Monterey Bay Film Festival at CSUMB's World Theater and Museum of Monterey
- When: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 3 p.m.
- Where: Monterey County,
- Cost: Free - $10
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Film, Lectures
We've seen this locally sourced film festival grow from a Teen Film Festival to its current incarnation as a well-rounded three-day homage to local and global works of substance and experiment. This year, their fifth, opens with a screening of Terence Nance's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, an experimental and partly animated love story from a young black filmmaker on the come up, followed by a Q&A with Nance (7:30pm Fri, CSUBM World Theater). Saturday, 15 short films by young filmmakers offers a glimpse of the future of the art, as well as the hearts and minds of young filmmakers from Salinas to California to Kenya (1pm Sat, CSUMB's World Theater). The atmosphere will be infused with the bright energy of the young filmmakers. Then a big fish: Gerardo Naranjo, director of Miss Bala, a Sundance premiere that was Mexico's foreign language Oscar submission, will come to show and talk about his film, about a beauty contest winner in the midst of the chaos of Mexico's drug cartels (7:30pm Sat, Museum of Monterey). On Sunday's finale, the "Best of Wholphin Shorts" are screened by the quarterly DVD "magazine" that is kind of hot sauce in the short film world now. The MBFF creative director is Mike Plante from Sundance, who will be here during; the organizers, CSUMB's Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department, do year-around work with local poor kids who wouldn't otherwise might not have access to this kind of creative expression. It's worthy stuff; this festival is a highlight reel. [WR]
7:30pm Fri Terence Nance at CSUMB; 1pm Sat teen program at CSUMB World Theater; 7:30pm Sat Gerardo Naranjo at Museum of Monterey; 3pm Sun Best of Wholphin Shorts at Museum of Monterey. CSUMB World Theater, Sixth Avenue near A Street, Seaside. Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10/general admission; $5/student, military; free/1pm Sat teen short films. 582-3743, www.MontereyBayFilmSociety.org.