Jurassic World
Oakland native Colin Trevorrow directed "Jurassic World," the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise. Trevorrow previously directed the highly acclaimed independent film "Safety Not Guaranteed" in 2012, which was awarded an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. It was because of this movie that Steven Spielberg offered Trevorrow the opportunity to direct "Jurassic World," and resurrect what is quickly becoming a failing franchise. We all would agree the first film, "Jurassic Park," was an instant classic.

San Andreas
During the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, I left my office in the Embarcadero to watch the World Series.  I was underground when the earthquake hit at the Embarcadero BART Station.  So “San Andreas” was a movie I was looking forward to seeing for multiple reasons.  Going into the press screening, I asked myself “Would San Andreas be based on scientific research or just another Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson” action film? Well the opening scene is of a girl texting and driving on a curvy cliff along San Fernando Valley and she does it safely.

California Independent Film Festival
The California Film Festival (CAIFF) is excited to present another year exhibiting a diverse array of films from around the world. The festival has also honored actors and filmmakers including Richard Dreyfuss, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Tony Curtis, Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Penny Marshall, Ed Asner, Tippi Hedren, Barry Morrow, and others. The festival takes place at the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga, The Orinda Theatre, and The Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.