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SFI celebrates the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"
"The Great Buster: A Celebration" SFI 2019
"Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema" SFI 2019
January 25, 2019

(Sonoma County) - Noted filmmaker Spike Lee is making headlines this week for receiving his first Academy Award nominations for Best Director and for Best Picture, both for his film “BlacKkKlansman.” While all eyes will be on the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, many at Sonoma State University...

california typewriter poster
Connie Field, director of "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter" (1980)
Alexandre Phillippe director of 78/52
January 4, 2018

The documentary film “California Typewriter” opens the Sonoma Film Institute's spring 2018 season at Sonoma State University. The film by Doug Nichol, tells the story of one of the last typewriter stores located in Berkeley, along with fascinating interviews with famous typewriters enthusiasts,...

Still from Arturo Ripstein's film "Tiempo De Morir" (1966). Two men in vaquero attire
Still from Bill Morrison's film "Dawson City: Frozen in Time" (2016)
Still from Vanessa Gould's documentary film "Obit." (2016). Journalist looking through cabinets
Still from Gina Prince-Bythewood's film "Love & Basketball" (2000). a couple playing basketball.
Still from John Cassavetes's film "Shadows" (1960)
August 1, 2017

The new documentary film “Dawson City Frozen in Time” opens the Sonoma Film Institute's fall 2017 season at Sonoma State University. The film by Bill Morrison, the first filmmaker to have a movie made in the 21st century selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, tells the story of...

January 13, 2012

The 17th feature film by independent director John Sayles, AMIGO, will have its local premiere at the Sonoma Film Institute on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4p.m.

AMIGO (2011) examines the forgotten history of the Philippine-American War, 1899-1902. When Rafael Dacanayʼs (...

band led by sax player
January 11, 2016

The Sonoma Film Institute's spring schedule includes fantastic films from around the world, including Cuba, Poland, Italy, India and more. Classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and new films like "The Pearl Button" are screened in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall at Sonoma State University on...

scene from Herzog's new film
December 19, 2016

Werner Herzog's new film, "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World," opens the Sonoma Film Institute's fall 2017 season at Sonoma State University. It explores the digital landscape with a fervent curiosity that has characterized Herzog's recent documentaries.

"Lo and Behold"...

Samuel Beckett examines a piece of film
August 9, 2016

In 1964, acclaimed author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short avant-garde film entitled, simply, "Film." Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would...

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