My father, Leon, lived with chronic depression. It wasn’t called depression back then. What did his daily life look like? He was a workaholic, getting up early, as the rest of the family slept. He had plenty of rituals. They seemed necessary.
‘Overtures and Undertows’: Stand-Up Comedian/Documentary Director W. Kamau Bell Goes His Own Way
W. Kamau Bell, 50, may have started out as a stand-up comedian in the 1990s, but he realized early on that he had to widen his vision of a career in show business. While living in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District for 11 years, Palo Alto-born Bell honed his craft.
‘Overtures and Undertows’: S.F. International Film Festival Offers Docs with Bay Area Focus
Are you addicted to binge-watching on streaming platforms, in front of a flat-screen monitor dominating your living room space? Put down the remote control. Get off your couch and venture out to a local cultural event. Does it really require that much effort?
‘Overtures and Undertows’: When San Francisco Plays a Supporting Role in Films
There are a lot of highly regarded movies filmed in San Francisco, including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 noir masterpiece, “Vertigo” and the 1968 slow-burn, groundbreaking action thriller, “Bullitt,” starring Steve McQueen as a brooding but honest police lieutenant. Every cinephile has seen those classics. I’d rather explore a few other significant (and more recent) films, where San Francisco does more than provide a dramatic, textured backdrop. The City is actually a supporting character.
‘Overtures and Undertows’: Muni Scars – How Public Transportation Toughened Me Up
I’ve been riding public transportation in San Francisco since childhood. As early as age 7, I took buses, street cars and cable cars by myself. For the most part, it was safe. Of course, there were a few dicey experiences, which caused me to grow up faster.
‘Overtures and Undertows’: What Award Season Means to Me
As my passion for film grew and I was blessed to write movie reviews and feature stories, I became aware that each year, there’s an award season that begins with a fall film festival circuit, followed by a series of award ceremonies (Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards [SAG], British Academy of Film and Television Awards [BAFTA], among others), culminating with the Academy Awards.