Cinequest 23: Film, Friends, and Innovation


DSC_4009As Hollywood celebrated its biggest night in entertainment—the 85th Academy Awards—Cinequest 23, Silicon Valley’s most innovative and creative film festival, also celebrated its biggest night of the year–Opening night and film premiere on February 26, 2013.


In its 23rd installment, this year Cinequest kicked off its 13-day festival line-up with the opening night premiere of the film “Ginger and Rosa.” But before heading over to the lavish California Theatre for the screening, actors, directors, and filmmakers, along with VIP badge holders, met at Cafe Stitch; where Cinequest’s VIP lounge is held this year. There, they had an opportunity to mix-and-mingle with fellow film lovers and discuss their cinematic creations along with other films that will be previewed at the film festival. While talking about this year’s line-up, patrons also enjoyed refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and also had a chance to purchase some Cinequest merchandise.


When entering the California Theatre, many of the films’ actors, producers and directors were walking the red carpet, and enthusiastically talked about their film with local media. As movie-goers made their way to their seats through the majestic lobby, they watched as a bit of Hollywood glam was shining bright in Silicon Valley.


Before the film rolled, Halfdan Hussey, Co-founder of Cinequest, welcomed guests and spoke about what patrons should expect and look forward to at this year’s festival. He also introduced some local businesses and sponsors that have supported Cinequest from the beginning and its mission of innovation and creativity through film. Then, it was on with the show.


“Ginger and Rosa”, which is produced by Sally Potter, is a film about two teenage girls who are closer than sisters. However, growing up in the1960’s in London with the ever-present fear of the Cuban Missile Crisis looming over their heads, they not only learn some hard life-lessons, but their lives also change forever due to the decisions—some scandalous—that they make. Definitely a coming-of-age story but with a not-so-innocent twist.



After the film, movie-goers made their way over to the lavish Corinthian Club for the opining night premiere after-party. There, guests we treated to refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and various sumptuous and sweet delicacies from various local vendors such as Psycho Donuts and Edible Arrangements.



Patrons also had the option to either play pinball, sit by the fire and discuss film, or dance the night away. Quite the ending to a night filled with film, friends, and fun.

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Hope to see you at the movies!

Event Review and Photos by Sophia M. Papadopoulos 


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