A man with a dream (and 3,000 films) powers the Berkeley Underground Film Society
One bump in the BUFS road: Earlier this year, a licensing agency contacted him after he screened some Woody Allen movies without first obtaining the rights to do so. Not wanting to have to pay any high fees — or, you know, break any laws — Santana will be steering his future programming toward works in the public domain.
"I had to backpedal a little bit. I didn't think anyone even cared," he admits. He put BUFS on hiatus in April to regroup. "I had to reduce the number of screenings I did, down to one weekend of programming a month. But that way I can just jam-pack that weekend with as much material as possible. And there's a lot of great stuff coming up — it's the best stuff I have. I don't want to screen mainstream movies anymore."
BUFS fans will also soon be able to experience Santana's other passion: healthy, homemade food. "I'm going to offer incredible raw food, organic concessions, and cottage foods," he says; it's a small business venture he hopes to expand beyond his concession stand. "When we tested it, people responded very positively. During the [BUFS hiatus], I worked on my recipes, I got the Vitamix, and I'm ready to go. I'm excited for the July screenings." *
"LOST AND OUT OF PRINT"
July 18-20, 7:30pm, donations accepted
708 Gilman, Berk