Coming Attractions: 

2 Screenings - Friday, August 8th • 7:30 PM & Saturday, August 16th • 7:30 PM

Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Mountain Shadow is delighted to have the Walnut Creek Library Foundation co-sponsor our August show!
With twelve festival wins and nine other nominations, the story set in Santiago is centered on GLORIA, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.

From Chile  • English subtitles  • Rated R - 110 min Watch the trailer here.  
Plus, we’ll also present the comic short film from The Netherlands (enjoyed by audiences at the recent Walnut Creek Short Film Festival), MAN IN SUIT   - - In this absurdist story, a busy working mother in search of warmth and security dispenses not just with her husband, but with her common sense too.

Two very different films with two different women exploring very different paths for a meaningful life!

Admission is always  free to Mountain Shadow members.  Member Guests and General Admission most welcome! $12 suggested donation at the door. Doors open at 7:10 PM.

2 Screenings - Friday, Sept 19th • 7:30 PM
& Saturday, Sept 20th • 7:30 PM

Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Voted "Best Film” at the recent 4th Beijing International Film Festival, Canadian filmmaker, Richie Mehta's Siddharth is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father’s journey across India in search of his son.  

Non-rated • 97 mins • Canada / India • In Hindi with English subtitles.  Watch the trailer here.  

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Backseat Driver

By Mountain Shadow Director, John Bennison

Played by the very capable actor, Tom Hardy, Ivan Locke is a construction foreman and indispensable part of an impending project, when he suddenly leaves work one night, jumps in his car and leaves everything behind; including his job, home, wife and children. While he’s in the driver’s seat on what clearly turns out to be anything but a joy ride, he himself will be driven by something far more important to him than everything else he’s willing to risk losing or giving up.

Click on the image above to read the full commentary.  

Mali’s Mangos and the UXO

By Mountain Shadow Director, John Bennison

A Film by Kim Mordaunt - Non-rated - 96 min. – Drama -- Summary: A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. Note: Mountain Shadow screened this film in June, 2014.

For a decade beginning in 1964, the U.S. military dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during countless bombing missions, making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita to date in human history. The bombings were part of what came to be known as the U.S. “Secret War in Laos,” in efforts to support one side in a civil war; while disrupting the supply chain along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail during the more public American war in Southeast Asia (commonly referred to as the Vietnam War).

While the bombings in Laos destroyed numerous villages and displaced hundreds of thousands of Laotians, up to one third of the bombs dropped never detonated; leaving the countryside contaminated with vast quantities of unexploded ordnance, otherwise known as “UXO.” Subsequently, over 20,000 people have been killed or injured by UXO in Laos since the bombing campaign ended over 40 years ago. 

It is against this sobering backdrop that Australian filmmaker/writer/director Kim Mordaunt wrote and directed his 2013 film, The Rocket. You can read the full commentary here. 

Click on the image above to read the full commentary.