SF Indie Fest: Niyazi Gul Dortnala

Easily one of the most delightful and earnest films screening at SF IndieFest this season. Much credit goes to filmmaker/actor/stand-up comedian Ata Demirer in the starring role of Niyazi, the hapless veterinarian with a heart of gold (mixed in with all-natural vitamins). Niyazi is slightly clumsy, absent-minded and formal, but he is a highly-respected member…

2015 SF Indie Film Fest: O Apostolo

Contemporary filmmaking and medieval aesthetics are paired wonderfully in this stop-motion animation film about faith, the Church, redemption, and debt payback. The setting is the famed and merciless pilgrims’ way of Santiago de Compostela, where an escaped thief, Ramón, in search of a new, pastoral life free of crime, goes in search of another man’s…

Beyond Clueless and the 90s Teen Movie

Charlie Lyne’s Beyond Clueless is a veritable catalogue raisonné of what might be called the Second Golden Age of American Teen CInema (the First, of course, being in the 1980s): Clueless, Mean Girls, American Pie, Slap Her She’s French, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and much, much, more. Mr. Lyne, who was born…