The 10th Annual Venice Film Fest will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice.
The event aims to offer a colorful history of films made in Venice, CA, and celebrate the “otherworldly” happenings at the Venice West Gallery (birthplace of the Beat generation poets), also knows as the Sponto Gallery.
The festival will feature live performances, celebrating art, music, poetry, and the “freedom of creativity,” said Gerry Fialka, one of the organizers.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Lynne Littman’s (in person) 1976 Oscar-winning short film about Jewish elders in Venice, “Number Our Days,” will be shown.
The film is based on the anthropological work of Dr. Barbara Meyerhoff, and is a portrait of elderly Eastern European Jews living in Venice.
The film’s subjects are described as “a group of disadvantaged but resilient individuals sustaining their vivid cultural heritage amid poverty and loneliness in modern America.”
At 8 p.m., Jeffrey Stanton’s (in person) History of Silent Film in Venice will be shown. Stanton’s work is available online,
Featured at 9 p.m. is Wadada, the seminal Venice street performer of roots-rock-reggae, followed at 9:15 p.m. by a screening of Buddy Clark’s 70-minute film of the legendary Dumpster Diving Fashion Show from Sponto Gallery, Fialka said.
Admission is free.
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