FREMONT, CA: FOG 2016 had an amazing start on Saturday, 6th August. Enthralling performances by Cosplayers and Brian Geynour created the joyful and exciting ambience at the Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose. Thoughtful and incisive movies were also screened to the delight of audiences! It was a packed schedule with best in the class entertainers, celebrities and world class movie screenings.
The day unfolded with a fabulous Red Carpet Meet and Greet. It was a glamorous show with ‘Babylon 5’ celebrity Patricia Tallman interacting with the crowd.
The entertainment got into the high gear with the over 30 Cosplayers and a panel on entertainment, chaired by Barbara Crouch Roth and John Callison. Bryan Gaynor of “So You Think You Can Dance” regaled the hall with superb performance. The VIP Professional Cosplayers were dressed up as pirates, pirate wenches, a Capt. Jack Sparrow, machine-like characters and medieval ladies.
Audiences were on the edge all through the day with jaw dropping performances and entertainment. The performances were a feast to the eyes, with a deep immersion into the world of Cosplayers. At the end of the performance, entertainers shared many tidbits about their art. Their focus was to discuss how entertainers can impact social and societal issues like empowerment of women and children.
Animation movie entries “Mermaids on Mars”, a local Bay Area film, and “The 3 Burritos” from Australia kicked off the FOG Movie Fest marathon.
Nancy Guettier, the producer and writer of “Mermaids on Mars” mingled with the audience and shared behind the scene stories.
She shared many interesting insights about her creative work as an author of children’s books, illustrator, involving her children in her work, and the little tricks that can save a ton of money while making animation films.
“Dreams of You and Me”, a beautiful romantic feature film, directed by Angel Nieves was next. The director had an intimate and lively Q & A session with the audience. This was followed by “Home” (short film from Canada) and “Pursuing Dreams: Stories of Refugee and Immigrant Youth” (a local Bay Area documentary film) in California.
At 7:00 p.m., the fans and viewers packed the theater for the show of “Arranged to Love”, a multicultural short film from Bay area. Ranu Sinha and Leilani Arenzana, the directors of this film and many members of their cast and crew were present.
With an outstanding start, FOG 2016 will continue to be an exceptional experience over the week of August 8th through August 14th.
India Post News Service