Oct 22, 2013
Artist Development, SFFILM
The San Francisco Film Society announces its first annual Fall Celebration, which seeks to honor creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in cinema. Fruitvale Station, Her, Nebraska and The Square will be honored at the premiere gala celebration. The event, co-chaired by filmmakers and SFFS Board Members Victoria Raiser and Todd Traina and hosted by fellow Board Members Sid Ganis and Chris Columbus, will take place on Thursday, November 14. Ryan Coogler, Spike Jonze, Michael B. Jordan, Jehane Noujaim, Alexander Payne and June Squibb will be in attendance.
“The San Francisco Bay Area has a unique perspective on film, with different values than any other city’s,” said San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Ted Hope. “The world knows our directors but we have more industry leaders than any other city other than New York or Los Angeles. This is such a vibrant and diverse community, where creativity and innovation are valued more than any other place in the world. What we chose to celebrate with this new event will soon be recognized as setting the standard worldwide.”
The evening will be among the first on the industry calendar and distinguish itself from others by recognizing extraordinary creative participants and celebrate specific contributions made in film that represent the core values of the Film Society and the Bay Area. SFFS also produces the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas; provides media literacy training to more than 10,000 Bay Area students and teachers annually through its education program; and provides over $1 million in funding and support to films each year including Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Benh Zeitlin’s Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild.
“The Fall Celebration is a great way to further link like minds in the Bay Area and Hollywood,” said San Francisco Film Society board member Sid Ganis. “The focus of the Awards Season has now been broadened to the Bay Area where there are thousands of creative artists in all areas of filmmaking.”
The San Francisco Film Society is thrilled to be hosting its inaugural Fall Celebration at The Battery. The Battery, a contemporary private club opening in fall 2013, is poised to forever alter the look and feel of San Francisco’s social scene. Paying tribute to the historic 1907 building in Jackson Square, the joint efforts of owners Michael and Xochi Birch, Creative Director Ken Fulk and architecture firm FME, have restored a brick marble warehouse and given it modern yet timeless glamour. A mix of highly curated art, design and vintage pieces on every level-from the ground-floor gym to the members-only gathering spaces to the penthouse-redefines the notion of a social club.
“We’re delighted to be able to host this fantastic new event in a space as innovative and dynamic as The Battery,” said SFFS Board Member and event co-chair Todd Traina. “This is a perfect match-the Film Society’s entry into the fall awards season couldn’t have a better home than San Francisco’s newest and hottest social club.”
For information about tickets to the Fall Celebration, visit my.sffs.org/fallcelebration.
The San Francisco Film Society appreciates generous support from The Battery and Ken Fulk, as well as media sponsor Variety.