.

First Ever: Benicia Film Festival Next March

Arts and Culture Commission Event Planned

Next March 1-3, 2013, a celebration of film and music acknowledging local, national, and international filmmakers will take place in Benicia. The Benicia Film Festival is being organized by the Benicia Arts and Culture Commission.

I’ve heard rumblings about the Arts and Culture Commission now and then through Judy Donaldson, who was Chair last year. Next month, she’s going to Thailand for a year. The Commission and all who know her will miss her cool head and thoughtfulness. She’ll be practicing her feminism by working at a girl’s school, as well as studying Buddhism. As she prepares to leave, Elaine Eisner has taken over as Chair. She has a strong business background and an ability to get things done.

Evidence of that is this enormous task of putting on a film festival—without any experience, however, involving Arts Benicia, Benicia High School’s film production teacher, Soroptimists, filmmakers, and musicians, all of whom bring expertise and abilities in a variety of ways.

Films will be shown at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall. The Benicia Yacht Club will have a reception. A fundraiser is being planned for Sunday, September 30 at Winterhawk Winery.

Seems there’s lots of good energy happening in this commission—they mean to make things happen. They’ve developed a brochure and are planning a public art walk—one to start but I believe it will take place on a regular basis.

Like I guess a few others here in town, I watched Pappas get it’s makeover on television. It’s a little more up close and personal than I like—all that stuff about money and family that seems, well, too private to have on television, but I know, everything on tv is hyped and pitched in a way those doing it think will reach us.

I hope the restaurant does well. More than one person I spoke with thought the outside needs some spiffing up. The fence and big, plain parking lot aren’t exactly inviting, but apparently the food is better and the place is cleaner. Can I forget those dismal scenes from the kitchen? I’m not sure.

Finally, congratulations to Kitty Griffin and Mary Frances Kelly-Poh, Benicians who are being honored as “living legacies” by the Senior Coalition of Solano Country for their plethora of community activities.

From my own experience with Kitty, she’s been a stalwart member of the Benicia League of Women Voters. (I met her years ago when we were both having lunch at the counter at First Street Café.) The League’s annual meeting is Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Camellia Tea Room. Following the business portion of the meeting, there will be a presentation on Measure L. The public is invited. Details: http://www.lwvbenicia.org/

Sonny Flores May 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This would be a great time for the owner if the first street theater to clean up his property, an old time theater similar in build as the Crest in Sacramento or the Empress in Vallejo. I am sure someone in Benicia has contact with the owner. Port Townsend has an annual film festival, multiple shows, in theaters, open air (parks) community centers, this would be a great town for Benicia to model for the film festival.
Robert Livesay May 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM
All Aldo Ray movies would be great. Real name Aldo Da Re.
Elaine Eisner May 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Note that the previous Arts and Culture Commission Chair was Lee Wilder Snider.
Lois Requist May 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Sorry, Elaine. Lee was prior to Judie?
Lois Requist May 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I'm curious about reactions from those who saw the show about Pappas on Food Network. Also, wouldn't removal of that fence out front and a hedge instead make the place more inviting? Of course, once inside the experience has to be a good one for the restaurant to be successful.
Elaine Eisner May 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Bob Surrat was the first Chair, Lee Wilder Snider the second and Elaine the third. Judie was not a Commission Chair.
JB Davis (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
That fence might be a CalTrans requirement. I'll ask next time I see Carlie Knox.
JB Davis (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I think we'll have to wait for a new owner before that happens. But you are right, it would be nice to have the films at the Majestic. The last time I went to a show at the Majestic the owner wouldn't allow any food or drinks into the theater.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" May 17, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The Pappas show on the Food Network was a nice and educating show to me. I will definitely be patronizing Pappas even more now than I did before.
Elaine Eisner May 17, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Bob, on behalf of the Film Festival Committee we appreciate your recommendation for this Crocket film star.
Vickig May 17, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I had lunch one day shortly after the show aired and was NOT impressed with the food. However, the inside did look much better. I guess, in order to be fair, we should try dinner and the new menu but not sure I can enjoy it with the show in mind....
Daniel Colon, Jr June 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
So were can we get info on submitting entries for the film festival?
Lois Requist June 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
For information on the film festival, contact Kenny Hall kennyhall47@comcast.net. Telephone (707) 315-4287.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something