WALNUT CREEK -- The Mountain Shadow Film Society, a newly formed nonprofit dedicated to bringing first-run foreign and independent films to central Contra Costa, plans to show films once a month in the Oak View Room of the downtown Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

A one-hour informational meeting, where a preliminary proposal for the society's plans going forward will be shared will be presented for questions, input and feedback, is being held Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the downtown library. A few outtakes of sample films will be previewed, and a list of volunteer opportunities will be provided.

Organizer John Bennison says each program will include a first-run feature film, along with a brief introduction and optional follow-up discussion. Some programs will also include a short film, he said.

Much of the impetus for forming the society, Bennison said, is the recent demolition of the old Dome theater in Pleasant Hill, which has been the Interstate 680 corridor's primary venue for first-run foreign and independent movies.

There would be an annual $120 membership fee. It is projected a minimum of 100 founding members will be required to underwrite sufficient funding for the 2014 season, and memberships will be limited to 150.

Additional information can be found at http://mountainshadow.org, or by calling Bennison at 925-787-6965.



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