Next week at the Grand Lake: An Acquired Taste Film Festival

A Beautiful Thing. Image courtesy of Jake Mulliken, Bayhill High SchoolRomantic Comedy. Image courtesy of Jake Mulliken, Bayhill High School

An Acquired Taste Film festival — noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater — will showcase an eclectic group of student-produced films: noir, horror, romantic comedy, comedic spoofs, surrealist films and documentaries.

You can check out the trailers for yourself, on the festival’s website.

Jake Mulliken’s film students at Bayhill High School, a nonpublic school in Oakland (off Lakeshore Avenue, near Lake Merritt) for students with language-based disabilities, made the movies and designed the festival, itself.

It’s a fundraising event for the high school and its performing arts department, as well as for the Grand Lake Theater, Autism Speaks, The Disabled American Veterans Association and Brain Injury Association of California.

But Mulliken says the festival has a broader goal, too: “to raise awareness of the unique individuals these organizations serve.”


Where: Grand Lake Theater: 3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland
When: Noon-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 24
Admission: A $5 donation at the door

Here’s a trailer of “A Beautiful Thing,” by Kyle Brooks — a noir film about “an ex-cop turned private investigator” on the tenth anniversary of his partner’s murder.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Sue

    I’ve heard about this film festival in a number of places – just a couple of days ago, it was on Laura Schumaker’s “On autism” blog on the SF Chronicle’s web-site.

    It sounds really great, and I wish I could go. Unfortunately, middle of the day on a weekday means Monday-through-Friday office workers (like me) can’t go.

    I hope they can do it again, and get a theater to let them have a weekend or evening time slot. (I love the Grand Lake Theater, too.)