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June 7, 2005 > Paddy's hosts student film festival

Paddy's hosts student film festival

by Susana Nuñez

Tri-City artists have found a welcoming atmosphere at a local coffee shop. After hosting several art showcases such as the Fall Festival of Art and Wine, Paddy's Coffee House in Union City has opened its doors to youth in need of an artistic outlet. High school and college students have been invited to participate in Paddy's Student Film Festival expected to become an annual event.

Many entries have already been received for the month of June which will be dedicated to young local filmmakers. A wide selection of short films on everything from family life to school rules assures that there will be something for everyone to enjoy at each screening.

When owner Paddy Iyer first heard about the film festival late last year, he knew it would be fun and interesting to host the event. As a regular venue for open mic nights and artists, Iyer feels the film festival as "another form of expression." Assisted by Union City Friends and Union City Leisure Services, the festival will include works by students from James Logan High School, Cal State East Bay and Ohlone College, among others. With 15 films already in the can, Paddy's will continue accepting entries throughout the month and add them to Friday night screenings.

The backyard theater screenings may last up to two hours since audiences will be shown several 10 to 15 minute film shorts. Following the screenings, the audience can ask questions of the young filmmakers.

Movies are shown every Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the backyard theatre. Be sure to bring a lawn chair and blanket to enjoy the free show. "I want people to come and appreciate the students because they all need our encouragement," Iyer said.

Student Film Festival
Fridays, 8:30 p.m.
Paddy's Coffee House
3900 Smith St., Union City
(510) 324-8572

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