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LETTER Dear Editor: I was pleased to attend the cent film festival, a first for Cata- lina, and add a thank you to the Catalina Island Conservancy aiad the Santa Catalina Film Festival for, apart from providing me with an updated glimpse into the world of the film industry, for this film enthusiast, the weekend was a cul- turally rich one. The multi-faceted program touched on 3 main areas: Firstly, the 62 movies made available for viewing, over the three-day fes- tival, a definite first for Avalon; a picture is worth a thousand words, so you can imagine how 62 avante guard films can spark the imagina- tion! Secondly, to offset the view- ing enjoyment, panel discussions on film industry topics were made available on two days. Thirdly, THE EDITOR the go-green message and mission of the Catalina Conservancy's found a mass media venue in the film festival. How is this helpful to me, a lo- cal. I learned a bit about produc- ing films such as marketing tips and strategies, how to pitch my film, distribute, make sure it has all of its documentation and legal aspects covered, funding, printer for advertising, attorney, market- ing specialists, technical advisors, hardware and software specialists, media experts, social networking, directors, all these representatives visited in a very organized venue, open to the public, and so inter- esting. It was not just me getting inspired, this group was extremely motivated conversationally, "live wires," to use an old term, These remarkable young people I enjoyed talking with at the festival are of a relatively new breed; a speeded up version of the old Hollywood of our parents and grandparents. The panel discussions made me feel more a part of the global commu- nity of film. The new technology driven networking strives for a "global reach through on-line elements," summarizes Luis Navarro, a New Media Market Convergence at- tendee. My only critical comment would be as follows:The chal- lenge I put out to the screenwrit- ors is (and I understand the use of profanity in films is for effect;) I would implore the writer to delve a bit deeper into your immensely creative minds for a more succinct use of dialogue; there is inevitably an even better more profound way of conveying the message with- out the "cop-out" lazy approach of incessant profanity. That said, I could live with the occasional technical glitch this weekend, but found the occasional film's pro- pensity to profane language, left me disappointed at the opportu- nity lost, sometimes sadly at the expense of the success of the film. Lastly, my favorite part which is of urgent relevance to us earth dwellers, as the conservancy likes to say, Earth is an Island, so we must protect our Catalina Island habitat, but in the big picture we must protect our Earth island as well. To that end, the Conser- vancy's Isle Earth Documentaries hosted several eco-docs, or docu- mentaries delivering a powerful Green message of which I could suggest the synopsis: "we must not be caught sleeping on our watch" of planet earth. You go away from these eco-docs more ecologically aware. Mark Diorio, Director of, "In The Wake of Giants," a film in which eco-heroes risk their lives to cut humpback whales loose from " entanglement in the lines, buoys and debris left adrift in the oceans, concluded, the viewer comes away thinking: "I want to make a change here, how can I help?" Thank you 1st Annual Cata- lina Film Festival and the Catalina Conservancy, and the SCICO for allowing the use of the beautiful world famous Casino Building, and the supporting gracious host locations in town, the Avalon Com- munity Church, Avalon Schools, The Catalina Canyon Hotel, The Gtenmore Plaza Hotel; the week- end set the stage for an important cultural phenomenon for our com- munity. Beth Vander-Velde, Avalon Calendar From page 8 smooth jazz stars performing "Unplugged at Descanso Beach Club" on Thursdays and in the historic Casino Ballroom, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Art Good features the newest and best talent in the smooth jazz genre. For tickets and information call (866) 872-9849; 31 Annual tlalloween Parade Don your favorite costume and join island school kids and residents for the Annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 4:00 PM. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520; 31 Karanke Halloween Costume Party The party starts at 9pm where you can sing all the monster favorites with over 20,000 songs from which to choose. Costume contest with prizes! Full bar and dinner available from 5-9pm. No cover, must be 21 and over. El Galleon Restaurant (310) 510-1188; www. '"THE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander publisher at or call (310) 510-0500, Summer concert series announced Catalina Island Resort Servic- es will be offering entertainment at the Catalina Country Club on Thursday and Friday nights, begin- ning May 26. Thursdays will be Unplugged at the Catalina Country Club, where Los Angeles based Koffeehouse Music Productions will present a special selection of Grammy Award winning acoustic artists and singer-songwriters to serenade the island nights away. Fridays will be Steamer's Jazz at the Catalina Country Club, where the world famous Steam- er's Jazz Club (Fullerton, CA) will present a weekly jazz series under the stars. Each event will showcase Gramme Award winning straight-ahead and Latin jazz art- ists. There will be a cover charge on both Thursday and Friday evenings. Contact the Catalina Country Club at 310-510-7404 for additional details and reservations. The Xceptional Music Compa- ny will be producing two concerts at Descanso Beach Club. The first will take place on Sunday, May 29 and will feature the Sirens, its top 40 band and the hottest act in Southern California! 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20. The concert with a buffet dinner is $50. Full bar service will be available. Pur- chase tickets through the Chamber, either online or call 310-510-1520. See below for the flyer. The Xcep- tional Music Company's second concert will be on Saturday, Au- gust 13. featuring the Sounds of Motown and Chicago. Check the entertainment page for details. Finally, the Chamber and the Xceptional Music Company will once again be producing a FREE concert series on Wrigley Stage. The first concert is sched- uled for Saturday, June 4 from 7:00 to 9:15 pm, presenting its Tribute to Country Rock, winner of the Viejas best band contest and fea- turing musicians who have opened for Kenny Chesney, the Zack Brown Band, The Alhnan Broth- ers, Brooks and Dunn, and Gary Allen. See the entertainment page on the Chamber's website for fu- ture dates. Contact us at (310) 5100500 or The Recreation Department =s now accepting applications for the following positions: 1st Year Recreation Intern, Swim Instructor Pool Supervisor All Positions are Part Time / Seasonal Pay rate dependant on education and experience. Hourly Rate Starts at $9.384 to $11.407 Applicants must be available for Summer Day Camp and the City's Swim Program. Swim Instructor and Pool Supervisor must be 18 years of age, WSI and/or Red Cross Certified preferred, Recreation Intern 16 years of age, WSI and/or Red Cross Certified preferred Applications available at the Finance Dept. City Hall, Mon- Fri, 8:00 - 4:30 410 Avalon Canyon Rd. Avalon, CA 90704. AlSplications must be returned by 3:00 pm, Wednesday, May 25th 2011. "lhe CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, May 20, 2011  9