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Godzilla Night 4

  • Bal Theatre 14808 E 14th St San Leandro, CA, 94578 United States (map)

Godzilla Night 4
hosted by Bay Area Film Events
Saturday, June 20, 6:00-10:00PM (plus a matinée at 3:00PM)
Bal Theatre, 14808 E 14th Street, San Leandro
see Bal Theatre website for ticket information

Join BAFE for the 4th annual Godzilla Night at the Historic Bal Theatre!

This year we are presenting a mini film-fest based on the brand new documentary called Kaiju Gaiden!

"Kaiju" is the Japanese word for "monster", meaning "strange beast". "Gaiden" is a Japanese word which means "outside story". It normally refers to a supplemental story or spin-off. Kaiju Gaiden is the continuing story of the giant monster genre.

Kaiju Gaiden is also the title of a documentary film by director/producer David Hall spotlighting various Japanese filmmakers who have continued the tradition of tokusatsu (special effects) movies. It is part of the Independent Kaiju Project, an endeavor by producer Mark Jaramillo to track down, catalog, and promote independently made kaiju films that have languished in obscurity.

Kaiju Gaiden is the first documentary to assemble various filmmakers who have produced their own movies featuring gigantic monsters stomping cities and engaging in savage battle with one another. Although made at different time periods, the directors still utilize traditional special effects techniques unique to the genre, sometimes supplemented with modern technology. The directors will tell their respective stories of their love for the genre, their inspirations, and the issues involved in making a special effects film.

These are the untold stories of giant monsters and the men who make them. This is Kaiju Gaiden.

Mark Jaramillo will be on hand to present some of the amazing shorts that will make up the documentary, including Gamera 4, Gehara, Wolfman vs. Godzilla and others!

And if that wasn't monstrous enough, our co-feature is the absolute classic of Japanese monster cinema, the film that started it all, the original Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1956). This version of the original film has not been seen on Bay Area theater screens since we showed it in 2004 at the Castro Theatre for Godzillafest!

And to add to the excitement, this year we have an additional matinee! An encore of the first film we launched Godzilla Night with King Kong vs. Godzilla!

Also back is the Great Godzilla Raffle and an amazing Art Contest that will allow audience members to vote for their favorite pieces!

All this, plus prizes and merchandise from BAFE's Kevin deAntonio, Kaiju Vinyl Legion's James Osborne and art by Gaz Gretsky! Plus other cool surprises!!

An amazing time is guaranteed for all!