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The reconvened Camera Obscura presents "unique, antique and experimental" films from co-directors Jonathan Marlow and Amanda Salazar.
The reconvened Camera Obscura presents "unique, antique and experimental" films from co-directors Jonathan Marlow and Amanda Salazar.
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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 VidrascuYorgos LanthimosJanie Geiser, Rock Ross, Shambhavi Kaul, L.M. Kit Carson, Ashley Sabin, Jerzy Rose, Sasha Litvintseva, Michael SnowLauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff, Maximon Monihan, Ronald Gray, Kirsten JohnsonPeter HuttonSophie MichaelPatrick BokanowskiJoey IzzoStacey SteersEugene GreenAJ SchnackLyra Hill, G. Anthony Svatek, Francois JarosMatthew 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!

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    Pledge of CO-Allegiance

    Our immense thanks on the Camera Obscura site and elsewhere along with a "Fourth Annual Report" postcard!

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    CO-IV-AR Button + Postcard Set

    Our annual Report "badge" (what we'd otherwise call a "button") along with the aforementioned postcard (with four variations) and our earnest thanks, accordingly!

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    CO-IV-AR Playing Cards

    Seven-year-old Zazie is designing (and drawing) an exclusive deck of Camera Obscura playing cards. Indeed, she is! Her original artwork will adorn the King, Queen and "Jill" (her version of a "Jack") as well as all of the numbering and suits, too. This is either among the greatest ideas ever or something we will dread for the rest of our days! The artist will autograph a postcard to include in the package (though probably not personalized as she'll get weary of all of that fairly quickly).

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    COFS Annual Membership

    Become a new or renewing member of COFS and be the first on your block to know about the Fourth Annual Report and other events throughout the year. Includes the set of four postcards and the deck of CO-IV-AR playing cards, too!

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    COFS Annual Membership + T-Shirt

    The "spark" abides in a comfortable shirt! You'll be a card-carrying annual member, too, and you will have a deck of those pesky playing cards and four postcards to put in the mail (if you're so inclined).

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    CO-IV-AR All-Access Pass

    You're in! A crowdfunding-exclusive festival badge! Allowing you access to all "Fourth Annual Report" screenings and events. Plus all-of-the-above (annual membership, t-shirt, playing cards, the postcard set and our "attendee-level" appreciation). With twelve anticipated programmes and individual tickets at $20 on a space-available basis, this is an extraordinary opportunity for self-betterment!

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    CO-IV-AR All-Access Pass + Artist-Print

    A hand-numbered print designed by one of the artists featured in the CO-IV-AR! Plus all-access and all-of-the-above!

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    Sponsor a Filmmaker!

    A filmmaker (selected from a secret list presented discretely to you) would appear at CO-IV-AR with a "sponsored by [you]" credit! Includes the all-access pass and one of the other perks (with the exception of the artist-print).

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    COFS Lifetime Membership

    COFS presently has five recurring members on our Committee of CO-Perpetuity (including admission to all Annual and Quarterly Reports). As we plan way-ahead for our Fifth Annual Report we will reopen membership on the Committee to another five. Limited offer! Includes everything listed above!

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    CO-MP Associate Producer

    In the midst of CO-IV-AR, we will be simultaneously filming a short documentary (for our Motion Picture division) intended to debut at the Fifth Annual Report next year. We cannot yet reveal the theme of the film but many of the invited filmmakers have produced work in a similar vein and we will use this unique gathering as an occasion to film them discussing their process. Includes Rewards VI and above! Your name in the credits! Your name on the COFS site! Your name stated with affection every time it is spoken aloud!

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    CO-MP Executive Producer

    The aforementioned short documentary will have your name emblazoned in the opening credits! Includes Rewards VIII and above! A festival and a film, too (along with related objects which you'll treasure for the rest of your days). All thanks to you! And you'll be our guest at the Hotel Petaluma for the four days of CO-IV-AR.

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    Mistress / Master of All You CO-Survey

    CO-IV-AR is presented by you! You can have it all (above): CO-MP Executive Producer (with aforementioned Hotel Petaluma lodging) and a crown to wear during the entirety of CO-IV-AR along with Rewards I-IX!

    In the unlikely event of such generosity, expect much fawning and extraordinary gratitude over the four days of the Fourth Annual Report and pre-commitment to the Fifth Annual Report!

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