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Oakland International Film Festival
Oakland Film Society
RBA Creative 
3718 MacArthur Blvd 
Oakland, CA 94619 

For Immediate Release
August 22, 2019
The Oakland Film Society announces 
Day 1 - press conference, films, filmmakers, 
screenings and special events: 
Lights, Camera, Action! 

OAKLAND-The 17th Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF17) kicks off a series of independent film screenings, panels, and special events on featuring and networking independent filmmakers and amplifying the stories they tell. Day 1 will begin with an OIFF17 press conference at RBA Creative, 3718 MacArthur Boulevard in the Laurel District 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., followed by a pre- festival 4:00 p.m. reception at Cana's Bar and Parlor,530 Lake Park Avenue (just a few doors away from The Grand Lake Theatre), followed by a series of short films at The Historic Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

The first set of short films will begin at 6:00 p.m. The films featured will be: "Soar, Torian," Soar;" "Ama," "So Beautiful," "Cycles Web Series," "On Mother's Day," "Fixx My Kixx,"and "Conquered." Filmmakers, Audrey Candy Corn, Peter Menchini, Adimu  Madyun, LaTajh Weaver, Ellen Wen, Raymundo Peralta and Shaka Jamal Redmond will be present for the TalkBack after the Screening.

Link for tickets to the screening of the first set of short films is here: The second set of short films at The Grand Lake Theatre will begin at 8: 45 p.m. The short films featured will be: "Renegade," "Building Blocks," "The Ghost of Highway 20," "Code Switch" "All of This" and "Oakland Eastside Story."  Filmmakers, Luis Montoya, Arthur Gallery,  Tony Jonick, and Doug Werby, Alba Roland Mejia, Darryl Jones, Oscar Hernandez will be present for the TalkBack. 

Link for tickets to the screening of the second set of short films is here  For the complete schedule, tickets, visit: and, respectively.
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New funding priorities reflect Proposition E's increased investment in the arts and Mayor Breed's commitment to equitable distribution of public funding announced 8/20/19
SF City Administrator Naomi Kelly (2L) next to Kathy Cotton Director of "A Place at the Table"  along with former Supervisor Sophie Maxwell (3R) supports the Arts with guests at the June 2019 San Francisco Black Film Festival Screening at the AAACC. The film about unsung Black pioneers in Silicon Valley was a crowd favorite. Community leaders such as Carol Tatum, then President of San Francisco Business and Professional Women, Inc. and Dr. Maxine Hickman, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and National Board Member of NCBW, Inc. supported the San Francisco Black Film Festival.  NCBW SF gave five women work experience via its partnership between its NCBW SF Doris Ward Workforce Development Employment and Training Program and the San Francisco Black Film Festival.  It was the second year of the partnership, utilizing the festival for training with paid stipends provided by NCBW SF. 
San Francisco, CA - Mayor London N. Breed Tuesday joined City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly to announce $12.9 million in general operating support grants to fund 220 arts organizations that enhance the City's cultural vibrancy. The new funding comes after Mayor Breed asked for a thorough review of the City's grant making to better support small- and medium-sized arts organizations. 

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