Save the date! NOIR CITY returns to its home at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre for its 18th edition, January 24–February 2, 2020. The full line-up will be announced at our NOIR CITY Xmas show, December 18 at the Castro.
Can't make it to the Castro for NOIR CITY Xmas? Don't shout, don't cry—the schedule, program notes, and both single tickets and Passports (all access festival passes) will all be available the same night on this website.
NOIR CITY Passports will go on sale prior to NOIR CITY Xmas. They will be available on this site for purchase starting November 1. This all-access festival pass grants the bearer: entry to all films during NOIR CITY 18's 10-day run; separate passport holders' queue for early admittance to the theatre for all shows; and the opening night passholders' reception (Castro Theatre mezzanine) beginning at 6 pm on January 24, 2020.
If you're an out-of-towner looking for lodging near the Castro Theatre, our friends at Beck's Motor Lodge are offering discounted room rates for festival guests during NOIR CITY 18. Beginning January 23 through February 2, 2020, you can get a room with a Queen bed for $169 plus tax, and for a room with 2 beds the cost is $189 plus tax.
Located at 2222 Market near the intersection of 15th and Sanchez, Beck's Motor Lodge is walking distance to the Castro Theatre. While the exterior of the iconic mid-century motel (built in 1958) hasn't changed much over the years, the interior rooms have all been totally refurbished with new furniture and bathrooms, 32" flat screen televisions, refrigerators and coffee makers. Parking is still free, as is access to wi-fi.
Celebrating its 17th year, NOIR CITY, the largest annual film noir festival in the world, returned to the majestic Castro Theatre January 25-February 3, 2019 for its most successful festival yet. Film Noir Foundation prez Eddie Muller took audiences on a deep dive into a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema, the 1950s.
Opening night featured the world premiere of the FNF's latest 35mm restoration, Trapped—a 1949 noir from short-lived Eagle-Lion Films, starring Lloyd Bridges and scandal-plagued starlet Barbara Payton. A surprise guest appeared on stage with Muller after the screening. Mark Fleischer, the son of the film's director, Richard Fleischer shared some personal insights into his father's life and work.
NOIR CITY patrons were also treated to an after-party at local bar Last Rites. This year's (and last year's) Ms. NOIR CITY Annabelle Zakaluk performed two sets of songs from the "Golden Age of Noir", accompanied by her usual partners in crime, Nick Rossi and Mikiya Matsuda. A portion of the proceeds of each Maker's Mark NOIR CITY cocktail special sold was donated to the FNF.
As he does every year at NOIR CITY, Muller announced the recipient of our $5,000 FNF-Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant : Janine Winfree of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation/George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. A heart-felt acceptance video by Ms. Winfree screened for the appreciative San Francisco audience. The FNF's charitable grant, funded by the Mysel family in honor of the late film preservationist Nancy Mysel who supervised FNF restorations of The Prowler and Cry Danger, grants funding to students enrolled in film restoration and preservation studies.
As in year's past, all of this year's box office earnings will go towards the Film Noir Foundation's restorations efforts. According to FNF founder and president Eddie Muller, "NOIR CITY remains the only film festival in America in which 100% of the box office proceeds directly go to funding the restoration of films."
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UPCOMING NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY Detroit: Sep 20-22, 2019
NOIR CITY D.C.: Oct 11-24, 2019
NOIR CITY Xmas (San Francisco): Dec 18, 2019
NOIR CITY 18 (San Francisco): Jan 24-Feb 2, 2020
NOIR CITY Seattle: Feb 14-20, 2020
NOIR CITY Austin: May 15-17, 2020
NOIR CITY Boston: June 12-14, 2020
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Trapped, a 1949 film noir produced by short-lived Eagle-Lion Pictures, is the latest restoration project of the Film Noir Foundation. The restored film had its world premiere in San Francisco on January 25, kicking off the 17th annual NOIR CITY festival at the Castro Theatre. The preservation has been accomplished through the long-standing partnership of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive, which since 2008 has restored and/or preserved 33 examples of classic film noir.
One of the first and best B-features by future Hollywood A-list director Richard Fleischer, Trapped is one of the few Fleischer films yet to be resurrected from this fertile yet neglected period of the director's career. Eagle-Lion films did not have the archival protection of a major studio and many of its original 35mm features have been dispersed to parts unknown. After a long and nearly fruitless search for restoration elements, UCLA motion picture archivist and FNF advisory council member Todd Wiener discovered that a private collector in New York had deposited a 35mm print of Trapped at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The FNF paid a nominal fee to arrange loan of the print to UCLA Film & Television Archive for the restoration.
The 35mm restoration of Trapped will be screened nationally as part of the FNF's NOIR CITY film festival programs in 2019, as well as being eventually released on Blu-ray and DVD through the FNF's partnership with Flicker Alley, which to date has distributed its restored versions of Woman on the Run (1950), Too Late for Tears (1949), and The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950). Other titles in the Blu-ray pipeline include restorations of Repeat Performance (1947) and the Argentine noir Los tallos amargos / The Bitter Stems (1956).
NOIR CITY patrons and FNF donors have made it possible over the years for the FNF to restore those titles in addition to Cry Danger (1951), The Prowler (1951), Try and Get Me! (1951), High Tide (1947), and The Guilty (1947), as well as funding our many 35mm preservations. DONATE HERE and be a film noir savior.
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NOIR CITY Annual #11
2019's NOIR CITY Annual 11, the best of the best from the Film Noir Foundation's 2018 quarterly NOIR CITY e-magazines, is an essential addition to any film lover's library—essays, interviews, profiles, tributes, and reviews of classic and modern noir films from today's top writers -- including Imogen Sara Smith, Jake Hinkson, Ray Banks, Vince Keenan, Alan K. Rode, Steve Kronenberg, Gary Deane, Nathalie Atkinson, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Monica Nolan, Ben Terrall, and Eddie Muller. Book layout and design by Michael Kronenberg. And, as with any purchase from the FNF, when you buy NOIR CITY Annual 11, you'll be helping fund the non-profit foundation's film restoration efforts.
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