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Film festival showcase at Moraga’s Rheem Theatre

By asoglin
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 at 11:48 am in Moraga.

Scream at the silver screen this Sunday when the California Independent Film Festival shows a short-film showcase at the Rheem Theatre.

Two showcases, actually: The first features student-made films, and the second is horror shorts, each followed by a Q & A session with filmmakers.

It’s the latest event at Rheem in a campaign to convince patrons that the theater has more to offer than the usual blockbuster fare — the new operators (the owners of next-door Ristorante Amoroma) have also done things like showing the World Cup finals and the Super Bowl, and instituting themed movie nights paired with wine and appetizers.

Sunday’s showcase of student films begins at 5 p.m., and features “Just,” about an idealistic attorney who wants to do what’s right, even if it means doing wrong along the way; “Pop Foul,” about a boy who sees his father attacked by a local thug; “My Backyard Was A Mountain,” about a Puerto Rican boy who has one day to find a home for his pet goat before his family relocates to New York City; “My First Time Driving,” about a teenager whose mother won’t let her behind the wheel; and “When They Could Fly,” about a group of African slaves who believe they can gain the ability to fly.

The horror showcase begins at 7 p.m., and will include “Black Gulch,” about bank robbers who encounter supernatural opposition when they set out to rob a small-town bank and “Zombie Love,” the musical tale of a zombie boy who tries to change his flesh-eating ways to win the love of a mortal girl. Other horror shorts include “Seekers” and “The Angel.”

Tickets are $8 for each showcase, and the Rheem Theatre is located at 350 Park St. in Moraga.

The California Independent Film Festival runs from April 14 through April 22 with screenings that range from feature films to shorts in venues in Moraga, Walnut Creek, San Ramon and Livermore.
For more information, go to or call 925-558-2797.

— Brooke Bryant

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