Greetings!

On behalf of the Oakland Film Society we invite you to join us for the 14th Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF) from April 5-9, 2016. This year OIFF will screen more than 50 films, host filmmaker panels, and celebrate independent films while supporting Oakland businesses. Screenings and panels will take place at the historic Grand Lake Theater, Holy Names University, Impact Hub Oakland and Geoffrey’s Inner Circle.

We are excited to announce that this year’s opening night film will be the documentary “Ghost Town to Havana”, a film that demonstrates our interest in connecting films to community. Director Eugene Corr begins this film on the baseball diamond of Nichol Park in Richmond, California and tells the story of his father’s influence in bringing baseball to Eugene’s life. Years later, the Ghost Town (West Oakland) team and a boys’ team from Havana, Cuba compete and discover similar life lessons. In this journey of sports, culture and community, lessons are learned for all ages.

“Ghost Town to Havana” screens on Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 at Holy Names University. Director and others associated with the film will be present for discussion.
Day 2 at Holy Names: April 6 offers a line-up of films with perspectives on Race, War and Gender
1:30-2:45 pm – 3 short film will screen: “100 Miles to Lordsburg”, “Think of Calvin”, and “Exploration of a Cooperative”. (See page 4 for film descriptions). 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 4 short films will screen: “My Enemy, My Brother”, “Rebel Child”, “The Cabinet Decision”, and “An Educated Woman”
A special performance presented by The Oakland Jazz Choir will take place from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Followed by The documentary film: “A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone” from 5:20 – 6:45 p.m. p.m.
After a brief intermission, starting at 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 Two films: the short film “Fighter”, followed by the feature film: “Njinga- Queen of Angola” will screen.

Day 3 of OIFF14 will begin at Holy Names, transport to CANA Bar & Parlor followed by screenings at The Grand Lake Theater. To illustrate, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Three short films: “TDK ; The Dream Kontinues”, “MX. Pink”, “My Enemy, My Brother”.
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Two short films: “Zero G”, and “Brother”.
Day 3 at Grand Lake Theater: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Four short films, “We Could Have, We Should Have, We Didn’t”, “The Someone”, “Think of Calvin”, “Brother”, and the feature documentary, “Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race.”
8:30 – 11:45 p.m. Three films: one short film, “Rebel Child”, and two feature films: the documentary “Body and Soul”, and the feature film: “Njinga- Queen of Angola”.
Day 4 at Impact Oakland Hub 6:00 p.m. – 7: 45 p.m. Five short films: “KarmaAccount”, “Fighter”, “Exit Right”, “Code Oakland”, and “Misguided Altruism”.
8:00- 9:45 p.m. Three short films followed by a feature documentary : “Coffee Virgin”, “My Brothers Keeper”, “He and She”, and the feature documentary: “Kingmakers of Oakland”. Day 5 at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Four short films: “New Generation of Queens”, “Food First”, “Poor George”, and “The Cloud’s View”. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ten short films: “Zepo”, “Stay Black & Die”, “Jimmy”, “Trigger”, “Emma”, “Hetja”, “Diablo (Devil)”, “Will Work for Hot Dogs”, “Loose Cannons”, and “Looks.” From 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Nine short films: “The Weigh In”, “Rose”, “Cypress”, “Sanctity”, “El Camino”, “Losing It”, “More than One”, “Devil May Care”, and “The Elephant in the Room”.

The mission of the OIFF is to promote filmmakers and their stories to better understand ourselves, our communities and the world around us to improve our planet. We understand ourselves better when we, as a group, witness the same thing, i.e. a film, and discuss it afterwards. Attendance at the OIFF allows a unique opportunity that is not usually afforded viewers, the chance to hear from and discuss the film with the filmmakers themselves.

To join these discussions, we have invited a few special guest this year. Award – winning producer, Romeo Antonio, currently working on a murder mystery feature film on Sam Cooke, will join our film panel on April 9th to share his over 20 years in film/music industry. We also welcome, Director Oji Singletary of the documentary “Misguided Altruism, Jim Hollis of The Calculus Round Table, Chris Chatmon, filmmaker Kelly Amis and Cheo Tyhimba to discuss strategies of redirecting the school to prison pipeline to a school to college/career pipeline.
We also welcome Ben Burkett, President of The National Family Farms Coalition and cast subject of the short documentary: “Exploration of a Cooperative.” “Exploration of a Cooperative “shows the largest and longest standing African -American cooperative in the United States. In the state of California, African- American farmers make up less than one percent of all farmers in the state. One of these farmers and President of The African – American Farmers of California will be joining Ben Burkett, for a discussion of increasing and preserving the tradition of farming within the African-American community. While we appreciate these individuals and others for traveling to Oakland and joining us this year, we also want to pay homage to one of Oakland’s own who continues to share his talents through his work and by mentoring others. Award winning soundtrack, composer, James Gardiner of Pajamas Studio and Touch Tone Productions will also join one of film panels on April 9th.
Since its inception, OIFF has relied upon the generous support of its Board of Directors and local sponsors. However, for the OIFF to become fiscally sound and continue to bring films and filmmakers from around the world to Oakland, we need your continued support.

With our vision in mind, we have created several financial vehicles with benefits for individuals and companies that support our 15th OIFF campaign for staffing and marketing budgets. Details on contribution levels and associated benefits may be found here. http://www.oiff.org/support-2/.

We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support of The 14th Oakland International Film Festival. Board Members/Advisory Board members: Dr. Mack Roach III, Paula J. Harrell, Johnny Drake, D’Wayne Wiggins, Carol H. Williams, Randolph Belle, Sponsors- Chiho Sawada of Holy Names University, Myron Potier of Commercial Image Design Group, Andrea Lee of Cultural Links, Jim Hollis of the Calculus Round Table, Zawditu Sellassie of Youth Aid, Yafeu Tyhimba of Kulture Freedom, Samm Styles of Supreme Pictures, Jay Calhoun of Eleven seven Productions, Visit Oakland, Volunteer Alicia Hope Alexander, Theo Williams of Samba Funk, Alan Michaan of The Grand Lake Theater, Rhea Settles of Civility Zone, KPFA Radio, JR Vlarey of The Block Report Radio, The SF. Bay View, The Oakland Post, Geoffrey Pete of Goeffrey’s Inner Circle, Impact Hub Oakland, JP of Level 13, Christopher Pastena of Lungamore & Calavera, Michael D of The Register, KPOO, LaHitz Media, Jackie Wright Enterprises, Kinchasia Taylor of Gen X Eco Solutions, Kali of San Francisco Black Film Festival, the filmmakers and their stories.
We look forward to seeing you at the movies! Wear the Oakland International Film Festival with pride! Get a T-shirt at : http://oiff.org/merchandise.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Kind regards,

David N. Roach
Co-Founder / Director

The Oakland Film Society Presents The 14th Oakland International Film Festival – April 5-9th, 2016
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