Thursday, November 09, 2017

SFFILM—The Art & Craft of Planet of the Apes with Andy Serkis and Joe Letteri

Photo courtesy SFFILM
Each time I return to San Francisco I can rest assured that SFFILM has been busy maintaining and building upon their signature creative programming throughout the Bay Area. For starters, I’ve been invited this weekend to head down to San Francisco’s historic movie palace the Castro Theatre to join SFFILM and the great minds behind one of the major visual effects accomplishments of the year for a special onstage conversation with actor Andy Serkis and VFX wizard Joe Letteri as they reveal the secrets behind the groundbreaking Planet of the Apes films. Delving deeply into acting and the innovative technology involved in cutting-edge contemporary performance capture techniques, Serkis and Letteri will illuminate what it actually takes to bring characters like Gollum, King Kong, and Caesar to life.

12:00 pm – Rise of the Planet of the Apes (105 min)
2:00 pm – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (130 min)
5:00 pm – Reception on Castro Theatre mezzanine for SFFILM supporters and special guests
6:00 pm – Onstage conversation with Andy Serkis and Joe Letteri
7:00 pm – Screening of War of the Planet of the Apes

Each $15 general admission ticket is valid for the full day of screenings and the talk. That is 3 film screenings and the talk with in-and-out privileges for audiences to self-select what parts of the day they would like to attend. You couldn’t ask for a more affordable Sunday outing, with chances to rush across the street to Rossi’s Deli for the best egg salad sandwich in San Francisco and/or up the street to get more punches in your Hot Cookies punch card. A wonderful weekend re-entry to San Francisco.