The San Ramon Arts Foundation invites you to join the San Ramon Film Club, a free virtual series where you will watch a film suggested by the Arts Foundation in advance, followed by a 1-hour and Q&A session. Movies will be available on the free movie service Kanopy.
Movies may also be available on alternate streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc.
Co-hosts Dave Owens and Patrick Gutierrez will moderate the discussions with a new guest speaker each month. This month's film, Meet John Doe, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, is director Frank Capra’s timeless film about media sensationalism and the dark side of populism. A struggling reporter creates a political figure named John Doe whose words soon ignite a populist political movement.
Guest Speaker Bio
Joseph McBride is is an internationally renowned film historian, the author of twenty-two books, including the acclaimed biographies Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, and Searching for John Ford. His 1992 Capra biography
was described by the New York Times Book Review as “masterly, comprehensive, and frequently surprising.” His most recent book is Frankly: Unmasking Frank Capra (2019), about the process of researching, writing, and fighting a four-year legal battle to get his
Capra biography published. McBride also has published a book of interviews with director Howard Hawks, Hawks on Hawks; three books on Orson Welles; and Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless. He has also been a screenwriter and
plays a film historian in Welles’s feature The Other Side of the Wind. McBride is a professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University and has written a forthcoming critical study of Billy Wilder.
The San Ramon Arts Foundation was established to encourage, support, and promote the Arts in San Ramon and the San Ramon Valley. To learn more, please visit www.SanRamonArts.org.