John Travolta is taking on a whole new kind of character in his new thriller "The Fanatic." Betty Yu sat down with the star in San Francisco to talk about the film. (8-25-2019)
John Travolta Plays The Other Side Of The Limelight In New Thriller 'The Fanatic'John Travolta is taking on a whole new kind of character in his new thriller "The Fanatic." Betty Yu sat down with the star in San Francisco to talk about the film. (8-25-2019)
Documentary on AIDS Crisis Features Groundbreaking KPIX Reporting by Hank PlanteThe new documentary "5B," about America's first AIDS hospital ward, features historical news clips from KPIX reporter Hank Plante's continuing coverage of the crisis. Joe Vazquez reports. (8-15-19)
SJSU Student Filmmakers Bring Steinbeck Short Story to ScreenA short story by John Steinbeck that became the seed for his classic novel "The Grapes of Wrath" has been adapted by San Jose State University student filmmakers. Len Ramirez reports. (8-9-19)
Antioch Movie Theater's Abrupt Closure Surprises CommunityThe AMC Deer Valley in Antioch abruptly shut down over the weekend. Community leaders believe being a commuter city contributed to the closure. Da Lin reports. (7-9-2019)
May the Fourth Be With You at North Bay Star Wars MuseumRancho Obi-Wan is a museum just outside Petaluma that houses what owner/curator Steve Sansweet says is the world’s largest privately-owned collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Mary Lee reports. (5-4-19)
Peter Mayhew, Actor Who Played Chewbacca, Dies at 74Actor Peter Mayhew who played shaggy, towering Chewbacca in several of the "Star Wars" films has died, his family said Thursday. (5-2-19)
Sportscaster/Director Rick Quan Shares His New Documentary On Former SF Mayor Ed LeeThe life of the late mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee is now the subject of a documentary. Jane Chin from the Chinese Historical Society and sportscaster/director Rick Quan talk to BAF host Michelle Griego about the film and Lee's life.
Steve McQueen Talks About The So-Called 'British Invasion' In Black CinemaDirector Steve McQueen was honored in San Francisco at SFFILM. BR producer Jan Mabry caught up with him on the red carpet and asked him about the so-called British invasion.
Los Gatos Rooting For Netflix With 10 Oscar Nominations For 'Roma'Oscar night, many Los Gatos residents are rooting for Netflix's film 'Roma,' with 10 nominations including Best Picture. Len Ramirez tells us the streaming company is now one of Hollywood's biggest players now.
Netflix Pleads With Public to Stop Staging Dangerous 'Bird Box' ChallengesA dangerous online fad inspired by the new Netflix movie Bird Box has the Los Gatos streaming company issuing a warning to stop before people get hurt. Betty Yu reports. (1-3-19)
Spike Lee's Talks About His Latest Joint 'BlacKkKlansman'Film director Spike Lee was in San Francisco for a special showing of his newest film, BlacKkKlansman at SFFILM. BR's Christin Ayers caught up with him on the red carpet.
Don't Miss FREE, A Documentary About The Award-Winning Destiny Arts Center In OaklandBay Area Focus producer Jan Mabry tells us about Destiny Arts Center, an after-school program in Oakland that's the subject of a new documentary titled, FREE -- young people creating their own destinies through the power of performance. Free is airing on PBS stations nationwide.
Chef Mosher Of Robert Mondavi Winery Pairs With Napa Film Festival FundraiserRobert Mondavi Winery teamed up with the Napa Valley Film Festival for a fundraiser and screening benefiting people affected by the wine country fires and brought delicious samples to share with Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego.
Glenn Close Talks About Her New Movie 'The Wife'Glenn Close talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about her role in the new movie, 'The Wife.'
Don't Miss Cine + Mas, SF Latino Film FestivalRocio Salazar from Cine+Mas talks to BAF about the SF Latino Film Festival happening September 14 through September 30. For more information go to sflatinofilmfestival.org.
10th Annual Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival Gets UnderwayCine+Mas SF co-director Rocio Salazar talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about the upcoming film festival showcasing filmmakers from Latin America and beyond.
Burt Reynolds, Star of Film and TV Dies at Age 82Burt Reynolds, the handsome, Emmy-winning television star and film actor known for his performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and for an active off-screen love life died at age 82. (9-6-18)
Actor Raphael Casal Talks About His New Film, 'Blindspotting'The new film Blindspotting is set in Oakland, and its stars Raphael Casal and Daveed Diggs are are Oakland through and through. Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego talked to Casal.
'Crazy Rich Asians' Opens to Enthusiastic Bay Area AudiencesA new movie featuring an all-Asian cast is making history -- "Crazy Rich Asians" made its debut in theaters on Wednesday. Mary Lee reports. (8-15-18)
Tyler Perry Talks About His New Psychological Thriller 'Acrimony'When you think of Tyler Perry, you don't think of Tyler Perry, until now. BR's Jan Mabry talked to writer/director Perry via satellite about his latest venture, 'Acrimony' starring Taraji P. Henson.
Boots Riley's Directorial Debut 'Sorry To Bother You' At SF Film FestivalThe biggest buzz at this years SF Film Festival was an indie called 'Sorry To Bother You' written and directed by Oakland rapper Boots Riley. BR's Christin Ayers caught up with him on the red carpet at Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre.
Last Video Rental Store In Berkeley To CloseFive Star Video Rental in Berkeley, one of the last remaining video rental stores left in the Bay Area, is set to close. John Ramos reports. (5/30/18)
Projecting Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' at SF's Castro TheatreMichael Anders, longtime film projectionist at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, showed CBS SF how a 70 mm film is projected and reflected on seeing Stanley Kubrick's epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" for the first time.
Palo Alto Police Chief Remembers Brush with Dark Side in 'Jedi'As Star Wars fans marked the nerdy "May the Fourth Be With You" holiday with a flurry of memes and social media posts Friday, KPIX 5's Devin Fehely found a local lawman with a special connection to the film series. (5-4-18)
Amy Poehler Helms Netflix Movie Set in CalistogaSome of Hollywood’s leading comedians have taken over the small city of Calistoga to shoot a movie and the locals couldn't be happier. Wilson Walker reports. (5-4-18)
Filmmakers From 45 Countries At San Francisco International Film FestivalExecutive Director Noah Cowan talks to Bay Area Focus about this year's lineup at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Smithsonian Exhibit Explores '2001: A Space Odyssey'A new Smithsonian exhibit aims to make visitors think about our place in the universe. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of director Stanley Kubrick's epic "2001: A Space Odyssey." A replica of the hotel room seen at the end of the film will open this weekend at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. Kris Van Cleave reports. (4-6-18)
Pixar Used Sebastapol Cobbler's Shop As Model For Oscar-Winning Animated Film 'Coco'Pixar Studios wanted to get the cobbler scene just right for it's Oscar-winning animated film 'Coco.' So, as Mary Lee reports, they paid a visit to a custom bootmaker in Sebastopol who got the surprise of his career.
Black Panther Film Inspires Disney To Support Boys & Girls Club In OaklandThe success of Marvel's Black Panther film will have a lasting effect in Oakland. Christin Ayers reports. (2/27/18)