The 25th San Francisco Silent Film Festival took place May 5–11, 2022 at the movie palace Castro Theatre. One full week of live cinema programs, twenty-nine programs with films from a dozen countries and more than fifty superb musicians from around the world on hand to accompany. Two SFSFF Awards were presented this year, one to New York’s MoMA at the opening night premiere of SFSFF and MoMA’s restoration of Foolish Wives, and the other to the Deutsche Kinemathek at the screening of their restoration of Sylvester.
SFSFF celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Opening with the long-awaited world premiere of the full-scale restoration of Erich von Stroheim’s Foolish Wives, the festival proceeded to dazzle audiences for seven days of brilliant live-cinema presentations.
SFSFF 2022 featured a magnificent line up of international artists: Anvil Orchestra, Wayne Barker, Frank Bockius, Timothy Brock, Guenter Buchwald, Philip Carli, Clubfoot Hindustani featuring Krishna Bhatt, DJ Spooky and Cultural Revolution, Stephen Horne, William Lewis, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, San Francisco Silent Movie Orchestra, Sascha Jacobsen Quintet, and Donald Sosin.
New SFSFF Restorations
SFSFF’s Preservation Department works on film restoration projects year round, premiering the results on 35mm at our annual festival. In 2022 the festival presented seven SFSFF restoration projects: Below the Surface, Foolish Wives, The Kid Reporter, The Primrose Path, San Francisco: The Golden Gate City, The Street of Forgotten Men, and Irish films from the Gault Collection.