SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
2016 Special Citation award finalists
San Francisco, CA, November 22, 2016 –The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has announced the short(ish) list of ten finalists for its Special Citation award, bestowed annually for under-appreciated independent cinema.
We recognize that in this glorious yet dismaying era of cinematic abundance, with its multitudinous ways of watching movies, a list like this really only scratches the surface of the heap of great stuff that’s out there. The idea is that these are movies you might not otherwise hear much about during this crowded awards season. But you should hear about them. And you should see them.
The SFFCC’s special citation committee includes Daniel Barnes, Pam Grady, Dennis Harvey, Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, Anita Katz, Jonathan Kiefer, Jason LeRoy, Randy Myers, Tim Sika, and Kelly Vance. The winner of the 2016 Special Citation, along with the winners in all other award categories, will be announced on the evening of Sunday, December 11.
Special Citation nominees:
Collective: Unconscious, a spirited, singular anthology in which five independent filmmakers adapt each other’s dreams.
Do Not Resist, a documentary about the militarization of American police departments, and the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson.
The Fits, Anna Rose Holmer’s feature debut, an enigmatic and nearly dialogue-free drama about a young tomboy who witnesses the older girls at her rec center experiencing unexplainable seizures.
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, writer-director Stephen Cone’s drama about the son of a preacher turning 17 and trying to reconcile desire with religious morality.
Kate Plays Christine, filmmaker Robert Greene and star Kate Lyn Sheil’s searching experimental inquiry into the life and tragic death of broadcast journalist Christine Chubbuck.
Krisha, filmmaker Trey Edward Shults’ feature debut, a wrenching domestic drama about a recovering alcoholic disrupting her estranged family’s Thanksgiving festivities, starring Shults’ aunt and based on the family’s actual experience.
Neon Bull, writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s drama, a unique character study of the subculture of Brazilian rodeo.
The Nine, Katy Grannan’s documentary debut, an intimate group portrait of the dwellers of a down-and-out section of Modesto, California.
Pushing Dead, writer-director Tom E. Brown’s dark comedy about an HIV-positive writer embroiled in the modern-healthcare bureaucracy.
Right Now, Wrong Then, South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s self-effacing and structurally ingenious investigation of modern romance.