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cinema scene


Morton Marcus and Richard Von Busack co-hosted a film review show that aired in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1999–2009. Each show included a critique of current films, and discuissions with local film festival organizers, reviewers, and film makers.


Watch an episode of Cinema Scene below.































About the Hosts

Morton Marcus was an award-winning writer, film historian, and film critic. He taught English and film at Cabrillo College for 30 years, and his 16-part television history of film, Movie Milestones, has been shown on many cable television stations and was the main visual source of film history at AFTRS, the Australian National Film School, for many years. Marcus was a longtime co-host of the film review television program Cinema Scene which was a regular offering on AT &T Broadband and Comcast networks from 1999 to 2003, and continued on the Community Television channel of Santa Cruz County until 2009. He also led a film discussion group at Santa Cruz’s Nickelodeon Theater on the first and third Saturday of every month. Marcus was a founder and member of the steering committee for the Pacific Rim Film Festival. He also curated a number of film series at various museums in California, inlcluding the John Steinbeck Center.


Richard Von Busack graduated from the film program at UC Santa Cruz. He has been a film critic and reviewer for Metro Newspapers since 1989. He's written for Metro, the weekly paper of the Silicon Valley, since its first issue in 1985. He's also written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, and the East Bay Express. His essay "Signifying Monkeys" was published in The Science Fiction Reader (Limelight Editions). His Metro Santa Cruz article "The Prince of Plots" won First Place for Arts Reviewing by the Association of Alternative Newspapers.

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