However
after only one screening distributor Fox Searchlight picked up the
film, one that later went on to win the Grand Jury Prize. Searchlight
has now set the film for a limited June 29 release. Sundance described
the film as “Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her
father, Wink, in ‘the Bathtub,’ a southern Delta community at the edge
of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the
universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When
Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of
whack-temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of
prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the
aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of
her lost mother.”

Via /Film

February 15, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

New Mission theater possibly being renovated

The historic New Mission Theater in San Francisco could possibly be
renovated by renowned Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse
Cinemas (Who in 2005 were named “The #1 movie theater in the country
doing it right” by Entertainment Weekly, #3 being San Francisco’s The
Castro Theater). Drafthouse would like to turn the cinema built in
1916 into a five screen theater, however without destroying the style
and architecture of the original building. The theater, a historical
landmark, has been closed since 1993. However the Historic
Preservation Commission, who are in charge of approving the project,
have yet to decide weather or not to let Drafthouse restore the
theater. They met today, where Drafthouse was given suggestions by the
committee, and with have their official plans approved at a later
date. If it were to succeed, it would be the first Drafthouse in

(via SFIST)

February 15, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

Opening 12 minutes of “Sound of My Voice” released

At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, one of the many new faces to catch
everyone’s attention was Brit Marling, co-writer and star of two films
at the festival. The first of them, “Another Earth.” was already
released back in July 2011 by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The second,
“The Sound of My Voice,” also bought by Searchlight, has been delayed
until now, and will be released on April 27 this year. The film,
directed by newcomer Zal Batmanglij, stars Marling as the leader of a
cult, who claims she is from the future. A journalist and his
girlfriend join the cult to try and investigate her, bit are quickly
pulled in as well. Searchlight has released the opening 12 minutes of
the film, as opposed to the standard trailer. You can watch it below,
and get a taste of what to expect from the film.

via /Film

February 8, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

Sweetwater Music Hall Opens in Mill Valley

A group of partners including Mill Valley resident and a found band
member of The Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, are opening the Sweetwater
Music Hall. In hopes of bringing back the original and legendary
Sweetwater that closed in 2007, received approval from City Hall in
September 2010 and has undergone extensive renovations. The new
location is at the 107-year-old Masonic Hall, at 19 Corte Madera
Avenue. World famous musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Carlos
Santana, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt used Sweetwater
like a clubhouse for their jam sessions for more than thirty years.
The new venue opened on January 27th with a show by the Outlaws.
Tickets are already on sale online at

Sweetwater has been equipped with an industry standard sound system
and video streaming capabilities. The Masonic Hall also houses a
restaurant led by chef Gordon Drysdale. It has been announced that it
will focus on a happy hour fare and will introduce breakfast and lunch
by spring. The new owners plan to carry on the Sweetwater tradition as
a community gathering place and a live music venue. Weir and other
investors hope to book nationally recognized events as well as promote
a growing a community of local and emerging artists.

February 8, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

SXSW Midnighters Lineup Unveiled

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has released its 2012 line-up of Midnighters. A few films are making their world premiere, including: Steven C. Miller’s “The Aggression Scale,” Ciarán Foy’s “CITADEL,” Austin Chick’s “Girls Against Boys,” Joko Anwar’s “Modus Anomali,” Paco Plaza’s “[REC] ³ GENESIS” and Pascal Laugier’s “The Tall Man.” The SXSW has also announced that there will be a secret unannounced screening of a soon to be released feature film. SXSW Senior Programmer & Operations Manager Jarod Neece describes the Midnighters as “…highlights those that go a bit crazier, gorier, and all-around balls out-ier.”

SXSW kicks off with the world premiere of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s “The Cabin in the Woods” on March 9th and will end on March 17th with Emmett Malloy’s “Big Easy Express.” 132 short films from 3,306 submissions have been announced that will screen as part of 12 short programs. “The shorts selected this year truly maximize the form’s potential,” said Shorts Programmer Claudette Godfrey.

To see the full lineup of the films featured in the Midnighters, click here.


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