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Celebrating cinema at Palo Alto International Film Festival

Original post made on Sep 30, 2011

The inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Feature films and shorts will be shown at the Palo Alto Square at 3000 El Camino Real and the Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St., both in Palo Alto. For a complete festival schedule, go to [Web Link].

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Posted by Laura Johnson
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

It's interesting that in this serious economic downturn, the City of Palo Alto is supporting a festival whose program seems to be more about gimmicks and parties than about movies of artistic substance or merit. A new building for the Mitchell Park library, rather than an increased library collection, an unnecessary road, school budget cuts, ignoring local theater... People are going to continue to lose jobs and the City is focused on an overpriced, insincere festival that gives us more of something we already have in spades- technology and venture capitalists- rather than the things the community actually needs. There was a time when Palo Alto was known for its culture, education and the arts. A lot of the movies can be seen On Demand.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

A few points about this film festival:

1) many of the films have already "made the rounds" and are already out on video (Troll Hunter, the Monte Hellman film etc)

2) Tickets are way overpriced. Something like $12/ticket, with an additional 14% "service charge" (why don't they just add the "service charge" to the price of the ticker)--this service charge is per ticket, not per order!!

3) Scheduled for the same time as Jewish New Years. I e-mailed them about this and got a canned answer (We are very excited about this Festival! There are many things going on that weekend, but the dates worked out for us for a variety of reasons. 2012 dates will not fall on Rosh Hashanah so hopefully you can make it then!)

Hope the city did not invest too much money into this.
BTW, I love the movies, so I would look forward to a REAL film festival in PA

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