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The Oak Leaf

Cinema Series back for spring with Oscar-nominated films past and present

The Petaluma Cinema Series showcases a film every Wednesday and offers unique viewing experiences, such as a Q&A session with one of the film’s producers.

The Petaluma Cinema Series is back for spring semester with an amazing lineup of past and present Oscar-nominated films and international features Wednesday evenings in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the SRJC Petaluma Campus.

The Cinema Series runs from 6-10 p.m. weekly, through May 10 (no film March 22), starting with an optional pre-film program at 6 p.m. followed by a film screening, usually beginning an hour later. It concludes with a post-screening discussion.

Cost for the Cinema Series is $6 for general admission, $5 for students and free for Cub Card Premium members.

Spring Cinema Series line-up: 

February 22: The Inspection – With few options for his future, a young gay Black man joins the Marines, where he is faced with challenges including homophobia.

March 1: Parasite – A thrilling tale of class conflict and wealth inequality where a low-class family infiltrates the house of a wealthy family by posing as highly qualified individuals. This film is the first non-English movie to win Best Picture and Best Director, International Feature Film and Original Screenplay at the 2020 Oscars.

March 8: EO – A donkey born in a Polish circus travels across Europe and experiences the oddities life has to offer. Nominated for an Oscar for Best International Feature Film.

March 15: Body Parts w/ filmmaker in conversation – A documentary that explores the process of intimate scenes in film and TV, the dominance of the male gaze and the call for intimacy coordinators in Hollywood. This film is presented in cooperation with the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, taking place March 16-20, 2023. Producer Helen Hood Scheer will be in conversation at the screening.

March 29: Aftersun – A coming-of-age drama that explores the relationships between parent and child. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.

April 5: Sound of Metal – A heavy-metal drummer begins to lose his hearing and is forced to leave the life he once lived behind. Won Best Sound and Film Editing at the 2021 Oscars.

April 12: I Am Not a Witch – A young girl in a remote Zambian village is accused of witchcraft and is put on trial and ordered to serve the Zambian government.

April 19: American Graffiti 50th Anniversary – This classic film, shot in parts of Petaluma and Marin, follows the cruising and rock’n’roll culture amongst a group of teens in their last year of high school. Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Screenplay and Film Editing at the 1974 Oscars.

April 26: Cairo Conspiracy co-presented by art historian Heidi Saleh – When a fisherman’s son receives an offer to study at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the center of power in Sunni Islam, he quickly becomes a pawn in a conflict between Egypt’s religious and political elites.

May 3: AVFest Special Screening Filmmaker in Conversation The Cinema Series is partnering with the Alexander Valley Film Festival to bring a special screening to Petaluma on May 3.

May 10: The Menu – A group of people and a young couple travel to a remote island for a unique dining experience where the chef has prepared a lavish menu along with shocking surprises.

For more information visit petalumafilmalliance.org

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Bryan Fructuoso, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Bryan Fructuoso-Zurita (He/Him/Él) is in his third semester at The Oak Leaf. He enjoys meeting new people and listening to their stories because everyone has one to tell. His passion lies in covering individuals and amplifying their stories, particularly on underrepresented groups on campus and Latinx stories. To pursue his passion further, he is working towards obtaining an associate of science degree in both digital journalism and digital filmmaking. Bryan's ultimate dream is to create your favorite television series or film one day.

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