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23rd Anniversary 2015-2016 Season At Spreckels Theatre

cameras and technology so accessible nowadays, more filmmakers can afford to make a film. The craft of good filmmaking doesn’t have to cost a lot of money if your story is compelling.

Who will participate in the Initiative Panel and Workshop? Joining the Reframed Pictures team are Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela (Out of Africa Films), Independent Spirit Award nominee Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army) and the much–anticipated filmmaker of India’s Daughter, Leslee Udwin. Anything you would like to add? We are really proud of SDFF’s growth and potential. It is now a significant asset for San Diego that can add millions of dollars and jobs to our economy. San Diegans no longer need to travel to Tribeca or Sundance to experience a film festival with major film premieres, filmmakers, celebrities and more—there is now one in their backyard. The entertainment industry is also excited and supportive of our growth. When we meet with studio heads or distributors to talk about the festival, they always say “What a great city… who doesn’t love San Diego?” They like coming here as much as we like having them. Now in its 14th year, SDFF begins on September 30th and runs through October 4th. “For more information, visit sdfilmfest.com.”

with The City Ballet Orchestra, John Nettles conducting

Mozart’s Requiem

November 13-15, 2015

The Nutcracker

December 11-23, 2015

Balanchine Masterworks 2016 March 4-6, 2016

Photo by Chelsea Penyak

How did the Social Justice Initiative develop and what is the philosophy behind it? At last year’s festival, filmmaker Thomas Morgan (“Best Documentary” for Waiting for Mamu) and I were talking about films that highlight global social issues. He had partnered with Susan Sarandon to launch Reframed Pictures, a company focused on producing documentaries with lasting social impact. Thomas, Susan and I talked about partnering on this initiative to reach a larger audience through SDFF. I am working closely with them to curate a powerful film track during the festival including Jack Robbins’ (Susan Sarandon’s son with Tim Robbins) documentary directorial debut about homelessness, Storied Streets. The idea of bringing international documentary filmmakers together for an in–depth panel discussion was also exciting. We plan to expand the initiative next year by taking these films and filmmakers out to high schools.

Funded in part by:

Romeo and Juliet May 6-8, 2016

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Profile for FINE magazine

FINE Magazine - San Diego - The Art Issue - October 2015  

In an office full of creatives, the Art Issue is the one that gets all of us buzzing months before publication! We toss around ideas like pi...

FINE Magazine - San Diego - The Art Issue - October 2015  

In an office full of creatives, the Art Issue is the one that gets all of us buzzing months before publication! We toss around ideas like pi...