special event

GlennFest to participate in Stardust Art Festival

stardustOn October 2, beginning at noon, the Downey Arts Coalition and the City of Downey present a celebration of Art, Film and Space. Three free movies will be provided by GlennFest Film Festival including family-friendly Ice Age: Collision Course; the astronaut documentary, The Last Man on the Moon; and the anime concert film Joe Hisaishi in Budokan: Studio Ghibli 25 Years. The Aerospace Legacy Foundation presents a panel discussion about Downey’s role in aerospace history, “Journey to the Stars and Beyond.” There will be artist booths on the plaza, live music, food trucks, and “Cosmic,” a specially curated art exhibit in the theatre lobby.

Lisa Haagen performs at Closing Night after party

After the Closing Night screening of Butterflies of Bill Baker, an After Party was hosted at The Epic Lounge with live entertainment by singer-songwriter, Lisa Haagen.

Los Angeles-based Haagen produces the Folk-Pop/Percussive Acoustic genre of music. Her album, With Honey, is available on iTunes. Her music is available for listening on her Facebook page.

Bill Baker’s life is disrupted by Pavornocturnus – a night terror disorder that causes Bill to commit violent acts while asleep. His disorder can only be relieved with a unique, dangerous, and mind-altering technology. After a particularly disastrous episode, Bill’s loving wife, Emma, leaves him. Bill is left with his best friend and trusted colleague, Mac, and the faint hope that one day, Emma will return. When he meets 10-year-old Annie laughter and excitement are brought back to his life. Butterflies of Bill Baker stars Will Chase, Marin Heckle, and Sterling Jerins. The film is Directed by Sania Jhankar.

To view images from the evening, please view our gallery.

(excerpt provided by Butterflies of Bill Baker, the movie)

Actor Nirav Mehta guest appearance


Champ of the Camp will be introduced by actor Nirav Mehta on October 7, 2015. The screening will take place at the Krikorian Theatre in Downey at 6:45 p.m.

Champ of the Camp is the first ever feature-length documentary filmed in the controversial labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. The film follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition that searches across more than 70 camps throughout the country to find and crown the champ of all camps.The film alternates between the x-factor style suspense of the competition and the gritty reality of the labor environment, while weaving in intimate access scenes of their daily routines and emotional reflections on their life as laborers in Dubai. Narrated (and sung) entirely in the voices of the laborers, it paints a complete portrait of this vast and isolated population of men who come to build the dream cities of the Arab world while supporting their societies and economies back home.

Film is in Hindi with English subtitles. It is directed by Mahmoud Kaabour.


(excerpt provided by: Widehouse – Champ of the Camp)

Harmonic Movement: Film and an art show


The Downey Civic Theatre will host a special event: the screening of Landfill Harmonic and the opening of an art show, Dance and Movement.

Over 25 artists have been selected to display their artwork inspired by the theme (dance and movement) and will be displayed in the Theatre lobby. The 35 piece exhibit was open October 4-24. Information regarding the film may be found at a previously published post on Landfill Harmonic.

This event is made possible by the Downey Arts Coalition and the City of Downey.

Harmonic Movement: Art Show & Film Screening video recap

For fun, Andrew Wahlquist, Downey Arts Coalition President, created a short video recap of the event using only an iPhone. Follow the link above to view the video on the DAC Facebook page.

Posted by Downey Arts Coalition on Tuesday, October 6, 2015