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September 4, 2007 > Amateur Film Festival

Amateur Film Festival

By Anuja Seith

Are you looking for or want to be the next Stephen Spielberg? A showcase of talent is about to open its doors for its annual presentation of local fare. Organized in coordination with Union City Leisure Services, the third annual Paddy's Film Festival offers a platform for independent filmmakers to display their artistic creation to the world. "My coffee shop features artwork of local artists and we encourage local musicians to come and play at the shop. The film festival is just an extension of all this activity appreciating art," says Paddy Iyer, host of the event.

A high tech professional with a deep admiration for local art, Iyer created this festival that begins September 7. It will continue throughout the month every Friday night. Iyer plans to spend two hours on every movie night so the number of films shown may vary from week to week. Selection criterion is pretty basic; movies should be family friendly, clear of all profanity and time sensitive, lasting no longer than 20 to 30 minutes.

This year, a special "genocide night," will screen documentaries and films based on the horrific devastation in Darfur, Sudan. This evening's presentations will include a discussion with an eyewitness who will describe and talk about this human tragedy. On a lighter note, films of different genre including comedy will highlight other evenings.

Audiences are encouraged to interact with local student and professional film makers who will be present at screenings. An exception to this will be viewing of a film by students of Symbiosis Institute, Pune, India. Though registration began in June, Iyer is still accepting film submissions and may accommodate a few more during festival.

Paddy hopes that this film festival and other artistic activities will provide a venue for artists who need a place to exhibit their talent. He hopes that others will join his enthusiastic support of the arts by coming by on Friday evenings to enjoy a free look at an undiscovered Spielberg. Along with fresh film fare, he also can guarantee that patrons can't go wrong with selections of home made food and beverages at this theater.

Amateur Film Festival
Fridays, September 7 through September 28
8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
3900 Smith St., Union City
(510) 324-8572
Admission Free

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