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SF360 Film+Club Takes Movies Out of the Theater and Puts Them in the Club

San Francisco, CA (March 14, 2007) – The San Francisco Film Society presents the latest SF360 Film+Club, a monthly social screening series, this time showcasing the artistic canon of R. Kelly in Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along, 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21 at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, between Mint and Sixth Street, just off Market.

“To say that Trapped in the Closet is astonishing would
severely undersell the sheer audacity, hilarity and wonder of this
work,” says Sean Uyehara, programming associate of the Film Society.
“When I learned that curator Henri Mazza will showcase Trapped within a survey of R. Kelly’s artistic canon, it made me want to cry tears of joy.”

Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along, an exploration of the artistry
of rapper R. Kelly, is guest curated by Henri Mazza of the Alamo
Drafthouse Cinema of Austin, Texas, who will be hosting the show. The
program will begin with a rapping contest, followed by screenings of
early R. Kelly videos including Sex Me, Bump and Grind and Step in the Name of Love; the first 12 chapters of R. Kelly’s astonishing epic video Trapped in the Closet; an entertaining remake of Trapped made for a high school class project; and The World’s Greatest.
Highlighting and contextualizing the program will be a very special
pre-recorded “live-via-satellite” interview with R. Kelly describing
the real artistic meaning behind his oeuvre.

Doors open at Mezzanine at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $8.00 at the door and $5.00 if reserved in advance by emailing
Must be 21+ to attend.

SF360 Film+Club is presented by the San Francisco Film Society, Mezzanine and Rehab, and is sponsored by SF Weekly.

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The San Francisco Film Society, presenter of the flagship 50th San
Francisco International Film Festival (April 26 – May 10, 2007), is a
nonprofit arts and educational organization dedicated to celebrating
the world of film and media in all its glorious forms. The Film
Society’s year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core
areas: Internationalism and Cross-Cultural Exchange; Educating and
Inspiring Bay Area Youth; Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture; and
Exploring New Digital Media.

In early 2006 the Film Society unveiled SF360, a broad-spectrum series
of initiatives designed to showcase the extraordinary vitality and
variety of the Bay Area film and media scene, including, SF360 San Francisco Movie Night, SF360 Film+Club and the television show SF360 Movie Scene.

The Film Society runs an acclaimed Education Program that each year
introduces international cinema and media literacy to several thousand
teachers and students (ages 8 – 18). The Film Society will present the
second annual San Francisco International Animation Festival in October
2007, the eleventh annual New Italian Cinema festival in November 2007
and a new SF International Youth Media Festival in early 2008.

This and future press releases will be available in the Press Room at

Media Contact:
Hilary Hart, 415.561.5022,

San Francisco Film Society


I didn't take a picture of her. It didn't matter. None wouldn't have done her justice. How do you describe someone who picks you up and takes you where you want to go? Who gives you shelter and snark? Who goads you to try a little red wine and shares thoughtful takes on microfiction when you least expect it? Who looks upon scorching sun and thundering cloudburst with a sidelong squint and game guffaw? If you spent any time in my presence this year, it was at her sufferance and with her imprimatur and under her protection. Throw flowers, send stock tips and garland her shoulders with tall, muscular, grinning, sweet-smelling power forwards, and believe me when I say that I bow down before her awesome powers of generosity, geniality and goodwill.

Austin-amorous (ooh, flossy, flossy!)

Sleepy-deepy McPlane-Seatwuhrmer
Afternoon coffee, The Hideout

Apparently I'm here for South by Southwest again.

And I'm rolling with RPM.

And I think I'm hosting the IRC chat for this year's Bloggies. (That'll be irc://

And I'll be on a new TV show with my band.

And I'll be on a panel and watching all the other kickass panels.

Friday, 9 March 2007

  [X] 03:30PM The Real Story Behind Snakes on a Plane (9ABC)

  [X] 05:00PM How to Rawk SXSW (9ABC)

Saturday, 10 March 2007

  [X] 10:00AM World Domination Via Collaboration (10AB)

  [X] 11:30AM Bridging the Online Cultural Divide (9AB)

  [X] 11:30AM Under 18: Blogs, Wikis and Online Social Networks for Youth (8ABC)

  [X] 02:00PM Tag. You're It (10AB)

  [X] 02:00PM Everything's Gone Douglas Coupland (Day Stage)

  [X] 04:05PM Web 2.0 / 3.0 Make Your Passion Your Profession (Ballroom F)

  [X] 05:00PM Boss Lady (10AB)

Sunday, 11 March 2007

  [X] 11:30AM Blogging Where Speech Isn't Free (Ballroom F)

  [X] 02:00PM Keynote Conversation: Limor Fried / Phil Torrone (Hilton / Grand Ballroom)

  [X] 04:05PM Fictional Bloggers (8ABC)

  [X] 05:00PM The Rise of the Blogebrity (12AB)

Monday, 12 March 2007

  [X] 10:00AM User Generated Content and Original Editorial: Friend or Foe (10AB)

  [X] 11:30AM The Digital Ethnorati (9AB)

  [X] 02:00PM Dan Rather Keynote Interview (Hilton / Grand Ballroom)

  [X] 03:30PM Journalism in the Blogosphere: A Legal Guide to Internet "Press" (8ABC)

  [X] 04:05PM The Invisible Blogosphere (8ABC)

  [X] 05:00PM Open Content, Remix Culture and the Sharing Economy: Rights, Ownership and Getting Paid (19AB)

So, like, Twitter/e-mail/IM me to tell me what else is going on, would ya?

QotD: Musical Horoscope

What's your musical horoscope?  (Put your player on shuffle and write down the first 10 songs that come up.)
Inspired by Stephanie.  

"Fex" off Matthew Dear's "Leave Luck to Heaven"
"Everything Irie" off Eddy Grant's "Reparation"
"All You Want" off Dido's "No Angel"
"Desafinado" off Ryuichi Sakamoto's "A Day In New York"
"Por Acaso, Pelo Tarde" off Celso Fonseca's "Rive Gauche Rio"
"Just Can't Stand It" off Bim Sherman's "Miracle"
"Every Word" off Sade's "Lovers Rock"
"Brief Passions" off Zuco 103's "Tales of High Fever"
"Everybody's Getting Down" off The Incredible Moses Leroy's "Become the Soft.Lightes"
"The Sun & The Rainfall" off Depeche Mode's "A Broken Frame"

Give this post a soundtrack

[…] The mini-fad for referencing turn-of-the-'90s hip-hop may just be
an accident; the samples Pretty Ricky, Lloyd and Musiq Soulchild employ
have been mined by other artists, including Nelly and Ini Kamoze.

by vocalizing these hooks instead of just interpolating them, the
younger artists claim a legacy. Lloyd and the members of Pretty Ricky
were barely in grade school when Salt-N-Pepa and PM Dawn were at their
peak; Musiq probably admired De La Soul as a teen. This music echoes
forth like a favorite children's story, a hint of a more innocent, if
not simpler, time.

Perhaps the pumped-up Lotharios of today
want a break from all the bump and grind, and dream of eroticism as a
realm that celebrates not just performance, but as Prince Paul said,
bodies of all kinds.

"The talk turns suggestive," Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times

[…] During her '90s crusade against rap's habit of degrading women, the
late black activist C. Dolores Tucker certainly had few allies within
the hip-hop community, or even among young black women. Backed by folks
like conservative Republican William Bennett, Tucker was vilified
within rap circles.

In retrospect, "many of us weren't
listening," says Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting, a professor at
Vanderbilt University and author of the new book "Pimps Up, Ho's Down:
Hip-Hop's Hold On Young Black Women."

"She was onto something,
but most of us said, 'They're not calling me a bitch, they're not
talking about me, they're talking about THOSE women.' But then it
became clear that, you know what? Those women can be any women." […]

"Has rap music hit a wall?" Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press

[…] Local hip-hop artists Boots Riley from the Coup and rapper and producer
Kirby Dominant express reservations about hip-hop university classes. "One
time, someone came up to me, and said, 'I know so-and-so, they're a professor
at Harvard, they're a big fan of your work,' " Riley says in a phone interview.
"But that doesn't impress me more than any other people feeling that way. I
don't need to be validated by academia because that presupposes that academia
is a pure endeavor and not guided by market forces, which is not the case.

"Anthropology, for instance, was all about studying the natives so they
could figure out how to control them. Again, the natives are being studied."

Dominant, a UC Berkeley alumnus who actually attended the much-publicized
class on Shakur in the late '90s, says that he finds value in hip-hop studies,
provided they take the long view. "With hip-hop and all black music, you can't
talk about the art separate from a lot of other things," he says. "You can't
talk about hip-hop as an art form without talking about the people, the
economics, how and why it was made. You have to be pretty thorough." […]

"Academic hip-hop? Yes, yes, y'all" Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle