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Support the Camera Obscura Film Society's "Second Annual Report" of film screenings and events over three days in Petaluma, California.
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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: 

"Belladonna of Sadness" image courtesy of Cinelicious Pics
"Belladonna of Sadness" image courtesy of Cinelicious Pics

 

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!

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    Camera Obscura Postcard

    Everyone loves mail! You can get a postcard from the Camera Obscura team that will be informative, fun and probably make your day when you receive it!

    [Don't forget to send us your mailing address!]

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    Camera Obscura Pin + Postcard

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    Camera Obscura Film Society Membership

    Become an annual member of the Camera Obscura Film Society and be the first to know about the "Second Annual Report" schedule and about events throughout the year. Also, have you ever wanted to be thanked in a beautiful printed program? We will be sure to include you in this year's pamphlet.

    [Remember to give us your mailing address so that we can mail one to you if you are unable to attend!]

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    Camera Obscura Membership + Tote Bag

    That's right! A beautiful tote bag supporting this little event can be yours (as well as a membership to the Camera Obscura Film Society)!

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    All Access Pass

    A Kickstarter-exclusive festival badge! Get a pass to the "Second Annual Report" (November 18th to the 20th, 2016) that will allow you to attend all film screenings and events.

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    Honorary "Absentee" Pass

    You want to be there. We want you to be there! But it just won't work this time around? And you'd still like to support the event? Great! This is for you. Your honorary pass gets you all of the great swag delivered to wherever you are so that you can support the festival from afar.

    [Annual Membership+ Postcard + Pin + Pamphlet + Tote]

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    Sponsor a Filmmaker!

    With your help, you could guarantee that a filmmaker gets to the festival and then leave it to us to make certain that they have a wonderful time. A selected filmmaker will be listed as "sponsored by [you]!"

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    Camera Obscura Lifetime Pass + Sponsor

    If you really believe in this event and are thinking how you can help for the long-term, you will be granted a lifetime pass to the festival. That's right! You will be able to attend the "Second Annual Report" and every subsequent program the reconstituted film society ever presents! We would also like to make you a sponsor of our humble event, which includes your logo (or name) on our website and program materials. Limited offer! Never to occur in quite this way again!

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    COFS "Forever" Membership + Sponsor

    All of the above! Plus an extremely limited edition poster autographed by all of the festival guests. Consider yourself an official member of the Camera Obscura Film Society for as long as the Earth is an inhabitable planet! You're an "executive" sponsor, too (with all that entails): assorted and extensive promotional opportunities during the "Second Annual Report" and lodging at Hotel Petaluma for the duration of the event.

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