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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 wonderful thing.”

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.


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