Film Is Alive and Well….at Least for the Present

Keeping FILM Alive The Continued Survival of Celluloid by Ron Merk  For those of ups who grew up with the movies, the term “film” is one that not only means the movie, itself, but also the stuff on which the movie was made and presented, the film stock. There have been rumors for years now that film is dead. Well,...

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ONE OF THE BEST FILM FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Amazing Stories Told by Amazing Filmmakers by Ron Merk Each year I look forward to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in the same way that a cool breeze in Tel Aviv would be greeted in mid-summer. It’s a relief from the “big” Hollywood films and a door that opens into a world not...

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BUS STOP – Classic Film Review

BUS STOP A Classic Film Review by Ron Merk I had a chance to see ”Bus Stop” at the tribute to actor Don Murray at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco last evening, and I have to say it’s simply one of the great films of American cinema. Based on the William Inge play, and directed by theater and film...

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A SPECIAL WEEKEND IN SAN FRANCISCO WITH ACTOR DON MURRAY

Don Murray and Marilyn Monroe in “Bus Stop” A Special Weekend with Actor, Don Murray A Unique Chance to Discover His Work and See Him in Person by Ron Merk For those of you who were born in the last 25 years, the name Don Murray may not mean much to you. But in his prime, he was as big...

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Intermission – Time To Think About the Future

Intermission By Ron Merk I wake up every day, full of enthusiasm and excitement for what I do. Make movies, distribute movies and write about movies. But after the initial enthusiasm wears off about the same time as the caffeine from two cups of great San Francisco Graffeo’s coffee, I have to look myself straight in the eye and ask,...

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The Way We (All) Were

The Way He Looks A Touching Drama from Brazil Film Review by Ron Merk This wonderful coming of age film from Brazil screened last night at the Castro Theater, part of this year’s Frameline LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco. Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the...

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