Groucho Marx famously declared he would never belong to a club that would have him as a member, singlehandedly ending the rise of Groucho Marxism. Enjoy the privileges of membership with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a one-year Film Enthusiast membership (a $60 value) to San Francisco Film Society.
Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival—the longest-running film festival in the Americas—San Francisco Film Society feeds the cinematic passions of fans, filmmakers, and students, showcasing more than 300 films every year. The Film Enthusiast membership entitles movie mavens to a plethora of perks worth rubbing in the noses of adversarial cinephiles who won’t stop boasting about how much popcorn they can eat in one sitting. Members also get the skinny on San Francisco International Film Festival special events and screenings, running April 21-May 5.
Free members-only preview screenings of future classics, held months before the general public gets a gander, allow members to spoil the endings of a vast variety of celluloid fare, instantly making them the most feared and respected members of any social circle. Be privy to discounts and advance sales to Film Society events, along with year-round discounts to AMC and UA theaters, the Balboa Theatre, Roxie Theater, and more.
Film society members will also receive a free movie rental from Lost Weekend video. Budding directors also receive advance enrollment in Film Society classes, furthering their ambitions of one day yelling “Action!” without being shushed, glared at, or escorted out of church.
- The San Francisco Film Society, parent of the globally prominent San Francisco International Film Festival, has made a transformation worthy of an adventure movie. For five decades, the festival garnered attention, but now the society itself is exploding with year-round activities and projects. – Janos Gereben, San Francisco Examiner
- The SFIFF (Film Festival) is really good at connecting films to culture that is accessible and does not feel like you are in a room with "film snobs". Great late night screenings and just a really great environment and feel. – Phillip L., 4/25/10 Yelp