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Q&A with Oscar-winner Rita Moreno, win tickets to West Side Story and dinner from Pizza Antica!

Hollywood legend is the special guest March 13 as our Classic Film Series presents West Side Story. Plus, enter to win tickets and dinner from Pizza Antica in Lafayette.

Hey, movie lovers! This Saturday, March 13, the California Independent Film Festival and Diablo magazine present the next entry in our Classic Film Series at the Orinda Theatre, and this one is a doozy—West Side Story. Make sure to enter our contest below to win a pair of tickets and a dinner gift certificate from Lafayette's wonderful Pizza Antica restaurant.

So, not only will be showing the great 1961 musical, West Side Story, we will have a very special guest—Rita Moreno—to entertain the audience before the screening. Moreno, of course, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film, before going on to win two Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy ... and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She's a living legend, and a complete delight to interview. A portion of sales benefit Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and tickets are still available at Caiff.org (buy early, and arrive early, as seating is general admission)

I can't wait to chat with her on stage before West Side Story this Saturday at 7 p.m. I interviewed Ms. Moreno earlier this year for a feature in Diablo about the East Bay's greatest movies and film stars. Here's a bit more from that interview:

I'm always interested to talk to Oscar-winners, just to try to appreciate what that feeling is like, to hear your name announced as the Best Supporting Actress.

I was truly speechless. I went up on stage and said ‘I don’t believe it!’ and then a pause and I repeated. ‘I don’t believe it!’ Another long pause, and I said, ‘I’ll leave you with that!’

What did you wear to the Oscars?

I was making a film (Cry of Battle) in the Philippines and my dress was designed over there—the designer, Jose Moreno, shaped a bateaux neckline and a skirt in a bell jar shape. And I wore two beautiful gold plated combs in my hair. The great costume designer, Edith Head, was doing commentary that year on the Oscar telecast, and she voted my dress as the most original of the night.

The sad part was I had to get on a plane to go back to the Philippines the very next day. But it was a wonderful night.

I've seen your speech mentioned many times as one of the most memorable in Oscar history. Which is quite a feat, because usually people get up and thank their agent, their lawyer, their publicist, etc.

[Laughs]  I always despise when someone wins and then pulls out a piece of paper and reads a list of names. Especially if it’s an actor I really like—I’ll scream, ‘Not you!’ at the television during their speech!


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