In an effort to continue supporting Bay Area Filmmakers, the struggling Film Arts Foundation has joined forces with the San Francisco Film Society. The beefed up Film Society will offer a slate of new and continued services to the combined SFFS/FAF membership, and has tapped key FAF staff to run them.
The Film Arts board will continue to provide consulting
services, advocacy and support to SFFS through the transition and beyond. One
member of the FAF board will join the SFFS board, to provide an institutional
and historical link, as well as programmatic continuity and best practices
advice. FAF expects to fully wind down operations in 2009.
FAF was founded by independent filmmakers in 1976, and provided key services such as professional training, equipment, information, consultations and exhibition opportunities to support artists across the Bay Area. They also published the excellent film publication Release Print.
A statement on the FAF website states, "After
thirty-two years of working hand-in-glove with independent filmmakers,
Film Arts Foundation has reached a point at which it is no longer able
to provide a number of filmmaker services that have been crucially
important to all of us. The
FAF Board and Staff have been working hard to determine how best to
sustain these filmmaker services that have been such an important part
of Film Arts’ mission, and we strongly believe that the San Francisco
Film Society is the organization best equipped to carry on the FAF
New SFFS programs and initiatives include the following: