The Bloodhound, where everybody knows your name.

Every few weeks, GFI friends and film industry folks get out of the office and head to our favorite neighborhood bar to catch up, talk shop or just play a heated game of Buck Hunter.

Last week, we raised our glasses for another GFI Happy Hour at the one and only Bloodhound in San Francisco. We had one of the largest turnouts yet, and a few lucky winners walked away with some pretty sweet raffle prizes, including a Flip video camera, a night at the Gaige House in Sonoma, a 10-film CineVoucher for the San Francisco International Film Festival and a package of gift cards to renowned restaurants and eateries throughout the city. Best part? Everyone who entered the raffle received a Global Lens DVD, and all proceeds went right back to GFI’s Granting Program!

Check out our photos–courtesy Kaydin Carlsen–for a re-cap of the night, and if you’re a local that wants to join in the fun, send us an email! After all, you know what they say about all work and no play.

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Global Lens @ 54th San Francisco International Film Festival!

GFI co-presents THE LIGHT THIEF and A USEFUL LIFE at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

Bay Area film fans, rejoice! The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off tonight, with nearly 200 films screening over the next two weeks!

We are very proud to co-present two Global Lens films in the festival this year:

THE LIGHT THIEF (dir. Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan): A humble electrician intent on enlivening his windswept valley with electricity unwittingly strikes a deal with a rich politician whose corrupt ambitions threaten to upend the electrician’s dream to build windmills in his village. Included in Redefine Magazine’s festival recommendations!

¿Habla Español? Click here to watch Federico speak about A USEFUL LIFE on NY1 News!

A USEFUL LIFE (dir. Federico Veiroj, Uruguay): After financial troubles and a dwindling audience force an art-house cinema to shut its doors permanently, its most devoted employee is suddenly left without a ‘home’ and forced to adjust to life outside of the theater. Included in the San Francisco Chronicle’s festival highlights!

In addition, two GFI-grant supported films are included in the festival’s lineup: A YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER, by Malaysian director Tan Chui Mui, and ASLEEP IN THE SUN, from Argentine

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