Academy Award-winning and Palo Alto-born filmmaker, Jessica Yu, takes on the world’s waterways with her thought-provoking, environmentally-driven Last Call At the Oasis. Amidst the planetary zeitgeist of all things “green”, Yu provides disheartening stats and captivating aerial cinematography which gives perspective of how all-encompassing the earth’s water crisis has become.
What a treat to see that the legendary Ramona Diaz’ Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey closes out the festival at The Castro Theatre. This long-awaited and mandatory must-see film for all Journey followers documents the amazing rags-to-riches story of Philippines-born Arnel Pineda as he ascends to stardom to become the group’s lead singer.
Others that have made their way through the circuitous film route include works by highly-acclaimed filmmakers such as Johnnie To (Life Without Principle), Eric Baudelaire (The Anabasis of May and Fusako, Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images), Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry), Hong Sang-soo (The Day He Arrives), and Pema Tseden (Old Dog).
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