By Mira Reverente
After a successful inaugural run in 2014, the Calabasas Film Festival (CFF) is back with more fanfare and films from emerging filmmakers.
The five-day festival begins with a pop-up night on Wednesday, September 16, with a screening of All Things Must Pass, the directorial debut of Colin Hanks, at the Motion Picture and Television Theater in Woodland Hills. The documentary explores the rise and fall of the iconic Tower Records and the legacy forged by its founder Russ Solomon. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Hanks.
Opening night on Thursday, September 17, will be held at Regal Cinemas where a soon-to-be-announced major studio film will be screened.“All the films have a Calabasas component, whether it’s the location or the filmmaker,” said Kelley Fries, director of CFF. “We really want to get the word out and the community involved in this celebration of films.”
Fries also talked about the many exciting changes this year. “Aside from pop-up night, there will be a red carpet event every night, as well as a Q & A with the filmmakers right after the film showings and a reception,” she said. “We also have more documentaries and short films which were shown in Tribeca and Sundance this year.”
Fries is especially proud of the quality of short films, no more than 15 minutes long, that high school students from neighboring schools, like Calabasas High School, Agoura High School, Chaminade and Oaks Christian School, have submitted. “We ‘hounded’ the film and theater teachers over summer break, reminding them about submissions,” Fries said.
Awards for student films will be handed out and will include: Best Film, Best Director and Audience Award.
Here’s a quick look at the five-day schedule:
Wednesday, September 16 – Pop-up Night and Screening of All Things Must Pass
Thursday, September 17 – Opening Night and Showing of a still-to-be-announced major studio film
Friday, September 18 – Studio Film Screening of “The Wannabe”
Saturday, September 19 – Documentary and Short Film Screenings
Sunday, September 20 – Student Film Program
For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, click here.