The Sentence: A special FREE Film Screening @ Fox Theater
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Sentence: A special FREE Film Screening @ Fox Theater

BRAVEMAKER AND CHAN ZUCKERBERG INITIATIVE PRESENT A SCREENING OF HBO’S “THE SENTENCE” AT FOX THEATER ON APRIL 30

WHAT:    BraveMaker and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are hosting a special FREE screening of the documentary, HBO’s “The Sentence,” a film about Cindy Shank, a mother of three serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her peripheral involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. This intimate portrait of mandatory minimum drug sentencing's devastating consequences, chronicled by Cindy's brother, Rudy Valdez, follows Cindy and her family over the course of a decade. Watch the trailer here.

WHY:     April is Second Chances Month: an opportunity to discuss the impact of incarceration on our communities, and how we can support those who are re-entering society. Founded in 2018, BraveMaker is a local organization on a mission to elevate brave voices that speak to the need for social justice, equality and diversity. CZI’s Criminal Justice Reform program, launched in 2017, supports efforts to safely reduce incarceration, provide fair chances for those impacted, and to lift up the voices of people closest to the problem.

WHEN:   Tuesday, April 30

6:00pm: Reception

7:00pm: Film screening

8:30pm: Discussion and Q&A with the film’s director, Rudy Valdez

WHERE:    Fox Theatre Redwood City

        2215 Broadway

        Redwood City, CA 94063

        Parking information can be found here.

        Secure your FREE ticket here.

WHO:    Tony Gapastione, Founder, BraveMaker

Rudy Valdez, Director of “The Sentence”

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

CONTACT:    For more information about this event, please contact  

tony@bravemaker.com or at www.bravemaker.com/events


For more information about Bravemaker, please visit www.bravemaker.com. For more information about the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, please visit www.chanzuckerberg.com.

When you attend any BraveMaker event you give permission for BraveMaker Media to videotape, audiotape, photograph, record, edit or otherwise reproduce your voice, image or likeness, and to use it in various formats and for the purposes within BraveMaker’s festival promotions and media distribution. Media methods may include, but are not limited to the television (broadcast, cable, and satellite), the Internet (including webcasts and podcasts), print publications, film fests, or any other medium now existing or later created.  BraveMaker retains the right not to use the footage for other than archival purposes in partnership with our corporate sponsors. Attending this film screening you assign and convey to BraveMaker all right, title and interest that you may have in and to any recording made under this consent.  By entrance in this venue you give total release of rights irrevocably so that BraveMaker may, without limitation, exercise all ownership rights including copyrights relating to the recording(s).  

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May 13th: Fight Cancer with Film!
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

May 13th: Fight Cancer with Film!

There are people that wish for miracles to happen, and then there are people that make them happen. This is a film about perseverance in the face of huge adversity, and to not let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. 
After over three plus years battling stage 4 breast cancer, Trish Russo and her husband Greg, make the controversial decision to embark on a journey to have a child using an egg donor and a surrogate. The couple pick up the camera and turn it on themselves, initially to provide a resource for others who need to use alternative technology to build a family but it becomes much more than that. With both tears and laughter, we follow Trish and Greg as they get unique offers from friends and family to be surrogates and egg donors, follow them in the OR as they retrieve eggs and transfer embryos, and finally experience all the nerves and joys of pregnancy and birth. This is a never before seen look into the battle against metastatic breast cancer, as well as infertility, IVF, egg donation, and surrogacy. Moreover, it is about undying motherly love and a love letter to an unborn child.

Tickets here: https://lovealwaysmombravemaker.eventbrite.com

Filmmaker, mother and cancer survivor  TRICIA RUSSO will be in attendance at the event for the panel discussion.

Watch the trailer here:

https://vimeo.com/236616264

BARE a short film by Kerith Lemon will precede Love Always, Mom and start promptly at 7pm.

https://www.instagram.com/bareshortfilm/

When you attend any BraveMaker event you give permission for BraveMaker Media to videotape, audiotape, photograph, record, edit or otherwise reproduce your voice, image or likeness, and to use it in various formats and for the purposes within BraveMaker’s festival promotions and media distribution. Media methods may include, but are not limited to the television (broadcast, cable, and satellite), the Internet (including webcasts and podcasts), print publications, film fests, or any other medium now existing or later created.  BraveMaker retains the right not to use the footage for other than archival purposes in partnership with our corporate sponsors. Attending this film screening you assign and convey to BraveMaker all right, title and interest that you may have in and to any recording made under this consent.  By entrance in this venue you give total release of rights irrevocably so that BraveMaker may, without limitation, exercise all ownership rights including copyrights relating to the recording(s).  

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BraveMaker Film Screening: General Magic
Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

BraveMaker Film Screening: General Magic

https://www.generalmagicthemovie.com/

Award winning feature documentary GENERAL MAGIC is the untold tale of how a great vision and epic failure changed the world.

The ideas that dominate the tech industry and our day to day lives were born at a secretive Silicon Valley start-up called ‘General Magic’, which spun out of Apple in 1990 to create the “next big thing”. General Magic shipped the first handheld personal communicator (or “smartphone”) in 1994.

Featuring legendary members of the original Macintosh team, along with the creators of the iPod, iPhone, Android, and eBay, the film combines rare archival footage with contemporary stories of the “Magicians” today.

This is the story of one of history’s most talented tech teams and what happens when those who have a dream to change the world fail, fail again, fail better, and ultimately succeed.

All ticket and pass holders must be in line 20 minutes before the start of the film or forfeit their seat.

Please know that when you attend any BraveMaker event you consent to being photographed and filmed for our digital and print promotional purposes.


When you attend any BraveMaker event you give permission for BraveMaker Media to videotape, audiotape, photograph, record, edit or otherwise reproduce your voice, image or likeness, and to use it in various formats and for the purposes within BraveMaker’s festival promotions and media distribution. Media methods may include, but are not limited to the television (broadcast, cable, and satellite), the Internet (including webcasts and podcasts), print publications, film fests, or any other medium now existing or later created.  BraveMaker retains the right not to use the footage for other than archival purposes in partnership with our corporate sponsors. Attending this film screening you assign and convey to BraveMaker all right, title and interest that you may have in and to any recording made under this consent.  By entrance in this venue you give total release of rights irrevocably so that BraveMaker may, without limitation, exercise all ownership rights including copyrights relating to the recording(s).

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At the Corner of Ego & Desire
Jun
1
5:00 PM17:00

At the Corner of Ego & Desire

Three hapless independent filmmakers make the trek to the Sundance Film Festival and go through absolute hell in search for the elusive producer that is supposedly going to buy their independent feature film all within 24 hours. With a producer who stole money from his mother's retirement account to fund the film to a director who thinks she's the next Francois Truffaut to an actor/editor who is a doormat for everyone this motley crew of misfit filmmakers have a tough time navigating the chaotic world of the Sundance Film Festival. Ignorance foolishness and above all ego drive the team to implosion as they struggle to realize their filmmaking dreams. 


Written Produced and Directed by Alex Ferrari

Produced by Adam Bowman

The film will be preceded be a short film TBA.

All ticket and pass holders must be in line 20 minutes before the start of the film.

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BraveMaker Film Fest screening: Collisions
Jun
1
7:45 PM19:45

BraveMaker Film Fest screening: Collisions

http://collisionsmovie.com/

When 12-year-old Itan Bautista’s mother is taken by ICE, she and her brother reluctantly lean on their unreliable uncle as they embark on a journey to find her. Set and filmed in the Bay Area this film gives audiences window into one of our culture's most pressing issues.

Written & Directed by Richard Levien

Starring Jesse Garcia, Izabella Alvarez, Jason Garcia and featuring Ana De La Reguera.


TICKETS: https://bravecollisions.eventbrite.com

Special select cast/crew will be in attendance.

This film will be preceded by two short films highlighting the challenge of dreamers and Bay Area immigrants TBD

All ticket and pass holders must be in line 20 minutes before the start of the film or forfeit their seat.

Please know that when you attend any BraveMaker event you consent to being photographed and filmed for our digital and print promotional purposes.


When you attend any BraveMaker event you give permission for BraveMaker Media to videotape, audiotape, photograph, record, edit or otherwise reproduce your voice, image or likeness, and to use it in various formats and for the purposes within BraveMaker’s festival promotions and media distribution. Media methods may include, but are not limited to the television (broadcast, cable, and satellite), the Internet (including webcasts and podcasts), print publications, film fests, or any other medium now existing or later created.  BraveMaker retains the right not to use the footage for other than archival purposes in partnership with our corporate sponsors. Attending this film screening you assign and convey to BraveMaker all right, title and interest that you may have in and to any recording made under this consent.  By entrance in this venue you give total release of rights irrevocably so that BraveMaker may, without limitation, exercise all ownership rights including copyrights relating to the recording(s).

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BraveMaker Screening: At the End of the Day
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

BraveMaker Screening: At the End of the Day

http://www.attheendofthedayfilm.com/

At the End of the Day is a feature-length comedy written and directed by Kevin O’Brien.

After losing his wife and counseling practice, the only thing 32-year-old Dave Hopper has going for himself is his part-time professorship at his alma mater, a growing Christian college. And the only reason he even got that job was because his previous professor, now ambitious dean, pulled a few strings.

The dean’s plans for growth hit a snag when the property he wants to develop has been promised to a gay support group – which has plans to open an LGBT homeless teen shelter if they can raise the money in time. The Dean is forced to take drastic measures, offering Dave his dream job, but he only gets it if he goes undercover in the group as a gay man – the abomination he counsels against – and stops them from raising the funds needed to buy the property.Dave reluctantly agrees, and for the first time, is met face-to-face with the community he has been battling his entire career. The awkward and emotional experiences that follow lead Dave on a journey of truth, revealing that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought.

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Join us for the film and a panel discussion after on the POWER OF STORY for the LGBTQ+ community. Think of it like FILM CHURCH!

Writer/Director Kevin O'Brien will be in attendance for the panel discussion facilitated
by local Pastor Kevin Neuner (of Spark Church) and LGBTQ artists such as filmmaker Nicolas Jara and others to be announced.

The film will be preceded be the short film GUARDIAN written & directed by Nicolas Jara. Co-written and produced by Ksenia Forsiva.

https://www.nicolasjara.com/guardian-2018

Tickets here: https://braveendoftheday.eventbrite.com
$15 for the film screening

Or donate $100 for an ALL ACCESS PASS for the whole weekend and get access to ALL FILMS, PARTIES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS and more.

All ticket and pass holders must be in line 20 minutes before the start of the film or forfeit their seat.

Please know that when you attend any BraveMaker event you consent to being photographed and filmed for our digital and print promotional purposes.


When you attend any BraveMaker event you give permission for BraveMaker Media to videotape, audiotape, photograph, record, edit or otherwise reproduce your voice, image or likeness, and to use it in various formats and for the purposes within BraveMaker’s festival promotions and media distribution. Media methods may include, but are not limited to the television (broadcast, cable, and satellite), the Internet (including webcasts and podcasts), print publications, film fests, or any other medium now existing or later created.  BraveMaker retains the right not to use the footage for other than archival purposes in partnership with our corporate sponsors. Attending this film screening you assign and convey to BraveMaker all right, title and interest that you may have in and to any recording made under this consent.  By entrance in this venue you give total release of rights irrevocably so that BraveMaker may, without limitation, exercise all ownership rights including copyrights relating to the recording(s).

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BraveMaker Film Fest Screenng: Prayer for Compassion
Jun
2
1:15 PM13:15

BraveMaker Film Fest Screenng: Prayer for Compassion

The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest to make a better world for his daughter that crisscrosses America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?” 

Includes film screening and panel discussion with director Thomas Jackson on VEGANISM with special guests.

TICKETS HERE

https://braveprayercompassion.eventbrite.com


Drawing on traditions including Christianity — evangelical, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Friends (Quakers), Seventh Day Adventism, Unity, and more; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jainism; the Native American tradition; Unitarian Universalism; Zoroastrianism; and the “spiritual but not religious” point of view — A Prayer for Compassion calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers of every stripe to come together to bring about a world in which “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them…They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6 and 11:9)

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Bias FILM screening
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

Bias FILM screening

bias is a film that challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser  highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.

Purchase tickets here on EVENTBRITE.

Join us along with Bay Area filmmaker Robin Hauser Monday Night March 25th for another BraveMaker screening and discussion in downtown Redwood City at Century 20 (Cinemark Theaters) .

For this event we will engage with special guests professor and social justice advocate Ana Avendaño and race educator and social commentator Andre Henry for an in-depth discussion after the film. http://www.andrerhenry.com/

https://www.biasfilm.com/

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Special Film screening & Live Podcast recording
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Special Film screening & Live Podcast recording

Drinks * Live music * Discussion * Film

Short film screening of GUARDIAN and panel discussion about the power of the arts and the LGBTQ community with the writer/director and producer of the film.

AS WELL AS OUR first EVER LIVE BraveMaker PODCAST RECORDING with special guest singer/songwriter & LGBTQ advocate: Matt Nightingale sharing his stories and original music.

Statement from the Director: Nicolas Jara
Guardian was made to honor my mother who died of breast cancer when I was five years old. After she passed, I was left with my father who tried to mold me into his own image, but her presence never left me. This film is an exploration of my memories of her and what I think she would have told me if she was still alive.
The story of Manuel (Carlos Flores, Jr.) is about making the choice between toxic masculinity and unconditional love and acceptance. Within the Latinx community, the patriarchal system influences the relationships within family. As a result, many women and queer Latinxs experience abuse and internalized oppression. Manuel is forced deeper in the closet by his father’s hypermasculinity, but his mother’s love reaches him through time and space. I wanted Manuel to be an example for others in the community who struggle to come out and get out of abusive relationships.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE.

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January 19th screening: I'LL PUSH YOU
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

January 19th screening: I'LL PUSH YOU

I'll Push You is a BRAVE STORY: A Camino Journey of 500 Miles between two best friends and one wheelchair.

It all started with three little words. I'll Push You is an up-close and personal look into the dynamics of a life-long friendship between of two best friends - Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray - as they travel across El Camino de Santiago.

This feature-length documentary covers the struggle of the 34-day, 500-mile hike across mountains, deserts, hills, and valleys and features perspectives from family and friends. Even though the story begins with the challenges that come with Patrick's answering of the invitation to push Justin in a wheelchair across northern Spain, it also explores the struggles related to Justin's rare neurological disease.

Come meet DIRECTOR TERRY PARISH and discuss the making of the film and how the story has impacted not only audiences but his life.

The parallel paths of Patrick's experience in Spain and Justin's life journey come together in a singular moment to reveal to Patrick something unezpected. The story's beautiful cinematography is set to poignant music tracks that underscore, perfectly, the inspiring example of generosity and vulnerability on display. The film is an intimate portrait of an epic journey and explores the true meaning of friendship, generosity, and vulnerability. It's a one-of-a-kind documentary chronicling their pilgrimage, which will resonate with viewers craving stories of faith, hope, love, and the power of community.

Their trek in 2014 captured the imagination of the world and was featured in the Huffington Post, The Meredith Vieira Show, Der Spiegel, Fox and Friends, and many other outlets. Since their return from Spain, the subjects of the film are sharing their message of hope, faith, and community worldwide.


Tickets available on EVENTBRITE. Click here.

The film is NOT officially rated by the MPAA. It's most likely PG but may be considered PG-13 by some for some adult humor.

Watch the trailer here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k96Eee4npA

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December 17th screening 2018
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

December 17th screening 2018

Excited to announce we have a very special film and filmmaker coming to Redwood City on Monday night December 17th, 7pm. Because the film is not out yet, we cannot publicize the name of the film but we can tell you it is a beauiful drama that was written and directed here in the Bay Area. The story is part coming of age film part road trip--an immigration story in which the San Francisco Chronicle said "the acting, cinematography and music all lend the film a gritty and emotional authenticity.”

We only have 176 tickets available and we will be selling them on eventbrite---They are available NOW.

We are allowed to release the name of the film and all other info by email through our BRAVE MAKER BUZZ email list. You can sign up for this on--www.bravemaker.com. (You will be emailed the info within a day or less).

REGULAR SEATS=$10 (will be first come first served in the theater).

VIP SEATS=$15 and are the prime coveted seats in the middle of the theatre (and there will be 50 reserved).

We have 20 PAY WHAT YOU CAN TICKETS for whatever donation you can offer.

**Eventbrite fees apply**

The filmmaker, who is from San Francisco, will be in attendance. He recently one a big award at a big festival.

This film (a narrative not a documenatary) is still making rounds on the film festival circuit and tells the story of a single mother who's children are left behind when she is arrested and deported. It's a perfect story raising our awareness of the challenges in our country's immigration systems. (MPAA has not rated this film yet, but it probably is PG-13. It features a middle school girl and her elementary aged brother and is appropriate for 13 and up.

More info will be released as we have it.

Can't wait to share this film with you.

Please bring a friend with you. Buy a ticket for a neighbor. This film will open your eyes and create empathy for an overlooked community of people right in our own Bay Area.

--Tony Gapastione

Brave Maker is a 501c3 non-profit which exists to elevate brave voices through film. We care about diversity and inclusion. Brave Stories Change the World

This event is not only a great film screening but will serve as a fundraiser for Brave Maker and promotion for our 2019 film fest. Your support means so much. Thank you.

www.bravemaker.com


“Film in particular has the unique capability to put the audience inside the lives and experiences of others,” says the director. “I’m trying to present a realistic portrait for what it’s like for one family to go through separation because of immigration enforcement, so that the audience gets a chance to experience that for themselves, rather than just reading headlines or looking at statistics.”

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Spiral UP
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Spiral UP

A Saturday morning of creative inspiration, provocative dialogue and stories that will encourage you to start and finish our creative work in a supportive community of like-minded people.

Facilitators Tony Gapastione, Indelisa Montoro, Rebehak Amosah and Kristi Paszkeicz will share stories (in a Ted talk like panel discussion) from the trenches of filmmaking, writing, event planning,  designing and creating art of kinds. You will meet new friends, network, and walk away with tips and ideas to SPIRAL UP avoiding the common traps and pitfalls that cause us creatives to spiral out of control or down into discouragement.

Coffee and some breakfast eats…like a HUGE wall of donuts will abound!

 Register here through PAYPAL $25

Event starts sharp at 9am and ends sharp at Noon.

To sponsor the event click here to DONATE.

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September Creative Crew
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

September Creative Crew

Monthly meet-up for artists of all kinds to ignite and launch their work, find inspiration, and mingle with a creative crew. Please NOTE change of location. We will NOT meet at Cyclismo CAFE. We are meeting at the DRAGON Theatre downtown Redwood City.

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Trey's Safe Space Tour
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Trey's Safe Space Tour

  • 55 Triton Park Lane Foster City, CA, 94404 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come on out to Trey's Safe Space Tour, as Trey shares his journey to self acceptance and performs songs from his debut solo album, Love Is Love. It is a free event, but a donation will be collected to help Trey along on his journey from Columbus, OH, and you can help give support for writing his first book, tour, and new music at https://www.patreon.com/treypearson

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