Tag: Big Bear Lake International Film Festival

Get Ready to Give Big!

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2014 – Organizations that enrich our community hold various fundraisers throughout the year, and many residents do their best to attend and contribute. This year, we’re trying something different. Following the incredible success of Give BIG Riverside County, the Big Bear Valley is participating this week in Give BIG San Bernardino County, with the mission of strengthening the Inland Empire through philanthropy. There are 14 local nonprofits participating, and you can see the full list on our website. A 24-hour online giving campaign runs this week, from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9. During this time, you can give to all your favorite causes in one fell swoop at www.GiveBigSBCounty.org. This is a County-sponsored Community Foundation project, whose goal is to raise at least $300,000 in just 24 hours. Local organizations participating in Give BIG American Association of University Women, Big Bear Valley branch http://www.bbvaauw.blogspot.com/ (Tech Trek camp for local 8th-grade girls encouraging interest in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Big Bear Alpine Zoo & Friends www.friendsofthebigbearalpinezoo.org OR www.bigbearalpinezoo.org (animal rehabilitation and sanctuary) Big Bear CanTree http://bigbearcantree.weebly.com (food pantry collections/Meals on Wheels funding) Big Bear Lake International Film Festival www.bigbearfilmfest.com (screening 100+ independent films from around the world and awarding cash prizes to top finishers) Big Bear Valley Education Trust www.BigBearEdTrust.org (Gifted &...

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Hollywood Loves Big Bear

  Big Bear, CA, February 22, 2014 – In July of 1911, a movie company from back east arrived at the new Pine Knot Lodge in Big Bear and began filming. That began a love affair between Hollywood and Big Bear that still continues. At about the same time, tourism started taking off in the valley, but only in the summer. During the winter, Big Bear sat empty. However, an enterprising local named Fred Skinner who was the manager of the new Pine Knot Lodge, let Hollywood know that the Lodge would remain open during the winter if the studios wanted to come up and film. He even brought in a generator, giving Pine Knot Lodge electricity five years before it reached the valley. Until the ski resorts came along, it was the movie business that kept Big Bear alive during the winter months. ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ was filmed on location here in 1920 as well as other films such as the 1969 musical ‘Paint Your Wagon’ starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, Disney’s ‘Old Yeller’, and the 1983 film ‘War Games’ with Matthew Broderick. The television industry also found Big Bear. In 1969, the show ‘HR Pufnstuf’ shot their opening sequence right on the lake. Episodes of ‘Daniel Boone’ were shot here and a number of ‘Bonanza’ episodes were shot up at Cedar Lake. ‘Lassie’, ‘FBI’,...

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Filmmakers With Big Bear Ties Take home prizes

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 24, 2013 – The 14th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF) wrapped up Sunday, and two locals are among the winners. Big Bear City resident Steve Copeland took home the Audience Award for Best International Showcase. His documentary SHIFT OF THE AGES, which Steve co-wrote with Joseph Glove, was filmed in Guatemala and the USA. Commissioned on behalf of the Maya Nation of Guatemala, it explores Mayan culture and its prophecies of time, as told for the first time by Grand Elder of the Maya people, Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj. Steve told KBHR, “Monika, Sandy and the rest of the team rocked! I’m grateful to have had the chance to share our film with the community. I made a lot of new friends, and I’m looking forward to watching the movies I didn’t get to see. My congratulations to all the other filmmakers, and to the community of Big Bear for embracing and supporting independent art. I’m excited for the 2014 Big Bear International Film Festival!” Steve is making his movie available to locals that may have missed it; watch it online or email the filmmaker for a DVD at pqubdfilms@gmail.com. Part-time homeowner Brian Olliver scored twice with his first feature. GORGING won the Jury Award for Best Documentary and the Audience Award for Best Big Bear Connection Film. GORGING is an adventurous look at canyoneering, the sport of exploring canyons...

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Big Bear Native Shows “Apocalypse Later”

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 21, 2013 – Harold Camping proclaimed May 21, 2011 as the Judgement Day, but he wasn’t the first to herald a Rapture that never came. In Apocalypse Later, Filmmaker Zeke Peistrup has scholars from Yale Divinity School, UNC Dept of Religious Studies, Princeton Seminary and Westminster Seminary weigh in on the end of days, tracing the roots of end-times proclamations from the Book of Daniel, to the historical Jesus, then to the Apostle Paul. The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival screens Apocalypse Later at Village Theaters in Big Bear Lake on Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m. and goes on to the Society of Biblical Literature in November. Zeke graduated from Big Bear High School and went on to major in journalism at USC. He was the recipient of the 2013 Promising New Filmmaker Award at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival and the 2013 Future Filmmaker Award at the Rhode Island International Film...

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Sneak Preview of “A.C.O.D” at the PAC

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 20, 2013 – Fans of “Parks & Recreation” will get to see its stars on the big screen this weekend, in the upcoming comedy A.C.O.D. The movie premiered at Sundance in January and will be officially released October 4th, but visitors to the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (PAC) will get a sneak preview the night of September 21st. The PAC event starts with a Champagne & Dessert Reception followed by the movie at 8:15 p.m.                                  A.C.O.D. follows Carter (Adam Scott), a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce.  Having survived the madness of his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) divorce, Carter now has a successful career and supportive girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).  But when his younger brother (Clark Duke) gets engaged, Carter is forced to reunite his bitterly divorced parents and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding, causing the chaos of his childhood to return including his wacky therapist (Jane Lynch). Director Stu Zicherman cowrote the screenplay with Ben Karlin. The Film Arcade granted this special screening to the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF), who is honoring A.C.O.D.’s composer, Nick Urata, with the Film Music Award of Excellence the previous evening. Urata shared this about his experience: “As I got...

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