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A World of Shorts at the Mystic Theatre

April 23rd, 2017   •   no comments   

Thirty five films from six continents will offer film lovers a taste of global cinema at the ninth annual Film Fest Petaluma on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the historic Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma.

The day long fest will give visitors a sampling of award-winning shorts from prestigious international festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, and Tribeca. After reviewing more than a thousand films, final selections were made representing more than 20 countries including France, Germany, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malaysia, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, and New Zealand among others.

Four different collections of shorts will screen at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm with the late show offering edgier fare. Programs are recommended for 14 and over (17 for the late show).

Each of the four programs offers a variety of animation, live action, and documentary content as well as a discussion with some of the filmmakers. Directors, actors, and crew from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and across the US will be in attendance at the event.

Seven Sonoma County student filmmakers from SRJC, Santa Rosa High School, and Sonoma State University, who were selected from the Sonoma County Student Film Festival held earlier this month, will sit alongside international guests on all four post-screening discussions.

All-day passes may be purchased for $30. Tickets for individual shows range from $10-$15 and will be available at McNear’s Restaurant, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, or online through the Petaluma Film Alliance and Mystic Theatre websites.

BEAR STORY wins the BEST OF FEST Audience Favorite!

May 16th, 2016   •   no comments   

Film Fest Petaluma is very pleased to announce that the “Best of Fest” Audience Favorite goes to Gabriel Osorio and Antonia Herrera’s Oscar-winning animated short BEAR STORY! Top ranked shorts on other programs included Dan Hodgson’s UK comedy LOVE IS BLIND and the French animated shorts HE WHO HAS TWO SOULS and CARAPACE.

A big thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s festival the best yet! We’ll see you at the movies!
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Film Fest Petaluma Celebrates Short Cinema with the 2016 Oscar Winners

April 14th, 2016   •   no comments   

Thirty-eight short films from more than fifteen countries will be on display at the 8th annual Film Fest Petaluma on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the historic Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma. More than a dozen directors have already confirmed attendance at the event including the creators of Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Antonia Herrera, the Chilean animation team that won this year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

The day long fest will give visitors a sampling of award-winning shorts from prestigious festivals around the globe including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance. Each of the four programs offer a variety of animation, live action, and documentary content as well as a discussion with the filmmakers. Other confirmed guests include Dive director Matthew Saville from New Zealand, director and choreographer Cylan Shaffer (Pride & Gluttony), actress and filmmaker Johanna Watts (Career Girl), Skinner Myers (Land of Exodus), and Bay Area filmmakers Conner Bell (Chop), and Phil Lorin & Kiel Murray (Green Thumb).

Domestic and international guests will sit alongside four student filmmakers selected from the Sonoma County Student Film Festival on April 1st whose work will also be on display. Featured students include Miles Levin (The Berninator), Rita Amador (La Liberte), Ian Powell (Impressive Stacks), and Luc Londe (Or).

Programs take place at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm. Additional events hosted by Santa Rosa Junior College in the days preceding the fest may be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the fest range from $10-$15 and are available at McNear’s Restaurant, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, or online through the Petaluma Film Alliance and Mystic Theatre websites. All-day passes may be purchased for $30. Programs are recommended for 15 and over (17 for the late show which features edgier fare).

Visit FilmFestPetaluma.com for the complete film schedule and ticket information.

Cinema Series opens with Oscar frontrunners

January 23rd, 2015   •   no comments   

On Wednesday, January 28th, the Petaluma Cinema Series opens its spring season with The Grand Budapest Hotel kicking off another great line-up of Oscar nominees, international classics, independent films, and guest filmmakers.

The new season will feature seven films from 2014 including this year’s Best Picture nominees Boyhood, Birdman, and The Grand Budapest Hotel as well as Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive. Director Jen McGowan will join us in conversation February 11th to present her debut feature Kelly & Cal starring Juliette Lewis and co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden will join us March 25th with their brand new documentary, Almost There.

The season is rounded out with William Wyler’s 1961 drama The Children’s Hour, Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic Pulp Fiction, Alexander Payne’s high school comedy Election, and Performance starring Mick Jagger as well as the international classics Hero, Salaam Bombay!, The Celebration, and Bagdad Cafe.

Screenings are hosted in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the Petaluma Campus of Santa Rosa Junior College every Wednesday at 7pm (Boyhood and Pulp Fiction begin at 6:30pm). Guests are invited to attend an optional pre-film lecture at 6pm. Visit www.PetalumaFilmAlliance.org for schedule details and film trailers.

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