September 8–10

presented by San Francisco Cinematheque
curated by Steve Polta


CROSSROADS 2023 is the fourteenth manifestation of Cinematheque’s annual film festival. CROSSROADS 2023 features 62 works of film, video and performance by 61 artists representing 20 countries and territories presented in 12 curated programs. Cinematheque is proud to announce that, of these 61 featured artists, 31 are receiving their CROSSROADS debut this year. Download the CROSSROADS 2023 press release here.

CROSSROADS programs 1–10
presented in person September 8–10 at
2665 Mission Street, San Francisco


October 26 — November 12

Cinematheque’s CROSSROADS 2023 online echo is a cross-sectional distillation of this year’s festival, refracting its themes and presenting select works in two reconfigured programs.

echo program 1: you had me at hello
echo program 2: that what moves




Director: Steve Polta
Festival Manager/Design: India Nemer
Tech Director: Kent Long
Festival Trailer: Domonik Hernandez
Festival Associates: Katie Walker, Izzy Jalowayski
Cinematheque Archives Manager: Megan Needles
Accounting: Vanessa O’Neill

Web Developers
Sophie Rentien Lando, Julie Peeters, Scott Ponik
Cinematheque Board of Directors
Miriam Campos-Quinn, Sage Hirsch, Nellie Killian, Ellen Lake, Diana Sánchez Maciel, Marie Martraire, Anjali Sundaram, Trinity West
Cinematheque Advisory Council
Steve Anker, Gina Basso, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Steven Jenkins, Mark McElhatten, Brent Miller, Oona Mosna, Carissa Potter, Kathleen Quillian, Anne Stone

San Francisco Cinematheque and CROSSROADS 2023 are supported by contributions from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the California Arts Council, California Revealed, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts and Cinematheque’s Members and Donors.




Special Thanks for support, assistance and inspiration is extended to: Fara Akrami; Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Anthology Film Archives; Artists’ Television Access; AV-arkki; BAMPFA; Craig Baldwin; Gina Basso; Jenny Bitner; Alix Blevins; Colin Brant; the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre; Canyon Cinema; Olivia Ciummo; the Center for New Music; CounterPulse; COUSIN; Desistfilm; Dobra: Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental; Elena Duque; Experiments in Cinema; Courtney Fellion; Jesse Hawthorne Ficks; Jennifer Fieber; Film Form; 518 Valencia Street; Flaherty Film Seminar; FLEX; Isabel Fondevila; the 4 Star Theater; Michael Fox; Gray Area; Dennis Harvey; Alyse Hebert; Images Festival; INCITE Journal of Experimental Media; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Izzy Jalowayski; Kadist; Kala Art Institute; KALX; Brett Kashmere; Liz Keim; Cristina Kolozsváry-Kiss; Bryan Konefsky; LaborBerlin; LA Film Forum; Mary Lattimore; David Lawrence; Light Cone; Light Field; Light Industry; LUX; McEvoy Foundation for the Arts; Media City Film Festival; Christine Metropoulos; Microscope Gallery; Milwaukee Underground Film Festival; Seth Mitter; Madeleine Molyneaux; Mono No Aware; Mur Murs; Myriad Consulting; Suki O’Kane; Onion City Film Festival; Other Cinema; Adam Piron; Rick Prelinger; Megan Shaw Prelinger; Prismatic Ground; Jill Rogers; the Roxie Theater; Picture Palace Pictures; [S8] Mostra de Cinema Periférico; Lynne Sachs; Linda Scobie; Shapeshifters Cinema; Steve Seid; Jim Shedden; Joel Shepard; Michael Sicinski; sixpackfilm; Lex Sloan; Vivian Sming; Brad Steinberg; Courtney Stephens; Scott Stark; The Temenos; Telematic Media Arts; TIFF/Wavelengths; Mark Toscano; 25 FPS; Type A Print Inc.; Kathleen Tyner; Kitty Velvet; Video Data Bank; Andy Warhol; Tanya Zimbardo.

In Memoriam: Kenneth Anger, Amy Halpern, Birgit Hein, Pee Wee Herman, David Larcher, José Antonio Sistiaga, Michael Snow, Peter Weibel, Patricia Zimmerman

Festival Graphic Image: Last Things (2023) by Deborah Stratman

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