Cinequest 27 kicked off its two-week film festival on February 28, 2017 with a special opening night screening of The Last Word in San Jose’s vintage movie palace: the California Theatre. For the occasion, Christine (Chris) Marcoida, featured as a Cinequest volunteer in Issue 7.5, interviewed the film’s director, Mark Pellington, on stage. There were also plenty of red carpet moments and an appearance by the iconic Wurlitzer organ. However, the real joy of Cinequest is the opportunity it affords film lovers to gather as a community.
SJSU’s South Bay Pulse team was on-site capturing video of the opening night party for those unable to attend in-person [video’s audio starts at 7:02]. For ongoing coverage and interviews throughout the run of Cinequest, check out their South Bay Pulse iTunes app.
Photography by Daniel Garcia