SFIFF50 DAY TWO — Friday

The Rush Line and Murch

During our personal film selecting process, I didn”t know what I”d be doing for Publicity work, and I didn”t know my schedule. Carol, along with Sarah and sometimes Paula and John, went ahead and selected films they wanted to see and bought their tickets. They chose Opening and Closing Nights as well as Fog City Mavericks and the Centerpiece, Delirious, and a few others. (That’s, from left, Sarah, Paula and Carol)

About a week before Opening Night my schedule was solidified. Turns out I will be working the big events: Opening and Closing, Fog City, and the Film Society Awards Night. Otherwise, I”m working Tuesday evenings, Thursday mornings and Saturday evenings. Considering my schedule and the films Carol had chosen, I made my picks. The result; we are ticketed for only one event together, An Evening with Spike Lee. So there you go. Many of the films Carol selected were “at rush” by the time I bought my tickets.

calendar.jpgAt Rush means that all of the seats for the show are sold, or otherwise committed (VIPs, Sponsors, certain press, etc). There is also the CineVisa factor. A person who purchases a CineVisa ($700) can go to any film at any time without a hard ticket. Sold Out has a negative connotation for the patron, and in fact is never really true, certain ticket holders, sponsors, CineVisa folks may not show up, freeing up seats. The Rush Line is positive. Get in the Rush Line and take (and pay for) an unoccupied seat until those seats run out. Cool, and a moneymaker. A calendar with all the shows is posted in the lobby of the Kabuki, red dots signify shows At Rush.

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Where the Rush line will be.

On Day Two, Carol and Gang attended the documentary Murch, about film editor Walter Murch, at 9 o”clock. We all assembled at Paula & John’s for dinner at six. After, they went to Murch and I went home and watched the Warriors kick the beJesus out of the Dallas Mavericks to take a 2 — 1 lead in the NBA Playoffs. Loved my evening!

Carol said Murch was, “,technically interesting. There were so many men there taking notes, and at the Q&A the men asked all these technical questions.” [I had attended a press screening of Murch and wrote the following comments.]

145px-waltermurch.jpgMurch, England/USA
A documentary Directed by Edie Ichioka, David Ichioka
Logline — Documentary featuring Academy Award winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch discussing his work.

Walter Murch in black turtleneck talking about the role of a film editor, with great gestures. “The Editor works to provoke a response from the director.” His interview is interspersed with a number of clips from Apocalypse Now and the Godfather Trilogy among others, to illustrate editing points.

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