For San Francisco film connoisseurs that want a festival experience out of the city but in the Bay Area, the inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival will be taking place from September 29th to October 2nd.
Presented by the Palo Alto Institute, the four-day event will celebrate the latest technological innovations in film, as well as emerging film movements and global cinema. In addition to the 30 features and 74 short films that will be screened, PAIFF will feature an invigorating roster of speakers, panels, workshops, and youth programming.
PAIFF films will include favorites from other festivals, such as the time capsule project Life in a Day and the fantastical Norwegian mystery The Troll Hunter. The selection of documentaries, such as a behind-the-scenes look and history of film visual effects in Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible and Something Ventured, the story of two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in the 1950s, seek to provoke thought about the festival’s central theme of technology. Narrative features like Drei, a candid new take on the classic love triangle, and On the Ice, a noir set in a bleak Alaskan landscape, showcase some of the most exciting filmmaking talent from all over the world.
Sure to be a highlight from the festival’s Speaker Series is the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences’ presentation, “Out of This World: The Science of Space Movies.” Hosted by author and educator Adam Weiner, the Saturday evening (October 1) interactive presentation will explore the use of physics—what’s real and what’s faux—in films from 1902’s A Trip to the Moon to 2009’s Star Trek to show how popular movies can be a tool in studying actual science.
A much-anticipated guest to appear at the festival is Walter Murch, the Academy Award-winning film editor and sound designer whose credits include The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, and The English Patient. On October 1st, Murch will speak about the integration of FileMaker Pro database management in the post-production of films. This technique has been most recently used in HBO’s upcoming Hemingway & Gallhorn, directed by Phil Kaufman.
A full programming schedule, complete with venue information, is now available online. Tickets and passes are also now available for purchase through the PAIFF website.