On April 27th, 2019, Cinema Club screened MEETING GORBACHEV, courtesy of The Orchard. After the screening, retired FBI agent Bill Kinane, who spent five years in Moscow liaising with Russian law enforcement (including Putin himself) during the tumultuous Yeltsin era, enriched our screening with an in-depth Q&A.
On March 24th, 2019, Cinema Club screened CORE OF THE WORLD, courtesy of IndieSales. After the screening, Eric Mills of the Oakland-based Action for Animals joined us for a moderated discussion on the topic of animal cruelty and related legislation.
On February 17th, 2019, Cinema Club screened BIRDS OF PASSAGE, courtesy of The Orchard. After the screening, we spoke with director Cristina Gallegos and co-writer Maria Arias about their research into Wayuu traditions and their bold vision for a drug war movie that poetically elides the sensationalism inherent to the genre.
On January 20th, 2019, Cinema Club screened ARCTIC, courtesy of Bleecker Street and Obscured Pictures. After the screening, we spoke with director Joe Penna about his journey from guitar-wielding YouTube phenomenon to feature film director.
On November 18th, 2018, Cinema Club screened STYX, courtesy of Film Movement. After the screening, we spoke with cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels about the difficulty of shooting an entire feature film on the open sea.
On October 21st, 2018, Cinema Club screened PROSPECT, courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky. After the screening, we spoke with directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell about realizing their celebrated sci-fi universe on a limited budget.
In August of 2018, we paired Dennis Hopper’s THE LAST MOVIE with Nick Ebeling’s increasingly prescient documentary ALONG FOR THE RIDE. Ebeling joined us to discuss Hopper’s legacy, in a roundtable with film critic Fernando Croce and Cinema Club emcees Sara Vizcarrondo and Alejandro Adams. The San Jose Mercury News and Silicon Valley Metro took notice of our considerable efforts (view this post for links).
On July 15th, 2018, Cinema Club screened WE THE ANIMALS, courtesy of The Orchard. Graphic designer Dorian West joined us for a Q&A and VFX demonstration, revealing his process for creating dozens of effects shots for the film.
In June of 2018, Cinema Club teamed with PBS and the County of Santa Clara to present a screening of DARK MONEY along with a panel discussion including subjects of the film Ann Ravel and John Adams. This event, which sold out well in advance, was attended by state senators and local political icons such as Ron Diridon. The San Francisco Chronicle covered the screening after the fact, quoting Ann Ravel regarding the impact of our event.
On June 17th, 2018, Cinema Club screened CUSTODY, courtesy of Kino Lorber. Director Xavier Legrand was unable to join us via phone for a Q&A but fielded our questions via email in advance, facilitating a rich audience discussion after the screening.
On May 20th, 2018, Cinema Club screened AMERICAN ANIMALS, courtesy of The Orchard. Our robust Q&A included discussions with director Bart Layton, cinematographer Ole Birkeland and producer Dimitri Doganis.