San Francisco’s beloved nonfiction storytelling series makes another highly anticipated appearance at the Festival for a special night of film industry–themed stories. The rules for telling a story at Porchlight are deceptively simple: Tell a true ten-minute tale to an audience of strangers as if you were telling it to a good friend. The results vary wildly (as some of you may remember from last year’s SFIFF) but are uniformly unforgettable. Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, the show’s cofounders and hosts, move the night along with grace, charm and wit. The program will feature six storytellers, each accompanied by a video clip as supporting material. Confirmed storytellers include Lisick herself, who’ll be telling her first Porchlight story since cofounding the series 11 years ago! (This writer happens to know that Lisick was once asked to play a “hip mother” who utters slam-style poetry in a banking commercial. Thank you, advertising world.) Jonn Herschend, whose film Self Portrait as a PowerPoint Presentation for an Amusement Park Ride screens in the Get with the Program shorts program, will discuss his escapades, most recently a fake marketing video for the gallery Den Frie in Copenhagen. Alan Black, literary maven and proprietor of local haunt Edinburgh Castle, will reprise a story about a film shoot in his bar that brought the house down on its first telling. Visit fest11.sffs.org for updates on other guests expected to participate in this informal bean-spilling session.
Total running time 70 min.