Alameda Film Festival Attracts Movie Glitterati

Courtesy photo    A still from “Agape,” one of the many short films that will be screened as part of the Alameda International Film Festival.

The third annual Alameda International Film Festival (AIFF) will kick off Friday, Nov. 2, at Veterans’ Memorial Hall. 

The three-day festival will open with a celebration of the legacy of Bay Area acting legend Robin Williams. There will be a 25th anniversary screening of Mrs. Doubtfire will this Friday, Nov. 2. The film was shot predominantly in San Francisco, with other scenes filmed in different Bay Area locations, and grossed more than $400 million in the worldwide box office. 

The film won a Golden Globe for best comedy or musical, while Williams himself netted a Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy for his performance. Cast members Scott Capurro, Dick Bright, and Geoff Bolt will attend the screening then take part in a live interview about the film and working with Williams.

Day two of AIFF will feature a 75th anniversary celebration of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. The 1943 psychological thriller was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing. The film starred Teresa Wright as Charlotte Newton and Joseph Cotten as Charles Oakley. The movie was set and filmed in Santa Rosa.

Throughout day two and three several documentaries and short films from filmmakers across the world will premiere at AIFF. On Saturday, the documentary film The Guardians will be premiered. The film is about elderly people removed from their homes by court-appointed guardians. Day three will showcase documentary The Limits of My World about a young man with autism’s transition into adulthood.

Short films to premiere this weekend include “When Kids Meet a Creature” about children exploring their imaginations; “Poppies” about two people meeting on a flight; “You and Me” about two college friends embarking a long drive; and more.

AIFF will also give the Lisa Runnels-Shelton Emerging Artist Award to filmmaker Mandi Reno for her film Saving Miss America. The documentary asks the question, “What is the relevancy of pageants and Miss America in today’s #MeToo landscape.” Lisa Runnels-Shelton executive produced a documentary Stage 4: Braving Uncertainty about her and two other people’s journeys living with a terminal disease.

AIFF was launched in 2016 by the executive producers of The Long Day Short Film Festival, which began in Alameda in 2008 and ran for seven years. To purchase tickets, visit The Veterans’ Memorial Hall is located at 2203 Central Ave.