Albany FilmFest has it all, from punk rock to brain science

The Albany FilmFest journeys into its 8th year with a diverse, enticing program that includes kids entertainment, virtual reality and a celebrated documentary charting the East Bay’s rich punk-rock history.

Also in the lineup is a packed slate of shorts from Bay Area filmmakers.

Notable don’t-miss highlights include screenings of three East Bay-focused, full-length features.

On March 20 the festival screens the delightful, award-winning documentary from Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg, “My Love Affair With the Brain,” about the late, beloved UC Berkeley professor and pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Marian Diamond.

On March 21, catch the inspiring documentary “4 Wheel Bob” — about Piedmont native Bob Coomber’s determined quest to become the first wheelchair hiker to conquer the Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada.

Billie Joe Armstrong (center right, in plaid shirt) sings with members of the band Operation Ivy in this 1988 image featured in Corbett Redford’s documentary “Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.” Murray Bowles/Courtesy of Corbett Redford

Green Day fans onMarch 22 can catch Corbett Redford’s “Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.” Billie Joe Armstrong and company figure prominently in this documentary that recounts ow Berkeley’s 924 Gilman Street music collective played an influential role on the punk scene. Iggy Pop narrates.

Details: March 17-25; most screenings at Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre; $10 per screening;

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Source:: The Mercury News

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