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Bartholomew's Song

Bartholomew's Song, from Destin Cretton and Lowell Frank, screens as part of the Best of BestFest (Flagpop)

The 10th Annual BestFest Festival arrives August 16-17 at the Jewish Community Center's Garfield Theater. But as a lead in to this year's event you can sample some of the Best of BestFest Thursday August 7 beginning at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center. BestFest America will host a reception and screen five award-winning films. The reception begins in the UltraLounge and will feature food from Roppongi's, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza and Mosaic Catering. The screening begins at 7:30 om and will include: 2001's Killing Time by SDSU's Ron Najor and Tyler Spangler; 2005's I'm Afraid of Americans by Grossmont College's De Veau Dunn; 2006's Bartholomew's Song by SDSU's Destin Cretton and Lowell Frank; 2007's Bananamation by La Jolla High's Daniel Jaffe; and, 2007's Flattest by Torrey Pines High's Michael Gallagher, Matt Rosen, Chris Hanke, Mark Wessling, Jana Winternitz, Peter Dominguez, and Ariel Adler. The filmmakers will be on hand to introduce the films and take questions from teh audience. I have screened both Killing Time and Bartholomew's Song as part of the Film School Confidential student showcase that I run so I can attest to the high quality of those two films. My advice: check out these young filmmakers now so you can say you saw them back when...

Tickets are available at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters box office or online . Tickets are $10 for the reception and screening; $5 for the screening alone.

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