Monday, April 26, 2010

Films from the Express' 24-Hour Digital Film Festival

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Last week, the Express held its annual 24-Hour Film Festival. Seven teams were challenged to make a film of up to five and a half minutes in 24 hours. Each team was given a basic scenario, nine props in which to choose six, and a line of dialogue selected at random that could be spoken or visually displayed.

Screenings and judging of the films took place on Earth Day, April 22, at Chabot Space & Science Center. Judges included Peter Sahaidachny, Ex'pression College of Digital Arts; Eric Havel, Chabot Space & Science Center; and Stephen Buel, East Bay Express.

Thanks to all who participated. Here are the results:

First Place: Team 4: Yak, Golly the Rainmaker
2nd Place (Tie): Team 6: The Visible Theater, EBX-2087
Team 1: Dirt Factory, Our Future Is Today

About the festival:

And the film festival's winner!

Team 4: Yak, "Golly the Rainmaker."
Film by Yoram Savion, Ben Tarquin, Kash Gains, Javier Ochoa, Denise Wallice, and Daniel Fragiadakis.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Berkeley's Oaks Theatre: From Art House to Bollywood?

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM

After a month in limbo, Berkeley's Oaks Theatre has found a new operator, reported the Berkeley Daily Planet today. As the Express reported in February, previous operator Metropolitan Theatres Corporation decided not to renew its five-year lease when it expired on February 28. The building sat quiet throughout the month of March, but according to property owner John Gordon of Gordon Commercial, a new operator is now poised to assume control of the theater — and it's not who many expected. Instead of American and European indie flicks and the occasional mainstream movie, the Oaks will likely now likely be showing foreign films out of Asia, Mexico, and beyond.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Lease for Berkeley’s Oaks Theatre to Expire on Feb. 28

by Nate Seltenrich
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Metropolitan Theatres Corporation, which currently operates Oaks Theatre on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, has announced it will not renew its lease when it expires on February 28. The family-owned and Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Theatres signed a five-year lease on the theater in early 2005.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

You Can Tell a Lot About a Region By the Movies It Watches

by Ellen Cushing
Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 6:27 PM

If you’ve ever wondered what your neighbors are renting, or how the East Bay’s various place-based subcultural differences manifest themselves, take a look at The New York Times’ new, utterly mesmerizing multimedia feature, which uses data from Netflix to map the top movie rentals of 2009, zip code by zip code.

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