After Weekend Musings

amazonia film sam chen

So despite my not thinking that I would make it to the Big Bear International Film Festival, I managed to pop over to watch a few of the films.

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to pre-sceen many of the entries and share my opinion on which films to include but I have not attended in a couple of years.

Since the festival began, I’ve always enjoyed the amazing talent and the diversity of films that come to the valley.

Although I enjoy some of the commercial films released, my favorite cinema always happens to be the independent, foreign and student films.

This year two really captured my attention.

The first was Amazonia, an animated short by director, Sam Chen.

In fact, I am not the only one to be enchanted by it–since the film has been winning at different festivals.

Here in Big Bear it took, Best Animation Jury, Best Animation Audience, and Best Family Film.


Filmmaker Sam Chen and composer/sound designer Jamey Scott collaborated on this fast paced and amusing look at “eat or be eaten” in the Amazon–which turns out to be a captive show piece.

The work took four years to make and has been described as “a musical journey inspired by Disney’s Fantasia, with the physical hilarity of a Looney Tunes cartoon, all set to Beethoven’s Symphony No.8.

It definitely charmed everyone in the audience. Especially me!
la premiere short film regalbuto

The short that also captivated me was the Regalbuto brother’s film, La Premiere.

This breath taking period piece set in the late 1800’s–highlighting the time as one of invention and exploration.

This story shares how Thomas Edison had the edge over all inventors with his invention, the Kinetoscope.

However, his moving picture viewing machine allowed only one person to view at a time and so inspired two French inventors to go beyond that limitation.

The two Lumière Brothers, Auguste & Louis, were inspired to make images big enough for the everyone to view and the film weaves beautiful cinematography with a appealing period setting and an engaging story.

The film includes a bit of family back story and the hurdles the brothers face–including scaring their first audience when they show the footage of an arriving train that causes most viewers to flee the room in a panic.

Based on a true story, the film highlights the exploration of possibilities and, that with a strong belief system, hard work and vision, people can make dreams a reality.

If you have never attended the event–make sure to put in on your calendar for next year.

Now, for local non-news…

Remember that South Shore road closure near the dam construction will be this week from 10pm until 4am every day.

Next weekend there are a couple of things I thought you might want to know about.

First, the 11th Annual Big Bear Lake Shoreline Cleanup will take place on Saturday September 25th.

Groups and individuals are invited to participate.

Here in Fawnskin we usually have our own shore and road clean up twice a year, but if you want to take part in this event, the group will meet at Juniper Point about 9am.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own bucket, reusable bag, and gloves, but those tools will also be supplied if you need them.

Alan Sharp of Big Bear Marina is the organizer of the shoreline cleanup. The effort is part of a larger projects that involves over 80,000 volunteers cleaning up the beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides and highways of California.

The Big Bear Lake Shoreline Cleanup will take place from 9:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday September 25th.

Fro more information or to be assigned a spot of shoreline call Alan Sharp at (909) 866-3218.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, September 25th.

The service is free (and anonymous) and has the goal of helping people properly dispose of their unused medicine correctly instead of flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away (both potential safety and health hazards).

Nine different stations of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will participate in the effort.

Mountain locations include the Big Bear Lake Sheriffs Station on Big Bear Blvd and the Twin Peaks Sheriff Station located on Highway 189.

Pharmaceutical collection will take place Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10:00am until 2:00pm and no appointment is necessary.

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