Essential SF 2014

The San Francisco Film Society presents the fifth annual Essential SF, honoring the Bay Area film community's most vital figures and institutions in an intimate celebration. A key event in the Film Society's year-round appreciation of local talent, Essential SF shines a light on the region's legendary, idiosyncratic and multifaceted contributions to the film world, celebrating the local filmmakers, film lovers and organizations that make San Francisco a wonderful place for cinephiles.

December 7, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater


Joan Chen

Joan Chen, who has most recently finished production on the Netflix original series Marco Polo, is one of the most widely recognized and respected Asian stars in the international film industry. Among her most notable acting credits are Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning The Last Emperor (1987), David Lynch's Twin Peaks series (1990-91) and Oliver Stone's Heaven and Earth (1993). Read More

Cheryl Eddy

Cheryl Eddy moved to San Francisco in 1997 to get her MA in Cinema Studies at SF State University. In 1999, she began interning at the San Francisco Bay Guardian and hung around for nearly 16 years, eventually becoming the Senior Arts and Entertainment Editor. She has written hundreds of film reviews and has covered film festivals locally and internationally. Read More

Liz Keim

Liz Keim, the Exploratorium's Director of Cinema Arts and Senior Curator, initiated the organization's Cinema Arts Program and film collection in 1982 and has since worked to integrate the visions of independent media artists into museum programming, public exhibition and education. Read More

B. Ruby Rich

B. Ruby Rich is the author of several books on film. She is Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department and Social Documentation Program at UC Santa Cruz, where she also edits Film Quarterly. She has written, as a journalist, for The Guardian (UK), The Nation, Village Voice, New York Times, Sight and Sound (UK), San Francisco Bay Guardian, and many others. Read More

ro*co films

Since its founding in 2000, ro*co films has represented and distributed award-winning feature documentaries–including 13 Oscar-nominated films. ro*co's credo of service and accountability to filmmakers has helped establish ro*co films, and its collection of films, as one of the most highly respected companies among buyers, commissioning editors and producers worldwide. Read More

Kent Sparling

Kent Sparling is a visual and recording artist born in San Francisco. Since 1997, he has been employed as a sound designer and re-recording mixer at George Lucas's Skywalker Sound, with credits on Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette; Mike Mills' Thumbsucker; Spike Jonze's Adaptation and her; among many other titles. Read More

This year's inductees join the Film Society's ongoing compendium of local cinema luminaries. Those honored previously include Richard Beggs, Les Blank, Canyon Cinema, Ninfa Dawson, Nathaniel Dorsky, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Susan Gerhard, Joshua Grannell, David Hegarty, Kontent Films, Karen Larsen, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Allie Light and Irving Saraf, Anne McGuire, H.P. Mendoza, Anita Monga, Rick Prelinger, Marlon Riggs (posthumously), Gail Silva, Judy Stone, Wholphin and Terry Zwigoff.