SFSFF 2011 featured 18 programs spanning four days with films from Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, and the USSR. The festival opened with a two programs, Upstream and Sunrise. We traveled to the Antarctic on Scott’s ill-fated voyage, to Italy for a tale of love and woe in Il Fuoco, and to Japan with Ozu’s timeless I Was Born, But… The event closed with He Who Gets Slapped, introduced by Alexander Payne.
SFSFF 2011 welcomed a diverse array of silent film accompanists to the Castro Theatre, including Alloy Orchestra, Stephen Horne, Dennis James, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and Donald Sosin. Guitarist Giovanni Spinelli made his SFSFF debut accompanying Sunrise.