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The 17th Annual California Independent Film Festival -- September 11-14

The 17th Annual California Film Festival (CAIFF) will present another year of diverse films from around the world to the San Francisco Bay Area from September 11-14. From World Premieres to celebrity tributes, CAIFF has included some of the best in film. The festival takes place at the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga, The Orinda Theatre, and The Castro Theatre in San Francisco. For more information about the festival visit

16 Candles
16 Candles

The festival kicks off at the Rheem Theater in Moraga on September 11 with an Opening Night Reception followed by a screening of the short film JEROME’S BOUQUET, starring Suzanne Shepherd (GOODFELLAS, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) and Peter Scolari (THE POLAR EXPRESS, GIRLS).

Other films at the festival include the documentary TRUE SON, about 22-year-old Stanford grad Michael Tubbs during his campaign for a seat on the Stockton City Council, as well as CITIZEN HEARST, a documentary that looks into the fascinating world of the Hearst media empire.

In STARRING ADAM WEST, we get a glimpse at the life of Adam West, the man who originated the role of Batman on TV in the ‘60s. Past festival guest Richard Dreyfuss stars in the road trip comedy CAS & DYLAN, with Tatiana Maslany from the popular TV show ORPHAN BLACK.


For the first time in its history, the CAIFF presents special screenings at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

In the cult classic Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, and the late Patrick Swayze star as three drag queens traveling cross country. Things take an interesting turn when their car breaks down and they are stranded in a small town. The film also features Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, and a cameo from Julie Newmar, this year’s CAIFF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. Newmar will be in attendance at the screening and will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. VIP Reception at 7 p.m. followed by the screening at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 12 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

CAIFF celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of John Hughes’s most celebrated teen comedies with a special screening of the movie that gave a new perspective on a teenager’s “Sweet 16” and made Molly Ringwald an ‘80s icon. The screening will also feature special guest appearances by cast members including Justin Henry who played Molly Ringwald’s little brother, as well as Debbie Pollak and Gedde Watanabe who played the memorable couple Marlene “Lumberjack” and Long Duk Dong. Reunion and movie at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, September 12 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Myles and Brody are best friends who made a pact to become a couple if neither of them have found the right guy in 10 years. As the deadline to find Mr. Right quickly approaches, each of them try everything they can to avoid being each other’s last resort.
VIP reception with cast at 5 p.m., followed by the screening at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

John, a rich playboy and heir to a restaurant empire finds out that his sister is marrying his childhood crush, Jack. Of course, he must try his best to stop the wedding. As a result, his world turns upside down in this food-centric, queer romantic comedy. VIP reception with cast at 8 p.m., followed by the screening at 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Additional programming at the Castro Theatre includes a screening of MOBILIIZE, WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL as well as a special showcase of shorts starring and directed by some of Hollywood’s finest actors including Sarah Drew, Missy Pyle, Sharon Lawrence, Doug Jones, and Taylor Kitsch.


CAIFF will present a special screening of the 1979 Academy Award-winning drama KRAMER VS. KRAMER starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Based on the novel by Avery Corman, the story follows a couple going through a divorce and the impact it has on their family. Justin Henry, who played Hoffman and Streep’s son, Billy, is scheduled to be in attendance for the screening. Screening at 7 p.m, Saturday September 13 at the Orinda Theatre in Orinda.


The 10 Year Plan: Jack Turner (Actor), Adam Bucci (Actor), Moronai Kanekoa (Actor), JC Calciano (Director/Writer), Matthew Solari, (Producer)

*All of Me: Elizabeth Melanson (Actor), Jon Riera (Director)

*Breathe in Life: Laura Zellmer (Director/Writer/Producer), Amy James (Cinematographer/Film Editor)

Columbus Day: Scott Cornfield (Producer/Writer)

*An Evergreen Christmas: Charleene Closshey (Actor/Musician/Composer), Robert Loggia (Actor), Jake Sandvig (Actor), Booboo Stewart (Actor), Greer Grammer (Actor), Jeremy Culver (Directir), Kim Waltrip (Producer), Jeffery Osborne (Director of Photography)

G.P.S.: Billy Higgins (Director/Writer), Creston Higgins (Co-writer), Giovanni Labadessa (Assistant Director)

Held Up: Mark Whittington (Producer/Writer), Ashley Parker Angel (Actor)

I, Helios: James Berry (Director)

*John Apple Jack: Kent S. Leung (Actor), Alvin Tran (Actor), Chris McNally (Actor), Rick Tae (Producer/Writer), Monika Mitchell (Director), Selena Paskalidis (Producer)

Kramer vs. Kramer: Justin Henry (Actor)

The Last Gentleman: Erik Long IV (Producer/Writer)

The Last of Us: Trust: Brandon Hunt (Director/Writer), Jon Mitchell (Producer)

*Life Support: Noah Edelson (Screenwriter)

*Mobilize: Kevin Kuenz (Director), Ellie Marks (Producer), Joel Moskowitz, PhD (Producer, Epidemiologist UC Berkeley)

Mom, Murder and Me: Sarah Klaren (Actor), Kathy Garver (Actor), Orlando Graves (Actor), Gino Scandur (Actor), Heather Donnell (Producer/Director), Chris R. Smith (Co-Producer/Cinematographer), Christopher Smith (Associate Producer)

Obituaries: Ryan Moody (Director/Writer), Luke Slendebroek (Film Editor), Sarah Jean Kruchowski (Production Manager), Eric Eickholt (2nd Assistant Director),Simon Savelyev (1st Assitant Director)

Practice Makes Perfect: Devon Avery (Director)

Sixteen Candles: Justin Henry (Actor), Debbie Pollack (Actor), Gedde Watanabe (Actor)

Smokin’: Justin Henry (Actor), Oliver Crowley (Director)

*Somebody’s Mother: Mandy Fabian (Director/Writer)

A Song for Naija: Jason Broussard (Cinematographer/DP/Editor/Sound Editor), Ray McNally (Director/Writer)

Thrown For a Loss: John Chavez (Executive Producer/Writer/Cinematographer/Director of Photographer)

Time Machine: Devon Avery (Director)

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar: Julie Newmar (Actor)

Waiting in the Wings: The Musical: Blake Peyrot (Actor), Rena Elyse Strober (Actor), Harrison White (Actor), Jeffery A. Johns (Producer/Writer/Actor)

Waking Marshall Walker: Giorgio Litt (Director/Writer)

*Zoe and the Zebra: Vicki Peterson (Screenwriter)

*Slate Award Nominee

About the California Independent Film Festival
The California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) is one of the most successful and fastest growing film festivals in California. Since its inception in 1997, CAIFF has captured both national and worldwide press. This star-studded event provides both local Bay Area residents and visitors with an opportunity to see world-class films, meet filmmakers from around the world, international celebrities and build exposure for CAIFF corporate sponsors. For more information about the festival visit

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