VHM Film Festival is set for Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the Main Street Design Center!
Featuring content from:
The Academy Film Archive, Christopher Merritt, David Kornfield, Laughtears, Venice Heritage Museum, and more.
*Youth 17 and under are free!
FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM
THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE
- Vintage Venice films from the past 100 years
VENICE HERITAGE MUSEUM – ORAL HISTORY PROJECT SHORTS
- Featuring interviews with: James Rusty Smith, No Reaction! band and Oakwood native, Mark Libow, co-owner, Elco Welding, raised on Ocean Front Walk, and Mary Nomura, nonagenarian known as “The Songbird of Manzanar”
“OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS” (2023) | SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE NEW FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY BY DIRECTOR, DAVID KORNFIELD
- Of all the Gin Joints tells the story of Casablanca, a one of a kind Mexican restaurant themed after the classic film of the same name, and the three generations of men who created and managed it for the past forty years. As COVID-19 puts Casablanca and the Haro family’s very way of life in jeopardy, our film examines the unique relationship between this special restaurant and the Venice, California community it serves.
GERRY FIALKA OF LAUGHTEARS
- Local Beat historian and film expert, Gerry Fialka, probes Venice West Cafe (the legendary Beat hang-out from 1958-66 at 7 Dudley Ave aka Sponto Gallery from 1984-2008), the Venice underground celebrating the liberation of creativity with rare film clips.
“PACIFIC OCEAN PARK: THE RISE AND FALL OF LOS ANGELES’ SPACE AGE NAUTICAL PLEASURE PIER” w/ CHRISTOPHER MERRITT
- Pacific Ocean Park — or as it was commonly known in Los Angeles from the ’50s through the ’70s, P.O.P. — was extraordinary in both its glamorous rise and spectacular fall. As a family-oriented attraction in the ’50s with modernist-styled rides designed by Hollywood’s best, P.O.P.’s attendance briefly surpassed that of Disneyland. Author and expert historian, Christopher Merritt, narrates a film presentation about P.O.P., located at the dividing line between Santa Monica and Venice, the only spot during Prohibition-era Los Angeles where residents were allowed to dance in a carnival-like atmosphere, and home to the infamous “Dogtown” of the ’70s in which surfers took advantage of big waves that rolled through P.O.P.’s rotting piers.
…AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Concessions include popcorn, sweet treats, and empanadas by The Empanada Factory. Beverages by Sapere Wines and Firestone Walker Brewing Company.