Ed Rampell: As seems fitting, the filmfest takes place right in the heart of Tinseltown, anchored at the Roosevelt Hotel where, appropriately, the very first Academy Awards ceremony took place in the late 1920s.
As the FBI makes headline news again, a San Francisco filmfest and panel recalls when, starting in 1947, the FBI and U.S. government persecuted artists and activists, driving many into exile during the Hollywood Blacklist/McCarthyism Cold War era. Despotic Senator Joe McCarthy’s right-hand man was Roy Cohn – Trump’s attorney and mentor – who helped […]
Ed Rampell: Big budget studio productions, superhero, special effects-driven pictures, sequels and “A Star is Boring” remakes need not apply for the Spirit Awards, which pay homage to personal, character-driven cinema that says something about the human condition.
Gay Italian Communist Party member Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 movie uses a “you are there” documentary style to depict a liberation theology Jesus of Nazareth.
More militant than and written before The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck depicted a bitter Red-led strike in California’s orchards in his 1936 novel.