Arts

Windrider Bay Area Film Forum’s 2020 program of curated short films and conversations with filmmakers will be virtual this year,  open to a worldwide audience. The Film Forum be will streamed; access is free to anyone who registers to attend.

“For 10 years, Windrider has hosted live events in the San Francisco Bay Area, screening independent films focused on stories of people being faced with major challenges and finding unexpected solutions and constructive ways of dealing with problems,” said Atherton resident Terri Bullock, Director of Windrider. “With COVID-19, we’ve all had to pivot and reinvent how we do things. Fortunately, with technology, we will still be presenting these inspirational shorts with their messages of hope at a time when these stories need to be heard more than ever.”

In addition to the Film Forum, Windrider is launching a Summer Film Series. This new weekly series will highlight a set of short films, some that have appeared in prior Forum programs, and others new, all followed by a filmmaker conversation.

Film Forum: Saturday, June 27, streaming at 7:00 pm PDT
Three short documentary films followed by moderator conversations with the filmmakers.

Walk, Run, Cha-Cha
This 2020 Oscar nominated documentary tells the story of Paul and Millie Cao, who rebuilt their lives as immigrants in America shortly after the end of the Vietnam war. Years later, they face one of life’s biggest challenges – going beyond one’s daily responsibilities to happiness and fulfillment. Come share their journey as they discover the joy of dance. We often hear the story of refugees escaping their countries in hope for a new life, but Walk, Run, Cha-Cha tells the story of what happens next.

Filmmaker Laura Nix joins Windrider for discussion following the film.

That’s My Jazz
What do you do when you are the son of a famous Jazz musician and want to honor his legacy? Become a world-renowned pastry chef.

That’s My Jazz tells the story of Milton Abel II, Michelin star pastry chef, and his jazz legend father, Milton Abel, Sr. This documentary beautifully weaves the exceptional careers of this father and son and the challenge to find balance in life, against the backdrop of jazz as a metaphor and reflection of life.

Filmmaker Ben Proudfoot will be in discussion with Windrider after the film.

In Identity: The Andrew Nemr Story
It’s the human experience to face at some point the looming question, where do I fit in the world? In Identity, filmmaker Jon Cipiti tells the poignant story of world-famous tap dancer, Andrew Nemr, who discovered his gift of tap at an early age, then uses it to dance his way out of troubled times, express his joy in good times, and become the best version of himself possible.

Andrew Nemr and filmmaker Jon Cipiti team up in conversation following the film.

Windrider Summer Film Series July 5 – August 16, 7:00 pm PDT
All audiences are invited to enjoy a Windrider short film every Sunday evening over a seven-week period beginning July 5th at 7:00 pm PDT. Once you register through WindriderBayArea.org you will receive a link each week to view an inspirational short film and filmmaker conversation.

This is Windrider Bay Area’s 11th season of bringing thought-provoking, independent films to the Peninsula community, and now beyond. You can help ensure that the film forum continues by making a donation.

Photo of  Windrider Bay Area team by Manus Chau (taken at the conclusion of last season)

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“Avid-art” Art with Avideh on June 17

The women of Gee’s Bend — a small, remote, African-American community in Alabama — have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Gee’s Bend quilts carry forward an old and proud tradition of textiles made for home and family. These traditional quilts are composed boldly in unequal shapes and […]

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Artist Tara de la Garza “Monument to the Plastocene IV” solo art installation on view at Art Kiosk

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Arts and crafts with Mayra on May 21

Fun, easy arts and crafts project with Mayra from the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library on Thursday, May 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Good for kids, seniors and all who enjoy art. Participants will just need a few household craft items to follow along and create this project: -Different color paint […]

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Neighborhood walking: Bright and cheerful walkway on Corinne Dr.

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Updates on various financial and health resources while sheltering in place

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Rep. Eshoo launches 2020 Congressional Art Competition in California’s 18th District

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) announced today this year’s district-wide Congressional Art Competition to discover and celebrate talented high school artists and their work. “For over 30 years, the Congressional Art Competition has recognized and encouraged artistic talent among our youth,” she said. “I’m proud to keep this tradition flourishing by launching this year’s […]

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Teens – express yourself with henna at two events

Bay Area multicultural folk art and henna artist, Rachel Anne Palacios, will be presenting the traditions of henna art and teens will receive one henna design from the artist. All supplies will be provided for teens to create their own henna design. Grades 4-12 are welcome. Rachel will be at the Menlo Park Library on […]

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Comics-making workshop with Khalid Birdsong on March 14

For students ages 8-14, cartoonist and art instructor Khalid Birdsong, creator of the syndicated online comic strip “Little Fried Chicken and Sushi,” will help polish students’ comics-drawing skills in this fun class at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Advance registration recommended. Non-registered attendees will be admitted at […]

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Can you identify the woman in this painting which was framed in Menlo Park?

We received an email from Lenore Bernhardt who lives in Washington and had recently discovered — and then purchased — the portrait of a woman shown here. According to notes on the back, it was framed at Herbert W. Keeble Picture Framing at 441 El Camino Real in Menlo Park in 1962. My almost immediate […]

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Learn about the “Soul of the Nation” art exhibit currently at the DeYoung on Feb. 18

On Tuesday, March 18, a community speaker from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will provide a behind-the-scenes look at this internationally-acclaimed exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983” on display at the de Young Museum through March 15, 2020. “Soul of a Nation” celebrates art made by Black […]

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