Returning film series hopes to ‘remove’ audiences from El Camino

After a two-year hiatus, the El Camino College Center for the Arts will host four films at Marsee Auditorium this fall semester, as part of the Discovery World Travel Adventure film series.

The four films will have two scheduled screenings with sessions at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to accommodate different schedules.

Online ticket sales will be available for purchase on El Camino College Arts Center website up to four hours before the scheduled event start time. Same-day tickets will be available at the box office one hour before the start of the event.

The directors of each film should also attend their respective events to present and discuss their films with the public to enhance their viewing experience.

The first film in the series, “Tropical & Exotic Asia” directed by Marlin Darrah, will premiere on Monday, September 19 and will highlight travel through Southeast Asian countries, including scenes of nature and bustling city life.

“The Road to Namibia” by director Rick Ray, premieres Monday, October 1. It explores the beauty of Namibia and other African countries.

On Monday, November 14, “Forest Giants,” directed by Gray Warriner, will feature a search for the giant sequoia, taking viewers to various states across America.

“On Assignment: Baja California” directed by Rich Reid, premieres Monday, December 12 to close the series.

All four films were scheduled to premiere during the Spring 2020 semester at El Camino College, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

El Camino has hosted film festivals for over 40 years and all films are open to everyone.

Center for the Arts director Rick Christophersen said he is happy that audiences can now return to film festivals at El Camino College, as many alumni and their families attend these festivals.

“It really brings a dedicated group of people back to campus, and since it’s a social event, many can gather during intermissions to reconnect with others,” Christophersen said.

To attend, all guests will be required to have proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and complete a medical screening questionnaire before arriving on campus. Unvaccinated guests must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a CLIA-certified laboratory within 72 hours of the event.

Mask and social distancing guidelines will be enforced during shows.