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SCFF in 2011

May 1, 2011
"Ruffo" Film Exposes Surfing, Santa Cruz's Seedy Side
by Neil Pearlberg for Santa Cruz Sentinel
Like a majestic fireworks show, the Santa Cruz Film Festival will be closing next Saturday with its own glowing grand finale. And the premiere of the much anticipated surf documentary “Ruffo” — centered on the life and times of once professional surfing icon Anthony Ruffo of Santa Cruz — may leave behind a similar amount of scorched ground. [more]

May 1, 2011
Santa Cruz Film Fest, Take 10
by Christine Delsol for the San Francisco Chronicle
"Prairie Love," a dark comedy about looking for love that has been compared to the work of the Coen brothers, opens the Santa Cruz Film Festival, now in its 10th year.  [more]

April 29, 2011
Night of the Alien.  Santa Cruz Native Pia Helm Co-Produces a Movie at the Santa Cruz Film Festival
by Christina Kharbertyan for Good Times
In true Santa Cruz fashion, the movie, Night of the Alien, playing at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, revolves around themes of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, not to mention the psychedelic and supernatural. The movie was written and directed by Vaughn Verdi and co-produced by Pia Helm, who grew up in Santa Cruz.  [more]

April 29, 2011
Santa Cruz's Landmark Nightclub The Catalyst the Subject of a Nostalgic New Documentary
by Wallace Baine for the Santa Cruz Sentinel

…On May 6, the fabled nightclub will be the center of attention, as it is most nights downtown. But this time, the Catalyst will be celebrating itself with a night that includes the local premiere of a documentary about the club's storied 40-year history and a live show from Snail, the great Santa Cruz band that, for most of that history, held the unofficial title of the Catalyst's house band. [more]

April 28, 2011
SCFF: Take Ten
by Lisa Jensen for Lisa Jensen Online – Express
…This year's feature films are offered in a variety of sub-genres, including Cine Latino (films about the Latino experience worldwide), and, once again, a slate of eco-environmental documentaries presented in partnership with EarthVision. [more]

April 29, 2011
Rock of Ages
by Lisa Jensen for Good Times
One Santa Cruz Film Festival film sure to be dear to the hearts of anyone who's lived in Santa Cruz for longer than about four minutes is The Catalyst. This feature-length documentary devoted to the life and times—and, of course, the music—of that most venerated and enduring local nightclub is put together by two local folks who probably know the subject better than anyone. [more]

April 12, 2011
From the Editor
by Greg Archer for Good Times
…Hitting the top of the list is the Santa Cruz Film Festival, which kicks off May 5. It’s the 10th season of the fest, so expect some great parties and a fine crop of films. The opening night film, in fact, should capture your attention. [more]

April 28, 2011
SCFF: Take Ten
by Lisa Jensen for Lisa Jensen Online – Express
…This year's feature films are offered in a variety of sub-genres, including Cine Latino (films about the Latino experience worldwide), and, once again, a slate of eco-environmental documentaries presented in partnership with EarthVision. [more]

April 7, 2011
Santa Cruz Film Festival Rolls Out the Red Carpet
by Sentinel Staff for the Santa Cruz Film Festival
If it's spring, it must be Santa Cruz Film Festival season again. The SCFF is gearing up for its big season in May, but this weekend the festival coordinators are getting out the nice suits and gowns for its Kick Off Extravaganza and Benefit Auction.  [more]

 
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