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BEST OF THE FEST! The Winners of Albany FilmFest 2017

  • Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Avenue Albany, CA, 94706 United States (map)

Enjoy the winning films of Albany FilmFest 2017. See them again or for the first time, and bring your friends! And yes, there will be popcorn.  

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7pm

Where: Albany Community Center, Main Room

Admission: Free

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

Guillaume, or The Chauffeur • Derek DeRoche (22:55) A French rides-hare 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 

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

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

Let’s Go On an Adventure • Prima Rawithiwakul • AHS Music Video (3:18)

The Way Home • Carl Stella (13:38) In this moody drama two strangers, a despairing young woman and a middle-aged man who feels lost, come together over a cigarette on a rooftop looking out at Tokyo tower. AUSTRALIA/JAPAN WINNER Narrative Short

The Loneliness of the Short Distance Runner • Holly Jacobson (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 Youth 6-12

Raised by Krump • Maceo Frost (21:15) A rare and beautiful inside look at the Compton/South Central, 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 the emotional issues that come with growing up in one of L.A.’s toughest neighborhoods, where showing emotion is often considered a sign of weakness. WINNER Best Documentary Short & Best in Show

I-Envision • Benjamin Ragasa (1:00) What do you see? Short experimental animation. WINNER Tiny Movie

Pearl • Patrick Osborne (5:44) Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, this charming music-filled film follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It's a story about the gifts we hand down, their power to carry love, and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. Winner of the Peabody Award in 2017, and nominated for an Academy Award for best animated short film 2016, Pearl is directed by Oscar winner Patrick Osborne and produced and voiced by Albany residents. WINNER Best Animated Short

Co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library, and Albany Parks and Recreation. Films not rated. Some films may be unsuitable for small children.