Oakland International Film Festival

2016 Oakland International Film Festival Opening Night

For spring 2016, the JPRI Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series is pleased to partner with the Oakland Film Society to present the opening night program of the 14th annual Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF). This program will offer an amazing film, conversations with the filmmaker and festival director, live Cuban music, and a catered reception.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Eugene Corr presents his latest film, the beautiful and contemplative feature-length documentary Ghost Town to Havana—which takes youth baseball as a vantage point to explore issues of community building and mentoring, cultural exchange and friendship, alternative socio-economic systems amidst globalization, and much more.

After the film screening, Corr and OIFF Executive Director David Roach will discuss Ghost Town to Havana and the above issues as well as the economics of independent filmmaking and film festivals. There will also be time for audience Q&A.

This exciting evening will conclude with a musical performance by Cuban singer Fito Reinoso and a reception catered by the Epicurean Group.

5:30 – 7:00 pm            Film screening

7:00 – 7:30 pm            Panel discussion

7:30 – 8:30 pm            Live music & networking reception
$15 ticket includes film screening, panel discussion, live music, and catered reception. To purchase tickets, please click here.


The Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names University is located at 3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619. Click here for driving directions.


Questions about this program can be sent to JPRI Director Chiho Sawada at sawada@hnu.edu.

This program is presented by JPRI and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University in partnership with the Oakland Film Society—and is made possible by generous support from the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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