Video Club Film Mixer

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Tales of the obsessed, depressed and Unexplained

Join us Saturday November 4th for The Video Club Film Mixer!

Come hear about the Video Club’s latest Film Project and watch a collection of short psychological films. Every ticket enters you in our special raffle that will be awarded at the end of the night. The raffle prize is a high valued item. Emerging and established filmmakers and talent come join like-minded individuals for a fun filled night of networking, short films and prizes.

6:30pm-7pm Meet and Greet complimentary drinks

7pm-7:10pm Short Night Captain Presentation

7:10pm-8:10pm Collection of Short Psychological Films

8:10pm-8:45pm Last call for drinks and raffle prize presentation.

$25 TO ATTEND Buy Here

Ticket includes two drink tickets and one raffle ticket with entry. 50% of all proceeded will be going to the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Organization.

Those unable to attend the event that would like to support the film can donate $25 here  Donate Now

 

All About Peaches

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By Nicole De Meneses

It’s often been said that behind every great man is a great woman. In Joshua Grannell’s case, he is the exuberant filmmaker, performer behind the boisterous drag queen persona Peaches Christ.  As a young boy growing up in suburban Maryland in the 80’s while other little boys were playing baseball, he was attending drama workshops and acting classes. Always drawn to the theatre and performing arts, he had no idea that what started off as playful make believe would lead to a successful international drag career.

From a young age, Joshua was naturally obsessed with movies. Some of his favorite films to consume were Poltergeist, E.T., and Jaws with a heaping helping of Hitchcock Presents for desert.  It wasn’t until he was in junior High that he discovered the transgressive films of John Waters. Films like Pink Flamingos that were made in Maryland and were so far outside the Hollywood system that he realized directors could do more then just entertain, they could challenge societal norms and be outrageous.

As a teenager, Joshua’s cinematic tastes graduated to fantasy horror masters like Wes Craven and John Carpenter. Years later after graduating from Penn State and moving to San Francisco, Joshua started working for Landmark Cinemas and soon after pitched the idea for Midnight Mass.  A slew of musical drag performances and outrageous antics followed suit. For a Halloween event in 2001, he made a short hybrid film parody of Halloween meets Mommy Dearest called Season of the Troll. The film initially made for Peaches fans was so well received that a film programmer wanted to screen the film for the Frameline Film Festival. The following year in 2002 Joshua made another parody film called Nightmare on Castro Street. Peaches Christ fans were growing outside of the midnight screenings and finding a more mainstream audience.

In 2003 Joshua decided to start his very own festival called The San Francisco Underground Film Festival. Pre-YouTube and Vimeo, longing for a way to showcase his friends’ works the festival was a way to celebrate the outlandish and shocking. That same year Joshua decided to make an original film called Grindhouse. The film followed a mousy librarian that owned her own theatre and was killing people in the short films that she was screening. This short sparked the idea for the feature film All About Evil. Fast forward to 2007 Joshua had finished the feature script. Alas independent films are made much like his mousey protagonist films with blood sweat and tears, it would be two more years until shooting would start in 2009. In 2010 All About Evil debut to a sold out crowd at The Castro Theatre with John Waters in attendance.

ALL ABOUT EVIL: The Peaches Christ Experience in 4-D kicked off a 20 city tour that would take Joshua all the way back to Baltimore. The cast was a who’s who of horror and cinematic icons like Cassandra Peterson of Elvira fame and one of the Dreamlanders, Mink Stole, a John Waters collaborator. Their eagerness to participate in the film came from the genuine friendships that Joshua had formed over the years with them celebrating their cult works at midnight screenings. What started as a social drag event party had allowed him to work with his childhood heroes and had turned work relationships into authentic friendships. That young boy who had idolized the works or Steven Spielberg and John Waters had become what he had always admired, a filmmaker.

Gore and glamor consume All About Evil’s Deborah played with wickedly twisted perfection by Natasha Lyonne. Deborah is a lonely librarian who killed her mother with a ballpoint pen in a violent rage. She is embolden with a taste for the blood of anyone who stands between her fledgling film career and beloved movie theatre. Deborah starts screening a series of grizzly short films in an attempt to save her father’s old theatre, the shorts bring in a new audience of gore hungry fans.  Steven played by doe eyed Thomas Decker is a teenage fan who starts to suspect that there is more to Deborah’s films then red dye and corn syrup.  All About Evil is a camptastic gore ride with practical effects that will shock and delight even the most seasoned horror hound.

Joshua credits his over the top, monstrous, wild, larger then life and politically incorrect Peaches Persona to Freddie Krueger from Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and John Waters principle collaborator Divine. It was his love of Freddie mixed with his love of Divine that ultimately inspired him to be Peaches Christ. You can see Joshua Grannell as Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon and Bob The Drag Queen performing live at The Castro Theatre October 7th in Hocum Pokem @3pm & 8pm shows. You can purchase tickets to shows and get the All About Evil DVD at http://store.peacheschrist.com/

5th annual Pictoclik Film Festival

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Join us on the red carpet November 11th as emerging and established filmmakers from around the world battle it out for trophies, prizes and official bragging rights. Doors open at 7pm for the pre-party and promptly at 8pm for the screening.

VIP tickets start at $25 and General Admission $15. 

VIP includes: 2 drink tickets, keepsake program book, no wait entry lines, preferred seating in the theater, and official poster.
Buy Now Early Bird $25 | Regular $35 | At the door $45

General Admission: 1 drink ticket and keepsake program book.
Buy Now Early Bird $15 | Regular $25 | At the door $35

2017 Short Film Line Up

“Monday Dinh Thai | Drama
“The Tyranny of Distance” Gabriel Diamond | Documentary
“Stray Animals” Maria Julia de Paiva | Drama
“The Rage” Alrik Bursell | Thriller
“Rabbit Blood” Yagmur Altan | Animation
“Chocolate” Dru Miller| Drama
“Girl Knight” Deborah Attoinese | Comedy

OFFICIAL SELECTION – About Want and Need

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Since Will has lost his wife his relationships are completely moribund. Now he tries to get over his loss by projecting his problems onto Gertrude, his bird. But the new relationship does not seem to result in any improvements. Will projects his fears onto the helpless bird that just doesn’t seem to be open for this kind of mental training.

 

Key Cast: Steve Hudson, Louis Friedemann Thiele

Key Crew: Sarah Heinrich, Liv Scharbatke, Tobias Müller, Hanna Binswanger, Nicole Rothermel, Carol Ratajczak, Alexander Richter, Tim Markgraf, Sebastian Zeeden, Elias Kremer, Kiana Naghshineh

 

You can view About Want and Need at Cinema Preview in San Francisco August 25th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Heinrich, born 29.01.1985 in Kaiserslautern, began her career as a hairdresser to get closer to the desired profession as a theater makeup artist. Along the way, she discovered her love for puppets and finally for Character Animation. After a one-year internship at the Berlin postproduction company FX Factory she began her studies at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in 2010.
From puppet animation and hand drawn animation she finally arrived in the world of 3D animated films, where she has been now for 5 years.
She allways followed her passion for expressing emotions, acting and gestures.
With attention to detail, she completed her studies with her diploma film “About Want And Need”.

Director Statement

“About Want and Need is a story about loss and the art of letting go. There are many strange and abstruse ways to deal with a loss. Instead of going to therapy himself, Will prefers to treat his pet chicken Gertrude.

Good material to turn it into a short animation in which I can focus on acting and character animation.”

Adventures in Filmmaking

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By Nicole De Meneses

When it comes to the adventurous and often spontaneous world of video production, beginner auteurs and even season pros can get bogged down and side tracked by technical and business related issues that can distract from the creative process. Pull My Focus was created to provide tips and tricks to guide would-be creators through the trials and tribulations of filmmaking with cost effective, DIY solutions.  

Frank Dellario and Manu Smith, the force behind Pull My Focus, leverage their over 20 years of experience in the “biz” while keeping up to date on current film making techniques and trends. Constantly being bombarded by questions from friends and peers on recording dialogue properly and how to create film transitions, they were compelled to share their knowledge with the film community but in a fun and creative way through humorous videos.

They cite The Electric Company as one of the shows that have influenced the tone and presentation of their videos. The Electric Company was an educational children’s television series from the 70’s that used sketch comedy, cartoons, and songs to entertain their audience. One of the things that set Pull My Focus apart from other YouTube channels is their infectious sense of humor. You will be hard pressed to watch one of their videos and not crack a smile while learning a great deal in the process.

The other element that sets them apart from the YouTube pack is their years of working experience on film sets and in studios.  Frank got his start working as a PA while he attended The School of Visual Arts in NYC in 1987. He worked his way into the grip/electric department and has over 10 years of key and dolly grip experience. He also has 1st AD experience as well. He created a trade magazine called FilmCrew in 1992. Frank’s willingness to share his film knowledge has been a huge part of his life. FilmCrew published from 1994 to 2000 and had subscribers all over the world, with technical and fun articles geared to the film crew community.

Manu started working as a recording engineer in Brooklyn in 1990. In 1993 he opened up his own studio and teamed up with Frank to as one of the pioneers of Machinima Animation. Machinima uses the graphic engines of computer games to create animation in real-time. Manu did all the audio and coding needed for their early productions. The transition into editing was a natural fit. Assembling pictures to create a sequential story the same way he would assemble audio to create a track proved to be kismet.

The way the Pull My Focus team collaborates and works with one another is their biggest strength and greatest asset. Their skills complement each other in a yin-yang fashion. They write and shoot their own segments, Frank focuses on preproduction and production, and Manu focuses on editing and audio. Frank creates and assembles the shots for his segments and then sends them to Manu to finish. They have worked together for over 20 years. We should all be so lucky to have a creative partnership that rivals most marriages.

Some great behind-the-scene photos from a recent shoot: