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A free, family, outdoor film series celebrating the Del Mar community's rich connection with open spaces. Read more

Del Mar, CA Film & Video
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A free, family, outdoor film series celebrating the Del Mar community's rich connection with open spaces.

Del Mar, CA Film & Video
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About this project

Why is the Del Mar Shores Cinema series so awesome? Because it's about you.

It all started as an idea two years ago by some Del Mar residents much like you, who thought: "Hey, we have this fantastic open park space right in the heart of our community--let's do something cool with it that brings people together." And what's cooler than movies under the stars?

That's how it all got started last year. We had some fun and learned a lot. That's why this year we're doing things a little differently. This year, it's all about you. And it's about our community.

The Del Mar Shores Cinema Series is a free, family, outdoor movie series that celebrates our community's connection with the ocean. The ocean is, after all, our most important neighbor. 

This year's films look closely at the ocean in fun, unexpected but always interesting ways. Surf films for women. Surf films for "old guys." The physics of surfing--how does it actually work? That and so much more.

Cool, right?

Here's how we can make it happen. All we need to make this all a reality is $5,000. (That covers the cost of a screen, A/V, film licensing, labor, supplies, posters and bathrooms.) If everybody kicks in, we can get to our goal pretty quick. If we raise more than $5K, we'll invest it in next year's series, continuing to attract top films and filmmakers to our community.

So that's where you come in. Can you chip in today to kick this off with a bang?

The Cinema Series will take place over two Saturdays-- September 10th and 24th. The films will roll at sunset. Attendees will enjoy feature films, a selection of fantastic short films, as well as special appearances by some of the filmmakers. (Check out over the coming days for the full schedule, descriptions and trailers for the films: Dear & Yonder, The Physics of Surfing and The Board Meeting.)

For more details, see our FAQs section.

Thanks for your support!


  • The Cinema Series will be located at Del Mar Shores Park, a 5.3-acre mixed–use community facility and special needs school, featuring little league fields, a community garden, dog park and breathtaking Pacific sunsets. It is located between Camino del Mar (Highway 101), 9th Street and Stratford Court in Del Mar, CA 92014.
    Films will roll after sunset (around 7:30 p.m.) on Saturday, September 10 and Saturday, September 24, 2011. We'll be announcing the complete schedule very soon, but for now you can see our Facebook page for specifics on the films that have been chosen, watch trailers and learn more about the filmmakers.

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  • The Cinema Series was created and conceived by Del Mar residents Ian and Emma Leggat, and is organized by Friends of Del Mar Parks as a service to the community. Friends of Del Mar Parks is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to acquire, preserve, enhance, and support recreational, educational and open space in the Del Mar area for the benefit of the greater Del Mar community.

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  • Friends of Del Mar Parks is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to acquire, preserve, enhance, and support recreational, educational and open space in the Del Mar area for the benefit of the greater Del Mar community. For more information, visit:

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  • We've estimated the cost of a film screen, projector, A/V set-up, speakers, film licensing, bathrooms and printing posters to be about $2,500 per event. If we surpass our fundraising goal, the funds will be allocated toward making next year's Del Mar Shores Cinema Series even better.
    The Del Mar Shores Cinema Series is an entirely not-for-profit endeavor, meaning no individual or organization is profiting from your donation. All planning, management and coordination of the event is done by community volunteers.

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  • A committee of community volunteers has been researching films for the past several months in order to uncover the best, most interesting, most unique and relevant ones to showcase. We work closely with the individual filmmakers to secure permission to show their films. If you have suggestions for films we should consider for the future, let us know at

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  • Although there will be a few options to purchase food and beverages, you might like to bring a picnic or your own beverages (alcohol is permitted if you bring it yourself), and be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. Don't forget an additional blanket or sweatshirt to stay warm after the sun sets! Experienced outdoor film-goers also know the trick to bring a tarp to put under your blanket in case the grass is damp! Port-a-potty bathrooms will be available.

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  • All prizes will be available for pick-up on the days of the film series--September 10 and 24th. The Romp at Del Mar Shores Park for your pup will be coordinated with you by email and will not take place on September 10th or 24th.

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  • The video was made by London-based illustrator Sophia Augusta, who loves to vacation in Del Mar. Here is her website:

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  • Yes, you will receive an acknowledgment of your pledge once the campaign is completed and all the transactions go through on September 1, 2011. This will include proof of Friends of Del Mark Parks' 501c3 status and tax ID number. The Friends of Del Mar Parks is a California non-profit corporation. It is certified as a 501-C-3 by the Internal Revenue Service, which means that contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law. The Friends' tax ID number is 26-3194220.

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  • Thank you for asking. How generous of you! You can make a donation directly to support the Del Mar Shores Cinema Series or Friends of Del Mar Parks here: Or through Kickstarter, you will be prompted whether you would like to receive a reward for your contribution or just forego it.

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    Old-Time or Healthy Movie Snacks:
    Aah, remember the old-time movie drive-ins of the past? Relive the retro outdoor movie experience with a sampling of old-time movie candies and treats.
    Watching your sugar intake? Let us know and we’ll swap out the candies for healthy movie snacks like popcorn and organic treats. (approx. 2 servings--depends on your appetite for snacks!) Note: this reward covers one movie night only--Sept. 10 or 24.

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    Friends of Del Mar Parks Tee-shirt or Hat:
    You choose—the lovely and always fashionable sky-blue Friends of Del Mar Parks hat or Tee, featuring the iconic logo.
    (Girls also get how-to instructions on how to hipster-ize your tee with just a scissors.)

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    6 backers Limited (19 left of 25)

    VIP Parking: we’ll hold a spot for you at the Winston School Parking lot—just footsteps away from Del Mar Shores Park. This VIP parking package covers parking for both nights—September 10 and 24th. Supplies extremely limited, so act fast!

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    Set of 2 Limited Edition Cinema Series Posters:
    Local artist Barry Grimes of brand agency Beautiful Machine is the mastermind behind the collectible 2011 Del Mar Shores Cinema Series movie poster. It’s not too late to start your collection from the very beginning! This reward package includes the 2010 Del Mar Shores Cinema Series movie poster (featuring art from the film 180 South) as well as the 2011 poster created and signed by artist Barry Grimes. Frame and hang them in your home or office and await compliments on your good taste!

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    A Del Mar Shores Park Romp for Your Pup:
    The Friends of Del Mar Parks will pamper your pooch and introduce him or her to some new friends through a play date afternoon romp at Del Mar Shores Park. Your four-legged friend will be picked up and returned door-to-door from your house, and will come back happy, content and ready for a nap—while you get to kick back, relax and enjoy some “me” time.

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    An Evening with the Godfather of Film (Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Wine Sampler):
    Who better to spend an evening of movies under the stars than with the Godfather of film himself? Francis Ford Coppola himself was unavailable, but with this prize he will join you in spirit.
    The Director’s Wine Sampler Kit contains four 50 ml bottles, one each of Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The bottles are packed in a cushioned box made of recycled materials. A tasting menu is included with tasting notes, recommended food pairings, and a special offer for purchasing full-sized Director’s wine. This prize also includes deluxe cheese and crackers.
    The kit can be picked up the day of the Cinema Series, on 9/10 or 9/24.
    Don’t forget a corkscrew!
    (Of course, you must be 21 to receive this prize.)

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    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    Red Carpet VIP Movie Night Experience:
    Have a special lady (or guy) you'd like to impress? Want to put together an unforgettable family night? Friends of Del Mar Parks will roll out the red carpet for these lucky 10 individuals. The VIP package includes your pick of front-row blanket spots, full set-up and VIP parking. We'll set up a blanket and chairs for you at the prime viewing spots, and include a movie candy bucket or chocolate-covered strawberries--your choice. All you do is show up, snag your VIP parking spot and saunter on up. (Act fast--choice among the ten front-row blanket spots will be offered in order of donation.)

Funding period

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