Lights, camera, plenty of CIFF action

Livermore plays host to independent film festival April 16-19

Roll out the red carpet, because Livermore is again hosting the California Independent Film Festival. In its 11th year, the festival will bring indie features, documentaries, shorts and animations--as well as VIP parties and other events--from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19.

The following is a brief schedule of events. To learn more about the festival and ticket prices, call 371-0100 or visit

April 16

The Opening Night Reception features the cast and crew of the film "How To Be" starring "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson at the Firehouse Bistro & Books followed by a full screening of the film at the Bankhead Theater.

April 17

In addition to film screenings at the Vine Cinema, there will be a filmmaker party for the 2009 Golden Slate Award for Oscar-Nominated Director Mark Rydell "On Golden Pond."

April 18

Film screenings continue at the Vine and Livermore cinemas. There will be a filmmakers' breakfast with star of "Our Gang" short, Livermore resident Dorothy DeBorba as well as a screening of "Rain Man" with Oscar recipient Barry Morrow and the real rain man Kim Peek. A gala awards dinner will honor Diane Ladd at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville.

April 19

After film screenings at the Vine Cinema, the closing night movie will be "War Eagle, Arkansas."

--Emily West

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