Film groups near California
Film, food and fun!
Pacific Grove, CA
People over 50 who enjoy going to a good movie and then having a discussion over dinner.. Group will explore new and old restaurants in the Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel area.
The experience will include picking a movie and then meeting afterwards at a restaurant for dining and discussion of the movie.
Monterey Peninsula Centering Prayer Group
Carmel by the Sea, CA
This is a kindly group of multi-denominational seekers, who meet weekly in the stillness of the early evening to practice Centering Prayer as developed by Fr. Thomas Keating. Through books, film and discussion, meetups are facilitated by Rev. Amber Sturgess, Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Carmel. Drawing from interfaith ways of knowing from the writings of the great classic and contemporary Christian, Jewish, Sufi, and Buddhist Mystics, we seek to explore and practice non-Dual prayer in a supportive community.
Mighty Monterey Nature and Social Adventures Meetup
The Purpose of "Sky is the Limit" Adventures Monterey is to live life to the fullest! We all need some fun and it can be done safely outdoors for now. Everyone is welcome... singles, couples, professionals, dog lovers, photographers, artists, musicians, nature lovers, and explorers. I will be your tour guide and together we will sample the very best places of the Central Coast (Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Carmel Valley! ). My goal for each event is to provide people with some kind of outdoor adventure & exercise, followed by time to mingle socially and relax with some great, affordable food, wine, beer or coffee in the area.
*Live Music & Dancing
*Nature Hiking & Dog Walks
*Kayaking/Paddle Boarding & Swimming
*Photography & Art Adventures
*Wine Tasting & Craft Beer & coffee & tea
*History and Art Walking Tours
*International Food & Drinks
I look forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody!
Monterey Peninsula Art and Culture Group
We're passionate about creating and experiencing art, theater, film, music and most things creative — We are a community of people who may be separated at the moment but we are beautifully united by our shared mission to empower the creative economy of the Monterey Peninsula. Our goal is to both create opportunities and also get out & experience the variety of art that our region has to offer - all while meeting some great new people.
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Horror Fans of Monterey & Beyond
Do you love horror movies but can't get your easily frightened friends to go with you? Want to get into the allegories of all your favorite spooky stories? This group is for horror lovers of all kinds! While we will be starting off with seeing new horror films & discussing them afterwards, hopefully we can expand into other horror interests like haunted house fieldtrips & more! Your ideas welcome!
Racism, sexism, homophobia & transphobia are strictly forbidden & gregarious or repeat offenses will get you booted from the group at the sole discretion of the organizer.
The Monterey Self-Defense Meetup
This class is for anyone wishing to learn or master self-defense skills. Raw beginners and instructors in other systems encouraged to attend. The focus will be on building a working self defense skill-set: This includes the optimal use of bio-mechanics and physics for self-defense. Instructor has been teaching the combat arts for around 17 years.
This class teaches stand-up fighting skills; i.e. striking (fists, palms, elbows, etc), striking interceptions / blocking, joint manipulation / breaking, and throwing techniques found in Judo / Shuai jiao. We do not cover ground fighting--for that range, it is recommended you also attend Gracie Jiu-jitsu monterey.
There is a numbered list curriculum/class-schedule, students can work their way from White Sash to Black Sash if they wish. (New students may join at any time.)
The groups organizer is the founding instructor of "Flowing Combat" (流动战斗), a System developed for modern self-defense from the internal Kung-Fu arts of BaguaZhang (eight Triagram palms), Xingyquan (heart, mind fist) and Taijiquan.
Mixed in with Kung-Fu is Military unarmed/armed combat, as taught to Military personnel and Special Operators across various services. The teacher was formerly contracted by the Air Force to teach the foregoing, including sexual assault prevention, weapons disarming, use, and retention.
Classes are Fees, but students may be asked to cover location/equipment costs as applicable per class/seminar; Class will be hosted at Wave Street Studios, by the beach, or in a private back yard area (cement/ w/ martial arts pads). Each class may be filmed and put online and/or broadcast on local TV stations.
Films for Action - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
This is a group people who describe themselves as activists or advocates; people who are film makers or who have access to facilities where we can show films; people who want to make a difference; and/or people who just like to watch films (mostly documentaries). Films for Action is specifically NOT political so we will not be supporting a specific political party. The goal is to leverage the power of story to help advocates/activists motivate and inspire change. We are open to the topics that we will cover so if you have a specific interest or cause let us know. Join and let's see what happens!
Gaslamp Film Society
San Diego, CA
The Gaslamp Film Society is a "movie & discussion" group based in downtown San Diego, focusing on critically-acclaimed releases (generally a >75% score on the rottentomatoes.com ratings aggregator).
Following our screenings, we adjourn to a nearby restaurant to discuss what we've seen. We believe that each film can teach us something about the craft of storytelling, and we workshop the film together, breaking down plot points, themes, scenes, etc. What do you think the film was trying to say, and in what ways did/didn't it succeed? Which scenes worked for you, and how would you improve those that didn't?
We strive for a fun, respectful atmosphere for critical film discussion, where everybody's participation is the goal. For that reason, we limit the number of attendees to small groups, and expect you to attend if you've RSVPed "Yes." A picture of members is compulsory so we can find you at events. If you are not accepted into the group for this reason, you're encouraged to rejoin once you've included one.
We're most active in Fall-Winter as we get you ready for the Oscars. Expect meetup screenings for almost all the candidates/nominees leading up to the awards.
Hispanic Business Association- California Chapter
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
We are a business organization, represented by Hispanic/Latino, Filipino, Women, Black, Indian, and Minority, Entrepreneurs within the business, and film Productions, industry, we are a networking and referral organization, and our mission is to help your business to reach your goals and success.
We provide you with business contacts, castings, auditions, business referrals, marketing, sales contacts, business networking, business developments, seminars, workshops, keynote speakers. We are a networking referrals for groups of the Business Leadership sectors.
San Diego Film & Art Cabal
San Diego, CA
The San Diego Film & Art Cabal is a meetup for lovers of film across all genres as well as high-brow and low-brow arts-related activities (theater, comedy, live music...etc.)
Most meetups are film nights at theaters in central San Diego with the occasional arts-related event coming up as well.
From newly released films to re-releases and classics and from art gallery openings to nights at the theater...if you love film and arts-related events, come out and hang with others who love them just as much!
East Bay Documentary Filmmaking Support Group
The East Bay Documentary Filmmaking Support Group (analogous to a writing group) consists of a select group of East Bay documentary filmmakers that meet once a month to review, discuss, and provide critical feedback of members' works-in-progress. We also support members' public screening events. The documentaries can be in any phase of the production (conceptualization, brainstorms, reviews of treatments, research, scripts, proposals, assemblies, rough cuts, fine cuts etc). The purpose of this group is to support, motivate, and see our projects progress and grow. The group has to be limited in size to insure each project receives enough time and attention.
NOTE: This is not at technical support group. This group is for skilled filmmakers who would like feedback on their 'passion' projects. Members should not rely on other members to 'teach' them the basics of filmmaking or to make their films for them. Please fill out a questionnaire before being accepted, and you may not be selected to join the group based on space limitations or because your experience level/expertise may not be what we are looking for. This is for serious practitioners and not for novices or people who are simply interested in the genre documentary or people who like to watch documentaries.
South Bay and West Side Foreign/Indie Films, Food and Wine
Redondo Beach, CA
Inspired by our friend Jen, who originally organized our group, we will continue showing classic independent/foreign films and discussing them with other film lovers. We have instantly become friends! Our group will continue to meet in various locations in the South Bay and on the west side of town! If you also enjoy trying new types of food and wine this group will focus on pot-luck "themed" meals also inspired by the films we select. Your suggestions are welcome!
This group is for film, food & wine buffs who get together several times a month on Saturday evenings in a private, relaxed setting with comfy seating and TV, for film, food & wine parties. We will take recommendations of films so that we can try a different global mix from around the world and sample different drinks along with appetizers, side dishes and desserts. Since we meet in private homes and want to create an environment where everyone really gets a chance to talk to one another, our events are typically limited to 8 - 12 guests.
SPECIAL THANKS to Jennifer, now off to a new adventure out of the country! We wish you the best!
If you share any of these interests please join and I can't wait to meet you all!
Guatemala Mexican/Indigenous Events/Pow Wows
San Francisco, CA
Greetings--Our group is focused on Indigenous cultural & political events. We hit the pow wows and film festivals as much as possible. The group has a specific focus on Guatemalan/Mexican/Indigenous American art, spirituality, dance & textiles.
We go to the Guelaguetza (Oaxacan Indigenous Dance/Cultural Fair) in Santa Cruz and fun events like concerts & fairs. We love to go to dances, Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo in Oakland, and other street fairs and demonstrations for human rights, environmental causes, to stop Keystone XL Pipeline and for social justice.
This Meet-up is great for people who love to view & upload photos of indigenous Textiles/crafts--Please check out our photos.
We never charge our members to attend a meet-up, unless it is a class, in which case, there will be a reasonable charge to pay the instructor and to pay for materials. Of course, if we are going to a concert or show, you will probably have to pay at the door to get in (but there is no charge from this group).
Guatemalan or Mexican backstrap weaving/brocade lessons will be coming at a future date. Join us!
Hola--Este grupo se enfoca en los eventos culturales, políticos y espirituales de indígenas americanos y guatemalteco/mexicanos. Vamos a los festivales de Cine, ceremonia del Año Nuevo Mexica, el festival de Baile ´Etnico, y mucho más.
Vamos a la Guelaguetza (feria indígena Oaxaqueña), los pow wows, el Día de los Muertos, museo y otros lugares donde se exhiben textiles y artes indígenas. Tambi´n vamos a los eventos divertidos como ferias y conciertos. Y por supuesto vamos a las manifestaciones por la justicia social, el ambiente y los derechos humanos.
Este grupo es buenísimo para gente que le gusta ver y subir fotos de los eventos, pow wows, bailes, y las artesanías indígenas--vean nuestras fotos.
Nunca cobramos por asistir a un meet-up, al menos que sea una clase, y en ese caso habrá un precio razonable para pagarle a la maestra y pagar los materiales. Y bueno, por supuesto si vamos a un concierto o show, probablemente tendrás que pagar tu entrada en la puerta (pero no habrá cobro de este grupo).
Habrá clases de telar de cintura y brocado estilo de Guatemala o de México proximamente. ¡Unete!
San Diego Kickstarter Meetup
San Diego, CA
This purpose of this Meetup is to build a community that provides practical, nuts and bolts support, inspiration, encouragement, education, and resources to those who are intending on launching a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter.com. So whether you have the next big invention or a creative short film you want to shoot this is the group for you.
We also invite anyone who's had direct experience with Kickstarter, who can serve as a mentor or advisor to others. Whether or not your campaign was “successful” doesn’t matter; you have something of value to contribute to others from your experience.
Lastly, please familiarize yourself as much as possible with what Kickstarter is, and what it isn't. It tends to focus on innovative, product-based businesses and creative projects, and this group will be mainly focussed on that. So if you have a rather conventional type business you are wanting to launch, this group is not a good fit.You can see their guidelines here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/guidelines
Little Boxes Theater: Art-Dance-Photo workshops & events: SF
San Francisco, CA
We would like to invite you to our unique underground creative space devoted to art & movement. We're set up with a 1300sqft sprung floor for dance rehearsals, performances, we've recently hosted a film crew here with choreographed fight scenes! We have a wall of windows which shows us beautiful streaming beams of light in the afternoons, perfect for natural light photography and live nude figure drawing & painting. There are many usable vintage props, wardrobe costuming options, an operable claw foot bath tub, piano, projector, lighting equipment and what not at our studio. Feel free to heck out some images of our studio Little Boxes Theater: https://www.facebook.com/littleboxestheater.
Little Boxes Theater also has in-house artists, dynamic duo A-K Arts:
As a pair, we love to explore artistic concepts; we're multifaceted individuals who enjoy the creative collaborative adventure with professionals and amateurs alike. Our favorite photo shoots are those where we are covered in dead sea mud, body paint, flour & ash while making shapes with our physical forms together in dynamic discoveries. We look forward to having you at our next Meet-up! please feel free to contact us directly with any interests & inquiries about our upcoming events, booking our studio for your dreams and our individual & combined modeling rates: Littleboxestheater@gmail.com
Ventura County Active Seniors
We're a meetup for over-50 active seniors. We walk and hike every week: there is a "start-the-week-off-right" walk every Monday [generally at either Seabridge or Marine Emporium Landing in Oxnard] and at least one longer hike, generally in the 5 to 7 mile range. We mix "elevation" hikes [Ray Miller Trail, Zuma Ridge, Sulphur Mountain, etc.] with flatland hikes [Lake Casitas, Sycamore Canyon, Ormand Beach, etc.]. Sometimes we mix the two. For example, at Sycamore Canyon part of the group may opt to stay on the flat trail while the rest hike up one of the side trails. Last year went to Santa Cruz Island for some hiking, and we'll probably go back. We throw in bike rides, on occasion, knees permitting. I'd like to do some camping, and we do have a camp, but tent camping is a hard sell to many in the over-50 crowd. I would like to camp at Jalama Beach and Santa Cruz Island in the next year.
We also do many less rigorous things. Cultural things, for example. Classical music is a focus. So we organize all six of the New West Symphony yearly concerts as MEETUP events. We've gone to one or two Hollywood Bowl concerts most seasons. Each season, the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts 10 operas from New York to various theaters around the world, including the Century at The Collection in Oxnard. We go to nearly all of them. The experience is really much better than if you attended live in NY: more comfortable seats, better than front row view of the action, popcorn or whatever to chomp on.
Continuing on the cultural theme, The Bolshoi Ballet broadcasts several ballets a year. We see those at The Collection as well. Then there are the plays from National Theatre Live: we've seen everything from War Horse to Frankenstein streamed to a local theater. And we throw in an occasional live play. We've also attended various arm chair museum and other tours. The one on Pompeii was my favorite. One night we saw "Last Night of the PROMS," probably my favorite of all the events we've seen. [For you non-Brits, PROMS is a summer series of concert events that are sort of like a combination of the Hollywood Bowl and a party.]
Each year we go on a fireworks cruise out of Ventura Harbor. Another yearly event is a special charity BBQ for St Jude Hospital.
A special opportunity last year was the Flamenco Arts Festival in Santa Barbara-- a movie [called, fittingly "Flamenco, Flamenco"] and a live performance. Flamenco is not everyone's cup of tea, but for some of us...No Festival in 2018, but it will return in 2019.
Then there are the special musical events offered at the theater at The Collection. Which brings us to the other "classic" music we favor--classic rock and blues. Examples include the Rolling Stones Latin American tour, Grateful Dead concerts raised and remastered from the Jerry Garcia era, the Who in concert, Eric Clapton's "Crossroads," and more. Nonmusical special events at The Collection have included a mixed bag of things. We saw the opening night of TED 2017 streamed live, for example.
We don't ignore movies, although we're not hard core. About every other week the Oxnard Film Society presents a foreign film. These are frequently very good and very often present cinema you'd never see from Hollywood. Plus they often give some insight into foreign cultures and societies. We attend nearly all of them. Then there are the classic movies--everything from Gone with the Wind to The Graduate--remastered and resurrected on the big screen. Seeing them on that big screen is a much different experience from Netflix on your iPhone. We don't ignore contemporary movies, but we're selective. You won't be seeing "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" with us. But "Born in China" or "Allied?" Sure.
In most events, some sort of meal is included, either at a restaurant, or bring your own picnic basket, or a potluck. So we have eaten at and explored the cuisine at a variety of conveniently located restaurants--The Golden Egg, Moqueca, Settebello, Kabuki, Yard House, The Spot [Carpinteria], Sura, and various others. In some of the restaurants they know us by name. Sometimes we skip the pretense of an event and just eat out. The goal beyond getting fed is of course to have a social outing. Not much socializing can go on in a dark theater, at least not without being thrown out.
As you can see, this MEETUP is not narrowly focused. It follows my tastes in general, but I'm open to adding events suggested by members, especially if you're willing to help in organizing the event. And although I don't mind having members who belong to 100 different MEETUPs and attend one of ours infrequently, my goal is to have a group of friends who do many things together. That adds the social side to eventing. So welcome to Ventura County Active Seniors and I hope to see you at an event soon.
Some loyal group members have "Chipped In" from time to time to help defray the costs of running this MEETUP group. But the MEETUP folks have suppressed this option in their ongoing effort to anger organizers and make the MEETUP app less useful. But the function is still there, although hidden:
Docs In Action - A Documentary Filmmaker's Group
Studio City, CA
Docs in Action is a space for documentary filmmakers to meetup monthly to share projects in progress (screenings), networking, education, mentorship, and distribution opportunities. We will feature speakers from the industry, filmmakers works in progress, gear workshops and any other focuses our members wish to have.
All stories are welcomed in the group. Led by founders of The Manifesto! Project, social justice films will often be a focus, as well as films focusing on outsiders and the disenfranchised.
All people are welcome.
We will set our next meeting in the upcoming weeks!
Whole Foods Plant Based LA (WFPBLA)
Redondo Beach, CA
Our Whole Foods Plant Based LA (WFPBLA) Meetup is a community of health-conscious people who are inspired by recent films such as "Forks over Knives", "Eating You Alive", "PlantPure Nation" and books such as "The China Study: The largest study of Nutrition and Disease Ever" and "Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition"
This community event will feature films of that genre and chef demonstrations, presentations by urban farmers and health practitioners.
Central Valley Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition Meetup
If you are enjoying a whole food plant based lifestyle or would like to learn more about this nutritious option, please join us. Meetups at restaurants, potlucks and picnics, film viewing and book discussions and of course...fun!