The Oscars in Cloverdale? Yes, absolutely! The Alexander Valley Film Society, with the aid of many organizers, volunteers and financial supporters, presented “Red Carpet Evening, 2015” on “Oscar” Sunday, Feb. 22, to benefit the recently formed Alexander Valley Film Society. The organization’s goal is to bring year-round film-based educational and cultural opportunities to northern Sonoma County including Cloverdale, Geyserville and Healdsburg. The goal also includes producing an annual Alexander Valley Film Festival. This event was the group’s first fundraiser.

The Clover Theater and the Papa’s Pizza outdoor patio next door were turned into vintage Hollywood for the night, thanks to the talents of Marne Dupere and others. It was not too far-fetched to imagine Rita Hayworth or Lauren Bacall walking into the “Bubbles” Lounge, where wine and champagne were poured and guests enjoyed appetizers and sweets by Ariel Ross Foods and the Flour Girl. Supporters from Cloverdale, Geyserville and Healdsburg dressed in their finest evening attire to walk the red carpet and have their photos taken. Baubles, “bling,” faux fur, real fur and paparazzi were everywhere, to the delight of guests.

The Academy Awards were shown on the big screen in The Clover’s largest theater. Many said it felt like they were at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, especially if you were seated in the upper part of the theater. During the commercial breaks, people ventured into a smaller theater to bid on the silent auction items and get their glasses refilled. After expenses, Executive Director Kathryn Hecht said that the Alexander Valley Film Society netted $12,000 from the event. “We really wanted to make this a fabulous evening and that means we spent money to make that happen, but we are very pleased with the result,” Hecht commented.

In March, the organization plans to offer three animation workshops, one in Geyserville, one in Healdsburg and one in Cloverdale. The dates are being finalized.

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