Starting April 20th, the 49th annual San Francisco International Film Festival is shaping up to be a terrific fest -- and a lot livelier than in the past under the hand of new Executive Director Graham Leggat. How lively? Well, there's not just the usual screenings at city theaters this time around; there's also going to be a series of 'satellite screenings' at various venues around town -- plus live 'film remixing,' silent films with live orchestral accompaniment and a few other surprises. Sure, some of the extraneous events may seem a little gimmicky -- Do we need Tilda Swinton's face projected three stories high on various municipal buildings? -- but there's a great catalog of films screening, as well as an awards night honoring Werner Herzog, Ed Harris and Jean-Claude Carrière. Not only is the Festival's site jam-packed with info and how to get tickets, but Festival parent The San Francisco Film Society has also  launched, in conjunction with the good folks at Indiewire, -- a brand-new, year-round guide to film happenings and news in the Bay Area, including the festival picks of the inestimable B. Ruby Rich. Add in announced guests like Guy Madden and Tilda Swinton, and you've got a very new, very different SFIFF ... Cinematical's on-the-ground coverage starts next week with previews of films and more -- and you might want to get your tickets now.
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