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Davis films join dozens of others at local festival

By From page A7 | April 05, 2012

A short feature by Davis filmmaker Samantha Howard, another short by festival organizer Judith Plank, two international short films and the award-winning “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” will be among the movies showcased at the ninth annual Davis Film Festival.

The event takes place Friday and Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.

Doors open Friday night at 7 p.m. and films start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for the Festival Shorts that continue through 5 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Saturday for the Human Rights Night films, which include the two international shorts and the Bari film.

Many filmmakers will be present throughout the weekend for question-and-answer sessions, including Darryl Cherney and Mary Liz Thomson, producer and director, respectively, of the Bari film.

Cherney was a passenger in Bari’s car when it exploded in 1990 in Oakland, nearly killing the 40-year-old environmental activist and single mother of two. Bari had spearheaded efforts in the 1980s and ’90s to slow logging on the state’s northern coast.

Authorities initially claimed she and Cherney had been transporting explosives, but the pair said they had been framed by the FBI and Oakland police. Bari died of cancer in 1997, five years before she was vindicated by a federal jury that awarded $2.9 million to her estate. The question of who planted the bomb remains unanswered.

Howard’s film, “Date at a Funeral,” is included in the Saturday shorts section. Several UC Davis alumni and former Davisites are showing films as well. Many films are from countries around the world, including Britain, France, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Germany and Sweden, and several are world premieres.

Prizes include Best Feature, Best Short and Audience Award. There also will be a raffle of gifts donated by several local businesses. Volunteers are still needed to help at the event; call (530) 758-2607.

Laura Ortiz and her band will play bluegrass and folk tunes throughout the day on Saturday.

Tickets for the film festival are $7 for everyone, a discount from previous years as a thank you to the Davis community and to the international filmmakers who have supported the festival for nine years. They may be purchased at Armadillo Music, 205 F St.; by phone at (530) 758-8058; via PayPal at www.davisfilmfest.org, or at the door.

The festival wraps up with some screenings from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. This is a free event and wrap party, with cake donated by Nugget Market and a free showing of “Thrive” by Foster Gamble, as well as selected shorts.

For more information about the film festival, call (530) 758-2607 or visit www.davisfilmfest.org.

Enterprise staff

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