June 2017 Program

Film Festival Poster 1958
Art, Glamour, And Politics: The Early Years Of The San Francisco International Film Festival 
Miguel Pendás
June 13, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In 1957 movie theater operator and film aficionado Irving Levin got the idea of starting an international film festival in our cosmopolitan town. In spite of meager funding and a cold shoulder from Hollywood, the festival inspired tumultuous citywide debate and became a smashing success.

In its 60th anniversary year, film festival historian Miguel Pendás tells the dramatic story of how the longest-running film festival in the Americas came into being, using photos and film clips that made the festival one of the most respected in the world.

Miguel Pendás was the creative director of the SFIFF for nearly 20 years. He is now a freelance writer and editor who contributes to SFIFF and other festivals. He is a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.