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The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival

The Henry Miller Lab screening features: “In Between Us,” five shorts about the unexpected bonds that bring people together. Films showing include: “The Tables,” “Big City,” “Anna,”
“Bende Sira,” and “Zela Trovke.”   (Also check out the screening on 3/23 at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.)


This year, the festival features 22 short films from 12 different countries around the world, divided into four different thought-provoking programs. Each of the programs has been curated to stir the viewer’s conscious and hopefully inspire action around a wide range of issues. “Each film tells it’s own small story and together each of our programs tells a larger story,” says festival director, Michael Harrington.


In addition to showing thought-provoking short movies, Wandering Reel’s mission is to engage its audiences in ways that many other film festivals cannot do. A community-centric format is designed to maximize audience participation and cultivate community building.  “By exposing communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema,” remarks Mike. The screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with festival director, filmmaker, and former Big Sur resident, Michael Harrington.


Tickets are free.  A $10 suggested donation is encouraged.

The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival

The Henry Miller Library screening features You. Me. We. and asks two questions: What tears us apart? What brings us together?  There will be a total of six short films shown including: “Mare Nostrum,” “What Tears Us Apart,” “Artalde,” “White Face,” “Light Sight,” and “The Sugaring Off.” (Also check out the screening on 3/24 at the Henry Miller Lab in Carmel).


This year, the festival features 22 short films from 12 different countries around the world, divided into four different thought-provoking programs. Each of the programs has been curated to stir the viewer’s conscious and hopefully inspire action around a wide range of issues. “Each film tells it’s own small story and together each of our programs tells a larger story,” says festival director, Michael Harrington.


In addition to showing thought-provoking short movies, Wandering Reel’s mission is to engage its audiences in ways that many other film festivals cannot do. A community-centric format is designed to maximize audience participation and cultivate community building.  “By exposing communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema,” remarks Mike. The screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with festival director, filmmaker, and former Big Sur resident, Michael Harrington.


Tickets are free.  A $10 suggested donation is encouraged.

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Ignite your passion for adventure! The 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Bay Area. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating placed on earth. See the best adventure, environmental and cultural films from the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. This stop on the World Tour is hosted by REI and benefits the nonprofit organization, Return of the Natives.

8th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival

7th Annual Carmel Jewish Film FestivalThe Carmel Jewish Film Festival is now entering its eighth year. Through the power and artistry of cinema, the festival seeks to engage the greater Jewish community in meaningful dialogue on important issues of our day. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey area and beyond.Our festival’s accompanying programs further engage mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace.  For a list of films and venues go to:https://www.carmeljff.org/copy-of-events-1.

2017 International Monarch Film Festival


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2017
(Feature Narratives and Documentaries)
 
FEATURE NARRATIVES:
5:00PM: VAMAN
6:30PM: THE MOUNTAIN II
8:15PM: FEAR, LOVE & AGORAPHOBIA

DOCUMENTARIES:
5:00PM: THE LURE
7:15PM: GAVIOTA: THE END OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 
8:10PM: 10/10THS
​**Q&A TO FOLLOW**

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2017
(CSUMB, Shorts, Students, Locals)
 
12:00PM: CSUMB CAPSTONE PRESENTATION
**Q&A TO FOLLOW**

12:00PM: SHORTS BLOCK 
**Q&A TO FOLLOW**
(Don’t Be Afraid, EARWORM, Eggs and Soldiers, For A Good Time…, 
In My Room, Jonah, MISAPPROPRIATION, Nativity, Unscene, Penitent, The Choice, The Gift of the Magpie, 

The Hit at 1700, Undetectable, WATER)


2:15PM: STUDENT BLOCK

 **Q&A TO FOLLOW**
(Adventures of Lucy, Just Words, Rec Trail, RELEVE, Sunsets, 
The Locket, Time is the Longest Distance, 
​Who Sank Your Ships, Woman in the Mirror)

2:50PM: LOCAL’S CORNER BLOCK
**Q&A TO FOLLOW**

(Cannery Row Revisted, Cuba: People to People, 

Face of a Dreamer, No es Basura, Taxi Man)


4:25PM: MONARCH AWARD BLOCK  (Competing Locals)

**Q&A TO FOLLOW**
(Abalone: Saga of a Monterey Bay Mollusk,
Rewriting Love, They Plot by Night)

6:10PM: AWARD CEREMONY

(Encore of Award Winning Films to follow)


Full Access Pass: $25, individual screenings range from $10 to $15 per screening.

Carmel International Film Festival

From the Filmmakers’ Reception to the VIP Cocktail Parties, and everything in between, there is something for everyone at the Carmel International Film Festival. Back by popular demand this year is the Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner. Filmmakers and guests enjoy the beautiful Carmel beach and some phenomenal food and beverages. The Filmmakers’ Beach Dinner is an unforgettable, quintessential festival experience.

We are also incredibly excited about the return of our Music Café, presented by Talking Animals Music, curated by Mark Governor, featuring live performances by young singer/songwriters. We’ve expanded our creation of last year’s Music Café. Check out our events page for all of the details.

5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

 

Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) at the Golden State Theatre for fantastic films about wild things and wild places, guaranteed to inspire you to get outside and give back! This fifth annual VWA presentation is the only central coast stop on the Wild and Scenic tour. Spectacular scenery, special guests, and a raffle for great prizes from local and national sponsors ensure an evening to remember.  Tickets: $20 (plus fees in advance) or $25 (plus fees at the door).  Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m.