2016 Special Citation award finalists
November 24th, 2016 by SFFCC

SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
announces its
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.

 

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SFFCC Members’ Best of 2015
January 6th, 2016 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2015 lists, they will be added here.

Walter Addiego (SF Chronicle)

BROOKLYN
LOVE & MERCY
SICARIO
45 YEARS
BLACK MASS
THE BIG SHORT
AMY
THE END OF THE TOUR
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
LEGEND

added 1/5/2016

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid/ SF Examiner)

INSIDE OUT
THE ASSASSIN
JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI
THE END OF THE TOUR
MAPS TO THE STARS
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE ROYAL ROAD
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
SICARIO
CREED

added 1/5/2016

Daniel Barnes (Sacramento News & Review)

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
MISTRESS AMERICA
LISTEN TO ME, MARLON
ANOMALISA
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
TIMBUKTU
JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI
IT FOLLOWS
THE LOOK OF SILENCE

added 1/5/2016

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

CHI-RAQ
DEMOCRATS
CARTEL LAND
TIMBUKTU
THE CUT
THE BIG SHORT
BEASTS OF NO NATION
WELCOME TO ME
45 YEARS
IN JACKSON HEIGHTS

added 1/5/2016

Pam Grady

LOVE & MERCY
ANOMALISA
THE TRIBE
CREED
BROOKLYN
THE LOBSTER
THE END OF THE TOUR
THE ROYAL ROAD
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

added 1/6/2016

Peter Hartlaub (SF Chronicle)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
EX MACHINA
SPOTLIGHT
INSIDE OUT
CREED
ANOMALISA
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
THE BIG SHORT
BROOKLYN
IT FOLLOWS

added 1/5/2016

Dennis Harvey (Variety)

MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW
THE WITCH
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
TRAINWRECK
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
BROOKLYN
EXPERIMENTER
99 HOMES
GUIDANCE
THE GREAT MAN
LOVE & MERCY
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

added 1/5/2016

Zaki Hasan

SPOTLIGHT
THE BIG SHORT
CREED
SICARIO
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
STEVE JOBS
THE MARTIAN
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
TRUMBO
ANT-MAN

added 1/7/2016

Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle)

BRIDGE OF SPIES
THE BIG SHORT
SON OF SAUL
BROOKLYN
SICARIO
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
LOVE & MERCY
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
DANNY COLLINS
PAWN SACRIFICE

added 1/5/2016

Inkoo Kang (The Village Voice/The Wrap)

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
SON OF SAUL
SPOTLIGHT
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
MOMMY
INSIDE OUT
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

added 1/5/2016

Anita Katz (SF Examiner)

CAROL
ABOUT ELLY
SON OF SAUL
45 YEARS
TIMBUKTU
THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
SPOTLIGHT
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
BEST OF ENEMIES
MUSTANG

added 1/5/2016

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

BROOKLYN
BRIDGE OF SPIES
CAROL
THE BIG SHORT
SPOTLIGHT
SOUTHPAW
3 HEARTS
LOVE & MERCY
45 YEARS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

added 1/5/2016

Jason LeRoy (The Binge)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
TANGERINE
DOPE
BROOKLYN
SPOTLIGHT
CREED
CHI-RAQ
ROOM
MUSTANG
SPY

added 1/6/2016

Randy Myers (Bay Area News Group)

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
SPOTLIGHT
MOMMY
ROOM
LOVE & MERCY
EX MACHINA
THE BIG SHORT
TANGERINE
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
INSIDE OUT
BROOKLYN
BEASTS OF NO NATION
JAMES WHITE
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
THE MARTIAN
MERU
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
CREED

added 1/5/2016

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

BROOKLYN
45 YEARS
SON OF SAUL
THE BIG SHORT
LOVE & MERCY
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
BEASTS OF NO NATION
ONLY THE DEAD SEE THE END OF WAR
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
JOY DEMOCRATS
WELCOME TO ME
IN JACKSON HEIGHTS
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
THE END OF THE TOUR
THE ASSASSIN
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
CARTEL LAND
BOY AND THE WORLD

added 1//5/2016

Michael Snyder (Marina Times/Pacifica Radio)

AMY
BEASTS OF NO NATION
THE BIG SHORT
BROOKLYN
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
THE END OF THE TOUR
EX MACHINA
INSIDE OUT
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
ROOM
SICARIO
SON OF SAUL
SPOTLIGHT
TRUMBO
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

added 1//6/2016

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

THE ASSASSIN
BROOKLYN
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL
LOVE & MERCY
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
ROOM
SPOTLIGHT
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
99 HOMES

added 1/5/2016

Jan Wahl (KCBS 740 AM)

SPOTLIGHT
LOVE & MERCY
TRUMBO
CONCUSSION
CAROL
INSIDE OUT
SUFFRAGETTE
THE DANISH GIRL
BROOKLYN
THE WALK
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF
AMY
THE BEST OF ENEMIES
THE WRECKING CREW

added 1/5/2016

Angela Watercutter (WIRED)

CAROL
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
SPOTLIGHT
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
TANGERINE
LOVE & MERCY
THE REVENANT
SICARIO
CREED
THE WOLFPACK

added 1/5/2016

Yar Wei (Sing Tao Radio)

SPOTLIGHT
THE REVENANT
BROOKLYN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE BIG SHORT
BEASTS OF NO NATION
THE MARTIAN
CAROL
BLACK MASS
JOY

added 1/7/2016

Dennis Willis

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
ANOMALISA
INSIDE OUT
CAROL
45 YEARS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
ROOM
THE REVENANT
CREED

added 1/6/2016

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