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Making Morning Star
Academy Award–nominated filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar present engaging documentary about the creation of a new opera, Morning Star. This intimate look into the artistic process introduces composer Ricky Ian Gordon as he attempts to bring 11 years of ideation to life. With the help of librettist William M. Hoffman and stage director Ron Daniels, conservatory students fill out a 10-day workshop cast with hopes of turning a fragmented work into full-blown operatic magic. Artists and admirers alike will take away a new appreciation for the joys and challenges of process and creation. —Neha Talreja

Directors Julia Reichert and Steve Bogner in person in San Francisco and Berkeley
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The Man Who Shot Hollywood
Few have heard of Jack Pashkovsky. This unassuming Russian Jewish émigré parlayed his love for movies into becoming the self-appointed, unpaid chronicler of Hollywood royalty during the 1930s and ’40s with his relaxed, un-glam portraits. Before there were paparazzi, let alone Instagram and selfie sticks, there was Pashkovsky. —Mark Valentine
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This haunting debut feature from Israeli director Yaelle Kayam explores religious themes in a tale of a young woman’s struggle to find herself. It depicts an Orthodox woman suffering in a loveless marriage, searching for companionship amidst the tombstones, pimps and prostitutes of Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. Even as the plot turns dark, actress Shani Klein (Zero Motivation, SFJFF 2014) imbues the character Tsiva with an unforgettable tenderness. —Emily Kaiser Thelin
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 8:55 PM
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 8:55 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 6:45 PM
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Mr. Gaga
Inspiring and tough, charismatic yet prickly, Ohad Naharin is Mr. Gaga, Israel’s rock star choreographer and the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. He is the subject of this exciting new documentary from returning SFJFF favorite, Tomer Heymann. Naharin invented his own playful style of movement called Gaga and returned to Israel to create some of the most provocative and physically demanding choreography of the 21st century. Winner, Audience Award, SXSW 2016. —Tien-Tien L. Jong Audience Award, SXSW 2016
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 11:30 AM
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 11:30 AM
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The Mute's House
An intimate look into the lives of energetic eight-year-old Yousef and his deaf mother, Sahar, the last Palestinian residents of a deserted apartment building in the Israeli-controlled district of Hebron.
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