August 30, 2022

Santa Cruz Film Festival

2002 Program Guide

The first Canta Cruz Film Festival was in May 2002. I just happened to be living near the area at the time, and decided to visit a couple of films.

One of the films that I really enjoyed was Home Room which was put on by Paul Ryan. Here's official program text:

This first feature by director Paul F. Ryan explores the lives of two young women in the wake of a Columbine-style high school shooting. Enka Christensen (Traffic) plays Deanna, the only survivor of a shooting that's left 9 others dead. In the hospital, she is visited by the darkly troubled outsider Alicia who's also under investigation by Detective Martin Van Zandt, in a superb performance by Victor Garber (Legally Blonde, Godspell), as a possible accessory to the massacre. As Deanna and Alicia form an unlikely alliance and the truth of the shootings emerges, the film examines the redemptive power of friendship and the nature of justice.

The film won the Audience Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

Program Guide

All the films entered in the 2002 Santa Cruz Film Festival can be found in the festival's Program Guide.

Note: It was not possible to scan the inside guide. As a result, I ended up taking multiple photographs in order to achieve the highest quality.

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