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Now in its second year, the SFFS Film Arts Forum—a bimonthly information-sharing, discussion, networking and professional development jamboree—will take a close look at two bloody (great) films to be featured in the Late Show section of the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival: All About Evil with director Joshua Grannell (aka Peaches Christ) and—fresh from Sundance—The Violent Kind with directing team the Butcher Brothers, Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores. The discussion, moderated by Rod Armstrong, will go straight for the jugular and reveal the fleshy parts of the Bay Area's most adept practitioners of horror. This will be a unique opportunity to develop an understanding of what drives the local dark industry and learn what the future holds for this underestimated and often shunned genre.

Joshua Grannell created the popular San Francisco late-night movie event Midnight Mass, hosting the weekly series of cult films as his drag queen character, Peaches Christ. Additionally, Grannell has directed a trilogy of campy horror shorts. His fourth effort, Grindhouse, served as inspiration for All About Evil, a hilarious tribute to 1980s slasher films in which a meek librarian turns sanguinary filmmaker after inheriting an old movie palace.

The Butcher Brothers are the filmmaking alter egos of Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores. Their first effort, 2006’s wicked and darkly comic The Hamiltons, played at various festivals and was released by Lions Gate Entertainment. For their latest film The Violent Kind, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the Butcher Brothers present a gruesome cautionary tale about a northern California biker gang that heads up to a rural cabin for a birthday party, little knowing what horrific circumstances await them.

Following the discussion, filmmakers in the audience are invited to participate in the Laptop Shop, a professional show-and-tell during which attendees screen clips from their current or recent projects on their laptops and solicit feedback from peers. It’s a vibrant exchange and a good opportunity to see what’s brewing in the Bay Area film world. Filmmakers wishing to screen their work should bring a short clip, headphones and a well-charged laptop. Participants are particularly encouraged to share horror-related projects.

Tickets $5 year-round SFFS members; $8 general; available in advance at sffs.org. Must be 21+ to attend.

Added by cinesoul on March 22, 2010

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