California Film Festivals

Eat, Drink and Watch a Movie at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival.

Named one of America's "Top Ten Best Vacation Film Festivals" (Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide), The Sonoma Valley Film Festival is a premier destination experience unlike any other. Set amidst the unparallel beauty of the Sonoma Valley wine country, the Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers to an intimate and luxurious extended weekend, pairing good food, fine wine and over 75 new independent films from all over the world.


Auntie Julie said...

If you're young and crazy, check out the Trash Film Orgy in Sacramento.


Hailed by the Sacramento News & Review as “Sacramento’s best film festival…for its ingenuity, gore content, retro-zaniness and pure excess.” The Sacramento Bee calls it “A celebration of the cinematic blend of gritty horror and slap-stick comedy.”
The Trash Film Orgy is an annual sleaze fest bringing you the trashiest, goriest and most bizarre movies ever made. Taking place inside the historic and HAUNTED Crest Theatre, TFO presents a cult cinema experience like no other featuring incredible live stage shows, live bands, local films, carnival-type games, the Retro-Trash Lounge (hosted by our friends at retrocrush.com), unbelievable wacky antics and audience participation...we may love these films, but we aren't afraid to poke fun at them or ourselves! So don’t expect to just to sit in a dark theatre holding your sweeties hand...you'll be contending with live circus freaks, contortionists, random zombie attacks and more.
Join legendary underground luchador EL TIGRE DIABLO, along with his sidekick the Mighty Tiki as they present the most exciting experience you will ever have in a motion picture theatre...for reals!

Miss December is adorable.

Anonymous said...

Films in the Forest shows classic movies outdoors in the Del Monte Forest, Carmel

This season's offerings include Play Misty for Me, Grease, East of Eden, Legally Blond, Showboat and A Hard Day's Night.

Come Early
Bring Your Own Picnic Supper
Dress Warmly
Have Fun!

Anonymous said...

The Sacramento French Film Festival is an annual event held in July. It celebrates the present as well as the rich history of French cinema featuring new releases and rarely seen classics. It is the only festival dedicated to French cinema in Northern California and one of only two on the West coast. It was described in the Sacramento Bee in July 2003, as “the Cinematic Highlight of Sacramento's Summer”.

The SFFF opens each year on a Friday night with a catered reception followed by the opening film. Films continue all day long Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends. Midnight movies are presented on Saturdays for mature audiences. The Festival ends on a Sunday night with an informal champagne cocktail following the closing film. All films are presented in French with English subtitles. Each film is shown either once or twice. Passes are available for single films, special events, one weekend, and for the whole festival.

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow night is the opening of the Newport Beach Film Festival

Between April 20th and April 30th, the 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from around the world, offering an ambitious and international selection of features, shorts, documentaries and animation that will compete for both Jury and Audience awards.

Now in its 7th year, the Festival is proud to treat its audience to World and U.S. premieres, Academy Award entries, Sundance Selections, a Spotlight Series, and Children's Festival, from both the independent and studio worlds. With submissions from Asia, Europe, South/Central America and Africa, classic and contemporary filmmaking will provide a unique mix of genre and culture.

Since its beginnings, the Festival has presented many acclaimed films, including Crash, Layer Cake, Dust to Glory, Sexy Beast, Spellbound, Dogtown and Z Boys, Joint Security Area, and Castle in the Sky, as well as anniversary screenings of classics such as The French Connection, Sunset Boulevard, 50th anniversary of Jim Henson Company and The Outsiders. As a result, the Newport Beach Film Festival has quickly gained recognition both from filmmakers and audiences, and is expected to attract more than 30,000 cinephiles in 2006.

In addition, the Newport Beach Film Festival offers a rare opportunity to meet the filmmakers. Directors, screenwriters and cinematographers eager to share their work will provide an exclusive inside look at the industry during post-screening Q&A's.

Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival will host several premieres, galas and yacht parties for a singular festival experience. Films will be shown throughout the city that boasts one of the largest movie consumer groups in the world, a rich filmmaking history as well as fine dining, shopping, and exceptional recreational activities.

This is the film I really want to see!

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
Feature Film

1994, 100 min, Color
(In English)

Directed By: Eric Zala
Producer: Chris Strompolos
Editor: Jayson Lamb
Cinematographer: Jayson Lamb
Cast: Chris Strompolos, Angela Rodriquez, Eric Zala

Long before the dawn of the fan film phenomenon, three 12 year old boys with video cameras in hand set out to make a near shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark after seeing it on the big screen in 1982. Finally wrapping production 7 years later, the resulting labor of obsessive love is a classic homage to the original. Complete with its own giant rolling boulder, live snakes, burning bar fight, and heart pounding chase scene, the film has gained the praise of Steven Speilberg himself. ..I saw and appreciated the vast amounts of imagination and originality you put in your film. - Steven Spielberg..Twenty-one years later, their fan film creation has become an underground hit receiving attention from media elites such as CNN, Vanity Fair and even a nod from Steven Spielberg himself. With the help of the Adaptation's creators, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb (who have come to be known as The Raiders Guys), The Indy Experience.com has compiled a wealth of exclusive information about the film including a photo gallery, fan reviews, press archives, biographies and an exclusive interview with the filmmakers themselves!..Come see the inspiration of movie magic in its purest form.

Filmmakers Eric, Chris & Jason will be in attendance for Q&A!

Anonymous said...

Jazz/Noir Film Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 19-21
Balboa Theater venue info
$45 Festival Pass (good for all screenings) $10 Individual Film

What happens when idealistic romanticism (our hopes, our loves) confronts hard-boiled realism (our fears, our fate)? Find out at Jazz/Noir, a weekend of great films with brilliant jazz soundtracks by jazz legends such as Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Some of the most classic film noir pictures featured jazz sound tracks because the mystery and action onscreen were perfectly accompanied by the excitement and unpredictability of jazz.

This series, presented in collaboration with the Balboa Theater and the Film Noir Foundation, explores those connections on the big screen, the way these films were meant to be seen. Want to know more? Check out the "Discover Jazz on Film: A Survey of Jazz/Noir" being given by SFJAZZ on three Mondays in April (10th , 17th, 24th) at the JCC.

Films - Sweet Smell of Success, Anatomy of a Murder, I Want to Live, Elevator to the Gallows, Odds Against Tomorrow, Touch of Evil

Anonymous said...

Next year's lineup is not available yet, but here's a press release from last year's Palm Springs Film Festival to give you an idea ...

MacLaine, Theron and Newman to be Honored at
Festival’s January 7, 2006 Awards Gala

PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 15, 2005) – The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winners Shirley MacLaine with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Charlize Theron with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress and award winning composer Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. The Awards Gala will kick-off the 2006 Awards Season on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, which will also honor David Cronenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Michael London, and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart.

Commenting on the selection, Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “We are thrilled to add Shirley MacLaine, Charlize Theron and Thomas Newman to this year’s stellar lineup of honorees. Throughout both of their careers, MacLaine and Theron’s remarkable passion and unforgettable performances have distinguished them in every aspect of their work, including their most recent projects, In Her Shoes and North Country.”

Greenburg added, “From Jarhead to Cinderella Man, Newman’s music elevates each of the films he scores to new artistic heights.”

Currently, MacLaine can be seen in Curtis Hanson’s In Her Shoes, opposite Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, for Twentieth Century Fox. MacLaine plays the long-lost, no-nonsense grandmother, Ella Hirsch, in this film about two sisters who share nothing in common, other than the same shoe size, but ultimately learn about the value of family and the special bond of sisterhood.

After almost 50 motion pictures, countless television specials and her own mini-series, a literary career that has produced ten best sellers, and stage performances from Broadway to international tours, MacLaine has greatly distinguished herself within the entertainment industry. Among many international awards, she has received ten Golden Globe Awards, four of which were for best actress from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, two Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Awards, Berlin’s Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement, two Venice Film Festival Awards, a British Film Academy Award and Italy’s David Donatello Award. She won five Emmy Awards, among many nominations, for her six musical television specials, and has received six Academy Award nominations, winning best actress for her portrayal in Terms of Endearment.

MacLaine made her motion picture debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry, launching her into an extensive film career. She has subsequently been in such memorable films as Around the World in Eighty Days, The Apartment, Ocean’s 11, The Children’s Hour, Sweet Charity, The Turning Point, Being There, Terms of Endearment, Madame Sousatzka, Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, Used People, Guarding Tess and The Evening Star. She recently completed filming Rob Reiner’s Rumor Has It…, opposite Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston, which will be released in theaters on Christmas Day. Her diverse roles for television include the mini-series “Joan of Arc” and “The Salem Witch Trials,” and television movies “These Old Broads” and “Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay.”

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron stars in Warner Bros.’ North Country, a film directed by Niki Caro, the acclaimed director of Whale Rider. Inspired by a true story, North Country follows a woman’s journey on a road that will take her farther than she ever imagined, ultimately inspiring countless others, and leading to the nation’s first-ever sexual harassment class action lawsuit. The film also stars Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Woody Harrelson and Sissy Spacek. Currently, Theron can be seen in the action adventure Aeon Flux for director Karyn Kusama, based on the MTV animated series.

In 2003, Theron illuminated the screen in the exciting caper movie The Italian Job, co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton and directed by F. Gary Gray. Her next movie Monster, co-starring Christina Ricci and directed by Patty Jenkins, hit theatres that fall to rave reviews and critical acclaim for Theron’s depiction as female serial killer Aileen Wuornos. She went on to win the Independent Spirit Award, the National Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award, New York Film Critics Online Award, Southeastern Film Critics Award, the Breakthrough Performance Award from the Nation Board of Review and the Academy Award – all for her emotionally devastating performance in Monster.

Theron’s other films include 2 Days in the Valley, The Devil’s Advocate, That Thing You Do!, Celebrity, Mighty Joe Young, The Cider House Rules, The Astronaut’s Wife, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Reindeer Games, Curse of the Jade Scorpion and HBO’s The Life And Death of Peter Sellers.

Thomas Newman’s most recent projects include the Universal Pictures’ releases Jarhead starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Sam Mendes, and Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger and directed by Ron Howard. Newman has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, most recently in 2004 for his work on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and the previous year in which he earned a nomination for Finding Nemo. Newman received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score on two other Sam Mendes films: the Academy Award-winning American Beauty and the critically acclaimed Road to Perdition. His other nominations include Unstrung Heroes in 1996, Little Women and The Shawshank Redemption, both in 1995. Newman received both a BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award for his work on American Beauty, and an Emmy Award and two Grammy Awards for his Main Title Music for the HBO original series “Six Feet Under.” Newman is the recipient of the BMI Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement Award as well as Composer of the Year from the Hollywood Film Festival in 2004.

Among his recent film credits are White Oleander, The Salton Sea, In the Bedroom, Pay It Forward and Erin Brockovich. His other film scores include The Green Mile, Meet Joe Black, The Horse Whisperer, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Oscar & Lucinda, Mad City, American Buffalo, Phenomemon, Red Corner, Up Close and Personal, Scent of a Woman, The Player, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Lost Boys, and Desperately Seeking Susan. Newman also composed the score for director Mike Nichols’ highly acclaimed HBO miniseries Angels In America.

This year’s honorees include David Cronenberg with the Visionary Award, Jake Gyllenhaal with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, Terrence Howard with the Rising Star Award, Michael London with the Producer of the Year Award, Shirley MacLaine with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing, and Charlize Theron with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress.

The Festival, scheduled from January 5-16, 2006, will include more than 200 films from approximately 60 countries. The Festival also presents a majority of the films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language category for the Academy Awards, as well as a large number of American independent and international features and documentaries.

Founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America. The Festival has an attractive film sales and distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools. The Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation.

The 2006 Palm Springs International Film Festival sponsors include title sponsor, the City of Palm Springs, joined with ample support from the City of Indian Wells, the City of Palm Desert, the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, including the Agua Caliente Casino and the Spa Resort Casino, The Desert Sun, Harper's Bazaar, Spencer’s at the Mountain, Entertainment Tonight, Ciroc Vodka, Tanqueray #10 and Talisker Scotch, all brands of Diageo Spirits, Wessman Development, Regal Entertainment Group, Integrated Wealth Management, and Mercedes-Benz, the official car of the Festival.

For additional information, call the Festival headquarters at (760) 322-2930 or visit the website at www.psfilmfest.org.

irishlass said...

The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society sponsors Outdoor Movies in the Park featuring Tahoe movies.

Movies in the Park

Free Event in Layton Park

Join us at dusk for movies filmed in and around the Tahoe area!

July 11 Call of the Wild (1934) with Clarke Gable & Loretta young

July 18 Magnificent Obsession (1954) with Jane Wyman & Rock Hudson

July 25 Rosemarie (1936) with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald

irishlass said...

I really love outdoor movies and tonight - July 29, 2006 - Movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark in Dolores Park, San Francisco. Should be fab.

Film Night, a brief history
Film Night is a community-based organization that has produced film-related events in San Anselmo, California, since the early 1990’s. One of its early successes was CAFFE NUVO FILM NIGHT, a monthly film forum held at a small café in San Anselmo. The film forums presented the work of many different community filmmakers, from students with super 8 shorts, to professional filmmakers working on feature length films.

Film Night included screenings of important classic films to its line up in 1991. These screenings grew in popularity and in 1992 the organization started FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK.

This annual film festival takes place outside, at Creek Park, on warm summer evenings and has expanded as its popularity has grown. In 1997 it had an average audience of 200 people per night, with a crowd of over 300 on its opening night screening of CINEMA PARADISO. A dedicated staff of volunteers from around Marin County produces the festival. Tom Boss, the director of Film Night events, founded the organization 1991.

Over the years Film Night has screened important films like Fritz Lang’s "M", Robert Mulligan’s "To Kill A Mockingbird" and Stanley Kubrick’s "Dr. Strangelove." Other screenings include classics from Frank Capra "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," "Arsenic And Old Lace" and "It’s A Wonderful Life," as well as the Humphrey Bogart films "The African Queen," "The Maltese Falcon" and "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre." It shows films from Rob Reiner’s "The Princess Bride," to the Marx Brother’s "Ducksoup" to cater to its younger audience members. A tradition has formed of closing each year’s festival with an Alfred Hitchcock film.

irishlass said...

A Summer of Italian Movies - FREE!

A beautiful Summer sunset. People in love share a picnic as evening closes in. Romantic music fills the air and then a classic Italian movie plays beneath the starlit sky. Hearts beat a little faster, the moon glows a little brighter
Join Us for some Cinematic Magic!

Friday Nights - 6:00 PM Music & Mingle - Movie Starts at Sundown - Hancock Park at the La Brea Tar Pits (Wilshire and Fairfax)

Cinema Paradiso
Friday, August 4th, 2006

Il Postino
Friday, August 11th, 2006

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The Italian Job
Friday, August 25th, 2006