Published on April 15, 2015

Dinner and a Movie with the San Francisco International Film Festival



We’re excited to announce that Reserve SF has partnered with the San Francisco Film Society and Foreign Cinema to help elevate your experience during the 58th annual San Francisco International Film Festival.

You could win 2 tickets to the film fest just by enjoying a great meal at a San Francisco institution! The first 8 guests to place a request for a table for 2 at Foreign Cinema on one of the following dates and times (and include a favorite movie quote in their request notes) will receive 2 tickets to the film fest at the end of their meal:

Tuesday, April 14th and 21st: 6:30pm or 9:30pm
Wednesday, April 15th and 22nd: 6:30pm or 9:30pm
Thursday, April 16th and 23rd: 6:30pm or 9:30pm

Throughout the festival, happening from April 23rd through May 7th, be sure to take advantage of the seemingly endless dinner and a movie combinations with Reserve and SFIFF. Deciding whether to see Experimenter or Saint Laurent at the Castro Theatre? Let us help you grab a reservation at Hecho beforehand for handcrafted cocktails and perfectly spiced tacos. Or if you’re checking out one of the many shows at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre, we can help you get a table at DOSA right across the street!

Either way, let us handle the dinner portion of the evening so you can spend your time choosing what films to see. Here are a couple of film picks from our friends at the San Francisco Film Society, along with other can’t-miss events during the festival:




Chef’s Table: David Gelb, the creator of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, now unveils a new Netflix series called Chef’s Table, featuring beautifully filmed portraits of radical food artists from around the world. In these episodes, master of fire Francis Mallmann (1884) rules over his Patagonia home with large-scale scorchings of behemoths while lord of winter Magnus Nilsson (Järpen) creates magic in his Nordic shrine, obsessing over ancient curing techniques, roots and berries.

Very Semi-Serious: Bay Area filmmaker Leah Wolchok’s highly entertaining behind-the-scenes documentary look at the world of The New Yorker’s cartoons and cartoonists brings to vivid life a beloved part of the magazine. Featuring insightful interviews with many of the magazine’s most popular contributors (including Roz Chast and Bruce Eric Kaplan) and the department’s sagacious editor Bob Mankoff, and meditations on humor and life and many dozens of cartoons, it’s unmissable for fans of the magazine and its sophisticated irreverence.

The Wolfpack: This Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner intimately focuses on the charming and insightful Angulo brothers, who range in age from 16 to 24. Because the brothers have been kept in isolated within their family’s apartment, only homeschooling, DVDs and fear of the outside world– epitomized by their bizarre reenactments of famous films– inform their reality. When one brother sneaks away from home and eventually convinces his siblings to join him, their shared truth is threatened with endlessly surprising results.


Cinema Visionaries: Alex Gibney
San Francisco Film Society proudly joins the California College of the Arts as co-presenter of the Cinema Visionaries series, an ongoing program featuring key filmmakers in conversation with CCA students and a public audience. For our inaugural collaboration, we welcome the impressively prolific Academy-Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney to discuss his career and new film, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. (70 min)
Friday April 24, 4:00 pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

State of Cinema Address: Douglas Trumbull
Each year SFIFF invites a visionary thinker to discuss their views on the current state and future prospects of cinema. Douglas Trumbull, a pioneering visual effects artist, inventor and engineer who has long inspired filmmakers and audiences with his forward-thinking work, will do just that. Trumbull first made a name for himself while developing visual effects for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), including the epic “Stargate” sequence. Since then, he has guided effects work on many game-changing cinematic works, including Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Blade Runner and Star Trek: The Motion Picture and he directed such sci-fi classics as Silent Running and Brainstorm.
Sunday May 3, 6:30 pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Cibo Matto New Scene
Cibo Matto’s hip-hop infused, electro pop burrowed deep into our collective earholes throughout the 1990s, becoming a symbol for the new post-genre musical cool. Experts at establishing mood and always up for an experimental challenge, the duo has developed new musical soundtracks to a number of wild and abstract short movies to be played in this one-time-only performance. Anchoring the screenings are two rare presentations of films made in 1970: Yoko Ono’s incredible Fluxus epic Fly, and celebrated Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet. (85 min)
Tuesday May 5, 8:00 pm, Castro Theatre

Interested in learning more about the film fest? Check out the San Francisco Film Society’s website for showings, film information and tickets for sale at

Ryan Gray, Reserve SF

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