gripe dept: Dear Mr. Mayor.......
I am a San Francisco voter, homeowner, and taxpayer.
I recently saw an extraordinary film called QUALITY OF LIFE shot for $30,000 in San Francisco by a San Franciscan. It’s playing at the U.A. Galaxy. It premiered last year the Berlin Intl Film Festival.
The filmmakers were very enthusiastic about the support they received from the Film Commission. I’ve experienced the same thing, and I thank you for all your effort in making this a more pro active department.
Unfortunately, the same level of enthusiasm and encouragement for up and coming San Francisco directors is not shared by the local tax supported non-profit San Francisco Film Society and S.F. International Film Festival. QUALITY OF LIFE, was rejected by our local festival. This is not the first time local unkown feature filmmakers have been snubbed, even though their films were widely regarded as good.
Local films, with local grassroots shoe string financing especially need our support. Making the film is the easy part, but marketing, and promotion is tough. The San Francisco Intl Film Festival is in a position to be an active participant in helping promote local unkown San Francisco feature filmmakers, and introducing them to the international film community.
There is a big difference between wooing Hollywood productions (most of which have no interest in doing post production here), and growing a grass roots, viable San Francisco filmmaker community which lives and works in San Francisco. The S.F. Film Society needs to be an active participant in supporting and promoting unkown San Francisco narrative filmmaking directors.
Anything you can do to encourage this would be appreciated. Local residents want to see local films.