Another standout is the 54th annual festival's "Centerpiece" film, one that showcases an esteemed young director and his or her latest film. This year's selection is Azazel Jacobs' Terri, which is shown on April 30. It tells the hilarious and touching coming-of-age story of heavy, awkward junior high student Terri who's befriended by his vice principal, also a fellow misfit played by John C. Reilly.
The festival will feature documentaries, like American Teacher, which chronicles the lives of four teachers all over the country and shows why many good educators end up leaving the profession, and tons of foreign flicks, like closing-night comedy On Tour about a disgraced French TV producer who tries to make a comeback with a troupe of buxom American burlesque performers touring the French countryside. There also will be a number of appearances by the films' directors, actors and producers.
Films will screen throughout the city. Tickets cost $13 apiece, or you can buy a 10-pack of vouchers for $120.
[Photo: Courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society]