Albany FilmFest Presents: "Last Day of Freedom" + filmmaker Q&A
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "Last Day of Freedom" + filmmaker Q&A

When: Tuesday, November 27, 7-8:30pm

Where: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany CA

Admission: Free + free popcorn

[This] idiosyncratic and moving documentary, rendered in black-and-white line drawing, is the agonizing story of Manny Babbitt . . . Mr. Babbitt’s story is told by his brother Bill, who had to decide whether to cover for his brother or turn him in. It will break your heart. - New York Times

Join us for the Academy Award-nominated animated short documentary “Last Day of Freedom,” by Bay Area filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Short and Nomi Talisman. The filmmakers will be on hand to answer questions following this powerful and important 30-minute film.

When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision—should he call the police? This richly animated personal narrative tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother in the face of war, crime, and capital punishment. The powerful film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day: veterans’ care, mental health access, and criminal justice.

Winner, Best Short Film, the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards 2015, nominated for Best Short Documentary 88th Academy Awards, 2016

30 minutes, no rating. Subject matter not suitable for small children.

Co-presentation of Albany FilmFest and Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

For more information about this film or Albany FilmFest events, contact info@albanyfilmfest.org

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Iggy Pop! "Gimme Danger" (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Iggy Pop! "Gimme Danger" (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7-9pm

WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany CA

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn

“ A brainy and funny look at the creation and still-evolving legacy of a rock 'n' roll band Jarmusch considers the greatest of all time, even if Rolling Stone and snobby critics won't admit it.” - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Join us for a deep dive into the rise, fall, and reunion of The Stooges, Iggy Pop’s legendary proto-punk band. Jim Jarmusch’s documentary includes interviews Iggy Pop and other band members, photos, and archival performance footage.

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Rated R for drug content and language.

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Albany FilmFest Presents: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" (2018)
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" (2018)

"WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?" (2018, rated PG13)

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7pm-8:45pm

WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany CA

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn

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"A balm of kindness and empathy in these troubled, divisive times." -- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Join us for an evening of sanity and goodwill with this  multi-award-winning documentary. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas.

Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardiagan-wearing children's television host, in reality Fred Rogers' career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.

94 minutes, rated PG13

Co-presentation of Albany FilmFest and Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" (2017)
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" (2017)

WHEN: July 24, 2018, 7pm - 8:35pm

WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany CA

"Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. " -- Rotten Tomatoes, 99% fresh

This is simply beautiful work." -- Mick La Salle, SF Chronicle

Join us for an evening with a lovely, funny, touching, and real comedy-drama that explores the turbulent bond between a mother (Laurie Metcalf) and her teenage daughter (Saoirse Ronan). Nominated for 5 Academy Awards. Watch the trailer.

 

 

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Albany FilmFest Presents: "3 to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders" + Filmmaker Q&A
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "3 to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders" + Filmmaker Q&A

When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7pm - 9pm

Where: Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany CA

Admission: FREE (includes popcorn!)

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Berkeley filmmaker Lonny Shavelson's timely, fascinating documentary explores the new gender frontier: the growing world of gender-fluid people who identify as neither male nor female -- agender, gender neutral, gender queer, and more. You'll meet teenagers, parents, singles and couples, younger and older people who guide you into their world -- a world where gender is not either/or but spectrum of possibilities. Stay after the screening for an audience Q&A with Lonny Shavelson. (84 minutes, not rated) May not be suitable for younger children.

Co-presentation of Albany FilmFest and Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

For more information about this film or Albany FilmFest events, contact info@albanyfilmfest.org

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Albany FilmFest Presents: "The North Pole" + Filmmaker/Actor Q&A
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "The North Pole" + Filmmaker/Actor Q&A

When: Tuesday, May 22, 7pm

Where: Albany Library Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany CA

Admission: FREE + free popcorn! (Limited to 60 people)

Join us for "The North Pole" -  the hit political comedy web series about three best friends born and raised in North Oakland who struggle to stay rooted as gentrification and global warming turn their neighborhood into a hostile environment, where they feel as endangered as polar bears in the North Pole.

Across seven outrageous episodes, Nina, Marcus, and Benny  combat evil landlords and crazy geoengineering plots to save the place they call home. Comedian W. Kamau Bell, former Black Panther Party leader Ericka Huggins, and Oakland-based rappers Boots Riley and Mistah FAB appear in cameos. Stay after the screening for an audience Q&A with lead actor Donte Clark and director Yvan Iturriaga.

62 minutes, not rated. May not be suitable for young children.

A co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

For more information, contact info@albanyfilmfest.org

 

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Best of the Fest 2018 + Raffle!
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Best of the Fest 2018 + Raffle!

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7pm

Where: Albany Community Center, main room, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany CA

Admission: FREE (includes popcorn!)

Enjoy the award-winning documentary, animation, narrative, and youth films of the 8th Annual Albany FilmFest again or for the first time - and bring your friends! Enter our raffle for a chance to win restaurant passes, FilmFest tees, and an Albany FilmFest 2019 Festival Pass. Must be present to win.

PROGRAM (108 minutes, films not rated. Some films may not be suitable for young children.) 

SO MUCH YELLOW • Erica Milsom (Narrative, 10:30) Inspired by true stories, the film explores the impressionistic nature of memories about institutionalization and loss in a family, particularly among siblings where one child has Down syndrome AUDIENCE FAVORITE

THE ADVENTURES OF RATBOY AND WISEMAN • Dylan Hall & Coleman Ridge (Narrative, Y6-12, 3:30) Two friends go on a journey to find a better place. BEST YOUTH 6-12

THE CONSTRUCT • Jalena Keane-Lee (Documentary, 24:42) An exploration of gender inequality and rapid change in Burma through the eyes of a human rights activist and a young female day laborer. BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

SOCIAL SNAFU • The Perez Brothers (Tiny Movie, 2:18) Imagine what would happen if your Facebook News Feed came to life! BEST TINY FILM

DRIFTING AWAY • Cyprien Clement-Delmas (Animation, 14:27) Melancholy yet hopeful tale of a boy who dreams of going sailing with his father. Subtitles. SPAIN BEST SHORT ANIMATION

THE ILL-MADE KNIGHT • Matthew Celia (Narrative, 15:30) An introverted little girl who loves to read fights to save the forest behind her home from a logging company, and in doing so finds unexpected allies. KIDS’ MATINEE FAVORITE

S’ECLIPSER (SLIPPING AWAY) • Yoni Azoulay (Narrative, Youth 13-17, 6:36) One pivotal moment changes everything for these teens. BEST YOUTH 13-17

PRETTY MOUTH & GREEN MY EYES • Clair Horner (My Own Private Albany, Y13-17, 5:50) A moment in the life of Muriel and Seymour, adapted from J. D. Salinger's short story. MY OWN PRIVATE ALBANY

COCOON • Liying Mei (Narrative, 25:00) In this tender coming of age drama, a girl discovers her mother's affair with another woman and must make a decision. Subtitles. CHINA BEST SHORT NARRATIVE + BEST IN SHOW

Co-presentation of Albany FilmFest and Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

For more information about this film or Albany FilmFest events, contact info@albanyfilmfest.org

 

 

 

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Best of (Last Year's!) Albany FilmFest
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Best of (Last Year's!) Albany FilmFest

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When: Tuesday February 27, 2018 7-8:30pm

Where: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room

Admission: Free

"Great variety! . . . A wonderful selection of films! . . . An unforgettably wonderful and educational experience! . . .One of the must fun things our family has done!"*

We can't wait for Albany FilmFest 2018 to arrive in March, so we're starting early by revisiting the "great variety,"* "good vibes,"* and "wonderful, community building feel"* of Albany FilmFest with 2017's winners and audience favorites.

* All quotes from Albany FilmFest filmgoers

Films not rated. Some films may be unsuitable for small children.

 PROGRAM

Cat Steps Out • Benjamin Ragasa • My Own Private Albany (1:30) A cat wanders around Albany during the Solano Stroll. WINNER My Own Private Albany AFF 2017

Guillaume, or The Chauffeur • Derek DeRoche • Narrative Short (22:55) A French rideshare driver in San Francisco longs to return to France. But after he begins an illicit love affair with one of his passengers, he must confront his fears and secrets. Winner Audience Favorite AFF 2017

La Lettre • Emma Horner, Michelle Lou, Jasper Matrisciano-Horwitz • AHS Music Video (1:35)

Again • Yoni Azoulay • Youth 13-17 (Narrative, Y13-17 5:14) A man, mourning the death of his loved one, keeps running into a woman who reminds him of her. WINNER Best Youth 13-17 AFF 2017

Let's Go on an Adventure Prima Rawithiwakul AHS Music Video (3:18)

The Way Home • Carl Stella • Narrative Drama (13:38) Two despairing strangers come together on a rooftop looking out at Tokyo tower.  AUSTRALIA/JAPAN WINNER Best Narrative Short AFF 2017

The Loneliness of the Short Distance Runner • Holly Jacobson • Youth 6-12 (7:35) A young girl dreams of competing in the Olympics and a local fun run offers her an opportunity to prove herself. UNITED KINGDOM WINNER Best Youth 6-12 AFF 2017

Raised by Krump • Maceo Frost • Documentary (21:15) A rare and beautiful inside look at the Compton/South Center, Los Angeles-born dance movement called Krumping. The film focuses on how Krumping, the dance version of slam poetry, has helped the people of these neighborhoods deal with emotional issues in a context where showing emotion is considered a sign of weakness. WINNER Best Documentary Short AFF 2017 & WINNER Best in Show AFF 2017

I-Envision • Benjamin Ragasa Youth 13-17 (1:00) WINNER Best Tiny Movie AFF 2017

Pearl • Patrick Osborne •  Animated Short (5:44) This charming, music-filled film follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country, chasing their dreams. Nominated for 2016 Academy Award, Peabody Award winner. WINNER Best Animated Short AFF 2017

 

 

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Albany FilmFest Presents: "Moonlight" (2016)
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "Moonlight" (2016)

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7pm

Where: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany CA

Admission: Free

" A perfect film, one that exemplifies not only the formal and aesthetic capabilities of a medium at its most visually rich, but a capacity for empathy and compassion ... " -- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

WInner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture, Barry Jenkins's  MOONLIGHT is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. Starring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris. (Rated R; 110 minutes) 98% positive on Rotten Tomatoes.

Albany FilmFest Presents is a co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and the Friends of the Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

For more information, contact info@albanyfilmfest.org

 

 

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Albany FilmFest Presents: "An Inconvenient Sequel: Speaking Truth to Power" (2017)
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "An Inconvenient Sequel: Speaking Truth to Power" (2017)

When: Tuesday November 28, 2019, 7-9pm

Where: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA

Admission: Free

Join us for this timely 10-year follow-up documentary to Al Gore's thought-provoking 2006 film "An Inconvenient Truth." In "An Inconvenient Sequel" (2017), Gore addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change, and his global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Climate Agreement. (98 minutes, rated PG)

Be sure to stay after the film for a facilitated Q&A and discussion.

Albany FilmFest Presents is a co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and the Friends of the Albany Library. The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 510-745-1400 or TDD 888-663-0660.

For more information, contact info@albanyfilmfest.org

 

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Albany FilmFest Presents: 2 Scary Shorts + Filmmaker Q&A
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: 2 Scary Shorts + Filmmaker Q&A

Albany FilmFest Presents: 2 Scary Shorts + Filmmaker Q&A

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 7pm
WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany CA
ADMISSION: Free! 

Good news for would-be scary film directors: Bay Area filmmakers Timothy Plain ("The Spirit Machine") and Hannah Scharlin-Pettee ("Orientation") are here to tell you how independent filmmakers do it. According to Hannah, "Horror films are some of the cheapest to make!"

After the films, the filmmakers will discuss their films, the challenges they faced and the resourceful DIY special effects tricks they used, share some pre-production photography and drawings, and take audience questions.

"Orientation" (12 minutes): A new transfer student finds herself living in a haunted dorm room.

"The Spirit Machine" (22 minutes): A desperate, out of touch father and his teenage daughter must work together to solve a series of puzzles and traps built to prevent Edison's last invention, the "spirit machine," from being found.

Co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library, and Albany Parks and Recreation. Films not rated. *** Parents please note: This is a spooky pre-Halloween event, so expect a few jump scares and ghostly images, as well as an allusion to suicide. May not be suitable for young children.

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Albany FilmFest Presents: 2 Winning Shorts + Women Filmmakers on Making Their First Film
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: 2 Winning Shorts + Women Filmmakers on Making Their First Film

Join us for two films from the heart from two local directors: Elaine Holliman's Oscar-nominated CHICKS IN WHITE SATIN (1994) and Jazmin Jamias's I HATE THE COLOR RED, an Albany FilmFest Audience Favorite. Stay for Q&A as Elaine and Jazmin discuss the nitty-gritty of making your first film, and what's changed and what hasn't for women filmmakers.

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