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Alexander Payne, Kevin Brownlow, Leonard Maltin: San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2011

George O'Brien, Margaret Livingston, Sunrise
George O'Brien, Margaret Livingston in F.W. Murnau's Sunrise

Election and Sideways director Alexander Payne, whose The Descendants is scheduled to open later this year, will be a guest presenter at the 2011 San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF).

According to the SF Silent Film Festival's press release, Payne “grew up watching silent films that he sent away for from the Blackhawk Films collection.” Payne has yet to announced which film he'll introduce. Guy Maddin, Terry Zwigoff, and Pete Docter showed up as guest presenters in previous editions of the festival.

Payne's The Descendants stars George Clooney. The filmmaker is currently working on his next feature, tentatively titled Fork in the Road.

Also guesting at the 2011 SFSFF are film reviewer Leonard Maltin; musician Jonathan Richman, who will introduce the little-seen Il fuoco (1915) on Friday, July 15; and film historian Kevin Brownlow, who will present the festival's “Sunday Amazing Tales from the Archives” program: “Kevin Brownlow on 50 Years of Restoration.”

More info at the SFSFF site.

Photo: SFSFF


         
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