Film

Stream films anytime, anywhere on your preferred devices, with your Menlo Park Library card and the Kanopy app! Check it out now at the library website.

The film: Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

Watch the film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at your convenience, and then join Nick for a fun discussion via our livestream on May 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Register online.

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Local angle to #MayTheFourth #May4th (a day late)

From April 1978: R2D2 and Mickey Mouse were photographed on stage during the 50th Annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion by InMenlo founder and photographer Chris Gulker. May the force be with you, Star War fans, albeit a day late. Photo by Chris Gulker, Herald Examiner Collection, LAPL

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View and then discuss “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” on Feb. 26

It’s the 100th anniversary of this silent German expressionist horror classic! View and discuss the film that has inspired Tim Burton, and auteurs and goths for generations at the Menlo Park Library on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it has themes of brutal and […]

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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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M-A grad Reggie Turner screens his documentary “Before They Die” at his alma mater

Menlo-Atherton alumnus Reggie Turner will be returning to the high school on Feb. 6 screening his documentary Before They Die —and talking a bit about the race riots that occurred the fall of his freshman year. Initially released in 2008, Before They Die chronicles the survivors of the Tulsa Race Riot and their quest for […]

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Free film screening at Art Ventures gallery on Jan. 17

The UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) Cafe in conjunction with Menlo Park Public Art is presenting Can Art Stop a Bullet: William Kelly’s Big Picture on Friday, Jan. 17 at 6:00 pm. A description of the film is available online. The screening will take place at Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, with a […]

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Schwarz dies unexpectedly, memorial planned for Jan. 15

Michael Schwarz, a longtime Menlo Park resident with a gift for documentary storytelling, died unexpectedly on Dec. 1 at age 66 as a result of a fall in his home. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Stanford Memorial Church from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. His untimely death […]

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“More Than a Word”: A film about Native American-based mascots screens on Oct. 14

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Menlo Park Library is screening a documentary about contemporary debates over cultural appropriation on Oct. 14 at 2:00pm. “More Than a Word: A film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins” analyzes the controversy over the Washington football team and its contentious name. Using interviews from […]

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Bid good-bye to the Guild Theatre at a special free screening of “Cinema Paradiso”

As noted previously on InMenlo, Menlo Park’s 90+ year old movie theater, the Guild, is closing Thursday, Sept. 26, to make way for a new Guild that will focus on live entertainment. There will be a free screening of the film Cinema Paradiso at a “Goodbye Guild” event on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at  7:05 pm, […]

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Tuolumne River Film Festival returns to M-A PAC on Sept. 7

Join fellow nature lovers for an evening of fun and films to celebrate the Tuolumne River and the culture that flows from it! This year’s festival will feature short films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the International Ocean Film Festival, live music, and much more! The Festival takes place at the M-A PAC […]

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Linda Boroff wins award for her memoir but writing screenplays is her passion

We had reached out to Menlo Park resident Linda Boroff after learning she’d won first prize in the Ageless Authors competition for her memoir, What’s So Funny? A Love Story. The judges noted she used “an extensive vocabulary and attention to detail to chart a family’s humorous descent out of the middle class.” “I never expected to […]

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