"The Big Game"
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The "Big Game" chronicles the celebrations, protests, ups and downs of the tree occupation next to the UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium and community efforts to preserve the oak grove. The "Big Game" was so named because it was during the early afternoon of the Cal Stanford annual big game in 2006 that the first trees were occupied. It also reminds us that there are games bigger than football.

From the first days of the the nation's longest urban tree-sit the UC Berkeley police were determined to criminalize the free speech action. Consequently, UC entangled over 200 participants in the legal system and sent many to the county jail. The frequent brutality experienced by the tree activists was eventually directed at the grove itself. Today only a very few trees remain in the grove. They serve as a reminder of those who dared to stand against this environmental injustice.

The "Big Game" was the recipient of the Grand Festival Award for documentary community activism at the 2007 Berkeley Video and Film Festival. Honor Earth.

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Photos by Frank Tapia and Matthew Taylor
“The Big Game” Grand Festival Award: Documentary Community Activism
L A Wood & Berkeley Citizen

A documentary on Berkeley's urban tree-sit at the University of California campus and community efforts to save the endangered oak grove from the axe of the UC regents.

The Berkeley Video & Film Festival
Landmark California Theatre - 2113 Kittredge St. Downtown Berkeley Octoner 5th - 7th, 2007

Continuous Screenings of recent Independent Cinema from the Bay Area, National & International Filmmakers. The very best in Features, Docs, Short Features, Experimental, Student Filmmakers, Young Producers, Educational, Arts, Commercials, Animation, Music & Cell Phone Vids & Senior Producers.

SCREENING SCHEDULE - THE PROGRAM 2007

Friday, October 5
6:30pm - Filmmakers Reception & Awards Presentation - Screenings Begin 7:30pm

7:30pm - "The Homecoming" - Max Strebel - Young Producer - 10 min.
7:40pm - "Tile M for Murder" - Katie McDowell & Andrew Edison - Young Producer - 10min.
7:50pm - "Silhouettes" - Patrick Ouziel & Kevin Walker - Young Producer - 8:00 min.
8:00pm - "Stevie" - Jess Barret Mills - Student Filmmaker - 5:00 min.
8:05pm - "Secret Agent Robot" - Vivian Nikolich - Student Filmmaker - 9:00min.
8:15pm - "Somewhere in the City" - Ramsey Denison - Student Filmmaker - 13:00min.
8:30pm - "The Frank Anderson" - Orit Schwartz - Short Feature - 13:00 min.
8:45pm - "Chronicles of Impeccable Sportsmanship" - Erika Tasini - Short Feature - 7:00 min
8:55pm - "Slippery Shiny Feathery Things" - LaDonna Witmer & Michelle M. Brown - Arts - 10:00 min.
9:05pm - "The Almighty Beer" - Yohei Kawamata - Commercial - 3:00 min.
9:10pm - "Flaming Chicken" - Gerald Varney - Experimental - 20:00 min
9:30pm - "Hillary in '08" - Andrew Delaplaine - Cell Phone Vid - 2:00 min.
9:35pm - "Polis Is This-Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place"- Henry Ferrini / Ken Riaf - Documentary - 60 min.
10:35pm - "The Job Trilogy - Film Assistant Job"- Bruce Bortin - Commercials / P.S.A.'s - 4:00 min.

Saturday, October 6
1:00pm - "Rufus' Adventure" - Wiliam Hamilton, Colin Roache, Tyler Finnie - Young Producer - 3:00 min.
1:05pm - "America's Next Top Killer" - Zack Scott/EBMC Summer Media Camp -Young Producer - 8:00 min.
1:15pm - "Being Cool" - Jennifer Lim - Young Producer - 3:00 min.
1:20pm - "The Exploits of Carl Fiole" - Patrick Ouziel - Young Producer - 9:00 min.
1:30pm - "My Father's Tears" - Candace Infuso - Young Producer - 10:00 min.
1:40pm - "Display Devices" - David Finkelstein - Experimental - 25:00 min.
2:05pm -"What's Going On Up There?" - Maryanne Galvin - Documentary - 30:00 min.
2:35pm - "The True Story of Kalui Koolau" - E. Koohan Paik - Ethnographic - 28:00 min.
3:05pm - "Islands at Risk" - Na Maka o ka Aina - Documentary - 29:00 min.
3:35pm - "Maybe Baby" - Shannon O'Rourke - Documentary - 60:00 min.
4:35pm - "Snake Blood" - Graig Gilkeson - Short Feature - 6:00 min.
4:45pm - "Lanesplitting" - Chet Patterson - Student Filmmaker - SFSDF - 5:00 min.
4:50pm - "San Francisco In the Eye of the Beholder" - Ephantus Njenga - Student Filmmaker - SFSDF - 5:00 min.
4:55pm - "Improved Odds" - Dawn Green - Student Filmmaker - SFSDF - 7:30 min.
5:05pm - "World Within Worlds" - Marlene Sinicki - Student Filmmaker - SFSDF - 5:00 min.
5:10pm - "Paul Wade" - Michael Cho - Student Filmmaker - SFSDF - 4:00 min
5:15pm - "Three Sides of Pi" - Tony Gault - Experimental - 13:00 min.
5:30pm - "Soldiers of Sisyphus" - Bob Barancik - Experimental - 4:00 min.
5:35pm - "Anthem" - Alex Potts - Experimental - 10:00 min.
5:45pm - " The Presence of Another Door" - Morten Dysgaard - Experimental - 7:00 min
5:52pm - Intermission

6:05pm - "Special Circumstances" - Marianne Teleki - Documentary - 73:00 min.
7:20pm - "Dessert" - Max Strebel /Ashlyn Perri - Young Producers - Comedy - 4:00 min.
7:35pm - "Diary of Niclas Gheiler" - George Aguilar - Documentary - 32:00 min.
8:10pm - "Damaged Goods" - Graham Rich - Short Feature - 22:00
8:35pm - "Vanished Acres" - Adam Bolt - Student Filmmaker - Short Feature - 31:00 min.
9:10pm - "Broken" - Alex Ferrari - Short Feature - 20:00 min.
9:30pm - "A Trip to Prague" - Neil Ira Needleman - Experimental - 5:00 min.
9:35pm - "Leftovers" - Chelsea Walton - Experimental - 1:00 min.
9:40pm - "Johnny Was" - A Ben Katz Production - Feature - 88:00 min.

Sunday, October 7
1:00pm -"Gorillas and Other Wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda" - Fred Heiman - Educational - 41:00 min.
1:45pm - "One Word" - Kellen Moore - Young Producer - 5:00 min.
1:50pm - "Bananamation" - Daniel Jaffe - Young Producer - 3:00 min
1:55pm - "Geist" - Mike O'Hara - Student Filmmaker - Short Feature - 14:00 min.
2:15pm -"Your Move" - Ed Sharpe - Comedy - 3:00 min
2:20pm -"The Raft" - Betty McAfee - Senior Producer - 5:00 min.
2:25pm - "Marione" - Richard Randall - Senior Producer - 4:00 min.
2:30pm - "Listen to Iran's People - A Call for Peace" - Margot Smith - Senior Producer - 28:00 min.
3:00pm - "Clove" - Andrea Young - Education - 15:00 min.
3:15pm -. "Journey By Heart" - Michelle Paymar - Documentary - 18:00 min.
3:35pm - "Meet Mary Pleasant" - Susheel Bibbs - Documentary - 41:00 min.
4:20pm - "Mother Hubbard" - Ishmael Reed - Arts - 87 min.
5:50pm - "Broadcast Cowboy" - David Washburn - Documentary - 20:00 min
6:10pm - "Cowboy Johnny Yamada" - Yohei Kawamata - Short Feature - 18:00 min.
6:30pm - "The Way Out Is Through" - Erik Innocent - Music Video - 5:00
6:35pm - "Medication #4" - Zack Kasten - Music Video - 4:00 min.
6:40pm. - Intermission

6:55pm - "The Big Game" - L A Wood - Documentary - 28:00 min.
7:25pm - "Bars + Tone" - Les Struck - Experimental - 6:00 min.
7:35pm - "H.R. Giger's Sanctuary" - Nick Brandestini / Steve Ellington - Documentary - 19:00
7:55pm - "Manhattan Rendez-vous" - John Hakalax / Kim Finn - Documentary - 40 min.
8:35pm - "Dandelion Man" - Peter Bolte - Feature - 82:00 min
10:00pm - "The Morning Show - The Trailer" - Andrew Delaplaine - Animation - 4:00 min
10:05pm - "The Little Documentary that couldn't" - Ken Saba - Feature - 80:00 min.

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