3 films to check out at SF IndieFest

The San Francisco Independent Film Festival is truly, unabashedly weird. Among the bevy of film festivals — both in San Francisco and around the U.S. — SF IndieFest showcases and celebrates all forms of left-field, independent cinema worldwide. Adventurous film buffs and audiences bored by run-of-the-mill Oscar bait will all
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Cult following unmasked in JT LeRoy documentary

In the early 2000s, a damaged 15-year-old street kid named JT LeRoy took the literary world by storm, publishing sexually charged, avant-garde and heart-wrenching books that describe his traumatic upbringING. His first two books, “Sarah” and “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,” depict JT’s unnerving story as an extremely
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‘Beyond Clueless’ patronizes high school experience

If “Beyond Clueless” director Charlie Lyne gets anything painstakingly, gut-wrenchingly, hair-tearingly right, it’s the homogenization of the high school experience. As his documentary funnels disparate storylines into one cohesive — though rather shallow — narrative, the film exists as a pastiche of the modern understanding of high school rather than
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Indie film ‘Love Steaks’ tells biting love story

The phrase “low-budget, improvisational German romantic comedy” doesn’t immediately strike one as making for an appealing-sounding movie. But the foreign-language film “Love Steaks,” directed by Jakob Lass, hits a strange yet thoughtful nerve as it tells the story of two young hotel staff members who fall in love on the
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Film festivals prepare to take Bay Area by storm

Sundance season may be in full swing, but the Bay Area has some pretty awesome festivals of its own. Check out these upcoming events for film fanatics, all of which take place January through February. African Film Festival at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Jan. 17 –
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Film festival fails to frighten

Due to the sheer number of film festivals around the world, some naysayers would argue we need another one as much as we need another hole in the head. Here to dispel this notion is the San Francisco Indie Fest’s line up of horror and sci-fi films, aptly titled, you
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