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German Gems 2012: in Point Arena Sunday, March 15, 2012

The 3rd  German Gems film festival concludes in Point Arena at the Arena Theatre on Sunday January 15, 2012 and will feature three new German-language films with English subtitles:

Buy tickets for Way Home and Flamingo Pride at the Arena Theatre
Buy tickets for Above Us Only Sky at the Arena Theatre
7:30 pm WESTWIND
Buy tickets for Westwind at the Arena Theatre

Arena Theatre, 214 Main Street, Point Arena, CA
Highway One (between Sea Ranch & Mendocino)

TICKET INFO:  Tickets may prucahsed in advance or at the Arena Theatre on the day of the screening.   $8 General Admission
$7 Seniors/ Students

January 14, 2012 Posted by | Film | , , , | Leave a comment

Tennis Icon Billy Jean King visits Santa Rosa’s Schulz museum tomorrow, Sunday, January 15, 2012

Billy Jean King will speak at the Schulz Museum on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in conjunction with its “Leveling the Playing Field Exhibition” marking the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. Charles M. Schulz standing with Billie Jean King at the Snoopy Cup tennis tournament in 1984 at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena. Photo: Cheryl Traendly Photography.

Famed former tennis pro Billie Jean King won six Wimbledon singles championships and four U.S. open titles.  She was ranked number one in the world for five years and beat esteemed players Martina Navratilova, Chris Every and Margaret Court.  Among all her matches though, the one most remembered occurred on September. 20, 1973, before a crowd of more than 30,000 at the Houston Astrodome, when she beat former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Bobby Riggs in a match dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes.”  King, then 29, beat the 55-year-old retired Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 who had boasted that he could beat any woman.  From that victory forward, King became synonymous with the battle for equality in sports.  Appropriately, King, a personal friend of the late Charles M. Schulz will participate in a moderated conversation and sign autographs speak at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center this Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 1 p.m. in conjunction with their Leveling the Playing Field exhibition of 86 original “Peanuts” strips by Schulz, celebrating women in sports and the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legislation that ensures equal access for both men and women in federally-funded educational programs and activities, including sports. 

Leveling the Playing Field features Schulz’s even-handed depiction of girls in sports through his  Peanuts comic strips and it also provides an overview of women’s sports history, and examples of women’s sports attire from the 1880s to the present.  The exhibition details Schulz’s connections in the world of women’s sports, his friendship with Billie Jean King, and his early years coaching a local women’s softball team.

After Schulz met Billie Jean King, he focused on the issue of females in sports with a multi-day storyline in 1979 about Title IX in his comic strip. Schulz brought attention to women athletes by mentioning contemporary female sports stars and having his girl characters participate in a wide variety of sports, from football to figure skating.  From Peppermint Patty’s athletic dominance to Lucy’s ineptitude in the right field to Marcie’s total bewilderment with sports of all kinds, the girls in Peanuts were always equal participants.

 In 1990 Schulz said, “I think Billie Jean King would certainly have to be in my top three as one of my heroes. She did so much for women’s sports.  And she’s such a bright lady and so involved in everything she’s done.”

Schulz died in 2000 after writing and drawing his comic strip for nearly 50 years.

Details: Leveling the Playing Field runs through August 12, 2012 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.  Museum admission: $5-$10; children 4 and under free.  Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.  Closed Tuesdays.  Information: 707.579.4452  or

Billie Jean King will participate in a moderated conversation and sign autographs starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center, Sunday, January 15, 2012.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis, so plan on arriving early.

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Wearing two hats well—Petaluma Pie Company’s Lina Hoshino screens her new documentary “Along the Fenceline,” on KRCB tomorrow, Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lina Hoshino's "Along the Fenceline" will screen Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KRCB, which reaches most of the Bay Area.

 Many of us dream of living the life of an artist but Lina Hoshino is really doing it and doing it very well.  You may know her from the fabulous pies she creates at  Petaluma Pie Company, a business she founded with her husband Angelo Sacerdote a year ago.  Since 1995, Hoshino has been making experimental films and documentaries that address a range of social issues and amplify voices that aren’t usually heard.  Her latest film, Living Along the Fenceline, explores women’s resistance to militarism through the stories of seven courageous women living alongside U.S. military bases.  They are teachers, organizers and healers, moved by love and respect for people and the land, and hope for the next generation and they challenge the assumption that these bases actually make us safe.  The 68 minute documentary will screen this Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KRCB, which reaches most of the Bay Area via over-the-air digital channel 22.

Hoshino visited U.S. military bases and proximate or “fenceline” communities in Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, Guam, the Philippines, South Korea, and Okinawa (Japan) and the women’s stories of struggle and loss range from the contamination of their communities through cancer-causing pollutants and toxic waste generated and left by the U.S. military bases, to coping with the lifelong shame and trauma of rape by U.S. servicemen.   The film also inspires hope and action through the power of ordinary women to resist militarism and create genuine security on their own terms.  

“Traveling to different locations really brings home the devastation the U.S. military has caused, even in places that are not at war,” said Hoshino.  “It was invigorating for me to see these women in their homes, to get a glimpse into their family, their community, and to see their lives as a whole.  I wanted to show the proximity and impact of the bases, to see how people really live, and to make this context vivid for the audience.” 

Watch the trailer here.

“It’s not easy for each woman to tell her story.  So the stories are a gift. Most of these stories are very sensitive as women tell how they are personally affected. They are taking a risk by bringing their family and community into it.  They may fear repercussions, especially living in small tightly-knit communities.  They may worry about their family’s reputation, risking a relative’s career, or bringing trouble to people they care about by standing out.”

Hoshino spent part of her childhood living near two of the many U.S. bases in Japan―Atsugi Air Force Base and Yokosuka Naval Base.  “I learned about base culture and economy as part of my family upbringing.  So I also see myself in this film, in parallel with other women’s lives.  While shooting, I was very aware of who I am, and I constantly questioned what I was doing in these militarized settings.   Is it OK for me to tell this wider story? ”  

"Living Along the Fenceline" screened in Korea in September 2011 at the 12th Jeju Women's Film Festival whose theme was "Women, the exploding power that turns the tables." From left, Gwyn Kirk, co-director and writer; Deborah Lee, narrator, writer, producer; and Director Lina Hoshino. Photo courtesy: Lina Hoshino

Lina Hoshino, Director, Editor and Camerawoman: Lina Hoshino’s films include Leap of Faith: How Enmanji Temple was Saved, Caught in Between: What to Call Home in Times of War, In God’s House: Asian American Lesbian and Gay Families in the Church, and award-winning Story of Margo, which profiled one woman’s experience as a sex worker.  Hoshino’s story-telling style engages audiences with complex or contentious issues through her narrators’ experiences and her visual style.  She has been making videos for 14 years and co-founded two ground-breaking organizations—Tactile Pictures and Many Threads—to link filmmakers and artists in communication projects.  Hoshino’s father is from Japan and her mother is from Taiwan. She grew up in the USA, Japan, and France; studied art at Carnegie Mellon; and lives in Petaluma.  Currently, she is working on I Give You to These Kind Waters”  which reflects on abortion through the Buddhist “Mizuko Kuyo” prayer ritual which dedicates the aborted or miscarried fetus to the bodhisattva “Jizo” who vows to help mizukos get another chance at life. 

Details:  Living Along the Fenceline screens Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KRCB which reaches most of the Bay Area, including much of the east and south bay, via over-the-air digital channel 22, Comcast and AT&T, U-Verse cable, Dish & Direct TV satellite services.  Living Along the Fenceline a collaborative project of Many Threads and Women for Genuine Security.

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