Scene at Sundance Cinemas

What is the Scene at Sundance Cinemas?

We are proud to host a wide range of screenings, film festivals, filmmaker Q&A's and events of all kinds. There are some pretty cool people seen at Sundance.




Guillermo Del Toro

On September 28th, the Sundance Kabuki crew were treated to a visit by award-winning director, filmmaker and author Guillermo Del Toro. He was in town promoting his new book, The Fall, part of a trilogy. Our friends at the Booksmith were nice enough to choose our venue. Mr. Del Toro was beyond gracious to the guests - he gave a fascinating presentation on his career, then patiently signed 160 people's books, ipads, CD's, DVD jackets, etc. We look forward to seeing him again very soon.


Erroll Morris at SF Int'l Film Festival for 'Tabloid'

Erroll Morris, famed director, was at the San Francisco International Film Festival for a presentation of his movie TABLOID. We had some excitement as the subject of the film has been following him around to festivals expressing displeasure with the film. She showed up that night and the audience was thrilled with the festival drama. Photo by Pat Mazerra, SFFS



John C. Reilly at Terri Screening SFIFF


John C. Reilly on the stage of the Sundance Kabuki during the Q+A for TERRI.
Photo by Tommy Lau, SFFS




Oliver Stone


Oliver Stone was on hand at the Sundance Kabuki during the SF Int'l Film Festival. He was given the 2011 Founder's Award.
Photo by Tommy Lau, SFFS




John Waters and Danny Glover Uncle Boonmee


What a fantastic surprise when John Waters walked in with UNCLE BOONMEE producer Danny Glover. We were thrilled to have them in the house. Photo by Hilary Hart, SFFS


Buck Brannaman - Star of BUCK


We were so lucky to get Buck Brannaman to come to the Sundance Kabuki in celebration of his film BUCK, seen at the Sundance Film Festival this year. He came to introduce and do a Q & A the opening weekend of the film. There were many people there who had read his books or had worked with the original 'Horse Whisperer'. His appearance even made the SF Chronicle:
Buck Brannaman, the real horse whisperer, was at the Sundance Kabuki on July Fourth weekend for a showing of "Buck," the documentary about him. The Fillmore Street Fair was in full swing, said Sundance's Nancy Gribler, and Brannaman and IFC's Cary Jones were having a tough time finding a parking space in time for the Q&A that followed the film. Then, said Gribler, "Buck quietly pointed out a miraculous space right by the theater." In the documentary, Robert Redford, who played the horse whisperer in the feature film, called Brannaman "the real deal." But in San Francisco, it's much more useful to be a parking-space-wrangler than a horse-whisperer.





Adrian Grenier Director of Teenage Paparazzo

On September 19th, director Adrian Grenier chose the Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco to premiere his latest documentary, Teenage Paparazzo about Grenier's relationship with celebrity, the press and a 13 year old paparazzo who fascinates him. The screening was filled with social media journalists and entrepreneurs including the co-founder of Twitter.


Esai Morales at the Premiere of GUN HILL ROAD

A very charming and personable Esai Morales spent the weekend of August 21st 2011 at the Sundance Kabuki introducing and conducting Q+A sessions of his new movie, GUN HILL ROAD. He loved interacting with the staff and the patrons and was a pleasure to have at our place.


Benjamin Bratt & Peter Bratt - La Mission Premiere

Peter Bratt directed his brother Benjamin in this heartfelt, colorful and significant look at San Francisco's Mission District. The brothers premiered the film at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas amidst friends, co-stars, filmmakers and a lot of low-rider cars. This was taken back stage at the 'big Kabuki' right before a spirited Q&A session. Photo credit: Jennifer Reiley


The Art of Activism Series - Robert Redford

On February 4th, 2010,  the Redford Center hosted the first of a series of conversations called 'The Art of Activism', which is meant to present and promote awareness of activism in the Bay Area. Each time one high profile activist is interviewed (this time it was Sundance Group President Robert Redford), plus two local activists are featured. Lee Bycel, Redford Center Executive director is seen interviewing Mr. Redford on stage. Photo credit: Peter Klueger


'Howl' Premiere Sundance Film Festival USA

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman flew to the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on January 28th 2010 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA event. The film had been the opening night film during the festival. Sandip Roy was the host and moderated a lively discussion with the audience, many of whom had known Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Photo: Jennifer Reiley


Todd Haynes - HBO Premiere of Mildred Pierce

Everyone in the audience and all of us at Sundance Cinemas were thrilled when HBO hosted the San Francisco premiere of MILDRED PIERCE, starring Kate Winslet and Melissa Leo. The big surprise was that Todd Haynes, director extraordinaire, was there in person for a Q+A. A graceful and talented man, he made the night for all of us.


'The Runaways' Premiere Sundance Film Festival USA

On January 28th, 2010 Cherie Currie, original lead singer for the 70's girl band The Runaways, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin for the Sundance Film Festival USA premiere of the film 'The Runaways. The sold out crowd were treated to a spirited Q&A conducted by Rob Thomas of 77 Square. Photo: Sara Rebarchik


Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman - HOWL Opening Day

The new film by Academy Award winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman opened in New York and San Francisco on September 24th, 2010, and the Sundance Kabuki was honored to have the directors in person to conduct Q+A's. These San Franciscans are welcome here any time!


Alicia Sams - By the People - Via Skype

Alicia Sams, the co-producer and director of HBO's BY THE PEOPLE, traveled to the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas via Skype for a fascinating Q&A after the Producers Guild of America SF screening. Photo by Jerry Franklin.


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Francis Ford Coppola

During the run of TETRO at the Sundance Kabuki, Francis Ford Coppola introduced the film, hung out at our bar drinking his Director's Cut wine, then led a spirited question and answer discussion.


Neil Young - Premiere CSNY: Deja Vu

Neil Young and his family graced the Sundance Kabuki in July of 2008 for the San Francisco premiere of CSNY: Deja Vu, a tremendous documentary about the band. The film had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Our friends at the San Francisco Film Society brought this great event to the Kabuki.


RJ Cutler

RJ Cutler, director of the amazing documentary SEPTEMBER ISSUE was at a screening at the Sundance Kabuki. The Sundance Film Festival hit was a hit with that audience as well, and enjoyed getting the directors perspective.


The Glass House

The director and producer of the HBO documentary (Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard) THE GLASS HOUSE during a screening at the Sundance Kabuki. It's a tale of a young womens center in Tehran, founded by Marjaneh Halati (right).


Zooey Deschanel of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER

Zooey Deschanel, director Marc Webb, and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt of 500 DAYS of SUMMER pose in our Bistro during the 2009 San Francisco Int'l Film Festival.
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