September equals railroad safety month, according to Caltrain. The transportation agency will host a thematically relevant film festival on Thursday, Sept. 26.
In cooperation with Fresh Takes, a local group of teen filmmakers, Caltrain said it developed a series of video vignettes about safe behavior near train tracks. The vignettes will be shown during the free film festival, which starts at 3 p.m. at Cinemark 20, located at 825 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.
Caltrain staff said the film festival is being held in memory of 16-year old Donae Johnican, who died in March while attempting to cross the tracks in San Jose while wearing headphones.
Funding for the film festival came from an $18,875 grant awarded by rail safety education organizer Operation Lifesaver and matched by Caltrain for a total of $25,250; the agency is using the money to launch a campaign to increase safety awareness.