For the fourth time, the bigger-and-better Camera Obscura needs your help!
The reconvened Camera Obscura Film Society, under the coordination of co-directors Amanda Salazar [SFFILM] and Jonathan Marlow [Arbelos / CFI], will present its Fourth Annual Report from 15- to 18-November in glorious Petaluma, California! Over the course of four days, "unique, antique and experimental" films will be presented at a pop-up cinema constructed inside the ballroom of the historic Hotel Petaluma. More than two-dozen curated programs, Q&As with filmmakers and assorted festival events will occur at the venue and at other locations around downtown Petaluma. As in the prior Reports, the program of film screenings and events will only be announced in the days prior to the opening night.
Only with your support can this annual event continue! Your donations will go towards venue and equipment rentals (from our persistent local partner, CMAV) as well as filmmaker accommodations and travel.
The original Camera Obscura Film Society was founded in 1957 by Lawrence Jordan and Bruce Conner (along with Roger Ferragallo, Willy Werby, Ben Payne and a handful of others) three years after Frank Stauffacher's "Art in Cinema" series at SFMOMA ended and concurrent with the founding of SFIFF. COFS' eclectic programs continued until the organization ceased to exist in 1962.
The reconstituted Camera Obscura evokes the original organization, thankfully including recent and restored works by Petaluma-resident Lawrence Jordan in each annual Report.
To date, Camera Obscura has featured works by Abbas Kiarostami, Diana Vidrascu, Yorgos Lanthimos, Janie Geiser, Rock Ross, Shambhavi Kaul, L.M. Kit Carson, Ashley Sabin, Jerzy Rose, Sasha Litvintseva, Michael Snow, Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff, Maximon Monihan, Ronald Gray, Kirsten Johnson, Peter Hutton, Sophie Michael, Patrick Bokanowski, Joey Izzo, Stacey Steers, Eugene Green, AJ Schnack, Lyra Hill, G. Anthony Svatek, Francois Jaros, Matthew Wade and many others.
Risks and challenges
There are numerous risks to running a film festival. With the immense success of the previous Reports and a combined background amongst all involved in various film festivals, a relatively modest operating budget and an extraordinary amount of passion, we are absolutely certain that the "Fourth Annual Report" will occur regardless of the obstacles!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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