San Francisco International Film Festival

Friday, Apr 9, 2021 at 10:00am

Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123

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SFFILM champions the world’s finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area.

10:00am: Peter Nicks: George Gund III Award
Join us in recognizing Peter Nicks with the 2021 George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award.

Oakland High School’s 2020 senior class faces extraordinary challenges beyond graduation and college applications even before COVID-19 disrupts the school year. Led by an activist student council, the largely African American and Latinx student body demands the school board remove police from campus, a defiant act that eerily foreshadows the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death. In shining a light on these courageous youths, The Waiting Room and The Force Director - Peter Nicks brings his Oakland trilogy to a riveting close. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Peter Nicks is also this year’s recipient of the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award. Established in 2011, this award pays homage to the film lover and philanthropist whose unwavering support of SFFILM spanned more than four decades. It is given to members of the film community in recognition of their distinguished service to cinema as an art form. George Gund III also believed that the Bay Area had a special role to play in championing social justice issues. Peter’s work and filmography undeniably embody the spirit of this special recognition. Homeroom will be followed by an award conversation with Peter Nicks and SFFILM Executive Director - Anne Lai.

Director - Peter Nicks

10:00am: Sloan Science on Screen: “Overclockers”
SFFILM’s 2021 Sloan Science in Cinema Prize goes to Overclockers, in which the science of aeronautics comes into play as a young inventor develops a next-generation blimp. Join us for a deep dive into the science behind the film as San Francisco critic Michael Fox moderates a conversation between director/co-writer Michael Wnuk and Debbie G. Senesky, Stanford University Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Principal Investigator of the EXtreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab).

Karol, a young aviator with a brilliant mind but limited means invents a next-generation zeppelin. Forming a partnership with his best friends from childhood and an enemy, Karol sacrifices everything to see his dream realized. But his exacting standards and a fundamental misunderstanding of his associates endanger the project, while his single-mindedness threatens his relationship with his girlfriend Justyna. Director/co-writer Michal Wnuk makes a buoyant feature debut with a drama that balances a portrait of stubborn ambition with the fascinating details of the object of his obsession.

Director, Overclockers Michael Wnuk

Location: Online

6:30pm: Opening Night: Naked Singularity
John Boyega cements his leading-man status in this mind-blowing adaptation of the award-winning novel. He plays Casi, an impassioned but volatile public defender, who stumbles onto a heist situation involving an impounded SUV containing heroin worth millions of dollars. With the help of two friends, he aims to liberate the stash while grappling with corrupt cops, violent cartel members, and a world possibly headed toward complete physical transformation. This World Premiere costars Olivia Cooke, Linda Lavin, Tim Blake Nelson, Ed Skrein and Bill Skarsgård.

Director - Chase Palmer

If you would like to attend the regular screening, please join us for the 9:30pm show

Location: Fort Mason Center

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