AFF Presents: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin + Director Q&A
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

AFF Presents: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin + Director Q&A

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WHEN: October 15, 2019, 7pm

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

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn

Join us for a screening on the acclaimed 2018 feature documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (68 minutes) followed by a lively and enlightening Q&A with Bay Area director Arwen Curry.

Decades before Hogwarts, Ursula K. Le Guin invited young readers to wizard school in her classic Earthsea fantasy series, and dazzled the science fiction world with masterworks like The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Arwen Curry’s feature documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin tells the groundbreaking author's story in her own words, sprinkled with stunning animation and commentary from literary luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, and Michael Chabon. Produced with Le Guin’s participation over 10 years, the film is a breathtaking journey through the late writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin explores the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way.

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Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: The Delicious Mess: A Wild Ride Into Noir with Jerry Thompson

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WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7pm

WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn

Looking for that funky noir mood you need for fall? Ready to move beyond the Maltese Falcon?

Noir expert and author Jerry Thompson presents this Bay Area-connected series of 70s and 80s noir film clips specially curated for Albany FilmFest Presents. Get an inside look at what makes noir noir, and stay after to go deeper with all your questions. More details coming soon!

JERRY THOMPSON is a bookseller, poet, playwright, and musician. His work has appeared in  ZYZZYVA  and the  James White Review . He is the coauthor of  Images of America: Black Artists in Oakland . His fiction and prose have appeared in various anthologies including  Voices Rising , edited by G. Winston James, and  Freedom in this Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men’s Writing , edited by E. Lynn Harris. He is the coeditor of both   Oakland Noir   and the forthcoming   Berkeley Noir  .

JERRY THOMPSON is a bookseller, poet, playwright, and musician. His work has appeared in ZYZZYVA and the James White Review. He is the coauthor of Images of America: Black Artists in Oakland. His fiction and prose have appeared in various anthologies including Voices Rising, edited by G. Winston James, and Freedom in this Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men’s Writing, edited by E. Lynn Harris. He is the coeditor of both Oakland Noir and the forthcoming Berkeley Noir.

 

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Legacy Film Festival "Fresh Views of Later Life" -Shorts + Q&A
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Legacy Film Festival "Fresh Views of Later Life" -Shorts + Q&A

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WHEN: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7pm

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

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn

Albany FilmFest and the Albany Library are excited to partner for this screening of selections from the Legacy Film Festival on Aging. These short films make it clear that aging, like all of life, is a spectrum of experience.

Program

Hula Girl (10 MIN.)  Amy Hill and Chris Riess, Dirs., USA, 2018.

The untold story behind one of the biggest fads in modern American history. At 94 years of age, Joan Anderson waited 60 years to set the record straight.

 

Life Model (5:45 MIN.)  Lori Petchers, Dir., USA.  

A poetic look into the world of an aging nude figure model and the beautiful artwork she inspires.

 

I Remember You (10 MIN.)  Michael Catlin, Dir., USA, 2016.

Bruce Davidson gives a moving performance as a widower with loving hallucinations about his wife, as he flees harsh inevitable truths about his future. 

 

The Call (19:12 MIN.)  Milos Ljubomirovic, Dir., Serbia, 2018.

This film highlights the alienation and gap between the generations, as a grandson impatiently tries to teach his grandmother how to Skype.  In Serbian, with English subtitles.

 

Kayla  (19 MIN.)  John Dower, Dir., UK, 2018.

A lonely and chaotic unseasoned caregiver (Sarah (27) has to decide what to do when her new employer Stanley (80) mistakes her for his granddaughter.

 

The Boatman (13:25 MIN.)  Zack Godshall, Dir., USA, 2016.

As Joseph and Selina Gonzales approach their 71st wedding anniversary, they reflect on endurance, love and fortitude after years of living outside the flood walls in Yscloskey Beach, Louisiana.

Total Running Time:  1 Hour:17 minutes.

 

Q & A to follow with Arlene Reiff, Film Curator, Legacy Film Festival on Aging, as moderator.

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AFF Presents: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

AFF Presents: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

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Join us for this short documentary about a pioneering woman in national politics, and stay for a panel discussion with Albany women in politics: Followed by a panel discussion with local women in politics including Albany Mayor Rochelle Nason, Vice Mayor Peggy McQuaid and Former President of the League of Women Voters of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville Adena Ishii. Moderated by Fran Quittel, Frances Perkins Center Ambassador.

The American sociologist and workers-rights advocate Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve in a U.S. cabinet position. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed her as Secretary of Labor in 1933, and she served in that position for twelve years. She was in every respect a self-made woman who rose from humble New England origins to become America’s leading advocate for many of the basics we take for granted today

Frances Perkins was the principal architect of the New Deal, credited with formulating groundbreaking policies including the Social Security Act, the Fair Labor Act, establishing the minimum wage, laws against child labor, and other policies to shore up the national economy following the nation’s most serious economic crisis and helping to create the modern middle class.

A co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library. Special thanks to the Frances Perkins Center.


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AFF Presents: "Skatistan: 4 Wheels and a Board" + Q&A
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

AFF Presents: "Skatistan: 4 Wheels and a Board" + Q&A

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WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7-9pm

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

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn!

Inspired by Skateistan, Afghanistan's first skateboarding school, this emotional feature-length documentary is a journey deep into the lives of Afghanistan's urban youth. It chronicles the efforts of a grass-roots organization to build the first skate hall in Kabul, follows the first international crew of pro skaters on their visit to Afghanistan, and tells a tale of the irrepressible hope found within a nation's children.

Skateistan is an award-winning international non-profit organization that uses skateboarding and education to empower children. Over 2,500 children, aged 5–17, attend Skateistan’s programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. 50% of students are girls.

Stay after the film for a Q&A with producer Rene Kock.

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Pride! 3 Short Films by Bay Area Women Filmmakers + Q&A
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Pride! 3 Short Films by Bay Area Women Filmmakers + Q&A

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WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 7pm

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

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn!

We celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with three short films by two outstanding Bay Area women filmmakers. We are excited to have both Florencia Manovil and Kat Cole in attendance to talk about their films and answer your questions.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires Argentinia, Florencia Manovil is a feminist filmmaker passionate about independent film, social justice, environmentalism, and queer identities. Florencia is committed to bringing underrepresented communities to the screen, as well as showcasing Oakland and the Bay Area at large. Her film Encuentro screened in over 25 film festivals, including Albany FilmFest 2018.

Kat Cole, Maybe and Grandmother and Me, is a filmmaker, dancer, and co-director of the Tiny Dance Film Festival who interrogates Queer and mixed race histories through live performance and film. Her recent short films have screened at Hot Docs, CAAMFest, NewFest, New Orleans Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, as well as at Albany FilmFest 2019.

PROGRAM

 Kat Cole, Maybe (Narrative, 10:00) A young girl questions her sexuality and must find bravery on her own terms.

Florencia Manovil, Encuentro (Narrative, 16:19) When Claudia meets another Latino women in bar, her understanding of herself is challenged.

Kat Cole, Grandmother and Me (Documentary, 7:00) With her wedding approaching, Kat Cole creates a visual letter to her fiancé's only living grandparent, Jean, the 100-year old grandmother whom she will never meet. In this intimate documentary, Cole exhumes long-kept secrets to capture the complexities of familial love and the subtle effects of transphobia in the home

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SPORTY SHORTS: Films Celebrating Girls and Women Breaking Barriers and Making History through Sports
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

SPORTY SHORTS: Films Celebrating Girls and Women Breaking Barriers and Making History through Sports

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WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 7pm

WHERE: Albany Twin Theatre

Admission: Free Reserve Your Seat at Eventbrite

Albany FilmFest is excited to partner with the City of Albany Recreation Department, Women Sports Film Festival, and LUNA Bar for this night of Sporty Short films celebrating girls and women breaking barriers and making history through sports.

The four short films are preceded by boxing demonstration with local professional boxer Dalia “La Pentera” Gomez, and followed by a short Q&A with Jun Stinson, director of the short film Futbolistas4Life

Doors Open 6:45pm.

Sporty Short Film Program

Quincy (5 minutes) Jake Symonds walked in the door after returning from a morning of surfing and found his four-year-old daughter Quincy sitting there waiting for him. “I’m coming surfing with you tomorrow” she told him. She’s surfed almost every day since. Now six, Quincy’s love of surfing continues to grow. Some consider her a surf prodigy. Others think she could one day be a world champion. But for right now, she’s just a kid who loves to surf.

FIBA Allow Hijab (14 minutes) Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is the all-time leading scorer in Massachusetts history for high school basketball (male or female). In 2010, she became the first NCAA Division I player to wear a hijab on the court. But for three years she was blocked from pursuing her professional basketball career due to a FIBA rule that bans headscarves in international competitions.

JessZilla (7 minutes) Jesselyn “JessZilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future in boxing.

Futbolistas 4 Life (39 minutes) is about Oakland teens from Latinx immigrant families and the healing power of soccer. The film takes you into the lives of two high schoolers: One is a college hopeful and DACA applicant who’s navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen afraid that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer, which lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines.

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Pam Uzzell's WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD + Q&A
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Pam Uzzell's WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD + Q&A

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WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 7pm

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

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn!

Not rated. 26 minutes.

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Join us for Bay Area filmmaker Pam Uzzell’s documentary Welcome to the Neighborhood (2018), the story of South Berkeley activist Mable Howard and her daughter, artist Mildred Howard, and the changing neighborhoods of Berkeley and Oakland. In Uzzell’s words, this film illuminates “both [the] personal power to create possibilities in adversity and the broader issue of gentrification and a housing crisis that threatens a community’s diversity.”

“Nearly fifty years after Mable Howard’s lawsuit against BART, the Howards’ neighborhood has become one of the “hottest” areas for new home buyers due, in part, to its proximity to BART. Home and rental prices have soared beyond the means of most, including many African Americans still reeling from the 2008 financial meltdown. The response of many in South Berkeley has become increasingly fierce, resulting in grass-roots demands that the city prioritizes affordable housing to prevent the further shrinking of the African American population in the city.”

Since screening at Albany FilmFest in 2018, Welcome to the Neighborhood aired as part of KQED's Truly CA's 2018 season, won "Best of Festival for Short Documentary" at the Berkeley Video Film Festival, and has had multiple screenings, followed by panel discussions, throughout the Bay Area regarding the effects of the housing crisis, as well as celebrating the leadership of Mable Howard. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously in support of changing the name of the Ashby BART station to Mable Howard Station. However, due to BART obstacles regarding station name changes, it's hard to know when or if that name change will happen.

Pamela Uzzell is an award-winning documentary producer, director, and editor. Her feature-length dococumentary, Unearthing the Drea, featured on Arkansas Public Television as part of their independent producer series, won Best Documentary at the Arkansa Black Independent Fil Festival, as well as an Indie Award of Merit. Uzzell has also worked on more than 20 feature films in post-production, including Godfather III, Terminator 2, and Dead Poets’ Society. She is a member of the Bay Area Video Coalition as well as the The San Francisco Film Society.

Please stay after the film for a lively Q&A with filmmaker Pam Uzzell.

A co-presentation of Albany Library and Albany FilmFest

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AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany VICE (2019, rated R)
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany VICE (2019, rated R)

WHAT: VICE (2019, rated R)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:30pm

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

ADMISSION: Free

Winner, Best Achievement in Hair and Makeup + 7 nominations, including Best Motion Picture, 2019 Academy Awards

Governor George W Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defence secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.

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Note:  Room holds 60 seats only.  Please do arrive early to this event. Oscar-nominated movie. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Co-presentation of Albany Library and Albany FilmFest

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AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (2018, rated PG)
Apr
27
2:00 PM14:00

AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (2018, rated PG)

WHAT: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (2018, rated PG)

WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany, CA 94706

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2019 2pm

ADMISSION: Free

Nominated, Best Animated Feature Film, 2019 Academy Awards

Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.

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Note:  Room holds 60 seats only.  Please do arrive early to this event. Oscar-nominated movie. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Co-presentation of Albany Library and Albany FilmFest

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AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany GREEN BOOK
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany GREEN BOOK

WHAT: AFF Presents/Oscars at Albany GREEN BOOK (2018, rated PG13)

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

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:30pm

ADMISSION: Free

Winner, Best Motion Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Original Screenplay, 2019 Academy Awards

Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

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Attendance is limited to the first 60 people and not guaranteed. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Co-presentation of Albany Library and Albany FilmFest.

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Best of the Fest 2019
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Best of the Fest 2019

WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7pm

WHERE: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA

ADMISSION: Free + free popcorn

Join us for a reprise of the award winners and audience favorites from the 9th Annual Albany FilmFest. Films not rated. Some films may not be suitable for young children.

PROGRAM

Thomas Lee, THE GREAT MIGRATION (My Own Private Albany, 5:40) * A duck’s-eye view of Albany! Best My Own Private Albany AFF 2019

Cheri Gaulke, GLORIA’S CALL (Documentary, with animation 16:46) * When grad student Gloria Orenstein receives a strange phone call from Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, it sparks a lifelong journey in art, ecofeminism, and shamanism. Favorite, Curated Films AFF 2019

Satyel Amarelo, HEARING THE OCEAN (Youth 6-12, 1:43) * Beachcombing can provide wondrous things! Best Youth Age 6-12 AFF 2019

Anahid Nazarian, LAHMAJUNE (Documentary, 19:13) * The heartwarming and delicious story of an Armenian family, two Mexican employees, and a bakery at the heart of an LA neighborhood. Audience Favorite AFF 2019

Kat Pongtornpitat, AGAPE (Animation, 2:43) * A woman loves her houseplants. Best Short Animation AFF 2019

Paola Ossa, CATALINA (Narrative, 14:14) * An 11-year-old girl learns to fend for herself while her undocumented mother spirals in fear of being deported. Best Short Narrative AFF 2019

Monimar Mancillas, THE GROUNDED ASTRONAUT (Youth 13-17, 8:18) * A young girl struggles to keep her head afloat while drown in the overload of work at school. Best Youth Age 13-17 AFF 2019

Mira Hamour, SYRIA’S TENT CITIES (Documentary, 30:00 ) * A look at the lives of Syrian refugee families and their efforts to get a basic education. Best Short Documentary AFF 2019

Jane Selle Morgan, HEATWAVE (Tiny Movie, 1:00) * When the heat is too much at work, a coworker lends a helping hand. Best Tiny Movie AFF 2019

Nate Duncan, THE INTERVIEW (Narrative, 14:39) * Michael goes to an important job interview only to find out that more than a job is on the line. Best in Show AFF 2019

Doors open 30 minutes before the films start.

Co-presented by Albany FilmFest and Albany Library.

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AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany: INTO THE SPIDER VERSE (2018, rated PG)
Apr
20
1:30 PM13:30

AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany: INTO THE SPIDER VERSE (2018, rated PG)

WHAT: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018, rated PG)

WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany CA 94706

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1:30pm

ADMISSION: Free

Winner, Best Animated Feature Film 2019 Academy Awards

Miles Morales is a New York teen struggling with school, friends and, on top of that, being the new Spider-Man. When he comes across Peter Parker, the erstwhile savior of New York, in the multiverse, Miles must train to become the new protector of his city.

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Attendance is limited to the first 60 people and not guaranteed. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Co-presentation of Albany Library and Albany FilmFest.

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AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018)
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018)

WHAT: BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018, rated R)

WHERE: Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany, CA 94706

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 6:30pm

ADMISSION: Free

Winner, Best Adapted Screenplay 2019 Acadmeny Awards / Nominated, Best Motion Picture 2019 Academy Awards

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Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate (Adam Driver) who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. Rotten Tomatoes (95%) says, “BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.”

Rated R, 135 minutes.

Attendance is limited to the first 60 people and not guaranteed. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Co-presentation of Albany Library and Albany FilmFest.

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Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

AFF Presents/Oscars@Albany A STAR IS BORN (2018, rated R)

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WHAT: A STAR IS BORN (2018, rated R)

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

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2pm

ADMISSION: Free

Winner, Best Song, 2019 Academy Awards. Nominated for Best Motion Picture and other Oscars

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer - until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

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Note:  Room holds 60 seats only.  Please do arrive early to this event. Oscar-nominated movie. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Co-presentation of Albany Library and Albany FilmFest

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All Day Shorts
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

All Day Shorts

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9th Annual Albany FilmFest ALL-DAY SUNDAY SHORTS!

Sunday, March 24, 10am - 10pm, Albany Twin Theatre

$12 each show. Passes available. - see individual shows for ticket links

Q&A with filmmakers follows each show

Watch short films (and one short feature) all day long. Documentaries, dramas, comedies, animations, and tiny movies. Original independent films by emerging and experienced filmmakers of all ages from the Bay Area, the US, and the world.

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@theCenter: Noirs & Noir
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

@theCenter: Noirs & Noir

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@THE CENTER: NOIRS & NOIR

7-8:30pm • Friday, March 22, 2018 | Albany Community Center MAP

$5 suggested donation

Join us for night of film noir—crime, drama, fast-talking detectives—and pinot noir. Billy Wilder’s classic 1944 film noir Double Indemnity, based on a story by Raymond Chandler, stars Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stawnyck, and Edward G. Robinson in the tale of an insurance salesman who gets roped into a murderous scheme.

Enjoy complimentary fine wine, small bites, and rampant noir clichés as we find out whether or not Fred gets caught—or worse, double-crossed. Presented by City of Albany, Albany Library and Albany FilmFest.

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Music of the Streets
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Music of the Streets

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MUSIC OF THE STREETS

Scraper Bikes Mobbin’ + Satan & Adam

From Oakland to Harlem, authentic music and transformation

7:30pm • Thursday, March 21 | Albany Twin Theatre   MAP  

$12 (included with Festival Pass)

Q&A with filmmakers follows - Trailer and ticket links here

Thanks to Save the Redwoods League for sponsoring this screening.

Scraper Bikes Mobbin’ • De’andre Forks (Music Video, 2:56)

The scraper bike program thrives on creativity and transforms neighborhoods. Babye Champ and the East Oakland Scraper Bike Team in a Scraper Bike anthem.

Satan & Adam • V. Scott Balcerek (Documentary, 80:00)

In 1986, harmonica player Adam Gussow asked one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee if they could jam together on the streets of Harlem, beginning an unforgettable collaboration dubbed Satan & Adam. Amidst NYC’s racial tension, this Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi bluesman made an unlikely pair. After a chance encounter with members of U2 and a celebrated debut record, they rose to international acclaim — and then Mr. Satan mysteriously disappeared. This film, an odyssey 23 years in the making, captures a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak, and the transformative power of music.

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Our Beautiful Planet Home
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Our Beautiful Planet Home

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OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET HOME

Symphony for Nature + Beyond Climate + Old Survivor 

7:30pm • Wednesday, March 20 | Albany Twin Theatre MAP   

$12 (included with Festival Pass)

Celebrating the natural world, prompting us to be effective stewards

Q&A with filmmakers follows - Trailer and ticket links here

Symphony for Nature Anne Flatté (Documentary, 27:00)

This lovely film is the behind-the-scenes story of how classical musicians joined with indigenous drummers for the powerful first performance of “Natural History,” a new composition by Michael Gordon inspired by Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake, a spiritual place known as giiwas to the Klamath people.

Beyond Climate • Ian Mauro (Documentary, 72:00)

British Columbia’s experience of global warming — heat waves, droughts, melting glaciers, pest outbreaks, back-to-back record-setting forest fires, and changes to the oceans — spotlights how climate change affects local environments and communities. Narrated by renowned scientist, broadcaster, environmentalist, and B.C. resident Dr. David Suzuki. READ MORE…

Old Survivor • Stan Dodson, Nicolas Berger, Emily Fraser • (Documentary, 22:38)

This film tells the story of Oakland’s resilient, ecologically amazing, and now protected redwood forest, featuring “Old Survivor" — the only remaining old-growth redwood in the East Bay hills.

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Humanity on the Big Screen
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

Humanity on the Big Screen

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HUMANITY ON THE BIG SCREEN

Father K + Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno

7:30pm • Tuesday, March 19 | Albany Twin Theatre MAP

$12 (included with Festival Pass)

Community activists building bridges and making history

Q&A with filmmakers follows - Trailer and ticket links here

FATHER K Judd Ehrlich (Documentary, 30:00)

When a Palestinian Lutheran Pastor decides to become NYC’s first Arab American elected official, he does what no one thinks possible, igniting his community’s hopes and dreams. In the election’s aftermath, Father K must face the realities of what it takes to build lasting power in a divided America. Directed by Cannes Lion and Emmy Award-winning director Judd Ehrlich, Father K’s voice emerges as funny, bold, and defiantly hopeful — a bridge-builder in a polarized time.

ADIOS AMOR: THE SEARCHFOR MARIA MORENO Laurie Coyle (Documentary, 58:00)

Twenty years ago, Bay Area filmmaker Laurie Coyle discovered hundreds of lost photographs of a farmworker, clearly a mother and union organizer, sending her on a search for Maria Moreno, a hero history forgot. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, this migrant mother was driven to speak out by her twelve children’s hunger. An outspoken leader in the years when women were expected to stay in the background, Moreno was the first female farm worker in the U.S. to be hired as a union organizer. Moreno’s story was silenced and her legacy buried — until now.

Trailer and ticket links here

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9th Annual Albany FilmFest KIDS' MATINEE
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

9th Annual Albany FilmFest KIDS' MATINEE

WHAT: 9th Annual Albany FilmFest KIDS’ MATINEE

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 1-3pm

WHERE: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany, CA 94706

This fast-paced, family-friendly show features an eclectic variety of short films by and for kids. An audience Q&A with filmmakers of all ages follows the screening.

After the show, kids can stay to get hands-on with films and film skills

$5 Adults |  $1 Kids Tickets available at the door.

Complete program here!

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Albany FilmFest Presents: "My Love Affair with the Brain" + Filmmaker Q&A - AFF 2019 Kickoff Week!
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "My Love Affair with the Brain" + Filmmaker Q&A - AFF 2019 Kickoff Week!

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WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7pm

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

ADMISSION: Free + Free Popcorn!

It’s Albany FilmFest 2019 Pre-Fest Kickoff Week - 2 powerful short features from Bay Area Filmmakers + filmmaker Q&A. “The Whisteblower of My Lai” on Tuesday and “My Love Affair with the Brain” on Thursday

Back by popular demand!

How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Do not miss the award-winning documentary “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marion Diamond,” the fascinating, charming, and empowering story of a pioneering neuroscientist whose work in brain plasticity and other areas changed the way we see ourselves. Stay after for a lively Q&A with filmmakers Gary Weimberg & Catherine Ryan.

Marian Diamond’s groundbreaking scientific accomplishments are all the more remarkable because she began during an era when so few women entered science at all. In this film we meet the warm and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60+ year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.”

It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Even just watching the film has changed the lives of students, teachers, children, parents, seniors, each in their own way. It is called the “Diamond Effect” – a master teacher leading viewers to a better understanding of their own brains, and a deeper engagement with learning and with life itself.

Documentary, 57 minutes

Co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library.

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Albany FilmFest Presents: THE WHISTLEBLOWER OF MY LAI (2018) - AFF 2019 KICKOFF WEEK!
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: THE WHISTLEBLOWER OF MY LAI (2018) - AFF 2019 KICKOFF WEEK!

When: Tuesday March 12, 2019, 7pm

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

Admission: Free + free popcorn

It’s Albany FilmFest 2019 Pre-Fest Kickoff Week - 2 powerful short features from Bay Area Filmmakers + filmmaker Q&A. “The Whisteblower of My Lai” on Tuesday and “My Love Affair with the Brain” on Thursday

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Join us for Bay Area director Connie Fields’s The Whistleblower of My Lai and stay after the film for a Q&A with the film’s editor Gregory Scharpen. The film captures the artistic journey of the Kronos Quartet as they create an opera about the My Lai massacre, one of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War, which shook the national conscience.

A unique fusion of opera and documentary, this film blends the emotional crystallization of a dramatized human story with the concreteness of real life. It tells a story that captures both the best and worst of humanity through the examination of one incident in one man’s life: Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson and his discovery and exposure of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

With composer Jonathan Berger, tenor Rinde Eckert, and master Vietnamese musician Vân-Ánh Võ.

(Not rated, 64 minutes)

A co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018, R)
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018, R)

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When: Tuesday, February 26, 7pm

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

Admission: Free! Plus free popcorn

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In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed. With Tessa Thompson. Rotten Tomatoes (93%) says, “Fearlessly ambitious, scathingly funny, and thoroughly original, Sorry to Bother You loudly heralds the arrival of a fresh filmmaking talent in writer-director Boots Riley.

(Rated R, 111 min)

Attendance is limited to the first 60 people and not guaranteed. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Celebrating African American History Month. A co-presentation of Albany Library, Friends of the Albany Library, and Albany FilmFest

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Carlos Lopez Estrada's BLINDSPOTTING (2018, R)
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Carlos Lopez Estrada's BLINDSPOTTING (2018, R)

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When: Saturday, February 23, 2pm

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

Admission: Free! Plus free popcorn

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While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend. Filmed in Oakland! Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal. Rotten Tomatoes (93%) says, “As timely as it is overall impactful, Blindspotting blends buddy comedy with seething social commentary, and rises on the strength of Daveed Diggs' powerful performance.”

(Rated R, 95 min)

Attendance is limited to the first 60 people and not guaranteed. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Celebrating African American History Month. A co-presentation of Albany Library, Friends of the Albany Library, and Albany FilmFest.

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Albany FilmFest Presents: Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018, R)
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018, R)

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When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7PM

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

Admission: Free! Plus free popcorn

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Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate (Adam Driver) who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. Rotten Tomatoes (95%) says, “BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.”

Rated R, 135 minutes.

Attendance is limited to the first 60 people and not guaranteed. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Celebrating African American History Month. Co-presentation of Albany Library, Friends of the Albany Library, and Albany FilmFest

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AFF Presents: Ryan Coogler's BLACK PANTHER (2018, PG13)
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

AFF Presents: Ryan Coogler's BLACK PANTHER (2018, PG13)

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When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7PM

Where: Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA

Admission: Free! Plus free popcorn

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T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past. Rotten Tomatoes (97%) says, “Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.”

Academy Award nominee Best Picture! (Rated PG13, 135 minutes)

Attendance is limited to the first 60 people and not guaranteed. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

Celebrating African American History Month. A co-presentation of Albany Library, Friends of the Albany Library, and Albany FilmFest.

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AFF Fundraiser: Eat & Drink at Britt-Marie's Restaurant + Raffle
Jan
29
4:00 PM16:00

AFF Fundraiser: Eat & Drink at Britt-Marie's Restaurant + Raffle

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 4pm-10:30pm

Where: Britt-Marie’s Restaurant, 1369 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

Join us for a delicious Albany FilmFest benefit:

Dine or visit the wine bar (or both!) at Britt-Marie’s Restaurant on Tuesday, January 29, between 4pm - 10:30pm, and and a percentage of sales will be donated to Albany FilmFest. Donation applies to lunch, dinner, or takeout sales.

You’ll also have the chance to buy raffle tickets for free great prizes. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a free pass to an Albany FilmFest screening, no purchase necessary.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at 8:30 p.m. Winners need not be present to win.

 Please call for dinner reservations at 510-527-1314.

 

 

Thanks for supporting the 8th Annual Albany FilmFest!

 

 

Britt Marie’s Restaurant is located at 1369 Solano Ave, Albany


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Albany FilmFest Presents: "Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy" (2018)
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Albany FilmFest Presents: "Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy" (2018)

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When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 7pm

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

Admission: Free + Free Popcorn

“Gorgeously photographed . . . a welcome chance to consider the work of an artist who defies the recent commodification cult to embrace the ephemeral and the nominally “worthless.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

This beautiful and intimate documentary follows British sculptor and land art creator Andy Goldsworthy as he uses outdoor art projects to make sense of the world and our place in it, providing a look at how he explores the the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art.

 Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, rated PG, 93 minutes 

A co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library.

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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.

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

 

 

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