Video: Kathleen Powell of Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley

For 25 years Kathleen Powell and Halfdan Hussey, co-founders of Cinequest Film Festival have worked hard to bring this unique festival that combines films and technology under one roof in the heart of Silicon Valley. Besides well-known filmmakers and actors, the festival features emerging artists and filmmakers and shines a strong spotlight on the contributions of youth through their “Picture The Possibilities” program. And then there is the technology dimension to the festival, where new tech and digital tools for filmmakers are highlighted. For example, Apple’s Quicktime was first shown at Cinequest.

Powell is a computer scientist by training, who worked in Silicon Valley’s tech industry. We were intrigued. How did a math whizz studying computer science became involved with films, and keep it going? How did she juggle her work in the tech industry along with her work with the film festival? Continue reading

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Cinequest Turns 25

Silicon Valley’s Cinequest Film Festival turns 25 this year. The film festival opened tonight with Dana Bachman’s “Batkid Begins”  at the historic art deco California Theatre in San Jose. This feel-good and  inspirational documentary about a little boy’s wish to be a super hero seemed to have resonated with the audience. The film and the filmmakers got a standing ovation from the audience.

When 5 year old Miles Scott was diagnosed with leukemia one of his wishes was to be a Superhero for a day. His favorite super hero was Batman. In 2013 Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation helped 5 year old Scott’s dream come true. They turned San Francisco into Gotham City complete with bat mobile, Batman, Penguin and the whole nine yards. Continue reading