Almanac

Viewpoint - April 21, 2010

Editor: Film forum at M-A theater was first rate

What a gem we have in our backyard! A couple of weeks ago the new Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center hosted the inaugural Windrider Film Forum, featuring three days of Sundance Film Festival, award-winning, independent films. The showings were followed by conversations with the actors, writers, directors and producers in intimate question and answer sessions. "Windrider Forums are all about community; connecting and creating space for conversation," said John Priddy, co-founder of the forum. We certainly felt engaged with thought-provoking films such as; After the Storm, Sympathy for Delicious and, the heart wrenching, Short Term 12. Each film was enhanced and illuminated with the "back stories" shared by the filmmakers. Many thanks to the organizers: Curt Longacre, Terri Bullock, the Priddy Brothers, Will Stoller-Lee, and the Fuller Theological Seminary, to mention a few. Our community was enriched through your efforts to bring the first Windrider Film Forum to the Bay Area. We look forward to its return next year. Our Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center is truly a jewel. Don't miss an opportunity to experience it for yourself.

Judy Hyrne and Kayla Skidmore, Hobart Street, Menlo Park

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