Friday, June 07, 2013

Film Fest Reprise & 2013 People's Choice Award!

If you missed the 2nd PlayGround Film Festival last month, you have one more chance to catch the impressive short films and screenwriter interviews that ran May 1-25 in Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Rafael, including this year's People's Choice Award winner! PlayGround will mark the kick-off of its twentieth season with a special one-night-only rescreening of the 2nd PlayGround Film Festival at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:00pm, following a 7:00pm season announcement with PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann. Tickets are $15 ($20 for priority seating) and can be purchased online at or at the door, subject to availability.

The 2nd PlayGround Film Festival features six short films adapted by teams of local filmmakers and writers from short plays originally developed through PlayGround's celebrated Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series at Berkeley Rep and premiered in the Best of PlayGround Festival. Among them is Kirk Shimano and Amy Harrison's Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos, recipient of the 2013 People's Choice Award. The other films include: Undone by Diane Sampson and Bruce Coughran; Obit by Geetha Reddy and Brian Tolle; The Secret Life of a  Hotel Room by Garret Jon Groenveld and the Runnels Brothers; Aegis by Jonathan Luskin, Mark Leialoha and Flying Moose Pictures; and Climax by Sean Owen and Jeremy Solterbeck. "Anthology films are always a dicey proposition..., but the second annual PlayGround Film Festival gets it right." - SF Weekly. " of the best synergistic developments since one teenager got his chocolate in another teenager’s peanut butter..." - Berkeleyside. For the full reviews and other coverage, click the links: SF Weekly review / Berkeleyside review  / Huffington Post review / KQED article.
PlayGround recently announced guidelines for the 3rd PlayGround Film Festival Competition, with an August 23, 2013 deadline for completed applications. The 3rd PlayGround Film Festival will take place in May 2014. For more information, click here.

To purchase tickets to the September 23 screening, click here.

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