All Access Pass

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Don't miss any of the 22nd California Independent Film Festival. This All Access Pass get you into all movies, parties and lectures. Plus entry into the theatre and a CAIFF T-shirt. Become a VIP today!

Opening Night - 7 Days to Vegas

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Get ready for the red carpet Opening Night of the 22nd Annual California Independent Film Festival. The evening will began with an opening reception followed by the Opening Night Film, 7 Days to Vegas. In the character-driven lineage of such classics as Goodfellas and Big Lebowski, and True Romance; Walk to Vegas features a brotherhood that operates on an informal black market economy that is impervious to the rules of law other than the innate sense of honor established through direct eye contact, firm handshakes, and camaraderie; a den of high-stakes Hollywood gamblers continuously engaging one another in ever-more outrageous ante-upping dares and bets, that culminate in our protagonist, Vincent VanPatten's attempting a walk from LA to Vegas in seven days in a suit! The characters of the instant classic-- played by such greats as Eileen Davidson, Jennifer Tilly, Danny Pardo, Paul Walter Hauser, and James VanPatten, are straight out of Cervantes. Cast schedule to attend to Opening

CAIFF Film Score Competition

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CAIFF Film Score Competition
Over 150 composers from around the world received the same episode of the action superhero series “Chronicles of Jessica Wu” with the original score removed. Instrumentation and placement of the music was solely up to each composer. Hear the compositions from the top five finalists and meet the winner of this year’s CAIFF Film Score Competition.

Kids’ Program

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Kids’ Program
The kids’ program is not just for little ones but also for the young at heart. This program includes a great selection of four (4) short films for your children or grandchildren to experience. It is never too early to educate the next generation about the importance of film festivals.

Films include:
A Big Mission
The Most Magnificent Thing
Treasure Nest
Miikshi the Meek Sheep in The Cosmic Potato

Good for all ages!

Screenplay Finalist Readings and Discussion

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Screenplay Finalist Readings and Discussion
CAIFF receives hundreds of screenplay submissions each year. Meet the finalists, listen to portions of their scripts read live, and participate in the discussions about writing their screenplays. This is a FREE CAIFF event.

General Magic

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General Magic
Director and Producers: Sarah Kerruish & Matt Maude
Documentary, United Kingdom 92 mins
The side of Silicon Valley you never see. General Magic, the multi-award-winning documentary, is a tale of how a great vision, a grave betrayal and an epic failure changed the world. Spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the ‘next big thing,’ General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in 1994. From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emoji, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic.

Iron Filmmaker Contest

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Iron Filmmaker Contest
The filmmakers were given a theme, a dialogue, a secret ingredient and 24 hours to make their 3-minute short film. Who will be crowned the 2019 CAIFF Iron Filmmaker? Come cast your vote!

The Wake of Light

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The Wake of Light is a romantic drama about a young woman slowly losing hope while caring for her aging father and their broken-down farm. One day she meets a charismatic young man who is on a cross country road trip. When he falls for her and asks her to come with him, she has an impossible choice to make.

Short Film Showcase of Female Directors

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Short Film Showcase of Female Directors
This program includes five (5) short films that showcase the talents of female directors from around the globe.

Shorts include:

First Disco
Yellow Arrows
He Wants To Know My Number
America
Table Stakes

No Date, No Signature

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Forensic pathologist Dr. Nariman has a car accident with a motorcyclist and injures the cyclist’s eight-year-old son. The doctor offers to take the child to a clinic nearby, but the father refuses both help and money. The next morning in the hospital where he works, Dr. Nariman finds out that the little boy was brought in for an autopsy after a suspicious death. Dr. Nariman is facing a dilemma: is he responsible for the child's death, or did the child die of food poisoning according to another doctor’s diagnosis?

Making a Deal with the Devil

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A fascinating and dramatic tale of a behind-the-scenes plot developed by the FBI as they work secretly with the mob to eradicate corruption and crime in the USA. Starring Danny Aiello, John Ashton, Tom Bower, Daniel Baldwin and Michael Pare.

Lamorinda ShortDocs

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Produced by the Lamorinda Arts Council
Lamorinda ShortDocs is a short documentary film competition open to filmmakers of all ages within the Lamorinda Community (comprised of the towns of Orinda, Lafayette, and Moraga, CA). Eligible filmmakers include anyone who lives or works in Lamorinda, attends school in a Lamorinda school or school district, or is a family member of a Lamorinda Arts Council Volunteer. Proof of local affiliation may be required from Finalists. (At its discretion, the Festival Committee may consider accepting applicants from outside the Lamorinda area.)

Mini Shorts / Web Series Showcase

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Program includes:
The Boxcar Adults
Bidune Kaid (Undocumented)
The Blessing and the Curse
Red Watch
Alter
Just Breathe
Wildflower
Boy on the Track
Tinder Dreams
Model Citizen

Pipe Dreams

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Event Date Aug 25, 2019 12:30 PM

Shorts Program A

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The program includes the following short films:
WuMingHua
Fish Cracker
Take My Hand
John Mendez - The Bridge
Bebirth

Lives Well Lived

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Event Date Aug 25, 2019 3:00 PM

JFK: The Last Speech

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Event Date Aug 25, 2019 4:30 PM

Supa Modo

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Event Date Aug 25, 2019 6:00 PM

Another Yesterday

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Another Yesterday
Writer and Director: Steven Heil
Producer: Diane Vlajcic Heil
Drama, Oshkosh, WI, 98 mins
Three high school outcasts stick up for each other through good times and bad: one clashes with his Japanese father, one is being bullied because he is gay, and one is either delusional…or haunted.

General Magic

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General Magic
Director and Producers: Sarah Kerruish & Matt Maude
Documentary, United Kingdom, 92 mins
The side of Silicon Valley you never see. General Magic, the multi-award-winning documentary, is a tale of how a great vision, a grave betrayal and an epic failure changed the world. Spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the ‘next big thing,’ General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in 1994. From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emoji, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic.

JFK: The Last Speech

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JFK: The Last Speech
Director: Bestor Cram
Producer: Portland Helmich
Documentary, Boulder, CO, 58 mins
JFK: The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal Americans—President John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frost—which reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War. Born out of these events is Kennedy’s remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the life course of a group of Amherst college classmates who witness this compelling address and continue to exemplify in their contemporary lives a portrait of the challenges facing America.

Birds of Passage

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Birds of Passage
Directors and Producers: Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
Producer: Katrin Pors
Drama, USA
125 5 mins
During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture. In Wayuu, Spanish and English with English subtitles.

Bay Area Showcase

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Bay Area Showcase
The short film program includes eight (8) short films featuring the work of filmmakers from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sunblock
Phonies
Finding Oasis
The Kook
Tough
But I Love the Zine
Star in the East
Have I Done Any Good?

Disconnected

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Disconnected
Writer, Director and Producer: Miko Mincic
Producer: Donna Nincic
Documentary, Santa Fe, NM
51 mins
Digital communications (email, texting, Facebook messaging, and the like) are now a dominant form of interpersonal communication. These technologies have enlarged the scope of human networks and have increased the speed with which messages are sent and received.

Shorts Program A

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Shorts Program A
Watch five (5) short films that will make you think.

WuMingHua
Director: Sunwoo Park
Producer: Lin Siyu
Drama, Republic of Korea, 37 mins

Fish Cracker
Writer, Director and Producer: Yigit Evgar
Writer: Melisa Kesmez
Drama, Turkey, 13 mins

Take My Hand
Director: Alan J. Levi
Producers: Sondra Currie, Eileen Grubba, Judy Goldsworthy and Nannette D’Aquila
Drama, Los Angeles, 18 mins

John Mendez—The Bridge
Director: Michael Kuba
Documentary, Washington, D.C., 15 mins

REBIRTH
Writer, Director Producer: Russ van Aardt
Producer: Barbara van Aardt
Documentary, South Africa, 13 mins

Disconnected

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Event Date Aug 25, 2019 7:15 PM

Shiraz

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Shiraz
This print of Shiraz has been digitally re-mastered from one of the greatest silent films ever produced (1928).
Director: Franz Osten
Producer: Himanshu Rai
Romance Drama, India, 97 mins
This is an historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother, Shiraz. She is abducted and sold as a slave to Prince Khurram, later Emperor Shah Jehan, who falls for her to the chagrin of the wily Dalia. When Selima is caught by Shiraz, the young man is condemned to be trampled to death by an elephant. A pendant reveals Selima's royal status and she saves her brother, marries the prince and becomes Empress Mumtaz Mahal while Dalia is banned for her machinations against Selima.

Bozkir Look at Birds

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Bozkir Look at the Birds
Writer, Director and Producer: Mehmet Tanrisever
Drama, Western, Turkey, 111 mins
Abdullah and Cripple Ziya are gun dealers in the Bozkir district of Konya. They put honesty, honor, and dignity before anything else. Even though Abdullah and Cripple Ziya have opposite personalities, their friendship and partnership go back many years. Abdullah has worked hard and finally bought the horse he has been dreaming of. Now, all he wants to do is to marry his beloved Emine and build a happy life. Cripple Ziya lives one day at a time. He has no intention of settling down, he only cares about spending his money for his own happiness. In Turkish with English subtitles.

Short Film Showcase of Female Directors

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Short Film Showcase of Female Directors
This program includes five (5) short films that showcase the talents of female directors from around the globe.

First Disco
Writer, Director: Helen Reilly
Producers: Helen Reilly, David C. Lynch and Jim Sheridan
Drama, Dublin, Ireland, 18 mins

Yellow Arrows
Writer and Director: Yana Sar
Producers: Ryan Alan Dearth and Javier Gonzalez
Drama, New York, NY, 15 mins

He Wants To Know My Number
Writer, Director and Producer: Sakinah Iman
Producers: Brilliant Champions and Joe Lumbroso
Comedy, Brooklyn, NY, 4 mins

America
Director: Mary Lou Belli
Writer: Jana Sue Memel
Producers: Mary Lou Belli, Charles Dougherty and Grant Kretchik
Drama, Los Angeles, CA, 10 mins

Table Stakes
Director and Producer: Khai Thu Nguyen
Producer: Arthur Yee
Documentary, San Francisco, CA, 16 mins

Dukla 61

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Dukla 61
Director: David Ondříček
Producers: Michal Reitler
Drama/History, Czech Republic
150 mins
Centered on a mining disaster that took the lives of 108 men on July 7, 1961, Dukla 61 is an expansive, emotionally resonant portrait of a family. When Petr brings home his pregnant girlfriend Jana, declaring that he will abandon his college studies and become a miner like his father Milan, he dashes his parents’ hope for their son and plants seeds of discord that grow with the young couple’s live-in presence in a home crowded with younger children. This gripping two-part drama represents a masterwork for director Ondříček, with the pressures, worries, and intergenerational conflicts of family life ultimately intertwined and upstaged by the tense, chilling lead-up to the horror of the accident waiting to happen. In Czech with English subtitles.

No News

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No News
Writer, Director and Producer: Miguel Berzal de Miguel
Drama/Thriller, Spain
70 mins
Lola lives alone with her son, Jorge, near an industrial estate in Madrid. She works long hours in a storage company for a strict and stingy boss. One night, Jorge confesses to his mother that he has begun to keep in touch with his father, Marcos, who abandoned them a long time ago. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Yomeddine

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Yomeddine
Writer and Director: A.B. Shawky
Producer: Dian Eman
Adventure/Comedy, Egypt, 97 mins
First-time director Shawky weaves a heartwarming but unsentimental tale of the scarred, aging leper Beshay and the ten-year-old homeless orphan boy Obama who attaches himself to the older man and refuses to leave. Surrogate father and son run away together on a rickety donkey cart in pursuit of Beshay’s dream to find the family that had long ago abandoned him at the gate of a leper colony. Acclaimed as the feel-good sensation of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival competition, this playful, poignant road movie traverses an Egypt that is light years away from the Arab Spring in its timeless view of villages, fertile fields, and the ever-present Nile, hardly more than a muddy creek. The remarkable odyssey of strange adventures, comic capers, and close calls expands on the “judgement day” meaning of its Arabic title, in a theme of acceptance and forgiveness. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Amanogawa - The One I've Longed

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Amanogawa - The One I've Longed
Director: Shun Konii
Producer: Momoko Fukuchi
Drama, Japan
103 mins
Shiori is a high school girl, born in Tokyo, who is not good at arguing. Her mother, Satomi, is a researcher of artificial intelligence and has little time to spend with Shiori. Education-obsessed, Satomi forces Shiori to study in order to get a job. Fed up, Shiori stops going to school. When she visits her beloved grandma who taught her to play Japanese drums, Shiori finds a robot remotely controlled by a young man who was paralyzed in a traffic accident. Communicating with the robot, Shiori finds her way to live again. In Japanese with English subtitles.

My Internship in Canada

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My Internship in Canada
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Producers: Luc Dery and Kim McCraw
Comedy, Canada
108 mins
An idealistic young Haitian travels to rural Quebec to intern for an independent Member of Parliament when a national debate erupts that finds the MP holding the tie-breaking vote. In French with English subtitles.

Castro Theatre Day Pass

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See all the movies at the Castro Theatre for only $20

Show Your Shorts Program

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Mr. Sam
Writer, Director and Producer: Zeus Kontoyannis
Producer: Lina Lansky
Thriller, New York, NY, 30 mins.
Today is a big day for Mr. Sam. He is going to reveal to his mother that he’s finally found the love of his life.

Surfer’s Paradise
Director: Max Gold
Producers: Ben Palacios, Toaster Pictures, Maya Kvetny
Sci-Fi, USA, 32 mins
A human invited to live in the company of AI struggles between divided loyalties.

Transit
Directors and Producers: Chuck Marra, Megan Foley Marra
Producer: Wayne Lee
Drama, San Francisco, CA, 12 mins
On the anniversary of Kevin’s husband’s passing, he decided to honor his late husband’s wishes to scatter his ashes at sea.

Sharks and Minnows
Director and Producer: Matthew Riutta
Comedy/Drama 12 mins
When Ben rehearses a dance with Shayne for the high school's show choir, he discovers Shayne has more on his mind than jazz hands and starbursts.

The Guest House

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The Guest House
Director: Maria Gargiulo
Producers: Steve Alper, Tim Robinson, Corbin Timbrook and Tom Alper
Thriller, Santa Monica, CA
96 mins
When a single dad rents the GUEST HOUSE of a wealthy bachelor, he soon discovers his new landlord's generosity comes with a price. Starring Tom Alper, Daniel Baldwin, Timothy Robinson, Vince Van Patten, Paul Linke and Eileen Davidson.

Giant Little Ones

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Giant Little Ones
Writer, Director: Keith Behrman
Producer: Allison Black
Drama/Coming of Age, USA
93 mins
Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party. Starring Darren Mann how will be attending the discuss the making of the film after the screening.

Mother Ship to Reno & Steam Room Stories the Movie!

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MOTHERship to Reno
Director: Derek Zemrak
Producers: Joseph Cabrera, Lance Mack, Marc Estrada
Documentary, San Francisco, CA
15 mins
All aboard! The MOTHERship is calling you. Each year on Easter weekend over 100 Drag Queens from San Francisco board a bus for trek to Reno. Heklina and Sue Casa are the “Den Mothers”- hosting the buses and wrangling this giant pack of traveling drag queens, kings, and all other species of weirdo.

Steam Room Stories: The Movie!
Director: J.C. Calciano
Producers: J.C. Calciano, William Plyler, James Singleton
Comedy, Los Angeles, CA
95 mins
Failing cosmetics magnate Sally Fay (Traci Lords) will stop at nothing to possess the waters of the Steam Room to help lift her sagging empire. What she doesn't count on is the Steam Room Guys banding together to thwart her evil plans.

9:45 pm - Castro Theatre - Castro Awards Ceremony

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