San Francisco Film Society Launches Fall Celebration

Annual event, positioned early in awards season, will honor creativity, innovation in the cinema

The San Francisco Film Society, the org that presents the city’s film festival every spring, will launch a new annual event this autumn, a Fall Celebration that this year will fete features “Fruitvale Station” (pictured, above), “Her,” “Nebraska” and doc “The Square.”

The gala aims to honor creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in the cinema. Inaugural edition will host helmers Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”), Spike Jonze (“Her”), Jehane Noujaim (“The Square”) and Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”), plus thesps Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale”) and June Squibb (“Nebraska”).

Ceremony will be hosted by SF film society board members Sid Ganis and Chris Columbus.

With its mid-November date, the celebration positions itself as an early event in the run-up to awards season, this year singling out four films that have proven buzzmagnets in kudos discussions.

The film society, currently led by outgoing exec director Ted Hope, also presents year-round programming plus the Bay Area’s annual film festival each spring. Org also oversees media literacy programs as well as funding and support for a number of developing films, recently including “Fruitvale Station” as well as “Short Term 12” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

The SFFS Fall Celebration is set for Nov. 14 at new San Fran club, the Battery.

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