By Brian Brooks | Indiewire February 3, 2006 at 12:0AM
Thirteen world premieres are slated for the 8th annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (IndieFest), which opened Thursday night with director John Hillcoat's "The Proposition." The festival will screen over 100 films and videos through February 14.
Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s "The Proposition," written by Nick Cave, is a gritty tale of an outlaw (Guy Pearce) whose crimes will be pardoned if he can find and kill his eldest brother, played by Danny Huston ("The Aviator"). Fifteen feature-length narrative, doc and animated features will have their world premieres at IndieFest, including Jonathan Schroder and Randall Rubin's feature, "Jimmy and Judy," a story of two doomed lovers on the "highway to hell," starring Edward Furlong, as well as John Daniel Gavin's "Johnny Montana," about a young man who longs to escape his boring life in Brooklyn.
Also among the world debuts is Gregory Hatanaka's "Mad Cowgirl," a sordid multi-genre telling of a dying young woman and her desire for revenge. Stop motion animated film "Blood Tea and Red String" will also have its world premiere at the festival. The film, directed by Christine Cegavske, centers on the struggle between aristocratic white mice and the rustic "creatures who dwell under the oak."
The festival's roster of documentaries includes "Fisher Poets" by Jennifer Brett Winston, which takes a look at poets and performance artists who also are fishermen and Josh Gilbert's "AKA Tommy Chong," which follows the two-year prosecution of counterculture comedian and drug icon Tommy Chong by Federal agents for the manufacture of drug paraphernalia.
Japanese director Takashi Miike's U.S. premiere "The Great Yokai War" will close the event February 14. The film, which takes place in the countryside, is a tale of children disappearing, rusty attack robots and a sinister mistress along with supernatural beings.
IndieFest screenings are taking place at four Bay Area venues, including the Roxie Cinemas, the Castro Theatre, The Women's Building Auditorium and the Film Arts Foundation.
[For more information and a full line up, visit the festival's website.]