Just as City Hall has recently moved to bring more Hollywood crews to film in the city, Ingleside district has also encouraged neighborhood film makers.
The second annual Ocean Avenue Film Fest was held January 14 and featured a smorgasbord of local indie talent. The OMI Cultural Participation Project helped raise money for the Ingleside Branch Library and the OMI International Family Festival, while promoting the local film scene. Caffe D’Melanio hosted the nine films for nearly 40 people, and Joanna Zhang won the audience award for Sweet Kiss.
“It was the last film shown,” OMI-CPP Executive Director Maria Fe Picar said.
“I don’t think the films were better (than last year), they were just more diverse in subject matter.”
Indeed. There was a documentary, an abstract piece that was done for a graduate school class, and many plot twists in the varied short films.
The graduate school film was for a class in the Transformative Arts program at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, and was produced by festival emcee Todd Jones Donahue. He also created the festival poster. Donahue said he thought the festival was great and he would like to stay involved with the local arts scene.
“It was fun because it involved a local venue with heart and respect in the neighborhood,” he said. “It was cool.”
Karolina Garrett expected to see a much smaller crowd, but wanted to support Caffe D’Melanio.
“I come here every morning for coffee,” she said.
Garrett liked Living Roofs, a documentary about bay area rooftop gardens. Film buff that Garret is, she recently applied to SF State’s graduate program for cinema.