Francisco Independent Film Festival (AKA SF IndieFest)
will present The Second Annual Digital Video Underground
Festival July 26-29, 2001 at Zeum, located at Fourth
and Howard Streets in the Yerba Buena Center.
Hot on the heels from a highly successful spring documentary
series (SF DocFest), the San Francisco IndieFest continues
its year round series of programming with a festival that
focuses on the new wave of digital video.
"We are in the privileged position of being able to witness
the birth of the "Golden Age of Digital Video," says Digital
Underground programmer Bruce Fletcher. "For the last decade
or so, only Peter Greenaway with Prospero's Books and The
Pillow Book made feature narrative films that originated on
videotape, yet managed to play in commercial theatres. The
rules changed when Hollywood caught the unmistakable and irresistible
scent of money trailing behind The Blair Witch. The shocking
success of that film proved that if an audience is captivated,
then presentation (i.e budget) and production format simply
don't matter. On the other hand, artists saw a cheap way to
create uncompromised work and explore a multitude of distribution
strategies: theatrical, the Film Festival circuit, television
and the Internet."
With Time Code, Bamboozled, The Anniversary Party and many
other digital films continuing to make inroads to the multi-plexes,
San Francisco's Digital Underground Festival is Ground Zero
for this Digital Revolution.
The Digital Underground Film Festival would not be possible
without the support of these local companies: SF Weekly, Frame
by Frame Productions, Adamation, The Center for Electronic
Art, Zeum, Jillian's, Galaxy Deserts, Sierra Nevada Brewing
Company, Creative Technologies, Pearl Vodka, The Blow Up Lab
and SF Station.
The Digital Underground takes place July 26-29, 2001 at Zeum,
221 Fourth Street at Howard. All films are projected digitally.
All tickets are $7.50 except the Opening Night Gala which
is $10 and includes admission to the after party
at JillianÕs. Advance tickets are available with no service
charge at www.sfindie.com and through TicketMaster
by calling 415.421.TIXS.