Tracking all the Bay Area’s film festivals is a full-time job. And if anyone’s willing to pay me, I’m ready and qualified.
The 7th annual Oakland International Film Festival plays October 9th through the 16th. They’re actually starting with a golf tournament (on Yom Kippur, no less), and then moving on to the Grand Lake for the festival’s first screenings. Among those opening-night films are Traces of the Trade, where filmmaker Katrina Brown researches her family’s connection to the slave trade. Other films that sound interesting include Passion of Power, about the history of the vibrator, and Teplitz: The Tyranny of Paradox, “A dark comic, sci-fi feature…[about] a young man who joins an organization of metaphysical travelers to learn the truth about his shrouded past.”
The 12th International Latino Film Festival opens November 7 and runs through the 23. (The festival also screens movies at various locations throughout the year.) Starting with the traditional opening at the Castro, it will also screen films in Redwood City, San Jose, San Rafael, Larkspur, Berkeley, San Mateo, and San Bruno. As I write this, International Latino Film Society has yet to post this year’s movies and schedule is on their site, but the press release promises a documentary on Afro-Cuban musician Israel “Cachao” López, a Brazilian Brazilian funk and hip-hop musical reminiscent plot-wise of West Side Story, and a Sundance and Berlin award-winning futurist tale.
That’s a total of eleven current or upcoming festivals (including two closing tonight). So many, in fact, that there aren’t enough film to go around. At least one movie, Captain Abu Raed, is playing at two festivals, Mill Valley and Arab (I’ll post a capsule review tomorrow.)