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Festival Co-Founder David Roach On Oakland Filmmakers

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ARAN JOHNSON
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Last year, Oakland became Hollywood north. The Town was featured prominently in three mainstream movies: "Blindspotting," "Sorry to Bother You," and, of course, "Black Panther."

That emergence puts a brighter spotlight on the Oakland International Film Festival, starting next week. And — full disclosure — there’s a new filmmaker in town. KALW! A week from Saturday, we’re premiering our “Where Is East Oakland?” short doc at the fest.
 
And there’s plenty to see besides that. In this interview, David Roach, the festival’s co-founder and director, discusses film and his roles in the community. 
 

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.