|Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories: SUNSET CINEMA|
KQED and the Oakland Museum of California
with support from the Oakland Film Office present SUNSET CINEMA
July 9, 2007, San Francisco -- KQED and the Oakland Museum of California host Sunset Cinema, free screenings of three films from KQED's independent documentary series Truly CA, in the museum gardens on the first Friday nights of August, September, and October 2007. The films take place during the museum's popular First Fridays after Five events.
Each documentary is 60 minutes long and will be prefaced by a short introduction by the producer or talent from the film and end with a brief Q&A session. Visitors can arrive early to arrange seating in the gardens. The series includes:
August 3 Program: 8:30pm - 10:30pm.
Gumby Dharma by Robina Marchesi
In 1954 Art Clokey took a slab of clay and molded it into the cartoon legend Gumby. Gumby Dharma takes us on a spirited journey through the life and career of this gifted grandfather of stop motion animation.
September 7 Program: 7:30pm - 9:30pm.
Mighty Warriors of Comedy by Kibi Anderson and Sung Kim
Co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors are an audacious Asian American sketch comedy troupe that have been writing and performing together for over a decade. Half concert film, half documentary, the film traces the struggles that 'fringe' artists face in Hollywood.
October 5 Program: 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Piece By Piece by Nic Hill
Piece By Piece offers an energetic exploration of San Francisco's controversial graffiti art scene, delving into one of the most misunderstood artistic movements of modern youth culture.
KQED Education Network will provide free desserts and hot beverages, and the museum will offer one complimentary glass of wine to attendees (with ID). Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or other seating and their own food and beverages. See www.kqed.org/trulyca and www.museumca.org for information on picnic restrictions and the film series.
Although Sunset Cinema films are free, other First Fridays After Five (5-9pm) events require museum admission ($8 adult, $5 seniors/students, free for children under six). With music performed by leading Bay Area artists, a dance floor, full cash bar and food from the café, all ages are welcome to attend and explore the museum gardens and galleries and special events, including tours and yoga classes. KQED members receive a special 2-for-1 discount on adult admission with their Membercard.
Sunset Cinema is sponsored by the KQED Education Network and the Oakland Museum of California, with support from the Oakland Film Office. Wines from the Woodbridge Select Vineyard Series and Robert Mondavi Private Selection have been generously donated by Constellation Brands.
Truly CA is the Northern California Emmy award-winning KQED production presented in association with the Bay Area Video Coalition and Film Arts Foundation. Support for Truly CA is provided by The Campaign for the Future Program Venture Fund, by Ambassador James C. Hormel and Timothy C. Wu, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the Members of KQED. Truly CA airs on KQED 9 once a month on Sundays at 6pm (see www.kqed.org/trulyca for full schedule).
The Oakland Museum of California is devoted to the art, history, natural sciences, and people of California. Opened in 1969 and hailed as an architectural landmark, the museum's tiered complex of galleries, gardens, and sculpture terraces occupies four city blocks adjacent to Lake Merritt and Laney College. The museum offers changing exhibitions and related family and student programs, colorful annual festivals and celebrations, store, cafe, and central courtyard for events. Visit museumca.org or call 510/238-2022 Weds.-Sun. for information.
The museum is wheelchair accessible via the garage (entrance on Oak between 10th and 12th streets) or the 10th Street entrance (ramp on south side). A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the admissions desk (level 2). There are accessible restroom and telephones on levels 1 and 2.
KQED (www.kqed.org) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB), with over 780,000 weekly radio listeners and more than 1,000,000 monthly viewing households. KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime, is the producer of local and national series such as Quest; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way; and Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. KQED's digital television channels include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny, Pacific Time, and The California Report, is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento). KQED Education Network brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources. KQED Interactive offers video and audio podcasts and live radio stream at www.kqed.org, featuring unique content on one of the most-visited station sites in public broadcasting.