Francisco - A sold out crowd of 650 filmgoers opened the San
Francisco Independent Film Festival Thursday, January 11 with
the comedy STANDING ON FISHES. The filmmakers Meredith Scott
Lynn and Bradford Tatum received a standing ovation before following
the crowd to the amazing after party at SomArts Gallery which
featured DJs, performances, live video mixing and plenty of
food and drink for all.
The festival officially wrapped 11 days later at the Fine
Arts Cinema in Berkeley with the screening of Evan Oppenheimer's
comedy about indie film makers and indie film festivals, THE
AUTEUR THEORY. In between, the festival hosted 21 feature
films, 17 short animated works, and 5 programs of shorts.
A total of 71 films were presented to an audience of over
7000. This represents an amazing 65% increase in attendance
over the previous year's fest.
Immediately after the festival wrapped, the IndieFest staff
packed up 5 features from the Festival and one documentary
from The Digital Underground, an IndieFest mid-year program,
and joined Philadelphia's Lost Film Festival to present two
days of films in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film
Festival. This underground program of edgy eclectic films
received attention on many trade publication and was a chosen
as a Yahoo! pick of the day.
Back in San Francisco the Audience Award ballots were tallied.
The Audience Award for Best Feature Film went to Peter Hyoguchi's
FIRST, LAST & DEPOSIT, a profoundly touching film about a
single mother and daughter who suddenly find themselves homeless.
The Audience Award for Best Documentary was awarded to Rick
Rowley and Jacquie Soohen's BLACK AND GOLD, a powerful look
at a New York street gang that tried to transform into a political
activist organization and found themselves a threat to the
status quo. The Audience Award for best Animation went to
local animator Nina Paley for PANDORAMA. The Audience Award
for Best Short Film was awarded to Jeanne Finley and Doug
DuBois' LOSS PREVENTION a short documnetary about an elderly
woman's obsession with shoplifting.
The IndieFest staff also awarded two prizes to their favorites.
The Staff Prize for Best Feature was awarded to Tom Sawyer
for THE STRANGE CASE OF SENOR COMPUTER, a hilarious and wholly
original film that explores death, sex, existence and credit
cards through the experiences of a computer named Ike. The
IndieFest Staff Prize for best short went to Don Hertzfeldt's
REJECTED, also a hit at last weeks Sundance Festival.
This year's IndieFest was sponsored by Adamation, a software
company with an amazing new piece of editing software coming
out this spring called personalStudio. Retailing for less
than $50, personalStudio will help further the digital revolution
by putting powerful editing tools in the hands of anyone with
Other Festival supporters include the Screen Actors Guild,
Eveo.com, RedBull, The SF Bay Guardian, Cineric, Hotel Bijou,
AIVF, Creative Technology, Sierra Nevada, Rainbow Grocery,
Filmmaker Magazine, Lost Weekend Video, Sfstation.com and
the Academy of Art College.
The SF IndieFest was begun three years ago to showcase the
best works in the growing field of American independent cinema.
Now a year round organization, IndieFest has more prgrams
planned for 2001. Be on the look out for another program of
all digital work, a long weekend of new documentaries and
The next San Francisco IndieFest is scheduled for January
31-February 10, 2002. For more information contact Festival
Director Jeff Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org