The art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

New Santa Fean friend Sue Rundstrom invited me to the Art and Remembrance presentation at the Museum of International Folk Art. Bernice Steinhardt movingly presented her mother, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz’s story of escaping the Nazis at the age of 15. Esther at 65, began creating fabric collage and embroidered art pieces, telling her history. Through film and photographs, we were able to connect and understand her resilience and courage.

Steinhardt facilitates a collaborative story cloth workshop. Below are some works by adults in an English education program.

Film festival celebrates aging


The International Film Festival on Aging is a celebration of the unique joys, challenges and opportunities of our later years, when our experience and wisdom are finally equal to our passion for life. Through artistic expression, we showcase the singular experience of becoming a true Elder. Presented by the Pacific Institute and the AgeSong Senior Communities, this film series illustrates the value of our Elders while challenging society’s archaic preconceptions about growing older. The International Film Festival on Aging will take place from February 20–22, 2009 at premiere film venues across the San Francisco Bay Area, including at the world–famous Castro Theatre. (February 20th at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco; and February 21st & 22nd at the AMC Theatres in San Francisco and Emeryville.) Films include international, independent and studio productions, from captivating animated shorts to touching and memorable feature length films and documentaries, all of which explore the complex issues of aging.

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The real dirt on Farmer John, April 12

Here is an upcoming event from Visionary Edge:

Hi Moviegoers!

“It ain’t easy being green!” That’s the story and John Peterson, an eccentric midwestern artist, writer and traditional farmer, is sticking to it. This is a film of the tribulations and successes of maintaining a family farm in an era of production farming, about holding to the values of community and healthy food, about taking care of the land in a respectful and sustainable way. It’s about a lifestyle that is rapidly disappearing.

This coming Saturday, April 12th, we will be screening the award-winning and film festival audience favorite, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, a truly original and often hilarious film about the challenges of running a financially viable organic family farm. Al Gore calls this film “unbelieveably creative with an important message. I’ve watched this film probably ten times.”

Original music for the film was written by Lesley Littlefield, “the other bumblebee” in the movie. Lesley is coming to Half Moon Bay to perform live for us, a real treat for sure!

After the film, Lesley, along with our own Ned Conwell of Blue House Farm in Pescadero, and Erin Tormey of Coastside Farmers Market will answer audience questions and discuss organic farming, the importance of eating local, as well as the value of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

Find out how you can help reduce global warming, eat healthier food, and have fun all at the same time!

Saturday April 12th, advance tickets $10, door $15. Doors open at 7:00, film at 7:30pm. Johnson House Depot, 110 Higgins Purisima Rd, Half Moon Bay. Call 650-560-0200 or email

Pranksters caught in SF film festival


Our own buddy David Latimer is working with some other folks in producing  the 1ST ANNUAL PRANKS FILM FESTIVAL

The festival is a three day celebration and tribute to the “Art of the Prank” and those pranksters that have courage enough to pull them off. The Festival will screen films about the masters like Alan Abel, John Law, The Cacophany Society and the Billboard Liberation Front and short docs from the newest infiltrators and prankster, like the Yes Men, Harmon Leon and Joey Skaggs. This is a festival that is both humorous and political.

April 1, 2, 3 at The Roxie Cinema
3117 16th Street/Valencia, San Francisco CA 94110

Tickets $10 per day for all shows. (Thur April 3 9PM Todd Blair Benefit: Separate $10 admission, benefits Todd)

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Make ’em with your cell, camera, disposable film

This sounds really fun – a Disposable Film Festival! It is a shorts film festival to be screened in January at ATA , Artist Television Access in San Francisco. Eligible submissions are made with disposable media such as cell phones, point and shoot, webcams, and other inexpensive, readily available, non-professional flash video cameras. Pros and amateurs are welcomed to submit. Click here to find out how to send them in.