Film Fest Spotlight
The Orinda Film Festival is back for a fourth year, and this time around it’s a festival with a cause.
This year’s opening night film is The Blue Butterfly, based
on the true story of a 10-year-old boy (played by Marc Donato, bottom
right) with brain cancer who’s obsessed with insects. The boy enlists
the help of entomologist Alan Osborne (played by Oscar-winner William
Hurt, at left) in a quest to find a mystical butterfly in the Central
American rainforest. We don’t want to give away the ending, but the boy
who inspired the movie—David Marenger, now 24 and cancer free—will
appear at the screening. “I’m so excited he could come,” says the
festival’s executive director Randy Holleschau. “That’s the kind of
magical miracles the world’s made up of, and his appearance will be a
Make sure you bring money for more than just popcorn: The festival
hopes to create its own miracles with the Blue Butterfly Auction. Five
butterfly-themed sculptures by local artists will be sold to raise
money for Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland.
Orinda Film Festival, September 22–25. The Blue Butterfly shows at 7 p.m. on opening night. Opening night tickets, $25; all other film tickets, $9.
Visit www.orindafilmfestival.org for more information.