Acclaimed Int’l Filmmaker Commemorates Berlin Wall Fall at Pacific

This Aint California_Nov 9_7pm Janet Leigh TheatreThanks to a generous grant from the German Embassy, director Marten Persiel will be on campus to discuss his film This Ain’t California (2012), an audience favorite that won the prestigious Dialogue en Perspective prize at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Described by Variety as “Dogtown and Z-Boys meets The Lives of Others,” This Ain’t California recalls life in East Germany during the 1980s from the perspective of rebellious young skateboarders who, now grown, gather together for the first time since 1989 in order to remember a dead friend.

To help lead the post-film discussion and audience Q&A, Marten Persiel will be joined by co-respondent Ines Hofmann Kanna, an independent Bay Area filmmaker whose production company, Freshly Baked Media, focuses on making social issue documentaries with independent filmmakers from around the world.  A trailer for the film can be seen here. The film will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Please join us for a pre-film wine-and-food reception in the Regent’s Room from 5:30-6:30pm. Theatre doors open at 6:30pm. For more information, Lori Gilbert of The Stockton Record has put together a preview of the film, including thoughts from Professor John Lessard, film studies, on the film’s impact and relevance.

NOTE: Persiel will also be hosting a master class for film students on Tuesday November 11 from 1-2:45pm in WPC 140.  Open to all Pacific students.

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