Wareham Development, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier commercial property developers and managers, purchased the Zaentz Media Center in January of 2007 and immediately began work on aesthetic building renovations and the installation of energy management systems for the building’s vast mechanical systems. Wareham is dedicated to restoring the infrastructure of the building as well as ensuring that it continues to grow and thrive as a lively community of media professionals for the present and future generations.
In 2009, along with the City of Berkeley and the Saul Zaentz Company, Wareham created and funded the Berkeley FILM Foundation (BFF) , a grant program for independent filmmakers with a mission to nurture, sustain and preserve the thriving Berkeley Film community. The Berkeley FILM Foundation focuses on supporting the ideals reflected in Berkeley culture: social, historical and innovative documentary and dramatic works. It has distributed over $750,000 during the past five years. The BFF is thrilled to have expanded its reach across East Shore cities and to set-aside $20,000 each year for student filmmakers. Of note also, is the $20,000 Saul Zaentz Award, which is given each year to an extraordinary film.
Also in 2009, the Zaentz Media Center established the monthly Berkeley Filmmakers Screening Series in an effort to showcase the award-winning independent cinema of the filmmakers at the Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley. Following the screening, the audience is invited to remain for a question and answer session with the filmmaker. Tickets are free, but seating is limited and by reservation only. Screenings currently occur on the third Thursday of every other month at 7pm.
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For more information on the Berkeley FILM Foundation, please visit www.berkeleyfilmfoundation.org
For more information on the free monthly screenings for the Berkeley Filmmakers Screening Series, please visit www.berkeleyfilmscreening.com