Screenings kick off at Jack London Regal Theater at 5:30 in auditorium’s 4 and 5. In Auditorium 4, the short film Roof Knocking will be followed by the feature documentary Melody Maker directed by Leslie – Ann Coles.

MELODY MAKERS tells the true story of the rise and fall of the most influential music publication in history. Melody Maker magazine began as a weekly jazz musician’s trade paper in the 1920’s and by the 1960’s became an internationally recognized “must read” for rock n’ roll fans and musicians alike. Melody Maker became a pop culture phenomenon and this was, to a great extent, due to its Chief Contributing Photographer, Barrie Wentzell (1965-1975) and his black and white photos that blistered across the front cover.

Leslie -Ann Coles
Writer/ Director of Melody Makers


Executive Produced by Dwayne Wade & The Chance The Rapper

Chicago harbors many scars for Orr Academy’s basketball team. There’s the abandoned house where Tyquone’s friends were murdered, the corner where Coach Lou was shot, and the alley where Marquise was arrested for gun possession.

Tyquone seeks refuge between the lines of the basketball court. With Coach Lou as his guide, their eyes are set on a championship. But Tyquone wants more, and grapples with dreams bigger than Chicago can offer.



Shot In The Dark kicks off The 16th Oakland International Film Festival. on April 3rd, 2018 at Holy Names University and Jack London Regal Theater.
Director, Dustin Nakao Haider will be in attendance.
April 3rd at Holy Names University at 5:25 p.m – TICKETS HERE
April 3rd at Jack London Regal Theater at 8:00 p.m. – TICKETS HERE

Director, Dustin Nakao-Haider

Will be attendance for Q & A
Shot in the Dark screens at Holy Names University
& Jack London Regal Theater on April 3rd



Resistance at Tule Lake
Written & Directed by Konrad Aderer
Screens April 3rd at 5 30 p.m.

RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government’s program of mass incarceration during World War II. Branded as ‘disloyals’ and re-imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, and thousands renounced their U.S. citizenship. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, this documentary challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime ‘loyalty.’


An American Muslim girl with dreams of finding herself in the Oakland rap scene, but will ignorance and hate crush her before she even has the chance to begin?

Screens at Jack London Regal
@ 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Marvin Booker Was Murdered
Screens @ Jack London Regal
& Holy Names University

Day 2 of The 16th Oakland International Film Festival takes place on April 4th, 2018. Marking 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Realizing this historic day was approaching us this year, The Oakland International Film Festival partnered with OUSD’s 39th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Oratorical contest to promote our youth utilizing their voices to promote peace through the legacy of Dr. King, while raising awareness to Dr. King’s last book: “Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos? or Community?

In a time when many are asking: “Where do we go from here? This book, often overlooked, sometimes erased from various overviews of his life, was written in the hills of Ocho Rios, Jamaica in Jan/Feb of 1967. The book begins in the then President of The United States office, Lyndon Johnson’s office, surrounded by Dr. King Jr. and many other leaders of the time to witness President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill.

The film: Marvin Booker Was Murdered, tells a story of Marvin Booker, homeless street preacher, while being booked into the Denver Detention Center, he was beaten to death by five jail guards – for simply wanting to retrieve his shoes. The event was caught on tape, and witnessed by more than 20 people. After they beat him, the deputies carried him into an isolation cell. Then, left him laying on the cement floor. They claimed he was still alive after they exited the cell. The city of Denver never indicted, nor reprimanded any of the deputies involved.



Evolutionary Blues
Screens April 5th @ Jack London Regal

Evolutionary Blues – West Oakland’s Music Legacy
Screens at Jack London
Filmmaker Cherly Fabio will be present

This opportunity to connect Oakland history to our music was exciting. As I met the musicians and conducted initial interviews their passion and their willingness to share kept us motivated. Nearly 40 interviews were conducted. YouTube was a godsend for hearing the original recordings! Each conversation just flowed. When we built the first video, it was 6 hours long. My editor was a jewel. She had the patience of Job.. There is so much good stuff “on the cutting room floor.” We are all very proud of what this film has become.

Cheryl Fabio

Day 3 of The 16th Oakland International Film Festival, April 5th, features morning and afternoon screenings at Holy Names University, followed by screenings at Jack London’s Regal Theater and The Historic Grand Lake Theater.

The Grand Lake Theater will feature three different screening sessions featuring a number of short films. Most of these short films were “Made by Oakland filmmakers”!

You may not know them now, but Oakland filmmakers like Donald Lacy, Adimu Madyun, Cameo Wood, Vincent Cortez will have their short films featured and host the question/answer session after the screenings.

While the screenings are taking place at The Historic Grand Lake Theater, screenings will also be happening at Jack London’s Regal Theater.

The Blues is an earthy, soul-stirring mélange of roots music and personal narratives that became the defining soundtrack of Black America. Wherever Black people settled that soundtrack took on a local flavor. In Northern California, the influences came from the musicianship of Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Seventh Street in West Oakland supported and bolstered Blacks who answered the call of the war effort in the late 1940’s. Entrepreneurship created a fully contained community that provided work, homes and all the necessities of life including a fully developed music scene. Watch as more than 30 local musicians share their inspiration and describe the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become.


Life After Life
Screens at Jack London
Fillmmaker Tamara Perkins will be present

After decades behind bars, three men set out to prove success can lie on the other side of tragedy. As their stories unfold over weeks, months and years, the precarious nature of freedom after incarceration in America is revealed.


Screenings at Jack London’s Regal Theater

CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END is the story of Mr. Fish, the last great American outlaw artist.

Having found success creating compelling, and often, adult themed editorial cartoons, we discover Mr. Fish as his profession is on its way out.

Editors previously willing to back controversial work are disappearing as fast as the newspapers which once employed him. Can an outspoken artist raise a family and maintain his unique defiant voice? This intimate documentary follows the artist as he struggles to stay true to his creativity in a world where biting satiric humor has an ever-diminishing commercial value.

Cartooning From the Deep End
Friday, April 6th @ Jack London Regal

Day 4-  Free screenings at Oakland’s City Hall
Oakland City Hall will feature three documentaries of resistance.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  – ” Acha Acha Cucaracha: Cucano strikes again”
In 1979, at time of a cruel dictatorship, Cucaño emerged in the city of Rosario, Argentina. A group of experimental art integrated by very young young people, their action gave some light to the ominous darkness of those times. Today in their fifties, its former members reclaim those actions of their first youth and persist, each of them in his/her own way.

Writer/Director Mario Piazza will be present for the question/answer session afterwards.

7:15 – 9:00 – Burkinabe’ Rising: The Art of Resistance” directed by Iara Lee
A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d’état led by his best friend and advisor Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, til a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabè life. It is an inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world.

9:15 p.m – 10:30 p.m. My People Are Rising –  a documentary based on the autobiography of a 19 year old Seattle Black Panther captain named Aaron Dixon. The film retraces his journey to Oakland as he learns from influential activists Bobby Seale, Huey Hewton, Elaine Brown and Ericka Huggins. Through his eyes we witness the early forming of the party, the COINTEL PRO operation, the election of the first Black mayor of Oakland and the fall of Huey Newton, and the rise of the first female leader of the party. “My People are Rising” is an unforgettable tale of their triumphs and tragedies, and the enduring legacy of Black Power.
Aaron Dixon will be present



By Ben Watts
Friday @ 5:30 p.m.
at Jack London Regal

Three lives intersect inside a small-town pie shop on the day of a local woman’s funeral.

Lasso centers on Simon (Jacobs) and Kit (Morgan), two leaders of an Active Senior Tour group visiting a remote small-town rodeo festival. It’s a great experience for the group…until they try to leave.

Friday, April 6th
Jack London Regal @ 9:35 P.M.



Saturday, April 7th
Jack London Regal

Sundance alum Tanuj Chopra reinvents stoner cinema with this hilarious, “Broad City-esque” female arthouse comedy. Good girl Cam’s got a problem: she has to deliver a backpack full of weed for her drug-dealing fiancé. When she seeks help from her best friend, pothead slacker Jinky, the duo find themselves stranded in a park, contemplating love, life, and pizza.

I Am A God: Prologue
Screens at The Grand Lake Theater
& Jack London Regal Theater
Filmmaker Benjamin Michel will be present

Day 5, April 7th,  is closing day of The 16th Oakland International Film Festival. It also happens to be the 1st Saturday of the month. Which means, according to, it’s the official day to volunteer in the schools.
1st Saturdays is a project started by The Familyhood Connection Inc, to increase collaboration between the generations to increase sustainability from within communities utilizing schools as the center for development.
The math formula to achieve #Familyhood = SGA+PTA+ Alumni. Schools sign up at: to start!

The feature length documentaries kick off the closing day, April 7th,  of The 16th Oakland International Film Festival.
Evolutionary Blues – will screen at 5:30 p.m. in auditorium 4. Filmmaker Cheryl Fabio will be present for the question/answer session following the screening.
In auditorium 5, California Forgotten Children will also screen in auditorium 5.Filmmaker Melody Miller will be present for the question/answer session following the screening.

John Eddin’s PAWG Chapter 12 (Pretty Ass White Girl) was just featured in Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. This comedy with a special scenario could put a strain on any relationship. Mr. Eddins will be in attendance.

Sundance alum Tanuj Chopra reinvents stoner cinema with this hilarious, “Broad City-esque” female arthouse comedy. Good girl Cam’s got a problem: she has to deliver a backpack full of weed for her drug-dealing fiancé. When she seeks help from her best friend, pothead slacker Jinky, the duo find themselves stranded in a park, contemplating love, life, and pizza.

Starring Emily C. Chang and Pia Shah, a typical day at the park becomes a very untypical day.


PAWG – Pretty Ass White Girl
Screens at Jack London
Filmmaker John Eddins will be present

California’s Forgotten Children
Screens at Jack London
Fillmmaker Melody Miller will be present