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California Independent Film Festival 2015

Outstanding indie fest takes over Lamorinda's Rheem and Orinda Theatres and San Francisco's Castro Theatres this week

The 18th annual California Independent Film Festival roars into two historic East Bay theaters and one San Francisco movie palace this weekend, featuring dozens of outstanding feature films, shorts, and documentaries.

I've been involved with the festival for more than a decade, watching it grow each year into one of the powerhouse film events in the Bay Area. This year's lineup is remarkable, starting with the opening night screening of the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential. The Hollywood icon will appear in person at the Rheem Theatre on September 10 to talk about the film and mix and mingle with film fans.

On Saturday, September 12, the Castro hosts a screening of of My Brother's Shoes, director Adam Reeves' body switching comedy with a drag queen twist. I wrote about this film when it had its world premiere at the Rheem in August. Reeves shot the film all over Lamorinda and at various East Bay locations.

Another event to check out is the world premiere of Gibby, a kid-friendly feature. We were interested in this one during production, when wer heard that 1) the film was being shot all over the East Bay, 2) the screenwriter, Greg Lyon, is an Alamo resident, and 3) one of the cast members is the monkey from the second Hangover movie. Gibby screens on Sunday, September 13 at the Orinda.

Those are just a few of the dozens of films screening this year—there will be parties, Q&A's and the annual Iron Filmmaker competition as well. Go to Caiff.org for more information