SF IndieFest: Independent and Provocative.



By Lupita Peimbert (Cinema) – With an interesting lineup headed by “Frank & Cindy,”  almost 3 dozens of indie movies including a few Spanish-language films, and closing  with “Too Late,” the 18th San Francisco Independent Film Festival is on its way. SF IndieFest will hit three movie theaters, all in the Mission District, February 11th to 25th.

We had the opportunity to see two of the headliners:

  • Frank and Cindy, about the way a teenager thinks of his disfunctional parents.
  • Too Late, about strippers, weirdos, and a few sort of normal people.

Too Late is too dark for my taste. The dialogues are sometimes cheesy and silly, and maybe that is what makes some of the actors look like, simply said, bad actors. Yet, the movie is not short of interesting moments. The camera movements are refreshing, the music is a nice surprise, and overall the cinematography is quite good. For many of you who love strange, weird cinema, here is your thing. It was filmed in 35 mm, divided into 5 segments, and –I won’t tell you the rest, go see it. It is a no for me, but most likely a yes for some of you.


Frank and Cindy is a movie worth a few awards. It is based on a true story and it was so well done that you can’t tell the difference between documentary and fiction. Rene Russo and Oliver Plat lead with all of what  their names imply. They not only make a good couple, they make a a really funny, weird couple and parents. The main character is their teenage son, played by Johnny Simmons, who does a great job characterizing a good-hearted, rebelious teen confronting his own judging ways and moral dilemmas while judging his parents harshly.

Starting Thursday, February 11, these and other movies will play at the Roxie Theater, Brava Theater, and Alamo Draft House New Mission Theater.  Other special events will take place at 518 Gallery, Vortex Room, and Dance Mission; for more information check their page: www.sfindie.com.

For Spanish-language films, SF Indie Fest brings El Incidente y Los Parecidos, from Mexico. Many other countries are represented: Japan, Australia, Pakistan, and Canada.

Content by Lupitanews. #LupitaPeimbert  #LupitanewsCinema  @Lupitanews

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