By: Aaron Vasquez and JP Chabot
The Orange County Film Fiesta celebrates Santa Ana and the myriad artists and works associated with this multicultural city. This is the fourth year for the festival.
“Every year we highlight a Hollywood figure who had a history with Orange County,” says Festival Director Sandra Pena Sarmiento.
This year the film fest spotlights Philip K. Dick, the mind bender behind science fiction stories such as A Scanner Darkly. Dick spent his last years in Santa Ana.
“He lived in a large apartment structure that looked like a prison, but he got a lot of his inspiration being surrounded by it,” Sarmiento said.
Films shown in Dick’s honor include Mexico’s Santo vs. the Martian Invasion and Fritz Lang’s silent film Metropolis.
In addition, Pulitzer Prize-nominated director Kevin McKiernan is showing the documentary Bringing Luther to China, to be followed by a Q-and-A.
The film festival is free, though most downtown parking is $2 to $5.
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