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NOTE:  The Berkeley Filmmakers Screening Series screens regularly the third Thursday of the month.  Reservations will be taken for a particular month's screening only after the 1st of that month.  To make reservations, click on FILMS tab above and see the link for reservations beneath each film.  Tickets are free UNLESS the screening is a Berkeley FILM Foundation (BFF) grant winner, in which case a $10 ticket price will be charged to directly benefit the BFF, grant program established to nurture and grow the independent filmmaking community and to attract the next generation of filmmakers.

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The Heiress and Her Chateau: Carolands of California

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.









Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg

The true story of an American ‘Downton Abbey’?  Well … yes!

The Heiress and Her Chateau:  Carolands of California is  a 98-year saga of a 98-room mansion, a three-dimensional window into life among America’s elite. Chateau Carolands was built by one of the richest women in the world to be her ultimate dream home, but nothing went as planned.  Once the most fabulous house west of the Mississippi, now a foundation, the story of the rise and fall and rise of Chateau Carolands is a dramatic tale of wealth and ruin, love and loss, art and architecture – with a murder, a porno film, and a couple of earthquakes along the way. It all ends happily, with a multi-million dollar restoration of the Chateau, more grand and glorious now than it ever had been.  See how this unique historic architectural masterpiece has come to be preserved for decades to come.

Tickets are free to the community.  Please reserve at maximum two seats so that as many may attend as possible. If the screening is sold out, we will be happy to put your name on the waiting list.  Please advise us ahead of time if you have special seating requirements.  Thank you for your support!!

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