Hello and welcome to the UT Arts & Culture newsletter.
I am David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all the essentials in San Diego arts and culture this week.
In only its second year, the San Diego Filipino Film Festival has grown significantly – from 41 films last year to 69 out of over 100 submissions this year. They browse the full range from one about inclusivity created by an 11-year-old filmmaker to a Sundance Film Festival award winner, “Leonor Will Never Die,” directed by Manila’s Martika Ramirez Escobar.
Festival co-founder and executive director Benito Bautista sees all of this year’s films as “a mirror of our humanity and our shared humanity”.
“These are discussions not only of the Filipino-American experience, but also of our boundless imagination and social activism.”
The festival, which kicks off today, will continue through Tuesday with films screened at AMC’s downtown Otay Ranch. The film offering will include feature films, documentaries and short films. All films are subtitled in English.
Additionally, the festival is holding its first-ever concert in an event called “Baryo Rising” featuring all Filipino music producers and DJs on Fridays from 5-10 p.m. at the AMC parking lot.
Although this is only the second Filipino film festival in San Diego, the rise of the Filipino film community in cinema has been going on for longer than that.
“Over the past 10 years,” Bautista said, “we’ve really pushed and crossed the boundaries of our stories and brought them to the fore, with mainstream audiences.”
More film festivals
Meanwhile, the 21st edition of San Diego International Film Festival kicks off Wednesday with a screening at the Balboa Park Museum of Photographic Art in “The Time of Armageddon” which stars Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins. It is one of 155 films in many genres that are part of SDFF this year.
Also taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in person and virtually is the 5th annual Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival. More than 25 short films will be screened over the weekend.
Festivals really are the best places to follow new and adventurous filmmaking talent. San Diego is blessed with the above and others, including the San Diego Latin Film Festival, the San Diego Black Film Festival, and the San Diego Asian Film Festival, taking place this month. next.
What’s better than a Kevin Hart comedy night? Of them evenings of humor with Kevin Hart. The comedian and star of films such as this year’s ‘Ride Along’, ‘Central Intelligence’ and ‘Me Time’ series brings his ‘Reality Check’ tour to Viejas Arena at SDSU both Friday and Saturday evening.
Although he started out in stand-up in his hometown of Philadelphia, Hart’s career has spanned TV shows, movies, commercials and hosted his fair share of award shows. In cavernous Viejas, it won’t be like seeing him in a comedy club, but this little guy (he’s 5-foot-2 and a half tall) knows how to work with a big crowd. You may remember his “Kevin Hart: Now What?” comedy special that documented her performance in front of more than 50,000 fans.
By comparison, Viejas – capacity less than 13,000 – will look like a living room.
pusciferous, the side project of Tool lead singer Maynard James Keenan, is linked to Escondido. The trio which also includes Carina Round and Mat Mitchell will rock the California Center for the Arts Tuesday night.
The band’s theatrical performances are said to evoke ’80s synth and splatter. The title of their road show is certainly provocative: “Existential Reckoning Tour – Let the Probing Continue.”
Sounds like an intriguing change of pace for the CCA.
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Halloween is still a few weeks away, but we all know Halloween is a month-long celebration. Or party. Or whatever you want to call it. Looking for something scary but different? OB Playhouse stage “It: The Pennywise Parody Musical” starting Friday and continuing until Halloween night.
My guess is that this show is based, probably loosely, on the Stephen King novel “It” and the 1990 movie that followed. If this is indeed a parody, it probably means laughs as well as scares.
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More art coverage
University of California Television invites you to take advantage of this special selection of programs from across the University of California. Descriptions courtesy of and text written by UCTV staff:
“Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural Address”: On March 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. He considered it his “biggest speech” and his “best effort”. Join Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and best-selling Lincoln biographer Dr. Ronald C. White for a fascinating look at the second inaugural address. Through a powerful and fascinating journey of discovery, one comes away with a better understanding of the state of the country in 1865 and Lincoln’s sentiment toward the Civil War, the defeated Confederacy, and, perhaps most importantly, American slavery. Lincoln’s speech still resonates today as the United States faces a similar struggle over who we are as a people and a nation.
Screen script: “Booksmart”: Screenwriter Katie Silberman discusses the writing process for the hit film “Booksmart” with moderator Matt Ryan. Silberman reflects on his work with director Olivia Wilde and creating key scenes and themes in the film. Breaking down the script, Silberman explores the importance of pacing, character development, and emotional authenticity, and examines the challenge of developing unique characters and overcoming high school stereotypes. She also explains how the actors worked together to make this high school comedy stand out and accurately represent a modern generation of young people.
“Customer Satisfaction is Key – A Conversation with Catherine Zinn”: Making sure your customer is happy is the number 1 priority for any business owner. As the first-ever Chief Client Officer of Baker Botts, a global law firm, Catherine Zinn focuses on client service. Referring to the Net Promoter Score, Zinn says it’s important to ask your customer how likely they are to recommend your business to someone else on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being certain). Anything below a 9 or 10 means the relationship is in jeopardy and your business has a vulnerability that needs to be explored. To be successful, you must be proactive and tireless in focusing on customer satisfaction and growth in key markets.
And finally: the best events of the weekend
Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16.