We’ve finally purchased tickets for the films that we plan to screen this year during the 49th Annual San Francisco Film Festival. We will attempt to watch a record 15 films, up from the 12 of 14 we saw in 2003. This is a lot of films to watch in the first 10 days of the festival, but somebody’s got to do it. Anyway, here’s our list of films (in screening order):

Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (Canada, 2005)
Domestic Dramas (Shorts from Several Countries, 2005)
Perpetual Motion (China, 2005)
Factotum (Norway/USA, 2005)
A Perfect Couple (France/Japan, 2005)
Cock Byte: Masters of Machinima (USA, 2000)
The House of Himiko (Japan, 2005)
Viva Cuba (Cuba/France, 2005)
Obaba (Spain/Germany, 2005)
The Life I Want (Italy, 2005)
American Blackout (USA, 2005)
Runner’s High (USA, 2006)
The Bridge (USA, 2005)

We are also trying to obtain press passes for the following sold out films:

Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple (USA, 2006)
Romance & Cigarettes (USA, 2005)

It’s fitting that the last film we will screen at the festival is The Bridge. It is an exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, which also happens to be the most popular suicide destination in the world. Eric Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths that year and preventing several others. They also taped over 100 hours of footage with friends, families, and witnesses that recount tales of struggles with depression, substance abuse, and mental illness. In related news, a $2 million study into erecting a suicide barrier on the bridge received final funding this week.

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