Camera Obscura needs your help!
The reconvened Camera Obscura Film Society, under the coordination of co-directors Jonathan Marlow and Amanda Salazar, will present the "Second Annual Report" from November 18th to the 20th in Petaluma, California.
Over the course of three days, "unique, antique and experimental" films will be presented at a pop-up cinema inside the historic Hotel Petaluma. Curated program, Q&As with filmmakers, live music and festival events will occur at the venue and at other locations in downtown Petaluma.
As in the "First Annual Report" last December, this year's program of film screenings and events will be announced during the week of the festival.
Your support will make this event happen! The first edition was a great success and we hope that the event will continue to expand. But we cannot do it without your help!
Your donations will go towards venue and equipment rental as well as filmmaker accommodations and travel. Help us make Camera Obscura an ongoing annual event!
A Little History:
Appearing a few years after Frank Stauffacher’s “Art in Cinema” series at SFMOMA ended, the original Camera Obscura Film Society was founded in 1957 by Lawrence Jordan and Bruce Connor (along with Roger Ferragallo, Willy Werby, Ben Payne and a handful of others). Their eclectic programs continued until the organization ceased to exist in 1962.
The reconvened Camera Obscura aims to evoke the original organization. Last year, the “First Annual Report” occurred on December 12th and 13th, 2015 with the presentation of ten films:
THE AMERICAN DREAMER (1971) dir. L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller | OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE (1969) dir. Lawrence Jordan [in attendance] | BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (1973) dir. Eiichi Yamamoto | MOUNT SONG (2013) dir. Shambhavi Kaul | THE IDEA OF NORTH (1967) audio-prod. Glenn Gould | SENTIENT I (2015) dir. Ashley Sabin | NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE (2015) dir. Jerzy Rose [in attendance] | TRANSMAGNIFICAN DAMBAMUALITY (1976) dir. Ronald Gray | THE LOBSTER (2015) dir. Yorgos Lanthimos | THE APOPLECTIC WALRUS (2015) dir. Lawrence Jordan [in attendance]
Risks and challenges
There are many risks to running a film festival but we are confident that we can make this a yearly event in Northern California. With the immense success of the "First Annual Report" and a combined background in film festivals, a rather small operating budget and a extraordinary amount of passion, we are certain that the "Second Annual Report" will occur regardless of the obstacles!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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