Carl Reiner
A star of American comedy, Carl Reiner was born in 1922 in The Bronx. After attending a drama workshop at the age of 16, he knew he wanted to be in show business. He is well known for acting, directing, producing, as well as being a recording artist. Mr. Reiner has won eight Emmy Awards (for acting, writing, and producing) and a Grammy Award.

In 1948 he made his TV debut in the series “The Fashion Story”, but the show didn’t last long. His first regular series was “The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue” in 1949. Mr. Reiner’s Broadway debut was the same year in the musical “Inside U.S.A.” that ran for 399 performances. His formal writing career began with “Caesar’s Hour”, at the same time he was working on a semi-autobiographical novel “Enter Laughing” which was published in 1958 and later turned into a movie in 1967.

In 1960, Mr. Reiner worked with Mel Brooks on “The Steve Allen Plymouth Show”, where their routine of “The 2000 Year Old Man” became a huge success and won them a Grammy Award. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was a major success for which he won five Emmys (three for writing and two for producing).

California Independent Film Festival
The California Film Festival (CAIFF) is excited to present another year exhibiting a diverse array of films from around the world. The festival has also honored actors and filmmakers including Richard Dreyfuss, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Tony Curtis, Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Penny Marshall, Ed Asner, Tippi Hedren, Barry Morrow, and others. The festival takes place at the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga, The Orinda Theatre, and The Castro Theatre in San Francisco. For more information about the festival visit

For the first time in its history, the CAIFF presents special screenings at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco. A screening of TOO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! JULIE NEWMAR will feature an appearance from Hollywood icon Julie Newmar, who will be awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The festival will also include a screening of the John Hughes favorite SIXTEEN CANDLES as well as the Bay Area premiere of the queer comedies JOHN APPLE JACK and 10 YEAR PLAN. All will feature special appearances from the cast members.