Silverado Film Festival: And Now for Your Complete Schedule of Truly Intriguing Flicks
Silverado ... ready for its closeup.
As our Film page story indicates, not all selections in the second annual Silverado Film Festival could be mentioned due to the print edition deadline (and, come to think of it, space contraints).
That's because the submission deadline was only last Friday and the festival runs 6-10 p.m. tonight through Sunday night. But event organizer did later send us the schedule on the next page.
The second annual festival honors Huell Howser with his video visits to Orange County shown between films and this promotional Photoshop job.
Silverado Film Festival
6-7 p.m.: The Salty Suites (folk/bluegrass)
7-10 p.m.: Bee Happy by Jacob Taylor (3 mins.). It's a short portrait documentary of Bill Walter of Guerilla Beekeepers, LLC.
Still by Ruby Stocking (10:46 mins.). The story dives into the life of Carlos Eyles, an author, free diver and ocean photographer.
A Salton Soul by Mike Agnew (12:45 mins.). The story of the decay and life of the Salton Sea told through the memories of June Eiler.
Among Giants by Ben Mullinkosson (13:42 mins.). Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform up in the tree canopy.
California's Green with Huell Howser "Chaparral" (28:58 mins.). Huell follows Rick Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, on a rugged journey to learn about California's least understood and most valuable shrub-land ecosystem.
Full Bloom by Malina Fagan (7:43 mins.). Amid the hustle and bustle of San Francisco rests the Alice Street Community Gardens located in the South of Market district. The garden provides elderly and disabled residents of the surrounding apartments with a plot to grow their plants.
February by Gail Swanlund (3:16 mins.). California birds. Not a straight narrative, just kind of moody.
Breathe Life by Samantha Andre (17:21 mins.). Follows the surfing Montelone family as they live with their "Brady Bunch" of a family including three kids with Cystic Fibrosis and two without.
Karisma by Molly Woodstock Gard (13:52 mins.). Six-year-old Amelia Grace has spent her short life struggling against chronic illness and severe anxiety. To complicate matters, her father is on an extensive tour of duty as a soldier in Afghanistan. Luckily, Amelia Grace has found comfort through treatment at Bethany's Gait, an equine-assisted psychotherapy center located in San Juan Capistrano.
6-7 p.m.: Trio Dinicu (jazz, classical)
7-10 p.m.: Elvis the Cat by Matty Cardarople (10:13 mins.). Matty is housesitting a cat and he has a dinner date. What could go wrong?
Anchored Souls by Jonathan Formica (10:14 mins.). In the early 1960s, a community of houseboat dwellers settled along the historic Mission Creek Canal, hidden away from the urban lifestyle of San Francisco. Today, 20,000 houseboats still remain as the only floating neighborhood left in the city.
Ricky (left) and Ricky in action.
Ricky & Ricky Go Somewhere and Do Something by Will Carsola (9:08 mins.). Honestly, people, must we spell it out when it is all right there in the title?
Learning to Live by Malina Fagan (18:04 mins.). Charlie Alameda, an inner city boy, goes on a week-long trip to the San Bernardino Mountains to participate in Outdoor Science School.
Jesse Miller - Rascal Scooter by Andre Hyland (1:49 mins.). A scene from the Jesse Miller Talk Show, a Comedy Central pilot.
Turn Off the Sprinklers! by Scott Keltic Knot (4:30 mins.). Echoing the same message This is a Desert but much more viscerally, vaingloriously and violently, this flick delves deep into the damnation of Christian America with a scathing panorama of unsustainable landscaping.
Mystery of the Bell Rock & Maze Stone by Joel Robinson (12:02 mins.). Film fest organizer "Weird Beard Joel" investigates the story behind two large artifacts currently on display in the courtyard of Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
Omodox Reel by James Noel (10:48 mins.). The Omadox Corporation is facing a schism. Filmmaker Thomas Spoon, documenting the looming dissolution of the hallowed company, uncovers ever more baffling secrets and lies. Also, fish.
Hair Bushy Man by David Stenstrom (12:11 mins.). A wildly amusing actor tells a story about a creepy character in the woods.
Pound House Series by Doug Lussenhop (36 mins.). Doug tries to sell a bear-shaped beanbag to Brent Weinbach. Johnny Pemberton is present. Other unexpected scenarios also included.
6-7 p.m.: DNA & Friends (original songs inspired by the Santa Ana Mountains)
Solitude, check. Salinization, check ...
7-10 p.m.: Solitude and Salinization: The Salton Sea by Carloff (16:30 mins.). An atmospheric journey around the strange, colorful, textural and meditative landscape of the Salton Sea.
Diana Markessinis by Jimmy Pham (2:42 mins.). A Santa Ana-based sculptor/welder who uses trees as her main inspiration.
This is a Desert by Scott Keltic Knot (3:50 mins.). Now do you get the This is a Desert reference above? The title refers to the Southern California megalopolis which electrically sucks and pumps water from desert aquifers and indigenous communities all the way across the state to fuel the unsustainable colonial landscaping characteristic of the region's endemic sprawl. May be going out on a limb here, but that does not sound healthy.
Green Being by Veronica Roach (2:14 mins.). The Santa Ana People's Garden is an organic community garden with available, individual plots! (Not to be confused with Fairhaven.)
Ningun ser humano es - ilegal - by Scott Keltic Knot (4:54 mins.). A day in the life of a day laborer. A day in the life of a cop. One is called a criminal because he wakes up in the morning and looks for work. The other hypocritically enforces the laws that criminalize day laborers, yet benefits from their cheap labor.
Visiting with Huell Howser "Audubon Starr Ranch" (26:20 mins.). Huell explores the 4,000-acre sanctuary where education, research and outreach programs stimulate environmental awareness and stewardship in OC.
Sydney at the Playground by Joel Robinson (1:11 mins.). Your festival host in back with a look at a 9-year-old girl who plays on old fashioned metal play equipment at Santiago Park in Santa Ana.
Break the Bank! by Scott Keltic Knot (6:58 mins.). The filmmaker, who seems to have got his entire imdb page into the festival lineup this year, here analyzes the global financial system and calls to rise up for something better. Watch him rail against corruption inherent in the World Bank and grow his own food.
Stop Stealing Our Cars by Pepe Luis Gallo (60 mins.). The issue of unjust towing became a battleground when cities such as Maywood and Montebello seized cars in immigrant communities to raise cash. Meanwhile, our own Santa Ana impounds more cars at state-funded drunk-driving checkpoints than any other police agency.
The festival, which also offers healthy food, is presented inside and outside Silverado Community Center, 27641 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado, 6-10 tonight through Sunday night. Suggested donation is $5 (kids are free). Visit the donation page at http://www.naturalist-for-you.org/donate.htm.
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