Tomorrow night, Second Act will screen the latest in a series of short film showcases from Pictoclik, a local film collective that, as founder Rebekah Renne puts it, "bridges the gap between emerging and established industry film professionals through engaging workshops, screenings, meetups, pitch tanks and our annual film festival."
Tomorrow's screening is the second in a new monthly series called "Cinema Preview," which allows viewers to come and meet the filmmakers in person to talk about their work.
The series arose out of Renne's desire to be able to feature more quality independent films outside of the confines of Pictoclik's annual festival and semi-annual showcases. "I have always been a big fan of the Red Vic [the former movie theater]," she said, "and when I discovered last year that I could rent the [Second Act] space out, I jumped on it to launch our 'Battle of the Film School Shorts.' People were very excited, so I also decided to start running monthly filmmaker workshops out of the space, which explore different aspects of film production."
The three films featured in this month's installment of Cinema Preview are all LGBT-focused, in honor of Pride. Sugarhiccup explores "one woman’s misperception of reality and her subsequent coming apart at the seams"; My Body Is Not Yours is an "experimental documentary [that] explores the implications, struggles, and victories that come with having a female body;" and Up-And-Coming is "an inside look at Oakland's queer and transgender porn scene."
Filmmakers interested in being featured as part of Cinema Preview can submit to the series after August 1st. Pictoclik will continue to offer both Cinema Preview and and its filmmaker workshops each month, and a new installment of Battle of the Film School Shorts is expected this fall. A full roster of Pictoclik events is available here.