COVID Reopening: East Bay Moviegoers Carefully Step Back Into Theaters

With pandemic restrictions starting to be peeled back, people in the East Bay headed out Friday night to enjoy a night at the movies as Regal Cinema reopened theaters in Berkeley and Oakland.

COVID Reopening: East Bay Moviegoers Carefully Step Back Into Theaters

BERKELEY (KPIX) — With pandemic restrictions starting to be peeled back, people in the East Bay headed out Friday night to enjoy a night at the movies as Regal Cinema reopened theaters in Berkeley and Oakland.

Shelby Ferran and her family were the first ones at the ticket booth to see “Raya” at the Regal theater in Berkeley.

“It was really good and people in the movie theater were amazing,” Ferran said.

Not only were they the first ones to get in, it was also a special first for the family’s young twins. “It was (the twins) first time so I liked how their eyes lit up seeing a movie for the first time. And they sat still!” the twins’ dad, Luis Rubio, said.

There are strict restrictions at the movies. Capacity has been cut to 50 percent with two seats placed between groups and you can’t get in without a mask, despite the Center for Disease Control’s newly-relaxed masking guidelines.

“Even though I’m personally vaccinated and I don’t technically have to wear a mask, I still feel like, for everybody else’s safety, that’s necessary until we get to a point where we are more in the clear,” said Abbot Lincoln, who lives in Berkeley.

Counties in California are waiting for guidance from the state when it comes to changes in masking requirements following CDC’s announcement.

While some are comfortable mask-free outdoors, others say it’s just another layer of security.

“Every time I put the mask on when I leave the house, it just gives me, like, that much more sense of safety and reassurance that I am not going to catch it,” said Zan Lederer.

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A Surprise Hit, Filipino-Theme Home Movie Filmed in Daly City Spawns Sequel

After a Filipino American home movie shot mostly in Daly City became a hit, the makers created a sequel, which has already won an award.

A Surprise Hit, Filipino-Theme Home Movie Filmed in Daly City Spawns Sequel

DALY CITY (KPIX ) — After a Filipino-American home movie shot mostly in Daly City became a hit, the makers created a sequel, which has already won an award.

It’s an action comedy featuring lumpia. The Filipino egg roll stars in two movies Patricio Ginelsa wrote and directed.

“We use it as a comic book device, as our main hero weaponized it to protect Fogtown, which is Daly City,” Ginelsa explained.

As a 12-year-old kid, Ginelsa rounded up friends like 9-year-old Francis Custodio to make home movies about superheroes in their Daly City neighborhood.

During summertime, they would make movies in and around Hillside Park and share them with their friends at school.

Years later, as a film student at the University of Southern California, Ginelsa reunited the group in their hometown to make the movie, called Lumpia.

“It became somewhat of a cult hit,” he said. “It’s a wacky comedy. There’s nothing wrong with having fun but it’s also a movie that has a Filipino-American as our hero.”

The sequel, Lumpia with a Vengeance, won the audience award for Best Narrative Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

The Lumpia films, which each took seven years to make, reflect growing up Filipino American and explore prejudice from within the ethnic community.

“There are stories that affected us growing up, such as bullying,” Custodio said. “Filipinos that came from the Philippines versus Americanized Filipinos and how they interact among each other.”

Riding on Lumpia’s popularity, the sequel raised $50,000 in crowdfunding from almost 800 donors.

Former UFC fighter Mark Munoz and Hollywood star Danny Trejo joined the acting team.

Custodio, a partner at a San Francisco CPA firm, says the production has come a long way from the home movie days, when Ginelsa recorded with a camcorder and they used a boom microphone made with a hockey stick.

“We actually have a script. No more Patricio throwing us lines as we start filming you know,” Custodio laughed.

They even created Lumpia comic books.

Led by Ginelsa, who now lives in Southern California and works at USC, the 200-plus member cast and crew are all part-time filmmakers who are opening new doors of opportunity for Asian Americans.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for our stories to be made and seen,” said Ginelsa.

The popularity of the Lumpia movies show audiences are hungry for their stories.

Editor’s Note: KPIX news production assistant Lisa Chong is one of the producers of the Lumpia movies

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