Next month sees the return of the fabulous California Independent Film Festival to the charming and historic Orinda Theater, in the heart of downtown Orinda. This one-of-a-kind week long event (August 23rd - 31st) celebrates independent filmmakers from around the globe, and a new generation of amazing talent. Dramas, comedies, documentaries, musicals, screenplays, thrillers, shorts and animated films will all be showcased within the glamorous aesthetics of old world Hollywood that is the Orinda Theater.

    The opening headliner of the Festival is “7 Days to Vegas.” If you liked “Molly’s Game” you will love this! You can watch the trailer here. And, you don’t need to be a gambling enthusiast to appreciate the humor, originality and plot twists. Kick off your Festival experience at the August 23rd Opening Night with a glass of wine in the lobby of the Orinda Theater, and continue on into the charming theater to experience this soon-to-be blockbuster. The not-to-be-missed After-Party is at Cine Cuvee right next door.

    All the films are truly worthy of a passionate write-up, so the schedule and descriptions can be found here. However, one more truly mentionable is “Making a Deal with the Devil” - a fascinating and dramatic tale of a behind-the-scenes plot developed by the FBI as they work secretly with the mob to eradicate corruption and crime in the USA. Starring Danny Aiello, John Ashton, Tom Bower, Daniel Baldwin and Michael Pare, “Making a Deal with the Devil” was written, directed and produced by Frank D’Angelo.

    Other very noteworthy dates are as follows: August 25th showcases our local young filmmakers - eighteen Lamorinda students (part of the Lamorinda ShortDocs) will have their terrific and diverse films shown, August 26th focuses on Bay Area film-makers, and August 28th highlights female directors with topics ranging from 80’s disco hopping, a lesson in racial profiling, and female versus male maturity.

    Bring your family and friends, and join your fellow Lamorindans and the community during this phenomenal week of exceptional entertainment. Check out the schedule and purchase your tickets here. For more information, go to https://www.caiff.org/tickets or contact Tania Sheppard at taniasheppard10@gmail.com or (480) 390-1342 if you have any questions.

Past dates

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Schedules

  • Starting Friday, August 23rd, 2019, repeated every day until Saturday, August 31, 2019 — all day

Venue

Orinda Theater

4 Orinda Square
Orinda, CA 94563