This annual event features 50 independent films produced in many countries around the world, and are among the best. They are created by people who are passionate about film making and show a creativity that is rarely seen in conventional films. Because independent filmmakers do not have the same level of financial backing as the major studios, their success lies in having excellent acting and amazing cinematography.
This film festival has 13 feature films, 6 documentaries, and 5 collections of "shorts" grouped in themes like Family, Friends, Work, Celebrity, and the Sapporo shorts from our sister festival in Japan. Opening Night, Thursday, is featuring "Le Weekend", Saturday features the Iron Filmmaker Contest for amateur filmmakers to show their 3 minute film created in 24 hours, and Sunday's highlight is a showcase for Bay Area filmmakers. There is something for everyone.
See for yourself what is available by checking this website for film descriptions and trailers, and to make your own schedule of what films you want to see. Secure your tickets there too.
Livable Moraga Road: It's all connected
On-going through 2013-14
The Livable Moraga Road project is a community-based planning effort for Moraga Road, looking at ways to improve the function, character and livability of the corridor between Campolindo High School and St. Mary's Road. Can it become a "complete street" that includes safety not only for cars but for moms pushing baby carriages, runners and walkers, bikers, people needing the cross to the bus stop, and others moving from one end of town to the other? What are the problems and possible solutions?
So far about 30 Moraga residents joined a Saturday walk along 1.5 miles of Moraga Road discussing with the Project staff their concerns and observations. Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. a Community Workshop will be held to continue to gather community input. The workshop, "Opportunities Challenge" will be held in the La Sala Room at the Hacienda.
However, you can also participate without even leaving home by visiting the website and taking a short survey and/or using the map tool where you can "Pin" your comments, photos and ideas for Moraga Road.