Thursday, March 7, 2019

Lights, Camera, Action: Cinequest 2019

Cinequest 2019 occurs March 5th to March 17th in San Jose and Redwood City (Silicon Valley) where it will showcase the work of artists from 56 countries, including 132 World and U.S. premiere films and virtual reality.  One hundred works at Cinequest have been directed by women. Fifty-four celebrations, performances, and special events round out the offerings—amounting to 531 screenings, events, parties and experiences.

Some of my top flick picks and screenings I'm so excited about watching include: FreaksEvery Time I DieThe PublicGroupers#LikeUndercoverThe Edge of SuccessCut Off (Abgeschnitten), Go Back to China and Shadow to name a few!!!

Here’s a look at Bay Area films, documentaries and short films worth checking out:
·      Bring Me An Avocado
·      Lucky Fifty
·      Circles
·      The Edge of Success
·      The 17
·      Hook Up 2.0
·      Your Friend
·      49 Mile Scenic Drive
·      Bones
·      Shades
·      Swan
·      When an Egg Meets a Tomato
·      My Mother, Myself and I
·      Love for Food
·      In Our Heads
·      The Fringe Class
·      Lunch Lady
·      American Muscle

Key Cinequest 2019 highlights include:

Closing Night Screening and Celebration: Sunday, March 17, 6:00pm, California Theatre
Cinequest 2019 culminates with The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. 

Maverick Spirit Award Events:
Cinequest’s highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award, recognizes the world’s most compelling visionary and creative forces. Cinequest 2019’s Maverick Spirit Award recipients are:
  • Legendary star of screen and stage Bill Nighy
  • Actor, director, writer, and activist Nandita Das
  • Life of a Maverick Award Recipient, Esther Wojcicki

Television & Webisodes at Cinequest 2019:
It wasn’t that long ago when award-winning actors, directors, and producers wouldn’t dream of working in television or creating a web series. All of that has changed as the golden era of TV prevails. Cinequest is extremely proud to offer a First Look at upcoming shows, and you get to experience these dynamic stories on the big screen!!! Lineup includes:
  • THE BLACKOUT (U.S. Premiere) 
    • A glorious addition to the science fiction genre, The Blackout defies expectations and electrifies.
    • Joanna Nadin’s bestseller about finding optimism and adventure in deprived circumstances. Thirteen-year-old Joe Holt is left behind when his mum and unsavory boyfriend take a week-long holiday.
  • M (U.S. Premiere)  
    • An exhilarating horror-thriller from Argentina, M follows Diane and Tim, a young American couple who travel to Patagonia to search for Tim's father, a biologist who disappeared 10 years earlier.
  • OVER WATER (U.S. Premiere) 
    • Over Water is a captivating psychological drama set against the raw background of a sea port. Former television star John Beckers is given one last chance to get his life back on track.
  • TABOO (U.S. Premiere) 
    • Called “The comedy show you shouldn’t laugh with,” Taboo examines that which we often take for granted and forget to cherish.
  • UNDERCOVER (U.S. Premiere) 
    • One of the largest ecstasy producers in the world, Ferry Bouman, lives a charmed life in his villa, but things start to change when two undercover agents move into his territory.

Regular Screening Prices:
·      General Admission: $12
·      Regular screening tickets are not valid for special events. Opening and Closing Night films are special events.
·      Matinee: $8 All weekday (Monday – Friday) screenings before 5 pm.
·      Students: $6 Valid Student ID required at Box Office.

Complete lineup with ticket and pass sales information at

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