Sebastopol site for film ‘The Garden’
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Oscar nominated film “The Garden” is coming to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Saturday, July 27, with a post-film discussion with director Scott Hamilton Kennedy. It tells the story of the largest community garden in the United States, in the heart of South Central L.A., is in the fight for its life against City Hall and its bulldozers. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.

“This is exactly the type of film and issue we love to bring to the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival,” said Jason Perdue,” film program director for the center. “Being able to screen this film and offer this type of engagement with the filmmaker as part of our year-round programming is how we envision using our new Robert Brent Theater.”

Then on Sunday, July 28, Kennedy will lead a master class in documentary filmmaking entitled “From Initial Idea to Oscar Nomination” at the Center for the Arts. The three-hour class includes detailed discussions on each part of the filmmaking process from idea, pitching, funding, shooting, post-production and finally to distribution. This class is appropriate for film students to aspiring or professional filmmakers to film aficionados. Master Class will be held 10 a.m.-1p.m. The class alone is $50, and the class plus the film is $55.

“This is a most unique opportunity to engage directly with an accomplished and generous documentary filmmaker,” Perdue said. “We hope this will be a model we can expand into an ongoing series of master classes and demonstrations on filmmaking.”

Tickets available by calling (707) 829-4797, going to the website at or visiting the box office at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St.

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