Join Us for a Screening of Five Short Documentary Films

Appreciating Diversity Film Series free documentary screening Piedmont


The Appreciating Diversity Film Series Presents an Evening of Short Films in advance of the Piedmont Food Fest!

FREE Screening

Thursday, April 20th, 7 pm

Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, Piedmont, CA

The Appreciating Diversity Fim Series will kick-off the Piedmont Food Fest’s celebration of Bay Area diversity by exploring the many flavors of families with five short documentary films on Thursday, April 20. 

Please bring your own family and friends to more fully experience the range of family diversity through themes such as adoption, homelessness, women’s issues, education, and gender identity. The films are appropriate for children ages 10 and up. As always, ADFS films are FREE.

Join ADFS for one or all five of these documentary films which will be screened starting at 7:00pm, in the following order. The five films have a total running time of about one hour.

Absolutely No Spitting. A Jewish mother and her multiracial 4-year-old adopted daughter explore their DNA profiles and what it means to have many identities and cultures in your genetic heritage. From Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand.

A Concerto Is a Conversation. A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer traces his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Film.

“In its compact 13 minutes, ‘A Concerto Is a Conversation’ manages to say more about race relations than a film that runs 10 times as long.”

Roger Ebert

Almost Famous: The Silent Pulse of the Universe. In 1967, a young astronomer, Jocelyn Bell, made a breakthrough discovery in astronomy, but as a woman in the sciences her role was overlooked and unfairly ignored.

What You’ll Remember.  The story of young Bay Area parents determined to give their four children a good life despite moving in and out of homelessness over a period of fifteen years.

what you'll remember short documentary film

Texas Strong. Kai Shappley, a 6-year old trans child in Texas, fights to be recognized and accepted by her devout Christian family. Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Short Documentary.

Thursday, April 20th, 7 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont
(Easy street parking)


Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw to screen 3/15 & 19 — Filmmaker to speak

Mind/Game intimately chronicles the struggle with depression and bipolar disease experienced by star basketball player, Chamique Holdsclaw. She was hailed as the “female Michael Jordan” and seemed destined for a spectacular professional career as a 3-time NCAA champion and number one draft pick in the WNBA.


When her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders became apparent and began to affect her playing, she decided to go public with her condition, and in the process became a mental health advocate. She went on to face dramatic, unexpected challenges to her own recovery.

Mind/Game, produced by Rick Goldsmith and narrated by Glenn Close, tells her powerful story of courage, struggle, and redemption. Goldsmith will speak about the film at the Piedmont screening.

As unique as Chamique’s journey is, it reflects the challenges faced by millions of individuals and families who are dealing with similar issues. The Appreciating Diversity Film Series presents this important documentary that explores the intersection of athletic stardom and mental health.

FREE screenings in both Piedmont and Oakland:

Wednesday, March 15

Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont

Reception at 6:30 PM, screening 7 – 8 PM

followed by community discussion with filmmaker Rick Goldsmith

Sunday, March 19

New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

Screening 3 PM, followed by community discussion