Indie films to screen at Grace Cathedral

San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral has added film to its forward-thinking cultural programing.

Beginning Tuesday, the church presents the free “Bay Area Filmmakers You Should Know, But Don’t Yet” film series, which features local, up-and-coming filmmakers. All will be on hand to discuss their latest works after the screenings.

Feature movies include “Bachelorette, 34,” “Big Eden,” “Our Holocaust Vacation” and “American Pastime.” The screenings begin at 7 p.m.; a question-and-answer session will follow each film.

The movies will be shown in the Wilsey Conference Center on the lower level of Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church, 1100 California St., on Nob Hill.

For further details, visit www.gracecathedral.org or call (415) 749-6300.

Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday — “Bachelorette, 34,” with writer/director Kara Harold. The film is is one woman’s examination of the belief that marriage equals happiness.

Oct. 16 — “Big Eden,” with producer Jennifer Chaiken. It’s the story of a successful but lonely New York artist who returns to his small-town home to find himself in the middle of a love triangle between his best friend from high school and the shy Native American owner of the town’s general store. The movie was nominated for best limited release film at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2002, and won the Audience Award at the 2000 San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Oct. 23 — “Our Holocaust Vacation,” with writer/producer Doniphan Blair. Blair, exploring his Jewish heritage, filmed his family’s visit to Europe in which his mother retraced her steps back to her days in a concentration camp.

Oct. 30 – “American Pastime,” with writer/associate producer Kerry Yo Nakagawa. A couple stoically tries to maintain a normal life after being forcibly relocated to an internment camp in the remote town of Abraham, Utah. Meanwhile, the Nomura sons, who are totally Americanized, rebel against their unfair captivity. “American Pastime” received an Audience Award at the 2007 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

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