The 5th Edition of the SF Women's Film Festival Continues Celebrating Local and International Acclaimed Women Works in All Areas of Film

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2009 SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL. A DIVERSIFIED ARRAY OF WOMEN'S FILMS. The Women's Film Institute presents the 5th Annual San Francisco Women's Film Festival (SFWFF), a comprehensive celebration of a diverse selection of women films, from April 1st through April 5th in selected locations across the Bay Area. Tickets prices vary and can be purchased in advance at http://www.sfwff.com or at the door.

The Women's Film Institute presents the 5th Annual San Francisco Women's Film Festival (SFWFF), a comprehensive celebration of a diverse selection of women films, from April 1st through April 5th in selected locations across the Bay Area. Tickets prices vary and can be purchased in advance at http://www.sfwff.com or at the door.

The festival opens on April 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Women's Building on 3543 18th St. in San Francisco with the screening of "Bay Area Cypher" directed by Idris Hassan with a reception following from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.. "Bay Area Cypher" is a performance-documentary that blends live freestyle presentations with short interviews that document the unique evolution of Hip Hop in the San Francisco Bay Area. At 9:15 p.m., the evening closes with the program Women, Politics, Revolution! featuring "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority." This documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford recounts the story of Patsy Mink, first woman of color to serve in the US Congress, whose battles against racism and sexism redefined American politics. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The festival culminates on April 5 with two not-to-be-missed events taking place at Brava Theatre, 2781 24th Street in San Francisco. At 11:00 a.m., filmmaker, author, and programmer, Roberta Marie Munroe presents her new book "How NOT to Make a Short Film: Secrets from a Sundance Programmer," a lively and practical guide through every aspect of the film production process from the point of view of an expert of the festivals' circuit. Tickets for this event are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. At 8:00 p.m., Isabel Allende, award-winning best selling novelist, will attend the screening of Paula Rodriguez Sickert's biographic documentary Isabel Allende which also includes two short films and a champagne reception. The film details the tumultuous life of this renowned author, political exile and niece of overthrown Chilean leader Salvador Allende.

Additional screenings throughout the festival include: a showcase of young women filmmakers co-sponsored by Ninth Street Independent Film Center's youth media program TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools) on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. at Ninth Street Independent Film Center on 145 9th Street (free admission), and an homage to veteran director Lourdes Portillo, who will receive the SFWFF Tribute Award. In addition to the award presentation, the evening features a screening of Portillo's film Senorita Extraviada/Missing Young Woman, a powerful documentary about the kidnappings and murders of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico. The screening will take place on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Women's Building on 3543 18th Street and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The mission of SFWFF and of the Women's Institute is to honor, showcase, and facilitate the creation of films directed or co-directed by women. We achieve our mission by supporting, promoting, exhibiting and honoring the achievements and contributions of women in the world of cinema. For more information on the SFWFF please visit http://www.sfwff.com.

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