Thank you for spending Sunday, October 6, 2013 with fellow Cal alums viewing films that featured alumni in a directing or starring role. The day included 2 feature-length films, short film clips, Q&A with the cast/crew, and a hosted beer/wine lunch with Cal Filmmaker VIPs. We look forward to seeing you again in 2014!
This showcase was curated by our two Artistic Directors: Duc Bieu Pham ‘02 and Jigar Mehta ‘01, MJ ‘05.
The Rugby Player is an uplifting and stereotype-shattering documentary that tells the story of a mother, a son, and what it takes to be a hero. The film explores the lives of Cal alumnus Mark Bingham ‘93, one of the passengers of United Flight 93 on 9/11, and his mother, Alice Hoagland, a former United Airlines flight attendant. The Rugby Player is an intimate portrait of how a son’s heroism can inspire a nation, and how a mother’s love can turn unfathomable loss into unshakable resolve. Directed by Scott Gracheff, featuring Cal Rugby Coach Jack Clark. This film is not yet rated, but contains adult language and sexual themes.
What Maisie Knew is a contemporary reimagining of the Henry James’ novel of the same title, and tells the story of a captivating little girl’s struggle for grace in the midst of her parents’ bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title’s heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old’s innocence, charm and generosity of spirit. Starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, and Alexander Skarsgård. Directed by Cal alumni Scott McGehee ‘88 and David Siegel ‘81. Rated R.
In Hank and Asha, a romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional video correspondence - two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. Co-Produced by Cal alumna Padmini Narumanchi ‘98 and others.
Linsanity tells the life story of basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. Co-Produced by Cal alumni Christopher C. Chen ‘97 and Brian Yang ‘96. Executive Producer Cal alumnus Sam Kwok ‘97.
Inequality for All is a documentary film that examines widening income inequality in the United States. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth and presented by UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy Chancellor’s Robert Reich.
Spark is an engaging behind-the-scenes documentary about the dreams and challenges of Burning Man and its unique culture of participatory art. Directed by Cal alumnus Jessie Deeter, MJ ‘01.
The Kill Team looks at the devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers’ psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Directed and produced by Cal alumnus Dan Krauss, MJ ‘04.
Raça is a vivid look at Brazil’s unfolding struggle for racial equality. Directed by Cal alumna Megan Mylan, MA ‘98, MJ ‘98.
At Berkeley focuses on the University of California, Berkeley, the oldest and highly regarded member of a ten-campus public education system and one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. Directed by Frederick Wiseman.
A Fragile Trust tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism. Directed and produced by Cal alumna Samantha Grant, MJ ‘07 and co-produced by Cal alumna Brittney Shepherd ‘06. This special presentation will include a conversation with Samantha Grant and Brittney Shepherd.
The Waiting Room follows the life and times of patients, doctors, and staff at Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital in Oakland, California. Directed and produced by Cal alumnus Pete Nicks, MJ ‘99.
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Directed and produced by Cal alumnus Tim Wheeler, MJ ‘06.