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Monday, Jul 28, 2014

The 1to1 Movement's America's Finest Film Festival, Friday Night Liberty and San Diego Craft Beer + Cocktail Showcase

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week


1. San Diego on screen

The young folks who run The 1to1 Movement, a sustainability-education nonprofit, won't be hitting anyone over the head with hard-edged environmental and conservation themes at their upcoming, annual film festival.

"We don't want to make people sit and watch videos of slaughterhouses or dying polar bears," laughs 1to1 Executive Director Jonathan Zaidman. "We want to focus on the positive things San Diego already has going for us."

Ranging in topics from surfing and local food to craft beer and biographies, the lineup of 25 short films showing in The 1to1 Movement's America's Finest Film Festival—happening from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Irwin C. Jacobs Hall at Qualcomm (5535 Morehouse Drive in Sorrento Mesa)—includes works by both unknown and established filmmakers. Cy Kuckenbaker, the current artist-in-residence at Balboa Park's Museum of Photographic Arts, whom CityBeat profiled earlier this year for his fascinating short films created as part of his "San Diego Studies" series, will have two films in the showcase.

The common thread of all the films is that they're San Diego-centric. Every one was either created here, is specifically about San Diego or was shot in the city.

"It's a San Diego love fest," Zaidman says.

The rationale behind the cinematic ode to San Diego is that the more intensely locals love their city and all of its diverse offerings, the better chance they'll care about issues like keeping the ocean clean.

"It'ís about trying to engage people to take more ownership of their communities," Zaidman explains.

The event's also about having a good time. The $14 ticket ($18 at the door) includes entry to the film fest and access to the Makers Market local craft fair, which attendees can peruse after the 5 p.m. screenings or before the 8 p.m. screenings. The 6:30 p.m. intermission also includes a reception featuring craft beer, cocktails and local food for purchase.

2. Ambulatory amusement

Every first Friday, Liberty Station puts on Friday Night Liberty, an art-walk-type event to highlight the businesses that make up the Point Loma arts-and-culture district. This month's FNL, happening Friday, Aug. 1, is shaping up to be pretty rad. Highlights include Make it Pop, an art (curated by Thumbprint Gallery) / music / pop-up shop and fashion show happening from 7 to 11 p.m. at 2853 Perry Road. Over at the San Diego Watercolor Society (2825 Dewey Road), Opera Neo will be performing. And, if you didnít get your fill at Comic-Con, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Barracks 17 event center, check out a group art exhibition paying homage to Star Wars. See the full lineup of events at

Artisan drink fest

Slam some Pedialyte, string up a pretzel necklace and grab a pair of plastic neon sunglasses, because on Saturday, Aug. 2, the San Diego Craft Beer + Cocktail Showcase comes gushing Downtown. Featuring DJs and gourmet-food trucks, the event will spill out of El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (1030 Broadway) into an outdoor drink fest starting at 4 p.m. The showcase features six craft-cocktail bars and 12 craft brewers, such as AleSmith, Stone, North Coast, Green Flash, Saint Archer, Oskar Blues, Hillcrest, Helmís, Fat Cat and Culture. The $35 ticket fetches 10 beer tastings and two cocktails. The event ends at 8 p.m., giving party people just enough time to sneak in a power nap. Get tickets at (Full disclosure: CityBeat is a co-sponsor.)

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email Kinsee Morlan.